Tuesday, 7 April 2009

ABC Wednesday "L" for Lillehammer Norway

 

 
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Click to enlarge and pay attention to the roof of the restaurant!

July 2005, Norway, we spent our summer holiday with four cousins at our Norwegian cousin's not far from Lillehammer. Of course Lysgårdsbakkene was on our programme. We had a lovely "Kaffe" there. The ski jump of Lysgårdsbakkene was used for the Olympic Winter Games in 1994. Ski jumps are always an impressive sight for us Dutchies.

When the construction of the Lysgårdsbakkene jumping hills started in 1992, the hills had to be moved some meters north so that the American broadcaster CBS could get the best pictures available from their pre-chosen location.






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A house in Lillehammer and something we don't have in the Netherlands, a decorated drain cover!

ABC is created by Denise Nesbitt.For more interesting ABC posts click on the logo in the sidebar. This week we are looking for words beginning with "L".

Next week I hope to edit a post about Maihaugen, an Open Air Museum in Lillehammer.

46 comments:

lmerie said...

Oh wow! Couldn't CBS figure something else out?

Those ski jumps are even more daunting without the snow! Wow.

Love the "green" roofs too...

Smiles
Lailani

Vicki Lane said...

The building with the growing roof is beautiful.

I envy you Europeans -- so close to so many different and interesting countries.

RuneE said...

I can't do anything but thank you for that piece of advertising for Norway :you even told mes something I didn't know about how the the decisions for the locations were made :-)

PS One week after the Olympics I visited the US for three weeks. Suddenly we were popular... :-)

richies said...

I remember watching the Lillehammer Olympics. What a beautiful place.

An Arkies Musings

Lene said...

Oh, yes :) I was there for the olymics in -94. Great memorier :) And great pictures :)

You asked me what would happend to the old cars. Noone knows for sure. Somebody would like to keep it just like it is - and open a museum, while otherones would like to remove it because of the pollution.

I wish you an happy easter :)

Abe Lincoln said...

I do remember those Olympics. I thought the name was fantastic. I love the living roof. Now and then we see in our newspapers that some business now has a living roof.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Där är det fint och trevligt.

Snygga bilder/ Tyra

THE GREENHOUSE IN TYRA'S GARDEN

Sylvia K said...

What a great post! Not that I'm surprised, your posts are always great. Those ski jumps do indeed look more daunting without snow! And the roof with it's own grass! That's so cool. Thanks for sharing all the lovely L things!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It sure looks different in the summer than it did during the winter Olympics. Thanks for showing us!

Carol said...

Great shots....looks alot different than it looked at the Olympics...love the grass roof...

Life with Kaishon said...

A decorated drain cover? Spectacular! And WOW those ski jumps are amazing. How cool is that? I love the places you travel. You are inspirational : ).

naturglede said...

I love the pichtures on the draincovers, and take photoes of them. They are all so different and like art for me. Lillehammer was a greate choise.Heia Norge! Yes, I have been there, and I will go back again.Have a fun abc:)

Ann said...

I like the puppy. Is he yours?

Shall love to see the ski building in winter covered with beautiful white snow.

Took my kids skiing last year, don't know if my husband will be keen for this year, though the kids love it.

Cheers,

Ann

anthonynorth said...

A beautiful place.

Patty said...

Does the grass/weeds on the roff only grow so tall, or does someone have to get on the roof and clip the grass?

We're having winter like weather again, but hopefully it won't last. It snowed several times today, but it didn't stick, melted as soon as it hit the ground.

Pat - Arkansas said...

Interesting, Wil. I like the grassy roof. Re: moving the hills for CBS -- what folk will do for TV!

Granny Smith said...

MY garage roof has grass like that - but not on purpose. It grows in the mulch left by wisteria vines whose old leaves and flowers have fallen between the arched ceramic tiles.

All of these photos are beautiful.

Renie Burghardt said...

What a lovely, picturesque place! I love the roof with the grass growing on it. I always enjoy seeing your beautiful photos, Wil.

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Hugs,

Renie

Babooshka said...

