Thursday Doors: Oslo, Norway

Today, for a few doors of the  Doorscursion, we are headed back to Oslo! This is the Scots Man Restaurant………looking good! As with all outdoor seating in cafés and restaurants, your seat comes with a blanky……..the month was August! Be sure to look up, so you don’t miss architectural details! We stayed at the beautiful…

Just Strollin’ in Oslo

OK, I know I said I’d be movin’ on to the burbs of Oslo a few posts ago, but when I look at my photos there is so much to show! So, we’re walkin, walkin……………You can see how close to the sea we always are! Oslo is simply a large park! With many statues…..they are…

Thursday Doors: A Walk in Oslo

We’re starting out in the park today and going door hunting from there! Oslo is chock full of parks and statues in the historic and theater areas…… This fellow was across the street from our hotel in the Theater District. Per Aabel was a popular Norwegian comedian and actor. After studying ballet in London he…

Thursday Doors: The Big Picture in Oslo, Norway

We are done  (BOO HOO) with the cruise, but now we are spending some time in Oslo! I thought I would start with the big picture of the City Center of Oslo and then with future posts go with the more detailed doors.  Karl Johans Gate Street is divided with a park in the center…

Haugesund, Norway: On the Waterfront

Did I mention it was a cold, blustery, full  on, red-cheek day, in August, when we visited Haugesund? Well it was, but we began our tour of the city with a brisk walk of the harbor, that went on and on, with boat after boat! The old warehouses along the harbor have been beautifully restored…

Thursday Doors: Haugesund, Norway

We’ve arrived in Haugesund on a very blustery, Sunday morning! This is a metropolis compared to the last few stops we have made in Norway! Haugesund once had a bustling herring industry, but now has gone over to the petroleum industry…..and I think the town has lost part of its charm because of it. There…

It’s Been a Good Time to Read a Book!

I’ve had a very good time reading this book, Keeping Christmas, by Kathleen Stokker, and learning about the Christmas traditions in Norway! It fit in perfectly with my Norway series, which I am about to start up again, since we’re not through Norway just yet! The book begins with the link between Viking customs and…

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Birds at Christmas

  One of the things I learned about Norway, is the folks really like the outdoors! They love the clean, fresh air, the farm life and simple living. Another Norwegian tradition, with an unknown origin (although they have ideas about it) is the sharing of the julenek, or the sharing of grain, as a Christmas…

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Let’s Take the Sauna and Ice Plunge!

What could be more Nordic than the sauna and the ice plunge? The oldest known saunas were found in Finland. They were simple pits dug into the slope of ground and used as a dwelling in winter. Brrrrrrr…….  They added a little fireplace with stones….and by throwing water on the stones produced steam, which gave…

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Nisse

The word nisse may have derived from the Old Norse word, niosi, meaning “dear little relative.” Today a nisse (Norwegian) means a “homestead man,” who is a mischievous elf, that oversees the domestic household and the health of farm animals. He demands respect…….. plus a bowl of julegrøt (Christmas porridge) with butter, on Christmas Eve. …

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Gingerbread and Gløgg

How can one get through Christmas without gingerbread or gløgg? I know my family couldn’t! Making the gingerbread is a family affair! I love the fragrance of gingerbread baking! So, who made the first gingerbread and gløgg? Originally the term gingerbread (from the latin word zingiber, via the Old French word gingebras) meant preserving ginger….

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Fika (the Swedish Coffee Break)

I’m including a Nordic Christmas Tradition with the WeekendCoffeeShare today! So come on in and sit awhile, while we enjoy a fika! The Nordic lifestyle is one to be envied! Purity and simplicity are essential elements! In Sweden, Fika is translated as “coffee and cake break.” It is an essential part of the culture! It…

Nordic Christmas Traditions: Broom Hiding

The Winter months in Norway are dark and long……………..What better way to spend the dark, dark hours of the night,  but to focus on winter stories! Many of these stories include mischievous sprits, elves, trolls or witches…….. In the Nordic countries it is said that witches roam the land during the darkest month of December….

Nordic Christmas Traditions: The Nordic Christmas Goat (Yule Goat)

I love learning the traditions that have been passed down through the centuries to get to the beliefs we celebrate today, don’t you? Since, I have been posting my Norwegian travels, I thought it might be fun to share some Christmas Nordic traditions.  We’ve been visiting goat farms and have seen the goats for ourselves!…