November 23, 2017
November 14, 2017
November 11, 2017
The most significant photo motif in Collioure is the church which have also served as a lighthouse and prison in its time. A rather tiny population at the beach these days.
November 10, 2017
Seems like the big old canon not was able to shoot the canonballs further than across the street - where luckily the pedestrians could pass unhindered.
Taling motif from the harbour this November day in charming Port-Vendres in the off season.
|The church in the inner part of the deep water harbour in Port-Vendres|
November 7, 2017
|6 photos stitched - originals iphone6+|
(See last post for more info of Strømstad.)
|Fishermens cabin in the harbor of Strømstad|
Photos: Jack R. Johanson / iphone6+
November 2, 2017
|Strømstad harbor as seen in a 4 photos stitched version (iphone6+)|
At Strömstad, there was a small fishing village known as Strömmen. The town got small privileges as a merchant town (köping) shortly thereafter, which seems to have made it expand, because it is documented to have gotten a charter in 1676 by King Charles XI of Sweden, although some documents show it was already considered a city in 1672.
|A moment of romance in the late autumn in the harbour|
At the time it had a population of 300 inhabitants. But soon the fishing blossomed, and its population increased to 1,100 by 1805. The late 18th century also saw the spa and bathing attract visitors, a position it kept throughout the 19th century. By 1917, its population was 2,949 inhabitants.
|The church in Strømstad . 1817-1820.|
Ref. text: WIKI
Photos: Jack R. Johanson / iphone6+
October 28, 2017
|Barcode buildings with the new library at right|
|Barcode-buildings in the back as seen from Sørenga (to the left the new Edvard Munch Museum)|
The BARCODE architecture concept was developed by the Norwegian firms DARK and a-lab, in collaboration with the Dutch agency MVRDV. The BARCODE concept is designed as a geometric system that stands out architecturally. The concept incorporates values such as openness to the fjord, admittance of light and airiness.
Based on the BARCODE concept, the twelve buildings are designed by different architectural firms. Besides the overall shape, the buildings are very different. Each building has its own distinctive character, and enjoyable architectonic details and quirks make Barcode an architectural experience quite out of the ordinary.
Ref. text: visitoslo
Photo: Jack R. Johanson (iphone6+)
October 23, 2017
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October 10, 2017
|Saturday in Karl Johans gate|
|The same view under the Oslo Marathon - the tail of the runners.|
|The street as it looks when you enter it from the side of the Central Station|
October 4, 2017
|The park in front of the Alby Manor at Jeløya.|
|Walking the gravel road from the Manor - a popular path at Jeløya|
Along the shores to the Oslofjord
September 27, 2017
|The couple in the boat can still see the Oslo Opera behind some foreground construction work.|
|The opera as it was after the opening in 2008|
What a shame. After opening the new Oslo Opera in 2008 Perfectly situated in the "new" Bjørvika Harbour right at the shores of the Oslofjord - the town council is now boxing in the magnificent architectural and Significant building at 3 of 4 sides.
Offices and residential buildings is of more importance than a cultural "lighthouse"
|From this sea side the Opera is almost not visible in the back|
Some tourists sits on the lower ground end of the opera roof . In the back the New town library
September 16, 2017
|3 photos stitched from the new Fjordbyen in Oslo, Norway|
Come for a time travel back to 8000 BC :
Fjordbyen, Sørenga seen from the Ekeberg Plateu - where the stone age family was sitting 8000BC
“This is the most exciting and complex work I’ve been involved with in my seven years at Byantikvaren (the city’s cultural preservation agency),” archaeologist Kristine Reiersen told newspaper Aftenposten .
She and her colleagues have been working on the Ekeberg Plateau and have found many more signs of Stone Age life than expected. Until now, most historians and archaeologists traced Oslo’s earliest settlements to around 8,000 years ago, or 6,000 BC.
Now they have found evidence of settlements from 8,000 BC, 2,000 years older. They found what they claim are remains of a place where eight to 10 persons lived on what at the time was waterfront property. The land was pushed up from the sea around 10,000 years ago, after the last ice age, Egil Mikkelsen of the Museum of Cultural History told Aftenposten .
The new Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo.
Background. In the present museum at Tøyen an increasing number of visitors come and additional space was needed in order to exhibit more of the collection. The Munch Museum has long outgrown its current premises. In May 2013, after years of debate, the Oslo City Council voted to build a new Munch Museum in Bjørvika in the Oslo's harbour area, close to the Opera. Spanish architects Herreros Arquitectos won the design competition and the new museum will be completed in 2019.