A name I associate like many with the winter Olympics. The grwoing roof really is something else.

Pam said...

Wonderful photo journey Wil. You are the happy wanderer. I think I will plant on my roof too, maybe some clover :)

photowannabe said...

Wonderful shots of Lillehammer. Thanks for showing them. The ski jumps are pretty scary to me.

Janie said...

Can't believe how steep that ski jump is. I'd be terrified to go down that.
Some of the ski resort buildings in Utah have sod on the roofs, too.

Tumblewords: said...

Wonderful - it's lovely to see it! Looks so different without the snow...

Smart Mouth Broad said...

I Love this Lillehammer post. But I must know who is the cute little pooch in your banner?

Rena said...

Amazing photos. The ski jump ones give me vertigo!

Etje said...

Nu zien we dat ook eens zonder al die sneeuw he, wist niet dat ze op het dak ook nog begroeing staan hebben.

Groetjes

Grace and Bradley said...

Thank you for letting us know something about Lillehammer. Th ski jump do look scary.

Pacey said...

Hoi Wil, an award is waiting for you in my blog. Pls. check it out and I do hope you like it. :) Hugs and Groetjes!

Megha Chhatbar said...

This is such a beautiful location...I wish i could be there...:)

Arkansas Patti said...

Such a romantic name "Lillehammer." I too remember those olympics. Sorry CBS was such a pain.
Practical side of me wonders about maintaining that roof. Eco-friendly to say the least.

Miss_Yves said...

Perspectives impressionnantes, et le toit est étonnant!

Jay said...

"Click to enlarge and pay attention to the roof of the restaurant!"

Now, how on earth do they get a lawnmower up there? LOL!

Sailor Girl said...

I wish I could travel more often to Norway... Thank you for the lovely photos!

Arija said...

I like your post, many old houses in north Norway have turf roofs, they insolate against the winter cold.

Jeanette said...

Gday Wil.I remember watching the Lillehammer Olympics on television.
Wow looking down those jumps..
I love looking at other countries and seeing all the different house.. looks like green thatch on the roofs.

Pacey said...

Hoi Wil, nee nee, Ik ben nieat boos, LoL. How could I, these things are just for fun. :) Groetjes!

Clara said...

What a view! I've watched them jump there on TV. It looks so steep on TV, but even more so in your pics without the snow. The restaurant is beautiful. I love the wood and the carving. The grass on the roof is unique.

Thank you for your comments on my blog. Please don't feel bad or think it harsh to express what you feel. Having read your profile I'm not surprised at all that you don't like war. None of us really do. There are wars everywhere all the time. I wish we could all just get along.

Janice Thomson said...

Gosh interesting they moved the hills - did not know that.

Pacey said...

Beautiful Norway, I've been commenting here on this post for a while now, but it's the first time I really took a close look at these photos. :) Funny. Groetjes!

Tootie said...

I've heard about sod on a roof, but have never actually seen it. Thanks for sharing that.

Is that your beautiful puppy in the photo above? It is really cute!

Denise said...

Marvelous photos of Lillehammer, a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for taking us along with you.

Brenda said...

Glad you said to click on the photo. Have never seen anything quite like that. I always enjoy visiting your blog Wil!

TheWritersPorch said...

Wil.....I'm getting caught up on your blog! I love the grass growing roof! Do you Ski? I know you ice skate! Can't wait to see all your summer pictures now. If you do not change that header I am going to end up going to the shelter and getting a puppy! He is
soooooooo sweet!!
xoxo,
Carol

Liv said...

Wonderful post, It's nice to see the ski-jump with no snow.
And drain covers can be really gorgeous, we have a lot of different decors.

Great post!

pictureeachday said...

It looks like a beautiful place :) I could not IMAGINE going down those steep jumps! I can't believe they moved them for CBS.. the American media has way too much influence in the world, I think.

The roof of the restaurant is great, but I REALLY love the gorgeous door :D

Rose said...

Wonderful pictures, Reader Wil. I remember the Olympics held in Lillehammer...I can't believe they had to move the hills just for a television network!