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All you have to do is click the mailbox to share your thoughts or ask a question. If you have a home page, feel free to include the URL.

From: "Chris" <>
Date:  Friday, January 22, 2010 at 06:04:51

Hi dearest Lois, I am resting up for my next cruise on the Majesty in February. I wanted to send my sincere gratitude for the special little starfish you gifted me with. He always brings a smile to my face and my 3 year old grandaughter said "he is soooo adorable"! She did however decide she should have him for a sleep-over, hahahaha.
Cant wait to see both of you again real soon.

From: "Brenda L. Evensen" <>
Date: Friday, July 10, 2009 at 13:32:54

Your pictures are wonderful.. You are such a beautiful couple..

I came across your site looking for Family info. I was wanting to know if we might be related. I am the great grand daughter of Lauren Evensen (1897-1970) Wife Florance(1900- 1991) from Racine Wis. Greald P.Evensen was my grandfather and Gary G Evensen was my father. If we are related I would love to get any family info you may have.

Hello Brenda,

Thank you for your kind words. No, I don't believe we are related, at least not by any recent connection. I hope you will be able to find your family connections.

Very best,


From: "Bill Scheerer" <>
Date:  Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 17:26:09

Enjoyed checking some of the terrific photos -- some from places Jan and I have visited, and some from new places. Brought back lots of memories and a thirst for more adventure!

From: "Jonny Nilsen" <>
Date:  Monday, December 22, 2008 at 15:13:51
Subject:  Hilsen

Ønsker deg og din kone en riktig god jul og et godt nyttår.Hilsen Jonny.Tor bor i Porsgrunn.

From: jonny nilsen (
Date: Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 04:13:39

meget bra side du og din kone har,kom over den ved en tilfeldighet.hilsen jonny nilsen ex norse duke

Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 10:13:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Doris Steele" <>
Subject: The Eagle and The Seagull

The May 18, 2008 posting of the pictures of the eagle and seagull are fantastic.... loved the story-line. Sorry we missed by one week :-)

Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 16:13:29 -0500 (EST)
From: "S.H.Amundsen" <>
Subject: Great webpage!

Just one thing without real earth shattering importance, but still an eyesore to the people in the know. The name of the longest fjord in Norway is Sogne Fjord, not Songe Fjord.
I see you have this incorrect spelling a number of places.
A great new year to you!


Thanks for the input, Stein.  I've made corrections and appreciate your help in getting it right.  :)


Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 16:41:25 -0500
From: "Terje O. Iversen" <>

Hi Kjell & Lois

We wish your a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  Long time no see! Hope everything still alright and fine to your both! Here in Sandefjord, Norway is everything fine, but to cold. Havn't been to sea since I quit RCCL in december 2004, and I don't think I ever going back to sea after I had an knee "protese" operation on my6 right knee, need to have the same on my left knee next year.

Best regards
Terje O. Iversen

Date: Sat, 20 Oct 2007 06:01:19 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Vikki Lancia" <>
Subject: Villefranche

I just returned from a European vacation 2 days ago. Flew into Milan and with my husband drove west yo Nice but happened to (luckily) find ville Franche. I was so impressed. We only had 1 day there and stayed in a small hotel overloking the water. I am thrilled to find your website as we also travel the world. Was wondering if you could recmmend a small, clean hotel boutique style within walking distance of the sea and shopping areas, markets etc in Ville Franche. I am taking my daughter either December or March and would like to walk to restaurants, beach, shopping instead of driving. Also, is the Nice airport the best to fly into and can you make any suggestions on other sites in the area? Thank You so much for such a wonderful website!!!!!!!!! Hope to hear from you soon. Vikki

Hi Vikki,

Yes, Villefranche is fantastic.  Since our usual visits to Villefranche are by ship, our hotel experience is limited. We have found the Welcome Hotel to be quite nice, though.

There are plenty of things to see and do within walking distance of the Welcome Hotel.  If you are interested in seeing Monaco, you can take a public bus for a day trip from Villefranche. 

Thank you for your kind comments about my web pages.  :)

Very best,


Date: Sun, 30 Sep 2007 16:55:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Kriste Evensen Reinhard" <>

I have stumbled upon your great website as I was doing some geneology searches. I am wondering if we are related?

Nils EVENSEN (b: 14 JUN 1858, Norway d: 29 MAR 1939)is my great grandfather who came from Norway to the USA. His Son Axel Hermand Evensen is my grandfather.


Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2007 17:49:07 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Bjarne" <>

Hei !
En imponerende og prektig hjemmeside med flotte bilder,meget dyktig gjennomført. Ligger nå blant mine favoritter.
Med sommerhilsen fra Norge.

Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2007 09:40:44 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Adrienne Pittman" <>

Your web page & pictures are awesome! Nice to meet you at the 45th WHS reunion. Sincerely, Adrienne

Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 10:15:53 -0500
From: "Oeyvind Olsen" <>

Hi Kjell
Nice to see our local bridge in Toensberg next to Niagara Falls...
Best wishes for Christmas to you all from me and my old folks at Kaldnes (who lost your mail-address).


Date: Thu, 21 Dec 2006 14:45:39 -0500 (EST)
From: "May Domagsang" <>

Hi Lois,
First of all thank you so much for your amazing effort creating this
website. You and your husband for sure are wonderful people put here on earth by God to share your talent and blessings. Bless your heart. I come across your website trying to learn what will I see in my next cruise in Western Mediterranean on Nov 2-12 2007. My husband's birthday is the 7th and I am the 12th. We cruised this year Mexican Riviera for his 60th and 2007 is mine and I love to go to Europe.(Never been in Europe) I will cruise via Celebrity since this is the only ship that has these dates. My itinerary calendar is Barcelona Spain for Homeport then Marsellles France,-Nice(Villefranche),France -Florence/Pisa Livorno italy, Civitavecchia Rome Italy ,-Ajaccio, Corsica,- Valencia Spain,- Gibraltar United Kingdom then back to Barcelona. Any advice please..Anything

Thank you so so much,


Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2006 21:32:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Cathy" <>
Subject: Malaga

Hi Lois,
I lived in Torremolinos, Spain for a short time with my best friend. We would take the short train ride to Malaga and explore. It is a beautiful city with a lot of charm and culture. I miss it. Plan to go back next summer if possible.

Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2006 20:15:29 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Deana" <>
Greetings Lois and Don-

Deana Roberts-Armstrong here. I just wanted to see what Don was up to these days and WOW, do I ever love this website. I could learn a great deal just from your travels Lois! I hope all is well with you and so glad to see all the wonderful pictures of the grandchildren. Lois, if you could pass a kind hello to Don. Best wishes with all your new adventures and certainly will check in from time to time to see how Don is doing. Take care,


Date: Thu, 29 Jun 2006 12:29:21 -0400
From: "Ann Sidsel Grøtjorden" <>

Your photos.........wonderful !!!

Date: Wed, 24 May 2006 12:45:43 -0400
From: "Lydia Simpson" <>
Subject: Mingus Mill

I am so very grateful to FINALLY find this site with all those glorious pictures of one of my favorite places in the Great Smokys!!! I have taken several pictures there over the span of thirty-plus years, and I NEVER get tired of coming there and getting to see the mill in operation---I would have loved to see it in it's "best days" hen the people of the countryside still came there to get their supply of ground meal and flour done while they waited---and now the GOVERNMENT won't let you all sell it cause there aren't screens on the windows and whatever othe excuses they gave--- I still buty the meal whenvere I DO come and still love to use it to cook with and "pretend" that I am living in the middle of Cades Cove in the dan Lawson place and living the way God entended us to---the natural way!!!Thank uou all for the wonderful photos and keeping the place "alive" !!! I am 55 years old and disabled and may not get to visit many more times, but I sure have alot of wonderful memories of the Mill and God Bless ya'll for keeping it open. Mrs. Lydia Simpson
72 Clarence Harper Road
Edmonton, Kentucky, 42129

Hello Lydia,

I'm so glad you enjoy the pictures.  I wasn't aware the milled grain is no longer available for sale.  That is very sad.


Lois Evensen

Date: Tue, 2 May 2006 20:49:01 -0400
From: "Libby" <>

Thanks for your noteon the discussion page --- I always feel privledged when I hear from you. We'll do our best to get a quick review and hopefully some pictures to the site as soon as possible. I travel for work for three weeks when we return - so it may not be real timely.

I think the last note we exchanged related to Captain Per Kjonso. We were just on the Enchantment mid-April as he celebrated being Master of that ship for 8 years. The way RCCL is rotating captains these days - that's special.

