Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Elsewhere 2012.09.05: my little trip to Bygdøy , a set on Flickr.
The Bygdøy penisula is well known to tourists and locals in Oslo; several of the most famous museums are found here: The Kon-Tiki, The Norsk Folkemuseum, The Vikingskiphuset, The Holocaust-senter, The Norsk Sjofarts-museum and the Fram Museum. I just wish I could get an invite to hang out on the Royal Farms...
In addition to the museums it's a very pleasant, quiet place to walk around, with older single family homes and more modern apartment blocks.
During the summer, a ferry runs from the main docks in downtown Oslo to Bygdøy. All year, it's easily accessible by bus, which also serves the peninsula itself; the end of it's loop is at Huk.
I went to Huk, a tiny park with two swimming beaches. I did not venture in... There is a Henry Moore Sculpture called "Torso", pictured here with optional bicycle.
There is another massive park called Kongeskogen, also with beach; haven't seen that yet.
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Elsewhere 2012.09.08: Our Saturday stroll around Sognsvann Lake
A short walk to the train, a short and scenic ride to the end of the line, another short walk, and we arrived at Sognsvann Lake. We walked the 3.3 km around the shore and never were out of sight of other people; couples, families, runners, all ages. It's clearly a much loved retreat from the city streets. There are separate paths for bikers; where there are concrete sidewalks, away from the lakeside, we've seen people practicing their cross country skiing, wearing what look to me like oversized skateboards.
Coming and going on the train, we had brief glimpses of the fjords which surround Oslo. It's also interesting to me to see what the "suburbs" look like: small, tidy green backyards, shiny black tile roofs, lots of birches and evergreen trees.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Our flat in Oslo, a set on Flickr.
This was right after I had filled up the shelves with vases, platters, etc. that I found in the topmost cupboard; before that it was pretty blank.
The African violet I bought at a nearby flower/fruit vendors; made me think of my mom, who has carefully nurtured these lovely plants for nearly all her life, starting with a cutting given to her by her mother-in-law, Laura P. Bordeau.