Holmsbu heads into high season

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PHOTO FEATURE: The scenic, seaside village of Holmsbu is one of many dotting the Norwegian coast that’s now gearing up for high season in the summertime. Holmsbu, known for attracting some of Norway’s most prominent artists more than 100 years ago, still thrives with new generations of those on holiday in an historic setting.

  1. The waterfront in "downtown" Holmsbu features a harbour promenade and several spots to eat, drink and enjoy summer sunshine.
  2. Among the more modest spots is Mikkel's "fish and temptations," which include warm fish cakes, fresh shrimp and mussels.
  3. A short expanse of sandy beach along the Drammens Fjord at Holmsbu. At right, the hills of the scenic Hurum peninsula, less than an hour's drive southwest of Oslo.
  4. Holmsbu attracted an artsy crowd back in the late 1800s. Now the boats in its marina reflect Norway's affluence, but the community is still full of galleries including one devoted to its history of "Holmsbu Painters," with Henrik Sørensen among the most prominent.
  5. Lunch at the Cafe Juno, with an upstairs catering to those who want to shop as well as eat.
  6. Looking north to the busy, recently refurbished and increasingly popular city of Drammen, west of Oslo.
  7. Holmsbu only has a few hundred full-time residents. Its population increases significantly during the summer, because of all the holiday cabins and homes known as "hytter."
  8. Looking south across the harbour to the "Holmsbu Bad og Fjordhotell," the local seaside hotel, which often is the scene of weddings on summer weekends.

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