BIG IN JAPAN

Geisha
Trying a geisha look in Ltd #artscarf «Single Swan» hihi

Wiiiiiiiiiiiii………We are going to Tokyo next month. So I better start practicing the Japanese language and style…..!

I have never been to Japan before but I’m pretty good at eating sushi for what it’s worth :-)

I honestly can’t wait to see this far away country with such different culture, history and scenery compared to Europe!! My camera will go burning hot, I recon!

And there will be a new Tokyo edition to the Ltd #artscarf collection from SchimJolie, for sure!!

I got some great tips from CathinTheCity who just came back from Tokyo last week.

Well, if anybody out there have some suggestions about what to see or not, feel free to leave a comment! I’ll be very happy to hear from you!

In the mean time I’ll have to study on my own. I always like to know some phrases in the language spoken in the countries I visit so here we go:

Some phrases
Some phrases

DEAR BLOG!

Dear blog!

I have not been able to write and post pictures as my life is a bit complicated and busy at the moment. And we have had great time with family visiting us in Antibes.

Catharina flew in from London first and stayed four days. All rainy and cold. She left and a few days later Tomas flew in from Norway. He spent 10 days in the easter with us.

Beef Lover Tomas
Tomas having a XXL beef at Golden Beef in Antibes:)
I&C
Catta and me in Cannes! Drowned cats…..due to wet weather!!

In france they don’t have easter holiday like us Norwegians. During easter Lucas class went on a skiing trip for 12 days to Auron.

Auron Chair Lifts

For you who don’t know, Lucas is now in french school. Very exiting and challenging. He is learning a third language now, and coping! 12 days only speaking french worked wonders for his french language learning curve:)

Anyway we were allowed to come and visit him on sunday, easter morning, so we drove up with Tomas to spend the day with Lucas.

L&T
Lucas and Tomas reunion in Auron!

SES&IWe drove the curvy road home when visiting hours were over at 16:15. And coming home Helena had arrived from London to spend 8 days with us.

H&I
Helena and me having lunch at Baoli Beach in Cannes

Then they left one by one and only a few days later we are back home in Norway, due to Lucas «Spring Break» from the french school!

Well it is a busy life, but it is so much joy to be able to spend it living, traveling, learning, evolving, absorbing, reflecting and all in all developing and getting new experiences!

But don’t misunderstand me! Making decisions like we have, don’t come easy! And it is for sure not for everyone!

For now I just want to enjoy my stay in Norway!

Seems like the bad weather has cursed us. On the Riviera, it has not been a worse spring in 40 years, rain, rain, rain!! So don’t mention the weather, please! It is sunny and 18 degrees there now. And look what we brought with us home! Haha, be glad we are soon off again and hopefully we lose it over germany or something, haha!!!

I guess it has nothing to do with us, but it is a coincidence, though :) And by the way I actually like misty weather!

Here are som of my photo catch from my hometown Kristiansand, and one of the most popular places to go swimming and sun bathing in the summer, Bertes:

And now it is May 2 I wrote this post a while ago, but I never got to post it due to among other things crappy INTERNET connection :-/……. Anyway… what can I say…Time Flies for sure! See more updated photos and adventures on www.instagram.com/ihimberg

 

 

MELD DEG PÅ INNEN 27.MARS

 

Ta deg en tur rundt Cap d' Antibes
Ta deg en tur rundt Cap d’ Antibes!

Kjære Kristiansandere!!

Nå er det enkelt å komme seg til den franske riviera! Med direkte flyforbindelse er dere i fly tid kun 2 timer og 30 min unna! WOW!

Team Feriviera har bestemt seg for å hjelpe dere å få fingeren ut slik at dere enkelt kan komme på en opplevelses og innholdsrik tur til Cote d’Azur!

Ferivera er navnet på våre opplevelses reiser til Antibes.

Vi er lomme kjente i Antibes og området rundt etter å ha tilbragt mange år her. Vi har masse å bidra med for å gjøre en reise hertil så bra som mulig.

