Monday, September 10, 2007

The Beach on the Fjord

On Sunday we headed to the waterfront. We found beautiful rocks to climb on and a stunning view of the fjord. A paved walkway along the water invited us to explore further, we followed it around a hill, past an oil research center, until we could see the boats and docks of northern Trondheim.

The fourth photo shows one of the few islands in the fjord, Munkholmen, or "Monk's Island". Settled in 1105, this was home to monks in medieval times. A fort was built here in the 1600s, and it later became a prison. The walls are covered with layers of secret messages. This former prison shares the fate of most prison islands and is now a tourist attraction. In the summer it is a popular boating and swimming site and hosts amateur theatrical productions.

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