Once a year the members of Culture Vultures go on a short-break to somewhere special to enjoy a feast of cultural activities and events.
In May this year twenty Culture Vultures members visited Oslo, a destination often overlooked by visitors who enjoy the popular fjord cruises on the west coast of Norway. But as the group discovered, Oslo is a city which offers an exciting blend of old and new architecture, breath-taking scenery, and an enviable way of life which is evident by the warmth of the people who live there.
The trip was planned by Culture Vulture’s organiser Elizabeth Walsh who is a regular visitor to Norway.
“I’ve seen Oslo grow and develop into a rich and exciting capital city since my first visit thirty years ago. Now it is a vibrant, exciting city which has developed its waterfront with art galleries, museums, stunning architectural buildings and a relaxed and sophisticated café culture. I was delighted to be able to take the group to one of my favourite cities and judging from the thank you letters and phone calls everyone had a marvellous time!”
Jean and Sheila relaxing in front
With glorious sunshine every day (average temperature 22 degrees) the group of twenty enjoyed walking from their centrally located hotel to the National Art Museum, a visit to the City Hall with its wonderful Folk-Art murals, a ferry trip across the fjord to Bygdøy to visit the Kon-Tiki exhibition, the Viking museum, the Polar Ship museum and the Norwegian Folk museum. The group members could choose how many museums they visited and in-between time relax in the outdoor cafes.
The group also enjoyed a back-stage guided tour of the Norwegian Opera and Ballet. A magnificent modern building with a viewing roof and a sloping ‘beach’ front which leads straight into the fjord. One of the opera chorus members guided the tour and afterwards the group watched a modern ballet performance preceded by a delicious dinner in the glass fronted restaurant.
By contrast the group visited the famous Olympic (1952) ski-jump at Holmenkollen. Taking the tram from the city centre the ride through the wooded residential district took in views of the beautiful Norwegian style clapboard houses and the magnificent panorama of the whole Oslo fjord.
Despite the steep walk to the Ski Museum the group enjoyed a guided tour of the ski-jump and ski-tower and the wonderful 365 degree views of the city and surrounding woodlands. No one remembered to bring their skis so we took the lift back down!
A visit to Oslo would not be complete without spending time amongst the impressive statues at the Vigeland Sculpture Park. Installed over ten years (1939-1949) the bronze and granite sculptures are the work of Gustave Vigeland who gave all his work as a gift to the city in return for a house and studio where he could work.
The trip included 4 nights bed and breakfast at the Thon Hotel Europa and flights were with British Airways from London (Heathrow) The group number was twenty people and was escorted Elizabeth Walsh and Bonnie Hitchins
Previous Culture Vulture holiday trips have included the Edinburgh Festival, Glasgow, Dublin, Devon, Suffolk, Manchester and many more places where the group have enjoyed special events, exhibitions, beautiful houses and gardens.
Our holidays and short breaks are designed exclusively for the members of Culture Vultures by Elizabeth Walsh.
Locations, venues and special events are carefully planned with the aim of providing a special and unique holiday.
Quality and comfort is top priority and where possible single supplements are not charged or kept as low as possible.
Every trip is fully escorted by Elizabeth and only professional tour guides with expert local knowledge are hired.
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