2013 Bø (Norway) World Olympic Collectors Fair
from 07/26 to 07/28/2013
Thursday 25 July
We visit the city of Oslo, climb to the Holmenkollen springboard used during the Games of 1952. We then take the train to Bø, in the Telemark area. A taxi takes us to the hotel where we are greeted by Halvor, the organizer of the fair.
Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July
The next day, first day of the fair, a shuttle takes us to the sports hall where the exhibition is held, just next to Sommarland, one of the largest aquatic theme parks in Norway. We install our tables. Of course, many Norwegian made the trip for the occasion, but also Swedish. They are collectors that we are not used to seeing on other international fairs and who took advantage of the proximity of the place for them. The collectors’ fair is coupled with a classic flea market. Some purchases, sales and exchanges later, the day ends.
The second day saw the arrival of a few stragglers. It continues with a silent auction with part of the prizes provided by the Olympic Museum. The evening ends with a gala dinner featuring lobster, crab, grilled salmon, smoked salmon, various meats and desserts.
Sunday 28 July
The third day goes off without a hitch. At the end, we take the train back to Oslo.
Monday 29 July
The next day, towards Lillehammer with a rental car. We stop at Hamar to visit the speed skating rink used at the Lillehammer Games in 1994, before continuing to Lillehammer. We go to the springboard where the opening and closing ceremonies took place, before visiting the city and finding the central street where pin collectors were during the games as well as the Olympic Hall, hockey venue and now home to the Olympic Museum in Norway. On the way back, we stop at Gjøvik to see another Olympic site dug into the rock and housing a hockey rink. We then take the road back to Oslo, in the middle of the fir forests. The next day, return to France.