Let’s first answer the question. Is it An Afternoon Along the Oslo “Harbour” or “Harbor”. Isn’t the English language fun? Challenging is probably more like it. But since, I’m in Europe, I’ll use Oslo Harbour. For those of you in the United States, I hope you’ll be able to follow along!!
City of Oslo
Oslo, the capital of Norway, is also the largest city in the country. It was founded in the eleventh century. It has been viewed as the capital city for 700 years. Many of the buildings which one would recognize in planning a trip to Oslo were built in the 19th century. Buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Storting Building, and the National Theatre are a few of these.
An area I enjoy visiting, this is my second time in Oslo, is Central Oslo and the Harbour. One of the buildings I enjoy walking past as I’m headed to the Harbour is the Storting Building, otherwise known as the Parliament of Norway Building.
Parliament of Norway Building
As mentioned earlier, the Parliament of Norway building was one of the many buildings that were built in the 19th century. It is an interesting building from the outside. During World War II and the Nazi occupation of Norway, this building was taken over by the Nazi forces, first being used as a barracks and later as an administrative center.
In the summertime, I’ve never been to Oslo in the summertime, the grounds around the building are green and a place for people to sit and visit. As you see in the picture below, the ground is covered with snow and people aren’t sitting although the temperature was about -1º C or 30° F.
The Oslo Harbour has a new Promenade that is 9 km or a little over 5 miles in length. The area I visited today was the area going past the Akershus Castle to the area in front of Oslo City Hall. The castle and fortress can be seen in the background of the picture below. It was a dreary day, but as I mentioned earlier, the temperature was comfortable and people were out enjoying a walk along the Promenade.
Oslo City Hall and the Nobel Peace Prize
The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held annually in the Oslo City Hall on December 10. This is the same day the ceremonies are held in Stockholm for the other Nobel prizes. So why in two different countries? It was because Alfred Nobel, the Swedish businessman who invented dynamite, set it up that way in his will. You might ask about his reason for setting this up? First, there was a premature obituary published about him. Second, it included a condemnation of him for profiting from the sale of arms. He decided he wanted a greater legacy and left his fortune to create the Nobel Prizes. And the final question. Why are the awards always on December 10? That’s because it’s the anniversary of Nobel’s death.
City Hall, as we see it today, was built between 1931 – 1950. Construction was interrupted during the Second World War when Norway was occupied by the Nazis.
The hall used for the ceremony is graced with beautiful artwork. The featured image of today’s post shows the view one would have from the stage during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony. The picture below shows the artwork the guests would see sitting in their seats.
Nobel Peace Center
The Nobel Peace Center is located a short walk from City Hall. The center showcases the work of the Nobel Peace laureates as well as telling the story of Alfred Nobel.
Note in the picture above the construction equipment around the building. Oslo seems to have constant construction. In almost every direction one looks, there are cranes constructing new buildings. This was the same last year. Having cranes in pictures I have taken in Oslo seems to be the norm!
The Delicacy of the Day
As I was walking along the Oslo Harbour, I came upon a seafood restaurant with their fish and shellfish displayed nicely.
Since I love seafood, I thought I would stop in. I love oysters, so sat down to enjoy a few. My goodness, they were absolutely mouth watering. They were prepared to be able to be slurped down, not like you find in some restaurants where you have to detach the oyster to eat it. The shells were big, with plenty of salty juice that made the slurping easy.
The only problem was the four oysters and one Pepsi cost about $20. I knew I had to leave after those four. I wanted more but also didn’t want to break the bank!! Yes, Norway is a very expensive country, but it was well worth it for those delicious oysters.