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Memories of OsloBG, Vigeland Sculpture Park

Well now OsloBG is over and most of our guests have gone back to their homes. A couple are still wandering around Oslo but they are welcome to stay as long as they want of course! I was so tired Sunday night I went to bed at about 7 pm, and slept until 7 am. Then of course it was back to work, vacation over.

Vigeland Sculpture ParkI’m sorry but I can’t get the slide show to embed, please click on the link above to see the side show. Here is a sample photo from the set.

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Vigeland Sculpture Park

So now I am looking through all the lovely photos we took and remembering what fun we had! I hope you will enjoy a slide show from our first day, a trip to Vigeland Sculpture Park. The weather was a bit grey but the art work is beautiful just the same and our guests were happily shooting away with their cameras and learning a lot with the help of our excellent guide, Margaret!

Blogger friends exploring Oslo at OsloBG

The Oslo Blog Gathering is already half over!! Time goes by so quickly! We are really having a wonderful time meeting our blogger friends face to face, some for the first time, and others we have greeted before. It is truly an experience of a lifetime, and we feel like we are quickly becoming friends and we have so much in common. Even if we come from different cultures and struggle with the language from time to time everyone is so interesting, open and friendly. It really is a dream come true for Renny and I.

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I don’t want to use very much time writing a post now so I will go into more detail later, but I know some friends who wish they could be here are following along around the world, so I want to give you an idea of what we have done so far! I am starting to realize that we really can’t manage everything in four days, so some of our friends will just have to come back and visit us again. But still we have managed to fit a lot into our schedule

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First Oslo Guideservice provided us with an excellent guide who took us through Vigeland Sculpture Park, Holmonkollen ski jump, and Bygdøy. Many thanks to Margaret for her excellent information and sunny personality!

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Then of course we were received at the City Hall by the Mayor of Oslo and served champagne and wonderful party food. We were treated as Royalty, and again provided with an excellent guide who could give us a lot of information about this very special building and its history.

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We started our second day, after a good nights sleep and a nice breakfast at First Millenium Hotel with a visit to the new Oslo Opera House, and Renny and Lawrence were able to arrange for an incredible guided tour there as well. Only the best for our guests you know! We were given an explaination of the thoughts behind the architecture, as well as a peek in the main stage, and a peek behind the scenes where dancers and musicians are practicing, scenes and costumes are being made and art is being created long before it reaches our eyes and ears!

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In the afternoon it was time to visit the Royal Castle and of course all the tourists want to see the changing of the guards!

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And in the evening we took a boat ride on the fjord out to a little island where we were served the most delicous dinner.

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Many of us chose the fresh seafood of course, but if you are not a seafood lover there were very good choices of chicken or meats available as well.

I feel it is safe to say that everyone is well satisfied and enjoying the trip here in Oslo. And we are having fun playing host, getting to know people and acting like tourists in our own home town. We are even living at the hotel you know so we don’t miss any of the action!! Now it is really time for bed hahaha! Good night and see you all again soon!

OsloBG preparty party!!

Yes friends the day has finally arrived, it is after midnight so now it is the 19th of August and the Oslo Blog Gathering 2010 is underway. This evening we were at TorAa’s home where Claudie and her husband Pierre, plus Mrs. and Mr. Lifecruiser are staying for the OsloBG. Since Claudie was nice enough to open her home in the south of France to us last year Tor is returning the favor and inviting the people from her gathering to his home this year for OsloBG. We had a reuinion with our old friends this evening and it was a lovely time.

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TorAa, Lifecruiser and us were all eager to give our French friends a taste of Scandinavia, and thus we have all made some food and had a tremendously large 5 course (at least) dinner!! I think next time we are eager to introduce our food maybe we shouldn’t try to do it all in one day hahaha but it was lovely, and delicious and fun. But honestly I couldn’t eat even one crumb more!!

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Mr. Lifecruiser is excellent on the keyboards, so there was music and food, dance and of course Tor was ready with champagne for the guests. It is rumored that Claudie drinks nothing but champagne you know…and I am not telling if that rumor is true or not. You will have to find out for yourself.

