A sweet taste of Bruges, Belgium

I had wanted to visit Belgium for such a long time. Six years ago, I even bought a plane ticket to Brussels and was planning to stay with some people I met on Couchsurfing . Unfortunately, I had to cancel that trip due to financial problems. Two years later, I made plans to go to Antwerp. But that trip never happened either. I was starting to wonder if it just wasn’t in the cards for me to ever go to Belgium. 

I was wrong. You know the saying “the longer you have to wait for something, the more you will appreciate it when it finally arrives”? I guess that’s why I hadn’t made it to Belgium yet. It just wasn’t the right time. But this year, this spring, I finally made it there. I spent a fantastic weekend in Bruges, a beautiful city often referred to as “Venice of the north”.

The sun was shining and I wore a pink summer dress to celebrate spring and the lovely weather. My boyfriend and I were looking forward to a romantic weekend together in this gorgeous Belgian city. There were so many things I wanted to see – and taste!

I’m not a beer drinker at all, but I had heard good things about the famous Kriek (Belgian cherry-flavored beer) and other Belgian fruit beers. We visited a few craft beer bars and absolutely every single beer I tried, was amazing. That’s coming from someone who doesn’t like beer! I highly recommend 2be – a great bar with a large selection of beers on tap. They also have a beer shop, if you wanna take some souvenirs/beverages home with you.

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The beer tasting made me hungry for a snack – or two. I went to one of the many Friterie’s to get fries in a cone. Because, French fries are actually Belgian – and not French. And they definitely tasted better in Belgium. And my second snack? White chocolate covered Belgian waffle on a stick from Go.Fre, sprinkled with nuts. It was delicious!

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We had recently bought our bright new Nikon-camera and were ready to explore the city and take some gorgeous photos with it. It wasn’t a hard task. The picturesque bridges and beautiful canals, the medieval architecture. How could anyone not fall in love with this city?

Before leaving Bruges, we bought some fine Belgian chocolates. Now was not the time to worry about dieting. I couldn’t possibly imagine a high as good as the taste of those luxurious artisan chocolates.

A perfect way to end a perfect trip to the country I wanted to visit for so long.

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Powerful Flamenco in Barcelona

Flamenco. Sizzling hot moves, passionate and emotional music, cheerful clapping and gorgeous outfits. This Spanish art form is an experience unlike any other. 

Strong vocals. Male and female. Powerful facial expressions. I didn’t understand the Spanish lyrics but I felt the passion, the pain, the sensuality, all at once. The guitarist played mesmerizing melodies in harmony with the vocals. All the musicians had wonderful stage presence. It was a joy to watch!

The dancers were absolutely fabulous. Tapping. Clapping. Expressions. Gorgeous frilly dresses. They took us on an emotional journey and left us stunned after an intense performance. I wanted to see more. Hear more.

I gave them a big applause, complimented them on a fantastic performance and finished my sangria, before making my way out after a spectacular show.

The venue was small, which made the atmosphere seem more authentic and personal.

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If you’re planning to visit Barcelona, I highly recommend this Flamenco show at City Hall!

location: Barcelona, in a venue called City Hall (address: Rambla de Catalunya 2) 

when: Thursday to Sunday at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm – length of performance: 55 minutes

website: www.flamencobarcelona.com

(although tickets were complimentary, all opinions in this review remain my own)

 

Why your next holiday should be Zanzibar Island!

In collaboration with Love & Dove Africa, I’m excited to tell you all about the place that could be your next holiday destination, your honeymoon, family trip, romantic getaway – or at least for now, the new addition to your bucket list. Welcome to Zanzibar!

(all images  in this post are copyright to Love & Dove Africa)

The Zanzibar Archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, 15 miles off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar is the ultimate Indian Ocean Paradise with a fascinating history, with its magnificent old city Stone Town and incredibly spectacular beaches. Zanzibar is a rich cultural and artistic hub. During your visit to this beautiful island you will be awed by the rich culture, artistry and history. Over centuries, different cultures have influenced Zanzibar to become what it is today. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and the British have settled here at one time or another and influenced the local culture into its present fusion. The beautiful Swahili language is spoken on the Zanzibar island. Stone Town, Zanzibar City’s old town, was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in year 2000.

