Saturday, September 30, 2017

Day 21 - Off to Sweden

Today was a commuting day as we rolled our luggage over cobblestones to the Oslo central station and then on to the train to Stockholm.  It was a six hour train ride, comfortable as we have come to expect, with great service and nice views of the Norwegian/Swedish farmland.  We arrived a bit after sunset, found our way around another metro system, and rolled into our hotel in time for dinner and a good night's sleep.

The Hotel Hotorget is in the middle of all the action, surrounded by loads of shps and restaurants and within walking distance of all the major sites.  The rooms were well appointed with plenty of room.  For the next three nights we tripled up to save a bit on what is becoming an "expensive Scandinavia!"

Monday, September 25, 2017

Day 20 - A Ridiculously Fabulous Breakfast Buffet before Heading off to Sweden

The Scadic Oslo Hotel has to have the best included buffet we have every encountered.  All this and a great room each night for $67 USD per person.  Wow!

Smoked fish, pickled fish, salted fish, marinated fish...and a cold cuts and salad bar.

 Fresh fruit, berries, and homemade yogurt.  Strawberry and lime smoothies.
 Cereals, muslik and flavored fruit yogurts.
 Hot buffet...fried, soft-boiled, and scambled eggs, sausage, bacon, bacon, anc bacon (three ways), beans, potatoes, and liver pate.
 Dessert.  Pecan pie, chocolate muffins, and cookies.
 A few choices for crackers.
 Several "different" loaves of freshly baked (on premises) bread.
And then never ending freshly brewed coffees, teas, juices...etc.

Day 19 - A Free Day in Oslo...and Goodbye to our Dear Kristin

Today was our last day in Oslo.  Kristin joined us for one more tour around the city.  Today she introduced us to Henrik Ibsen, Norway's playwright laureate and we toured his home.

Sadly, we said goodbye to our host as she flew off to Nice, France for a romantic week with her hubby.  From there we walked a bit around the royal palace grounds and then got on a bus to visit the Kon Tiki and Maritime Museums.  WOW!!!  This is the real raft.

Then the Ra, the papyrus raft used to sail the Atlantic.

Across the street we went to see the FRAM.  The only boat to historically sail to the North Pole and Antarctica.  Just what we needed...a few more boats....

Then it was one to the Maritime Museum and a great movie about the Norway Fjords, boating, and more boating.  I was so involved in the film that I toook zero pictures in the museum...LOL.

At the end of the day we took another ferry back into town, grabbed a sandwich at a Subway...yes...and headed back to the hotel for the big event of the evening.

Finally..... Sasha...all growed up.
 My kind of "boat."