Monday, July 31, 2006

Stavanger Svømmehall

This is the building housing the swimming pool in the city center. Inside it is very nice, clean and modern. There is a big pool for those who can swim and a smaller one with extra heated water for the children and those who can not swim. Also there are saunas and exercise facility.

This building is considered by many people in Stavanger to be the ugliest building we have. What do YOU think?

Tomorrow I will show you the building next to it that used to be just as ugly but something happened ….

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Kolonihage

Kolonihage means allotment garden. It’s a place where people can plant flowers, tree, vegetables or anything they like. For people who have a hobby gardening but no place to do that because they live in an apartment, can buy a piece of land here. Of course if they can afford it coz the price even for a small land is expensive. They can also build a small house if they want to. It will be very nice to have a cup of tea/coffee or having barbeque or just relaxing here on summer.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Godalen Beach

It is just about 2.5 km from the city center. The beach is fabulous on a hot summer's day and equally fantastic for an energising walk in a storm. The coastalwalk is scenic route to walk or bicycle for families, although the trail is a little steep in some sections.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Gladmat 2006


Gladmat is a food festival in Stavanger that means different things to many people. If you want to sit with friends and have familiar food, you will find it - but you can also find strange and unusual food. Many local producers of fish, meats, herbs, breads and other foods, that you never knew existed, can be found here. You can sit and watch master cooks taking part in gastronomic competitions.

Gladmat started in around 1999 and has grown in size and confidence, with exhibitors and sellers and outdoor cafes and restaurants filling up both sides of Vågen - the main harbour in central Stavanger. There are 100 stands participating in Gladmat 2006. It started on Wednesday 26 and will last until Saturday 29. Every year has a different theme and for this year the theme is ‘tales of food’. Last year about 250.000 people visited this food festival, some people come more than once ....

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Helgi Joensen

This gallery is owned by Helgi Joensen, who is born and has lived most of his life by the coasts of Northern Atlantic Ocean. He is an artis who works mainly in pewter and make it looks like grown out of rock. Pewter has been used for several thousands years for thousand different purposes; but never like this before. To look at his work you can visit his website.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Strawberry Abundance

Every summer the city overflows with strawberries. This is an open market in front of Stavanger Domkirke. They sell from their own farm strawberries, red raspberries, moreller, fruits and vegetables. Later on comes plums and pears.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Women by the Well

This statue portrays two women getting water from a public well. In the old days many houses did not have piped in water. The well was also a social gathering place for the women in that age. This was more than a 100 years ago.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Garden in Gamle Stavanger

One of the houses in Gamle Stavanger has this flowery garden leading to their door. As you can see some of the houses are located behind the houses lining the street. In the old days these houses were for fishermen and sailors and big families lived in them.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Gamle Stavanger

Gamle Stavanger (Old Stavanger), also known as Straen, is the largest surviving wooden house settlement in northern Europe. It is a beautiful area of little wooden houses and cobbled streets along the west side of the harbour - just where the cruise ships moor during the summer. Nearly all the houses are white (only a few are allowed to be another colour) and they vary in age from less than 100 to about 300 years. The houses are lived in and most are privately owned. Almost totally un-commercialised, there are a few galleries to watch artists at work and the sardine canning museum. There are also little play areas, bench seats here and there. In the small park at the southwest corner, near the Straen centre are some sculptures.

I will post about the galleries, canning museum and some sculptures next time.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stavanger Harbour

This is the picture of Stavanger harbour. Many boats from other coastal town come and stay for a few days for holiday. Some come only for a day trip mostly to fill up the boat with fresh water and petrol.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Another Flower

On the way back home from Ullandhaug tower I saw this flower grows wildly on the street side. It looked so pretty to me that I had to stop to take a picture of it. I don't know much about flowers so I have no idea what its name.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Another View From Ullandhaugtårnet

This is looking West from Ullandhaugtårnet. The water you see looks like a lake, but it has a small opening to the sea. This water is called Hafrsfjord. This is where the big battle happened when Norway was gather to one kingdom. They fought among themselves from Viking ship. The building closer is Stavanger University. The water behind Hafrsfjord is North Sea, extending all the way to England and further all the way to America.

Remember it was a Norwegian that set foot first in North America, 500 years before Columbus. His name was Leif Erikson.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Overlooking Stavanger Center from Ullandhaugtårnet

Here I'm looking from Ullandhaugtårnet towards East, overlooking Stavanger. This view shows most of Stavanger center. As you can see, Stavanger is located next to the sea and in this case it is the fjords cutting into the mountains. You can also see many islands, some are habitat and some are open for camping and visiting by boat.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Ullandhaugtårnet

Ullandhaug tower is visible all around the area, which makes it a useful landmark. The tower is owned by Telenor the telephone and communications company which is located on the highest hill of Stavanger. It is not possible for the public to access the upper floors of the tower but from the lower platform that is accessible to the public you can have a view of Stavanger and its surroundings. On Sundays there is a cafe open inside selling coffee and waffles for sightseers and walkers, with a picnic bench outside. I will post some views from there next time.