He's our favorite --- and as my additions to the calendar may indicate, I purposely scheduled our cruises so we'd be with him on the Enchantment when we do our 50th RCCL cruise.

Safe have happy travels to you and your husband.

Warm regards -

Hello, Libby,

You are so kind. 

Happy 50th Cruise!  That is so very special.  :)



Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2006 10:05:44 -0400
From: "svein thoegersen" <>


I have read your internet pages with great interest, and spend some time looking on all your pictures. I have been a passenger on some of these ships, and i will sail from Miami 06 may on a transatlantic cruise with Voyager. One couple we are travelling together with ( I am from Drammen, just 50 min north of Toensberg ) are very anxious about the weather en route across the atlantic. His father was a captain with Bergenske, but he never travelled with his father, be cause he bacame seasick, his brother went on several trips with his father's ships in the late 50's and early 60's. I really liked the Splendour ( mediterranean cruise 2004 ) and also Jewel.
Best regards


Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2006 08:22:43 -0500
From: "Cheryl Roman" <>

Loved your pictures of France. My husbank and I rented a Villa in the south of France in October 05 and loved the area. This year we are off to The Netherlands and Germany. We've also toured most of Italy and love the Amalfi area, but France stole my heart! I see you are from Cincinnati. Our son attended BG, got his masters from Tiffan, and now works for the state. He lives in Bellefontaine at the present, originally from PA. I look forward to seeing your pics from other areas. We have photo albums filled with memories, it's the only thing we truly take with us when we leave here, our memories!

Hello Cheryl,

Yes, we love the South of France, too. And, I surely agree with you about the images that we bring home from our travels are our best souvenirs. I just mentioned to my husband yesterday that the images seem more beautiful the longer it has been since we have been to an area. We are both avid photographers and are decorating our home with images from our travels.

On a cold day in Cincinnati, it's fun to look at a picture of a sunny day in Villefranche; on a very hot day in Cincinnati, it's fun to see images and remember the cool fjords on a summer day in Norway.

Thank you for writing,

Lois Evensen

Date: Sun, 5 Feb 2006 05:13:21 -0500
From: "Daisy Cardozo" <>

Hello, I'm from Uruguay in South America. Guess you have not visited us yet ;). I was doing a search on Estonia as I happen to have made an e-friend from there and was eager to see images of such country. Then I found myself enjoying your beautiful site and I coudn't miss the opportunity of mentioning I got carried away and started looking at different pictures from many of the trips you've made. I also love travelling and even though I have not been in so many places, it's amazing how through your pictures, I almost feel was there too :) . Really nice family too!!! and loved your doggy photos. I do have a lab too who's most adorable. Well, if you ever come this way, please let me know and who knows, we may end up being good friends. Best wishes and keep up travelling, enjoying life and taking pics.

Hello Daisy,

Thank you so very much for your very kind comments. I'm delighted to know you have enjoyed this web site.

I agree that the Internet, despite those who warn about its dangers, can be a wonderful place to learn and find friends beyond our own borders.

Best regards,


Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2006 12:59:11 -0500
From: (Christian)
Subject: Honningsvaag, Norway

Hi there. I was a bit amazed here one day when i did a random search for pictures of honningsvåg, norway, and found your series of them during your visit with splendour of the seas. I am actually on them :) I'm the one on deck of the small mooring boat with the red floating vest on. I know i have been photographed a million times at work in the summer (a lot of tourists here) but i never believed i'd run into them on the net. Almost 6 years after too :) Small world indeed.

Best regards from a port officer of honningsvaag, Christian Bruun

Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 12:39:09 -0400
From: "gus. maple" <>

a little update to let folks know about kristian carlo maple and his latest adventures in the true viking spirit. he went to a point northwest of sudbury ontario canada where he built a birchbark canoe in the woods with some help from friends and colleagues. then he paddled it across the province to montreal. some 1500 km, you can visit his site at "" where you can find photos and details of the trip. quite a boy.

Date: Thu, 18 Aug 2005 12:35:17 -0400
From: "Pam Mirizzi" <>

I enjoyed reviewing your website and it looks like everyone is doing great. Scott and I are relocating to Dayton, OH and we are currently trying to sell our house in Cincinnati.

p.s. Is there anywhere in this world you haven't been??????

Hi Pam:

My goodness, a voice from the past! Hope you and Scott are well. Very best to you and family. It's nice that you'll still be close to family when you move to Dayton.


Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2005 09:01:31 -0400
From: "Pat" <>

Hi Lois,
You completed a splendid work of presentation of photographs of villefranche on your Internet site. We would like to congratulate you, could you please communicate your address e-mail to us?

By advance receive our thanks

Thank you for your kind comments, Pat, I have sent you an email.

For our readers who would like to see even more of our images of Villefranche, they are here.

Best to all,


Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2005 20:54:15 -0400
From: "Libby Child" <>
Subject: RCCL Cruisers Discussion Group Web Site

We've enjoyed your website tremendously since we discovered it. My husband and I took our first cruise in 1994, and we'll be taking our 47th starting July 5th ----- our 33rd on RCCL. I was talking to one of the Captains one time (Per Kjonso) and he mentioned 'if you ever want to see a good website be sure to visit yours'. I had to admit I felt I knew you like a friend. Thanks for the generosity of your time and enthusiam in keeping this site going.


Thank you, Libby, for your very kind comments as well as your many posts to the web site during the years. I feel I know you, too, and hope we meet one day as we are both sailing on the high seas.

Very best,


Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 15:56:59 -0400
From: (Steve)

These are absolutely beautiful pictures. Reading your comments made me feel as if I were making the journey myself. Thank you for the great experience and how skillfully you captured the beauty of Norway.

Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 17:11:36 -0400
From: (Margot)

Jeg så du var inne på chattesidene, og tenkte at jeg skulle ta ennå en titt innom nettsidene dine. Veldig mye bra å se her inne, det er litt av en jobb du har lagt ned i disse sidene! Var også innom noen sider der bildene tatt av din kone lå, og de vil jeg gjerne ''stikke innom'' en annen gang også, for det så ut til å være utrolig mye å se på. Hvor mange år har dere holdt på med fotografering? Din kone er bedre enn deg til å beskrive hva bildene handler om, hvor de er tatt, m.m. Dessuten savner jeg noen nær-fokus-bilder hos deg - prøv å plukke ut ett enklet menneske i en folkemasse - et barn som leker, en gammel kone som strikker osv. Noen ganger er kanskje bildene litt vel mye på avstand fra daglivlivet. Dersom skyskraperbildene fra New York f.eks hadde blitt supplert med bilder av en pølseselger, en trøtt mamma med masete unger ol, ville vi som ser på bildene, fått et ''nærere'' inntrykk av byen. Håper du ikke tar dette ille opp. Går ut fra at du legger dem ut her nettopp fordi du ønsker kommentarer, eller.. Takk for fine bilder!

Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 12:13:06 -0400
From: (Janie Duncan)
Subject: Images of Norway


I have a strange question. Do you by chance have any photos of Lima, Norway? It is a small but beautiful village not far from Stavanger. I believe Algaard may be the postal area.

I'm asking because I will be visiting my Norwegian relatives in July and wanted to show some photos to some friends here in the states. Unfortunately, I cannot find anything on the Internet.

Interesting that you are in Cincinnati. I grew up in Portsmouth, Ohio!

I'll have to look more closely at your web page. The photos are beautiful!

Thank you for any help you can offer.

Hello Janie:

No, we don't happen to have any images of Lima, Norway. A complete listing of the pages and images we have on line is on our Quick Reference/Archives page.

Have a wonderful trip!



Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2005 15:40:22 -0400
From: (Phil Lowney)
Subject: Malaga, Spain

A good efort for a day trip to Malaga, but I feel that the lack of stop-over has denied you some stunning photo opportunites of a beautiful and vibrant city. I spend a lot of time in Malaga and have many excellent pictures of the city, I would happily send you some if you so wished. You can't ever see all of Malaga.

Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2005 08:31:32 -0500
From: (gus. maple)
Subject: Evensen Family Reunion

what a nice site! i found this site by accident after i had typed in the name of my brother, Thomas Evensen, in Yahoo. my brother died last year and i miss him a lot so i just thought that i would see what was out there. our father was born in norway in 1904 and after sailing all over the world he decided to settle in canada. my mother was a dane and they had ten kids together. i am no. 9 and Thomas was no. 10. in 1967 canada made change out of silver for the last time and switched to nickel or whatever they use now. my brother and my father (Ingwald Martinius Venheim) decided that they would save up all the pre 1968 coins that they could and then sell them for the silver and build or buy a boat and sail back to norway. pappa was killed by a drunk driver in 1970 so that never happened. Thomas grew up and had a family and got split up and started a business and all was going well. he felt that he needed to honour our father's centennial in 2004 by getting a boat and sailing to norway where he had never been. the boat was lost in a storm off the coast of iceland and Thomas died in the cold water. the only crew was my son Kristian Carlo, known as K.C. (casey). he put on his survival suit , but for some unknown reason Thomas did not quite get the time. i miss him so much and it was very nice to find this site and get to see a family of Evensens enjoying life together. good luck to you all. far vel

Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2005 21:40:50 -0500
From: "Al" <>

We are leaving Michigan this Friday, April 1 for a Western Caribbean Cruise on the Navigator of the Seas. Thanks for your pictures we were able to look at re Labadee. Hope we have as good a time as you and your family did.


Date: Mon, 28 Mar 2005 11:34:09 -0500
From: "Noel Morcilla" <>

Hello Chief Kjell... thanks for inviting me to your website.. This is really cool... I will keep on browsing all of your nice photos and hope to see some pictures from way back 1994-1995 when we were Tekna Team in St. Nazaire France at the Chantier de l'Atlantique.

It's indeed a pleasure seeing you again (after several years) onboard the Majesty of the Seas. Hope to visit your ship again on my next Amos training schedule.

Have a good vacation and hope to see more photos! Enjoy and Relax..

Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2005 21:19:19 -0500

Hello Kjell,

Excellent pictures!. Specially the ones in the "cities" section.  All the best for you and Lois.


Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 22:56:23 -0500
From: "Linda Poole" <>

I saw your pictures as I was looking for pictures of Bergen Norway. I live in Poulsbo Wa. And the town was built by Norway people long ago and they made it like the town they came from ,to America. Which was Bergen Norway. Get on a website of Poulsbo Washington and you will see. Thanks for the great pictures.

Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2005 10:00:46 -0500
From: "edson" <>

I am very happy for discovery this site in internet , because I went or was in the travel in ship the same day that you was. I was in Navigator of the seas in january,11,2003 when the ship departure 5:00 pm in Miami. I was whith my family. The ship fisrt stopped in Porto Rico, after Saint Marteen,St Thomas and last Bahamas. For me its was a very nice cruiser. When a found this site I remember this cruiser that I like lot. Sorry for my write this leter whith any mistakes, but I speak and write only few words. But Iam studing. Iam brazilian and was born in Santo Andre, Sao Paulo , Brasil.

Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2005 12:31:18 -0500
From: "Lauren" <>

omg~ i went to norway like.... last summer.. its soooo pretty there... i LOVE that songefjord!!!!! we stayed at this hotel, RIGHT BY the fjord, its a really small hotel owned by a sis and bro... family business or something, but it is sooooo pretty, what I really liked the most is, the hotel, is like your home, you get this really homey sorda feelin and when you open the hotel room window, you can see the sunset and like the cool wind.... and at night, we just sorda hang around the hotel, by the fjord, chattin and stuff, and theres this cliff thing there, we went to pick flowers... and sit at the edge, water rushin right under ur foot and watchin the sunset... its like heaven! and durin the day we went bikin around the fjord, watchin the the sun.. and the BEAUTIFUL water... and the cool houses and stuff... its like a really really small town there... and theres a swimmin pool and a tennis court, the hotel is like a huge house to us, like all family livin together... ! i LOVED that place soooooo much!!!! *Sigh* and my other fave has to be geirangerfjord!!!!! its really pretty and stuff.... i LOVE it~ but my fave would always be songefjord, cuz its soooooo nice there... its really hard to explain~ its sooooo nice!!!!!

Ed. note:  The above post from Canada is related to images of Norway that we have on this site.  A list of those images can be found by clicking here.

Date: Sat, 27 Nov 2004 10:43:04 -0500
From: (Margot)

Hei! Jeg går ut fra at du er norsk, ettersom navnet ditt ihvertfall er det og noen av motivene dine også er fra Norge. Jeg har vært inne på sidene dine en gang tidligere også, begge ganger mens du sto oppført i chattelinjen i dagbladet chat, men jeg har aldri pratet med deg. Det var fine bilder du har tatt og også kjekt for meg som nordmann å få små glimt av hvordan livet er ''over there''! Går ut fra at du må ha jobbet på noen av cruisebåtene du hadde bilder av, ettersom det var så mange bilder av dem. Likte speielt godt noen av bildene fra rodeoen- de var det fart over!! Nysgjerrig som jeg er, skulle jeg gjerne hatt noe tekst under en del av bildene, hvor bildene ble tatt, hva slags hest, hvem sin sadel du hadde tatt bilde av osv. Jeg fotograferte en del selv tidligere, og har en hel eske med linser og kamerahus på loftet et sted, men fotograferer lite nå for tida. Synes bildene dine er gode, hvor mange piksler har du i kameraet ditt? Bildene har god kvalitet, så du må ha et godt kamera. Må slutte av nå, men kommer gjerne inn hit igjen seinere for å titte på flere bilder!

Hilsen Margot

Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2004 12:30:50 -0500
From: (lill olsen)

HI.i try once again,as I got an error last time I wrote.I'm very new into computers (smile).anyway,-nice page you got here.I have just started to construct my own page.Mostly travelstuff,-not so much translated into english yet.But that will come. i love to travel,and been to many of the same places as you.Smoky mountain,Lookout mountain,etc.I have been to 18 am.states so far,and I will do them all.I'm a north Norwegian gal,raised on ships in the Great Artic Sea.Now living in Sogn og Fjordane.So if you ever pass here again,just drop by for a cup of coffe.Greetings from Lill.url:

Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2004 10:25:45 -0500
From: (Tari Johnson)

Hello. Your images are beautiful. I am the Art Director for Sons of Norway association magazine, Viking. I am wondering if we could use any images of Slottsfjellet that you have to accompany an article we are doing on visiting smaller towns in Norway.

Please let me know. The images can be emailed to me as long as they are at least 300dpi in resolution. Also, please enclose in the email how you would like the photo to be credited.

Thank you so much.

Tari Johnson
MSP Communications
220 South 6th St.
Suite 500
Minneapolis, Mn 55402
612-339-7571 ext 332

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 14:35:15 -0500
From: (Jarle Johansen)

hei hei !!!!
Kan nesten ikke se meg mett på de flotte bilden fra steder du besøker.. og de skipene.. er en gammel sjømann som gikk i land for noen år siden, sitter her å mimrer og lever på minner fra dengang...Derfor er det hyggelig å titte inn i ditt album og oppleve mange av de stedene jeg har vert på nytt. Jeg bor ved Tyrifjorden i Buskerud og ser "vann" hver dag. men når jeg drar til Oslo eller Drammen så går første turen langs havnen for å se på livet dr... tror det er noe som altid vil ligge i boldet... dragningen mot sjøen og livet er.... synd det ikke er sli fortsatt. savner miljøet fra sjøen.. blir liksom ikke det samme å traske rundt på land etter 31 år på et skipsdekk.....
Ønsker deg alt det beste og fortsatt fin seilas videre...
Gode hilsner fra
Jarle R. Johansen
ex. sjømann og stuert

Date: Mon, 1 Nov 2004 16:33:22 -0500
From: (Corey Free)

Hey I was looking over your web pages. I"m the guy from rock city on Lookout Mountain that you meet at the Kodak booth. I wanted to say that the pictures are great. They turn out very very well and clear. I was wondering what camera most of the pics were taken with? I am trying to find a camera that will give me good clear picures like the one's that you all have posted. Thanks for your time.
Corey Free

Hi Corey!

Kjell and I enjoyed meeting you yesterday atop Lookout Mountain. Thanks so much for your kind comments. You did an excellent job taking a picture of us, too! :-)

Images on this site were captured using the following cameras:

Canon EOS 10D, 6.3 mega pixels.

Canon Digital Rebel DS6041

Sony Digital Still Camera DSC-S70 with MPEG Movie.
3.3 mega pixels and precision 6x zoom with Carl Zeiss lens.

Sony Digital Still Camera MVC-FD88 with FD Drive 4x,
1.3 mega pixels, 16 x zoom, and MPFEG movie.

Sony Digital Mavica, MVC-FD71, 10 x optical zoom.

Very best,


Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 00:13:28 -0400
From: "Vickie" <>

I'm looking for a crochet pattern for the Norway flag.

