By Cacinda Maloney
I honestly was not expecting such a pleasant little city when I arrived at the train station in Stavanger, Norway. Stepping outside, one of the first things I noticed was a huge pond/lake in right in the middle of town, with a flowing fountain. It was fabulous.
Across the way, I could see a charming old church, with the most beautiful vivid pink flowers that lined the back of the church. They were perfect! It was perfect!
Stavanger,Norway, what is it like?
I headed out to go to the tourist office, and actually had to stop along the way to just enjoy the scene: kids playing in the park, a man feeding the birds, the stunning flowers growing everywhere. There were pods of flowers every few feet. I am convinced that Norwegians plant amazing amounts of flowers because they fully appreciate the springtime.
I found my way to the tourist office, where the wonderful guide (now friend) Carmen took me on a tour through the streets of Stavanger.
It is here where we stumbled upon Ovre Holmegate – A colorful street in the centre of Stavanger where all buildings have been painted in bright colors. ( I think she must have taken me there on purpose!)
It has to be the most colorful street in all of Norway.
Some say it is akin to “Notting Hill” in London, which was a run-down area until the 1980s. Notting Hill, Great Britain now has a contemporary reputation as an affluent and fashionable area; known for attractive terraces of Victorian townhouses, and high-end shopping and restaurants.
Stavanger experienced its’ renaissance in 2005 when hairdresser Tom Kjørsvik envisioned doing something totally unique with his shop and was able to get the neighbors to play along.
All the houses along the street were painted in different hues of bright colors, in accordance with a color scheme suggested by the artist Craig Flannagan, a prominent Stavanger artist.
It is true, if you come to Stavanger, Norway, you will not be disappointed, as it is a wonderful little city right on the water, where the cruise ships come in. It is cobblestoned and charming! It is also the gateway to hike Preikestolen (the famous Pulpit Rock). This is a must for every traveler who goes to Norway.
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