I am continuing my journey looking for as many as possible "figures".
Another problem is with No. 9 Svommehallen... it is inside again... Looking to the swimming pool.
Surprise..I had to look hard for the no. 0 but due to my zoom I have seen it. You an see it from the Oil Museum on the island next to the pier. If not..you will see it on my tip :)
One can enjoy strolling around the old town - visiting local shops, having coffee while watching people pass by, and eating at a restaurant after carefully examining whether yu can afford the price of the menu offered.
The next interesting sight on our fjord cruise, was the giant Coslpioneer oil rig. It is a semi-submersible drilling rig that has been constructed in China for operating on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.
The rig is the first of its kind, tailor-made for harsh Norwegian environment and for operations in water depths up to 800 meters. In Norway, more than 95% of the oil fields are situated in water depths below 500 meters.
We hadn't gone far on the cruise, when we saw some enormous Ships docked. They were both Tug Boats, much larger and different to what we have at home. We had a very close look at them as we sailed by, one, the "Normand Prosper," even had a heli-pad on the bow. The other ship was pretty impressive too!
The Geopark is situated right outside the Norwegian Petroleum Museum.
I thought it was an area of terrible graffiti, perhaps it is meant to be like that, as it's an experimental city park, which is trialling re-using materials from the petroleum industry.
The Geopark was part of the official program for the celebration of Stavanger as European Capital of Culture in 2008.
The Geo-Park is built from items found in abandoned oil fields, offshore bases, equipment suppliers and scrap sites.
The park looks really interesting, and I think children would love exploring here. Let them loose, and see what happens.!
Flower city is what I thought Stavanger was in August. Flowers, especially around the city lake were beautiful. Rose's were in full bloom! The public gardens were stunning, but not only that, business building's had gardens infront of their building, and the lakeside Restaurant's had gorgeous gardens.
Very nice for garden lovers like me!
Swans in Stavanger have everything from Boats to Businesses named after them.
These are white Swans, who are found in a few places in Stavanger. It is at Breivatnet, where they really seem at home, making their nest here and having their cygnets here. It is a good place to see them close up. The children love feeding them, which I saw them doing here, and near the market square. Fun for everybody!
I believe there a few kinds of markets held at Stavanger. The outdoor farmers' market beside the cathedral, sells fruit, flowers and vegetables. This is where we went, but the stalls were mainly selling crafts and souvenirs, I wondered if this was the norm, or whether it was because Cruise Ships were in town.
One stall I really loved, was the knitted sweaters and cardigans for children. The patterns were complicated and very well done, I think any child would love one of these!
The other market is the indoor fish market, where you will find a selection of fish and seafood.
Be prepared for an uphill walk to reach Valberg Tower. It isn't too bad, as it is paved all the way and isn't steps. The Valberg Tower is the old watchtower that was constructed between 1850 & 1853. The tower was the permanent lodging of the watchmen in Stavanger who had to alert the people in town when there was a fire.
It is located on top of the hill overlooking the waterfront homes and the water. Now it houses the Watchmen's Museum.
Beside the tower is a small playground and a cafe.
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If you travel around Hommersåk or Dale, Dalsnuten or Gramstad, it will be a good ideea to take a short trip to Bjørndalsfjellet too. The view over the lakes aropund (Lutsivatnet, Dybningen, Storavatnet) and all those "holmener" around is breathtaking.
I will sugest you to start a trip on Gramstad and finish it on the other side of the mountain in Lutsi.
If you want to do it from Lutsi up to Lutsifjellet, be ready for a difficult climbing.
I would reccommend you also the "norgeibilder.no" for some good maps and photos.
I was so lucky to join a dinner cruise with the ship DS Sandnes. Normally the ship is docked at the harbour in Vågen, Stavanger. Easily recognizeable with its green hull. This ship, and another one, the DS Salten used to ferry passengers and goods out of Stavanger and other coastal areas of southern Norway. The ships are fairly big, so there has to be a scheduled cruise or a large group that books the ship.
When I did it, the ship went into Lysefjord and there was an excellent sea food buffet.
If you are in Stavanger and is raining (it’s always raining in Stavanger), you may find interesting to spend one hour at the Arkeologisk Museum.
They have a permanent exhibition with signs of the civilisation in the area, but they organize also thematic exhibitions from time to time and this may be a good reason to go back at the museum from time to time.
When I was there on 21st of march 2010, it was the last day for the „Runer-from grafitti to gravestone”- „Runer fra graffiti to gravskrift” Even if the exhibition was only a small one, I found it very interesting and.. . another bit of information is always welcomed, isn’t it?
I will post here some of the photos I have got from the museum and I hope you’ll enjoy them.
Once the spring comes back, I have started again to look for the statues.
I have found last weekend the No.22 at the Kunst Museum... I will up-load here some photos ;)
And I will continue to search for the others.
If you plan a trip around Mostvannet, it wil lbe a good ideea to take a cultural stop at the Kunst Museum.
You''ll allways find something to see there even if you are not an "artoholic".
I have uploaded here few photos to give you an impression of what you'll find inside.
Den Blå Promenade - the bluse Promenade - is a sea front walk from one end of the harbour area to the other, taking in most key sites worth seeing in Stavanger. It is neatly described and mapped in a nifty brochure. But you cannot really miss it; it is lit up by blue lights in the pavement.
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