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! :)))