For my birthday this year I asked, as always, for money towards time away with my fella and this year my fella organized a mystery weekend. It wasn't until we arrived at the airport that I found out we were heading for Oslo! He's a very clever fella - it was glorious. I love Scandinavia: the cold, the freshness, the space, the general all-round loveliness of the people. Oslo was no exception. In fact the Norwegians are so lovely they even build little steps to help the ducks get out of the ponds.
It's also cripplingly expensive, but that just meant we had a great excuse to do what I love doing best. Walking. We walked everywhere, unhindered by traffic (because in Oslo there is no traffic), and everywhere there was:
|From an exhibition of sculpture designed by children.|
Greenery and flowers
|Some flowers squeezed in down the middle of the road.|
|There were tulips absolutely everywhere!|
|Believe it or not, this photo was taken in the heart of the city.|
|The stunning Opera House|
Crazy people eating ice-cream (it's too cold crazy people)
Cafes with blankets to enjoy the sun but keep out the cold
Teeny tiny dogs (why Oslo why???)
I'm a long-time lover of Munch so I was very excited about getting to visit the Munch museum though actually I think what I enjoyed most was seeing the Norwegian Impressionists in the National Gallery. At the risk of sounding like a spoilt European, you can (sort of, ssshhhhh, sacrilege) tire of seeing endless Monet et al. So discovering the Impressionists of the north and their more cristalline beauty was a breath of fresh air. But my favourite discovery was the Neoromantic painter, Harald Sohlberg.
|Winter night in Rondane|
|This one reminds me of Matilda.|
Yet again I was reminded of how important it is to simply be a couple every once in a while. I realized how little time I spend day to day fully concentrated on the two of us and finding the time to do that allowed me to fall in love with my Fanf all over again. And that's nice, isn't it.