Saturday, August 06, 2011

Järnbärare Peterssons hus - Göteborg, Sweden

The facade of the 18th century  Järnbärare Petterson's House at Haga
Göteborg is, historically, a relatively new city. It was founded in the 17th century, and few of buildings from its earliest period remain. The Haga area is one of the oldest areas in the present city. Her you find a large number of houses from the 18th and 19th century. Among the oldest is Järnbäre Pettersons house.
Among three adresses in the “Furiren” quarter, one is called Haga Härrgård or Haga Manor. It dates back to the 18th century. Today you find two reconstructed dwellings, one belonging to Järnbäraren - an official working with export of iron ore from Göteborg harbour. The other is the shoemaker’s workshop.

In 1822, järnbärare Petterson aquired the existing house and land belonging to it from a widower called Greta Björk. Petterson moved in with his wife, daughter, maid, and man servant. He added an extension to the buildings, aided by his son-in-law, carpenter August Bark.

Today it appears as it once was, fully restored, in the middle of the Haga area of Göteborg, and is an important historic monuments from the city’s history.

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Friday, August 05, 2011

Normal train service in Oslo resumes August 8th

Airport Express train on Oslo Central Station. Photo: MPW57
Train services from Oslo Central Stations has been disrupted this summer due to maintenance. From August 8th, normal traffic will resume on all lines. 
These works has also affected the airport express trains that brings visitors from Oslo Airport to the city centre in less than 20 minutes. All passengers have been brought by bus to Lillestrøm station by bus, causing delays to travelers. Commuter train services has also been severely disrupted this summer. 

Hopefully this maintenance will result in better punctuality and better services in the years to come.

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UPDATED: Non-stop flights from Trondheim Airport July 2011


Here is an updated map of non-stop flights from Trondheim Airport July 2011. This map will be continuously updated. All information is based on information from airlines, airports and press, and may therefore contain errors.  

Skyways stop flights Trondheim - Stockholm

Photo: Embraer ERJ 145 SE-DZB of Skyways. Brussels by Klever

Swedish Skyways has stopped its non-stop flights between Trondheim and Stockholm after just a few  months in operation.

The Swedish air carrier had one daily flight with its Fokker 50 between the two cities, but had to give up its effort to compete with Scandinavian Airlines that operates flights twice a week between Stockholm and Trondheim.

Stories from Trondheim, Norway on Enjoy Food & Travel 

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Hotel Port Sitges Resort - my feedback to hotels.com

Sitges as seen from Hotel Port Sitges Resort

I will soon present my total review on Hotel Port Sitges Resort. What I always do, is to give my opinion to the hotel booking sites when asked. There was not much to put your finger on at Hotel Port Sitges Resort. I gave the hotel a 9,6 out of 10 on my review on booking.com. 

The reviews of the Port Sitges Hotel Resort on booking.com are mixed, from those very discontent to those very content on what the hotel and the area has to offer. I belong to the latter. I found the stay very agreeable, and do not understand those who have been dicontent with their stay.

My main concern is the price, as EUR 155 is quite steep compared to other hotels in the city. There are, however, so much else that make me recommend a stay at the Hotel Port Sitges Resort. The fact that you have your own flat, the location outside the resort and proximity to the beach.

I will return with my own rating of the hotel. In the meantime, you may see what I and other guests think of the Hotel Port Sitges resort here. 

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Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Emmenthal and Gruyere - two hard Swiss cheeses

My Emmenthal cheese ready to be eaten
One of my favourite foods to bring home from a destination is cheese. If you have a long journey in front of you, it is wise to choose a mature semi-hard or hard cheese, as soft cheese may melt during transportation. That is why I chose two Swiss cheeses, when visiting the local Carrefour supermarket in Ferney-Voltaire in France.
The Reflet de France is a Carrefour brand
Emmenthal cheese from Savoie

Emmenthal is actually synonymous with Swiss cheese. It is semi-hard with a sweet, nutty aroma. It is a perfect choice as hard cheese on a platter but is also a good cheese for quiches or omelettes.

It originates from the Emme valley outside Bern, but is now produced in France as well. This "Reflet de France" is a store brand created by the Carrefour supermarkets as specialties from different French Regions.

The Emmenthal is a protected name reserved for the Franco-Swiss border region. This particular cheese is manufactured in Vallieres west of Annecy in France, an hours drive away from Geneva.
Gruyere
The Gruyere originates from the Canton of Fribourg
Gruyere originates from the region of Gruyere in the French speaking Canton of Fribourg. It is produced on licence throughout Switzerland by a large number of dairies.

It is structurally very different from the Swiss cheese as it has no holes, but a young Gruyere has much the same sweet nut aromas as the Emmenthal, but a fully matured cheese (up to one year) tends to develop much more complicated aromas.  

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