We visited Oslo as part of our 2006 Baltic Cruise. So much has happened since that I've only recounted half of that voyage on a blog.
On our previous cruise it rained in Bergen and alas it rained in Oslo. Until then we had had beautiful weather, but of course it had to rain on our wedding anniversary. The ship was berthed next to the DFDS Ferry Terminal and Christine decided to stay on board. I took the free shuttle bus.
The shuttle-bus didn't actually take me far as it stopped at the Cruise Terminal which was still a ten minute walk from the city centre. However, it had a souvenir shop and money-exchange. I changed my left-over Danish and Swedish kroner into Norwegian kroner.
Across the road was this charming sculpture. I've searched the internet to try and find some information about it but to no avail. I'm hoping some of my Norwegian readers will be able to tell us more.
[Late edit: The sculpture is a memorial to all the people who died in a fire on M/S Scandinavian Star.]
I walked around to Rådhusbrygge and took a mini-cruise. There weren't very many people aboard and so one could move sides to look at the things we passed by. I waved to Christine as we went past Aurora but I don't think she was looking.
This which looks like a small church or schoolroom is in fact the Heggholmen Lighthouse. The guide on the boat was a very knowledgeable young lady who answered all our questions. It was very blowy but didn't rain too heavily.
Afterwards I wandered into the City Centre and, as I've posted here before, the Nobel Peace Center.
Eventually I wandered into the grounds of Akerhus Slot where I discovered this unusual sculpture. Again I've been unable to discover anything about it.
[Late edit: I am informed that it is the National Monument at Akershus on National day May 17 :Kl. 0800 Akershus Festning: Bekransning av Nasjonalmonumentet ved stortingspresidenten. Forsvarets Stabsmusikk spiller.]
I crossed a fortified bridge into a courtyard just in time to witness the ceremony of the changing of the guard. It was very low-key affair compared to the ceremonies in Copenhagen or London.
It was starting to rain quite heavily. I searched for a road to lead me out of the castle grounds. It came out nearer to the ferry terminal than the cruise terminal but I wanted to spend my short-change (coins) so made my way back there. I bought a nice tee-shirt for one of our sons and spent the rest of my Norwegian coinage on a few postcards. I then took the shuttle-bus back to the ship.
This parting shot was taken through our cabin porthole. The lantern Kavringen Fyr dates from 1892.
My other ABC Wednesday O posts this week are ~~ Onward at Hyde Daily Photo ~~ Onward Christian Soldiers at Old Hyde ~~ Over the Rainbow at Sithenah
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