Friday, May 30, 2008

Welcome to the summer of 2008

The summer of 2008 is upon us. The weather forecast for the weekend and coming week is fair skies, gentle winds and 17-22 degrees on the Celsius scale (63 – 71 Fahrenheit). The Enjoy Food & Travel staff is planning their vacation. What is up for this summer, you may wonder? Here are a few highlights.

Our summer home by the Norwegian South Eastern coast is a natural destination during hot summer weeks. I am planning to visit the old house every weekend in June, July and August, except those weekends I am travelling abroad. These weekends of leisure will be passed sitting in the shade, under a large tree, or doing gardening and cooking. I will share my memories from this summer on Enjoy Food & Travel.

I have just returned from a weekend in Lyon, the capital of Rhône-Alpes, and the third largest city of France. I have roamed the streets of this ancient city and had some great meals in what is called the culinary capital of France. I will the coming weeks share stories from Lyon and other places visited during the spring of 2008.

June 16th to June 23rd will be spent in Sitges, a vibrant beach resort south of Barcelona. We (my friend Terje and I) have booked a beach front room with our own terrace, facing the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. This is the place to enjoy the noble arts of self entertainment and relaxation. To take a dip in the sea before breakfast, take a sip of white wine at noon, dining late, ending the day at one of the many gay bars of this city.

Early July I am planning to visit Øivind, a good friend that has started a new career at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. This beautiful city in the French province of Alsace-Lorraine is a historic gem, with a beautiful cathedral with one tower and old half timbered houses in the old city centre. I have been there twice and I cannot wait to get back.

Strasbourg is the home of the Foi Gras, Eisbein with choucroute, or pheasants simmered in white wine as you may sip to a good bottle of local beer or white wine, mostly made gewürtztraminer or riesling grapes.

In mid August I will travel to Schwerin in Germany to attend opening of the second round of Malin Kjelsrud and Kristin Rasmussens exhibition “Urban Portraits”. One of the portraits is actually of me with the title “The Alchemist”. This portrait will eventually hang in our Summer Home.

So welcome to stories on Enjoy Food & Travel from Norway and beyond from the summer of 2008.

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