Vi inviterer til den første tur 5.- 9.mai 2013

Avreise         Søndag 5.mai kl 07:00 fra Kjevik ankomst Nice kl 10:30

Hjemreise   Torsdag 9.mai kl 15:25 fra Nice ankomst Kjevik kl 17:55

Dette gir dere 4 dager og 4 overnattinger i dobbeltrom. Dere får max ut av dagene ettersom ankomst er tidlig og avreise er sent på ettermiddagen!

Nice flyplass ligger bare 20-30 min unna Antibes så man er raskt på plass på hotellet!

PAKKEPRIS:

For kun kr. 6495,-pr person tilbyr vi dere direktefly med FLYNONSTOP fra Kristiansand. Inkludert er 4 overnattinger på hyggelig hotell midt i Antibes by. Frokost er ikke inkludert.

Men det som tilgjengjeld er inkludert og som er den viktigste forutsetningen for en vellykket tur, etter vår mening, er en detaljert reise beskrivelse fra du lander i Nice til du drar igjen.

Vi har utarbeidet et reise compedium med anbefalinger av gode restauranter og caféer, plasser dere må se, steder dere må gå. Vi har merket dette opp på et kart slik at dere vet nøyaktig hvor plassene er! Vi har til og med utarbeidet en pakke liste for hva som er nødvendig å ta med seg på et slikt opphold på den årstiden! Dere slipper rett og slett jobben med å finne ut av noe! Vi har gjort den jobben for dere :-) Pakk og dra!

Så nå håper Ferivera at pensjonerte kristiansandere, eller andre med mulighet til å ta seg fri på ukedagene vil benytte seg av vårt tilbud!

Ta kontakt med ingridhimberg@gmail.com hvis du vil melde deg på eller trenger mer informasjon. Dere kan også ringe meg på 0033686107970 om det er noe dere lurer på.

VI TRENGER PÅMELDING INNEN ONSDAG 27.MARS 2013

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Velkommen til det Sør Franske:

 

 

LONDON CALLING

 

Big Ben

I love London! I lived in the metropolis in my younger days, so it is always a pleasure to come back and see how some things changes and some things don’t!

This weekend we came to attend a big education conference called BETT. Svein Erik is connected to a company who developes software and via them we all came together this weekend to promote the new application, «app», called «Smart Class»

The «app»basicly puts the teacher in control of the students tablets when in the classroom. The teacher can lock down the tablets and make them only see the educational stuff presented! The teacher can see all the screens of the students on her/his control tablet and make sure they are paying attention. if not, she’ll know:))

The system is 100% android. And there was so much people visiting and paying interest to this product. We were all exhausted by the end of saturday!

Anyway it was so nice to see Tomas, and the girls; Catharina and Helena, who lives in London, again!

Tomas flew over all by him self from Kr.sand via Oslo to Heathrow! Then he took the Heathrow express and I met him in Paddington.

I did not expect him to be stopped in custom because he is a minor, but so he did! Custom called me and asked if it was correct that he was traveling alone. I agreed to that and they let him continue his travel! It’s good to know they are doing their job, he could be on the run for all they knew :-)

Tomas is so calm and very smart. He navigated London like a native in no time :-)

Here are some photos taken during our stay!

On sunday we had the time to do some sightseeing, but not enough to take the bus! So we took a taxi, hihi!

Condor

Our neighbour stand was Condor with Canon printers. By end of saturday I came to ask if they could print some of my work! That was no problem. They were so helpful and nice. I only regret I didn’t ask them on friday! They printed two of my art work – on over time!! THANK YOU AGAIN, Condor and Ryan Briscoe for your will to work :-)

 

 

i❤BARCELONA!

It has been, funny, good and interesting days!  Let me just start with Nancy, she is unbeatable, she is a comedian, big time! She makes me laugh so hard that, the other night, one of my blood veins in the eye exploded! And I was close to wet my pants as well! I don’t know, it is just her face and expressions and the way she talks and use her body language that I at times find hysterical funny.

We have eaten a lot of good food, we have seen different parts of the city.

I would like to see more, Barcelona is big, and four days with six friends did not cover my explorer needs. During these days I have all ready decided I will be back!

On friday when I arrived, I went to Carpe Diem Lounge Club, CDLC, down by the beach. I ordered a glass of Chablis and sushi!

I sat there enjoying the view, waiting for the others to arrive. I was really looking forward to see the crazy FFF girls!

