Wednesday 26 July 2023

Norway Day 6 - Wednesday 26th July - Oslo



It was only a short delay to disembark the ferry an we were looking for a parking spot in Oslo by 10:30. Our hotel was 15 minutes outside Oslo so we parked in the car park near the station. It was around £45 for the 7 hours we were in it. You pay when you leave. Your car registration is read on entry and you just have to enter your registration into the payment machine when you want to leave.   Our first target was the ‘Munch’ museum dedicated to the artist Edvard Munch.  The collection is now housed in a new building that opened in 2020. The museum was bequeathed over 28,000 artworks and more than 42,000 unique museum objects by the artist himself.  This is probably why we spent a lot of time in there – although we did not see as much as this!  We paid for a audio guide each and it was worth the additional cost.

Some of our time was spent trying to view all three of the versions on display of ‘The Scream’ which are only uncovered for 30 minutes at a time on a rota system.  The pen and ink version gets more of showing which is why it took us so long to view them all.  A lot of the art tends to be on the melancholy side, so we didn’t make a purchase of any items in the shop.  We did have a tasty but expensive sandwich and raisin bun (between us as the sandwiches were a bit small) in the café, together with a very expensive and very poor coffee.  We did look at some exhibits of other artists and also enjoyed the view from the 11th floor.

Munch Museum


                                                        Munch self portrait

                                            The Scream

                                           Roof of the Opera House

Our next adventure was to walk on the roof on the Opera House – an activity that they would not allow in England due to unprotected drops and deliberate uneven floor.  Some of the inclines were also quite steep.  After this we ventured up the main shopping street, but did not visit any of the shops.  By now it was getting late and we had to retrieve the car and drive out of the centre to our hotel.  Hotel Schon turned out to be very good.  Large room with twin sinks in the bathroom, work area, kettle and comfortable bed.  It was also possible to help yourself to tea and coffee in the foyer downstairs.  For our evening meal there was a Google recommended Thai restaurant right opposite the hotel.  This proved an excellent choice and Robert enjoyed Pad Thai and Lyn had stir fried chicken, both at £16 for the one course.  The portion size was large and we did not need anything else.  We both tried the ‘ginger tea’ which was a powder and came in a packet which we had to pour into our cups of hot water.  We think it was 100% ginger and was actually quite good.

The parking was secure and under the hotel and cost £22.50 for 24 hours.

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