Saturday, November 26, 2011

Alanya, Turkey - a presentation

Here is a presentation of Alanya, Turkey courtesy of Stuart Moss on YouTube. He writes: 
"Views around the is seaside resort city and district of Antalya Province in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey, 120 kilometres (75 mi) from the city of Antalya. On the southern coast of Turkey, the municipal district, including the city centre, has close to 400,000 inhabitants. This footage includes views to the East of the City's castle peninsula, and looking towards the peninsula from the East. It also features several mosques, the marina, the castle, the streets of Alanya and city centre gardens where the wild tortoise roam!"

2012 season: New non-stop destinations from Norwegian airports

Alanya city centre. Photo: Joonas Plaan 
These days, Norwegian air carriers launch their flight programme for the 2012 season. Scandinavian Airlines and Norwegian Air Shuttle will increase direct flights from Oslo Airport to a large number of destinations in Europe. Alanya, Turkey, will be a new destination for Scandinavian Airlines.

Alanya is a beach resort city in the Mediterranean Region of Turkey. It is located on the southern coast of Turkey, and the city is the home of around 100 000 people, including around 10,000 European residents.

Scandinavian Airlines will fly to the new Gazipaşa Airport that opened for domestic flights in July 2010. International flights began in the 2011 holiday season. The new airport is only 30 minutes by road from Alanya compared to a travel time of two hours between Alanya and Antalya Airport, which was previously the nearest airport, 120 km away.

Flights that will be launched from Norwegian Airports Airport in 2012: 
  • Bergen - Barcelona, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Edinburgh, United Kingdom (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Bergen - Malaga, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Manchester, United Kingdom (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Moss Airport (DAT)
  • Bergen - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Split, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Bergen - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
See all direct flights from Bergen Airport here
  • Haugesund - Bremen, Germany (Ryanair)
  • Haugesund - Gdansk, Poland (WizzAir)
  • Haugesund - Malaga, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Haugesund - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Ryanair)
See all direct flights from Haugesund airport here
  • Moss-Rygge - Bergamo, Italy (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Chania, Greece (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Corfu, Greece (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Lodz, Poland (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Pula, Croatia (Ryanair)
  • Moss-Rygge - Toulon, France (Ryanair)
See all direct flights from Moss-Rygge Airport here
  • Oslo - Ajaccio, France (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Alanya, Turkey (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Antalya, Turkey (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Bratislava, Slovakia (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Faro, Portugal (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Geneve- Cointrin, Switzerland (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Kefalonia, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Kiev, Ukraine (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Köln/Bonn, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Lefkas, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Menorca, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Palanga, Lithuania (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Oslo - Reykjavik, Iceland (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Oslo - Skiathos, Greece (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
See all direct flights from Oslo Airport here
  • Stavanger - Barcelona, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Nice, France (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Split, Croatia (Scandinavian Airlines)
  • Stavanger - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
  • Stavanger - Warsaw, Poland (WizzAir)
See all direct flights from Stavanger airport here
  • Torp - Antalya, Turkey (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Berlin, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Las Palmas, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Nice, France (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Torp - Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Ryanair)
  • Torp - Vilnius, Lithuania (WizzAir)
See all direct flights from Torp airport here
  • Trondheim - Berlin, Germany (Norwegian Air Shuttle)
  • Trondheim - Gdansk, Poland (WizzAir)
  • Trondheim - Stockholm, Sweden (Skyways)
See all direct flights from Trondheim Airport here

    Friday, November 25, 2011

    Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, Marrakech

    All mosques in Morocco are, sadly, out ouf reach for tourists, as only Muslims can enter these important historic monuments. One of the most important mosques in Marrakech, besides the Koutoubia is the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque just outside the souqs in the eastern part of the city.

    Ali Ben Youssef Mosque goes back almost 900 years, dating back to the 12th century. Its has been very important for the city of Marrakech, as much of it developed around this important religous site. The mosque as well as the nearby Ben Youssef Madrassa were built during the reign of the Almoravid sultan Ali ibn Yusuf (1106–1142), and both bear his name.

    If you could visit the Ali Ben Youssef Mosque, you would find that the concrete floor is not covered with carpets. Those coming to pray still use straw mats, and on cold days, they sit on the lambs skin, in order not to freeze.

    One of the most striking features of Ali Ben Youssef Mosque are the brightly coloured green tiles that cover the roof of the mosque. If you happen to live in its proximity (as we did last time) you can hear the muezzin call to the regular prayers during the day. It is, for a European, a strange but facinating experience to hear those calls before dawn.

    I love it, as then I realize that I'm far away and another day awaits to explore more of this fascinating culture.

    You can hear the call from The Ali Ben Youssef Mosque on one of my videos on YouTube here

    Close by you will also find the Almotravid Quobba, one of the oldest historic sights of Marrakech.