I met up with the girls at the hotel and later we went to Moo restaurant. We ate a 10 course meal with a wine pack. It was a blast and a kick start to the 40 years celebration trip!

Nina hardly liked any of the dishes, poor girl! She even gaged at one point :-)

It was very dark in the restaurant so the photos did not come out too good, as I don’t like to use flash…

Saturday we spent exploring Gaudi architecture! We went to see Mi Casa

Gaudí was hit by a tram and died in 1926…..I know now…

Then we strolled down to Sagrada Família,

the famous church they have built for ages and for sure never will finish! It is now a tourist machine and the queue was so long that we did not even consider going inside!

We met at lunch at:

Mette also made us laugh hard when she during lunch at Xaloc tapas bar said FFF means:  Forty, Fat and Finished.

Nancy and Mette had bought a surprise present for the rest of us. That made us feel Forty, Fantastic, Fabulous and Far From Finished.

Later after lunch at Xaloc, we had a closer  look around the Gothic area.  I found it very pleasent with many nice shops in small narrow streets.

We made dinner only 15 minutes late at restaurant Los Caracoles in the Raval district! Another tourist machine, but very good ambience. The food was nothing to talk about. What is to talk about was the three musical musketeers of the house! They played and sang to us, and we sang along on the spanish hits we knew  like » Bailare, åå, cantare, å-å-å-å» We made lots of fun and the other guest seemed to enjoy our good mood as well!

My mobile had a flat battery, so no pictuers…..but this…

…as we entered the restaurant we had to pass by the kitchen!

In this part of Barcelona, we were not only warned ones, but three or four times to hold on to our bags and never leave it unattended! I held so hard on to my bag. I was ready to kick in some balls anytime. Luckily I never got to do it!

Sunday we bought tickets for the tourist bus.

We hopped on the blue line, which took us up to Güell Park. Like the rest of Barcelona, Gaudi had been here and  put  his architectural signatures to the park!

There were some music men in the park as well. Entertaining visitors like us! We bought their CD as they were quite good and made us smile!

For dinner sunday we went down by the sea, at Agua, that means water! We had the best cosmopolitan, ever! Cheers girlies, it was fun! Good food, good wine, wonderful view and Five Fabulous Friends!  I felt blessed!

Flamenco! We can not be in Spain and miss out on a Flamenco show! Therefore we lined up and got into a Flamenco performance.

Flamenco is a passionate latin form of dancing, playing music and singing, while telling a very dramatic love story! I did not understand too much of the words, but with a little imagination I think I got the point and the story!

After we took a taxi to Strass Bar. It turned out to be shot down four years ago, haha! We had a drink at the new bar and then we headed home!

I can really recommend Barcelona! The city has good atmosphere and a good ambience!

Go to Barcelona!

From Kr.sand Flynonstop will take you there easily!

Here is a gallery with a lot more pictures :-)

It’s good to travel, but it is even more good to come back home after a travel!

FLYNONSTOP! FINALLY !!!!!

This is a day of joy!

Thank you Espen Hennig Olsen for making this happen!!! Finally!!! I’m so happy I could FLY! And I’m for sure going to Flynonstop!

Now it will be so much easier to travle, to discover more places and explore from Kristiansand to London, Berlin, Parma, Dubrovnik, Barcelona, Paris and….

….welcome to Nice, I just say!

Her on the french riviera you have everything you need all year round! You have the beach, sun and fun in the summer. The alps full of snow and glow in the winter. And you always have history, culture, nice villages, museums, art, architecture, good food and wine, beautiful scenary and nature. It’s all here and more!

So get get your flight ticket from FLYNONSTOP and get your ass moving, right NOW! 

To day I have been a little trip to Nice and Valbonne!

ROLLING STONE

My mobile camera was burning hot as we left Mougins after a very pleasant lunch the other day.

Oups! I didn’t see the «no photo» sign until now….But I guess it is if you only shoot the art! I’m making a documentary here! Must bee all right!

 

Since saturday we have been like nomades traveling around…Before we decides to move to south of France we rented our apartment out for a week in september.We could have canceled them, but at the moment we thought it would be all right taking a week somewhere else and discover new places for instance…and we sure did!

