Lloyds Hotel of Möllerfjorden on the arctic island chain of Svalbard, Norway

Writes contributor Lauren Farmer:

This “5 star” hut was built in 1912 (or some say 1925) by the shipping company North German Lloyd as an emergency shelter after they took over the possessions of the 1910 “Zeppelin” Expedition, which had occupied the area. 

I’ve been fortunate enough to see it twice and am still amazed it’s stocked with unopened bottles of vodka! And plenty of 40 year old magazines.

More here.

Honestly… how cool is this? Just freakin’ awesome. 


Le Grand Pan

I posted a review on Yelp as well.

Absolutely lovely restaurant! I’d give it 5 stars if it weren’t located in the middle of nowhere (okay, the 15th).

Friendly staff greeted me for lunch, seated promptly. My friend was running very late to lunch and the host brought me a nice glass of dry white wine to sip on while I waited. They serve wine “tonnelet” here which apparently means from the cask, i.e. not-bottled. This makes for some tasty and inexpensive wine.

For the entree I had poached eggs in a lovely cream sauce covered with shaved truffles. I love poached eggs and I love truffles and this dish was perfect.

And then we moved on to the bouef blond d’Aquitaine which is served for two people. The waitress helpfully pointed out I could have my side saignant (rare) and my buddy could have his a point (medium rare). And the meat was great. And the handcut fries were great.

When I am stuck in the 15th, this is my new favorite restaurant. And in fact I’ll go out of my way to get back.

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