|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
|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|
|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 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
|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
|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