Culture

  • Open Bakery Frydenlund

    One of my favourite coffee bakeries in Oslo city is Open Bakery Fryenlund. It has that old 19th Century style with bread hanging on the wall, dark wooden panels and even a spiral staircase to a top balcony. And the coffee? Some of the best I have had in the city – dark, rich and flavoursome.

  • Trolls

    Trolls in Norway are small, magical creatures that live in hiding. There are some in the barn, some in the trees and some in the mountains. They are tricksters and like to play games on the humans that live close by. On Christmas Day it is custom to leave out a bowl of grøt and some beer for the barn elf so he will continue to keep an eye on the animals and not play tricks on you, such as hiding your slippers.

  • Broken Angel at Aker Brygge

    In early November the afternoon sun is low in the sky in Oslo. It is a beautiful time to walk around the city and see all the statues in a new light. This one has always drawn me in… I can’t help but stop to admire the work every time I’m walking along the docks.

  • Store Front on Øvre Slottsgate

    Wandering the streets in Oslo, sometimes you come across a store front that is right out of a story book. This high street bric-a-brac store was all dressed for Autumn in November.

  • The Opera House from Across the Dock

    This is a usual image of Oslo. I have always thought this view to be cold and distant. It has a beak futuristic tone, which you see in many Hollywood movies set in Europe. Tennet was filmed here and the opera house is part of the artistic poster for the film. But, when you view the house from the other way you see the fjord and beautiful sun sets.

  • The Mutiny of Democracy

    If you wander around St Hanshaugen you’ll find many unique boutique stores in the most unsuspecting of places. One of my favourites is a little art gallery by Mytteriet av demokratiet. These guys make pop culture art pieces for the serious art collector. They are very welcoming and you can watch them create in the gallery.