Snapshots from Stavanger

Hope you are all having a fabulous week! 🙂 As promised, here are some pictures and thoughts from my trip to Stavanger 😉

View of Stavanger from Valbergtårnet (Valberg tower)

Stavanger is a compact, coastal city. The water lends an atmosphere of leisure to the city and provides a calming presence as you walk around the shops and restaurants.

You can get a great view of the town and harbour from ValbergtÃ¥rnet (Valberg tower). Strategically situated on a hilltop at the centre of the city, the tower was where watchmen would keep a lookout for fires and alert the townspeople. Now, it is home to the Watchmen’s Museum.

Stavanger is known as the oil capital of Norway. The lucrative petroleum and energy sector attract people from around the world to this region, resulting in a multicultural city. Because of this strong connection to oil, the Norwegian Oil Museum is located here.

Norsk Oljemuseum / The Norwegian Oil Museum, Stavanger, Norway

Things to keep in mind:

  • The west coast of Norway is notorious for rain. Stavanger is no exception. Be ready for your umbrella to break (as mine did) in the strong wind.
  • You have to strongly indicate that you want to take a bus. The driver will not slow down if you do not wave to him as soon as you see the bus approach the stop.

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Falling into autumn

Autumn in Norway means increasing darkness and decreasing temperatures. The Norwegian word, høst, literally translates to the main activity of this season: harvest. Though agriculture is no longer as dominant as it once was in Norway, there are still remnants of its influence in the culture and lifestyles of many Norwegians.

Østbanehallen Oslo

This weekend, Østbanehallen offered a taste of autumn with guided tours of the newly refurbished hall and its assortment of restaurants. Conveniently situated by the Opera House and Karl Johans gate, Østbanehallen is the oldest part of Oslo Central Station and offers a glimpse into Oslo’s history and how rapidly the city has adapted to a changing world.

Fjøla Restaurant serves up samples of Norwegian classics

A selection of chocolate goods sold at Dropsen

A variety of snacks offered by Bella Bambina

View of Ostbanehallen

Whether you are in the mood for traditional Norwegian food or an American burger, you are bound to find restaurants to suit your tastes at Østbanehallen!