23:47 June 30th, it doesn’t get any darker than this. I stayed up looking at the sky until 3 am and it never got dark. Scandinavian summer nights, this was precisely what I came for. No other noise than from the seagull on the rooftop. A calm town in the south of Norway.
Moss? Even though its beauty lacks the drama of western Norway, this small town by a fjord between Oslo and the Swedish border has water everywhere and is really beautiful. But is there anything to see here? Oh yes, a bit unexpectedly, there is…
For a hundred years Moss was notorious for its bad smell. Among many industries, a paper factory used to spread its horrendous odour over the town, until it shut down a few years ago.
But the old industrial environments of different époques and production history are beautiful places to visit today.
Old, colourful wooden houses in central Moss.
The combined book shop, concert scene, café, bar and art gallery House of Foundation became my favourite hang-out in Moss.
Don’t miss the backyard of House of Foundation with a view over the waterfalls that used to put the wheels in motion when this was one of Norway’s most productive industrial environments.
The beach walk of Moss.
Lucky me to have a sister-in-law with a sailing boat. Boating seems to be the favourite activity of a lot of people here, so we did as the locals and went sailing on the Oslo fjord.
My gorgeous sailing brother.
Not always easy to organise as we live in three different countries, my reason to visit Moss was the yearly reunion with my sisters and brother.
I’m so grateful for this wonderful weekend. I’ll write more about our rainy art day in exciting Oslo very soon…