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BALTIC CRUISE - OSLO

Date: 17th September 2009

OSLO - NORWAY

Jonathan's Grandmother is Norwegian and J has been to Oslo several times - the first time as a baby just after I'd presented the 1982 Eurovision Song Contest.  We were staying on a tiny island where one of Veslemoy's relations owned a house - and even on the island we were bedevilled by Norwegian reporters wanting an interview about Eurovision.

Again in Oslo, we decided that we'd just please ourselves and Jonathan was on a mission to find Norwegian 'Success' Cake.  It has several different names and is Death on a Plate.

One of the Headliners had told us that the Changing of the Guard at the Palace was a sight not to be missed - rifles being twirled and thrown in the air and all very picturesque.  So we based ourselves near the Palace and went in search of 'The Cake'.  We found it in a Bakery which boasted a couple of tables and chairs and Jonathan ordered two coffees and two slices of cake.  We both choked at the price - £18.  But Sweden and Norway are notoriously expensive countries at the best of times.  And the Cake was supercallifragilisticexpialidocious - yummy.

We timed our break so as to be at the Palace for 1.30 and we waited and waited and waited and nothing much happened.  A few soldiers (and one female one) marched out and a few more marched in and nothing else happened which could in any way have been considered exciting.  We think Tony must have visited on a day when a Dignitary had been calling and they'd put on a special show.  What we witnessed was a great anti-climax.

Then Jonathan announced that he simply had to go to the Sculpture Park where all the exhibits  have been executed by one man - Gustav Vigeland -  who made it his life's work.

Famous last words from my son - it's not far!  But he is over six foot tall and has a very long stride. Almost an hour and half later - and me with very sore legs - we arrived at the Frogner Park which encompasses the Vigeland Park. There were hundreds of Sculptures by Gustav  and I'm sure they were all very symbolic but we had no guide to explain them to us. If you are interested, google him on the internet and you'll find out all about him and the symbolism - fascinating man.

Having missed out on seeing the Viking Ship in Stockholm, I declared that I really wanted to see the one in the Oslo Museum.  It was too far to walk so we finally got a taxi - only to arrive and be very disappointed - so much so that we didn't even bother going in.  Then another 15 minutes walk down the road to the Kon Tiki Museum - again we could see all we wanted from the Entrance. 

Time was marching by and we'd not really achieved very much - A Changing of the Guard which didn't really happen, A Sculpture Park and a lot of Symbolism we didn't understand and a Viking ship which wasn't that exciting - so we ended up in a fit of the giggles waiting for the ferry to take us back to Arcadia.

This is a shot of some of the sculptures round a fountain - I thought it looked rather arty with the Rainbow effect.

BALTIC CRUISE - OSLO

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