More of the Lovely Houses of Reykjavik, Iceland

24 08 2016

In the small city of Reykjavik, Iceland, there were some lovely houses and buildings, some classic and some modern but charming all the same, a few of which I posted earlier.  The collection here is from the same (i.e. the first) day in the latter half of my day exploring the city.

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The Embassy of China

The Embassy of China

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Cats in Reykjavik, Iceland

21 08 2016

There were not that many but I did see a fair number of cats in the city of Reykjavik and every time it was a different kind.  And every time it wore a collar. The first one I saw I thought it was a domestic cat from seeing a couple following it and kind of playing with it.

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And it was quite beautiful.

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And then I saw this one also with a collar by it was by itself.

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And then I saw another one walking on its own and with a collar although you cannot see it in these pix as it’s a bit plump.

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By then I had started to think that wearing a collar probably did not mean that it was not stray.  Then I took this walking tour and my guide told me that I assumed correct.  All cats (and dogs) had to be registered, even stray ones (or that’s what I thought she said but I cannot tell if this is a fact after much Googling).

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Saw this on the “walking tour” which I will write about in a later post.

This one’s collar was hidden.  Couldn’t tell if it had one.

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Visiting the Smekkleysa Record Shop

17 08 2016

Iceland has a population of about 330,000 (Tokyo has 13.5 million) and I personally know a couple of Icelandic people, which does not seem too few given the population, one of whom I knew to be residing in Reykjavik.  I did not tell him I was coming to Iceland but I knew I would be able to contact him had I wished to do so (though he’s not on any social media).

So on the first morning of my stay, I wrote to this site http://smekkleysa.net/, which belongs to record store and label Smekkleysa, founded and run by my friend Ásmundur Jónsson, the original home of the Sugarcubes from which Bjork emerged and said I would be visiting the record store at some point while in Reykjavik.  I ended up going on that day.

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And I found my friend!!

Asi!!

Asi!!

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We decided to get together for lunch on Monday, August 15th.

 





Walking in Reykjavik, Iceland, Day 1

16 08 2016

The first morning I was here, before setting out to my first lunch venue, I walked around my apartment and towards my destination and found that Reykjavik was another cute little city in terms of shapes of buildings and colorfully (though not so much here) painted rows of houses.

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And these other little features I loved.





Lunching in Reykjavik, Iceland

14 08 2016

My first lunch in the city of Reykjavik was at this lovely breakfast and lunch place at the Old Harbor.

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Very good Icelandic beer

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Had one of the lunch specials of the day, pan-fried plaice in creamy white wine sauce flavored with lemon, with scallions, shrimps, mushrooms, rucola, and pickled veg and roasted potatoes.  Excellent dish.

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Kaffivagninn

And then across from it, I saw an ice cream shop with a sign that looked like a soft-serve ice cream cone.

Yes. They had it. But... not too great. Ours is much better...

Yes. They had it. But… not too great. Ours is much better…

Valdis





Apartment Life in Reykjavik, Iceland

13 08 2016

During my stay in Reykjavik, Iceland, I am renting this apartment located near the east end of the main shopping street Laugavegur.

No wine glasses in the apartment so making do with what I've got.

No wine glasses in the apartment so making do with what I’ve got.





Leaving on a Jet Plane

12 08 2016

Or more precisely, I have left on a jet plane and am currently in transit in Paris on my way to Reykjavik, Iceland.  What a relief to be getting away to some place cooler than Tokyo for my brief summer holiday.

At CDG Paris

At CDG Paris

Transferring to ORY Paris

My flight is the last flight out tonight

My flight is the last flight out tonight

Four hours to kill at the airport

Four hours to kill at the airport








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