Date: Mon, 18 Oct 2004 17:01:36 -0400
From: (Øystein Sæterdalen)

Hei Kjell. Vakkert, rett og slett vakkert. Ser du har lagt en god del jobb i sidene dine og en god fotograf vet jeg du alltid har vært. Keep up the good work som det heter på "nynorsk".... :-) Vi snakkes. Varme hilsner fra Norge.

Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 22:49:43 -0400
From: "May-Sol" <>

Hei til Midwest og frue !

Har for n-te gang sittet og tittet på hjemmesiden deres. Så mange
vakre bilder, og så deilig å drømme seg litt bort. Særlig nå som høsten har
gjort sitt inntog, og vi snart tar den norske vinteren i favn.

Bermuda....Antigua....Capri...Grand Cayman...Ibiza.... *SS*

Takk for titten, og de aller beste ønsker til dere og familien!

*big hug*


Hei May-Sol!

Thank you so very much for your kind comments!  We enjoyed meeting you in Oslo.


Lois & Kjell

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 14:55:45 -0400
From: (Nick Pizzo)
Subject: Messina, Sicily

Thankyou very much for pictures of Messina Sicily, I was there in 1981 and its exactly what I had seen, I was born in Sicily a beautifull town of Montagnareale Province of Messina, the other city close to Messina is Patti di Marina and then Montagnareale, also where the famaous ceramic makers of Montagnareale close by between Patti Di Marina and Montagnareale is the place of its famous ceramica di Cavalliere Callava family, I hope my spelling is correct and its Olive oil also-pasta once was shipped from here to NewYork -many stories , many Kingdoms.

Patti di Marina where once King Roger's mother lived and then was barried 1100th century I believe-

Montagnareale , is a town of 3000 people over looking Patti di Marina and once was uynder Norman rule, French, Spanish and many more of the Sicilian melting pot of 3000yrs.

Thanks for bringing Messina on Web site from your family, I hope this is the image that people view of Sicilians, not the negative over whelming media towards us-

Thanks again and great more adventures, Sincerely, Nick Pizzo form Ottawa Canada-


Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 18:52:08 -0400
From: (Øystein Sæterdalen)

Hei "onkel" Kjell og Lois. Ville bare sende en liten hilsen over bekken til dere her fra høstige Norge. Sitter hjemme og prøver og få tiden til å gå da jeg har vært så uheldig å få "mononukleose" eller kyssesyken som de fleste kaller den. Etter streng beskjed fra legen er all fysisk aktivitet forbudt intill videre. Har vært sykemeldt i 3 uker og skal fortsette med det i minst 2 uker til, kjedelig og ikke å anbefalle. Vil ellers bare si at det er ei flott hjemmeside Dere har laget og at Dere er noen meget habile fotografer.

MVH Øystein.

PS: Beklager at jeg ikke skriver på engelsk, men skriftlig engelsk er ikke min sterke side. Håper du oversetter til Lois hvis det er av interresse.
Have a nice day all of you............

Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 18:36:53 -0400
From: (Paula Watkins)

I have told you before how much I enjoy your fabulous pictures, but this time you really outdid yourself on the cruise to nowhere, avoiding the storm. I love this site.

Thank you, Paula.

It is so nice to hear from you again. I'm glad to know you continue to enjoy the site. :-)

Perhaps we'll meet onboard someday.


Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 02:42:50 -0400
From: (Glen Bigelow)

Dear Evensens...

I came across your site by accident while searching for something...I don't even remember what...after I got so involved with your excellent travelogue and gazetter.

Just wanted to say thanks for a job very well done, including amazing photos. The only thing missing...unless I missed it, would be some indication of the type of camera, lenses and film (if applicable) that you were using a various times. But, short of that personal observation, the work on you site is not only excellent, but very professional.

Thanks for a great time!

Glen Bigelow
Sacramento, CA

Hello Glen:

Thank you for your very, very kind comments. We do have a wonderful time with the web site. Our images are our souvenirs from our travels.

Images on this site were captured using the following cameras:

Canon EOS 10D, 6.3 mega pixels.

Canon Digital Rebel DS6041

Sony Digital Still Camera DSC-S70 with MPEG Movie.
3.3 mega pixels and precision 6x zoom with Carl Zeiss lens.

Sony Digital Still Camera MVC-FD88 with FD Drive 4x,
1.3 mega pixels, 16 x zoom, and MPFEG movie.

Sony Digital Mavica, MVC-FD71, 10 x optical zoom.

Very best,


Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 13:05:20 -0400
From: "Eileen Schenck" <>
Subject: Steamboats

Hi, we visited Tall Stacks in 2003. Is there a steamboat with a full day trip or one overnight trip? Believe the General Lee was mentioned but perhaps my memory is foggy. Can't afford the Delta Queen class at this time (did enjoy that cruise though in 1969!) Love the River!

Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 10:31:15 -0400
From: "Kurt Book"

When will you come cruising Seabourn och Cunard?
Take my regards to Kjell.

Date: Sun, 1 Aug 2004 05:39:42 -0400

Hello, nice website. Please keep it up. Thank you

Date: Sat, 31 Jul 2004 11:50:37 -0400
From: "Diana" <>

Hi Lois,
Just wanted to say how much I enjoy your site, I look at it everyday.I have really enjoyed seeing all the pictures of you've shown of "Majesty of the Seas" I have sailed her twice....these pics sure do bring back lots of memories!! Can't wait for our next cruise on EOS!!

Date: Fri, 16 Jul 2004 00:17:52 -0400
From: (lisa)

You guys are too cool. We are planning a trip to Italy and I searched Island of capri and your website came up. You travel like we do. I'm suprised we haven't met on an adventure somewhere in the world. Keep up the good work. Happy travels to you.

Date: Sat, 29 May 2004 12:27:04 -0400
From: (Ruth)

Came across your site by searching for a fort that we saw briefly while we were driving around Nice-Villefranche-Monte Carlo last month on our cruise. You helped me identify a photo I had taken but didn't know how to label. I love your site - especially your comment that your favorite (or perhaps only - I forget which) souvenirs are your pictures! I'm the same way! Don't like to shop much - just like to come home with some great pictures I can print up to use to remember my trip! (Ours was fabulous!)

Date: Tue, 25 May 2004 15:54:32 -0400

just looked in to say hello Have a nice day

Date: Thu, 6 May 2004 09:12:34 -0400
From: (mbla)

En liten hilsen fra meg. Fantastisk flotte bilder på siden din! Blir nok neppe noen cruise på meg med det aller første..... men har lagt siden til favorittene mine, så er det jo lov å drømme seg bort en smule.

Ha en fin dag!

mvh €mbla

Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2004 08:22:56 -0400
From: "Per Arne Kjonso" <>

M/M Evensen
Your website is incredible, what a work you have put into this, I am very proud of being Norwegian and also your friend !

Thank you, Per, for your very kind comments and the delicious luncheon yesterday.  We enjoyed seeing you once again.

Very best,

Lois and Kjell

Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 09:46:32 -0500
From: "roxanne" <>
Subject: cameras

great site. which camera did you use. GREAT QUALITY PICTURES.

Images on this site were captured using the following cameras:

Canon EOS 10D, 6.3 mega pixels.

Canon Digital Rebel DS6041

Sony Digital Still Camera DSC-S70 with MPEG Movie.
3.3 mega pixels and precision 6x zoom with Carl Zeiss lens.

Sony Digital Still Camera MVC-FD88 with FD Drive 4x,
1.3 mega pixels, 16 x zoom, and MPFEG movie.

Sony Digital Mavica, MVC-FD71, 10 x optical zoom.

Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 07:20:38 -0500
From: "Karl Fredrik Skorge Hansen" <>

Halla kjella, åssen går det med amricaneren? sender varme hilsen fra Norge hehe hilsen Karl Fredrik

Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2004 00:18:36 -0500
From: "Helen Casteel" <>
Your photos are stuning.

I have a small website, and love to use beautiful pictures. It makes me very sad these aren't available to use. They would spread such joy!


PS: Thanks, As An American Mom/Grandma, for keeping this site safe for kids! ~Helen

PS: Your picture is very handsome ... too.

Hello Helen:

Thank you for your very kind comments about our site and images.  We are happy you and others enjoy them.

Our images are already available for all to view for free on our web site.  However, we retain ownership and rights to all of our images;  our images are copywritten and we aggressively protect them.  You are welcome to link to our site at so others can enjoy them in that way.  Do not link directly to images.  If you would like to purchase any of the images for use on your site, framing, etc., please contact us again. 

