Best Things to See and Do in Trondheim, Norway

Friday October 1, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 10 Comments

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, flowers

Nidaros Cathedral is the first place I take a visitor to Trondheim, Norway

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Nidaros Cathedral.

When I crave Trondheim cuisine, I turn to Restaurant To Rom og Kjøkken or Havfruen Fish restaurant.

 

To escape work I go to Sponhuset at the Lade trail or the Trondheim public library in Norway.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at  Bymarka – the town forest.

If you come to Trondheim, get your picture taken on The Old Town Bridge  known as “the gate of fortune.”

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Baklandet Skydsstation, get the Fish Soup.

Trondheim is my one stop shop for trendy clothing for women with shops such as Shine, Retro, Moods of Norway and Inzani.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Ramp.

For a huge splurge, I go to Credo Restaurant.

Trondheim Harbor, Wharves, Norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel, things to see

Photo ops in Trondheim, Norway include the wharves.

Photo ops in Trondheim include the wharves, the Nidaros Cathedral and the old town -Bakklandet.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Kristiansten Fortress.

The most random things about Trondheim are  all of the music and cultural festivals.

In Trondheim an active day outdoors involves walking, hiking, skiing, or renting a city bike.

My favorite walking route is the Lade trail.

Trondheim’s  best museum is Ringve – Norway’s national museum of music.

For a night of dancing, go to Britannia Hotel for live music every Friday and Saturday in the Hall of Mirrors.

The AiSuma is the spot for late night dining in Trondheim, Norway.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Adresseavisen.

You can tell a lot about Trondheim from visiting the rural valley like Steinvikholmen Castle and watching the Midnight Opera Olav Engelbregtson event.

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Trondheim’s Norway’s Nidaros Cathedral as seen from above the town

In the spring you should attend Norway’s Nidaros Blues Festival.

In the summer you should attend Olavsfestdagene – Trondheim’s St. Olav Festival.

In the fall you should visit Trondheim Chamber Music Festival.

In the winter you should go cross country skiing in Bymaka followed by a cup of hot chocolate at one of the many skiing lodges.

A hidden gem in Trondheim is Restaurant Lille Skansen and Ilabekken park.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Rica Nidelven Hotel -Norway’s best hotel breakfast five years in a row or Dromedar Kaffebar.

Just outside of Trondheim you can visit Brekstad, have lunch at the Ørland Kysthotel – 55 minutes with the coastal express from Trondheim.

Trondheim, bicycle life, sykkelheis, norway, Nancy D. Brown, travel

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk or ride bicycles

The best way to see Trondheim is to walk. They also have the world’s only bicycle lift – however, it was under repair during my visit.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Trondheim’s Science Center and Tyhottårnet Restaurant – a rotating restaurant 74m (243 ft) up in the air!

 

What are your favorite things to do in Trondheim, Norway?

Thanks to Trondheim for assistance with this post. You may also become a Facebook Fan of Trondheim, Norway. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

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Best Things to See and Do in Bergen, Norway

Friday September 24, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 4 Comments

Edvard Grieg Museum, Troldhaugen, Norway, travel, Nancy D. Brown, What a Trip

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, home to Edvard Grieg Museum

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg Museum the Old Bergen Museum and Alvøen Country Mansion.

When I crave Bergen cuisine, I turn to Enhjørningen Fish Restaurant or Bryggen Tracteursted on the Wharf, Fløien Folk Restaurant on Fløyen mountain, Holbergstuen – Torgallmenningen 6 or

Hanne på Høyden (previously called ”Spisestedet på Høyden”) – Fosswinckelsgt. 18

For complete quiet, I can take a walk on the top of Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken.

If you come to Bergen, get your picture taken at the top of Mount Fløyen, overlooking Bergen and the surrounding mountains, fjords and ocean.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Wesselstuen, get the Fish soup a la Bergen.

Bergen is my one stop shop for  Oleana sweaters – made in Bergen.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped, I go to Kaffistova.

For a huge splurge, I go to Lucullus at the Neptun Hotel, Smauet Mat & Vinhus – Nedre Vakserelvsmauet 1-3 or To Kokker – Enhjørningsgården 1, Bryggen.

Photo ops in Bergen include Bryggen – the Wharf, The Fish Market, the view from Mount Fløyen or Mount Ulriken and the narrow alleyways of Bergen (Nordnes, Skansen, Sandviken, Skuteviken.)

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The best vantage points are taken by walking or taking the Finicular to Mount Fløyen

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Mount Fløyen and Mount Ulriken.

The most random thing about Bergen is the Bergen International Festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Bergen Music Fest which takes place in the end of April every year.

Night jazz festival which takes place in the end of May every year.

Regular concerts at Troldhaugen, Edvard Grieg’s Home

In Bergen, an active day outdoors involves hiking from Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

My favorite walking route is From Mount Fløyen to Mount Ulriken.

Bergen’s best museum is Edvard Grieg Museum – Troldhaugen.

For a night of dancing, go to Rick’s Lounge & Disco Banco Rotto.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read Bergens Tidende and Bergensavisen Enter www.visitBergen.com to see a complete event list.

There are many music festivals in Bergen including the Bergen Music Fest and Night Jazz Festival

In the spring you should attend Borealis – Bergen Contemporary Music Festival – medio March.

In the summer you should attend Bergen International Festival and Concerts at Edvard Grieg’s home – Troldhaugen.

In the fall you should visit Bergen Food Festival – medio September and the Bergen International Film Festival – end of October.

In the winter you should go to Voss – our best ski resort – 1,5 hour drive from Bergen.

A hidden gem in Bergen is Damsgard Manor.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to Godt Brød – Vetrelidsallmenning 19

Just outside of Bergen you can visit Old Bergen Museum, have lunch at Gamle Bergen Tracteusted.

