Backyard traveling

You really needn’t go long to explore your “own backyard”. For me a quick trip to the beach 10 minutes away is a new discovery every time.

But since we had the day of monday and I was babysitting in urgent need of an activity. A short day trip to Stavanger felt good and have been on my want to do list for a while now. We have had such a pretty weekend here and there is nothing prettier than old town Stavanger bathing in sunshine.

 

Old town Stavanger and Breia water

Old town Stavanger and Breia water

Old town Stavanger and the harbor

Old town Stavanger and the harbor

The old Town of Stavanger is located west of the harbor containing 173 wooden white painted houses. Mostly erected in the 17-and 1800th. To me this is the most beautiful part of Stavanger and I love to stroll down the narrow brick laid roads. This area contains a few galleries and even has it´s own small bicycle store, selling different cool stuff for your city bike. This part of Stavanger is one of the city´s biggest tourist attraction. And in cruise season you will find the streets buzzing with tourist. Best to take it all in when not so crowded.

This area was firstly intended for the fishermen and dockworkers but now it is quite expensive to live in one of these little houses. And yes this is a habitable neighborhood and not a museum. These days it is a well kept area with charming rose bushes and little gardens. If you ever visit Stavanger be sure to visit this beautiful part of town.

Old stavanger

old stavanger

øvre strandgate

øvre strandgate

Next week I´ll take a new visit and hope for just as good weather (weather in Norway can be a little unpredictable) as Champagne lunch and shopping with the girls are one the agenda.

 

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Project: Prekestolen

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I give you: Prekestolen (Preacher´s pulpit), located just outside Stavanger on the north side of Lysefjorden. 604 meters above sea level and a good 3,8 kilometers walk.

I live a good hour drive from this beautiful place, yet still I have not visited this one up close. I am not counting the boat trip underneath 20 years ago.

Me and my hubby decided earlier this year, that THIS year is the year for the hike of prekestolen. Yesterday was the day..

and what a day. We started off in good mood. I am not that well trained so we started off slow. It is a good 3000 meters climb and a good 3,8 Km walk one way to the top. It includes steep climbs and beautiful sights. The cliff was formed approximately 10000 years ago in the early ice age.

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Prekestolen is one of the most visited natural tourist attraction in Norway. It is recommended to be visited within april to october and during this time the cliff is visited by 150 000 to 200 000 people yearly. Although we decided to take the hike in fall we still met a lot of people coming either up or down.

The sight coming up to the top is unbelievable beautiful and gives you the view of the 42 km long lysefjorden.

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Please remember to pack good clothes. It was very windy and quite cold on the top in spite of the good weather we had. Also remember to bring good hiking shoes. The path up to the top have recently (2012) been developed and made better, but you still climb an walk many a stone.

For my case, I can not quite make up my mind to which way was the hardest, the climb up or the walk down. It took us about 2 hours hiking both ways. Making it a total of 4 hours. We packed warm drinks and snacks to eat at the top. Unfortunately it was to cold so we decided to have a snack halfway downhill.

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My feet have never been so tired and the last half hour going down was no good. My knees were week and sore from climbing down and holding back and the absolute worst was hitting the plat parts with feet almost ready for collapse.

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Never the less. I would so do this trip again (but give me some time to recover first). The Hike is a pretty one with beautiful views of both Stavanger and the fjord. A wonderful landscape bathed in sunlight getting ready for fall. Can it get any better?. And I slept like a baby afterwards. Wonderful.

Stavanger – A music Event town?

Robbie Williams Consert Stavanger

Robbie Williams Consert Stavanger

Had to share a couple of pictures from the latest consert in Stavanger Viking stadium. Stavanger is starting to get a bit of a reputation for getting the big names to do shows. Here Robbie Williams and his last show on his tour 2013. What a great show it was.

Robbie Williams show Stavanger 2013

Robbie Williams show Stavanger 2013

Robbie Williams show Stavanger 2013

Robbie Williams show Stavanger 2013

 

Stavanger

Velkommen til min fødeby. Naturlig for meg å starte her. Her ble jeg født en vinterdag i desember i århundret 1975.

Stavanger er det 3. største byområdet i Norge, den er og en av Norges elste byer.  Stavanger kan også regnes som Norges oljehovedstad. Nå skal det sies at jeg ikke er flink nok til å besøke denne deilige byen. I internasjonal sammenheng er Stavanger en liten by. Men på sommeren, en av Norges vakreste vil jeg påstå. Spesielt om solen skinner. Da er det naturlig å ta turen til Vågen der pubene ligger tett i tett med utsikt til havnen.

På sommerstid kan byen skilte med en del festivaler. En av de største er kjent som Glamat festivalen. I slutten av juli trer de lokale matprodusentene fram og byr på god lokalmat. Stavanger har egen domkirke som stammer fra middelalderen, ferdigstillt i 1150.  Stavanger kan også skilte med litt shopping og har en liten bykjerne som er lett å komme seg rundt. Den største delen av både mat og drikke steder finner du nede ved vågen. Her kan du gå fra pub til pub, eller sitte ute på en av de mange uteserverings stedene og nyte både sol og uteliv.

Dette er gamle stavanger. Stavangers eldste trebebyggelser og en stor turist magnet. Et sørlandsidyll

Dette er gamle stavanger. Stavangers eldste trebebyggelser og en stor turist magnet. Et sørlandsidyll

Gamle Stavanger består av 173 trehus som ble oppført på slutten av 1700- og begynnelsen på 1800-tallet. De fleste husene er små og hvitmalte.

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Her ser du blandt annet stavanger domkirke og den fargerike gaten Øvre holmegate. Her finner du både butikker og søte små kafeèr.

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glamat 2013

boder og folk under glamat 2013

 

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oversikt over folkehavet under glamat festivalen