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Zanzibar is a perfect destination both for those who want a relaxing holiday and those who want adventures. Here you can combine spectacular safari adventures with calm days on the beach on this magnificent tropical island. A holiday in Zanzibar is ideal for marine junkies and water sports enthusiasts. You can choose from activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and deep sea diving (among others). You will enjoy the graceful shorelines of Zanzibar islands, with views of exotic ancient dhows in full sail. Enjoy casual walks while soaking your feel in warm, shallow waters along the edge of the white sandy beaches. Zanzibar is a marvelous destination for retreats with its “home away from home” atmosphere. To add even more luxury and relaxation to your trip, enjoy the wonderful spa treatments. And prepare yourself for great Swahili cuisine!

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Cultural Tours in Zanzibar

Listed below are some inspirational experiences and touristic activities that one can engage in while in Zanzibar. These activities are not only enjoyable but also culturally and historically informative. You can take day tours with the assistance of a tour guide.

Tour of Spice Plantations and Markets

Some have referred to Zanzibar island as the “spice island”. These tours are uniquely special because the local guide will aid you in learning more about the history of the spice trade in the region. There are several spice farms spread out on the island. For those of you foodies out there, who are interested in venturing into obtaining some knowledge on the Swahili culinary culture, a spice tour on a farm is an ideal activity! Under the supervision of a local guide, you can take approximately four tours to any of the several spice farms and learn more about the growing process of the spices. Some spices grown include cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla, cardamom , chilies, saffron, curries and gloves among others. Fresh fruits are wildly grown on the island – such as coconuts, oranges, limes, lemons, jackfruits and durians among others. It’s a beautiful experience strolling down the narrow farm paths, taking in the aroma of several fresh spices. Especially if you’re a foodie, like myself! At the end of the tour, you may even enjoy some delicious traditionally prepared Swahili dishes, directly from the fresh farm produce. You may also purchase spices, which are reasonably priced. You can’t get more organic than that!

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Arts and Crafts Tours

Zanzibar island has a rich fusion of artistry inspired by African, Omani Arab, Persian, European, Indian and Portuguese influences among others. You can take a tour in Stone Town visiting several vibrant workshops dealing in handmade textiles, woodwork and fine arts. You will find tailored textiles made from the local Khanga, a local cotton textile which is traditionally worn by young girls and women around the region. These textiles come in amazing colors and prints and usually have special Swahili inspired expressions printed on them. At the wood workshop, you’ll see how the beautiful oriental inspired wooden beds – and the famous Zanzibar majestic doors – are made. The wood works have such magnificent intrinsic hand caved details, which is a special artistry of the island. On this tour you’ll take a stroll down the narrow alleys of the Old Town, you’ll enjoy the sights of the splendid, historical architecture. You can also visit local markets at Darajani, Mwanakwerekwe, the bazaars and ruins of the Sultan palace. The Old Town is filled with amazing restaurants and cafes where you can enjoy fresh seafood and juices prepared the special Shawili way. Some of these cafes and restaurants are overseeing the picturesque Indian Ocean view, which will give you a soothing feeling after a great morning or afternoon tour. Bring your camera!

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Seafood Stall at Forodhani Gardens

Tour to Prison Island

Visiting the “Prison Island”/Changu Island is a great daytime excursion in Zanzibar. The Sultans used the little island sanctuary as a jail for rebellious slaves in the 1860s. In the late 1800s the British built a prison here, which was used as  a yellow fever quarantine center and not as a prison as commonly believed. On the island, you walk down the footpaths and visit the Aldabra Giant Tortoise sanctuary, which are originally gifted from the Seychelles and they’re supposedly 100 years or older – and at a hefty weight of 200 kilos! You can also see some different bird species, butterflies and duiker antelopes. This island is also a perfect location for snorkeling, with its white sand beach. A beautiful restaurant and resort is also located here.

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Watersports Activities 

The turquoise waters along the coast of Zanzibar and Pemba Island are also packed with abundant sea life and coral reef for snorkeling and diving and several water sports. For those of you who have a big sense of adventure and love water sports, these activities are a must do. Besides snorkeling and diving, other activites include jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, parasailing, fishing, and dhow cruising (especially in the evening) and more.

