Cannes, the French riviera

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This summer I got the opprtunety to go to France through work. We’re a sales business, selling office supplies and more, and we do sales campains for the sales people all year long and in June you can win a trip to Cannes, France. The backoffice people, like me, can also win. For every third sales guy who wins, one backoffice member win a trip.

I’ve been working in this company for four years now and finally it was my turn to win a trip. This is the best thing I’ve ever won! A 5-day trip to Cannes, France, all included. And when I say all, I mean flight,  hotell, breakfast, lunch and dinner with lots of wine included.

This was my first real trip to France. I’ve been in France a couple of times before, but it has only been short period like the time I took the boat from Dover to Calais and drove straight to Belgium or that time I drove through the Mont Blanc tunnel and stayed half an hour in Chamonix (at a café) before going to Italy.

Cannes is a fancy city, full of rich people and exclusive shops along the Croisette. But you also have the old town where you can find cheap things. I really liked the Old Town with the small shops, where you could find unique things.

Apart from lunch and dinner which we had to attend (I ate LOTS of GREAT food, nom nom nom nom), you could spend your days as you liked. We spent the days at the beach and did some shopping and the evenings were spent eating dinner and then drinking at some bar / disco, often ending up late in bed.

I brought my camera wherever I went, either it was shopping or sightseeing. One day I allowed myself to go on a solo photo trip while my colleagues were either tanning,  swimming or shopping. It was lovely to walk around while the sun was shining (maybe 27 degrees) and the sky was almost free from clouds.

Here are some photos from the beach:

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I also took some pictures of the old town and the buildings and such around Cannes.

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Lofoten – Ramberg beach, Sakrisøy & Reine

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I’ve come to the last day on my vacation in Lofoten this summer. Previous days can be read about here, here, here and here.

My flight back to Oslo was scheduled to leave at 7 PM. Since the airport was only a few minutes from where I stayed, you could see it from the terrace, and it’s VERY small, I only had to be there like 40 minutes before takeoff. That meant I had quite some hours to spend before I left. 

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Lofoten – Henningsvær & Svolvær

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On the forth day in Lofoten Linda and I went on a roadtrip again. This time it was only the two of us. There was going to be some shopping included so Glenn didn’t want to come, he wanted to walk in the mountains in stead. We asked Linda’s mother-in-law to join us, but she wanted to stay at home. 

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Lofoten – the midnight sun

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Last week, on friday afternoon, I went on a mini vacation to Lofoten. My dear friend Linda’s boyfriend Glenn is from Lofoten. They were there on vacation and I came to visit. I had the pleasure to stay at Glenn’s parents house during my 5 days stay and it couldn’t have been better or more welcoming.

Lofoten is an archipelago and is known for a distinctive scenery with mountains and peaks, open ocean and sheltered bays, beaches and vast untouched lands. It offers surfing, cycling and many rock climbing and mountaineering opportunities.

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The beach

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Last year I went to the Netherlands again visiting my friend Chantal. Visiting her have become a yearly thing. The weather was so nice, we decided to bike to the beach again. Chantal lives in Alkmaar, 45 minutes north of Amsterdam. As the year before we decided to go to beach at Egmond aan Zee, it’s only a 30 minutes bike ride away.

As you can see it was sunny day, with a clear blue sky and it was warm. The sand was hot, too hot to walk barefoot in and it was the right amount of wind to cool you down a bit and play with kites.

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