Fish and Fun in Sandefjord

















One day this week we took a little trip to Sandefjord, a pretty coastal town in our county of Vestfold. It's a great place to visit during the summer! Sandefjord goes back to Viking times, and has a wealth of history. It is the home of the Gokstad Ship/Mound--a 9th century Viking ship. Sandefjord was also for a long time a prosperous port with a whaling industry. In the mid-late 1800's the town was a spa resort, where Norwegian, as well as international guests bathed in healing waters at the Kurbadet. Today the town, really a city, is still a flourishing place, and offers a lot of cultural activities, pretty beaches and harbor, wildlife close by, etc. Do read the main Sandefjord link above, which is in English, and contains a lot of good information and history, as well as photos too. Sandefjord is a beautiful place, lots of old buildings in the city center with wonderful architectural details sitting alongside modern facilities that have also been thoughtfully considered in terms of placement and architecture. It's a lovely place to just walk around and look around! And there were flowers almost everywhere! Sandefjord takes great care in presenting itself. Another interesting thing was all of the many, large painted murals on buildings. Lost count of how many murals we saw--very fun. Outside the lovely Sandefjord kirke--Sandefjord Church--near the city center, is a wonderful monument to fallen navy soldiers in the First and Second World Wars.

We especially wanted to take a trip to Sandefjord to see about one of Norway's oldest fishmongers, Brødrene Berggren, one of the area's best wholesalers of fish and seafood. Here in Horten we  haven't had a real fishmonger for decades, which is sad, seeing as we are a coastal town here too. What an AMAZING experience to see all the seafood and fish being delivered, processed and served up. Brødrene Berggren delivers tastes of the sea to restaurants, hotels, other wholesalers, and even to some supermarkets. We were spoiled for choice, and it was hard to decide what to bring home in our cool bag... In the end we brought home some fish cakes for the freezer, and we bought a piece of cusk fish--sometimes also known as tusk fish--a North Atlantic cod-like fish. We cut it into fillets, and simply pan fried it in butter when we got home, served it with lovely potatoes... Delicious!! Oh, and I may have found a sweet little yarn shop while we were in Sandefjord, Frøken Sofies... and there was some sock yarn on sale, which also may have found its way home with us. ;) I'll share more about the yarn later. Sadly, yes, that is a plastic spoon in the raspberry sorbet. It was a BLISTERINGLY HOT day when we were in Sandefjord, and ice cream and a drink was very restorative... LOL! But our Plastic Free July so far has been a bit of a failure, really. But we keep trying! 

Anyway, this is just a TINY sampler from our fun day out this week! I'm sorry for being so slow to reply to email, visit, etc. TJ's had some time off still and we're making the days up as we go along during this little staycation we're having. It has also been unusually HOT here--38 C / 98 F some days... This heat makes a brain and body feel foggy and sluggish. It's hard stringing some words together coherently sometimes... LOL! I have more to share, and will meet you back here soon! :)))



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  1. it's been hot here too!! I am glad you got that ice cream; sounds like it was indeed a needed restorative!!! what lovely pictures!!! It's ice to have some days that are more for relaxation, esp in summer!! God bless you dear one!!! a big HUG!

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth... summer tastes good right now! :)))

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  2. I'm so glad you and TJ are enjoying your staycation. This looks like a wonderful spot, a beautiful space to visit and wander. I can't wait to see more yarn. I'm hoping you brought a cooler to bring home some of that wonderful looking fish and seafood.

    I have a feeling that pretty soon you and TJ will be carrying your own spoons and such with you. I can envision you making a sweet roll-up case with slots for two knives, forks and spoons. (You can get camp spoons like that but guess what they are made of!) The gelato looks good, though, and a very well-deserved treat.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed our fun day, Jeanie! Oh, yes, we took along a cool bag with us, as we knew we would be bringing something home from the fish shop. And we do actually have a travel cutlery set for two (all fitting neatly into a little zip-up case), which we ought to have brought along...and will try to remember better next time. Fub-ups are good learning lessons... LOL!

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  3. loved this post. great pictures! it's always fun when you go out and about and take us along!
    xo

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    1. Glad you enjoyed, Tammy... summer's too sweet not to share! :)))

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  4. Thanks for the virtual trip down Sandefjord! Enjoy your stacation!

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    1. Thank, Nicolette... great to see you here! Happy Summer! :)

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  5. My dear friend Tracy, it was so awesome to receive some sweet thougths from you and then to read this marvelous post. I loved all the photos; I felt like I was getting a glimance into a lovely town. It looked like the perfect fun staycation moment. I loved the photos of the two of you. The town looked like a colorful one. The buildings reminded me of few I have seen in the states. I will take some time and read the links. I do enjoy a bit of history.
    The Raspberry Sorbet looked perfect for a hot day. As far as the plastic goes; I admire you for working hard on this one. You are truly an inspiration in this area.
    I love fish so the photo of what you fixed looks so good.
    Thanks for sharing this adventure; I loved it all.
    Sending loving thoughts, blessings and hugs your way! I always love to read what you are up to. Have fun with that new yarn too. Big hugs!!

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  6. It is so hard to get away from the plastic Tracy as it seems to be everywhere and on everything. We can but persevere and hope that changes more sooner than later. I always love it when you share about Norway and the little villages/towns etc. near you. I feel like I am visiting them myself! I would so love to visit Norway one day. It has been a lifelong dream of mine. Love you so much sweet friend and so appreciate all that you share with us. I can feel of your kind spirit in every word. ((((hugs)))) xoxo

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    1. Thanks sooo much for your very sweet comment, Marie! And yes, we just do the best with we can with the plastic! ;)

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  7. Wow Sandefjord looks so different without the snow! We enjoyed some of the murals too but didn't see the church one. Great yarn purchase! it sounds like you have found a real treat place with all the fresh seafood.

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    1. haha... yes, all the snow when you were here in January, Melanie! You must come back and see everything again, sans snow! :))) Sandefjord offers a lot of different things we don't have locally, especially in terms of shopping, etc., so it's worth the drive occasionally to go there for some "extras."

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  8. Heat makes my brain foggy too. Loved your visit to this city. Wondering if you can buy fish direct from the fishermen in your town? The fish sounds so good. Murals are so fun to see the personality of a city. We have many near where I live. And yes, it is hard to be plastic free. At least we are trying to be more aware. Little steps! A yarn shop too! How fun to see and read of your adventure to Sandefjord.

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