Samstag, 11. August 2007

Trip to Scandinavia - Final Part

To get an better idea about how Norway looks like we decided to go for one day to another place: Fredrikstad! It’s a small but lovely town a bit south of Oslo. Fredrikstad has an old and a new part in its town. By ferry we came to the old part of the town. It’s really small but charming. We walked around, and had an coffee at a lovely place called “Mormors” (grandma) – we sat in the backyard of this café and you immediately felt like home. We went to another little island and enjoyed the sun for a while..
It was time to go back to Oslo – unfortunately the train didn’t work and we had a warm 2hours long bus ride back to the town. Our plane back to Copenhagen is early in the morning next day, so we decided to stay over night at the airport. It turned out that the stone floor is more comfortable than the sleeping seats – guarding the luggage we didn’t sleep very much, but it didn’t really matter after exhausted of all the walking we did the last days.. it was just nice to lay down and close the eyes for a while!

Thank you for this wonderful trip Geraldine and Maciek!

Trip to Scandinavia - Part4 - Oslo

Our bus trip to started Oslo. Olso is a crazy and young town. It seem to be build in the 60s, and the time never changed..
Nice boards on the houses and you think you are actually in another century.. ;)
Oslo had some real nice things.. first off all and really surprising: They had an amazing photo exhibition of Steven Bloom at the harbor! We had such a nice weather in Olso so that it was hard to believe that we were that far north – felt more like somewhere more south. The fact that the sun didn’t really disappear was really nice.. ok.. The sun set, but it seemed that the sun just waited behind the hill to rise again, so it was always really bright..

We did a nice boat trip trough the fjord and saw all the islands and lighthouses (they look like little chapels!) After all the time walking around it was nice to sit in a boat for two hours and just enjoying the view =) That day was a regatta in this fjord so, we saw all the time a lot of sailing boats - it was hardly no wind that day, so they moved really slow..

Olso is a dream for every design/art-interested person. I spent an whole day going from one design museum to the other.. Here is one nice thing I found in a museum: it’s not just a walking stick.. it’ soo much more – check out the homepage to find out how mighty this stick is!

Olso hasn’t just design museums – we did a lot of cultural stuff there – open-air museums with old Nordic houses, Viking museums, Kontiki museum.. And of course the Vigeland sculpture park in Oslo.

To get a good view we were also at Holmenkollen at the ski-jump – up there we also met the real Nordic people – they look a bit like a biiiig dwarf ;)
thing I really Oneloved about Oslo: we were at the right weekend there: it was food festival: loads of food for free – and soooooo goood =) happy nath!

Trip to Scandinavia - Part3 - Göteborg

Arriving in Göteborg and I immediately fall in love with this town, it’s such a charming town in a fjord.. it has some hills, a lot of parks and thousands of lovely places! It was just too bad that we had just 1 ½ days to enjoy this place.
There is a lovely old town, with tiny charming shops, there is the harbor with industry in all it’s beauty. Some hills with an amazing view and nice places to barbeque.. Göteborg has also the only design museum in whole Sweden, and it’s a real nice one!
Everything just charming.. in combination with two friends – just perfect! We just had two days there, and one of the days was Swedish national day. People were drunk the whole day, some parades, and free entrance in the amusement park. There I was kind of surprised in which dimensions people eat chips and chocolate… but different country, different habits ;)
I think one of the main attractions for Maciek was the Maritime museum. Some boats were floating in the harbor, and turned into a museum. Some warships, a submarine.. and you could just walk around. I’ve never seen stuff like this – well ok I come from Austria and access to the sea in Austria... but I really enjoyed it! Guided by Maciek who knew everything about all these boats was it a great pleasure to see it. But damn – submarines are kind of uncomfortable! I like land =)
We had some amazing moments on the hills of Göteborg. Drinking soft drinks and eating chocolate chip cookies – and enjoying the almost never ending sunset..

Before we left this amazing place we went by boat to a forth just half an hour outside of Göteborg in the fjord. A nice place to spend some hours.. if there wouldn’t be nasty seagulls who attack me! But that’s another story..