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Thursday, 09 June 2016

A visit to Oslo, Norway (part 4)

I couldn’t leave Oslo without visiting the hotel where I once worked and anyway its Holmenkollen location affords fantastic views of the city and fjord. So we took the little train up to Frognerseteren at the end of the line, a huge panorama revealing itself as we moved slowly up the hill. Some of the paths through the woods here are floodlit, so cross-country skiers can use them on winter evenings.

A short walk back down brought us to the old Holmenkollen ski jump where a number of young men were practicing on the slope. Not far away is the newer and even bigger ski jump and my old hotel, now much expanded.

On the final morning we took a tram into the city centre and went to the National Gallery where a room is devoted to the paintings of Edvard Munch: The Scream, MadonnaThe Dance of Life and several more. It was good to be acquainted with the work of other Norwegian artists as well, such as JC Dahl and Thomas Fearnley. We skipped the gallery’s French Salon for coffee and cake and went across the road to Kaffebrenneriet (pic).

Save for a stroll down the city’s main thoroughfare of Karl Johans Gate (past the Grand Hotel where the Nobel Peace Prize laureates stay) and visits to Oslo Cathedral, Ostbanehallen, the food court at Oslo Station and department store Steen & Strøm, that was it.

A picture of Edvard Munch was on our plane home, Norwegian having a policy of putting ‘iconic figures from across the network’ on the tail fins of their planes. Understandably, the company calls them ‘tail fin heroes’.

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