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    • Day 50

      One great full day in Oslo

      October 18, 2019 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

      Today was much better. The jiggling feeling after the train ride was gone and after a night’s sleep I found I could face a new city. We had spied a good breakfast place yesterday and had coffee and a yum pastry, then set off to achieve all the things we had planned. We took umbrellas as an insurance against rain, and were happy we did as when we set off it had obviously been raining during the night - wet pavements and puddles everywhere, but again we were lucky as it didn’t rain at all today - just grey skies, and even a break of blue by late afternoon.

      First of all we walked to the sculpture garden - a big attraction here, beautiful gardens, specially now with their autumn glory, and with many sculptures by a famous person whose name I can’t remember, who must have spent his whole life making so many works, or had a workshop of helpers...figures of men, women children in all forms and contortions, in granite...there is a lot of stone here! Anyway, that was fun. Many school children and tourist groups there too.

      Then we walked back and found the Nobel Peace museum which was good, and then on to the Resistance museum, which we found was within the fortress and castle complex which was interesting in itself. The Resistance museum we really enjoyed - not the right word really, but was interesting especially as it filled in what we had learned about during talks and visiting towns during the cruise up the coast where the towns felt the main brunt of the nazi occupation.

      After that we had a break and sandwich and then found that we were too late for the Viking museum -it was 3.40 and it closed at 4 in October, so we went on to look at the opera house again while the weather was good and before it started to get dark. It is such an amazing building, and I have tried to take photos, but it is difficult to capture. We then returned to the hotel - Amr had a short outing to look at some shops - but a little down time till we set off for dinner.

      We had planned to go to a Spanish place that had a sister restaurant we had noticed in Bergen, but when we went there - along a string of restaurants, rather like Barangaroo, alongside the harbour, with ferries, it was too busy, so we gave in and went to Olivia again...I just had salad, and we had a glass of wine. Didn’t feel like much after late lunch. So now back and ready to pack up and fly to Copenhagen tomorrow. Amr’s Apple Watch says that we walked 22 kms today, so that is good!

      I am bracing for another unknown city to explore, but everyone says how good Copenhagen is, so hope it won’t be too daunting! We have already found out where to go on the metro from the airport to get to our hotel so that is a good start! We spend 3 nights there, then start the journey home on Tuesday.
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    • Day 9

      Vigeland Park

      May 16 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Gustav Vigeland gehört zu den berühmten und beliebten Norwegischen Künstlern. Sein Schaffen in Bronze und Granit machte ihn schon zu Lebzeiten berühmt. Im Mittelpunkt stand immer die Entwicklung von Knabe und Mädchen, Mann, Frau und Kind, Geburt und Sterben. In seiner ungeheuren Schaffenskraft entstanden zwischen den Weltkriegen sehr viele Werke, die Vigeland nach seinem Ableben seiner Stadt Oslo zusprach im Gegenzug für die Stellung eines neuen Wohn- und Atelierhauses.Read more

    • Day 1

      The man with the flowers

      June 19, 2022 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      We had 40 minutes to wait for a friend and while we were waiting, we spotted the man with flowers. He was stood in the centre of a large tarmac apron with a bunch of flowers in one hand. For half an hour he paced up down, but who was he waiting for?

      Were the flowers a form of ID so someone would know who to approach? A first date? For his mother? Maybe even he was just a delivery man holding the flowers for someone to collect before going down on one knee?

      We thought the mystery would never be sold as our friend was due any moment, but he messaged to say he was 20 minutes late.

      20 minutes, he glanced at his watch for the first time. 25 minutes, he began checking his phone. 30 minutes, his pacing became more frenetic, each length a little longer, and he moved to the centre of the apron so as to be seen better.

      31 minutes, our friend messaged to say he'd be there in 2 minutes.

      33.5 minutes, a blond in black walked through the park gates, and approached the mn with the flowers. They hugged, he gave her the flowers, and they walked away. Worth the wait!
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    • Day 1

      Vigeland Park

      June 19, 2022 in Norway ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Vigeland Park, an extraordinary collection of sculpture, all created by the celebrated Gustav Vigeland.

      Vigeland devoted 20 years to the project of an open exhibition of his works, known as the Vigeland  Sculpture Arrangement in Frogner Park. The Vigeland installation includes as many as 212 bronze and granite sculptures, all designed by Gustav Vigeland. The sculptures culminate in the extraordinary Monolith, with its 121 naked figures struggling to reach the top of the sculpture.Read more

    • Day 10


      June 16, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

      Heut mal wieder ein strammer Start um 8 Uhr in Ri Oslo. Gegen 10 Uhr waren wir bereits an unserem Womo-Stellplatz, ca 200 Höhenmeter und ca 8 km vom Zentrum Oslos entfernt.
      Mit der T-Bana “5“ ging’s dann auch gleich weiter bis zum Nationaltheater, dort in hop on/off-Manier zur Stadtrundfahrt: 1.Stopp: Skulpturenpark des Künstlers Vigeland, reine Kulturveranstaltung…🙈
      Nach einer Stunde bei wieder mal 30 Grad ging’s weiter mit der Rundfahrt.
      Nächste Besichtigung: Königspalast von außen! Auch hier hält die Emanzipation Einzug, da eine wachhabende Soldatin Dienst hatte. Leider waren das Gebäude, wo die Nobel-Preise verliehen werden und auch der Dom geschlossen.
      Dafür trafen wir plötzlich( bei der Kneipe“the Scot man“) auf hunderte Schotten, die schon in Vorbereitung für das morgige EM-Quali-Spiel in Oslo gegen NOR waren.
      Anschließend sind wir wieder mit der T-Bana zurück zum Womo und waren noch
      2 h am See faul auf der altehrwürdigen gelegen.
      Mittlerweile lassen wir’s bei Lachs an Reis inkl. Salat gemütlich ausklingen…
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    • Day 2

      Oslo 1- parc Vigeland

      June 16, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      🇩🇪 Nach einem etwas chaotischen Start (Flugzeug verpasst, 9 Std im Terminal F von Paris CDG verbracht, kurze Nacht) beginnen wir unseren Oslo Besuch mit dem Vigeland Park (Emanuel Vigeland, Bildhauer).
      Sind es über 100 dieser expressiven, zutiefst humanistischen, naturalistischen Skulpturen ?
      Wir sind jedenfalls ziemlich beeindruckt. Das fängt ja gut an !