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Visit the Old Slave Market & Anglican Cathedral

While in Stone Town, a visit to the old slave market is an informative trip about the horrifying treatment of slaves in Zanzibar. You will get to see the appalling conditions of the dingy slave chambers where slaves were held captive and shackled. Outside, by the Cathedral, there’s a monument depicting how slaves were shackled in a pit. It’s historical and worth seeing while in Stone Town. For a small fee, a guide will give you a tour. On the same compound, is the Angelican Cathedral, which is constructed on the location of the former slave market. The altar of the cathedral is the specific site where the whipping post is located, where slaves were punished.

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I don’t know about you, but my head is already in Zanzibar, daydreaming about snorkeling, safaris, eating Swahili cuisine and smelling those fine spices, buying handmade merchandise and learning about local history. 

If you wanna learn more about these tours and Love & Dove Africa’s other tours or just get inspired by their photos, check out their website , follow them on instagram and  twitter !

 

The Vegans Guide to Paris

I came up with the idea of writing a vegans guide to Paris after having spent a week exploring that side of Paris with a friend who is vegan. My friend had never been to Paris  or even France before and had been told and/or read online that she’d have a hard time finding anything to eat in France. After all, France is known for its Foie Gras, Boeuf Tartare and creamy pastries and buttered croissants. France is not exactly famous for being a veggie haven. But I did my research. And I got results. Needless to say, vegans won’t starve in Paris. Quite the contrary. I found several restaurants, a few coffee shops and even a 100% vegan supermarket!

Where To Get Your Vegan Coffee

Oatmeal Paris in the 5th arrondissement (metro: Censier-Daubenton, line 7) is a 100% vegan cafe. They offer coffee-drinks and other hot drinks, “sandwich du moment”, oatmeal of the week and different desserts. I tried their tarte tout chocolat, a rich chocolate mousse tarte. It was delicious! My cappuccino was good too, and so was the matcha latte that my friend ordered. Besides, this place is great for Instagram-snapshots!

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Las Vegans in the 10th arrondissement (metro: Bonne Nouvelle, line 8 and 9) is a 100% vegan take-out place. They offer hot coffee drinks, smoothies and are mostly known for their delicious doughnuts and ice cream. They also offer salads and vegan kebabs if you’d rather have something savory. Both me and my friend ordered a banana caramel doughnut. Good place for a quick takeout!

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Le Pain Quotidien is a restaurant and bakery franchise located in different parts of Paris. I didn’t take my friend there, but I’ve been there several times on my own and I know they have a lot of vegan options on the menu. They offer coffee, pastries, salads, fruit juice, tasty sandwiches and more. I usually order the hummus or the avocado tartine (open sandwich) when I’m there. They’re both vegan and delicious!

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Where To Get Your Vegan Sweet Treats

Vegan Folie’s in the 5th arrondissement (metro: Place Monge, line 7) is a 100% vegan bakery. I have heard a lot of positive things about this place, but was unable to go there as they were closed for the week while my friend was here. I’ll definitely check it out one day, though!

Ara Chocolat in the 9th arrondissement (metro: Anvers, line 2) is a vegan-friendly artisan chocolate shop. I only found out about this place today – so it’s yet another place I need to visit.

Where To Have Lunch/Dinner

Gentle Gourmet in the 12th arrondissement (metro: Bastille 1, 5 and 8) is a 100% vegan bistro-style restaurant. This restaurant is a perfect place for a date/romantic meal and for those of you who love and appreciate modern french gastronomy. I started with a faux gras with raspberry jelly and sauce, accompanied with bread and decorative, eatable flowers. The server recommended the portobello mushroom burger with polenta sticks as a main course, so I ordered it. Sadly, I didn’t order any dessert as I was too full. I will definitely return to this restaurant….and order a dessert – no matter how full I am.

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42 Degrés in the 9th arrondissement (metro: Poissonnière, line 7) is the first 100% raw food restaurant in France. This vegan raw food restaurant is – like Gentle Gourmet – for those who appreciate modern bistro-style dining. I haven’t been to this chic raw food place just yet, but would love to go one day!

Hank Burger in the 3rd arrondissement (metro: Rambuteau, line 11) is a 100% vegan burger restaurant. If you’re in the mood for fast food rather than fine dining, you should definitely check out this place!

Végét’Halles in the 1st arrondissement (metro: Châtelet, line 1, 4, 7 and 14) is a vegan/vegetarian restaurant that I’ve heard great things about, but have yet to visit. They have a large menu with plenty of options and I’m sure even the pickiest eater will find something they like there.

