Lekre souvenirer – finnes de? Ja, her er Fjord!

by ceciliemo ~ February 12th, 2014

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Jeg blir glad av å se denne serien! Endelig skal utenlandske turister få noen nye, freshe produkter fra landet vårt. Serien heter “Fjord” og er designet av Åshild Røssland hos Folk Engros. Hurra, sier jeg!

– Som inspirasjon til designa i serien så tenkte vi på ein typisk fjordgard. Der ein familie har rydda ein teig og busett seg, med eit lite hus og fjøs, og etablert eit liv med dyr og landbruk som livsgrunnlag, forklarer Harald Viken, daglig leder hos Folk Engros.

– Det er de norske fjordene som ofte er årsaken til at turistene velger å komme hit. Serien, som ble utviklet i 2013, vil kunne være et minne fra opplevelsen, sier han.

Alle foto: Folk Engros

For English version, scroll down. 

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English:

Nice souvenirs, do they exist? Yes, here is Fjord!

These souvenirs makes me happy! Finally, the tourists can bring home some nice and new products from our country. This product line is called “Fjord” and is designed by Åshild Røssland at Folk Engros. Hurray!

– The typical Norwegian fjord farm was our inspiration when we designed it. A place where one family settled, with one small house and a shed. And established a life with livestock and farming for a living, explains Harald Viken, manager of Folk Engros.

– The reason why tourists come to Norway is often because they want to see the fjords. The product line, which was made in 2013, can be seen as a memory of the experience, he says. All photos: Folk Engros.

Instaresan til Karlstad i Sverige/Instatravel to Karlstad, Sweden

by ceciliemo ~ January 30th, 2014

Instatravel from Oslo in Norway to Karlstad in Sweden

Shopping i Karlstad? Ja, takk!

18. – 19. januar deltok jeg og en venninne på “instaresan” – gratistoget fra Oslo til Karlstad i Sverige. Hvorfor? Jo, fordi markedsavdelingen i Karlstad kommune hadde funnet ut at de ville lokke shoppingglade nordmenn over grensen ved å tilby gratis togturer. Dette kunne vi ikke gå glipp av! Her er et knippe foto fra “resan”. (Og for deg som er ekstra interessert: De neste turene går 15.2, 8.3 og 12. 4.)

English version:

Shopping in Karlstad? Yes, please!

On the 18th of January a friend and I went on a trip to Sweden called “instaresan”. The municipality of Karlstad wants Norwegians to go shopping in their neighboring country, and offers free train ride to from Oslo to Karlstad. And we wanted to join. Here are som photos from the trip.

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Vi fant fort interiørbutikken Noll 54, som vi hadde fått anbefalt av andre bloggere, blant annet Franciskas Vakre Verden.

We easily found the interior shop Noll 54, which had been recommended to us by other bloggers.

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Liker navnet “noll 54” – og kule prislapper hadde de også!

We like the name “noll 54” (zero 54) – and the nice price tags, too!

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Får umiddelbar vårfølelse når jeg ser disse perleblomstløkene – fikk lyst til å ta med alle hjem. Pluss i margen for kreativ innpakning.

I get instant feeling of spring when I see these flower bulbs – and want to bring all of them home. Nice packaging, too!

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Nostalgisk design i kjøkkenavdelingen.

Nostalgic design in the kitchen appliance department.
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Enorme klokker er visst “in” i år, disse var ganske kule.

Enormous clocks are “in” right now, and these were quite nice.

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Fikk også testet ut den svenske mesterkokken Marcus Sameulssons nye restaurantkjede Kitchen and Table – som var veldig bra! Delikat lunsjbuffet i lekre lokaler, nydelig soppsuppe med friterte rotgrønnsaker og et himmelsk kakebord.

We also got the chance to test the new restaurant concept of the Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson, Kitchen and Table – which was very nice! The lunch buffet was delicious, placed in a nice setting. The soup was tasty, with fried root vegetables and a heavenly cake buffet for dessert.

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Legendariske CGC (Carl Gustav Carlsson) i Karlstad er et 3. generasjons familiedrevet varehus. Vi lot oss fascinere av at varehuset fremdeles har sin egen kafé på messaninen over herreavdelingen. Sweet!

The legendary CGC in Karlstad is a third generation department store. We  were fascinated by the café on the mezzanine over the men´s department. Just like in the old days!

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Om kvelden spiste vi på Restaurant 3 Kök. Stedet er drevet av to unge kokker som brenner for svenske kvalitetsråvarer. Her er det mange gode smaker – elg, hjemmelagde pølser, langtidskokt svin m.m.

In the evening we went to Restaurant 3 Kök. The place is run by two young chefs, who aim to promote Swedish quality food. Here you can taste elk, home made sausages and long-cooked stew, to mention a few.

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Og selvfølgelig måtte vi bo på det beste hotellet i Karlstad – Stadshotellet! Bygningen er fra 1870, og har blitt modernisert mange ganger siden det. Og det er likevel noen gamle, flotte detaljer igjen som vi kan nyte. Blant annet er heisdørene laget med ornamenter i metall og bærer preg av en storhetstid for hotellet.

