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Aug 23, 2019 - Oslo

Friday 23rd August It is an early start, we need to be at the bus stop around the corner by 6.45am to catch the bus into town. But when we try to leave we have problems with our keys, they stopped working very early. We not sure if this is usual practise, or if it was just for us. We are lucky that we had been able to get into the kitchen to grab our breakfast, and get our food from the fridge. We also need the room key to get between floors, as the door at each floor was always locked. We cannot get out through the bar and reception, the...

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Jun 27, 2019 - Oslo, Norway Day 3

Today is our last day in Oslo. The weather is great again, sunny and in the high 60's. I guess we are really lucky with the weather!! It did rain on us last night on our way to the hotel after dinner. Our tour guide took us on the tram/streetcar/trolley to the "22 July 2011 Memorial" where Norway had its first terrorist attack. But what made it doubly horrible was that it was done by a Norwegian, one of their own! Norway had always thought of itself as a quiet, peaceful nation on the edge of Europe; after all, its legislators award the...

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Jun 26, 2019 - Oslo, Norway Day 2

We started another day with another great breakfast buffet!! Our bus took us to the Vigeland Park where there are 58 bronze figures sculpted by Gustav Vigeland. They are a general study of the human form, since they are all nude. Many deal with the relationships between people. There is a circular statue of a man and woman going round and round - perhaps the eternal attraction and love between the sexes. But directly opposite, another circle feels like a prison, with no refuge. Most capture the joys of life! And it was a sunny day, so many...

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Jun 25, 2019 - Oslo, Norway

Aww! Oslo! Did I say the weather is overcast, cool and rainy? But not enough to deter world "travelers"! We had our orientation walk around; then were released on our own. Some of our travelling companions went off to see the Viking and Kon Tiki Museums; but since we saw them last time we were here, we just walked around and explored the city. We had lunch at a restaurant that serves typical Norwegian food - frikadeller (flat pan-fried meatballs of minced meat, similar in Denmark), roasted potatoes, smashed peas (I thought that was...

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Jun 14, 2019 - Oslo

P.S. route from Odda to Arendal..E134 to rte 37 torte 361 to E134 to Notodden route 360 to Skien and Porsaunn to E18 to Arendal We awoke on Tuesday to high cloud and the sounds of a ferry disembarking passengers. We had checked to see if we could stay a 2nd night but the price was increasing by 700 NOK...a business hotel and just too much. And with the cloud we decided to head to Oslo. We took E18....through the evergreens and tunnels, over the bridges connecting tunnels at Porsaunn and Larvik. From Larvik to Oslo there were fewer tunnels,...

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Nov 30, 2018 - An eventful first night in Oslo

Brann, heis, uitgang.... I did not realise that the first three words of Norwegian I learned would be: fire, lift and exit. Nor did I expect to have my photo taken by the Oslo press, wearing a pink nightgown with my feet swaddled in a towel, standing outside my hotel. Let me paint the picture. 10.30 at night. I am in a deep sleep, having succumbed to jetlag at about 8pm after 29 hours and 3 flights, Melbourne-Singapore-Frankfurt-Oslo. A loud ringing noise invades my sleep and I gradually drag myself awake. Extreme disorientation. Which city...

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Sep 4, 2018 - Day 10 of the trip; bus ride to Stockholm, day 1 in Stockholm

4 September Leaving Oslo Up at 0630 and to breakfast about 0700. Packed up, checked out and on the bus by 0800. Joy and I each have a 2nd row window seat; I have my computer plugged in and am listening to my music on the computer. Of course, I’m directly in front of the “talker” of the trip! So I’ll read and write my journal on this trip. We are on a “Westin Buss” We are driving through Oslo now on our way out of the city. Going on ouw way to Sweden! This was a fun place to be; remembered some of the placed we had been when mom, Olive,...

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Sep 3, 2018 - Day 9 of the trip, day 3 in Oslo

Day 3 in Oclo (labor day) woke up at 0700; to breakfast and went to the palace park to get 2 caches. Norwegian Literature The presentor works in a library; studied literature Literature goes way back……we will be starting back to Snorre Sturlasson (1200s) Known for the history of the kings (back to premedivial times). This man was Icelandic; not Norwegian King Olaf the holy; made Norway Catholic. Interested in old mythology. Also Thor like writing. Heimskringia The Younger Edda Mid 1300’s; not much produced due to the black death. In...

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Sep 2, 2018 - Day 8 of the trip, day 2 in Oslo

Saturday night in oslo is busy! At least along the streets around the hotel. Oh well, up at 0700 and off to breakfast about 0730. Day 2 Oslo Lecture “Norway, Past and Present” (up in the 7th floor of the hotel) 10-12000 years ago, Scandinavia and most of Europe was covered in thick ice (up to 1 mile). The weight of the mass of ice pushed the earth underneath way down. During the melting process, 2 different processes were going on. From the stone age to the Viking raids. Became hunters and gatherers. Migration between Scandinavia...

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Sep 1, 2018 - Day 7 of the trip, day 1 in Oslo

Arrived in Oslo about 0930 this morning! The room was very hot; the top bunk was HOT and I did not sleep too well; turns out Joy did not sleep well either. We got up to the buffet/restraurant when it opened and go to one of the tables near the front window. We ate in many courses and left there about 0820 :) Went to the room and got our coats/hat and went to the back of the boat. About this time we were going through the narrowest part of the ferry ride. We took lots of photos, laughed about some activities on the trip and stayed "on the...

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Aug 19, 2018 - DAY 3 - Oslo

DAY 3 - Oslo During the night we left the North Sea, sailed up the Skagerrak between Norway and Denmark, and by breakfast were just entering the Oslofjord. A leisurely morning sailing up the Oslofjord, docking in Oslo at lunchtime. It felt very strange looking out from our balcony straight onto an ancient fortress which was literally just across the road - it was as if this huge ship had simply been parked in a town centre car-park! With less than 4 hours ashore we had opted for the 'Oslo Highlights' coach tour which, after a slow drive...

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Aug 8, 2018 - Viking and Museum tours

On our first tour, we had three museums to visit. The first was to the Viking ship museum where unearthed burial vessels were on display. These are real oak ships and are still well preserved. We then traveled a short distance to the Kon Tiki museum. Kon Tiki was an expedition predicted to be doomed to failure. Thor Heyerdahl 33-year-old leader had no sailing skills and minimal swimming experience besides being severely hydrophobic. He was out to prove that it was possible for people to sail from the west shore of South America to the...

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