The Layover: Oslo, Norway

The road to Firenze was a long one. On my way to Pitti Uomo 86, I had a 24-hour layover in Oslo, Norway which I enjoyed thoroughly. I’d always wanted to visit so this was a great chance to explore a bit of the city before my next flight. Time was short so I had to move quickly. I exchanged some money, grabbed a map, and hit the streets.

My first stop was Vigeland Park, serene, scenic and home to the incredible sculptures of Gustav Vigeland.  And they were everywhere! Hidden among the trees or  adorning the fountain on the main walkway, no two were alike. Next was the Royal Palace. Situated at the top of Karl Johan’s gate, the walk up to this beautiful structure was simply breathtaking. With statues and lakes throughout the grounds, it made for a great little place to grab some lunch and take in the sights of the city– and luckily right in time for the ceremonial changing on the guards at 1:30 PM.

I didn’t get to see all I wanted to but I will be back. Old world charm mixed with a very warm and welcoming culture makes for one memorable trip. No matter where you wandered to in the city, every area had its own unique character. Oslo, thank you for a great day!

 

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Ryan Neeven

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