The best way to see Bergen is to walk. If you are looking to connect with nature, go horseback riding in Bergen on a Fjord horse at Ovre Eide Farm.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Bergen Aquarium, Fløibanen – the Funicular, Vannkanten Waterworld or VilVite – Bergen Science Centre.

What are your favorite things to do in Bergen, Norway?

Thanks to Visit Bergen for assistance with this post. I was a guest of Visit Norway. Article, YouTube video and photos by Nancy D. Brown

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Best Things to See and Do in The Hague, Netherlands

Friday September 17, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 4 Comments

If you come to The Hague, get your picture taken in front of the Palace Noordeinde

Things to See and Do in The Hague, Netherlands

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the historic city centre. The Binnenhof is an old palace where the government is seated. You can walk through the working palace of the Queen and the shopping streets around Noordeinde. After this,  go  to the beach side resorts. The Hague is a metropolitan city by the sea, which is unique in Holland.

When I crave Dutch cuisine, I often think of Indonesian restaurants. In The Hague there are many Indonesian restaurants that are delicious and refer to the special relationship the city has with the former colony.

To escape work I go to one of the many terraces or the beach.

For complete quiet, I can hide away at one of the many green parks, such as Westerbroekpark. There is a nice Tea house in this park where you can rent row boats – an ideal place for some peace and quiet.

If you come to The Hague, get your picture taken in front of the Palace Noordeinde, the working palace of  Queen Beatrix.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at Restaurant Dayang (Prinsestraat 65), get an Indonesian rice table.

Holland America Line, antique, Hague, Nancy D. Brown, travel

The Hague is my one stop shop for antiques – where I found this Holland America Line piece

The Hague is my one stop shop for antiques – visit the weekly antique market at Lange Voorhout.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to the beach for a picnic by sunset.

For a huge splurge, I go to Restaurant Saur, Lange Voorhout 51.

Photo ops in The Hague include the Hofvijver near the Binnenhof, a beautiful and characteristic pond around the palace where the government is seated. The Lange Voorhout, a historic lane with trees is also beautiful and where  people strolled around to be seen in the old days.

– The skyline (called The Resident):

– The Kurhaus Hotel at the beach of Scheveningen.

The Pier in Scheveningen is a nice vantage point with restaurant. Weather permitting, from there you can see 30 km South West (19 miles) along the flat coastline to  the Rotterdam Port Entry and the Electricity works and to the North East site (approx 50 km) you can see the Steelworks near the point of entry to Amsterdam Harbour (IJmuiden – Velsen)

The most random thing about The Hague  is the The Hague Festivals.  The three best weeks of the year can be experienced in The Hague from June 10 to 27, the city is completely given over to The Hague Festivals. The Hague Festivals offers cultural, musical and entertainment events for both young and old. Well known names from the festival period include The Hague Jazz, Festival Classique, Den Haag Sculptuur, PopHotSpot, ShoppingNight, Veteranendag and Parkpop. However, you can also visit less well known festiviteiten such as Jazz’in de Gracht, Zandsculptuur, Zenith Festival, Wild Wonders, Ut Haags Notûh Festival.
 

In The Hague an active day outdoors involves Nordic walking or hiking  through the dunes and over the beach. One of the things you see a lot in The Hague are water sports: sailing, wind- and kite surfing and kiting.

My favorite walking route is  through the Binnenhof in the late afternoon in winter. It has a very special and romantic ambiance.

There are many museums in The Hague. I had the pleasure of visiting the Mauritshuis Museum – the museum that houses Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a pearl earring.”  You may enjoy Gemeentemuseum Den Haag (translated Municipality Museum), with recent exhibitions such as Kandinsky & Der Blaue Reiter and Haute Couture. Voici Paris!

For a night of dancing, go to Millers, the new Hotspot on the Plein (translated Square), which opened end of April, 2010.

The Scheveningen Casino is the spot for late night dining. The Casino is open until 2: 00 AM and Des Indes claims their kitchen is open until 1.00 AM.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read NL 70, although it’s  not in English.

In the spring you should attend Queensnight on 29thof April. As big as Queensday is in Amsterdam, as big is the night before in The Hague.

In the summer you should attend The Hague Festivals in June and the fireworks festival in August.   * During the The Hague Sculpture festival from June to August on The Lange Voorhout

In the fall you should visit the Crossing Border festival for music and literature.

In the winter you should go for a High Tea in the Hotel Des Indes.

Hidden gems in The Hague are the little gardens and terraces that a lot of the restaurants in the city center have. However, they are indeed hidden from the outside, like Schlemmer on the Plein or Lola Mir at Noordeinde.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Juni in the Molenstraat.

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Just outside of The Hague you can visit the tulip gardens.

Just outside of The Hague you can visit Delft or Leiden by bicycle, both approximately 20 to 25 km (12 to 15 miles.) If you visit in the spring time, stop at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Holland to see the tulips.

The best way to see The Hague is to walk or ride a bicycle.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Madurodam, the miniature city of Holland. www.madurodam.nl

Local’s Perspective from Happy Hotelier Guido Van Den Elshout “if you look at the triangle enclosing the three main Dutch cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Den Haag, which triangle we Dutch usually refer to as  “The Randstad,” the area covers approximately the same area as for instance Greater NYC (beyond Manhattan),  London, Paris or even Berlin. My analogy is then: The Hague is the Central Park area of The Randstad,  plus it has beaches!”

What are your favorite things to do in The Hague,  Netherlands?

I was a guest of the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions.

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House of Parliament photo courtesy of Darren Cronian. All other photos courtesy of Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown.

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