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Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo September 1st 2022

Today I (Susan) was released from my quarantine to go on excursions and the parts of the boat outside my room! Of course, I was masked the entire time I was out. I certainly miss doing things with my sister, but I headed out anyway to take pictures for both of us. We drove around Oslo where I was able to get a few pictures from the moving bus of the fortress and the parliament. Oslo has some beautiful architecture in the old part of the city. The rest of the city is much more modern. Norway, once a poor country, is now a very rich country. They do many exceptional things for their citizens including almost an entire year of fully paid parental leave for each child. They want to grow their population since it ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 31st 2022

Today we were not getting into port in Oslo until noon, so no alarm today. The nurse came by and took vitals and all was well with both of us. They tested Susan to see if she can get out of quarantine. We watched as the ship came down the fjord. This fjord doesn’t have the high mountains like before. Susan said it looked like a cruise on Lake James. We got to Oslo around noon and luckily, we docked again on the starboard side. Today was like yesterday, food, movies, reading, email,… Just boring. Susan’s results were supposed to be back around 4, but no call. She called down to the medical center after it opened and they said the Dr would call her when he had time. Around 5:45, she got the call. They ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo August 25th 2022

On our way west from Karlstad in Sweden to the west coast we make a short detour into Norway and find the lovely town of Fredrikstad. The town is just north of the border with Sweden and right on the coast. It is considered to be one of the best preserved fortified towns in northern Europe. The city was fortified with walls in a star shape and today the ramparts have canons to add to the effect. Inside the town most of the buildings have been preserved and it is almost car free. On the city walls we find an outdoor exhibition to Amundsen who was born in the town and lived there until be was 14.... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 20th 2022

Dear All Greetings from London. Last week I got back from an epic five-and-a-half week adventure around the Nordic lands of Europe. As with my last trip around New England, I thought it best if this time I simply wrote notes as I travelled, and wrote up the proper blog entries upon my return home. This worked out well again this time, as again it meant I got to spend more time travelling and seeing the wonders of these amazing countries. I had a superb time and quite an epic journey, and over the coming weeks I plan to write up about my adventures in Norway, Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Iceland here, and also upload some photos alongside. I left the UK in the middle of July, just as the UK was experiencing an unprecedented ... read more
Norway from Above
The Royal Palace
Nobel Peace Prize Winners

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 17th 2022

Today was another random exploration day - there’s a neighbourhood (Toyen) with a lot of street art, so I headed up there to explore. There’s also another large sculpture park on the east side which I walked around a bit, but then the rain hit and I was in my Birks and didn’t want to muddy them up so I retreated to the tram and headed back into town. The little that I did see of Ekebergparken was pretty eclectic - it’s all different artists, so not like Vigeland. (Some were pretty kinky lol) Great view over Oslo too! Anyway, by the time I was back into town, it was only spitting rain so I just kind of roamed around the relatively pedestrian area in the centre - Nationaltheater, Parliament, City Hall, etc that whole bit. ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo July 16th 2022

It’s nice to be back in Norway! I really loved it last time I was here (+10yrs ago) so when I was trying to think of where to go for first trip “post” (I know it’s not done, y’all know what I mean) Covid it had to be Iceland layover and when I looked at my options Norway jumped right back out at me. I’m giving myself a few days in Oslo again, but then I’m renting a car to go exploring up towards Alesund and back. I’m so excited for the fjords and all their beauty! Last time I just did Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromso - so I’m excited to get a bit off the city path. Anyway, back to today! My fav thing in Oslo back then was Vigeland Park, so that’s where ... read more

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo June 11th 2020

Scandinavian breakfasts and I were made for each other. It fits in with my "more is more" philosophy on life and gastronomy. We must hurry with reckless gluttony and eat our full Scandinavian hotel breakfast: tomato juice, muesli, cereal, pancakes, sausages, bacon, eggs (scrambled), Danishes (better than you have ever had back home), ham, terrine of ham, herring will dill and tomato. It’s all so wonderful. And don’t forget fresh fruit, a healthy afterthought to the above and great to put in your bag to nibble on later during a bus tour. If only breakfast wasn't served as early as 7 am. If only we didn't have a bus to board at 7:30 am. You may have guessed I hate eating to the clock. Long, languorous meals are more my style. But with my Danish plumped ... read more
Oslo Karl Johans Gate 1
Oslo Norway Town Hall - Frogner Park
Frogner Park Gustav Vigeland

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo February 21st 2020

Our second day in Oslo, well actually half a day, and I was on a mission to find and photograph some of the city's street art. The Visitors Centre yesterday had referred me to their website, where there was an interactive map with the location of various murals and details of the artist So we set off towards Toyen, where the map showed quite a few murals were located. Along the way, we saw a few sculptures worthy of a photo, but unfortunately the urban art I was in pursuit of was difficult to locate and it didn't help when Google Maps decided not to co-operate either. Rather than wander around aimlessly, we headed back into town and made our way to the Opera House. Our guide from the City Discovery Tour yesterday had recommended ... read more
Opera House
Opera House - unique architecture
Art installation - SWEAT by Mikkal Aaland

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo February 20th 2020

I don't proclaim to be a 'foodie' but I do enjoy a good buffet breakfast and I've had my share during our many travels. I have to say, the breakfast at our hotel was very impressive and there was so many options to choose from that I ended up going up three times. I had two new experiences during breakfast too - a ginger shot (a blend of ginger and fruit juices served in a shot glass) and brown cheese (a favourite with Norwegians - actually known as Brunost - Gudbrandsdalsost, and has a slight taste of caramel and goes well topped with jam). After breakfast we did a quick walk around the block to test out the air temperature and it 'jumper, 2 pairs of thermal pants, waterproof hiking pants, thick wool socks, waterproof jacket, ... read more
Visit Oslo @ Visitors Centre
Holmenkollen Ski Jump
"Angry Boy" sculpture, Vigeland Sculpture Park

Europe » Norway » Eastern Norway » Oslo September 13th 2019

Oslo is wonderfully laid out for sightseeing. After breakfast, those of us interested in the museums, hopped the ferry to cross the harbor. The sun was shining and we were all excited to get our day started on the water. The ride over was perfect. There were already quite a few people out on boats and we even saw an 80ish year old woman and her friends out rowing. Water is life in Norway. The ferry dropped us off right in front of the Fram museum. The Kon Tiki and the Maritime museum were just steps away. We started with the Fram which is dedicated to polar exploration. Again, I wasn't sure I would find it interesting but I should really learn to keep my mouth shut. Ha! Right. Anyway, it was amazing to realize that ... read more

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