Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting a special blog friend of mine. He is the one who designed my blog: Charles, who you can visit at “The Queer Chef”. We were blessed with the loveliest, warmest weather, so by this I declare the summer has started in Norway. I take the chance to give some examples of the significant four seasons too, since this is one of the themes for my blog. As always, I had my mobile phone camera on hand to capture the highlights:

Charles came over from Bergen with a friend and I took the opportunity to show them around a bit in Norway’s capital. We met at the Royal castle, where Norwegians now show their hunger for the sun by tanning in the park.

From the castle, we walked along the main street Karl Johan where you now see a lot of musicians, street dancers and others who earn their living by entertaining. Earlier, I have told you that Oslo is listed as the most expensive city in the world. Some of the street entertainers come from all over world as they make a fortune here compared to the average income level in the home country. So in the summer, Oslo changes into a multi cultural town with a lot of entertainment. You can hear everything from wonderful Brazilian samba to Australian Aborigines didgeridoo playing.

At lunch time, what was more suitable than ice cream on a hot day? We all ended up with a banana split and it was refreshingly delicious. Then Charles wanted to go shopping and I took them to our largest shopping mall. He went crazy in the boutiques and ended up with a pair of shorts and t-shirt, very nice.

After that we went to The Stenersen Museum, which is located right in the heart of the capital and a part of the City of Oslo’s Art Collections. The current exhibition was a Degree Show where students from Oslo National Academy of the Arts were showing their work. I just love contemporary art as it is surprisingly good in all its craziness. It is hard to explain to others what we saw, but it gave us a art time thrill:-)

We also passed the lovely park in front of the parliament, another chance for me to show you the significant four seasons in Norway. Admit it doesn’t this look lovely, warm and summer green. Then take a look at my post: “City Whites” where you see the same park used as a skating rink just 4 months ago.

Thank you for the visit Charles and send my regards to you’re friend! If any of you want a guided tour in Oslo, just drop me a line:-)


  1. I hope to visit Norway someday :)

  2. I hope one day we can do the same! Lovely post and as always pics just make me smile. hehe

  3. I am really fortunate to know you Renny! Thank you very much for the lovely time you spent with us around the city. Savi says you are really nice! TC

  4. Btw, Happy Father’s Day to you Renny!

  5. im glad chas enjoyed the trip.
    i like the first pic the most. btw, what is “Terella”?

  6. Great pics, Renny! I’m moving to Oslo soon! Hope to bump into you one of these days. :-)

  7. great pictures! i hope i’ll be able to visit you also in the near future. at least now, i know who to contact. hehe :)

    by the way, can i link you up?

  8. thanks for the boost of confidence on my blog.

    you’re so nice on accomodating chas and his friend, do hope that you’ll do the same to other blogging friends.

    hope to visit your place soon!

  9. blog hopped from chas. norway’s looking nice now huh? looks lovely out there.

  10. Mother of Invention

    Nice that summer has come to Oslo! Tanning? Don’t the people get all worried about the risk of skin cancer or is that not as much of a risk there? We feel guilty tanning, know it’s not good but still like the brown effect on the skin and think it makes us look healthy..mostly my generation..the new generation knows the risks and always wear suncreen.

    We had a very hot and humid day yesterday for Father’s Day BBQ! My father read your comment and was absolutely thrilled that someone so far away was touched by his story! So Thanks for reading and commenting! He was amazed and proud to see his story and photo on the screen! I copied and pasted comments from the e-mails that come to Word and then printed them for him to have..but, do you know if there is a way to print them directly from the comment page? I couldn’t see any edit button there.

  11. wow u really did had a great time with charles… nice pictures :)

  12. Renny, wow.. i got envy with you guys!, anyway Chas, Mark, Renny, and me.. lets meet soon!

  13. @Jairam: Welcome any time!

    @ExpatTraveler: Me and Charles too:-)

    @Chas: It was a thrill for me too! Thanks for the Father’s greeting!

    @OwenFv: See my post about “Terella” her:

    @Mark: Bomp me anytime – that would be great!

    @tin-tin: Yes, I’ll glady be you’re guide:-9 I will feel honored if you like me up of course!

    @mmy-lei: You’re welcome and be sure: I’ll do it to every blogger friends who likes to visit Norway!

    @Yuri: Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the compliments.

    @MotherOI: Some seams to be more eager than worried, but I think you have a good point.
    I’m so gald you had a lovely Father’s day with Dad!
    You should be able to get a print out from the website.

    @Scart: Yes we had and always conviniant to have the mobile phone camera at hand you know:-)

    @NeilDC: Please lets do – what a great blogg gathering and we know a couple of more bloggers in Norway who would like to joine us.
    What do you say Chas??

  14. Yesterdays_ashes

    Hey Renny,

    How have you been. Trying to catch up with old friends. Hubby & I vacationed for a wk along the outer banks in NC. Beautiful time. Sorry I haven’t been around much. Just wanted to say HI!!!


  15. well, i know wh oto contact if ever i am in oslo! glad you guys had a nice time.

  16. Hi Renny,
    Thanks for droppin’ by in my blog :)
    As usual very interesting your place here:) hope one day i can visit there and probably you’re my tour guide hehe..(joke)
    Glad to know you and charles had great time.

  17. Thanks for the encouraging message the other day.
    I’ve had more time to blog now, so have played around with my template: do visit and comment on it.

  18. Hi Renny!Nice pics,you and Charles!

    You said it right!Your place is strikingly beautiful!

    Have a wonderful day! :)

  19. good friends … good times :)

  20. I hope to meet chas & you renny in real world,too!!Well, who knows someday;)

  21. This is deliciously Norway at its finest. I love the way Norwegians worship the sun. Did you take your visitors to Frogner Park?

  22. @Tina: Glad to hear you had a beautiful vacation – you deserve it!

    @April: Your welcome any time and will get the samre treatment as Charles:-)

    @Ethel: Thanks – and your welcome too and with the same service (no joke!):-)

    @Miriam: I have been at your blog and it’s great – congratulations!

    @Ghee: Thanks and have a great end to your week!

    @Kisses: Yes: the more the better:-)

    @CheH: Would have been great – a bloggers gathering!

    @Barbara: Thanks Barbara – no, we did not had the time :-( But then again, everyone can read my post from last winter:

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