I have a couple of posts that I have just started drafting, but never posted. So, for a few Thursdays I will now take the opportunity to take you back to the past. Some are not very old, and others are from a few years ago. I hope you enjoy this little time travel with me. If you don’t you can stop reading.
Last year, as you all know, Covid put a little dent (ok, a massive hole) in our travel plans. So instead of going to visit family and friends in Ireland, I gave my significant other a long weekend in a town not too far from where we live, for his birthday. As 2020 unraveled there was a spike in cases just before we were going, and the travel advice changed again and we found it best not to travel. I bougth a fit bit for my significant other, but even if this was a good replacement gift it did not help with us going a bit stirr crazy and wanting to go somewhere.
The spike cooled down and we decided to go for a drive in our own county, on a day trip, instead of a weekend trip outside the county. So on a Saturday morning in November, we jumped in the car (ok, let’s face it. We walked out and sat in more in a sloth-like fashion, but jumped sounds better), and headed an hour south to a small town called Egersund. The name “Egersund” derives from the old norse name for the strait between Eigerøya and the mainland, which was called Eikundarsund. The name of Eigerøy (Old Norse: Eikund) comes from the rich deposits of oak trees since the word eik is the Norwegian word for “oak”. The name is among the oldest place names in Norway. Egersund would usually have a nice Christmas marked that is very popular, but as most things this was canceled due to Covid. It is still a lovely place to visit and after a little walk around town we decided to sit down and have some food and chocolate at their amazing chocolate factory, where they produce the chocolate and have a cafè. We also had the forethough to buy some home with us.
Egersund is known for, among other things, its porcelain making. They had a facory A/S Egersunds Fayancefabriks Co. founded in 1847, which became the town’s major employer until closing in 1979. They now have a nice little museum called Egersund Fayancemuseum a museum of the glazed earthenware and porcelain made by Egersund Fayancefabrik. I was there as a child, and enjoyed it, so we decided it might be worth a visit again. We had a lovely time and enjoyed the history lesson through porcelain. And as we were the only ones there it was very Covid friendly.
A lot of the designs of the plates and such are things that my great-grandparents, my grandparents and other friends and family would have had (or still have) at home. So it was nice to see them displayed and get to know the story behind them. It was also fascinating to see and read the story of the working conditions of different times and to learn more about the shpiping history.
At the end of our visit we drove to the town’s local brewery’s direct sale and god some beer and some soda that we put in the car to bring home. Sadly, it’s all gone now, someone drank it all (ok, so that was mostly me). After a few hours we got back in the car and drove on. Luckily we don’t always have to go far to experience something different.