Where To Get Your Vegan Groceries

Un Monde Vegan in the 3rd arrondissement (metro: Strasbourg – Saint-Denis, line 4, 8 and 9) is a 100% vegan supermarket. It doesn’t look that big from the outside, but they have absolutely everything you need. And more. Everything you need for a vegan barbecue, cookbooks (in French), cereals and oatmeal, cheese and spreads, faux gras, vegan rillette, pizzas, different kinds of pasta and sauces, candy and chocolate, biscuits, ice cream – you name it.

…And last but not least, tips to non-vegans like myself, who are planning to host a vegan friend:

  • Cater to their needs. All supermarkets have basic things like soy milk and cereals without honey or traces of milk. And obviously fruit and fruit juice. So even if you don’t want to cook a proper vegan dinner, at least serve them a good breakfast.
  • However, if you do want to cook them dinner, ask them what they like. Just because someone is vegan, doesn’t mean they like absolutely every single vegetable. And it doesn’t mean it’s okay for you to serve them dry lettuce just because you want steak and they can’t eat it. Be nice. Make an effort.
  • Don’t ask them annoying questions like “Why did you go vegan? Do you think you’ll be able to stay that way for a long time? Don’t you think it’s just a phase?”. I got the exact same questions about having tattoos, and about moving to France. And I’m sure vegans get those questions even more often than I did, and I’m sure they’re sick and tired of hearing it.
  • Be open-minded. Take your friend to a vegan restaurant. Have a good time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moldova: A small country with a big heart

Yesterday I wrote about my experience as a volunteer in Moldova in my diary. So if you want to know what a week of volunteering on a community development program in Moldova is like, read all about it here. I highly recommend Moldova both as a destination for your next volunteer project, but also as a destination for a future holiday.

So, if the country is that great, how come we never read about it in travel magazines or hear much about it in general?

So here’s my guess. Lack of marketing. Just like our tour guide at the award-winning prestigious Purcari Winery said; “The only difference between wine from Bordeaux and wine from our winery is marketing”.

Moldova was like a blank canvas to me, and I was ready to start painting a picture. My own picture, without any ideas or outside influences.

Let’s talk about wine, shall we?  Moldova has a well-established wine industry, and was in 2009 the twenty-second largest wine producing country in the world. In fact, 67 million bottles of wine are exported annually. A lot of the Moldovan wineries offer tours and wine tastings, and I got to visit one that offers all of that – and more. How about a night in one of Purcari Winery‘s luxury suites? Or a romantic dinner in their restaurant?

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Purcari Winery dates back to 1827 and still has their original wine cellars. If you want to relax in the sun before or after the wine tour, what place could possibly be better than here? You might even see a black swan there (not captured in the photo, though).

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While in Moldova, you should also visit Chisinau, the capital city. If you’re interested in handmade jewelry and macrame handbags, then check out the Chisinau Souvenir Bazaar. I didn’t take any pictures there, but I can assure you, you’ll love it. I bought a black macrame bag there, and now I can’t go anywhere without it. I love it.

Are there any nice parks in Chisinau?

Yes! I didn’t have time to visit more than two of them, as I was only in Chisinau on a day trip. But the parks I did visit were both lovely.  First we visited Stefan cel Mare Central Park.

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This is a memorial of Monarch Stefan cel Mare (Stephen the Great) who ruled Moldova between 1457 and 1504.

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The other park we visited was the lovely Parcul Dendrariu. A popular spot for wedding photography, couples photography and any other kind of photography where you want a gorgeous backdrop.

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On my last day in Moldova, I left Moldova without technically leaving Moldova. I think it depends who you ask. Let me explain.

I crossed the border from Moldova to Transnistria and stayed in Transnistria for a couple of hours. Maybe not even two hours. But just enough time to look around, buy a fridge magnet and return to Moldova.

Wait…. Doesn’t Moldova border to Ukraine and Romania, and nothing else?

Officially, yes. Transnistria is actually right there on the border between Moldova and Ukraine but is not recognized as its own country, and is only partially recognized as its own state – within Moldovan territory. They have their own currency, their own president, their own flag – and they speak Russian, not Romanian (Moldova).