Having known this for such a long time we could have booked way back in advanced, but, hey, did we…? No, two days before we booked at a cheap family resort in Cannes La Bocca. I mean the price should have alarmed us, but sometimes money talks and you get blinded by how much you can save and you compromises with quality. Not a good idea in most cases.

We arrived at Pierre & Vacances Beach Resort Cannes in La Bocca. At first it seemed all right, the reception was pretty nice. We checked in and took all our luggage to our room. And talking about luggage, how much do you need for a week when the plan is to lay by the pool or at the beach to relax….

We had a full car, me I had like one big bag, two medium, and one small bag  with stuff I most likely never will use during this week, plus my 27″ Mac and a TV set of 32″!

I came dressed for Cannes and the Croisette, but was quickly pulled down to La Bocca…what a shit hole. Just going to the Inter Marche, a supermarket, made me feel uncomfortable, it was so dirty and sketchy on the road and in the places we passed!

We got back to the room with our grocery bags with saturday goodies and thought we better make the best out of it. There was a TV set in the living room were Lucas and his new friend and sleep over guest, Alexander, rigged the playstation.

 

We put our TV in the bedroom to watch «Homeland»a new series we have started on! So exiting, just saying!!!!

I had already noticed the stench in the room. A stench of ammoniac and sewage. But I kept convincing my self that a few sprays of perfume and a good airing would make it disappear. Wishful thinking.

The toilet was terrible it smelled of pure piss. And I’m sure there was so much piss on and in the plastic CARPET that they would have to change the whole ting to get rid of it. I can just imagine how boys have been standing up and spraying around……

We made it through the night and early sunday morning we went jogging along the beach getting plenty of fresh air!

Our new friends, parents of Alexander (7) and Carmen (9), also norwegians, invited us to come with them on a boat exhibition in Cannes on sunday so we met them there at 11.

Then we spent the whole afternoon with them looking at yachts and having a marvelous time. We were not back in La Bocca until late. But nothing had changed it still smelled awful and the place just sucked. Though we had prepaid for 7 days we decided to get out of there!

Said and done!

Now we are at a wonderful spa hotel, La Lune de Mougins, just two minutes from the international school in Mougins. The atmosphere here is so nice and the staff is really friendly. They put us in «Suit 1″and the colors and the interior is inspiring and pleasant. Lucas and I were jumping up and down in the beds like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. Being so happy!

There is a lesson here. If you don’t experience bad, you’ll never know good!

It is so important to be grateful of what you have and make the best of it, but it doesn’t mean that things can not get better:)

Anyway here we are, happy as pigs in shit…..

Lunch at Le Petit Fouet in the old town center of Mougins made me even more happy! It was a real treat both price-vice, taste-vice and surrounding-vice!

If you go to south of France I really recommend to visit Mougins and the Vieille Ville (Old Town)!

Here is my photo catch the last few days!

ST. PAUL DE VENCE

I want to show you one of my favorite villages in south of france, St.Paul De Vence! It’s so beautiful, like no place else! I discovered it some years ago. We were told by a friend of ours to go visit, and we did. And it was love at first sight!

I just came in through the walls of the oldest medieval towns on the frensh riviera and my jaws just dropped…..!

I turned to Svein Erik and said I wanna spend the night here!! The beautiful narrow streets with modern and contemporary art galleries lying side by side just blow my mind.

And when we walked past Roger Moore, Mr 007 him self, Svein Erik blew his mind. What a place!

We have found out later that it is, and have always been, a very popular place for artists and celebrities from all over the world.

Here are som of the photos. Hope you will enjoy them and that you get tempted to visit one day.

Its just  20 min by car from Nice Airport

 

DAILY BASIS BONDING

JUST SOME PHOTOS FROM THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS!

Soon the school begins and than we have to get in to some routines, but for now we need to calm down and relax!

SUMMER OF 1980

I was looking through some old stuff and I found this picture of my brother, my father and me! Taken in 1980 I think, at my grandparents cottage at Fjotland.

Just thought it was so sweet!

And it brings back some good memories from when my brother and I used to play around here totally careless and row the boat on the small lake, jump stones on the calm water.

Happy days at Fjotland

Yea, some good memories to cherish! And a nice picture to associate them to!