A Walk Through Old Stavanger

With only a few days left before leaving Norway, I took an afternoon to walk around some of the old, original parts of Stavanger.  I’ve been to the touristy parts of downtown plenty of times and it is really neat to see but I’m not much for crowds and tourist attractions.  A few days prior, my friend, who lives in downtown, showed me around some of the historical neighborhoods.  I marked it on my map so I could return there myself to take photos.

I’ll keep this post brief, sharing just a few photos from that walk.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

This neighborhood watchman kept a close eye on me as I snooped around his turf looking for photos.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

 

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

I venture to say many of these roof tops predate at least a few major cities in the U.S.  The people who own the houses are not allowed to pressure wash them or do anything that would remove their signs of age; maintenance work only.  Historic Landmark committees are essential to preserving and respecting our past.  I’m glad to see many of the communities around where I live are now doing this.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

I liked the way these flowers seemed to be leaning around the corner of this old house, trying to get every bit of sunlight they can.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

I did do a little post-processing to this image of the street lamp.  I thought it looked kinda neat.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

I only brought one lens on this trip, the Minolta MD 35-70mm.  35mm was just not quite wide enough to capture all of this so to get around that, I shot three images and stitched them together afterwards.  Viola! Wide-angle shot.  Of course this is only convenient when everything is static like it is here.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Eventually, the old cobbled streets led me down to the harbor where all the tourists are.  Down by the water, I came across this art/monument, a huge polished disc, that had a great reflection of the scene behind it.  Kind of a neat shot I suppose.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Disapproving structure disapproves.  I can’t tell if this mustachioed, grumpy looking air vent is intentional or not.  It was at the back of a parking lot for a local government building.  Either way, I had a good laugh.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

As I approached my hotel, the sun had just gone down behind it, leaving this excellent gradient sky as a backdrop to the interesting geometry of the building.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

Back at the hotel, I went up to the terrace on the roof for a little peace and quiet.  I set my camera up on a ledge to shoot this selfie for my wife and kids.

Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)
Sony A7RmkII w/ Minolta MD 35-70mm f/3.5 Macro (3rd Gen)

That’s all for tonight.  I’ve got one more post coming from Norway.  My last day there, I was invited to take a trip out to a little island with an abbey on it.  It turned out to be a breathtaking location.  I honestly could have stayed there for a week and not run out of things to take photos of.  I hope to share those pictures with you later in the week.  It’s been a busy, exhausting week here in Egypt where my free time has been quite limited.  I’ve got my camera with me but I’ve not yet had a chance to use it.  I expect within the next three weeks I will.  Until then, I hope you enjoyed today’s images from Norway!

 

 

 

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6 thoughts on “A Walk Through Old Stavanger

  1. I love the disapproving structure! Ha! I love those old buildings, they have so much character. What a gorgeous place!

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  2. Beautiful, beautiful pic’s, Tom… I especially loved the cobblestone streets. And, of course the pic of you! Quite a beard you’ve grown there, my friend… goes well with the hat! 🙂

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  3. Hey bud! Good to hear from you. I hope all is going well with you and your family. Is your mobile # still the same as before? I’ll give you a call when I get back to the States.

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  4. Amazing photos Tom! We are looking foward to see the rest.
    Hope you are doing fine in Egypt!
    -Geir & Ingunn

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  5. I’m really glad you enjoy them. I just posted the images from our trip to Klosterøy. Check it out when you have the time. Thanks again for sharing your family and time with me. Such wonderful people!

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