Friday, July 18, 2008

Art and Nature in our Summer District

As you may know, our Summer Home is situated on a Peninsula, with the Oslofjord to the East and the somewhat shorter Drammensfjord to the West. Our Summer House is at the Oslofjord side.

This Friday we (Anna, Solvi and me) did visit some of the many Galleries and other Major sites on the southern part of Hurum - as the peninsula is called. Here it is several Farms that sells Organic Food, from their own Farms, You can Play Golf, hike the Coastal Trial (Beautiful), Ride Horses, go Fishing in Lakes, Rivers and in the Sea, swimming, go canoeing on deserted Lakes, visit Islands, just relaxing - whatever - even have a Gourmet Dinner and discover settlements from the Stone Age.

First we went to Holmsbu. A tiny and charming village at the west coast. Here we are. Photo taken by Solvi.

Here there is many Galleries, Restaurants, Gift Shops and a Hotel in which we will celebrate Anna's 60 years anniversary later this year. The Hotel: Holmsbu Bad and Sjöhotel to the Right.

A very special exhibition took place at the hotel when we arrived. Henki Kolstad's paintings, a very famous and beloved actor (More than 50 movies, TV-shows, Theatre Plays all Genres (Dramas, Comedies, Musicals). It was Paintings he had done in Holmsbu during decades which where on display here. All owned by the Family. They were collected by his children as a surprise to him and his wife to their 70th year of Marriage Celeb earlier this Summer. (He died a week ago 92 years old).
The Harbour and the houses is very charming. View from the Hotel.

Only 1 km ( 5/7 of a Mile) further South is a tiny place named Stöa. Art Gallery and Arts and Crafts shop during the Summer. Here we do buy our yearly Teddy Bear (That's another story).

On the other side of the road, deep in the Woods, there is a Art Gallery (Holmsbu Billedgalleri) dedicated a famous Norwegian Painter (Henrik Sörensen). The building is constructed with natural red granite, which the area is known for. And two of the artists paintings are just from where the Gallery is buildt. It took 10 years - with bad economy and never giving up enthusiasts. You can hardly see the building until you are suddenly outside.

From the Inside. Anna and Solvi.
It has a huge Window. You can see the Sunlight.
Here you can see directly into the Nature. At least 2 of his works have been painted right here.

Then we went to the South East of the Peninsula - Filtvet, where there is a Light House and a Gourmet Restaurant. We had Ice Cream: Vanilla, Mango and Almond brittle. Served in old fashiones, crispy cornets.

And even Palms.
Have a great Weekend.

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Anonymous claudie said...

Nice walk, Tor! I always enjoy to visit Art Gallery and discover painters and sculptors. i see you have a beautiful weather! I would take an ice cream just now!!!
Bon weekend à Anna et toi

July 19, 2008 12:15 am  
Anonymous DianeCA said...

looks like a lovely time. I was a bit surprised by the palm trees hehehe must be a warm summer in Norway!! Just kidding, looks wonderful. Looking forward to your visit - give my love to Anna

July 19, 2008 1:35 am  
Anonymous julie said...

These are very nice places,Tor.

I remember as a child I had dreams of living in Switzerland or Norway because I have read that air is cool and fresh and the crime rate is low :)

July 19, 2008 2:26 am  
Blogger Maribeth said...

Palm Trees?? I'm shocked!

Lovely post, Tor and a great walk!

July 19, 2008 2:59 am  
Blogger Puss-in-Boots said...

Tor, you and Anna live in a beautiful country...I think I'll have to put Norway on my list of places to the summer of course!

Glad you are enjoying your summer. Yesterday it was 26 C, almost a summer's day, although it's the middle of winter. Average temp is 22 C, but can get colder...last week down to 15 C.

July 19, 2008 3:14 am  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a wonderfully rich post, dear TorAa....Filled with so much "ART" in every way....BEAUTIFUL, my dear.
Thank you for sharing all this with all of us out here in Blogland!

July 19, 2008 3:35 am  
Blogger Gattina said...

Looks really beautiful, you must have had a wonderful day !

July 19, 2008 8:09 am  
Blogger eastcoastlife said...

Such a lovely and charming place! I love the harbour. Let's go boating!

July 19, 2008 8:15 am  
Anonymous RennyBA said...

What a lovely guided tour at your summer paradise. I remember so well when I was at your cottage and saw the wonderful view to the fjord. Now I can tell there is a lot more to explore and I'm looking forward to another chance!

Even Palm trees - looks exotic to a Norwegian you know :-)

July 19, 2008 12:26 pm  
Blogger Fleur de Lisa said...

What wonderful photos, Tor. Thanks for sharing your lovely day with us.

July 19, 2008 7:09 pm  
Blogger Michelle said...

All the views are beautiful! What a great place to wander about! And I love going to the summer art fests!

July 19, 2008 11:40 pm  
Blogger Ginnie said...

I'm so glad you never sit still, Tor!!! :D

July 20, 2008 4:21 pm  
Anonymous Lifecruiser said...

Such a nice place - and we'll be seeing it live in september! Woooohoooo! That's just great!

(In a hurry as usual - it's tough work to be on vacation *giggles*)

July 20, 2008 8:23 pm  

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