Before visiting Transnistria, I was told to be careful with what I do, as there’s military soldiers everywhere. But as it turned out, the soldiers were all friendly and were smiling and helping us with directions. They are there to protect the citizens and make them feel safe. In other words, as long as you don’t break the law, you’re fine. I was also told it’s illegal to take pictures of any official buildings. Because of that, I was too scared to photograph anything at all, and ended up taking only one photo in Transnistria. Not even a good one. But at least I have one now. A photo taken from a bridge, of people sunbathing, swimming and having fun (although you can’t really see the people that well).

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The parks, the bazaar, the wineries – they are all good reasons to visit Moldova. But the main reason why I now love Moldova as much as I do, is because of the people. They are some of the friendliest and most hospitable people I’ve ever met. My host family, the local community – even strangers on the streets.

An old lady said to me in Romanian (and a Romanian speaker translated for me): “We are happy to see tourists here. Next time, bring your family and your friends. You are all welcome in Moldova”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwestern France (francophiles, you’ll love it!)

In my diary I’ve already written about the little road-trip I made with my boyfriend, and how we spent Bastille Day, and where we ate, what we did – everything worth mentioning about this beautiful journey through the northwest of France. Oh, how I love to go on these adventurous road-trips in France. There are hidden gems in every region. Picturesque villages, historical buildings and medieval castles, beautiful old architecture and local products worth your attention, worth tasting and definitely worth taking home as souvenirs.

Bretagne is a region I had already visited before, but only for a weekend – and only to visit a friend and her family (in Brest). There were so many places I had never discovered in this region, and I was finally on my way to visit at least a few of those places. And still – I have so much more to see!

Our first destination was Saint-Malo, a gorgeous coastal city. We went there to see the fireworks on Bastille Day. Which, by the way, was great!

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This is a city historically known for its privateers, which were basically pirates – but “good ones” as they were approved by the king.

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Saint-Malo was way more crowded than it looks. We literally spent 45 minutes trying to find somewhere to park, as all the spots in the city center were taken by people who came to the city to watch the fireworks in the evening.

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Saint-Malo Hotel de Ville is way nicer than a lot of other City Hall buildings, right?

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Saint-Malo is quite famous for these tall granite walls that surround the Old Town.

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Mont Saint-Michel

This island is located in the bay where Bretagne and Normandie merge, and many people are confused with what region it belongs to. Well, as much as I think the Bretons would have loved to claim it their own, it’s actually in Normandie. And what a beautiful treasure it is, this island and its monastery!

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The main source of income for the residents on Le Mont Saint-Michel is tourism, and with over 3 million visitors pr year they’re definitely keeping themselves busy!

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The monastery seen from the viewpoint – and a sneaky seagull!

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The Cloister

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Dinan

….And we were back in Bretagne! Visiting Dinan was a spontaneous decision. And quite a pleasant surprise. It’s an old idyllic town that will make any francophile start daydreaming.

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Many walls like these are decorated with gorgeous flowers

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One of the many restaurants in Dinan

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The river Rance

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The river Rance from a different perspective. Taken during our boat trip on the river.

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Basilique Saint Sauveur

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Rennes

Our final destination was the young and vibrant city Rennes, also in Bretagne. This city has a reputation for being a party central for students, and it’s easy to understand why. There’s a bar on pretty much every single corner. If you’re not really into the bar-scene, there’s a gorgeous park worth checking out for those lazy days in the sun, for the ones who love flowers, and for the photographers in need of a beautiful backdrop or fantastic close-ups of colorful flowers.

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Here it is…The beautiful Parc du Thabor.

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A little piece of Norway

In my diary I’ve already written about the places I went to in Norway during this trip, and as you know I traveled with my mother and we traveled by train the entire time. I love the concept of interrailing. You get on a train, get off somewhere, hang around for a couple of days to explore the city – and get on a different train to somewhere else to explore something new.

If I had traveled alone, I would have probably chosen a different route, as I already know the majority of places we went to, and would’ve loved to visit a non-touristic town or even a remote village somewhere, just to change things up a bit. Just because something isn’t much talked about, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be.

On the other hand, it was nice to re-visit cities I know (Oslo and Kristiansand), the city I come from (Stavanger) and a city I had never been to, but heard a lot about (Sandefjord). All these cities, except from Oslo, are along the Southern coastline. Sandefjord in the south-east, Kristiansand in the south and Stavanger in the south-west.

