Admire the white houses in the Old Stavanger
Get lost in the Hystoric Stavanger walking on the narrow stony streets, bordered by the oldest wooden houses in Northern Europe. The houses were built around 1700 and they are still very well preserved in the original form.
Cruises again-Grand Princess
Living in Stavanger you cannot miss the Cruise Vessels.
You might see them from everywhere. They are huge and coming/going in/from the small port is always impressive.
When you hear their horns you cannot resist to your unstoppable wishing to go out on the port and see them coming or going... To see those huge vessels from the tinny old city is a real experience. You have to try it at least once. Hiking to the top of the hill you will be for sure surprised by the immensity of the ships anchored down in the port.
-Lenght 290 m
-Capacity 2600 tourists
-18 passenger decks
-nightclub suspended across the stern, 150 feet above the water(see photos).
Fresh Fish, Shellfish, Crabs and Shrimp
Available at the dock between the oil museum and the huge parking garage. Get there early if you want to buy crabs because they never last!
One of the best benefits of living by the sea is the easy access to the fruits of the sea. There's nothing like fresh seafood and shellfish on a cold and gray Saturday.
The smoked salmon available from a 100 year old smokehouse near Johannes Skole is excellent and relatively cheap.
And, if you're resourceful, you can collect mussels and catch makerel and cod yourself for little or no effort. So fresh and tasty!
Surfing at Bore
Bore beach south of Stavanger is one of the few good surf spots in Norway. The beach is popular for surfing, but there are not enough surfers in Norway to make it crowded ;) Thick wetsuit, it is not the warmest waters in the world ;)
English artist Antony Gormley made iron castings of his body, placed them all about Stavanger. The work is an interactive set of sculptures that encourages viewers to reflect, think, and use their imagination to deal with the fact that it exists in this town. When one sees it, one is tempted to find out more about it, and contemplate not only the literal, but implied meaning of what a broken column represents. Often you see T-shirts with messages draped over the bodies, or crude magic marker scribblings as evidence that it caused someone to think for himself, within the limits of his cultural awareness.
I’ve never heard Gormley talk about his influences, but Frida Kahlo had a painting called "The Broken Column" from 1944 that suggested the following to one afficionado: "The Column itself, which is broken, shows one of the sources of her pain, the nails in her body show in a physical way the pain she was enduring, and the tears in Frida's eyes show that her pain was excruciating. Frida's face shows both courage, and resignation; Frida's nudity may suggest that she felt she could do little about her situation. But in spite of all her pain, Frida kept on expressing herself by making outstanding paintings..." (from http://www.fbuch.com/fridaby.htm). And in a way, this is something we all feel with the forces backed by trillions of dollars shaping our world, but yet finding our own individual way to thrive.
Money spent on projects like this adds to the cultural prosperity of the recipients. Art should serve the purpose of stimulating ideas, imagination and creativity in its viewers, paving the way toward interesting conversation and challenging sometimes repressive traditional assumptions. The level of funding for, and existence of public and private works devoted to this kind of art in a community can be perceived as a measure of the level of cultural sophistication of that community.
www.blacktshirts-stavanger.blogspot.com - my Stavanger Top 10 list and links.