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So we are off to a roaring good start to the OsloBG and upon our late arrival to First Millenium Hotel we heard the good news that all our guests who are staying at the hotel have checked in. So tomorrow we are off for our first site seeing and will likely greet the rest of our guests at the morning buffet! Better get some sleep then!! Good night!

Sunset view from Dronningen on the Oslo Fjord in August

This weekend has been quite a hectic one. You see a family member got married yesterday. Out of respect for the couple’s wishes to keep thier private lives private I will not be posting any photos from the wedding. That must be for the happy couple to decide who they will share those with. I have however taken some nice photos of the fjord which I would like to share 🙂

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Sailboat in the Sunset taken with Nokia X6

If you haven’t noticed me around so much this weekend its because we have been quite busy with this event. Renny’s family doesn’t live in the Oslo area so we opened our home for them to stay with us from Friday to Sunday so they could go to the wedding on Saturday, stay out as late as they wanted and go home Sunday afternoon. We have had a really lovely time with my in-laws here. They are really very nice people, helpful and friendly and we have all been very talkative. The house feels strangely empty now that our guests have gone.

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Sunset over Oslo fjord

Thankfully the weather was lovely, we have all been crossing our fingers all week, and the reception was held at a very nice location, Dronningen (which means the Queen) on the Oslo fjord. When we took a break during the dinner we could not help but admire the view! And having my Nokia X6 with me, even in my finest cocktail dress, I was able to capture the moment.

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Fireworks over Oslo fjord taken with Nokia X6

Later in the evening when the dinner was finished and the dancing had started the atmosphere was even more romantic with fireworks over the city of Oslo. Yes we did joke a lot that they arranged fireworks for the party, but the truth is that there was a rock festival this week in Oslo, Øya festival, wish ended Saturday night with a grand fireworkds display! You have to admit they were lovely from across the fjord too!

Now we are counting down to OsloBG!! Only three days left before the fun begins, and we are busy making the last minute arrangements, and making offerings to the weather Gods 😆 to make sure the weather is favorable when we want to take everyone around our lovely city! Everyone out there in Blog land keep your fingers crossed for us, okay???

Meeting friends in Vigeland Park in Oslo

Well we are now back in Oslo. We have a lot of plans the next few days, not the least of which is getting ready for OsloBG! I am getting really nervous now!! In one week we will be welcoming lots of visitors to our home town of Oslo. All of which we know from our contact online, but few of which we have actually met in person. So we are in a great deal of suspence thinking about how all of this will go. We have the details well planned out now, but there is always a little touch of nervousness before one has guests, and when you have invited guests from all over the world to a four day long get together, well those butterflies are clearly extra large this time. Then again we have had an exciting summer so far with lots of visitors and arrangements and it has all gone well so far, so I just have to have faith!!

Video of Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

We had another chance to practice a bit which went wonderfully. We went to Vigeland Sculpture Park in the heart of Oslo to meet a family from the UK who we have met through Facebook. Another great example of how social media is bringing people closer together. Anne-Marie started reading our blogs because they were interested in Norway. They have been here many times and were planning a trip this summer as well. After being in touch with us online they took a chance and asked if we could meet up while they were in the area. We were glad to have the opportunity to get to know new people and show them around our home.

I tossed some sandwiches and drinks in my bag and off we went to meet these nice strangers! And nice they were. A talkative group who were touring with three of their four children (their fourth was at home caring for the familes animals). We wandered around admiring the statues, the park, talking about Norway, Oslo, vacation and everything else under the sun. They had really great kids too, intellegent and easy to talk to. Within a short time we were all like all friends and the day just flew.

In fact time flew so quickly that I didn’t even take out my phone or camera to take any photos. I mean imagine that – me not taking any photos. Well I was busy talking all the time, guess that’s my excuse. So when I wanted to write about this post and share my day with you all I went on the net and found quite a good video on YouTube. It gives a really nice impression of Vigeland Park, which all our guest will be enjoying next week! Take a peek!