However our thoughts this week have often been of Norway where I worked for almost ten years. My first picture is of Norwegian flags flying proudly on big flagpoles in Stavanger on happier days.
|Stavanger in the 1980s|
A big tourist attraction within reach of Stavanger is Prekestolen, the Pulpit Rock. It's well worth a visit but you need your walking boots as it takes up to 1.1/2hrs to reach the top. I just happen to have a postcard showing it in a dramatic fashion.
|Prekestolen (597 meters high)|
How would you fancy sitting on the top and dangling your feet over the edge as some people do? Not me!
Norway is also known for building offshore platforms. My next postcard is of one, the first I saw during construction.
|Statfjord 'A' Platform|
Under tow out to the North Sea, 105m above and 119m below sea level
During my first year in Norway I had to visit industrial sites in different places in Europe. In late 1979 one trip took me via Frankfurt in Germany from where I sent this postcard to my wife.
|Frankfurt am Main Telecommunication Tower|
The cafeteria viewing platform is 220m high, the total height slightly over 331m - big as well as elegant.
For more 'big' surprises don't forget to check out Carmi's thematic photographic 155