Before going to Karlstad, Sweden, we went to Oslo. Since there are no direct trains from Karlstad to Sandefjord, we had to return to Oslo to catch the train to Sandefjord (which is approximately 2 hours direct from Oslo Central Station).

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Ah, memories. I remember coming to this restaurant for lunch and a glass of white wine with my friends, during the hot summer months while I was living in Oslo.

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The Norwegian Parliament building.

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Karl Johans gate. This is the main street for shopping and restaurants. It connects the Oslo Central Station and the Royal Palace, which is the building captured in the center of the photo.

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This is the Grand Hotel, a luxury 5-star hotel and a historical landmark (dates from 1874). Quite a few international celebrities and respected politicians have spent a night here, including US president Barack Obama.

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Aker Brygge and the Tjuvholmen peninsula.

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Aker Brygge and the Oslofjord.

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Sandefjord

A popular vacation spot for Norwegians and Swedes during summer. There’s a ferry route operating daily between Sandefjord and Strömstad, Sweden – in case you’d like to go on a day trip while visiting this part of Norway.

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The history of Sandefjord has been formed by the Viking Age and whaling. Here you’ll find Europe’s only specialized museum on the subject of whales and whaling.

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These buildings are the Tourist Information, Gallery Brown and Sandefjord Health Spa

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The Chapel at the harbor, the floating church.

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I enjoyed a nice iced latte and a cinnamon roll here in Café Vintage. The kind barista asked us if we wanted to taste their freshly baked bread too, and how could I resist? I also couldn’t resist photographing their creative decor. Cushions hanging from the ceiling and colorful, purposely mismatched furniture. I love it. They also sell cute clothes for toddlers here.

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Sandefjord Church.

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Kristiansand

Probably the most touristic city in the south of Norway. Especially for families with small children, as Dyreparken Zoo and theme park is located in Kristiansand. For the adult crowd there’s also always something fun happening in this charming coastal city during the summer months. Whether it’s a music festival or a different kind of event, there’s always something going on.

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For example, last week they hosted a music festival called Måkeskrik (mostly rock/metal music). And last year I went there for the Tall Ships Race.

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Photo taken from the viewpoint of Christiansholm Fortress, which was built in 1672 to defend the city of Kristiansand.

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Stavanger

My hometown. This is the fourth largest city in the country, and is the “oil capital” of Norway. The city is growing, becoming more and more urbanized but at the same time still managed to remain a traditional Norwegian city with traditional Norwegian architecture and culture.

My favorite part of Stavanger is Øvre Holmegate, more familiarly known as Fargegata – the color street. This is a classic example of traditional Norwegian architecture meets hipster/urban creatives-culture.

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(Northern) Rogaland County 

Apart from visiting the city of Stavanger, I highly recommend you broadening your horizons and checking out other parts of the region as well – obviously easier if you have a car, than depending on public transportation.

Here from Tungenes Lighthouse in Randaberg (now converted into a museum and a café)

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Karlstad , Sweden (photos and more)

I have written all about my experiences and even added some links to places I went to eat and some of the coffee shops I visited. I have also published a lot of photos. Go ahead, read all about it in my diary !

Would you like to see some more photos from the trip? No problem! Let’s start with Karlstad in this post, and I’ll write a separate post about all the different places I went to in Norway during this trip (there’s so much to tell and so many photos to show!)

Karlstad, Sweden

A city in Värmland County, famous for lake Vänern, which is in fact the largest lake in the EU. Geographically in Europe, only Russia has larger lakes. Karlstad is a popular holiday destination for those interested in outdoor activities and those who just want to spend some time away from the stressful life in the larger cities.

Just look at how green and picturesque it is here.

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This is Östra bron, Swedens longest stonebridge. The bridge was built in 1811 and is considered a historical landmark.

A boat converted into a restaurant called Båten (the boat) on the canal.

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View from the sightseeing boat trip with Karlstadbuss.

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Stadsträdgården park dates back to the 1800s. The park is full of beautiful flowers. In fact, there are over 800 different kinds of plants, trees and flowers here.

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Segerstad. If you want to explore something outside of Karlstad, there’s a wonderful forest rich in wildlife, only a fifteen minute drive away.

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