Friday, the Queen Mary 2 was in Stavanger harbour. A group of aspiring photographers, myself included, gathered to take photos. It’s the first “photo walk” that I have attended as they began about the time we went on summer holidays.
Before I left, I Googled the Queen Mary, so I had some idea what I was going to see. When she was built, she was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship in the world. while she no longer holds these records, she is still the largest ocean liner, as the Queen Mary 2 was built to make regular transatlantic voyages. She boasts fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. She has a capacity of 2620 passengers, and requires a crew of 1253.
I took the train into Stavanger, and rushed along the streets to the harbour where I would meet the group. When I reached the top of the hill, this is what I saw. It took my breath away. i took this shot with my phone, as I was worried about being late and missing the group. Look at how it dwarfs the buildings.
Another shot as I got closer –I met Tifany along the dock, so I knew I was headed the right way. We joined the group behind the yellow building in the photo above – I couldn’t believe how much ship was behind there – it is 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall.
Look at how small the people are to the LIFE BOATS!Somehow, I think it costs a bit more than 15 kroner per hour to park this baby!Roof tops of house in Gamle (Old) Stavanger. The ship towers over them.From the front – that sail boat looks awfully small.Interesting comparisons.A sailing ship leaves – I’d love to see her with sails unfurled….. or go for a ride.David came into town after work, and we finished the evening with red wine and burgers… and the great company of new and old friends. What better way to spend a Friday evening?