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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. 10 Oslo’s Holmenkollen

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

Today I was planning to go skiing. In Oslo. Because that is now possible. At the Holmenkollen hill. The Norwegians build a classy ramp for high speed ski jumping. Holmenkollbakken is the name of the ski hill, reserved for ski jumping pros. Who head down the world’s toughest downhill slope. I was thrilled, prepared to shoot down the slope, like a real pro at 130km/h, without second thoughts, ready to push my athletic body to the limits, brave enough to challenge death and the world records for ski jumping. The sky is the limit, really, when sitting inside the Holmenkollen ski simulator. But once we got up the bleacher, happy to have reached the top of Holmenkollen, things started to get weird and… it all went downhill from there.   I think it is because I met this troll,...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 9 Oslo’s Opera House

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

Think art and architecture. Think minimalist and modern. Think beautiful and bright. Think big and braille. Braille? Well, braille writing is covering the opera walls. Sure it is! Well, the architects say it’s old weaving patterns. Right. Not the slightest convinced, I read some of the braille aluminium dots myself.     The walls say: don’t touch the weaving patterns. Hm.   The Opera House uses up a lot of space and looks a bit like a space station in water.   Spaced out couple on the premises.   Because there is a lot of space, there is a bit of walking around. But pleasant. The white granite and white Italian marble is shiny and will lighten up any gloomy autumn days to come.   This is Kirsten Målfrid Flagstad. She was the famous Norwegian opera singer and a...

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Cool’n crazy sights in Norway Nr. 8 Oslo’s Film Museum

Posted by on Sep 8, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

I love movies. You love movies. Everybody loves movies, that is why a visit to the Filmmuseet in Oslo is exactly the right thing. You will love the place. It features a nicely presented selection of displays on the history of film making. But there is more.   The museum is located at the Filmens Hus building, that has eight film-themed levels. Classic movies are screened five nights a week in the same building at the Cinemateket.   There are great inventions like Edison’s kinetoscope, a device that screened the very first motion pictures. Only seconds long, the short sequences of black-and-white blur, could be viewed only by one person at a time, by looking through a peephole-viewer, on top of a wooden casket. It caused a major hype at the end of the 19th century.   I learned...

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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 2. Oslo’s Sculpture Park

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in All posts, Norway | 0 comments

You like kids, right? I do, too. I am not sure though if Gustav Vigeland did. That’s the second most famous Norwegian artist you should know after Munch. Vigeland depicted children in disturbing poses. But not solely. Vigeland was a very passionate and productive artist. He did sculpture figures of children but also of women and men, naturally naked and in all positions I could possible imagine. Vigeland was so efficient that he got some major space in Oslo’s Frogner Park, in order to design a whole sculpture open air gallery. So he did. Vigeland was the sole artist of Oslo’s sculpture masterpiece and his sculpture arrangement a lifetime commitment, which he started in 1906 and worked on until his death in 1943. The park houses about 200 statues and has an Art Deco architectural touch, so you can...

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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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