I went from Stockholm to Gothenburg, Sweden and stayed for three days with some new friends I met on my travels before heading up to Oslo, Norway. Oslo is a very modern metropolitan city with a unique feel. I stayed just one block off Karl Johans Gate, the main shopping district area, which was a great place to wander. The entire “street” is for walking only– no cars allowed. Lined with many familiar international retailers like Benetton and H&M, and lots of unique Norwegian stores and smaller shops, the area is filled with eateries, and street performers doing their thing. Here there is plenty to keep one occupied for hours and get a good vibe of the city. I was disappointed that the world’s only mini-bottle museum was closed during my visit (only open on the weekends), but was able to snap a few photos from outside.
I took a long walk through the city and made my way to the Royal Palace.
After an interesting tour of the museum and 80-acre Gustav Vigeland sculpture park which took him over twenty years to design, I hung out near the uber-chic waterfront area (think inner-harbor Baltimore with a Euro-hip twist); and checked out the Castle/Fortress Akershus, an old fort from the 13th century that sits on an excellent vantage point of Oslo.
The Waterfront Area…..
The Old Fort….
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