      🇫🇷 Après un départ un peu chaotique (avion raté, 9h passées au terminal F de Paris CDG, nuit courte), nous commençons notre visite d'Oslo par le parc Vigeland (Emanuel Vigeland, sculpteur).
      Y a-t-il plus de 100 de ces sculptures expressives, profondément humanistes et naturalistes ?
      En tout cas, nous sommes assez impressionnés. Ça commence bien !
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    • Day 1

      Wonderbaarlijk Vigelandpark

      November 14, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ -2 °C

      Een van de grootste bezienswaardigheden in Oslo is het Vigelandpark. Gecreëerd door de Noorse beeldhouwer Gustav Vigeland tussen 1923 en 1943. Het park herbergt 212 stenen en bronzen beelden die de levenscyclus symboliseren, van embryo-ontwikkeling tot klimmende menselijke figuren op de Monoliet. De ervaring van het zien van de beelden in het echt is echt heel anders dan het zien van de foto's, vooral in de herfst wanneer de bronzen beelden met grijs-blauwe kleur contrasteren met de oranje achtergrond van herfstbladeren.

      Op weg van en naar het Vigelandpark passeerden we een idyllische kerstmarkt in Spikersuppa. De belangrijkste kerstmarkt van Oslo, Jul i Vinterland, bevindt zich in het stadscentrum van 10 november 2024 tot 31 december 2023. Hier vind je sfeervolle stalletjes met kleding, souvenirs, Noorse lekkernijen en zelfs een reuzenrad!
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    • Day 20

      The Circle of Life

      July 13, 2022 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 63 °F

      I must admit that when I learned we would visit Vigeland Park, I had some slight misgivings. I was born in the South, and was taught that good boys and girls always keep their clothes on. I had heard of this place in Norway where there are hundreds of acres of statues of people—all of them nude—doing all sorts of things.

      We just got back from the sprawling statuary park that was the dream of Norwegian sculptor Gustav Vigeland, and I must say, I was impressed. The consistent theme of Vigeland is the circle of life. His statues show every type of person—male, female, young, old—doing everything that people can do. Yet all of the statues show people in relationships. There are boys and girls, workers, lovers and warriors, husbands and wives, grandparents and grandchildren, the living and the dead. Some are happy, some are angry. Others are grieving or frightened. Some are protecting a sibling, and others are simply careless. Some are in love, and some have just fallen out. These sculptures show the entire human condition from birth to death, and all show human beings in relationship. Vigeland wanted his subjects nude so that we would not make judgments about their status, wealth, race or nationality based on their clothing. His work is just now becoming known outside of Norway because Vigeland worked like a maniac. He did not go on tours, take on students, or self-promote. He sculpted his whole life long. When the government planned to raze his workshop for an urban renewal project, he made a deal: if they would build him another workshop, he would give all of his sculptures to the city of Oslo. The city agreed, and when the artist died in 1943 they completely rebuilt Frogner Park according to Vigener’s plans and filled it with his statues. The artist even dictated the location of the placement of flowers and the design of the distinctive wrought-iron gates.

      The resulting statuary park is not only beautiful with a multitude of spectacular rose gardens aligned on a central axis, the park is also quite moving. The theme of the circle of life is consistent and unmistakable, even in the placement of the statuary. Gustav Vigeland himself was driven, perhaps too busy even to appreciate how dramatic his own work would be in this monumental setting. Yet, if somehow, from some distant shore of time and space, he could look down on the city of Oslo, I think he would be pleased.
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    • Day 3

      Paseando por Vigelandspark

      March 12, 2023 in Norway

      El parque más famoso de Oslo por sus esculturas de bronce y el "niño enfadao" o Sinnataggen, el monolito simbolizando el esfuerzo conjunto y en todas las etapas de la vida y el reloj de sol. La nieve está tan dura que no se puede tirar ni una bola sin escogorciar a nadie 🤷🏻‍♀️Read more

    • Day 1

      Lunch @ Baker Hansen

      November 14, 2023 in Norway ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

      Om 06:45 vertrokken we met een KLM Boeing 737-800. Terwijl we dalen wordt Noorwegen langzaam zichtbaar en komt langzaam de zon op. Om 08:24 landen we op Oslo Gardermoen, boven uitgestrekte dennenbossen en witte ijsvlaktes. De temperatuur is -1 °C, met een gevoelstemperatuur van -6 °C. Voorlopig hebben we nog geen handschoenen, thermokleding en muts nodig.

      Ons Noorse avontuur begint!

      We nemen de trein naar Oslo Centraal en vinden snel ons Thon Hotel Terminus, op slechts enkele minuten van het station.

      Na het bekijken van enkele hotels zijn we naar een Baker Hansen gegaan voor een lekker lunch. Het is een klassieke Noorse bakkerij met heerlijke koffie, broodjes en zoete lekkernijen. Er zijn meerdere vestigingen in Oslo en andere plaatsen in Noorwegen. We lunchen even en plannen dan de route voor de rest van de dag.
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    Majorstuen, Majorstua

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