FUN-travel: Oslo, Norway – Day 10 – Princess Baltic Cruise

August 1, 2014 by  

Day 29 – Tuesday, July 29 – Oslo, Norway – Princess Cruise – Day 10 – morning haze gives way to full sun – high 70’s – sunrise 4:51 – sunset 9:54

What I LIKEOslo, Norway 2014 3

  • 7:15 – cappuccino/latte in room
  • 8:30 – back to Deck 5
  • – instruct them how I want my coffee
  • – Allan knows how to make real cappuccino!
  • 9:30 – fruit on 16 – mobbed & too many people
  • 10:00 – arrive in town port
  • – Akershus Fortress & Castle right next to pier
  • 10:20 – walk off – only short walk to city center
  • 1st site – City Hall – red brick, double towers
  • 2nd site – City Park flanked by…
  • 3rd site – the Royal Palace
  • 4th site – & the Parliament
  • 11:30 – find Grand Oslo Hotel (where we stay next week)
  • Deli across street has free wifi
  • – buy 1 tuna salad nicoise, 1 bag potato chips, 1 soda
  • 1:30 – take off
  • Lots of photo ops – statues & fountains on waterfront
  • TI – Tourist Info has free wifi (just up from City Hall) – my computer can’t find it (IT – imaging that!)
  • 5th site – Nobel Peace Center
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Akershus Fortress & Castle

  • Find kids souvenirs @ 25% less – same main street as city hall facing harbor
  • – look for Stetson Hat sign on bldg
  • 2:30 – Pappabuene Restaurant – right on waterfront
  • – free wifi Chris’ Apple works (but of course my computer doesn’t work again)
  • – 2 Amundsen beers $174 k = $28 US
  • – nice sea breeze – just delightful to be off ship
  • 4:00 – board & up to Deck 16 for pizza
  • Check out next destination lecture on TV
  • 5:00 – little nappy
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Parliament

  • 6:30 – sail away – lots of little islands – sailboats – light houses
  • 8:15 – dinner – black bean soup & spinach, mushroom quiche w/salad – VG
  • Grilled salmon (VG) is available every night
  • – Chris orders that again w/grilled calamari & fettuccini alfredo
  • – Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Merlot & Spellbound Napa Petite Syrah
  • – both $5 extra – best wines for price in our opinion
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Royal Palace

What I DON’T LIKE

  • Elevator wait time unbelievable – have to go up to go down
  • – lunch costs $144 kroner = $24 US
  • Credit card doesn’t work – have to go to ATM
  • – minimal withdrawal 200 + $5 bank charge
  • Deli upstairs has no air flow & very hot
  • 2:00 am – 1st time I felt any movement from rough seas in middle of night

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FUN-fact – Oslo is the oldest Scandinavian capital and Norway’s largest city.
More FF – It sits in a beautiful harbor wrapped around a fjord 60 miles from the sea. And is the land of trolls.

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Nobel Peace Center

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