Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2003 21:23:22 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Saab Museum Trip (WAS: Re: 1985 2 door turbo aero silver)

in article b61j6d$ps8j$, at wrote on 28/03/2003 13:37: > Someone who looks an awful lot like Paul Halliday <> > wrote: > >> I'm still looking into the exact details of the trip - I gather it's a taxi >> ride (just a little too far to walk) from Trollhattan, which is a mere train >> ride from Gothenburg. > > Yes. However, when I arrived by taxi, Pelle Rudh (R.I.P.) was dismayed > that we hadn't called the museum for a ride. We weren't expected, so I > hadn't even considered such a thing. He listened for a bit to me explaining > to my travelling companion what each of the cars was (including the Padden, > the Monster, UrSaab of course, and so on), and then asked if I'd like to > see them a bit more closely - down went the velvet ropes (it was very quiet > that day, only us in the museum). Somewhere I have a picture of me getting > up-close and personal with UrSaab. > >> I'd like to stay for about a week and are still >> undecided whether to base in Gothenburg and catch an internal flight to >> Stockholm (my wife's favoured destination) for a couple of days, or the >> other way around. > > My opinion would be, fly in to Stockholm, take care of all that first. > Then, train over to Gothenburg, do a short hop up to Trollhatten, > back to Gothenburg once you're done there, and take the train up to Oslo. > The contrast between the cities is remarkable, and I'll be happy to give > you specific suggestions of things to see in Oslo if you do decide to go > there. Not all that far from Gothenburg, and worth the trip. > > If you had more time, I'd suggest the train from Oslo to Bergen, up over > the mountans and then down through the most breathtakingly beautiful > scenery that I've ever seen. Righty, after much deliberation, we've decided to include Oslo. We'll be doing a 7 day trip, flying across on a Friday and starting in Stockholm for a couple of days. Monday - travel to Gothenburg by train to visit the museum on the Tuesday. Use Wednesday to get over to Oslo and spend the rest of the time there, flying back on the Friday (late). Of course we won't see it all, but I like to get a taste of things in a place and go back for a more extended stay later. Depending on cost, we'll extend the trip to 10 days, spending an extra day in each city. If we get an extra day in Gothenburg, another trip up to Trollhattan to see the factory itself if tours are available. I'd like to actually see the factory, but I'm not really that bothered about going round it unless we have the spare day. The Bergen trip will have to wait. I'd like to do it the other way around, by flying into Bergen and take this amazing train ride over to Oslo (assuming we like Oslo) :) My parents cruised up the fjords a few years ago, starting at possibly Bergen (where my Mum used to live and visit thereafter) and going on up to Tromso. It wasn't really their cup of tea and I have the feeling they'd rather have just visited Bergen for a shorter trip. Their photos look amazing and I really would like to do that trip myself. My father won a trip to Orkney the other year (with the Springbank distillery) and because the weather was so bad from Orkney to the mainland, they were re-routed to Bergen to catch another flight back to Edinburgh. They missed their connection in Bergen and the competition organisers agreed (after some grumbling from my father) that they could stay in Bergen overnight (gratis), so my Mum was very happy with that :) I'm really looking forward to this. Perhaps I should take the opportunity to hire a car when we're over there. What do you reckon - Saab, or Volvo? As for the museum, it's the UrSaab I really want to see. I love the look of that car. I hope the EV1 and a couple of Sonett models are on show. Is Ekstrom's 99 at the museum? Paul 1989 900 Turbo S

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