I often walk to meetings – why bother using the car? Besides: I usually go to work by buss:-) Then I stop from time to time and capture the pulse in the moment (its easy having my Nokia mobile phone at hand) -you never now what might be useful as a blogger. This post is this week’s collection from the City with The Big Heart. Let me start with one from a statue in front of the parliament – quite pulsing and passionate I would say:

Oslo;  The City with The Big Heart

You’ll never be claustrophobic in Oslo, there’s a great feeling of space. Norway’s capital, the oldest in Scandinavia, comes complete with clean air and water, wide streets and classical vistas. The city’s vast boundaries encompass huge areas of mountain, woods, sand and water, making it a great place for a weekend break of summer swimming and trail walking. Even in winter though, there’s plenty of warmth: shops are open late, pubs, cafés, and restaurants are crowded at all hours and theaters play to full houses. Most people are also say Scandinavia’s friendliest. Does any of my readers have any experiences? :D

A lot of places and buildings could be mentioned. Let me give you a couple of land marks and start constitutionally: The Parliament:
Oslo Parliament

The parliament is situated in the middle of Karl Johans gate. It was built in 1861-66 by the Swedish architect Emil Victor Langlet. In February 1814 the Danish Crown Prince Christian Frederik called together the most influential men in Norway to an assembly at Eidsvoll, and after months of discussions the Constitution was signed and sealed on the 17th of May 1814. The same day, Christian Frederik was elected King of a free, sovereign and independent Norway. With this, Norway had established its Constitution and founded its national assembly – the Storting, and 17th of May has been celebrated as the National Day of Norway ever since.

Another land mark could be The City Hall:
Oslo Town Hall

The sullen brickwork of the massive city hall, the Radhus, dominates the Fridtjof Nansens Plass. The city hall, opened in 1950 to celebrate the city’s 900th anniversary, is the most distinctive part of Oslo’s waterfront. In the first years many people complained about this “modern” thing, but popular irritation has today moved on to other targets, its twin towers – also called goat cheese, a Norwegian gourmet specialty – are now one of the city’s main symbols.

I told you, you’ll never be claustrophobic in Oslo. Another proof is all the lovely green lounges – examples of why its called The City with The Big Heart. Here is a collection, what do you think?:

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If you like to explore Oslo even more, here are some links to earlier posts:
->A lacy summer day with Slow Food ->Hot Summer Day in Oslo ->Norway’s National Day in Oslo ->Oslo shopping with charming atmosphere ->Cultural Diversity in Osl0

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