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Doing time in Oslo and more tourist attractions

Posted by on Sep 11, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

Doing time in Oslo was fun. I mean, not behind bars, although actually, there were bars involved. Eh, you know what I mean. Tomek and I did couple quality time in Oslo. Basically, an aimless walking tour, that may prove to be in some way beneficial to the public. This post is about randomly entertaining sights in Oslo, that You, dear reader, might feel inspired to visit. I was very impressed with what’s going on in Oslo, watching the rise of a prospering capital from Oslo’s new opera hill. Norwegians are really making something out of their natural resources. You can feel construction sites vibrating as you walk through Oslo.   I am happy for the Norwegians. Because it wasn’t always like that. Look at Akershus fortress. How did high heeled queens and princesses cope on that castle terrain in...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 5. Oslo’s National Gallery

Posted by on Aug 28, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

The craziest thing about the National Gallery in Oslo was Munch’s Madonna painting on the grey wall in exhibition hall ‘T’, hanging next to The Scream. I visited the Munch’s Museet in great expectation to see The Madonna THERE. It wasn’t there. Instead, Munch’s finest selection is right here, at the National Gallery. That’s actually more annoying than crazy, you’re right. There is no way to miss The Madonna at the National Gallery, who rests behind thick acrylic glass. The Scream and The Madonna are the only paintings behind a safety cover in the gallery. Despite those precautions I was captured by Madonna’s beauty and drama. That image is from Wikipedia. No picture taking allowed in room ‘T’. I refrained from Ninja photography, after Tomek gave me that disapproving look you give kids asking for wall painting in the...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr 7. Munch Museet in Oslo

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

The Munch Museet is a pleasurable distraction, if you cherish fin de siecle drama on canvas, like my dedicated self. Munch, the Norwegian artist, definitely had some psychological issues, which he transformed into impressive-distressing colour choices  and composition. Femme fatale, seductive and mysterious, tragic beauties, well captured in moments of contemplation and various states of disturbance, despair and expressive positions.   The Munch Museet.   I saw Munch’s ‘Scream’ and was impressed by the intensity of the layered sky painted mainly with the colour of blood, and the protruding fetal face expressing serious anxiety. Munch was intrigued by the dominant sky above the fjord, and symptomatic for his illness heard some kind of a scream from nature, which he visualised in his most famous painting. Public favourite and Munch’s darling, the red haired lover.   Here is a detail...

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Must Dos: Gallery, Museum, Muslim house

Posted by on Jul 16, 2012 in All posts, Malaysia | 0 comments

The Kuala Lumpur City Gallery is the newest attraction in town and has the best ever written up infos on Kuala Lumpur’s past. It is housed in a 114 year old beautiful building right in the face lifted centre of Merdeka Square. The Gallery provides a surprisingly entertaining description of Chinatown and its peculiarities. Presented on a big poster page with lots of small writing about shophouse heritage, the rest of Kuala Lumpur’s history rests on round columns… it was an easy and pleasant read in understandable English – such a rarity I got so exited I read all of it!     Sitting in front of the Gallery and standing next to the Kuala Lumpur’s skyline wood veneer mural.   The gallery is operated by a private company so the gift shop exceeds the size of the exhibition...

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Singapore – on history and heritage

Posted by on May 29, 2012 in All posts, Singapore | 0 comments

Singapore is very eager and does a great job to reflect on its short history since it was founded in 1819 by a British man. Because Singapore’s past is time-limited, it does focus on a broad spectrum of Asian culture and various influences from its Asian immigrants, who have shaped the country and are Singaporian citizens today. The Asian Civilisations Museum is a fine example reflecting on Singapore’s identity and heritage and mirrors the melting pot society. It also recounts on the people and history before Singapore became a state. It tells about the countries fate, when Sir Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore arrived on its shores and met the Muslim Malay king living in his kingdom. The land that was formed into British colony and shaped to be Britain’s main naval base in Asia. Singapore has gained...

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