Looking at these sunny pictures, one might think, that we are somewhere on the Italian or French riviera.
A buzzing marina, elegant and – please excuse the word – abominably overpriced flats, villas, a sandy plage and expensive yachts. Every detail indicates it is Saint Tropez or Nice, except for the fact that we are in Kristiansand, in the south of Norway. This lovely town with a population of nearly 90,000 was founded by Christian IV, king of Denmark and Norway, as a strategic point and market town, the intent being to boost trade, build fortresses and grow the number of the population.
The town centre is based on a grid plan, hence the name Kvadraturen. A grid plan is the first basic scheme in urban planning. It was developed by the Greeks. It is a type of city plan in which streets run at right angles to each other, forming a grid. One great example of grid plan is Manhattan. I intend to dedicate a separate article to Kvadraturen, so this time I’d like share a few pictures I have taken a few days ago in and around the marina.
Next time we’re going into town.