Monday, 18 October 2010

impressions of Norway: some sights

I've been away from this blog for so long that I'm going to have to ease myself back in gently. Excuse me while I get the harness dusted down and sorted out.

In the meantime, some of you (particularly those of you on Twitter) may recall that I spent a couple of weeks in Norway - well, Oslo and Bergen, at any rate - in the summer. To be brief, I loved everything about it. And, needless to say, the food was one of the many highlights. I'll come on to that in my next post - which, I promise, will follow shortly.

But for now, I'll try to give you an idea of some of the sights, including the good, the bad, and the frankly bizarre...


let's start with the blindingly obvious...

Bergen Norway flag


spectacular fountain in central Oslo...

Oslo fountain


Oslo old town...

Oslo old town


cute scooter...

Oslo scooter


view from Oslo harbour...

Oslo boats


another of Oslo harbour's assets...

Oslo pissoar


Oslo concert hall/opera house...

Oslo concert hall


chef resting after service...

Oslo resting chef


Oslo flower market...

Oslo flower market


view from Oslo castle...

Oslo view from castle


the Ice Bar...

Oslo ice bar


out for a paddle...

Oslo swans


friends...

Oslo friends


Oslo Nobel peace museum...

Oslo peace museum


Oslo flower market: the reprise. With added pigeons...

Oslo pigeons


Whiter than white: walking on Oslo opera house...

Oslo concert hall 2


view from Bergen hotel window...

Bergen hotel view


Bergen public sculpture. Lots of it there....

Bergen public art


view from atop the funicular...

Bergen view atop the funicular


erm, a rose...

Bergen rose


typical Bergen weather...

Bergen menacing clouds


the handsomest fish, Bergen fish market...

Bergen fish market ugly fish


more of that public art I warned you about...

Bergen public art 2


the funicular cafe. Great location, shame about the cafe...

Bergen funicular cafe


erm....

Oslo graffiti

20 comments:

Mzungu said...

Great write up. I do love Bergen, but only been there in Winter, looks so lovely in Summer. Must return.

things we make said...

Fab photos. I swear I've seen that fish somewhere before, he looks so familiar! The light looks amazing, so crisp and there's something special about cities that are by the sea too. Looks like you had a great time. Welcome back to the merry world of blogging!

Sasa said...

That's definitely an ugly ass fish! I agree with The Things We Make - beautiful light.

MeetaK said...

just love this. i was in norway too this july and loved every part of it (travelogue on my blog) so it was really great that you took me back with these photos.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Mzungu - thank you. I'm not sure the weather in Bergen is much better in the summer... Warmer, maybe, but drier - doubt it! ;)

Claire - thank you m'dear. Feels good to be back.

Sasa - he's no oil painting, is he?

Meeta - glad you enjoyed the memories!

Sig said...

Beautiful photos Aforkful, makes me wistful for summers in Norway. Next year :)

Nordic Nibbler said...

Lovely pictures! Looks like you saw quite a bit (and had some decent weather to boot). It is quite a special country, but then I'm a tad biased ;-) Looking forward to reading the food posts!

The Caked Crusader said...

welcome back! The colour of the sky in your first photo is awesome!

Niamh said...

How lovely! It looks *gorgeous* - great pics.

LexEat! said...

You are allowed to take breaks from the blog, if only you promise to come back with photos as beautiful as these!

Cakelaw said...

This all looks so beautiful, it makes me want to toss caution to the wind and buy the next plane ticket to Norway. Love the rose. Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

Johanna GGG said...

lovely views - look forward to hearing about the food - would love to go there myself

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Sig - I don't blame you. I wanna go back asap, too

Nordic Nibbler - you're allowed! You've a lot to be proud of.

Caked Crusader - thank you :)

Niamh - it WAS

Lex - aw, thank you! ;)

Cakelaw - toss that caution. You won't regret it

GGG - it's a beautiful country. Well worth the visit if you can.

Wendy said...

That fountain is amazing. Great photos. Glad to see you back. x

Going With My Gut said...

Love the "handsome fish". Is that a conger eel?

Wen

Nicisme said...

Thank you so much for your photos, I love that fountain! I really want to go to Oslo now, and that view from the Bergen funicular is amazing.

Foodycat said...

Welcome back! I thought La Fromagerie's goons had kidnapped you.

Sarah, Maison Cupcake said...

Welcome back! I had missed you! Great pictures, I've never been to Scandinavia but the light looks so sharp and clear, I hope to make it there some day.

Pia K said...

finally i landed here, and loving your photos as always!

but i have to admit that oslo and norway overall is one of my least favourite places i've been to. i think it's a case of either you love it or you hate it. i spent a lot of travelling to norway for cat shows during some years, it never did anything for me for lots of reasons. one of those countries one might think is very similar to sweden, but in reality one feels quite alien and out of place there. at least i with friends did.

that said, being on holidays and trips and loving it, it's a great, great feeling! (even if i personally so not agree with your impressions;)

palmcop said...

It can't truly work, I think this way.