The tower from a far distance

Monday, July 17, 2006

Bugging You

Buggin' you
is easy cause you're buggable
and buggin' you
is all I ever wanna do
Buggin' you
is more than just my dreams come true
Everything I do
is because I love to bug you
la la la la la
la la la la la
la la la la la la la la la la la
bugge bugge bug bug
haaaa ....................

Sunday, July 16, 2006

First Ruler Over Norway

Harald Hårfagre (c.850 - c.933) was the founder and first king over Norway. Those stones are the symbol of him and the kings he overcame to gather Norway under his rule. Below is the close-up photo of the Harald Hårfagre's stone which is the biggest one.

You can read the full story here.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Supply Boat

This boat is used to bring containers with the equipments, foods, chemicals and so on to the Norwegian oil and gas producing platforms in the North Sea.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Street Light

There was something interesting in this street light that I wanted to share it with you all. It was decorated with flowers. Do you agree with me?

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Stavanger Aftenblad

This is the local newspaper office where they print and distribute the newspaper. It is located right in front of IKEA. The main office is in the city center.
P.S. Thanks Kala for helping me changing the size of my pictures. I'm soooo happy.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Flowers by the Window

The weather was nice, the sun was shining and the wind was blowing softly. So I took my daughters for a little walk in our neighborhood. We passed a house which attracted my attention. Flowers were growing by the window. I thought it was so pretty that I wanted to share it with you all.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Lekeplass

It means playground. You will find it everywhere here. In one neighborhood at least you can find two or three playgrounds. It’s very good for me coz I don’t have to take a long walk if I want to take my daughter to the playground. But it also causes a problem since my daughter loves to play. There are about five playgrounds between my house and the city center. Usually it only takes 25 minutes to walk. So you can imagine how long it will take if we walk to the city center and we are in a hurry, and my daughter always stops and plays every time she sees the playground.

Here is her photo playing happily.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Skretting

This building is a place where people make and store food for fish and farm animals. Norway is exporting a lot of fish. Before the fishes were mostly caught in the North Sea but now more than half the amount is farmed and raised in our fjord.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Politistasjon

This is a police station not far from city center. Norway has only one police service. The Norwegian Police is based on the principle of an integrated police, meaning that all functions of the police are concentrated in one organization.
There are 27 local police districts, each under the command of a Chief of Police. The chief of police has full responsibility for all policing in his district. Each police district has its own headquarters, as well as several police stations (70). The districts are divided into sub-districts (319), under the command of a "lensmann".
All police officers are trained to be generalists, able to fulfil every aspect of ordinary police work, including criminal investigation as well as patrolling and maintaining public order.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Fairy House

This house is not far from where I live. I really like this house because of its look. It reminds me of the house in a fairy tales.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Flower

I saw this flower when I was taking my daughters together with my hubby for a walk in a sunny afternoon. I don't know its name but I think this flower is quite pretty.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

IKEA

I like going to this place coz it’s big and has a lot of stuff. I think Norway is the first country outside Sweden that sell this brand. I wonder if IKEA is well-known in other countries.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

In Love

When I fall in love
It will be forever . . .

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Filmteatret

It’s a cinema. Norway's most modern cinema facilities are located in Stavanger and Sandnes (neighboring city). Every Friday is premiere night for several new films!

Monday, July 03, 2006

Street Series - Nymannsveien

I passed this street very often if I want to go to the city center. Also if I want to visit my parents in law coz their apartment is nearby. I wait for the bus on the left side of the street. On the right side you can see the low brown shed. You can throw here plastic, anything from glass that you don’t recycle (i.e. bottles) and metal (i.e. cans).

Here garbage is collected every week in three kinds of bin. Green for paper, brown for food left-overs and black for everything else. You can see there’s black bin on the street side it means it’s a garbage collection day for this street.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Beach Volley Ball

While many people in the world talking about World Cup, people here in Stavanger are enjoying the beach volley ball tournament as you can see on the above advertisement. It is held every year.

For semi finals and the final they hold it in a close area. We must buy the ticket to go inside. I didn’t buy the ticket coz it’s difficult to go inside with baby carriage so I took the below picture from a far distance. This was the only angle I can get. I’m sorry I couldn’t give you a better picture.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Open Market

This is an open market where we can find cheap things such as glasses, T-shirt, necklace, bracelet, hat, balloon, toys, stick etc. Usually it started from 10 in the morning til 4 in the afternoon. This boy was so kind posing for me even though he looked a bit nervous.