I began this site as a hobby to share images and information with family and friends in 1994;  I am now celebrating ten rewarding years on the Internet.

We wish you the best in your efforts with your web site.  Your hard work will bring you a great deal of personal satisfaction and will be a contribution to the vast amount of information and enjoyment cyberspace provides for all.  Please write back and include the URL to your site so we can all enjoy it.

Best regards,

Lois Evensen, Webmaster

PS:  I think my husband is very handsome, too.  ;-)

Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 21:29:57 -0500
From: "deb zureick" <>

I was surfing the net looking for things on the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. I've decided you should do the web page for the Zoo. Thanks for such wonderful pictures. I work in the Horticulture Department and we are always out trying to get good shots of the gardens. You did fabulous. Thanks. deb

Thanks, Deb.  We're glad to know you enjoy the Zoo pages.  The Cincinnati Zoo is one of our favorite "photo journey" places and is only five minutes from our home in North Avondale. 

Thanks for the compliments!  I'll be delighted to write the Zoo's web site.   ;-)

Very best,


Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2004 16:58:57 -0500
From: "Violet McDonald" <>

Thanks. I was there in 1992. I loved it. I love Italy. You brought back the (good) memories.

Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2004 12:23:01 -0500
From: "Ragnar" <>

Hei gamle høvding.  Har nå sittet her en stund og sett på alle bildene dine. Kjempefine bilder og veldig givende og sitte og se på.
Håper og høre fra deg snart og at det kommer flere flotte bilder etter hvert.

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 19:38:48 -0500
From: "Eileen Ryan" <>

Hi, Lois,

I pass by your street occasionally as I drop my son, Sean, off at Xavier, and I always think of you and your very exciting life! I would love to get together sometime when you are in town and just catch up. Drop me line sometime when you jave a minute.

I do love your site!! The photography is amazing and must be a reflection of the joy you feel when you are with others and in such special places.

Hoping we'll talk soon,
Eileen Ryan
Blue Ash

Hi Eileen!

Thanks so much for your kind words about the web site.  It is a great deal of fun and the perfect way to stay in contact with family and friends.

So nice to hear a voice from the past once again.  :-)  Yes, it'll be fun to get together soon when we are both in the same city at the same time. 

Very best,


Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 13:09:00 -0500
From: "Gary Whitfield" <>

Hi Lois,
Really enjoyed your site,while in the USNavy,I'm retired now but in 1966 my ship had the pleasure of pulling liberty in Villefranche while the homeported ship was at sea. The town didn't want two Navy ships in at the same time, kept down trouble.My question is Have you ever seen a USNavy ship there in any of your visits. I really don't expect an answer because I'm sure you're much to busy,again thanks for the pictures,brought back a lot of memeries to this old Navyman. V/respectfully Gary Whitfield OS1 USN Ret. Sierra Vista AZ

Hi Gary:

Thanks for your note.  No, we haven't seen any US Navy ships in Villefranche during our many visit there, but we we have seen them in other ports such as Malta and Naples. 



Date: Sat, 3 Jan 2004 08:17:53 -0500
From: (Paschoa)

Congratulations! Your site is fantastic. Me and my family are from Santos, Brasil and sometimes visit your site. I have cruised a lot in Royal Caribbean vessels, and this site show me the places that I was and others that I would to go. I knew this site when I was looking for photos about Venice. Nowadays I visit to remember my first time in Venice (Brilliance of the Seas - June 2003) and another places that we visited in different dates. Best Regards.

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 07:34:36 -0500
From: (Berit)

Hallo gamle ørn! Takk for hyggelig julehilsen!
Klikket på linken nederst på mailen, og har nå hatt en hyggelig time med å se verden gjennom deres øyne.. Fantastiske bilder! :o)

Date: Tue, 23 Dec 2003 09:36:15 -0500
From: "Paula U. J." <>


Me and my family are from Brazil and always visit your site. We wanna wish to you and for your family, Merry Christmas and Happy 2004.


Hi Paula!

Thank you so very much and the greetings are returned to you and your family. We're delighted you enjoy the web site.

Very best,


Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 14:10:44 -0500
From: (Kiki Bang)

:) I just found your card in my wallet and decided to check out your website while at work. I love the pictures they all look sooooo beautiful!!!!! I think you need to get some of Norway in there though ;)

Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2003 17:00:05 -0500
From: (Aina)

Thank you for the marvellous chance to see this wonderful world with your eyes. I havent travelled much . What I saw on this site made me think over my life and probably to dream a little bit too. I will suggest my students to log in there. Thanks for nice expierence I got there.Aina Grinberga..... teacher in Latvia

Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2003 18:32:16 -0400
From: (Paula Watkins)


Your website is the very first one I go to every day.  It is wonderful.
I have cruised a lot and anytime I am thinking of going on a new or different ship, I ALWAYS check to see what others have written about it.

Thanks again for your fabulous website.

Paula Watkins

Hello Paula:

Thank you so very, very much.  It is so good to know you enjoy the site. Knowing others enjoy the site makes keeping it on line worthwhile.  :))

Very best,


Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 16:07:42 -0400
From: (Lois A. Evensen)

Really my name is Lois Ann Evensen. Is yours Ann too?  Wondering if we are related.  Just discovered your Website.

Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2003 05:19:40 -0400
From: (wonsuh )

Thank you for showing us interesting stories about travel.
I was finding news about sinking Venice,and come by your homepage.

If you have interests in Asian countries or viewpoints of European,American cultures by an Asian, please visit my homepage.

have a good day :-)

Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2003 15:22:00 -0400
From: (Stew Shore)

Just a short comment regarding your Website......... as an owner of a Cruise Travel Agency, I was browsing today and looking for port information on Venice and somehow, I came across your website....... I have gone through a good portion of it and I was very impressed with your presentation and your photography.  You have done a wonderful job of this site.  I have recommended that a few of my consultants browse your site and see what actually can be done with a little thought.

You have given me some great ideas on how I can present pictures of my Cruise adventures, for my clients to view.  Thanks.........

Thank you, Stew.  It is a very good feeling to know someone enjoys the site.  :)

Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 22:46:08 -0400
From: "Dave Evensen" <DAEVENSEN@AOL.COM>

Very interesting and impressive site.  My great great grandfather came from Bergen and great great grandmother came from Oslo.  It's a good last name.  Too bad people can't stop trying to insert "a's" "o's" "r's" and "t's"

Best wishes.

Dave Evensen
Batavia, IL

Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2003 08:33:30 -0400
From:  "Deb Kongsjord" <>

Please help, I am looking for a pattern to crochet a Norway flag for my father. Can you please help me.   Deb

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 06:19:51 -0400
From: "Mary Lou McElreath Falkenstein" <>

I just returned from an 18 day trip with Grand Circle Tours - the Orient Lines Marco Polo ship.  Our cruise started in Copenhagen and we then went to Flam, Norway, Gudvangen, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Bergen, Oslo, Aarhus, back to Copenhagen, then Tallinn, Estonia, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, and Stockholm.  I found your site from Google, looking for more information on Flam.  I really enjoyed the time there - took the railway and then by bus saw all the beautiful waterfalls and other scenery.  It was breathtaking at the highest point looking down at our cruiseship below.  Your pictures of Flam brought it all back.  I wish I had your expertise to put my trip online for friends and family.  I made the trip with a friend from Charleston - I live in Durango, CO.  We are both 75 and lost our husbands within a few months of each other.  A couple of years ago we were at a high school reunion in Durant, Oklahoma where we were both raised and "cooked up" the idea of a cruise together.  My husband and I traveled independently most of the time: he driving, I navigating.  I lost him 2 1/2 years ago and so far I'm not brave enough to launch out on my own traveling.  I am going with another friend to UK Lake District and Scotland in Sept.  We will be based in Windermere and take tours from there the first two weeks and then the last two we will join a Globus tour for Scotland.  I hope it will be fun. I have been through all the same area with my husband but wanted to visit it again - so beautiful.   For a place I HAVEN'T been, I have Portugal and Spain on my list and wonder if I could do that independently, driving with a friend.

Thank you for your site, I enjoyed it and it is very well done.

Hello Mary Lou:

Thank you so very much for your kind comments.   Our favorite travel souvenirs are the images we bring home.  It is fun to be able to share them on the Internet with others who have the same interests.

We wish you very enjoyable and safe travels in the future!



Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 19:15:16 -0400
From: "Maria Manuela Borges" <>

Estou a escrever de Portugal e em português, que é, creio eu,a 4ª lingua mais falada no nosso planeta.Tenho viajado bastante e em Julho último fui à Noruega de Oslo ao Cabo Norte, Lapónia seguindo sempre o percurso da E6. Fiquei maravilhada com as paisagens, os fiords, os lagos,etc.Subi debaixo de chuva torrencial até ao Svartisen e fiquei estupefacta com o que me foi possivel observar,a pesar da escalada ter sido uma grande aventura, para os meus 74 anos.Mas valeu a pena.O povo Norueguês é um povo muito simpático e civilizado.Agora sonho com a viagem por mar até
aos fiords.
Até breve Noruega

Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2003 08:20:11 -0400
From: "Mohamed" <>
Subject:  Fram, Norway

Very well organised site.  I was in Oslo, Norway myself a couple of weeks ago and I had the opportunity of visiting the FRAM for a short time, I mean I only had about 30 minutes.  I was so determined to come back to my base, Scotland, to find out more about the FRAM and yippee... your well-organised archive reminded me of it all.  Very neatly done.  Keep up the good work.  Thanks.

Date: Tue, 24 Jun 2003 23:23:37 -0400
From: (Rosetta Bush)
Subject: Metamora pictures

Thanks for your interest in Metamora.

You have posted some of the best pictures I have ever seen taken of Metamoa.

Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2003 12:25:51 -0400
From: (Grace Ann Drake)

Dear Lois,

I enjoyed your images of Tallin, Estonia. Thank you for letting me relive my visit there. I sang in the Bridges of Song festival in 1991 and so Tallin has a very special place in my heart. We stayed with families in Tallin. I live in Dayton, Ohio but was touring with the Cincinnati International Touring Chorale that year. The group has disbanned but my memories will live on.~Grace Ann Drake

Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2003 13:55:16 -0400
From: (Morton Goss)

Enjoyed your travel log on Villefrache, Franc. It was the best discription of a city for tourists that I've seen.

My wife & I are going there in October onboard the Celebrity Millinnium which will dock there. Since we have been to France several times before by land & sea, but have never been to Villefranche. After reading your report we decided that we will stay in port instead of going back to the usual tourist places. Again thanks for your detailed & interesting report.

Date: Sat, 7 Jun 2003 16:29:50 -0400
From: (Rolli***)

Måtte innom sida deres igjen. Flotte fine naturbilder. Jeg må bare innrømme , jeg leste ingenting denne gangen men kosa meg over kvaliteteten på bildene. TOPP. Særlig   Makros av singel blomstene  virkelig lekkert :)

skulle vel egentlig skrevet på engelsk her men det får heller dere oversette :)  men jeg kan jo ta det på tysk

ha en forferdelig fin sommer dere  Vennligst Rolli***

Date: Fri, 30 May 2003 09:28:49 -0400
From: (Rose Rognstad)
Subject: Visitor have a great page....great family! More power to you both...and continue your good life! You are blessed...God bless you...take care!

best regards,

Date: Mon, 26 May 2003 13:05:28 -0400
From: (Maria)

Olá eu sou da região  Sul do Brasil, no dia 25/05/2003, assisti em um programa de televisão chamado "fantástico" uma reportagem sobre a Noruega(Bergen), esta cidade me deixou maravilhada, foi como ver um pedaço do paraíso na terra. Na manhã do dia 26/05/2003, acordei com as imagens do paraíso que havia visto na noite anterior na minha mente e resolvi buscar mais informações sobre Bergen, felizmente encontrei o seu site, ele é maravilhoso, de uma sensibilidade extraordinária, não somente conheci um pouco mais de Bergen, como também a sua família que é muito bonita, me impressionou o respeito que sua família tem pelos que já se foram para o plano superior.Espero que continuem este trabalho maravilhoso de documentar suas viagens, pois fiquei conhecendo um pouco mais de um lugar que provavelmente nunca conhecerei pessoalmente, mas estará em meus sonhos para sempre.Obrigado por me levar de carona nesta viagem maravi!

Muita saúde e felicidades à todos desta família.



Date: Sun, 18 May 2003 13:09:08 -0400
From: (cheryl)

In two weeks we are travelling to the Fjords of Norway by ship from the U.K.  We will be going on a excursion from Flam, Norway. This site help me to appreciate what it will be like.
Regards, Cheryl

Date: Wed, 14 May 2003 04:04:38 -0400
From: (Roland)

Thank you so much! I love that place, that part of Spain and it gave me wonderful memories of wonderful moments we had there with my girlfriend!
And moreover, your pictures are really great. Good job. Thank's again.

By the way, I will be in Malaga again next June for Spanish classes,and you pictured the school's entrance, on "Plaza de la Merced". I'll be at the "Instituto Picasso". Funny and nice.
Congratulations once again for your pictures. Great job.

Roland, from Switzerland.

Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 14:14:18 -0400
From: (Ida Unti)

Hello, I am from Brazil and I have a question: Will come to Brazil next season (03/04) any Royal Caribbean's ship? Please aswer my question.


Hello Ida:

I don't know if Royal Caribbean will return to Brazil.  You might want to keep an eye on Royal Caribbean's web site for new itineraries.


Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 08:08:43 -0500
From: "Lou Sander" <>

I'm working on the web site, a site for everyone associated with the USS Rankin, a former Navy ship that is now a fishing reef.

We're doing a Ports of Call section now, and you've been to several of the places that Rankin has also been to.

I'm wondering if it's OK to link to your sites from ours. I'm also wondering if you plan to leave your photos on the site indefinitely, if you plan to take them down after a few months, or what?

I think your photos would bring back a lot of nice memories for people who visited those places aboard Rankin back in the 1960s and 1970s.

Lou Sander
Pittsburgh, PA

Hi Lou:

You are more than welcome to link to the various pages on  The site has been on line since 1994 and is contiuously updated.  It is a work in progress and there is no plan to remove any of the port information.

I've taken a look at your site and am quite impressed.  :))

Very best to you and for your project,


Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2003 18:08:55 -0500
From: "Trond (Leppa)" <>

Hello Loise and Kjell, found your web pages on the net and I just want to drop a line and send my regards from Norway. I hope everything is good and I actually miss all the good (bad?) discussions we had even if our humor is very different.
Have a great day.

From : (Paula U. J.)
Date :    Fri, 7 Feb 2003 17:51:03 -0500

Olá, estou escrevendo para dizer que eu adorei viajar a bordo do Splendour of the Seas, e que estou muito triste por ele não ter retornado ao Brasil nesta temporada.   Ao ver as fotos, lembrei de todos os inesquecíveis momenos que passei a bordo. Este navio simplismente é maravilhoso! Além de ser um paraíso flutuante, tem uma tripulação muito animada e hospitaleira.  Abraços para você, para sua família e para toda tripulação.

 Espero reencontrá-los algum dia aqui no Brasil ou em qualquer lugar do mundo.


From : (Bill Scheerer)
Date :    Fri, 31 Jan 2003 21:51:00 -0500

These pictures are great!  Plays to my wanderlust.

Bill Scheerer (relative of Lois)

From : (bjorn & vesla jakobsen)
Date :    Mon, 6 Jan 2003 08:00:05 -0500

hi both of you! long time not seeing you,

 hope too see you soon

 we are going on voyager 16. of marz 03

 but both of you are "married" to SPLENDOUR


Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2002 10:13:42 -0500
From: (Don)

Hi, It't been awhile. Many thing have happened since we last talked. I also have a new grandkid.
Jessica was a year old in sept. Gosh can't believe how times just slips buy. haven't been to Cincy for almost a year and no one was home when I called. will probably be up there in the next month or so.
Hope you all have a very merry Christmas. Will get off a longer note shortly I hope.

Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2002 07:49:00 -0500
From: (ida)

Hello, I am from Brazil and I traveled in Splendour of the Seas with my family, in 2001, when it was in Brazil. I really LOVED.
 When I sow this page, I could remenber all the god moments who I passed in the ship.


Date: Sun, 27 Oct 2002 23:25:25 -0500
From: (stor&søt)

Heisan Midwest! For en flott hjemmeside,utrolig!Ser din kone har skrevet mye her,men regner med at dere har den isammen*s*Flott familie og nydelig hjem..Vil oxo se masse mer her inne en annen gang,men klokka er snart halv seks i Norge,og jeg må sove litt :o)Alltid koselig å chatte med deg på DB snakk.Vi ses sikkert der *s* Klem fra stor&søt...

Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002 14:48:09 -0400
From: (Norm Evensen)

I was searching and found your site. And here I thought we were the only Evensens around. Good to meet you. Greetings from Toronto.

Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 21:23:21 -0400
From: (Vaughn Jerome)

Lois:  How are you?  Been a long time since we've talked.  Web site seems to be doing fine.  As you can see, we are going another cruise on Oct 2oth.  Love your Lab.-- We've got 2 of them and they are...bed puppies!!
Luv ya,   -Vaughn

Hi Vaughn!

It's so nice to hear from you.  Everything is good here;  I trust all is ok at your place, too!  :))

Yep, those Labs are great dogs.  Our guy is really special, too.

Have a great cruise!


Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2002 16:07:58 -0400
From: (Øistein Darup)

Hei Kjell og Lois!

Long time no see:-). Hvordan står det til Kjell?, det var hyggelig og kikke på nettsidene deres, masse fine bilder fra fjern og nær. Håper på en liten mail fra deg Kjell ved anledning. Vi snakkes, give my best to Lois.


P.S. skal hilse fra Astrid D.S.

Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 11:38:29 -0400
From: (Øyvind Darup)

Hei Kjell.

Det var jammen overraskende at du kom innom stasjonen min igår og idag. Du har jo ikke forandret deg stort, husket deg som du alltid har vært, jovial og koselig. Nå har jeg bladd meg gjennom endel av sidene deres og dere har gjort en flott jobb. Masse fine bilder etc...

hilsen Øyvind

Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2002 17:41:40 -0400
From: "Kenneth Evensen" <>

Hi  colllll page i am siting her in norway and surfing the nett and then i find this page. Its col to se other peoples named Evensen, around her its just me and som other near relatives that is named Evensen

Date: Sat, 3 Aug 2002 14:58:58 -0400
From: "Hans-Georg H. Walther" <>
Subject: Visitor

Dear Evensen Family!

Greetings from Germany! Your website is quite interesting. I found your site because I was searching for "Evensen related websites" on the web. You know, I am living in a very small village called "Evensen" here in Germany (about 120 Citizens, near the Expo 2000 city "Hannover"). You are invited to visit our website but I think you cannot read german language. But you will find some nice pictures of Evensen.

I was never in the United States. However, I own a Ford Explorer which is a quite rare car here - so I am feeling a little american here ;-)

Kind Regards,

Hello Hans-Georg:

It is so nice to hear from you!  Thank you for writing.  I have enjoyed looking at your web site.  It is surely a small world.

We also have a Ford Explorer in the family.  It's a great vehicle.

Thank you for writing!


Date: Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:52:06 -0400
From: "Robert Dean Wood (Sir Kerby)" <>

Boy for awhile I couldn't find your address ... Whewww

So Lois, how are you and Kjell getting along?

Bobbie and I are off on another cruise, to Hawaii this time. We leave on Sunday, July 28th aboard the Norwegian Star, but first we are spending two days at the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel. It's our 60th wedding anniversary and Bobbie's 78th birthday. I don't know if you can send messages ship to ship, but if you can it would be special if you could send greeting to Bobbie on her birthday and condolences on her 60th wedding anniversary. Or if you're on shore, maybe a card to her:

Mrs. Robert Dean Wood
Outrigger Wakiki Hotel,
2335 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, Hawaii

(((Be sure to write this on the corner of the envelope:)))

"Arriving Guest-8-4-02"

All the best,
Woody, Bobbie & Sir Kerby

Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 10:13:11 -0500
From: (Amy Holliday (Bartlett & Weigle))
Subject: Visitor

I am assisting Mr. Weigle in your matter and just visited your site out of curiosity.  The photos you have from your travels almost made me cry - they are so beautiful.  Thank you for sharing.

Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2001 15:08:18 -0500
From: "John Bak ice dk" <>
Subject: Visitor



Date: Mon, 26 Nov 2001 11:08:54 -0500
From: "Kurt Book" <>
Subject: Visitor

Hello Lois,
I am sorting papers and found one with "ONSIDIUM" written on it. I think that is the family name of the orchid I gave you.

How is life down under? I hope it is better than here, we have rain, wind ,low temperatures and darkness as main components if I should discribe ours. So I will not.

We spend a nice week traveling in Portugal and Spain before we went home. We visited my relatives in Malaga and the whole area are just exploding in developments. I have never seen anything like it. You must take a rid when we pass by next time.

I have to start cooking, Anita just arrived.

Have a nice Brazil and regards to Kjell.

From:  Katlynn Freeman
Time:  04:53 PM 11/4/01 -0500

I wanted to say hello because I saw you page it was very good I had to of read it 4-5 times it was so good if you could right me back that would be cool oooooooooo by the way my name is katlynn freeman and I live in Florida
st.pete I am 12 years old but bye for now.

p.s.hope to here back from you soon........katlynn freeman


Hi Katlynn -

I guess you saw Catherine's Cat Tales.  I will pass on your compliments to the kitties.

Do you have a cat too?

Thank you for your comments, and I hope you will stop back again sometime.


From: "Kenneth Bane" <>
Subject: Enjoyed your Photos
Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 20:07:57 -0500

 I just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying looking at your Norway photos. I found your Tønsberg family reunion pictures while doing a search of Tønsberg web sites! My family and I were in Tønsberg about 2 days before the date of the reunion you had there.
 I also liked your Oslo pictures.
 We were in Norway visiting the family of an exchange student we had hosted here in Cleveland, Oh.
 vennligest hilsener,
Ken Bane

From : (Chistian Grothe Germany)
Date :    Mon, 22 Oct 2001 16:54:07 -0400

Hallo Lois,

I ran by chance into your page during the look-up according to information on
the American CPA-Examination.

Many greetings and best wishes on this way from Germany



Hi Chris,

So nice of you to write.  I hope you found the information you needed and am glad you happened into our web site.

Best regards,


From : (susan martin)
Date :    Tue, 16 Oct 2001 10:31:26 -0400

I loved your pictoral on your Venice trip.  i will be going next week and i can't find any information on the location of the port.

can you give me any info?  we are inspecting the costa ships and they are putting us up at a hotel near the port, where ever that is.

thanks for any assistance you can give.




Hi Sue:

The ships are docked near the train station if you can find that on a map of Venice.  I've seen the Costa ships docked across from RCCL ships there.

Have a good trip!  :-)

Best regards,


Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2001 15:28:26 -0400
From: (Darryl P. Arthurs)

hello Lois, I was working on RCCL Legend of the seas from aug 23-sept 02
2001 in the jewellery dept. I was wondering if your are the same guest i met who had a great web site? I was wondering if you are , how did you enjoy the cruise?


Hi Darryl:

No, I was not onboard Legend at that time, but thanks for writing.  Perhaps the person you met will see this and write to you.  :)

I hope you enjoy this web site!

Very best,


Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 17:03:43 -0400
From: (Eli41)

Hi Midwest*S**S*

Chattevennine Eli fra Tønsberg sender en liten hilsen - og ikke minst: Takk
for at jeg fikk se disse vakre sidene! Du/dere har et godt blikk for vakre
motiv, jeg er imponert!

Det er alltid like hyggelig å se deg på Dagbla'-chatten, MW*S*

Tirsdag 11. september 2001 er blitt en historisk dag: Jeg vil alltid huske
hvordan jeg fikk vite om tragedien: På DB-chatten... av MW som så på CNN og
rapportertetil oss andre. Det gir chattingen en ekstra dimensjon å sitte og
snakke med flere norskamerikanere i disse dagene.

Ha en riktig god tur på sjøen igjen! Vi chattes nok i januar*S*

Klem fra Eli som vinker til web-kameraet og Midwest ved Brygga

Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2001 03:32:02 -0400
From: (Rolli***)

Heisann heisann.

Mine hjertligste gratulasjoner med din store dag idag håper du feirer skikkelig.Og tar en liten skål til deg    hever glasset tre ganger HURRA HURRA HURRA*s*

Flotte bilder fra Niagara falls men det regner jeg med du er klar over sjøl.
Vi tastes *SS* Ha en god dag Rolli***

Date: Tue, 7 Aug 2001 17:06:15 -0400
From: (Bjørg(Nadja))

Heisann Midwest....

Flotte bilder du har imponert....tar litt selv og....var flinkere fø har begynt litt igjen...
Har vel ikke snakket med deg på skal nok si Hei neste gang....
Har og hjemmeside....
Så ta deg en titt.....og tar gjerne mot en hilsen fra deg i gj.boka mi og....
Lykke til vidre....

