I spent 4 days in Stavanger, Norway, on the south west
coast of the country. I was there from May 17-21, 2015.
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The Flight to London-Heathrow
I flew from Ithaca to Newark, Newark to London,
then London to Stavanger. We landed to the west at Heathrow (I don't
recall if it was Runway 27R or 27L), flying over the River Thames, and
getting a good view of downtown London, including the London Eye,
Parliament, and the phallic Swiss Re building in business center. I
was using my regular 50mm lens and the pictures came out surprisingly
well. We were probably around 2000-3000 feet up at the time.
The Tower Bridge is the right-most bridge, and the Swiss Re
buidling is visible...(more)
The Millennium bridge (footbridge) is visible as the fourth
bridge from the...(more)
Across from the London Eye is Buckingham Palace and Big Ben.
Looking east back towards London. Thinking about it,
since we were heading...(more)
National Day in Stavanger, Norway
I arrived in Stavanger, Norway on May 17,
which is National Day in Norway. By the time I got to the hotel, it
was around 4pm and I had missed most of the National Day activities.
People from the Honeynet Workshop were gathering at the House of
Fingerfood somewhere in downtown Stavanger, so I figured I'd go
I hadn't really put much thought into the
fact that I'm pretty poor at navigating, I wasn't really sure
exactly where I was going, I hadn't slept on the red-eye flight
and it was now about 11pm for me, so I had been running on no sleep
for about a day and a half. Also, apparently in the older section
of Stavanger, street signs do not appear frequently. Also, it was
cold and rainy. I had a map, but I was short on clues.
I did manage to find the restaurant eventually, and the timing
wasn't bad, as dinner was going to start in a few minutes,
and I saw a National Day parade with lots of people, dressed
in traditional Norwegian costumes, with lots of Norway flags.
So it was a bit of an adventure, in a good way.
More bands, more flags, but parade watchers in traditional
City Centre in Stavanger
The parade was in Old Stavanger
(Gamle Stavanger), with narrow streets and old buildings. I
was trying to find the restaurant but got distracted by the parade.
It was hard to find streets that were labeled or ones that appeared
on the hotel map I had. After much wandering, I found a landmark
and was able to orient myself and get to the restaurant. Afterwards
I wandered around Old Stavanger a little before heading back to the
hotel. I was quite tired by that point.
Valberg Tower (Valbergtårnet), an old watchtower at the
top of a hill, the...(more)
The cannons overlook the city and the waterfront area.
Nice defensive position.
I thought this was just some sort of stylized sculpture of a
Nordic Rune. ...(more)
A side view of the Stavanger Cathedral, with the Soltreet
sculpture next to...(more)
The side of the cathedral with some tulips in the foreground
and a sculpture in...(more)
Stavanger Cathedral (Stavanger domkirke). Built from
around 1100 - 1125,...(more)
The gazebo in the city park, surrounding the lake
Houses on Lake Breiavatnet catching evening sunlight.
By the Clarion Energy Hotel and Lake Stokkavatnet
I had switched over to Norwegian time pretty easily,
aided by not sleeping for the flight over. But for some reason, I got a
little confused on Tuesday, woke up at 5am and didn't realize how
early it was (there was no clock in the hotel room, and I figured the
front desk just forgot my wake-up call) and figured since no one was at
breakfast I'd just go for a walk to a park and lake across the
street from the hotel. I was surprised the sun was so low on the
horizon since it should have been up for a few hours already, yet
never thought that perhaps, just maybe, it wasn't the world
that was screwy, but maybe I was just a bit messed up timezone-wise.
Anyway, it did allow me to walk around Lake Stokkavatnet.
Monday night, there was a nice rainbow visible from my hotel
window. I saw it...(more)
A grassy field with a trail (and exercise station in
the center of the picture)...(more)
The path winds by people's houses. I had no idea how
early it was and didn't...(more)
A mini panoramic shot of the path winding
through houses in the area.
The sign with random Norwegian graffiti was glowing in the
low angle of the...(more)
Madlabekken Park was about a 10 minute walk
from the hotel (east instead of north). It's a smaller lake but had a
nice park. Also, here at 5pm, there were more people than at 5am at
Lake Madlabekken with Norwegian mountains in the distance.
A cute little hut and pond. Everything in Norway must either
Another shot of the little hut with the lake beyond it.
Swan-butt. It was in that pose for around 30 seconds to a
minute, as I was...(more)
But no, the swan was fine. It came up for air and then shortly
It was odd the way the straight line of trees all have branches
that grow out...(more)
I think this was some sort of art thing.
[Update] Someone I met in Stavanger...(more)
The trees had many, many pacifiers on them. I blame art.
See previous picture.
Pretty pink flowers on the trees. I turned back here, because
the group was...(more)
A panoramic shot of the Madlabekken lake from one
of the clearings on the path....(more)
The Vju Restaurant and Skybar
On Wednesday, the Honeynet Conference organizers
reserved a restaurant at the top of the tallest building in town for us. It
was a 10 minute walk from the hotel. It was called Vju (pronounced
"view") and was an appropriate name, as it had a great view of
Stavanger. I took some pictures of the area. Also, someone at the conference
had a 50mm f1.4 lens that I borrowed to take a few very narrow depth-of-field
pictures of the desserts. He said that he had taken quote a few pictures of
"food porn" when he first got the lens.
Getting into the glass elevator to ride up to the 23rd floor.
A panoramic view of Stavanger from the Skylounge.
Departing From the Stavanger-Sola Airport
On Thursday, I headed out to the airport, along with
someone I had met at the conference. I was hoping to get to walk to a beach
near the airport, but my navigational ability tends to be weak normally, and
very weak when I'm in a strange place where I can't read any signs. So I
walked around a little, then headed back to the airport to catch my flight to
A picture just after takeoff, showing the Stavanger airport.
Heading towards the coast before turning east ot Oslo.
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