Norway is a beautiful country with such a unique look to its landscape…or island-scape. My parents-in-law rented a couple of cabins on an island situated at the east side of the Oslo fjord about 1 1/2 hours drive from Oslo. It’s actually rather close to the border with Sweden. All of the grandchildren, sons and daughters came out to enjoy a relaxing 2-week vacation. Large boulders dot the fjord, offering a unique playground for children – a slide and climbing rock in one. The opportunities to explore were endless and the grandchildren (well, 8 of the 9, one is a 9-months-old baby) were constantly scampering up and down the rocks. We parents basked in the sun (when it shone) and enjoyed the views of miles of sea and islands that surrounded the cabins. In addition, the dock and nearby beach kept the kids going all day long. Swimming in the water? Jumping from the dock? Rock climbing? Building sand castles? Water fights? And I couldn’t begin to recount the numerous pretend scenes our kids played out. All in all, it was a fabulous trip because once the kids were entertained, there wasn’t much more for us moms and dads to do but relax and enjoy the sun and sea.