Oslo Opera House : Let’s Dance

Right in the centre of Oslo, very close to the railway station, is the Opera House.  But this is no ordinary building, it’s a marble and glass building, designed by a Norwegian architectural firm, Snohetta, and was opened in April 2008.   It has a white sloping marble roof, which allows visitors to walk on the roof and enjoy the views of the Norwegian fjord.   It has been described as ‘rising out of the fjord like a giant ice floe’

As well as holding operas (currently showing Madame Butterfly), there are also many concerts, shows, art exhibitions and such like on at The Opera, and the coffee shop serves the most divine hot chocolate, a very welcome drink, especially when it’s cold outside, and you climb up and down on the roof very carefully, because of the ice and snow which can make the marble fairly slippery.

Right next to the Opera House,  in the fjord, is a steel and glass sculpture which  looks like it is floating in the water.   It is on a concrete plinth, but it can move on its axis, and turns with the wind and the tides.   The sculpture is called ‘She Lies’ and as you can see, is a most unusual piece which is certainly dramatic!

Sculpture’She Lies’ floating in the fjord.

We took my grandchildren to visit Oslo recently, and this was our first stop, before we got the ‘hop on hop off’ tourist bus to visit the other sights in Oslo.    Have a look at the gallery, it gives some idea of the very different and unusual space.

 

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Another of the wonderfully expressive sculptures by Vigeland at Frogner Park,Oslo

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Animals in the Wild : A Photo A Week Challenge

This week, Nancy at Nancy Merrill Photography is looking for photos of Anmals that are not domestic, and I have a few from our holiday last year in the Zimbabwe bush.   We saw elephants, zebra, warthogs, hippo and many more, but one of the most exciting mornings was when we walked with lions in Antelope Park, a rehabilitation facility for orphaned lions.   Here are some of the photos of our walk.

Wordless Wednesday : Bad Hair Day

Sculpture in Vigeland Park, Oslo

Silhouette : Weekly Photo Challenge

My photos for this week’s challenge were all taken on a family holiday in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe last year.    While staying at Camp Amalinda, we climbed up on a kopje (little hill) to have a sundowner and watch the sunset, and our host took these photos of us enjoying  the surroundings.

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Let’s go Fly

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These were just a few of the planes that  we saw at the Skien (Norway) air show today, there was such a great selection of old and new planes, some small two seaters, a Dakota that took people for a flight over the town, two Tiger Moths, and two Warsaw Pact planes called the L29,  that did a series of low level passes and aerial acrobatics.

The highlight of the show was an old RAF Spitfire from the Second World War. Some of these Spitfires later served with the Norwegian Air Force up to 1954.   I don’t think there are many of these Spitfires left today, except maybe in museums. When my children were young, there was an old one in the playground in Salisbury, Rhodesia, and there is also one preserved in the museum in Bulawayo.

There was an Aloutte 111 helicopter that performed a ground attack simulation, with machine gun and rocket fire, much to the delight of all the spectators, as there were lots of flames, smoke and noise, and luckily, or conveniently, the Fire Brigade rushed in to put out the blaze and saved the day.

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Walking is too boring when you learn how to fly

When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return – Leonardo da Vinci

The Wild Atlantic Way

Tourism Ireland have recently opened up a new tourist trail around the west coast of Ireland, called the Wild Atlantic Way, stretching from the north of Donegal all the way down to Kinsale in County Cork.  The trail is 2500 km of coastline, which you can drive/walk/run/cycle/jog, all at once or county by county. The route is very well signposted and there are great suggestions and itineraries and maps on the website, to help people plan their trip.

It is hard to believe that a country as small as Ireland would have a coastline on its western side of 2500 km, when the direct route from Kinsale to Donegal is about 420 km, but if you have ever been to Ireland, and driven on the narrow, twisting country roads, you will be able to imagine what this route is like.
Here are a few photos taken at Coolmore Beach, in my little section of the Wild Atlantic Way, in County Cork. There is so much information on the whole trail on the Tourism Ireland website, it is well worth a visit if you are thinking of exploring in Ireland.

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