Thursday 27 July 2023

Norway Day 7 - Thursday 27th July - Honefoss

 Breakfast at Hotel Shon was a real experience.  Neither of us had ever seen so much choice of food, with different food stations wherever you turned!  There must have been something for everyone.  If you liked pickled vegetables then you were in for a treat – rows of jars of all sorts of coloured vegetables.  We sampled tomatoes, carrots, cauliflower…. The breakfast broke our scoring system and we scored it 11 out of a possible 10. The parking in the hotel was around £22.50 for 24 hours. We had factored that cost in when choosing the hotel. The parking was secure and under the hotel with direct access to our floor via the lift.

After breakfast we drove to the Heni Musuem on the outskirts of Oslo. Art gallery created by the legendary figure skater Soja Heni and her husband.

There were a wide range of artists on display including an infinity room ”Hymn of Life” created by the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. They also featured one of her important signature piece of  a large  spotted pumpkin sculpture .

 One room we did not linger in was the one dedicated  to the trophies Soja Heni had won. It was only after our visit when  we  looked on  Wikipedia we discovered the history of the museum and the fact that  Sonja Henry was a controversial figure in Norway owing to her tacit support of Hitler during the war.  

We had lunch in the cafe and walked round the grounds before our 3 hours of free parking expired.

The drive to Honefoss was less than an hour. We found the apartment without difficulty and were able to park outside. Our apartment was on the top floor of a small residential block. We had a fully equipped kitchen , separate lounge area and an outside balcony that was enclosed with glass windows. There was a large Co-op opposite which we walked to to get provisions. We cooked a chicken stir fry for tea and purchased mozzarella and tomatoes for breakfast.

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