Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Gamlebyen i Fredrikstad - The Fortress Town # Part 3

It may be over-simplifying its history somewhat, but the old Fortress Town can be regarded as a designer town. Founded by a king fond of parties; developed by officers with continental swagger and a penchant for powdered elegance and military aesthetics.

Plenty of Norwegian towns have their old districts, but only Fredrikstad has the Old Town. Don´t be misled by the antiquated name, this place is nobody´s maiden aunt! On the contrary, the Old Town is still young and promising, having recently hung up its army uniform for good – after 350 years of military discipline - and slipped into its civvies. With history as a springboard the Old Town is putting itself on display, in its markets, carnivals and culture.















































The End

18 comments:

Ivar Ivrig said...

Masse spennende historie i disse flotte bildene :-)

RuneE said...

Du har virkelig jobbet idag - på mer enn en måte! Det spørs om du nå får tilbud fra Fredrikstad informasjonsavd.

Dersom jeg skulle ha noen favoritt måt det være bildet av det åpne vinduet med luke og blomst. Stemningsfullt og med mage intrikate mønstre.

Marie said...

Fantastisk!

Framed and Shot said...

Fantastisk serie! Dette er jo som å få bli med på rusletur i fin været jo!
Vår favoritt blir de flotte trebygnigene - aleen og brosteinene. Vakkert!

David said...

Hey John,

Thanks for dropping by my blog again. Sorry I haven't been posting or commenting for a while - life's been catching up with me! I love these photos you've got here, they make me want to visit you just to see the scenery.

Cheers,

David

Lawstude said...

amazing shots. i would just love to stroll over there and just be awed by the beauty of the place. great job.

evlahos said...

i can do nothing else except express my admiration

ArneA said...

Etter regn kommer sol, for det er vel elvefar vi ser i de to første

T and S said...

Yet another brilliant series. I like the 3rd shot where the ripple details are beautiful

Aileni said...

evlahos said it.
You helped me out once before John, giving me the '720' code for a larger picture. Now I am stunned by the format your currently using - any hints... ?

Marcos Santos said...

Very good John

Good in all aspects, history, photos, places...
With your help, I am learning a bit of Norwegian history.

Thank you for sharing with us.

Abraços
Marcos

fishing guy said...

John: Your country is outstanding and your camera is wonderful at caturing all that can be seen. Thanks for your taking the time to share.

Rose said...

I have really enjoyed this and the past couple of posts....really a nice series.

kjpweb said...

As always - your images are taking us right there! Wonderful!
Cheers, Klaus

Mary said...

Such a beautiful town, and your photos are wonderful!

naturglede said...

Vakkert! Jeg likte de bildene av broa. Stikk innom NIB på vg-bloggen så får du se mitt stakkarslige forsøk på å fotografere byen.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful shots! I almost feel as if I were there. :-)

Coca Cutie said...

Beautiful. Very cutious that wall with numbers!