Friday, October 21

Two days in Madrid

Early Tuesday morning this week we found our seats in the AVE Renfe (High Speed Train) and went for a two and a half hours journey from Malaga to Madrid. On the tour the sunrise could be seen in the east, but the weather forecast for the Spanish Capital was not as beautiful as the upping sun in the south could indicate.

Well installed at our hotel we used the first afternoon to be tourists and visited the Castle and the Cathedral along with many others. The beauty of these buildings is a reason by itself to make this journey.
 A pitstop at Plaza Major is of course always expected, but there are so many other places to go and have a coffee or a drink so you miss nothing by dropping this tourist magnet.

A place that had to be visited was the Apple Store at Puerto del Sol, and as for a year ago the Apple Specialist "Leo" was there to help be getting my new iPhone 7 Negro Brilliante.
Leo is holding his own iPhone SE with the photo of us taken exactly 12 months ago.

The shopping street Gran Via was my wife´s area during my own visit at Apple Store, and as long as our hotel was close to this street I think a night photo (taken by iPhone 7) of Gran Via is on it´s place.

The buildings at Gran Via is spectacular. This building with the black and golden dome is the most photographed object in Madrid

 This penthouse and the long row along the street is fantastic. The traffic is horrible, but in Spain they almost always stop for us at the pedestrian marks.

This facade is fake. However at many back walls street painters have made interesting images of how it could look like if the buildings were constructed differently

 At the end in this blogpost I will cover some of the interesting places we visited around Plaza Santa Ana. First the popular restaurant Lateral.

then the Tapas Bar where we found it more delighted to visit with their great tapas and nice servants

and at last the great facades of restaurant Villa-Rosa builds up with painted tiles.

Tuesday, October 11

An artist is working in Fuengirola

 At Plaza de los Chinorros a painter is working in front of the restaurant Picoteo these days
 The gastrotaberna Picoteo is a place we sometimes visit for lunch, although other establishments at the Chinorros plaza are more frequented by us.

We have watched an artist for some days now, and the development of his painting is progressing.

According to the artist he will still need three four days to finish his work. We will come back to the signed painting later this week.

Sunday, October 2

Sunrise in Fuengirola, Spain

Two young expectants together with grandma ready for the swimming pool to be opened. The sun is also ready for the day and makes a nice background in our patio.

Wednesday, September 21

Proud parents and Grandparents

Family parties are not so easy to arrange when we live both in Norway, England and Spain. Therefore we were very happy when we could do so last weekend
 Our two beautiful daughters that we love very much and that have given us fantastic grandchildren
 "Mormor" with the 5 kids.
"Bestefar is also happy to have this photo with the very smart generation to come.

Saturday, September 10

The most beautiful city in Norway (or in the world?)

I have forgotten the name of the photographer (Sorry) but that is not stopping me from sharing this fantastic image of the Jugend Style City - Ålesund

King Haakon VII - His life and his NO to capitulate to Hitler

A new Norwegian movie "The King´s NO" on April 9th 1940 can be seen at cinemas this autumn

The newspaper VG has covered King Haakon and his life in an article well worth to read. Link to the presentation can be found HERE - Kongens Nei

Saturday, September 3

Bygdøy 2 - Walking north east from Hukodden

This morning we did our second walk at Bygdøy Penisula
and performed a two hours and 14.5 k steps from Huk to Norwegian Maritime Museum and back
The sea at Hukodden was very clear and the colours at the bottom was mirroring the sun
After walking up and down between posh houses trying to follow the coastline we ended up at the museum with some very interesting sculptures.
 Norwegian heroes  reaching the South Pole on December 14th 1911. Of course I har to mingle between them and meet Roald Amundsen.
"Seaflower": A memorial for boat people saved by Norwegian ships and arrived in Norway
Memorial of Norwegian Seamen killed during the first world war.
Memorial of Norwegian Seamen (4500) killed during world war 2.

At the museum there is several important vessels from Norwegian Explorer ages. First I show you some smaller but beautiful vessels normally used along our long coast.

and then to a much larger ship:
Fram is said to have sailed farther north (85°57'N) and farther south (78°41'S) than any other wooden ship.
Two more vessels can be found in the museums in the same area:
The balsa tree raft Kon-Tiki which Thor Heyerdahl used in the Pacific Ocean.
The raft was named Kon-Tiki after the Inca sun god, Viracocha, for whom "Kon-Tiki" was said to be an old name.
The papyrus ship RA II which Thor Heyerdahl used for his expedition over the Atlantic. RA was the ancient Egyptian sun god.

Next visit to Bygdøy will probably cover the Viking Ships 

Thursday, September 1

Bygdø - Ladegaardsøen - walking along the Oslofjord coast

Today´s walk took place at Bygdøy or Ladegaardsøen as some of us call this posh part of Oslo west.

The beauty of the shore and the Oslofjord makes a visit to this part of Oslo really enjoyable

After the Tsunami in the Indian Ocean in 2004 this sculpture was built to memorise the death of 50 Norwegian tourists, and the 250.000 people who died in the countries around the Indian ocean.

These sculptures are also to be found at Bygdøy. The above is unknown for us, but the one below is in memory of Prince Friderich von Hessen (1810) and Christian Fredrik (1814)

The Paradise Bay Beach was as usual full of bathing children although we write September 1st.

The two last Photos are from Hukodden with the restaurant, sculpture and Dyna lighthouse in the background.

In the wilderness of Oslo East, Along Alna River

Walking along the eastern rivers of Oslo; Alna and Lo.

The Lo river is part of the city´s name and means the estuaries to the fjord.

One of the bridges close to Grorud

The wilderness of the river valley
The waterfall Leirfossen 11 meter high in a narrow ravine.
The river is flowing silent through the valley just before it disappears in culverts through the industrial areas.
A nice walk but not to be recommended for people dependent on sticks and more or less flat ground for the feet. Looking forward to Paseo Maritim at Fuengirola