    Thursday, November 24, 2011

    Roasting turkey in a paper bag? Yes, it's possible!

    Back in 2006 when I wrote my cousin's story, I did not check whether using a brown paper bag was a well-known way to roast a turkey. Now I checked YouTube and found numerous references to this method. Here is one, as an example on how to do it. Just look, learn and Enjoy!

    A bird in a bag - an American food story

    Today it is Thanksgiving, and to celebrate this family event, I republish one of my first stories here on Enjoy Food & Travel from November 2006, where my cousin Ann tells an inventive way to prepare a turkey.
    This is another American food story. Not from the Eastmans, this time, but from my fathers family, the Norwegian Skuggeviks originating from Tvedestrand in Aust-Agder County. 
    My great uncle, Anders Bronn Skuggevik was an architect and engineer that moved to Canada with his Finnish-Russian wife Sonja. My cousin Ann Eastman McDonnell got this extraordinary way to roast a turkey from them. 
    A word of warning - check whether your paperbags can take the heat before your start and that it is made from completely natural material. And do not roast a leg of lamb in it! It could be a serious hazard to your home. Here is my cousins story. 
    "Have I ever told you the huge secret about how to cook a turkey? Well, here goes..
    .... this idea came from an old relative of Sonja Skuggevik, the Finn who was married to my father and your father's cousin Anders Bronn Skuggevik. This old relative was Teddy Roosevelt's cook!
    Here goes: you rub the turkey with butter....give it a good massage. sprinkle with whatever spice you prefer. I use a bit of garlic, salt, pepper and some paprika sometimes. Put it into a brown paper bag and turn the bag end over. If a really big turkey, use two bags. 
    Roast in a slow oven 325F for about five hours for a twelve pounder. No basting, no looking, just ignoring. The ignoring is the best part. When you take it out of the oven, slit the bag and the bird will have a moist breast and not a single piece of dried out meat! People think I am nuts until they try it! 
    This system only works on something really dry like a turkey. Tried it with a leg of lamb once and almost burned the house down!"
    Enjoy! And if you try let me know how it works!

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011

    Explore Vesterålen, Norway

    View Northern Norway On Enjoy Food & Travel in a larger map

    On this map you find hotel, sights, and travel stories from the Arctic part of Norway already published here on Enjoy Food & Travel.


    As you travel northbound you reach the community of Sandtorg, a trading community going back to the 16th century.

    Here you find the impressive Sandtorgholmen Hotell, located on an an old trading point going as far back as 1557. On this short film clip you may see what this historic inn has to offer those of you that want to explore Norwegian heritage. 
    Read more on the hotel website 

    Direct flights to Andøya, Vesterålen June 2012

    North of Norway has so much to offer those looking for unspoiled nature and tranquility. From June 2012, new non-stop flight will give tourist direct access to Andøya, an island in the Vesterålen archipelago, stretching far out in the Arctic sea.

    Norwegian Air Shuttle will start two weekly non-stop flights from Oslo Airport to Andenes Airport at Andøya from June 2nd 2012. This will be the first non-stop flight from the Norwegian capital to the archipelago in 20 years. Flights will be every Thursday and Sunday.

    See current and planned non-stop domestic and international flights from Oslo airport on this map 

    View NOVEMBER 2011: All non-stop flights from Oslo Airport in a larger map

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Prawns at Råda Rasta

    One large, and one smaller of the wicked sandwiches from Råda Rasta. Photo: Website

    I visited Värmland this weekend, and was recommended to try the abundant open sandwiches at Råda Rasta by the Råda Lake. They are famous throughout the county and even beyond, and people travel to this small roadside cafeteria to indulge.

    Rating Råda Rasta, Hagfors: BBBB (3,87 points)

    • Location: BBB+
    • Service: BBBB+
    • Interior and atmosphere: BBBB-
    • Food: BBBB
    Råda Rasta is located by the scenic Råda Lake, by the small town of Hagfors.

    Even though far away from the ocean, you get the most scrumptious open sandwiches made with freshly peeled prawns. Increasingly you find that restaurants and cafés use prawns in brine, a bad substitute in my mind.

    My friend Terje and I had visited the nearby town, and decided to find out whether the sandwiches were as delicious as rumored, and I am pleased to say that they were. The only thing to put your finer on was that fine bread was a little soggy. One layer of hard boiled eggs, followed by a good portion of "Smögen Röre" a mayonnaise based seafood salad with roe, with a large heap of freshly peeled prawns.

    The sandwich was pricy, compared to the general price in restaurants in Sweden, SEK 98 (EUR 10,71 / USD 14,48),  but it was worth it. It was just 5-6 tables, so I imagine that it will be packed during the summer season, but I supposed then you may sit outside.

    Råda is not the most likely place to find yourself, if visiting Sweden, but if you are nearby craving for lunch, a prawn sandwich should, in my mind, be on top of your list.