Last Friday, Eileen Parry of Ballina received this postcard from Norway which was sent in 1987 by her daughter-in-law, Pauline. Doug Eaton
Last Friday, Eileen Parry of Ballina received this postcard from Norway which was sent in 1987 by her daughter-in-law, Pauline. Doug Eaton Doug Eaton

Postcard arrives 27 years late - now that's snail mail!

IT DIDN'T seem right.

Eileen Parry was reading through a postcard from Norway she received in the mail last Friday.

But it was addressed to her and her husband, George, and the sender hoped "you're both well".

"I thought there was something wrong with that - my husband passed away in 1999," Eileen, 89, said.

The postcard was sent by Eileen's daughter-in-law, Pauline Chiarelli.

Eileen phoned her son, Roger, in Newcastle, and the message was passed along the line that Pauline was in Bergen, Norway, where the postcard was sent way back in 1987.

There aren't any postmarks on the card to see where it has been - and it's in good condition.

We're not sure what life in Bergen is like in 2014, but Pauline reports that, back in 1987, a beer cost $10 and a phone call home cost $50 for three minutes.

As for the reference to George, Eileen said he had a great sense of humour "and he's probably laughing".

About Bergen

  • Located on the west coast of Norway
  • Founded by king Olav Kyrre in 1070AD, four years after the Viking Age ended
  • Population 271,700
  • Second-largest city in Norway
  • Centre for aquaculture, shipping, offshore petroleum industry
  • Average top temperature in February is 4 degrees Celsius; average lows of -1 degrees Celsius

Local attractions include:

  • Surrounded by mountains and known as City of Seven Mountains.
  • Bryggen - the Hanseatic wharf: World heritage site. Bergen's first buildings were erected along the old Hanseatic wharf, Bryggen.
  • The Royal Residence: Håkon's Hall, was built by King Håkon Håkonsson from 1247 to 1261.
  • The Edvard Grieg Museum: The home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907).
  • Fantoft Stave Church: Originally built in 1150 and moved to Fantoft in 1883, burnt down in 1992. Fantoft Stave Church has now been rebuilt.


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