Stavanger, forever in my heart


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Stavanger Cathedral

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.

05-20151106_120248Stavanger 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)

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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.

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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!

 

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45 comments on “Stavanger, forever in my heart

  1. Thank you for being so up front about your quaint town. Like many of the people who commented I would only like to visit. At my age, my joints creak and crack, I think they started to leave a rust trail. Really enjoyed the writing and photos . Great job!!!

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  2. I have considered visiting Stavanger to see the Anthony Gormley statues dotted around the city as well as the impressive Swords in Rock. It looks like the town itself is a fine place to visit. Thanks for a great blog today.

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    • Thank you fr your kind comment. You are talking about the rusty men, arent you? (Thus proving my point of us not tanning, but rusting LOL) Those can be found all over town. I must admit they were far more impressive when they were installed at the Sola Beach, some with just their shoulders sticking up from the sea, others halfway emersed in the sand dunes. And even some on the other side of the road, inside the fences of the airport.

      The Swords in Rock are very dear to me, as that is where I am from! I was there when the King opened the monument, it was the band from my old school that played the National Anthem. This is where I walked my dog and went for a swim on those few days every summer that called for it. I have been propped full of the story of the great Viking-battle in 872, which the monument is raised in memory of. The biggest sword representing the winning King (Harald Fairhair who quite brutally collected all the little kingdoms into one country, Norway), and the two smaller swords representing the two losing Kings.

      Oh my, I could go on forever. Better scramble up some of my old photos and make a post about it (or use it as an excuse to go home and shoot some more).

      Thank you for giving me an excuse to ramble and reminice about my old neighborhood.

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  3. You remind me of a friend of mine Liv like you she is from Norway and now I feel guilty for being such a poor correspondent. Great post, and your cape reminds of a cape I owned it was a dark, deep pink

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    • Thank you for your kind comment. Your cape sounds cool, I like deep pink! Maybe you should make this your connect with a Norwegian-day, and shoot your friend an email? Wishing you a happy Monday!

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  4. Thank you for sharing about Stavanger. I feel drawn to visiting… maybe some day. I especially liked the vibrant colors of the houses. To see them lining the street reminds me of streets in the villages of Mexico. The vibrancy, aliveness. I Like the perspective and depth in the photograph of the street with the lights hanging above, and how they mirror the pattern in the cobblestones.

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  5. How synchronisitc is that? I got an email today froma cruise line showing me a picture of Stravager and my first thought was yes i want to go there. I fell in love with Scandinavia when we took our first cruise, round the Baltic. The Norwegian fjords are a definite on my bucket list. Thank you Blessings Joy

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