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Friday, 16 April 2010

The Tallest Building In Tórshavn



It was a grey day when we were wandering around Tórshavn, so our photos aren't as stunning as some of the landscapes we captured later in the week. It was also Easter weekend, so everything was closed. However, as capital cities go, I think Tórshavn is quite an interesting one.

We were slightly amazed at how easy it was to wander between the grass-roofed buildings of the old parliament (now government offices) and peer through the windows.

Faroese Parliament

We were even able to take Androcles II to visit the Prime Minister's office. We had to be very careful with him, though, for fear that he might dissolve in all the rain.Androcles II visits the Faroese Prime Minister


But the thing I really wanted to share with you was the ferry, which runs regularly between Tórshavn, Denmark, and Iceland. It arrived as we were walking around the coast.

Ferry in Torshavn

"When the ferry is in town," we were told, "it's the tallest building in Tórshavn."

Ferry in Torshavn


Zooming in, if you look closely to the right of the picture, you can see the way it towers over the grass roofs of the parliament.

Ferry in Torshavn


It might not be quite the highest point in the city (some of which is built on the hillsides), but it's pretty close.

21 comments:

Writing Without Periods! said...

Your photos are great. I love being on vacation.
Mary

mel said...

this place looks lovely. the ferry seems extraordinarily large. i don't think i've ever seen one like that. granted i think i've only been on a ferry once in my life...
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Heather @ Gerber Days said...

Beautiful pictures! I would LOVE LOVE to go to Denmark!

Looks like you had a blast.

Jen said...

I was wondering how people would travel between Iceland and Europe with all the ash. I think this ferry is about to get very busy.

Dorkys Ramos said...

I really like that first picture; the red is so vivid. And Androcles is so cute!

HalfCrazy said...

How do you pronounce this Torshavn? Exactly as it is spelled?

Those buildings look good, I especially like the shade of red they painted on it.

Looks like one would be needing tons of jacket cos of the cold!

ladyfi said...

Magically moody shots in the muted weather. What a lovely quiet place!

Elisabeth said...

Like others I imagine, I look at the sky for signs of ash, though these photos were taken before the volcano erupted I gather. They are wonderful.

Lucky you to see such sights. Thanks for sharing them.

Lindsay said...

Wow, amazing photos!! Love reading posts like these :)

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest!!

Linds

A Cuban In London said...

Smashing shots!

Greetings from Kuala Lumpur.

Kazzy said...

Love your travel stuff!

Mary said...

How wonderful you were able to visit before the volcano blew. Your pictures are wonderful. It hard to conjure a town in which the highest building is a cruise ship. I hope your holiday was wonderful and that you are safely back home. Blessings...Mary

Hans and Shinta said...

hahaha..I never really thought about the ship as the tallest building..but yeah! that's so right!! =)

Waisting Time said...

Thanks for the SITS welcome:) I am jealous of you travels! And I wonder how the volcano eruption will impact you.

criticalcrass said...

hi rachel. these are pretty cool photographs. thanks for sharing them.

Pam said...

Love your great photos! It's kind of funny with the ferry being the tallest building.

carol said...

great pictures, looks kinda of cold and gray.

Holly said...

I love that top photo...how charming. You have all of these great adventures...jealous!

Lynda said...

How lucky for you to visit the Faroe Islands! When we lived in Denmark, we never made it there, but would like to try one summer when we are back visiting. Hopefully, you are not affected by all the ash right now.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What beautiful shots! I bet the ferry is fun! Stopping from SITS!

The Mother said...

Judging from the look of my lawn, it's a pretty good thing that my roof is composite shingles.

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