It is about time I write about my hometown! Stavanger is the fourth biggest city in Norway, or in an international setting I guess the word town might be better, with only 130.000 inhabitants. Although they have found traces of settlement in the area from circa 10.000 years ago, the founding of the town was officially set to year 1125, when the Stavanger cathedral was completed.
The town boomed when oil was found in the North Sea, and Stavanger is now widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway. Oil was also the reason why my parents relocated and settled in Stavanger a couple years before I was born.
Stavanger is situated on a peninsula on the southwest coast of Norway, and has a humid, mild and windy climate. You don’t tan in Stavanger, you rust! Lowlands areas in and around Stavanger has the longest growing season in Norway, and all monthly temperatures averages above freezing. A green Christmas is more common than a white one. The last 54 years we have had snow on Christmas Eve only 11 times. As you can see, the climate is not why I love my hometown.
Last November I was back in Stavanger after nearly a year and a half away, and although the circumstance was not a happy one at all (a funeral), I must say that it was very nice to be back. Very nostalgic. We of course visited with friends and family, and we also had time for a stroll around Stavanger’s very cozy center. We didn’t go through the old town this time, but if you are visiting then make sure you go for a walk among the small wooden houses of Gamle Stavanger (Old Town)
The street “Kirkegata” is part of the shopping-areas of Stavanger, and in 1960 it became the country’s first pedestrian street. Here you can find all sorts of shopping, but I would like to point out Frk. Marques – a hairdresser, a vintage clothes shop, and a place you can have all your shopping needs for everything kitsch met. The owner, Frk Marques herself, is very active in charities aimed at children. It was in her store I found the dream-cape from the early 70’s.
I’m not into shopping and fashion at all, and if you ever see me do an “outfit of the day”-post, please know that I am trapped in an alternative reality and am trying to signal you for help! So I will show you the cape, without me in it. Although not a fashionista, I am waiting for a bit warmer weather so I can start wearing this cape without freezing my brains out. Until then, the cape stays in my Closet
What better way to end the big shopping (read: one vintage cape) then with a latte at Bøker og Børst (translates to Books and Booze) in the unique Color-street (Øvre Holmegate). Oh it was so good to be back in my dear Stavanger!