Last Sunday was a lovely sunny, warm day – temperatures above zero C and a perfect day to do some exploring. After a short walk with Snoopy, we three piled into the car and headed out. And I took my good camera with me – so none of those grainy cropped iPhone photos here.
First destination was the Finnestad area of Stavanger – just a bit to the north. this is the area that my Great Grandfather emigrated from. As was the custom, he took the farming area as his last name when he reach the USA. This will make it quite confusing when I try to look up my ancestors, as it wasn’t the name he was registered under here in Norway. We will, however, see what we can do on that front.
We drove around the point to where we could walk in the park. I was glad we had our ice cleats on and some of it was quite treacherous. Snoopy enjoyed running free through the woods – and even found his way down to the water and lay down in it. Crazy dog! I thought he’d be freezing afterwards, but he ran enough to pretty well dry off.
On the walk, we saw several supply ships coming in from the offshore platforms in the North Sea. David is amazed at how much larger they are than even the ones off Newfoundland. I just loved the colours, especially the red with the blue water and green trees.
From there, we proceeded to some of the islands that make up Stavanger. We drove through a 6 km long tunnel underwater, then across a tiny island and a bridge to Mosterøy. There were frozen water falls along the road.
and from there we drove on to Utstein Kloster or Monastery. The buildings weren’t open, but it is another example of 13th Century architecture. Very tall and sturdy looking. Lovely stained glass in these windows.
Back to the highway, through another tunnel 4 km long to Rennesøy island. We stopped at an old church – look at the monument in the cemetery. There was a hotel where we stopped to eat – good solid fare – we had the fish soup, which was delicious.