Today – 22 July, 2012 – is one year since the attacks in Oslo and on Utøya in Norway.  The attacks where 77 people lost their lives, over 300 people were injured and an entire country received the news with shock, sorrow and pain. In honour of the victims of these terrible incidents, I am posting my favorite photos of Oslo.  This lovely city I called home for 10 years and hold so close to my heart.

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Beautiful Bergen

A quick visit to Bergen, located on the west coast of Norway, to visit a dear friend and introduce the city’s charm to my better half.  Among many things, the city is known for its rainy days and frequent use of umbrellas.  Fortunately, we only noticed the sun and a beautiful sunset 🙂 Continue reading

Sidney Summer Market

The town of Sidney is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, on the Saanich Peninsula, just a 20 minute drive from downtown Victoria.

During the summer months of June to August, Sidney is host to a very popular street market:

On Thursday evenings from 5:30 pm until 9:30 pm the main street of Beacon Avenue is transformed into a summer market filled with 200 various vendors; local merchants, fresh produce, arts & crafts, great food, live music & entertainment.

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Sand at Sandvesanden Beach

Sandvesanden is a beach located on the large island of Karmøy – on the southwest coast of Norway – in the county of Rogaland. In case you want the coordinates, they are: 59°15′23″N 5°14′57″E 🙂

Sandvesanden is not a beach for those faint of heart. The North Sea makes the water cool & the air fresh! And if you listen closely, you might hear the roaring of Viking’s as they sail by in their ships. Or they used to anyway…. 🙂

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Wondering through Wineries in the Okanagan Valley

Who knew Canada had wineries? Wineries that make delicious wine. Red, white….ice wine (we are, after all, in Canada 🙂 )

I must admit, I didn’t know about the Canadian wineries. Growing up in Europe, I always thought Tuscany, Italy was the place to visit for wine. Now I know that Canada is a place to visit for many things. Wine included 🙂

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Nostalgic New England

With a history going back to 1620 – when the English pilgrims first settled in todays USA –  the region of New England has a nostalgic ambiance where sitting on a waterfront patio with a glass of wine, just seems like the most natural thing in the world.

There should be more places like this! 🙂 Continue reading