Klemzzzz fra Nadja

Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2001 21:48:44 -0400
From: (matt reynolds)

fine bilder! kann du ikkje sier ka de fjordene heter?

Hi Matt:

Thanks for writing.  Here are more of our images with descriptions.  :-)

Lois & Kjell

Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2001 14:24:20 -0400
From: (unclebob)

 "Text of your Post"????  Vas ist?  I thought that this site was in real Merrycan, not English.  Oy Veh! I've happily been nosing about in the -BIG SITE-. Lot'sa stuff in here. If I look long enough I may even find an old pair of socks that needs darning.  Actually, it's a marvelous site & a fun place to cyber-explore. It's time for me to get back to sniffing around.TALLY-HO!!

Date: Sat, 4 Aug 2001 08:10:40 -0400
From: (Esther Charlton)

Good Morning,
I woke up early and had a chance to look at all of the lovely photos on Kjell's photo page.  It was reminding me of when we were children and we had a viewmaster to look at photos, but that is really making me seem from the the dark age.  I wonder when those things faded from existence.

The wonders of modern things are just mistifying(?).


Date: Wed, 1 Aug 2001 00:48:42 -0400
From: (Stuttum)

Hei Midwest

Måtte en liten tur innom hjemmesiden din. Du verden for flotte bilder du har tatt. Driver å knipser litt selv, men har mye å lære ser jeg.

Ha en fin dag *S*

Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 17:07:04 -0400
From: (Jenny Margrethe Samnøy , 43   år , Bergen Norway)

Thank you for let me see you beautiful, internet home.  I am born
in Skjørsand, Fusa.  My father named Einar. N. SAmnøy and had a fabric i
old days,whish made "Tønner"  to have fish in in the 1950.  He also was a
assurance director later.  I wonder it you may have family in Bergen??
Tell me.
Yours sincerely,
Jenny Margrethe Samnøy, Bønes, Bergen

Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2001 23:01:13 -0400
From: (Rolli***)

Meg  igjen*s*  glemte visst   hjemmesideadressen min   herved   levert*SS*

Den skulle funke hos de fleste.
hilninger  fra Rolli***

Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2001 10:51:20 -0400
From: (Rolli***)

Hei dere*SS*
Var innom idag igjen  fine  nye bilder på siden deres.
Alltid  hyggelig å stikke nesa innom  her*s*
Er ikke helt i form idag  men   ikke noe alvorlig. Slikt kommer og går for de fleste.
Vil nok besøke siden deres titt og ofte liker   alle bildene. så den fordelen har dere jo som har digitale kameraer. Men men jeg får bare nøye meg med   å scanne inn mine bilder til min  hjemmeside*S*
Etterhvert er det blitt bra med temperaturer her oxo*S*
Hjertlige hilsninger Rolli***

Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 17:53:51 -0400
From: (Lynne Powlik)

Have just found your web page while doing research on Royal Caribbean Cruises, with hopes of cruising to Hawaii in September. Love the looks of your home. The Spring garden, in particular, got my attention and I was delighted when I opened it and saw all the irises and roses. The dew on the roses is so magnificently captured that I read the comments and have noted the type of digital camera you use. Thanks for an enjoyable site.

Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2001 15:53:49 -0400
From: (Karen)

Just stopped by to check out your personal site, Lois.  I haven't been there in a while and wanted to see "what's new."  As always, an enjoyable visit!  (Love the pictures of the Grandkids.  Our Danny is expecting a little brother in November!)  I've just completed an 8-week class in Web Development (back in college again - a Junior now), so I'm noticing things at your site I'd not have noticed before.  I also understand how you got "hooked" on improving and enlarging your site.  :)  Hope you and yours are well.  We're booked on Norway's Farewell Voyage in September - will be time soon to plan our next cruise.  We thought we'd be back on RCCL this year, until we heard Norway was relocating to the Orient. So, maybe next year will be an RCCL year!

- - - Karen (aka KruzinKat)

Hi Karen!

So nice to hear from you.  :-)  Yes, it sure is easy to get hooked on web pages.  :-)

Have a fantastic time on the Norway!  I'm sure that journey will be a wonderfully memorable one.  We'll be happy to see you on RCCL again, too.  :-)

Very best to you, Roger, and the family,


Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 21:54:30 -0400
From: Lawson)

Hey Lois!  Great site.  I especially *liked* the afghans.  Wow, I don't
think I knew that you made them.  Those are great!  Of course, you know if
I want an afghan I'll make it myself...only not that pattern, cause I don't
know if I'd be able to figure out how you do it! :-)  Keep up the good work!

Of course, the pictures are awesome too!  When I was first looking at them,
at the ones from Easter, my daughter was standing next to me and said "hey,
that's easter egg hunting!"  How cute they are, sometimes *g*.

Take care, see you in chat!

Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 13:09:17 -0400
From: (Dave)

Great site. I particularly enjoyed the photos of Norway. We were there about the same time and sailed from Kirkenes to Bergen aboard M/S Kong Harald which is a sister ship to M/S Richard With seen in one of your photos of Honningsvåg.
We also visited Flåm which was very nice although we rode the Flåmsbannen down from Myrdal. What a trip, all two weeks of it! I can hardly wait to go back and I'm only Norwegian by marriage.

Thanks again,


Subject: Nytt innlegg i gjesteboken din
From: "Rolli Tangakiller" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Jun 2001 00:55:12 -0400

Hei Du*ss*

Alltid hyggelig å snakke med deg på nettet. En passelig blanding mellom humør og seriøsitet. Hjemmesidene dine pleier jeg å gå ofte å ta en titt på. Oppdager som regel alltid noe nytt. Slik har ikke jeg lagt min side jeg kommer nok til å la den stå slik i langtid når de siste linkene først er ferdig. Du har masse flotte bilder på dine sider er vel sjefen i heimen som er pressesjef eller er det likt fordelt mellom dere to?

Likte jaffal din / deres sider godt. Lykke til videre med arbeidet deres. varme hilsninger *lol* (12 grader celsius bare) *lol* fra Norge.

Hilsen Rolli og Harepus@ min bedre halvdel.

Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 11:00:01 -0400
From: (Dave Peterson)

Hei Evensens, begge to!!
Jeg sender en liten hilsen fra Minnesota USA. Jeg synes hjemesiden deres er kjempefint!  Stå på med det gode arbeidet  :-)  Hyggelig å møte "Midwest" på db snakk!!

Pete fra Minn

Greetings to you from Minnesota.  Keep up the good work with your web pages.  Very interesting and well done!
Dave Peterson

From: "Carol T. Nepomuceno" <>
Subject: camera
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2001 21:10:44 -0700

Your pictures are all beautiful - am planning to buy a digital camera    and would really like to know what brand is best--or better yet, what do you and your husband use? (if you don't mind)  I use a still camera, it is ok but I would like to start working with my computer more so a digital is next. I am excited about your website - I came across it unexpectedly and enjoy it so much-  I have posted my review on the Radiance of the Seas, maiden voyage. I also love RCI and would like to continue traveling on the different ships.  Thanks -  your website is the best!!

Hi Carol:

Thank you for your kind comments about our images.  My husband and I both use Sony digital cameras.  Although less than two years old and I love it dearly, the model I use is no longer made.  My husband's is a Sony DSC-S70.  Each has slightly different features.  Important features for us are:  zoom (as much as possible and we both use it regularly), storage capacity (mine uses a floppy disk, my husband's uses a memory stick), exposure time (my husband can set his for longer exposure times to get fantastic night images), etc.  New models are coming out so quickly that it's best to research them on the Internet, then play with them in the store before making a decision about which camera to buy.

My husband and I drove over to Metamora, Indiana, yesterday and each took quite a few images that I have published here for our family and friends.

Very best,


Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 08:15:10 -0500
From: Ken Nyland <>
Subject: another link

Congratulations on your fantastic web site!
Now that Sons of Norway has finally included your web pages as  a link
and also the 5th District web page now includes a link to your web
pages, maybe in time you would add the 5th District Sons of Norway
(which you are a vital part of) web pages to you list of links. It is:

I love you web site and it is not just because I am in several of your
pictures either.

Fraternally,  Ken Nyland

Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2001 13:30:20 EDT
Subject: Smoky Mountains

Barb and I just reviewed your pictures.  Nice job!

Another trip that you would enjoy is one that Barb and I took two years ago.
The Natchez Trail Parkway winds from just south of Nashville, TN to Natchez,
MS.  Two lanes, 50-mph speed limit, no trucks, no traffic lights, and plenty
of wildlife.

Barb and John

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