Sunday in Lier, Norway

Lier valley is just outside Drammen town and it is very beautiful. Sometimes when you drive through Lier and you see the farms its like going back in time, you get this peaceful feeling. The view is spectacular. At the same time Lier is know for its agriculture, everything from apples and fantastic apple juices (fresh and free from preservatives!) to Christmas trees! If you have red my blog you know that I love apples and apples juice and now you know why☺

I have taken some beautiful shots today, enjoy!

The little “hill” it is actually an old Viking tomb!

This is placed on the entrance to the church:

FROGNER CHURCH, the church was build in 1694. The first church build on this place was before year 1200, it burned down in year 1651.

This house, is just few meters from the church it could have belong to the church before.

The church and the house from a hillside.

The view from the “top” of Lier!

…and here you can see the Drammens Fjord!!

Beautiful Barcelona!!

This town is magical!

This was very short trip to Barcelona. This time we have stayed at hotel W Barcelona, http://www.w-barcelona.com The staff was nice, food good, the hotel was clean but it was ok nothing more than that. It cannot be compered with Hilton Diagonal Mar, please see my previous post about Barcelona http://esthershealthyliving.com/category/travel/page/2/.

 

 

Drammen, Norway

The City by the river, lovely place to visit especially during the summer, small coffee shops, restaurants, museums.

Where to stay? Comfort Hotel Union Brygge, of course!

Norway on a sunny day.. or..

Took some few pictures from the car, I feel so blest to live in such beautiful country!

Barcelona

Architecture, food, architecture, shopping, I love it!

I recommend to visit Passeig de Gràcia, one of the major avenues in Barcelona (Spain) and one of its most important shopping and business areas, containing several of the city’s most celebrated pieces of architecture.

We stayed in Barcelona for 5 nights at the Hilton Diagonal Mar. We chose the Deluxe room which gave us access to the Executive Lounge for breakfast and afternoon and evening drinks. The rooms were satisfactory. Very nice some might say but since I travel a lot with my work I have seen a lot of hotels and I´m very picky! The outside pool was very lovely, we enjoyed every minute there. The atmosphere was not Spanish and there was no local food on the menu, so have that in mind if you wish to experience local cuisine at the hotel.

http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/spain/hilton-diagonal-mar-barcelona-BCNDMHI/index.html

Gulskogen Manor, Drammen, Norway

Yes, I love visiting museums and most of all old manors, its just something about them, you just want to know more!

Gulskogen Manor is one of my favorites due to the beautiful big garden surrounding it, you can still see how it must have been at the beginning of 1800th century. Gulskogen Manor was country house, used during the summer time only, this of course change with time.

There are lots of possibilities to have a picnic in the garden, there are guided tours and of course homemade waffles and black coffee!

Visit Fosseholm Manor, Vestfossen, Norway

If you visiting Norway or live in Norway I will recommend to visit Fosseholm Manor, not far from Oslo just outside city of Drammen. This is a splendid Manor where some of the buildings are dating to 1540. There are several buildings at the estate, museum and you can also buy guided tour in the manor to experience the magnificent wall paintings, culture and history. The guide had good knowledge about the estate and was very helpful to answer any questions. We were actually two couples at the guided tour, so we really enjoyed our selfs. Of course at any place you vistit in Norway you will always have the possibility to buy a good homemade waffles and black coffee!

Drinking Bottle

I Love this bottle from “Eva Solo”! Is stylish and handy to have with you everywhere but most important it can be refilled, the bottle is dishwasher – safe and watertight! The bottle is made of BPA-free plastic, which means that it contains no bisphenol, phthalates  or heavy metals.  Volume 0,5 liters. Simply love it!!