#tbt Kaffekanna (The coffee pot)

One of the posts I found in my drafts was this post about a nice cafe and wine bar. It is quite fitting that I started this post and never published it, because this is one of those places that I really wanted to go visit when they first opened, but it took me quite some time before I actually went.

Nice Blueberry pancakes

I first read about Kaffekanna, in the local newspapers. When times got a bit bad in the oil business and quite a few people in the town I live in lost their jobs in that industry, there were quite a few businesses that started up. Kaffekanna was one of those, it was started by a father and daughter. They are a cafe by day and serves good coffee and light meals, and by night time they serve more wine and arranges quizzes and the likes.

The front of their counter/bar is covered in bottles

The cafe is located outside the center of the city, in the eastern part of Stavanger. This is an area that has had a great development in the last years and I find it a very enjoyable part of town. They have events there like The edible town party and it’s where the Food Hall In Stavanger was opened. The last one was closed but has now become the home of a place called Fermenten instead.

When they made the floor they put in quite a few coffee cups

I enjoyed the coffee, pancakes and the atmosphere at Kaffekanna, but sadly I have not been to good at going back. When I found this draft when I started tidying and we went back there with some friends. They are still going strong and we had a good time.

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#tbt Vilnius part 5: Tower

This year I decided it was time to have a look at all the drafts I have kept. There seems to be a lot of posts that I have started writing and never finished. With a bit of work some of these are publishable, but most of them I have deleted. Those I kept and that I still want to publish I will finish and share with you. I decided that most of them will be good for Throwback Thursday. Here is a post I never finished from my trip to Vilnius August 2017.

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The flag at the top of the tower was put up in 1988 during Lithuania’s independence movement

Even if it was quite warm in Vilnius when we visited it was still nice to have a little look around the town. There is a tower up on a hill that looked like it would be a good place to view the town from above and the tower itself also looked like it was worth a visit. The walk up the hill is a bit steep, but nothing too bad. There is a funicular cart going up, but it was not running the day we decided to go up and have a look. But with all the good food we had on the trip there was some movement required.

My knight in shiny armour

The tower is called Gedimina’s tower and it is what remains of the Upper Castle in Vilnius. The first brick castle was built here in 1409, but this three story tower is a rebuild from 1933. Some of the old structures can still be seen up there today as they have been restored by archaeologists.

The tower has a legend:

Long ago, the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas was hunting in the woods of Šventaragis valley. The hunting was a success, but very tiring. The duke stayed there and spent a night. Gediminas had a dream that on top of the hill, where he had hunted down a taurus that day: a large iron wolf was standing and howling hard and loud, like a hundred wolves.

The Duke asked the mage Lizdeika to explain the dream. He explained that this was an omen indicating that he should build a city in this place, which would later become known around the world and would become the magnificent capital city of Lithuania.

Gediminas, obeying the will of the gods, began to build the future capital city, and a castle in the center of it. The city was named Vilnius after the nearby river Vilnia. Gediminas’ Tower is one part of the castle, which was built by Gediminas.

Source: Wikipedia

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A great view over the river and new part of the Vilnius where we stayed the first few days.

The view from the top turned out to be as good, or maybe even better, than we thought to begin with. from up there you got a really good view around both the new part of Vilnius and the old.

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Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania is just at the base of the hill where Gediminas’ tower is. The palace was originally built in the 1500’s, destroyed around 1800 and they started rebuilding it in 2002.

View of the three crosses

We decided not to go up to the hill with the three crosses, when we visited as we had to prioritize. But we had a view of them from the city and from the tower. According to the legend seven Fransiscan friars we’re beheaded on top of this hill. Wooden crosses were built here in this location since the late 17th century. But the three crosses that are there now was put up in 1989.