Goteborg Sweden

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The next stop on our journey was Goteborg, aka Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city with about 500,000 people. Although the city was created around its harbor, its life (or at least the little of that we found during the vacation month of July) was more inland around the center of the city, by Kungsparken and [Read more …]

Oslo Norway Restaurants and Hotel

Finding reasonably-priced places to eat in Norway is a challenge as Norway is a very expensive country. But we did find some places in Oslo Norway that had food that was almost in line with the pricing Fjord, a small seafood restaurant with a limited food menu (mainly they want you to order a [Read more …]

Oslo Norway’s National Historical Museum and Resistance Museum

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Oslo Norway’s National Historical Museum provides high-level overviews of the histories and cultures of different scions of the world, including sections devoted to Egypt, the Americas, the Arctic and to East and West Asia. It also has a couple of special exhibits: one on how Norway transported its gold and other wealth out of Norway [Read more …]

Vigeland Sculpture Park Oslo Norway

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Vigeland Sculpture Park, is an amazing section of the large Frogner Park in Oslo Norway that is dedicated to the sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. The sculpture park is divided onto three primary sections that contain a total of about 100 of the artist’s works, each of which that consist of full-size human figures in different [Read more …]

Munch Museum Oslo Norway

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Munch Museum in Oslo Norway exhibits the work of the Norwegian artistic master, Edvard Munch, who helped create and greatly influenced the Abstract Expressionist movement and through his continual experimentation, the nature of the print media. Although the museum is in the process of building a new, much larger (approximately four times the current gallery [Read more …]

Oslo Norway National Gallery Museum

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Although we explored a number of Oslo Norway’s many museums, we barely scratched the surface of its artistic and historical treasures. The following are what we leared from those museums that we did visit, beginning with art museums (and in the case of Gustav Vigeland, a sculpture park). This is followed by a discussion of [Read more …]

Exploring the Neighborhoods of Oslo Norway

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Oslo, like most cities, is a city of neighborhoods. The central area, which contains a number of the city’s most historic buildings, is a tasteful blend of historical, traditional and modern. Many of the other neighborhoods, however, have their own, very distinct characters. Among those that we found particularly interesting were: Aker Brygge, an old [Read more …]

Oslo Norway

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Although Oslo Norway has its roots in the 11th century, it is very much a city of the 21st century. Named the capital of Norway in 1814, it had been relatively provincial for most of its history. This all changed after the 1970s with the discovery and extraction of oil in the North Sea. Although [Read more …]

Our Bergen to Oslo Norway Route

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We decided to take the long, scenic route from Bergen to Oslo Norway. The first leg of our journey was a morning cruise up the Sognefjord. Norway’s longest (more than 200 km) and deepest (1,300 meters) fjord, which extends from the North Sea to the Jotunheimen mountains, provided all we expected from a great fjord [Read more …]

Bergen Norway Restaurants and Hotel

Bergen, like other parts of Norway, focuses on fresh and natural ingredients at its restaurants. Just up our alley. First a caveat…Norway is not cheap by any means. In fact, it is very expensive. Lunches easily cost $70-$100 without wine. Dinners were $150 – $200. Bottles of wine started at $70. We were told that [Read more …]