Stavangar Norway

Lets take a Walk through an Historic city in Norway

Lets take a walk in Historic Stavanger, Norway’s fourth biggest city, behind Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim. Situated in Rogaland county on Norway’s west coast, there is something unique that sets Stavanger apart from the country’s other larger cities. It is a walk-able city and most attractions are easily reached.

A large part of Stavanger is made up of timber structures. Lets take a walk to view some of the 8,000 wooden houses, and the largest wooden city in northern Europe. Walk up the narrow streets and enjoy the unique beauty of the old town.

Walk up a hill to the white houses
Walk up the hill to enjoy the white houses.
white wooden houses in Old Town Stavangar Norway

A large proportion of the city’s wooden houses were built in the eighteenth or nineteenth century. The oldest of them are perfectly preserved in the city’s historic Gamle Stavanger or Old Town.

white wooden house in Old Town Stavangar Norway

Many homes feature beautiful flowers in pots and baskets. Near these historic wooden houses, are colorful flowers and gardens, favorite places for bees and butterflies!

bee on Purple flowers
Can you see the Bee?
Butterfly on blue flowers
Butterfly

St Swithun’s Cathedral, the oldest Cathedral in Norway.

Side view of Stavangar Cathedral

Stavangar has a beautiful Cathedral, the only Cathedral from the Middle Ages that has kept its original architecture, and the only Norwegian Cathedral in continuous use since the 1300s. Norway’s best-kept Cathedral is located within walking distance from the Stavanger harbor. According to tradition Stavanger Cathedral was built in 1125 after Sigurd Jorsalfarer named Stavanger a Cathedral city.

carved wooden pulpit
Carved Pulpit in Stavangar Cathedral
carved wooden pulpit
Closer view of carvings

The most notable feature of the interior is the Pulpit that is post Reformation and dates back to the 1650s, Pulpit carvings cover the history of the Bible from Adam and Eve to the crowning of Christ, all carved on the Pulpit by a Scotsman, Andrew Smith,

Sidewalk Art in Stavangar is quite impressive; look closely are the people real or are they works of art?

Painting of little girl
Is this a little girl or a painting?
Picture of man
Is this a man in front of the sign?

The Valberg tower (Valbergtårnet) was constructed from 1850 to 1853 and was the former observation tower of Stavanger. The tower was the permanent lodging of the watchmen in Stavanger. Among their duties was to alert the people in town when there was a fire. Tobias Sandstol was the last watchman and worked 18 years until 1922.

Former Watch Tower
Valberg Tower
colorful houses and shops
Brightly Colored Houses and Shops are located across the Fjord from the White Wooden Houses of the Old Town

Outside of town are the famous buried swords of Hafrsfjord. This historic site commemorates the battle of 872 AD. and where Harald Fairhair gathered Norway into one kingdom in the same year. The swords symbolize peace, unity and freedom, and buried in stone not to be used anymore, to encourage people to live in Peace.

iron swords standing in stone
3 Swords of Harsfjord

Townsville


Townsville

Townsville our fourth Australian town on the Circumnavigation.We did a little exploration of the town, then we were off to the Billabong Sanctuary. Great fun, learning about the Koalas, wombats, snakes and salt water crocodiles. There were kangaroos and whistling ducks everywhere. A Tawney Frogmouth bird and several different colored cockatoos were also residents of the Sanctuary. Look carefully at the kangaroos, do you see the leg of the joey in the photos and other pictures you can see the head of the joey?

iphone photography

Bought an iphone recently and have been having great fun playing with it. Oh yes I do use it as a phone once and a while!
The camera option including all the apps have been very interesting to learn to use and I have been taking lots of pictures. Since it is an 8mg pixel camera the pictures I have taken have surprised me as to how good they are. Snapseed is a great app. to use, although I am trying out other apps. These are a couple of photos taken recently at a visit to a San Francisco Farmers Market.

Sunflowers

Sunflowers at Farmers Market-San Francisco


Flowers photo iphone

Rain in a Rose Garden in Tucson


It doesn’t rain very often in Tucson, but when it does these roses seem to glow in their happiness as the rain touches them.