Photographer's Note

If you've ever driven through a rural area in Scandinavia, it's likely that you've seen the red buildings that speckle the landscape. It is a deep dark red - quite unique to Scandinavia - that is seen most on the outside of buildings throughout the Nordic region for farm houses, barns and summer houses. Falu red (or Falu Rödfärg in Swedish) is not just a house paint, it is Scandinavian cultural history in a tin. The history of the red paint can be traced right back to the 16th century and today it is as natural a choice for architect-designed detached houses and public buildings as for summer cottages and boathouses. The paint originates from the Falun copper mines of Dalarma, Sweden and is renowned for its preservative qualities.
The photo shows Dyvig Badehotel, built in 2008-2010. Its architecture was inspired by the famous Skagen warehouses. To put you in a proper Scandinavian mood this interesting location, which is nicely situated between woods and water at Dyvig bay offers accommodation very close to nature. And the food served in the hotel’s bistro is delicious.
By the way: there is a Finnish saying “Onni on punainen tupa ja perunamaa” - a red house and a potato field (or a good meal) - is all you really need in life to be happy.

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Additional Photos by Harriet Kaehler (Kielia) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2503 W: 0 N: 6661] (23749)
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