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Norway: Lom to Hellesylt

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And our destination – the world famous Geiranger fjord!

Imperial War Museum London

London has many museums – MANY! A lot of them are free to visit. But unfortunately time was our enemy on this trip and we only visited one – to sooth the military historian living inside me.

While the Great Britain has a rich military history spanning hundreds of years, the collection of this museum represents mainly the military history of 20th and 21th century.

Top floor hosts a collection of Victoria Cross recipients, next two floors host Holocaust exhibition and understandably, photography is not allowed in this sections. Here’s just a glimpse of a few exhibits.

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Immediately upon entering the museum, we are greeted by the largest exhibits – the famous jump-jet BAE Harrier Gr.9A…

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1:1 model of the famous Battle of Britain fighter Spitfire…

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And Hitler’s terror weapons – the V-1 flying bomb and V-2 rocket (in the background)

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88mm flak – heavy German anti-aircraft gun that shot down many allied planes and was equally dangerous against soft ground targets.

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Rolls-Royce Merlin engine – a remarkable piece of engineering.

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Remains of a World War 2 Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter

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Pieces of steel beams from the New York’s World Trade Center.

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Remains of a car, presumably a Mercedes S-class, that was located near the explosion of an IED in Iraq.

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AM.39 Exocet – French built anti-ship missile that was responsible for the sinking of HMS Sheffield and several other ships at Falkland Islands in 1982.

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A walk through the “trenches” of World War I.

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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Is located at the famous Piccadilly Circus, so finding it should not be too hard.

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Robert L. Ripley (1890–1949) was a cartoonist, explorer, reporter, adventurer, and collector, who travelled to 201 countries in 35 years seeking the odd, the unusual, and the unexplained. In those years, he created an incredible collection of weird and weirder and a part of it, you can still see today in Ripley’s Museums all around the world. Here is just a teaser of what you can see in London’s collection.
For more on Ripley, click HERE.

Stockholm

After an hours drive from Skavsta Airport at Nyköping we arrived to our hostel at Stockholm. As I always like to try something different I chose the Langholmen hostel, which is in fact an ex-prison converted to less sinister use these days. Langholmen was the largest Swedish prison and was in use until 1976. A fact that it had its parking lot was significant as well.

s201Front view of the prison hostel. Besides the rooms/cells, there’s also a restaurant and prison museum on site.

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1There’s a number of true aviation relics on the grounds of IMW Duxford but I find this one as most remarkable – a piece of canvas from the wing of Wright Brothers Flyer aircraft – which made the first powered flight in history.

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“When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!”
Yuri Gagarin

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Zeltweg Aviation Museum

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