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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The pink City, Marrakech – the city of color.

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Marrakech is truly the 1001 nights in real life. It is called the pink (or sometimes red) city due to its color of the city walls. Located at the north of the foothills of the amazing snowcapped Atlas mountains. The pink color is originated from the pigment of the local clay and new regulations claim that every new house or building must be given this pink color.

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

The pink city wall with at lovely old door

It seem to me that there is color in every corner of this city. Bright and sunny colors which make you happy and want to put it down in a photography to remember later. This is some of the color I endured during our 2 days in Marrakech:

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

Color pigments mixed with water to make it hard

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color pigments

color pigments

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

Spices, a must to shop and bring home

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

the mini tagine in the color of the rainbow

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

Newly colored yarn, her hung up to be dried

And not to be forgotten when speaking of color. The Majorelle garden. Used to belong to the famous designer Yves Saint Laurent but was formed by the french artist Jacques Majorelle. The garden it selves is not very big but the colors are breathtaking. It even has its own color – the majorelle blue. Worth the trip while, but I recommend you do it in the afternoon.

colourful pots surrounding the park

colourful pots surrounding the park

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This is my second time to Marrakech and I never get tired of all its color and it makes me want to come back time after time.