Sunday, September 21, 2008

Kvitsøy Photos

We spent much of the weekend on Kvitsøy fixing up an old house in my wife's family. It is a little over a hundred years old. We ripped down two walls--- not the actual walls, but rather several layers of wallpaper, then particle board, then more wallpaper. Underneath they are solid planks of wood.
Today we took a little boat trip around the islands. Kvitsøy is comprised of 365 islands in total. It was a bit chilly on the water, but at least it was not raining.

In the center of the photo, you can see scaffolding around the house we are fixing up.Kvitsøy has a very traditional-looking lighthouse--- very much a rarity around here. While there are several lighthouses in the region, most are more like a "light house"-- like a traditional looking house with an attached tower or turret for the light. This lighthouse is still functional.
There were a few fine sailboats docked downtown.
There are rock formations sticking out of the water all over the place. It is a bit tricky boating around here.

Massive shortwave radio antennaes--- broadcast all over the world. The anntanaes are on a revolving track, since their broadcast is directional.

To the left of the lighthouse is a harbor master station. This is like air traffic control for ships. They control all of the boat traffic in the region from here.

Off in the far distance you can see mountains. In Stavanger, we are too close to the mountains to be able to see them over the foothills-- so we just see the hills on the other side of the fjord where we live. The floating objects are part of a mussle farm, from what I have been told.

Downtown is rather quaint. I am almost convinced there is a law that all houses must be white.

Julian's great-grandfather's weatherbeaten boathouse.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Norway is beautiful! I enjoy living in Ås!
Millie, formerly from CT