Of course, we stayed at the best hotel in Karlstad, Stadshotellet! The building is from 1870, and has been renovated many times over the years. But there are still some old, nice details which we can enjoy. For instance, the doors to the lift, which were decorated with metal ornaments.

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Litt gøy var det å oppdage at vi bodde på historisk grunn! Den norske delegasjonen bodde på Stadshotellet da de skulle undertegne Karlstad-traktaten under unionsoppløsningen med svenskene i 1905. Historien forteller at dette bildet av Oscar den II hang i resepsjoen da delegasjonen ankom. Nordmennene likte ikke bildet, og ville ha det fjernet. Hotellet nektet, og det måtte en svensk diplomat til for å løse opp i floken. Han foreslo å flytte bildet til Grand Hotel, hvor den svenske delegasjonen holdt til. Da var problemet løst.

We were happy to notice that we stayed on historic ground. The delegation from Norway stayed at Stadshotellet when they were to ratify the Karlstad Treaty during the dissolution of the union between Sweden and Norway in 1905. This photo of the Swedish king was not well accepted by the Norwegian delegation, and had to be moved to Grand Hotel, where the Swedish delegation stayed.

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En liten laminert lapp ligger ved siden av bildet, som henger i trappeoppgangen mellom 3. og 4. etasje.

A laminated piece of paper is found next to the picture of the king, which is now placed on the stairway between third and forth floor.

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Digitaltmuseum.no fant jeg et bilde av statsminister Christian Michelsen utenfor Stadshotellet i 1905.

At Digitaltmuseum.no I found this old photo of Norwegian prime minister Christian Michelsen outside Stadshotellet in 1905.

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Egen bakdør fra hotellet til puben The Bishop´s Arms satte vi pris på! Her var det godt utvalg av øl fra mikrobryggerier i Sverige.

A backdoor to the pub The Bishop´s Arms was a nice feature we appreciated in the hotel! The pub serves a vast selection of beer from small brewieres in Sweden.

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Frokostsal med majestetiske søyler og god høyde under taket ga oss også tanker om hvordan det kan ha vært her for hundre år siden.

The breakfast room with nice features from the old days, such as colums and high ceiling – made us dream of how it was here over hundred years ago.

A romantic stay at Lysebu hotel in Oslo

by ceciliemo ~ December 30th, 2013

Lysebu is a magic place before Christmas. First weekend in December I stayed there as a part of my work writing for the Historic Hotels blog. (You can read the article in Norwegian here.) We booked the package “romantic stay”, and were not disappointed. 20 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo you find this gem of a place. In the middle of the woods near Voksenkollen. Join us, and have a look!

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The hotel is decorated by famous Danish Christmas designer Jette Frølich. She arrives every year in November and stays a week for the decoration job. – She arrives with her two elves, says hotel manager Alida Vedelden.

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Instant Christmas mood!

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Sheer angels, fairies and elves  “watch over us ” in the windows.

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One of the new products this year is this little fairy with a flower in her hand.

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A bit unusual that a flower can be a Christmas ornament? I agree, but with the rest of the decorations it fits perfectly in the atmosphere! I think it´s beautiful on a natural branch with silver glitter.

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We were served afternoon tea with cucumber sandwiches and scones with clotted cream.

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With a glass of champagne in front of the open fireplace – the afternoon was perfect!

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In the suite we had nice toiletries from L Óccitane.

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 Which gave a luxury feeling!

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What a nice view from our suite! To the left you see the window of the restaurant – which served us a lovely dinner that night.

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We started with cod in three variations. And even deep fried cod skin tasted delicious!

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Followed by fois gras with cherry jelly.

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And delicious Norwegian langoustine.

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Veal was the main course.

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And the dessert was Valhrona Chocolate mousse with beetroot ice cream. This was a new experience for us, light and tasty, and not so sweet as traditional ice cream. Thumbs up!

This article is written for the Historic Hotels, you can read it in Norwegian here: Romantisk opphold på Lysebu Hotel.

Hodgkinsons Hotel in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, England

by ceciliemo ~ November 29th, 2013

What a nice surprise! The lovely Hodgkinsons hotel in Matlock Bath in Derbyshire was our home for two nights this summer. The whole family went on a trip to the Peak District – and this was a true gem of a hotel. The owners, Chris and Zoe, were so nice and friendly, and the atmosphere is cosy and homey.

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Original keys! Not often you find these in use nowadays.

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Lovely bedrooms. I got a sneak peek into several of them – and they all have a romantic charm.
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A personal touch from the owners. Sweet!

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I never got bored of this view.

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Charm! Vintage boxes and memorabilia in all the public rooms.

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The garden was lovely, overgrown with beautiful flowers – just as I like it!IMG_0769

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The restaurant was lovely, small, and the food was delicious. The staff was charming – and the chef had been in Norway during the military service.

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And believe it or not – the hotel has it´s own cave in the backyard! Spooky for some, exiting for others!

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Matlock Bath has a reputation for being chip-shop and bikers heaven, but we thought the small town had a scruffy charm – well worth a visit, even if you are not on a motorcycle.

