Stavanger Journals

One Norwegian Wedding and a Journal Part I

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A September 2006 trip to Stavanger by girlfromals

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Quote: What does a Canadian girl do when she receives an invitation to a wedding in Norway? She packs her bags and goes, of course!

One Norwegian Wedding and a Journal Part I

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Sverd i Fjell Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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My journey to Stavanger, Norway's 4th largest city, began 14 years ago. How, you say, is that possible? To make a long story short, this crazy Canuck decided to leave her small Prairie town for the adventures of a high school exchange to Denmark. At the age of 18, she packed her bags and headed over to live with a Danish family for an entire year. She was placed with a family of 5: Gurli (mom), Arne (dad), and three, yes three boys - Anders (18), Thorsten (16) and Flemming (13). Fast forward to 2006 and an invitation from Thorsten and his long-time Norwegian girlfriend, Elin, to attend their wedding in her home town of Stavanger. How could this Canadian say no? So, I packed my bags ready t...Read More

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

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Attraction | "Stavanger Domkirke (Cathedral) Part I"

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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When you first approach Stavanger Domkirke you likely will be underwhelmed by this cathedral. Located in the heart of central Stavanger, this 11th-century cathedral looks very plain indeed. The large grey stones, short stature and nearly unadorned exterior bring to mind a medieval fortress rather than a cathedral. Even the entrance looks like a fortress tower instead of a gateway to spiritual salvation. The austere exterior, however, belies the treasures inside and the important historical role of this cathedral.Stavanger Domkirke was built at the end of the 11th century by Bishop Reinald from Winchester in order to, as legend has it, wed the king for a third time. King Si...Read More

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Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

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Attraction | "Stavanger Domkirke (Cathedral) Part II"

Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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A major renovation of the Cathedral was undertaken in the 1860s greatly altering the Cathedral's exterior. The beautiful stone walls were plastered and the Cathedral's distinctive medieval look disappeared. A major restoration was undertaken from 1939 - 1964 partly reversing the earlier ‘restoration'. Despite this, Stavanger Domkirke is the only Norwegian cathedral built of stone that has retained its original style.The interior of the Cathedral hosts a number of treasures that illustrate the importance of the Cathedral throughout its history. One would think that the Romanesque and Gothic structure would clash with the Baroque and Rococo treasures; however, here they seem to belong togeth...Read More

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Stavanger Domkirke Cathedral

Stavanger, Norway

Utstein Kloster

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Attraction

Utstein Kloster Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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With only two days free from wedding related activities, we had to pack in a lot of sightseeing into very little time. Utstein Kloster (Abbey) was at the top of that list. I had heard about Norway's only well-preserved medieval monastery from my Danish host family. They know my interest in historic buildings so it was only natural this was our first stop.The drive to Utstein Kloster is just as interesting as the Abbey itself. The area is dotted by islands joined by tunnels and bridges. The islands often rise 100s of metres above the sea providing a stunning and picturesque view of the fjord as you ...Read More

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Utstein Kloster
Mosterøy outside Stavanger
Stavanger, Norway
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Exploring the Ryfylke Islands

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The Ryfylke Islands, located north of Stavanger, are full of sites and attractions. There are so many places to visit you cannot possibly see all of the sites in 1 or 2 days. We wandered Mosterøy, Sokn, Bru and Åmøy by car simply following the small roadways across the islands. Here are just a few examples of places you can visit in and around the Ryfylke Islands. To get to the Ryfylke Islands, take E39 north of Stavanger through the 5.8km long tunnel passing 223m under the sea, through the toll and across the bridge. Immediately after you cross the bridge you will notice a gas station and rest stop as well as the ...Read More

The Wedding - Part I

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Sverd i Fjell Photo, Stavanger, Norway
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My journey to Stavanger began 14 years ago. How, you say, is that possible? To make a long story short, this crazy Canuck decided to leave her small Prairie town for the adventures of a high school exchange to Denmark. At the age of 18, she packed her bags and headed over to live with a Danish family for an entire year. She was placed with a family of 5: Gurli (mom), Arne (dad), and three, yes three boys - Anders (18), Thorsten (16) and Flemming (13). Considering I have only one younger sister, this was quite a change to say the least. I had always wanted a brother but as my mom said ‘Beware of what you wish for'! So, I ended up with 3 ‘big' little brothers as they are all well over 6 feet tall...Read More