The fashionable new residential area at Sørenga
|At the old quay new residences have been built the last years
|Some green environment is facing the fjord and the West side of Oslo|
|Some very interesting architecture|
|Even a beach is included direct by the fjord|
There are several restaurants in the area. our choice for lunsj was the popular Cargo Restaurant. here a short timelapse:
September 15, 2017
|Just another ordinary day..|
A day when everything is normal and nothing of importance seems to happen.
Many times we seems to remember the days with problems and challenges or the big events - while the ordinary days is just something we grant and accepted without ever notice them. Still they represent a great value
- as such days probably are the most meaningful in our lives.
4 weeks after my periode with disability I slowly return to more "normal days" - and experience a great pleasure in this. Just going out for a walk or a little trip in my car - doing ordinary daily activities... feeling as usual.
This gray September day I did a little neighboorhood tour in my car visiting an historical building where some negotiations was done in 1814 between Norway and Denmark with the target to free Norway from the 400 years long dominance of Denmark. The farm to the priest of Spydeberg was a little part of the process - the main building is seen here. And a fine symbol by the two ladies, out there in the rain, to lift the Norwegian flag outside the stately building.
Just another, fine, ordinary day...
Your comments are welcome 😊
September 7, 2017
Was the Kings Old Road ever ment for bikes?
It is no more than app 14 km along the Kings Old Road that cross the Filefjell in the mountains in Central Norway from the small St. Thomas chapel along E16 to the old tourist resort Maristolen. It is today a rough path but still recommended for people hiking and/or biking. To the latter I can only say that biking along this old medieval road is purely for mountain bike fanatics.
History (ref. Wiki)
The Filefjell Kongevegen (English: The Kings Road) is the name of the old trail over Filefjell, the mountainous area between Lærdal/Borgund and Valdres in Norway. It is the historical main route linking Western Norway and Eastern Norway.Due to the sometimes wet and marshy land in the valley bottom, the old trail runs farther up in the hill than the modern asphalt road does today. The old trail is still used for hiking. It was named after King Sverre of Norway (1184–1202) who traveled this route with his army. The first post route came this way in 1647. The road got official status as a main road in the year 1791.
Maristova in Filefjell (built at Queen Margaret's command around 1390) and Nystuen in Vang (first mentioned in 1627 but believed to be much older) are guest houses that provided for travelers along the road. The owners were compensated by the king and commanded to aid travelers and provide shelter for those who used the road. This practice lasted until 1830.
Today, Kongevegen has been restored, opening it up for hikers. Major sections such as Vindhella provide an insight into the skills in use by the road engineers of the time.
The seven disappointments
We parked by the little old chapel St. Thomas kirken at Filefjell. The very first part of the road looked like a gravel road and set an optimistic mind with the madam and myself. Nature was beautiful and soon we passed this little idyllic bridge and creek as the terrain started to turn upwards.
The road was too steep to bike so we had to walk and push the bikes upwards. In the distant it looked to be a small peak - giving hope that the road was to be more flat up there.
During this phase of the tour a hiker, experienced with the trail, told us of the seven disappointments along this road. We would see 7 times an uphill stretch that gave hope to be the upper peak in the mountain. But only after 7 times we was on the highest point. WOW was that a welcomed inspiration - for sure NOT. Under a photo of the madam traversing one of the seven disappointments.
Finally the top point of the road
Murklopphaugen with the marble marker indicating the border between Akershus and Bergen in the old days, from Norsk Prospect-Samling by P.F. Wergmann. Not quite the highest point but close by.
So far on our trip our time estimate was completely destroyed. Our plan was to reach the mountain lodge Maristua and have a bus there going back to where our car was parked.
We decided to split so I could rush down to Maristova for the bus and later return with the car to pick up the madam. So far all well. BUT the downhill to Maristova was very, very steep - and in the rush I had a very nasty stop and fall with the bike, hit my head and was later blue all over my body. To make a long story short - after some days with a headache I woke up one morning with some sight problems and the day after that one eye was closed (as it still is presently). More about this: http://www.johanson.info/2017/08/in-for-break.html
Anyhow I did reach the bus and was happy picking up the car at the parking by the St. Thomas chapel (to the right in the back).
Comments are welcome 🙂