Basil Flower Salt

 

This is more a suggestion than a recipe. Before temperature goes below zero, I use to collect all basil flowers. After drying I mix them with salt and I use this in for cooking and directly on the table.

I started this using the violet flower of the African basil and it was real great success!  I prepared this to be used for cute gifts, so I mixed the violet flowers and pink salt.

This was so delicious that I shared this in the family and I had no leftovers for other gifts!

I bought cheap transparent salt mills that I refilled with my mixture!

This is salt is fantastic over grilled meat (I love this with beef most), for salad dressings and many other uses. Fresh milled over the meal is the best!

Advertisements

Norway: Norway: Lofoten Islands (once more on Moskenesøya – Flakstadøya)

 

This additional day in the southern part of Lofoten had been so amazing that I could prepare many single post with single photos to bring them to the public and show the stunning landscape of Lofoten; an almost surreal beauty!

We continued the trip of two days before, we visited Ramberg and we continued in direction of Fredvang with the view of the bridge and the mountain on the back. A group of lady stopped at the parking and in a few minutes they were ready to start to hike. The morning had started with unpredictable weather, but at this moment is was fine and sunny and we decided to follow this group of ladies. The hike over the hill was amazing and the view from the mount Heia.

You can find this trail in my wikiloc post: Heia, View over Fredvang

Not far away from Fredvang beach we found the iconic photography spot of the meander of a small river.

We finished this day going back to Reine and surrounding again, for a few photos during sunset, then we headed home.

Just before going be we decided to place most of the luggage in the car to be ready to leave early in the morning to catch the ferry. Outside we saw the stars and the begin of the mystic green light: the aurora! What for a big gift just before living theses islands!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Click on the map for full view in https://foto.akut.zone/tour/lofoten-2013/attachment/lofoten-map-moskenesoeya-2013/

 

Bee and Basil Flowers

Days are much shorter now, but we are still enjoying mild autumn temperature.

My African basil has plenty of flowers and the bees are avid guest!

Fly dear bee to the flowers enjoy the warm rays before the winter comes!

Norway: Norway: Lofoten Islands (Vestvågøy– Austvågøya)

 

Lofoten is huge and in 3 days we cannot visit everything! From now on the weather was fantastic and the second day had been dedicated first to Vestvågøy and then Austvågøya. The first day had been dedicated to the southern part and the next day to the north.

The main attraction of this day was Henningsvær, but first we visited the fjord by Tangstad, the beach by Unstad and the lake near Holdal.

Heading north we had a stop at Torvdalshalsen picnic place where we enjoyed the splendid view in direction of Leknes.

On Austvågøy we stopped many times for a few pictures until fimnally we arrived at Henningsvær just in time for our picnic near the sea.

On Wikiloc we saw that we could have a short hike over this place , temperature and weather were perfect. This was our trail with a few more photos:

View over Henningsvær

For the return trip we opted not to follow the main road, but to take the road by the coast by Valberg.

The places, the nature (with all the berries and mushrooms), the view, the lakes, the sea, the mountains, the villages, the sunset filled our intensive day but we know we still missed a lot this day. These places are so beautiful and magic;  will come back for sure!

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Click on the map for more suggestions:

 

Norway: Norway: Lofoten Islands (Moskenesøya – Flakstadøya)

As the most travelers we reached Lofoten Islands with the ferry to Moskenes.

The day of arrival we did not have a lot of time to stop for sightseeing, but after a good sleep in our apartment in Leknes, we were ready to start or northern adventure.

The idyllic location of our apartment near directly in front of the sea was more than amazing.

The day started with clouds and little sun and finished with storm and rain.

After taking a few picture of our location we started discovering the islands driving back to Moskenesøya by the underwater tunnel.

The main places we got to reach and visit before the torrential rain forced us to rest in a restaurant and later going back home were:

Myrland, Nusfjord, Vikten, Reine and Hamnøy.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

Click on the map for full view in https://foto.akut.zone/tour/lofoten-2013/attachment/lofoten-map-moskenesoeya-2013/

 

Switzerland: Tremola – Old Road over the St. Gotthard Pass

Yesterday we had the chance to see the Tremola road in half embedded from clouds while a few sun-rays highlighted this extremely beautiful landscape.

Since a few year the traffic jam for the Gotthard tunnel let tourist wait a long time (even hours) to pass the tunnel and reach the other side of the alps. In winter we don’t have many other chances if we don’t want to surround the place and take another way, but during summer times, after the snow disappeared there is another option: the highway over the the Gotthard pass or even the Tremola.  The Tremola is most beautiful of all Alpine roads. From Airolo, the historic pass road snakes around hairpin bends up to the Gotthard.  In our case we were on the highway, we planned to be at home before dinner and so we escaped the traffic jam and we headed up to the mountains.

I still can remember as a long long time ago, as I was a child we drove over the Tremola and how seasick I felt! Well, yesterday noticed the road in a different coat, the soft cloud framed it so beautifully that I had to try to take a few snapshot from the driving car (I was not driving myself!  🙂 ).

So beautiful!

 

Some random links concerming the Tremola:

https://www.alptransit-portal.ch/en/events/ereignis/the-first-paved-road-through-the-mountains/

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/scenic-route-airolo-gletsch.html

http://www.ticino.ch/en/commons/details/Gotthard-Pass-and-Tremola/111976.html

http://www.newlyswissed.com/trailing-ticino-tremola/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotthard_Pass

 

 

 

Norway: Bodø to Lofoten (Moskenes)

We left the mainland, the busy town, the harbor and quite waters. The dark clouds in the blue sky gave the landscape a surreal dramatic look.

Sunshine rays though the cloud highlighted small island and the always bigger waves. A few drops, more and more drops. Wind like a storm. A rainbow and a short quite intermezzo; we fall asleep for awhile.

The captain compensated the waves and we drove to south-west. An announcement told us we would have delay because of the bad sea conditions; now the ship had to turn straight in the direction of Moskenes and we released how big and how deep the wave are!

The cars, will they be safe, will the hand brake be enough strong? From this moment we did not fell well, I’ve forgot to take some medicine with be against seasickness.

Well this will finish, we tried to breath slowly, look at the horizon straight away and look at the huge huge waves across the sea.

The beautiful silhouette of the islands came nearer and finally we saw the lighthouse of the harbor.  So happy to be there!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

Norway: Trondheim

We arrived in Trondheim (the former capital of Norway) just after the sunset during the blue hours. The light and the reflections of the houses in the water are amazing and we enjoyed the city-walk and the skyline.  It’s not a big city, but the kings -residence and the old houses makes this town very much enjoyable and we regret not having more time to stay here. The big North is waiting for us!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Norway: Food in the Supermarket

Traveling is a great way to discover other cultutes and food.

This is a quick and interesting excursion in a Norvegian supermarket; what ate these specialties? We can try to guess!:)

Norway: Trondheim to Bodø

This journey is quite long and we divided it into two days: the first day Trondheim to Mo I Rana took us about 10 hours including stops and the second part from Mo I Rana to Bodø was shorter and in less than 6 hours as were in Bodø on time for the ferry and with some reserve for a tour in the town.

It was (or it is not) easy to make a selection of picture for this post: the way was long, many impressions, different kind of landscapes, change of weather, sea or mountain…

Sometimes we think that a sunny day is a “good weather day”, but especially here in the north, rain, fog and clouds makes the places special and mystic. Which photo do you prefer?

 

Milestones: Northern Norway gate and arctic circle.

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

 

 

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: