Stavanger,Norway

By Cacinda Maloney

Stavanger,Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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

Stavanger, Norway

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.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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!)

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

It has to be the most colorful street in all of Norway.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, 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, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway. The actual hairdresser’s place that started it all  #bobstylister

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.

Stavanger, Norway

Stavanger, Norway

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.

Disclosure:  My trip to Norway was courtesy of Visit Norway USA and the guide was furnished by RegionStavanger, however the opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

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2017-06-25T10:46:59+00:00

10 Comments

  1. Irene S. Levine September 3, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I love seeking out the tourist office in a new city. Seems like your pictures got more colorful after you went there:-)

    • admin September 3, 2013 at 12:48 pm

      True! @RegionStavanger representative knew exactly where to take me!!

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