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Norway Trip (iv) : Oslo – beyond the downtown core

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It is fun just to walk around the city, and it abounds with historic buildings, and fantastic architecture. Some don’t consider Oslo as cool as some of its neighbours, like Copenhagen. If you leave the core downtown, a short walk away (north-east)  is Grünerløkka, a historically working-class district. This area has more of a hipster vibe now, littered with eclectic vintage stores, galleries, and cafes. It also does not have the deluge of tourists found towards the […]

Norway Trip (iii) : Oslo – a walkable city

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Oslo is a small city of roughly 670,000 people, and there is a lot to do. The nice thing is that it is an extremely walkable city, made even better in the summer due to the length of the days – the sun was out until about 9.20pm, followed by twilight! The central point of the city is the railway station, from which the central boulevard, Karl Johans Gate, divides the city as it heads to […]

Norway Trip (ii) : Arriving in Oslo (the basics)

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Our flight to Oslo arrived *way* too early (6am), and as a result we had to wait around for a long time to get into our hotel room. Arriving at Oslo Airport (Oslo Lufthavn) was extremely smooth. The airport is 35 km from Oslo central (known as Oslo S), and so to get there from the airport, you can take the Flytoget, Norway’s only high-speed train. Tickets are NOK180, (≈C$30) for adults, and children 16 and […]

Norway Trip (i) : There (and back again) with IcelandAir

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This year for our vacation we travelled to Norway, part of our trek through the nordic countries. The first part of this trip had us flying from Toronto to Oslo via Reykjavik with IcelandAir. We have flown with IcelandAir before, and the service is good. The flight itself is a bit longer than a direct flight, due to the brief layover at IcelandAir’s hub at Keflavik Airport. From the west coast of North America, the […]

Off to Norway…

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Posting will be on hiatus for a couple of weeks as we head off to Norway on vacation. We will be visiting Oslo, then taking the Norway in a nutshell tour from fjord Tours. This tour takes us by train to Bergen, where we have a airbnb place for five nights. This is followed by a night in Voss, a cruise on a fjord, and a night 820 metres above sea level, at Myrdal, staying […]

Vacationing in Copenhagen (vii) – the boat cruise

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One activity worth doing whilst in Copenhagen is one of the boat cruises. There are a few cruises, and they cruise around Copenhagen’s many canals. We took The Grand Tour. It’s the best way to see parts of the city that you wouldn’t see walking about. Here is the waterfront view of the Danish Architecture Centre. The spectacular Copenhagen Opera House. This classic building use to house Copenhagen’s famous NOMA restaurant (you can see the experimental […]

Montreal markets – Marché Des Saveurs Du Québec

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One of my favourite stores in Jean Talon market is Marché Des Saveurs Du Québec. It has products from all over Quebec, and is a must stop if you are at the market. They have a great selection of Quebec cheese… smoked fish and meats… an excellent selection of maple syrup products in every imaginable form… boutique yogourts, like those from Ferme Vallée Verte, situated in Saint-Jean-de-Matha… and craft beers…