Thought for the day….”Too many people overvalue what they are NOT, and undervalue what they ARE”
“It is not the load that breaks you down, it is the way that you carry it”.
Norway has been enjoying some fantastic summer weather…with unbelievable temperatures, even in the far north. Not only have there been many long, sunny days, but some days with wonderful clear air too. Today’s photo comes from Svolvaer, the ‘capital’ of the Lofoten Islands, about half way up the long coast of Norway. The photo was taken in the main harbour, and shows the traditional cottage that was previously used by fishermen, called a rorbu. These cabins were traditionally built out over the water, so that boats could moor directly alongside. Many of these have been converted into holiday homes, although the ones in this photo are actually part of a hotel. At this time of year, there is 24 hour sunshine in this part of Norway, so even late evening it is possible to get photos like this. Expect to pay around 200 euros a night for a typical cabin during summer. Taken with the Fuji X-T10 camera and standard 18-55mm kit lens, with almost no editing of the photo. Once again, great colours from Fuji.
and another photo from the archives…some great colours in Mindelo, Cape Verde islands….
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Thought for the day……” You cannot make your candle glow brighter by blowing out the other guys’.”
“Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.”
I could never understand why so many people stayed at the Quality Spa Resort in Norefjell. For one thing, it is up on a hill, 13km from the nearest village of Noresund, and reached by driving up a toll road, including a section that is gravel. Not only that, but in winter the drive up to the hotel is not easy, as the road is covered with snow and ice. Then when people arrived at the hotel, they paid a small fortune to stay in what I would rate as an average 3 star hotel, and certainly nothing special. I have stayed in many hotels that would knock spots of this hotel, but why do people drive up and pay high prices to stay here?? True, the hotel does have a small swimming pool and a limited skiing area around it, but if people travelled to the Swiss or Austrian Alps then they could find far better skiing areas. Are the hotel rooms special at the Quality Spa Resort? I would say not, and certainly nothing out of the ordinary. And the food in the hotel? Again, nothing that would make me drive up 13km into the hills for. So if you are heading to Noresund then my advice would be to stay down in the valley, save some money but still be in the same area.