Friday, July 13, 2018

Stavanger - the Petroleum Museum and Pulpit Rock

The pedestrian streets and colorful houses make another
section of downtown Stavanger very attractive for shopping
and dining.
Scott and I made separate plans for our day in Stavanger. He joined Walt & Honoree on one of the official excursions to Pulpit Rock. This was an 8 hour trip out of town to hike up to this iconic view. It was a very difficult hike with over 2.000 ft of elevation - I decided to pass and see the city instead. We both had a terrific time.
I managed to see the Cathedral, most of downtown, the Norwegian Canning Museum and the Petroleum Museum. It was all very interesting and fun. There was even time for a little shopping. Stavanger is a very attractive and accessible city. Despite the bright sunshine, it was cool - as you can see from the way people are dressed

Lots of people sat outside to have a drink or eat even in the
cool weather. 
 In the morning I took in the Cathedral, "Old Stavanger" and the Canning Museum. After lunch back on the boat I headed out again for the shopping district and the Petroleum Museum.
Opened in 1999, the Petroleum Museum from the sea looks like a small oil platform. It covers 5,000 square meters so there is a lot to see! The Museum focuses on offshore petroleum activity especially in the North Sea through films, photographs and lots of actual equipment. I followed the technological development from the beginning of the Norwegian oil industry in the mid 1960's  to today. Happily they also covered how this has effected people both in Norway and in developing countries as well as environmental costs. 
That's the Norwegian flag on the right and some unusually
pruned trees on the left.

There were great views from the Museum of the harbor. This
was the first time we saw groups of sailboats.

I believe there was at least one of every kind of machine
associated with petroleum drilling and underwater exploration.

And you could experience them yourself in many cases.
Not underwater unfortunately.

A view of the first floor from the stairs up to the second. I
enjoyed the films as they featured the people who worked
in the industry instead of the machines. It is a very dangerous
industry to work in - and that has a big cost for both the
workers and their families.

A huge new platform was being built right in the harbor

There were many statues through downtown. This one was
supposed to be a Viking man. I didn't think buttons were
invented back then!

I loved these beautiful costumes and admired the hand done
embroidery. Several women in the rear of the store were
hard at work creating them.

And I would have loved to buy some of these fabulous wool
felt boots. But they and the costumes cost hundreds of dollars.
Well worth it I'm sure, but too rich for me.

Another street reminded me of England with the half timbered
houses

And now for my other half. These are photos Scott took
on his hike up to Pulpit Rock. You can see the steep
rocky trail with lots of people. 
Walt and Honoree took lots of photos too.

The weather wasn't great but luckily the fog didn't roll in
until they were headed down from the summit. 

Pretty spectacular scenery!

I don't know if you can see the people in the center of this shot - it gives you more perspective.

The red jacket helps here.

Good view of the fjord. They took buses and boats to
reach the start of the hike.

Craig Smith also did the hike. He and his wife Lisa were our
table companions for dinner each night.

This is the famous photo you usually see of Pulpit Rock - Honoree took it.

And this one from the top. It was well worth the tough climb!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Heading south again - Stavanger, our last stop in Norway. Part 1

We docked right in the center of the town, next to the Queen
Mary II. But here you can see the M/S Rogaland, built in 1929,
and recently used as a hospital ship in the movie "Dunkirk".

This fat complacent bird make it's
home on Aliexander Kielland., the
writer and politician.

I loved Stavanger Cathedral. Contruction was started in 1100
and finished in 1150. It was damaged heavily in 1272 and
rebuilt in the Gothic style.

During a renovation in 1860 it lost much of it's medieval looks
some of which where returned during additional work from 1939
to 1964.

Andrew Lawrenceson Smith created this
magnificent pulpit in the 1650's. He was a
Scottish craftsman who moved to Norway.

Here's a detail of the stairs.

This is a stock photo of the cathedral's rear view -
unfortunately it was covered with drop cloths when
I was there - but the medieval look is more obvious
than in the fscade.
Behind the Cathedral is a lovely lake with a walking path
all around. 

From there a series of stairs and small parks
lead up to Old Sttavanger, an area of 18th
and 19th Century wooden homes

These homes are almost all wooden and painted white, most
with red slate roofs.

The steep, often cobblestone, streets climb steeply the hill
above the harbor.

I was reminded strongly of Nantucket!

Not only the house, but the roses were similar.

In all colors...

A group of bundled up toddlers caught my eye - although
the day was sunny, it was cool and breezy.

As I toured the area, more people showed up, but mostly on
the main street (which was flat).

Although the yards were tiny, they were manicured.

I was alerted to the Norwegian Canning Museum by the internet and it was just as interesting as claimed. Later I
researched the life of Angus Watson (later Sir James Watson), an English Food Manufacturer, who greatly impacted the
 sardine industry here in Stavanger. His sardine brand was Skipper and he was a wizard at advertising. 

I really enjoyed this glimpse into the life of women working
at this time. There was a documentary film from the turn of
the century showing the canning process and the people that
worked there.

These tiny fish were threaded on dowels by
the women and then smoked.

Canned sardines were a huge treat year's ago - and still
are for my husband!

The tiny house nearby was one of the worker's homes and
is now a museum (free) and cafe. I enjoyed a waffle
(served with sour cream and preserves) and coffee. 

Here's the dining room where you can sit down and have
your food - or out back on the patio.

Across from the cannery was one of the few stone buildings,
now a coffee house.



It was surreal to see the Queen Mary II rising
up beneath the small buildings of Old
Stavanger.

Here's a view looking up from the harbor edge.

And across the end of the harbor.

The small fish market now has an attached
restaurant, which was packed (like sardines)

Another view of the harbor edge. Our cruise ship was docked
just to the left here. Valburgtarnet, the old Fire Tower, looms
above.