Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Around Oslo

Last night's dinner at Stortovets Gjaestgiveri, a restaurant since 1700 -- my halibut had a topping of fish roe,
Len had a splendid fish soup with some shellfish.

The kitchen of the ship Fram, which went to both the North Pole and the South Pole
in the late 19th century. The entire ship is now in a museum, which we
toured this afternoon, our first activity with our cruise.
From the ship museum. Explorer Fridtjof Nansen was the expedition leader. He later became an important figure in the League of Nations, and especially tried to rescue many refugees after World War I and the Armenian Genocide.

How the Fram traveled for 3 years through the Arctic Ocean -- it was designed to have a shape that could be pushed by the ice and currents. All 13 men on board survived the ship's incredible journeys.
In addition to the Fram Ship museum, our tour included a walk through the Vigeland sculpture garden, the work of the sculpture Gustav Vigeland (1869 – 1943), whose life work is the 900 sculptures, iron work, and plantings on display here, almost all of them human figures in a variety of poses. According to our guide, this park is very popular with Oslo residents of all ages.

After tomorrow we'll be on a ship around Svalbard island without internet access most of the time.


Pam said...

Interesting post and the sculptures are unique. Have a great trip!

Cakelaw said...

What wonderful photos!