Thursday, May 25, 2017

Oslo travel guide - What to not miss in the city

Oslo Travel Guide


 OSLO
If you are interested in reading other travel guides and diaries from different destinations too. Share with us any tips on what to do, eat or see in Oslo if you do have any too!

What to see in Oslo?

1. Oslo Opera house
Oslo Opera house is a place for Norwegian Opera and Ballet. This beautiful building with Italian marble is located in a neigborhood of Oslo center called Bjørvika. This beautiful architecture was designed to look like an iceberg from the distance, and when you look at the building from distance, those people on it will look like penguin. How great the concept it?

2. Akershuh Fortress
Akershuh castle is a medieval castle built to protect Oslo and it has been also used as a prion. Located up on the hill with the view on the harbor and to Oslofjords. Oslo doesn't have much history. Therefore this medieval courtyard is one of the important castles in Norway. 




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3. Radhuset town hall
The Oslo city hall located just in front of the harbour is not only used for city administration, but also as an art studios and galleries. It is a free entrance to get in and I would recommend you to check the inside of the town hall. It is a great place with beautiful rooms and Henrik Sørensen's painted wall. 


4. Aker Brygge neigbourhood
Aker Brygge is a neigborhood for dining, shopping and entertainments. As well as popular for high end residency. It is indeed a great area with such chilled vibe around. It is worth to give a stroll around.



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5. Astrup Fearnley museum of modern art
Astrup Fearnley museum is a museum of contemporary art located nearby Aker Brygge district, to be specific it is located in Tjuvholmen area. The museum has been moved and re-opened in 2012. The larger and modern space gives a museum new home to hold exciting temporary exhibitions.

6. Grunerl
økka neigbourhood
Grunerløkka is a district of Oslo known for its "hipster" and edgy vibe and is located on the east side of the Akerselva river. In Grunerløkka you can find many industrial buildings, design shops, vintage shops as well as graffiti places. 




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7. Vigeland sculppture park
Vigeland is a world's largest sculpture park made by one artist - Gustav Vigeland. The aim of the park is to create sculptures that portrays emotions of people at any stage of life. You can find more then 200 sculptures in the largest park in the city.

8. Old town
The Old town (or Gamlebyen) of Oslo is located on the east side of Bjørvika. Oslo does not have much history kept in the city as I have already mentioned. However, the Old town is an urban area where you may find and pass around old churches and buildings.


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9. The Royal Palace
The Royal Palace of Oslo was built in the first half of 19th century for King Charles III. The Palace is an official residence for Norwegian monarch. Come at 1:30 pm to see changing guards every day and during summer time you can book a guided tour. 


10. Oslofjords
Oslodjords is not an actual fjords in the geological terminology. However, it is still a beautiful scenery and trip to go around islands of Oslofjords, consisting of Hovedøya, Lindøya, Nakholmen, Bleikøya, Gressholmen, and Langøyene islands. The whole boat trip around Oslofjords takes an hour. Hovedøya is the largest and closest to the city. On the west of the island, you can find beaches and great spot for swimming as well as an old monastery to explore.  Lindøya island is a beautiful residential island with many colourful houses around. You can get to Oslofjords either by booking a tour or getting a ferry from City Hall Pier 4 and taking lines B1/B2/B3 or B4 (do check timetables and the destinations of each ferry). 

How to get around Oslo?

If you are staying closer to the city then it is pretty walkable around.  Oslo is well connected by train to different cities from Central Station. If you want to get around Oslo, the best way is to use trams. They have buses running as well to outside of Oslo. However, tickets for buses are divided into zones. Therefore make sure to check which zone you going into (Oslo City is zone 1), to check zones, visit their official website

You can buy tickets in several ways. Either you will find a ticket machine, at shops, buy at the driver or download a RutterBillett app to purchase tickets. If you buy the ticket in advance, before you enter the vehicle, it is cheaper rather then buying at the driver. Standard one way ticket (1 hour) cost 33 NOK (for an adult) and 24 hours ticket cost 90 NOK. You can use these tickets also on standard boats/ferries to islands around Oslofjords, because for them is a usual transport system as well. To check different ferries lines, visit this site. Ferries are usually running once in an hour. 


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Where to eat and drink in Oslo?

1. Kaffistova
2. Rorbua
3. The Nighthawk Diner
4. Tim Wendelboe
5. Maaemo


Where to shop in Oslo?

1. Karl Johans Gate
2. Aker Brygge
3. Velouria Vintage
4. Birkelunden sunday market
5. Byporten shopping mall

Getting there:

I have flew from London to Oslo Gardermoen and then from Oslo Torp (Sandefjord Airport) back to London. Oslo Gardermoen airport is the closest and the most convenient airport to get to the city center. I have got my NSB train ticket (the local train) to Oslo central station at the place and it took only 20 minutes to get to the center. You have other options to get to city center such as by bus or a private train company. However, the cheapest and fastest option is to get a NSB train for around 90 NOK.

