Thursday, December 29

Grand Cafe Oslo, a place to visit

In the time between Christmas and New Year it is always a lot of restaurants in Oslo that are closed.
At Tekehtopa they are renovating the rooms. At Aker Brygge many of our regular places are closed for totally down-washing. And when the ordinary crew members at pubs and cafes are on holiday, we were searching for alternatives.

And we found Grand Cafe at Karl Johan.

The restaurant has been closed and renovated almost all 2016, it has never been "our" place, but now I think we will return more frequently

The paintings by Per Krogh must have been renovated and gives an interesting view of the cafe from 1928 to 2016
We will come back. The crew were very nice, prices acceptable and we could sit in a modern environment and relax with a glass of vine (or two) and enjoy the artwork form the Bohemian time

Monday, December 26

When half finished paintings get lost

Normally I have presented my paintings in the blog quite soon after I have finished them. Sometimes I must have lost the photo process or at that moment not felt that it has the standard expected.

I learned once from a photographer that out of 1000 images shot maybe you present 48 that still have the quality expected from your audience.

Well, in my storeroom I found two paintings that earlier have not gone public, so here they are. Merry Christmas
 The Sunnmøre Alps
The Lighthouse.

Wednesday, December 21

Inspired by the feedback from TripAdvisor

Encouraged by the feedback from TripAdvisor when they decided to use one of my photos (from Playa de Carihuela) in their worldwide web site, I here will present and maybe repeat some from earlier blogs images that also could be presented in TripAdvisor or other PR publications.

First a photo from Fuengirola early on the morning covering the Fuengirola River and the Pedestrian bridge close to Castillo Sohail.
2nd image is from the train station in Antequera with the sunrise on our trip to Madrid by AVE Renfe
When living in Fuengirola the Mediterranean Sea changed from day to day. This image is on a windy day taken from southwest and facing east towards Torrequebrada
This one is from Torreblanca / Carvajal facing southwest and the port in Fuengirola. The weather here is most typical for our days at Costa del Sol.
As TripAdvisor presented an image of the beach Carihuela from Torremolinos to Benalmadena, I here present an image in the other direction where you can see Malaga City in the background.
Andalucía and Malaga is not only beaches. There is a lot of mountains too and this is to the north from Fuengirola river facing one og the white cities; Mijas Pueblo
Another beach often visited is the area between Cala de Mijas and Calahonda, where the new walking path make it easy to come close to the sea and still be dry on your feet.
The Paseo Maritim along the beaches in Benalmadena with villa Bil Bil is also a nice area.
When evenings come and the sun is ready to take a break the beaches are almost without people.
and during the late night hours the waves have the coast complete for itself and the wind blows as usual.

Photo in TripAdvisor

Dear TripAdvisor Member,

 Congratulations! One of your photos has been selected to represent on TripAdvisor websites around the world.

I will continue to shoot images and present them in TripAdvisor after this encouragement

Saturday, December 10

December and back in Norway

After 10 weeks at Costa del Sol we are back in Oslo for Christmas.

The images of my wife are however still an important part of my photo albums as they were during our stay in Andalusia, and we continue to visit favourite restaurants (here Cafe Sorgenfri) for lunch, dinner or just a drink.

The street decorations for Christmas in Oslo cannot be compared to the "light-festivals" in Malaga, but the real Christmas trees (Pine tree and Fir tree) can be seen all over.

In our home a new painting has found its place and perform an eye breaker in the entrance hall
The painter Terje Fagermoe has really succeeded with his "Solgløtt" (Sun Ajar to the right)

Pre Christmas time in Norway is an eating festival. People from companies and other work places as friends and families gather around Christmas fool tables as they do in Malaga and Fuengirola. Being together for good food and drinks is a cultural experience not to be covered in this blog.

However Christmas food is also consumed at home and during the first week we have had Lutefisk and Rakørret.

Dont be surprised if some more dishes will be presented in the weeks to come.