Sunday, 31 August 2014
31.08.2014 - 31.08.2014
Rain squalls, threatening sky and a blustery wind restricted my adventures out on the open deck this morning. It was still quite dark when we took aboard the pilot who guided the ship into the port of Oslo where the ship was made fast by 10:00. The passage up the fjord passed numerous small settlements of quaint houses.
We have a booked tour here and by 13:00 we were assembled in the theatre, checked off and led out to our coach for the city tour. First stop the National Gallery to view artworks by Edvard Munch including his famous painting "The Scream". Then on to Holmenkollen to see the famous ski-jump. Some more artistic culture in the 80-acre Vigeland Sculpture Park where over 200 sculptures by a single artist are on display. Then back to the ship, the whole time being plied with facts and stories of Norwegian history and today's life in Norway by a most pleasant and competent guide. Norway has a scant 5 million residents and enjoys an unemployment rate of only 2%.
Back in time to prepare for dinner, our first meal in the Symphony dining room. Shortly after we finished our meal the ship left her berth and bade Oslo farewell to the tune of the 'Love Boat' theme played on the ship's horns.
On our way to the open sea we passed a small inhabited island with many small homes that looked like doll's houses. That is today's image at http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-08-31.
Tomorrow we visit Gothenburg in Sweden.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony