The day started early, awake about 5:30, showered and out the door at 6:00. Merle and I walked up to the Royal Palace at the end of Karl Johan Gate, continued on around the Palace to the street behind and followed the streets around to the promenade at Aker Brygge. We were back at the hotel about 7:30 and went to the breakfast room to meet up with Keith and Barbara at 8:00. It turned out that their alarm did not go off, so they were a few minutes late.
We met in the lobby at 9:30 and the 4 of us walked to the tram stop to catch the #12 tram to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, part of the 45 hectare Frogner Park, about a 10 minute ride. The park is a really popular tourist spot, so there were lots of people there already, in fact several large bus loads of people. There were also a lot of school kids there with drawing pads and pencils doing sketches of the nude statues.
The main attraction of the Vigeland Sculpture Park, is the 200+ granite, bronze and wrought iron sculptures, the lifework of Gustav Vigeland between 1924 and 1943. The interesting thing is that all of the statues are of nude people: male and female, young and old, all shapes and sizes and in various positions from resting, to cuddling to playing.
Most of the sculptures are placed in five units along an 850 meter long axis: The Main gate, the Bridge with the Children’s playground, the Fountain, the Monolith plateau and the Wheel of Life.
After spending 2.5 hours shooting the statues and talking to several of the tourists, we stopped for a rest and lunch at the ‘Anne På Landet’ restaurant in the park. From there, we continued on the Vigeland Museum, where we saw how Gustav Vigeland produced his sculptures. I would recommend to anyone who travels to Oslo that, not only should they visit the park, but they should make a point of stopping the the museum. We all found it very interesting.
We caught the tram back and, before going back to the hotel, Merle and I stopped at the Stetson store to check out the hats. I was tempted pick up a new one but it was quite expensive….just under $200. Besides, I knew that Bonnie would not understand why I could possibly buy a new hat; that and the fact that I’ve run out of hooks in our front hall.
Back at the hotel, we had a good long rest and a nap before walking back to Aker Brygge to meet my cousin, Even, and his wife, Grethe, for dinner at the ‘Louise’ restaurant. We had a really enjoyable visit and dinner over the 3.5 hours together. My guests had a chance to learn more about Oslo and Norway than I could tell them and they really enjoyed that. We ordered wine, my usual fake beer and a variety of meals….mine was mussels and salmon, both of which were delicious.
Back at the hotel, I downloaded some photos from the day and finished up the blog for the first 2 days.
According to Merle’s FitBit, he and I walked just shy of 22,347 steps and approximately 17 kms. Believe me, my legs felt like it!