Oslo is one of the most screwed up cities I have come across in Europe. The transit system is in a state of chaos because of road closures, the various maps available conflict with each other, there is no information available - even in Norwegian. Even the transit Gestapo, who go around in platoons of six, do not know what is happening. I pointed out that the tram stop was barricaded off and they just smiled and said "Sorry, I don't know". The only city that is worse is London - and even London Transport plans your travel chaos. On top of this, there is extensive construction, reconstruction and renovation going on. The royal palace is half covered in plastic and the national gallery is completely covered although they have painted a nice picture of what the entrance looks like. We have to take a bus for the first part of our journey on Saturday and the Airport Express train has been replaced by a bus. If I had realized the place was so badly f----d up I most certainly wouldn't have come.
There is a very strong police and security presence here. We have seen more police in one day than we have seen in the rest of our time in Scandinavia.
We took a bus down to the ferry terminal (should have been a tram) to look around. It is an upscale, trendy area now - many warehouses converted to shops and restaurants. City hall, is a large brutish, brick building - it is better from the inside by all accounts. We took a tram to Frognor Park to admire the many statues by Gustav Vigeland. Each one is nude, each one is different and many are amusing - the unhappy child that is crying, the man trying to get rid of an infestation of babies.
|The unhappy child
|An infestation of babies
|The expression on the man's face is thought provoking
We used the bus to take us back to the ferry terminal, Aker Brugge (Bryggetorget means ferry square) and caught the number 91 ferry to Bygdoy the island which has a number of museums. There was a good climb up away from the pier and then we were quickly in the country. Rather than visit museums we thought we would like to see an old stave church. However, this turned out to be in the open air museum. Having been to two similar ones in Odense and Stockholm we didn't want to visit a third. In any case this was a good walk in the country back to the second ferry terminal on the island.
|A Pepto Bismol boat
|Whale meat is found only in Japan and Norway.