On the other hand, if you are flying in or out from Oslo Torp airport, it takes around 1 h 45 min up to 2h to get to the airport. And the only best option to get there is by Torp Express bus. You can buy tickets in advance online or at the place in the bus.


Accommodation:

During our weekend stay in Oslo, we have booked our lovely cosy apartment through Airbnb. Book your next stay wherever through this Airbnb link to get £12 off your first booking.


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Fancy tops


 GLASGOW

I love highlighting my style with details. Especially my latest crush is this frilled statement sleeve blouse from Boohoo. Fancy tops are great to wear with simple skirt or jeans. These outfits are quick and yet playful. In this outfit, I am pairing this blouse with Zara jeans, white Converse and Dune handbag. You might have seen already this blouse in one of my post where I wore it with a skirt. Check the outfit in here


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Sunday, May 21, 2017

The pursuit of happiness



 LONDON

What does happiness mean to you? What is the root of that feeling? To what extend can we still say that we are happy? Happiness for me is reminiscing about good times with friends on our day out or holidays. Happiness for me is to see the smile on my siblings' face. Happiness for me is when I have discovered a pretty place. I guess, my happiness is not same as yours. Thus, it is very subjective and hard to measure. 

I stumble upon once an article, analyzing the concept of happiness. As happiness is hard to measure and define, they have used science as an approach to examine and experiment the concept of happiness. The article has sum up with the strong statement, that "modern living is depressing". The nature of happiness is loosing with the digital and technology move and human being are becoming more automated and addictive.

We are looking for happiness and love in everything around us. In physical things, in friends, in partners, in activities and so on. But most importantly, we forget to look at the root of happiness and love. In ourselves. Love and be happy with inner self first. In the previous posts, I have talked about how to make a space for yourself. Wort to read it through maybe?








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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Architecture I like - Luxembourg Philharmonie


Luxembourg Philharmonie

 LUXEMBOURG

I have decided to run this category - "Architecture I Like" giving a shout out and highlight of pretty buildings around the world. You might have noticed, that I have been interested into architecture photography for awhile now and can't get my eyes of many pretty details, shapes, lines and angles of buildings that are around us. Architectural photography helps to highlight the simple beauty that is surrounded by us. We walk pass through so many times and never even look up or closely. I am taking walks with my eyes open and camera lens out. My first post of Architecture I like is this beautiful minimalist Luxembourg Philharmonie.

This Concert hall designed by Christian de Portzamparc was openened back in 2005 in the Luxembourg City located in Kirchberg district.

Click to view more pictures of this stunning architectural piece.


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Make a space for yourself



 LONDON

The last year was a very chaotic year and it felt like my life was testing me for my resilience and patience. To my own surprise, I have somehow get through it. Looking back to it, I can just view it as a life lesson and pathway for growth. Let me talk through on how to fight through life lessons.

PERSEVERANCE is everything
Keep going. Life doesn't stop, time doesn't pause and nobody will wait for you. Question yourself, whether the issue will matter in 5 years time. If not, then don't put an emphasis and don't annoy yourself with that issue too much. Everything happens for a reason. If something doesn't go in the way you have wished to be, new opportunities will be open for you. Most importantly, you have to train your mind to focus on what is important and go towards your objectives. Perseverance is everything, even it should mean to slow down a bit.

be OPEN MINDED for changes
People tend to close themselves up or crashed down when they feel anxious. Don't be afraid to seek for help, to take out days out for yourself to clear your mind and re-think. Most importantly, be honest to yourself and be open to change things. Like with anything, we should be testing and keep changing certain elements in our life to see what suits us the best in order to have the best results for oneself. 

stop OVERANALYZING
Things might not always work out the way you want and also things will change in a certain period of time. Due to external factors or due to changes of your view and taste. Stop overanalyzing, stop trying to make it perfect. Just live the moment. If it is enriching you and making you satisfied, then that's all what it counts. You can't change the past, so it's better to let things go, learn from the issue and just improve on yourself.

make a SPACE FOR YOURSELF
We all have the pressure of time, deadlines, pressure from others and sometimes we make wrong choices based on the time pressure. Too often we are living the busy life of balancing work, friends, hobbies, travel, love and everything together. At some point, we feel too exhausted, anxious and frustrated about our lifestyle and we are not sure what exactly is the trigger or things that upsets us. Too often we are forgetting to love yourself and allow our inner us to breath and rest too. Stop all the hectic habits and lifestyle for a bit and give yourself a break from all the noise and pressure. It is always healthy to have some time for yourself to think, re-think and rest. At some point, you will actually appreciate the time of being alone and that actually being alone is not always bad. 

Your decisions, goals, vision will be much more clearer.








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