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Hotel Losby Gods near Oslo

by ceciliemo ~ November 8th, 2013

As a part of my work for the Historic Hotels we spent two nights at the marvellous hotel Losby Gods a few weeks ago. This place is amazing! The best thing about it is that it is only a 20 minutes drive from the centre of Oslo – and when you get there you feel that you are far, far away from everything urban. The hotel is situated in the middle of the woods – and you can go hiking right out of the hotel door.

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The old part of the house from 1850 was once built as a private home, and has beautifully restored rooms. It is now integrated with the new and modern hotel building.

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The library is stunning with original woodpanelling on the walls.

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Old trees in the garden makes me imagine the grandeur of the house in the earlier days.

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The lady of the house used to sit here and have her morning coffee whilst watching the children pass outside of the window, on their way to school.

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The men´s lounge was a place for cigars and brandy.

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A bookmark next to the bed in our room – a nice detail – I like!

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You find antiques throughout the house.

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Nice details in the breakfast room – three different milktypes put into bottles rather than serving the dull carton.

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Old ceramic plates in the breakfast room.

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Morning fog and the early bird golfer right outside our window.

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I like that the hotel is combining traditional and historical style with new fresh design objects, too. Here the ultra modern Moo lamp from Norhern Lighting in the bar.

You can read my article for the Historic Hotels in Norwegian here: Losby Gods 

Patina in Evanger near Voss, Norway

by ceciliemo ~ September 14th, 2013

Back in 2011 I wrote about Patina in Evanger here on my blog. And this summer I finally visited the place myself. And what a nice place! If you are driving in the western part of Norway, you must pop into Patina, close to Voss and Bergen.

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Lucky me I got to meet two of the owners. We had a long chat, and they served us cakes and drinks. The coffee was delicious.

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And the cakes, too!

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Patina is both a café and a shop. They sell new and second hand products. The ladies are especially interested in selling local products, such as Vossebia beauty products (on the table).

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The chocolate is not local, but organic chocolate from Germany, Vivani. 

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Decorative lifestyle products – from danish Nicolas Vahé. Delicious olive oil, herbs and fruit jam.

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Upstairs you find second hand interior and new stuff for the home, e.g. decorations, pom poms and garlands from the dutch firm Engel.

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The three ladies also have rooms to rent. Take a look at the Patina blog for more information and prices. Bergens biggest newspaper, BT.no, have made a video from their visit to Patina, take a look here (in Norwegian), and get to see the atmosphere in Patina, too!

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Kafé Strandhaven in Lillesand

by ceciliemo ~ August 20th, 2013

Summer town no 1 in Norway is Lillesand in Aust-Agder! And this year you have one more reason to go: Kafé Strandhaven!  It´s a cosy place with nice food and a great garden with view of the harbour – and far away – the horizon. Go there to have a nice cup of coffee with friends or eat delicious lunch – and don´t forget the cakes! They sell Hervik fruit juices which I love, and locally baked bread.

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Busy day in July – shoppers take a break in Kafé Strandhaven.

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Local food is served, Eide is the famous local butcher. The blackboard is written by graphic designer Fru Steen (also from Lillesand).

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Freshly baked bread and cakes on the counter.

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I love the flea market style with different plates – and old furniture mixed with new.

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The garden is gorgeous – and is just a stone´s throw from the sea. Make sure you visit this café when you´re in the area!

 

Another favorite hotel blog: Just one suitcase

by ceciliemo ~ July 29th, 2013

I love to do net research, and read and follow numerous travel blogs. One of my favorites is Just one suitcase written by Pam Peterson. She is a designer, and writes colums for Huffington Post, which writes about her: “Pam is traveling the world –- 44 cities in 13 countries, and counting. She is globetrotting so much, in fact, that her most recent trip required an expedited appeal for additional pages to be sewn into her jam-packed passport”.

When she travels she visits the most fascinating hotels. Often it´s not the well known, or the most luxurious hotels, but the most interesting ones, she visits. And that´s why I find this blog so inspiring. She manages to find the personal places, which has something unique.

So take a look – and jump right to the category “DON’T MISS” where you find her favorite hotels and places. Enjoy!

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This photo is from Hotel Palacio de Villapanés in Sevilla, Spain, one of her favorites.

Photo: Pamela Peterson

A visit to Svartskog Kolonial in Oppegård

by ceciliemo ~ June 15th, 2013

Just a short drive from Oslo you find many hidden gems. Svartskog Kolonial is one of them. Swedish Anna Snilsberg have created a lifestyle heaven in an old grocery store. She and her family serves gorgeous food in the café and garden, and in the shop she sells lifestyle chocolate, tea, clothes, jewellery and some vintage products.

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36 Hours in Oslo by the New York Times

by ceciliemo ~ June 13th, 2013

Looking for the best travel tips for Oslo, Norway? I recommend this article in the New York Times “36 Hours in Oslo” by the freelance writer Ingrid K. Williams if you are visiting my hometown. Here you find the best insider tips for a short stay here. Enjoy!

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All photos: Kyrre Lien for The New York Times