The weather was beautiful, nobody was home waiting for dinner, so I couldn´t wait. Already after work yesterday I started my "being a tourist in my own city" project. Down the road from my office I pass this entrance, to Trondheim Court House. The only thing I know about it is that I find it beautiful. I have a suspicion that this project is going to show me that I need to learn more about Trondheim :-)
During our short summer the market place, Torvet, is filled with stalls. There used to be flower sellers and groceries, but now there are mostly stalls selling cheap non Norwegian souvenirs.
I stopped to buy strawberries (from Belgium, it is too early for the local ones yet), and the woman behind the counter told me that this summer the minicipality has allowed only four fruit and grocert stalls. "They tell us there is not room for more than four" she said, shaking her head in disbelief, "and look at all the stalls with souvenirs. They are filling up Torvet"
Two years ago the last flower seller closed her stall, and no one has contiued the tradition. Too much work, too little money I guess.
This makes me sad.
My walk continued, and when I met this happy trio I got my purse out of my bag.
The begger "problem" is a hot potato in Trondheim as it is so many other places. They are so many, it is impossible to give money to everybody, though never too many to see them all, to meet their eyes, share a smile. It might be a wrong desicion, but I don´t give money to those just sitting there, begging. I LOVE the street musicians though, and gladly open my prurse for them.
Thank you for coming along on my Trondheim walks and thanks for your comments on yesterday´s post.
Kristie in Colorado, thanks for your adddress. I´ll send you a postcard.
Missy wrote: I'd love to see schools and playgrounds. I was a teacher for 21 years so those places interest me in other countries. What a great idea Missy. I´ll see what I can do.
Jennifer, I´ll have an eye out for window boxes :-)
My Trondheim City Photo Walk will continue today.
More secret gems.
And who knows,
may be there will be a surprise or two........