To no one’s surprise, it was another beautiful day. Around ten, we left the apartment for a 15-minute, breezy, gorgeous walk to the Munch Museum. They are currently changing exhibits so only had a few pieces available to view, and The Scream wasn’t one of them. Oh, well.
A quick subway ride downtown brought us to the central station, and from there it was a brief stroll to the cathedral (or Domkirke). The interior is really interesting – painted ceiling, elaborate organ, 3D carved altarpiece. But, man, was it hot! The breeze when we came outside felt wonderful.
From the cathedral we headed down to Akershus Fortress, and the Norwegian Resistance Museum. The museum tells the story of the German occupation of Norway and the homegrown resistance, bolstered by the Allies, within the country. It’s a neat little museum, even when the hordes of school kids overtook us. I found it fascinating. They had exhibits of everything from a diary of imprisonment pricked out on toilet paper with a pin to hiding places of clandestine radios.
We decided to try local fast food for lunch, Max Hamburgers. It was typical fast food fare, but they had computer order screens you could use, which meant we were free to take our time ordering without holding up lines. The chain is actually Swedish, but we’ve seen them all along highways as we’ve driving around.
After lunch, we meandered up to the Royal Palace. None of us had any interest in taking the tour, so we walked around the palace, admired the park grounds from afar, then caught the subway back to our apartment. To save Mom’s feet, we had decided to drive to our next destination.
Our brief stop at the apartment lasted more than an hour, as every last one of us fell asleep! Eventually we woke up and just after 4:30 we set out for Holmenkollen Ski Mueum and the ski jump. As has happened with pretty much every museum we’ve visited, I found it much more interesting than I’d expected. I don’t know much about the history of skiing and it was really fascinating to see 1400-year-old skis.
An elevator took us to the top of the jump, where we had panoramic views of Oslo and the surrounding areas. Despite my fear of heights, only the elevator up made me nervous. The walls have windows and as we ascended all I could see was framework and blue skies. Up top, everything felt secure. Sadly, the zip line that goes the entire length of the jump is only open on weekends.
Upstairs in the museum, we watched a video about the Northern Lights and then played! They had skis and a snowboard for us to try out. And they had a ball pit! With a little slide! Of course, Dad, Andy, and I all had to play.
None of us had the energy to spend a long time figuring out dinner, so we headed to the grocery store and picked up spaghetti, sauce, and some sides. As much as we’ve eaten out these past two weeks, the nights we eat in are kind of relaxing. Andy has done most of the cooking – it’s nice that my brother is more domestic than I am! Tonight, he and Dad took charge.
Now all that’s left for the evening is to plan tomorrow. I’ve updated the main picture page, but here I am enjoying the Ski Museum.