Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Norway - Oslo

我原先是想在今年的生日去最快樂的國家~丹麥,後來又想多走瑞典和挪威,又後來因為 Steve 只有两星期假,所以我着重在看北極光,就只在挪威。
Norwegian Airline is a low cost airline, go to their website search the price once a week, and you might find a great price. No free meal or checked baggage. We regretted we didn't bring our earphones since the plane has individual screens with movie entertainment, we watched silent movies. (They sell earphones $3, and the movies do not have subtitles.)
The window glass on the 787 can be tuned from bright to dark electronically, instead of pull-down shades.  It's cool.

There is an information counter in Oslo airport, grab a city guide and a map.
We booked a hotel in center of Oslo (Oslo S).  Just take a NSB train (NOK90) from airport, it is cheaper than take Flytoget express train (NOK170 if you buy from a machine, the counter service charge is an additional NOK30). Both trains are fast, just about 2 mins different.

It's 23 mins to reach Oslo S by NSB train.

A beautiful design of manhole covers.

It is recommend to buy a daily Ruter# pass (NOK90) for public transportation (bus, tram and metro) of 4 zones in Oslo, it can be bought in the Ruter# office or any similar like Narvesen (a 7/11-like store.) There is also an Oslo Pass available (NOK290), which we didn't learn about until too late, that includes public transportation and free or discounted admission to attractions.
So, by riding their good transport systems, we could go far to those attractions.

Like Vigelandsparken (Vigeland park) - "This unique sculpture park represents the life work of sculptor Gustav Vigeland (1869-1943) with more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and forged iron."

Like Oslo Museum - Bymuseet.

Like Holmenkollen - a large ski jump built for the Winter Olympics in Oslo.  When there is no snow, they run a zip line from the top to bottom of the jump.

Like Ekebergparken - "The park contains numerous sculptures by classical masters and contemporary artists."

"The concave or negative facial shape has long been an object of fascination for the artist. This shape explores how the viewer’s consciousness in a sense creates the art work, and how a shape might change its expression following the viewer’s standpoint and emotional situation."

Like Vikingskipshuset (NOK60) - "The Viking Ship Museum houses the Gokstad Ship, the Oseberg Ship and the Tune Ship. The ships were discovered in three burial mounds along the Oslo fjord. The ships were buried more than 1,100 year ago to serve as vessels for their royal owners' final journey to the realm of the dead."

Like Frongnerseteren if you have time, there are hiking trails.

Like Nasjonalbiblioteket, the national library if you have time.

Some places we could walk around, like Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.

Like Besokssenteret Akershus Fortress visitor center.

Like Forsvarsmuseet, Armed Forces Museum.

Like Akershus Castle.

Like City Hall.

Like The Norwegian National Opera & Ballet, with its unique roof.

Like Oslo Domkirke - "Oslo Cathedral was sanctified in 1697. Cruciform design - the pulpit, altar and organ with its acanthus carvings are all original."

 Like Filmens Hus, Film museum.

 Like National Theater.

Like Stortinget, the Parliament Building.

Had a wonderful meal at Burger King. We ordered a fish sandwich, 8 piece chicken nuggets, and split medium fries & a drink. Total cost: 150 Krone. At current exchange rates, that works out somewhere in the range of US $22-25.

Who would like to make FAT crying?

In hotel's gym room.

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