Saturday, June 24, 2017

More Impressions Of Oslo, Norway

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Impeccably restored building in Oslo
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Oslo's Royal Palace
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A moment in time in the Royal Gardens
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Late afternoon picnic gathering
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In the harbor
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Public bathrooms in the center of town. A gift from the French?
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Father and son accordionists.
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At the National Gallery
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"Struggle for survival" by Christian Krohg at the National Gallery
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Street in Røros  by Harald Sohlberg
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September by Eric Werenskiold
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Munch's The Scream, with tourist
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At Vigeland Park, the largest sculpture park featuring the sculptures go Gustav Vigeland
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Some of the many Gustav Vigeland sculptures
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Five days in Oslo, Norway, certainly is not enough to discover everything this lovely city has to offer, but my husband and I certainly made a alien effort. In the first two days, we managed to visit the Viking Ship Museum, the Munch Museum, the Folk Museum, and the Nobel Museum.  We followed up by visiting the National Gallery, age Vigeland sculpture garden and the Fram Museum, which tells the story of Norway's polar explorations.
In between, we walked around the city for miles. Have I mentioned that my husband would cover every inch of a city if he could?  I try to keep up, I really do, but sometimes, I prefer to just sit in a street café and absorb the local atmosphere.

Next stop, Amsterdam and its lovely canals...and museums.
Stay tuned.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

PMFA Abroad: Impressions Of Oslo, Norway

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Oslo, Norway from way up high
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Norway's Royal Palace in the distance
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Just one of the beautiful old buildings around town
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The new Opera House. The design was inspired by icebergs
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Along the Akerselva River.
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Grafitti in Grünerlokka
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Bathing in Oslo's harbor
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Buildings in Aker Brygge
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Marina at Ager Brygge
Wonderful shopping
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Cute café on Dronningens Gate
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At Café Celsius
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Flower market
The Norwegian Folk Museum
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Wonderful old buildings at the Folk Museum that tell of the country's history
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An old wooden Stave Church
More old buildings at the Folk Museum
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Wooden smoke house with green roof at Folk Museum

PMFA is on a summer adventure and I invite you to follow along.
As many of you know, I return to Europe every year to visit family and friends, and to take care of an old farmhouse in the Auvergne, France. This time, we begin our trip in Oslo, Norway. We had visited Bergen a few years ago, but had never been in Norway's capital. So here we are,  enjoying this interesting city under the bluest sky since we arrived on Sunday afternoon.
So far, we have visited the Munch Museum, the Nobel Peace Center, the Viking Ship Museum, the Astrid Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, and the Norwegian Folk Museum (my favorite by far because it features many old furnished cottages and farmhouses).
In between, we have taken long walks through the City, around the harbor, and along the Akerselva River.
Everyone here is enjoying the beginning of summer and the good weather, including us.

So here is to summer, to new adventures and to new impressions. Stay tuned as I will post throughout my travels.
Cheers!
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Carroll Gardens Greenmarket Has Great Events Planned This Summer

Besides fresh produce, plants and recycling, there are always wonderful events planned at the Carroll Gardens Greenmarket, which is held year-round on Sundays from 8 and to 3 pm.
Below is a list of some fun and useful happenings that are coming up in the next few weeks. Don't miss them.

Read on:
Annual Compost Giveaway
Sunday, June 18 8am-2pm
To thank dedicated Carroll Gardens composters, DSNY will be giving away roughly 12,000 lbs of lush, nutrient-rich compost. Participants are encouraged to bring their own containers, although brown bags will be available (each person will receive roughly 2 lbs).

Guest Cooking Demonstration: Brad Lander
Sunday, July 9 11am-1pm
Council member Brad Lander joins us for a guest cooking demonstration. Come, sample delicious food, shop with Greenmarket, and meet your council member!

Book Signing: Neighborhood by Hetty McKinnon
Sunday, July 16 11am-1pm
Hetty McKinnon (Arthur Street Kitchen) returns for the release of her second cookbook, Neighborhood, which features plant-based recipes. Pick up your copy at the Greenmarket and have it signed by Hetty herself!

County Fair Photo Booth
Sunday, July 30 10am-12pm
Celebrate summer harvests at our annual County Fair! Enjoy local summer treats, and don't forget to stop by our family photo booth before you leave.



Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Scene Playing Out In Front 'Other Half Brewery' In Carroll Gardens Every Saturday Morning May Be Cool For Beer Drinkers, But Not So For Local Residents

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PMFA recently received an email from a local resident, who wrote:
"Do you know about the scene takes place on Saturday mornings around 9 AM around the other half brewery at 195 Center St. near the Smith the ninth stop on the F? They often have 400-500 people lined up going around the block with cars illegally parked all over the area… I know the neighbors are starting to complain and the precinct said they're going to come down and ticket."

Of course, we needed to check the situation out for ourselves. So on a recent Saturday morning at
9 am, we walked up Smith Street towards Center Street.  We could see the long line from a few block away. It had already snaked from the brewery on Center Street, around the block to Smith Street to the corner of Garnet Street.  As more people where  arriving, the line stretched towards Court Street along Garnet Street.
Some had brought coolers, some were sitting on folding chairs,  while others had brought their dogs along for company. The line was abuzz with animated chatter.

The brewery in question, of course, is Other Half Brewing, which opened at the edge of Carroll Gardens in 2014. The micro brewery, owned by Samuel Richardson and Matt Monahan,  has been so successful that it has a huge following amongst beer enthusiasts.  Its tap room draws quite a crowd during the week, but the long lines are for those who want to purchase a 4-pack or a case of  Other Half Brewing Company's newest batch which is released on Saturdays and available when the brewery opens its doors at 10 am.  In order to get one's hands on the coveted brew, one has to literally
line up for hours.
PMFA spoke to the first people on line that morning,  a group of young men in their 20s, who cheerfully admitted that they had been there since 6 am.
The New York Times, which covered the brewery and this new trend back in February, reported that some people stand in line for more than 11 hours.

The area around the one-story brick building housing the brewery is mostly industrial. There is a cement plant at the end of the block on Smith Street. Next to that is a scrap metal place, and traffic noise from the elevated section of the Brooklyn Bridge Expressway is constant.
However, there are three residential homes right next to the brewery, and Garnett Street is mostly residential. As we walked along the line, we could not help but feel sorry for the people living there.
Imagine having hordes of people camping out for hours in front of your door every Saturday morning?

We reached out to the reader who had sent us the email, who confirmed that this scenario continues to play out weekly. As for the police? The reader answered:" Haven't seen the 76th Precinct."

We should of course support our neighborhood businesses and the success of Other Half Brewery is admirable.  However, its success has a significant impact and is frankly disrespectful to those who live nearby.
The crowd that gathers each and every Saturday to purchase beer from Other Half Brewery is just crazy.  There just has to be a better system that works both for the brewery and for its neighbors,

Do you live nearby?  Has it impacted you? We would like to hear from you.