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Goodbye Norway

Posted by Leanne on June 2, 2008

We spent a lazy morning waiting to go home,  but at the same time,  basking in the warmth of the early summer sun and making the most of the short respite from work.

I knew it would be a while before I would brave the Ryaniar airways again for another trip to breath the crisp Scandinavian air and walk on the well maintained pavements amongst the pastel coloured buildings, and probably, to look at a museum with a big boat in it.  So in doing nothing, I made the most of that last half day.

Norway from the Air

Norway from the Air

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Sculptures and Goodbyes

Posted by Leanne on June 1, 2008

The day began by saying our goodbyes to Simon and Julie who were on the early flight back to Edinburgh.

That left just 4 of us to wander to the Munch Museum where we discovered just how many versions of each painting Edvard Munch actually painted (millions). I also had a go at the children’s table where I drew my own version of the famous Scream, and Steve slept through a film about the artist’s life.

In spite of being near a few museums, Steve and Leigh proclaimed that they were all ‘Museumed out’ and so we took a walk through the wide clean streets of Oslo, and a tram up to the palace gardens to lounge around in the sun until it was time to say goodbye to them both.

The Palace, Oslo

The Palace, Oslo

And then there were two.

Since we were there until the next day, I identified the Sculpture Park on the map and we headed, on foot in that direction with yet more ice cream to help us on our way.  The baking sun burned into our skin and we started to feel the fatigue from 2 days of solid hardcore tourism, but it was more than worth it to finally arrive at the magnificent and crowded park which, as it’s name suggests was absolutely full of weird and wonderful sculptures:

Oslo Sculpture Park

Oslo Sculpture Park

Because it was our last evening, we broke the bank with another dockside meal for two, then found a bench to sit and read (or in my case sleep) on while the sun set (at around 11:30pm)

Sunset in Oslo

Sunset in Oslo

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