Monday, August 21, 2006

An Egyptian Restaurant

This restaurant is located at Lagårdsveien, just across the police station. I bring my family here for lunch or dinner once a month. I like this restaurant because the place is nice and comfortable; the food is delicious with good prices and most of all it is halal meat.
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Sunday, August 20, 2006

The Natural Path

Stavanger is full of the nature paths winding along the coastal areas as well as more inland. As I told you yesterday, this is from close to the gamlehjemmet and the marina from the last two postings. I will take a picture of another path in the future.

As I’m writing this, it is raining outside just like a tropical storm. So when you see all my photos showing sunny days, well actually Stavanger also has its share of wind and rain.
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Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ramsvig Marina

Stavanger has many small marinas, this is one of them. Yesterday I posted a photo of Gamlehjemmet and this marina is on the right side of that building.

At the far end, on the opposite side of the marina, you can see the nature path winding its way around the marina and gamlehjem. I will show you a view of the nature path tomorrow.
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Friday, August 18, 2006

Ramsvig Gamlehjem

This building has been used for various purposes. And now it is used as a home for old people. They have added two new wings. Unfortunately the new part is built in a modern style, clashing with the beauty of the old building.

The surrounding area is very serene and beautiful, with a small marina, a kolonihage and a nature path.

P.S. Matt, can you see the Norwegian flag there?
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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Old Tree in the City Park

This is a very old tree and only a few branches are sprouting. It looks a little bit like an Ent from Lord of the Rings.
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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Ullandhaug House 1

I passed this pretty house on the way to Ullandhaug tower. The greenery surrounding the house and the house bland beautifully. This is a house that I could imagine myself living in. Next time I will show you another house that I like to live in.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Street Light in St. Olav Complex

St. Olav complex is a block of a new modern tall buildings. It has many apartments and a few quality shops. This type of street lights lines the main street cutting through the complex.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Hole in the Building

This building is housing art gallery and art print shop. Actually it is run by local artists. The kind of art produced is mostly drawings or numbered prints.

The hole in the building is actually a poster printed and hung on the wall. This excavator is just happen to be standing there (just my luck).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Saturday Morning Market

Every Saturday some people come to this place to sell their things. This is not things qualified as antiques, but things they want to sell. It can be old type LP records, videos, vases, paintings, cheap jewelry and other knick-knack. They also sell waffles, tea and coffee. Most people just look but some sales are made. People do it just for fun.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Red Cows

These red cows are grassing on the field on one of the farm in the outskirt of Stavanger. The cows are kept to produce milk for consumption. Norwegian milk products are very good and people coming to Norway are falling in love with our milk, cheeses and ice creams.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Iron-age Farm

Iron-age farm at Ullandhaug is just 3 kilometers from central Stavanger. It is connected to the Archeological Museum, and you can go there free after a visit here.

Sited not far from modern blocks of apartments, this iron-age site has been largely restored. Long buildings for people and animals, with stone walls and turf roof. Sunday is often the best day to come, when various old skills are demonstrated and you can try them out yourself. Children love making and decorating clay pots, or making wool thread, for example. There may also be food cooked on the open fire. There are good views from the hill just above the farm.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Looking North from Ullandhaugtårnet

This is the view looking North from Ullandhaugtårnet. The field you see in front of the three apartment blocks used to be an iron age farm. Tomorrow I will post about it.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Glitzy Motorcycle

When I took a picture of the Canning Museum, I saw this Harley parked in the yard of one of the house in Gamle Stavanger. This one attracted my attention because it was so clean and shiny. This is a new motorcycle built like an old model. What do you think?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

The Norwegian Canning Museum

The Canning Museum is located in the premises of the former canning factory in Øvre Strandgate 88, which is a part of the city known as 'Gamle Stavanger' (Old Stavanger). In this authentic factory environment, the production of canned brisling and fish balls can still be seen.

From the 1890s to approximately 1960, the canning industry was Stavanger's most significant trade. The exhibition provides insight into the environment and the working conditions of the canning factories. The complete process, from the arrival of the fresh fish until the cans leave the factory, can be seen in detail. The machinery is still in good technical condition, and on every first Sunday of the month, as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer season, the smoking ovens are lit. On these days visitors can taste freshly smoked brisling right from the oven.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Flower .. Flower .. Flower ..

It's still summer and flowers are everywhere. Those flowers are growing beside Breiavatnet.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Everything for Children

This statue portrays Mr. Lars H. Lende (1882 – 1971). He worked for less advantaged children. At that time when people overlooked children from poor family, or children living in orphanages, he did something to help them. He kept ponies and took children out for drive with the ponies pulling the wagon.

He was trained by his stepfather as a mechanic and later he started his own workshop where he employed less fortunated boys. He was very generous and had many original ideas. And he published a newspaper called ‘Fagamatøren’. He was a very warm hearted man and when he died the communal put up a statue of him.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Mosvangen Campsite

This is the only camping ground in Stavanger. It is a big and nice camping ground next to Mosvatnet. It is only 20 minutes walk to the town center. People can hire small cabins, some come by bicycle and use tents, some use caravans or camping cars. The red house on the right, on the top photo is housing the office, a small shop and at the basement are showers, toilets and facility to wash clothes.

Friday, August 04, 2006


Mosvatnet is a beautiful lake close to the centre of Stavanger, popular with walkers, runners and cyclists. The lake is quite shallow and was used as a drinking supply for the city until 1931. There are plenty of ducks (and seagulls!) to feed along the way. The 3km lighted trail goes around the edge of the lake, passing the Rogaland art museum and Mosvangen campsite. The 4km folkesti (county footpath) route crosses the footbridge into the woodland on the other side of the motorway, passes the outdoor swimming pool which I had posted yesterday, then rejoins the lakeside trail. If the weather is cold enough during the winter, the lake becomes an enormous skating rink (after safety checks).

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Outdoor Swimming Pool

Three days ago I posted about the Stavanger Svømmehall and Matthieus wanted to see the inside of the pool. Unfortunately it is not allowed to take a picture of the inside. So today I post the outdoor swimming pool instead. The photo was not so clear coz I took it from the bridge.

Behind the wall there is a big swimming pool for adults. The pool is heated by a transformation station. So to cool it when they transform the electricity from high voltage to low voltage the cooling water is heating the pool. In the winter since we use the electricity to heat our home, we use more electricity and need more cooling water. So the water in the pool actually is warmer in the winter. The adult pool is open all the year around. So in the winter you can swim when there is snow around the pool. So it can be quite cold to walk from the wardrobe to the pool.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Swan 2

Remember the baby swans I posted a month ago? They are bigger now and I thought it’s nice to share their picture with you all.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Straen Senteret

This is a small mall next to the Stavanger Svømmehall with cafes, hairdresser, book shop, sport shop, wine shop, pharmacy, perfume shop and the nice and big supermarket. Parking area is on the top of the mall.

It used to be as ugly as the swimming pool but because of the greenery on the wall, it becomes more interesting.