Monday, 2 May 2016

Bygdøynesveien Peninsula and Kon-Tiki Museum, Oslo Norway

Continued from Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren, Oslo, Norway.

There's an article today about Thor's expedition, in National Geography Education;…/kon-tiki-sets-s…/…
This article reminded me about our visit to the Kon-Tiki Museum at Oslo, during 2012. My husband and I are always curious about the place we visit. We don't shy away from venturing into the unknown. We just enjoy.
The previous evening we had planned the next day's activities. A cold morning dawned; we had our breakfast, walked to the bus stop, and waited for the bus heading towards the city center. We were rather famous with the bus drivers; they must have thought that we had migrated newly to the place.
From city center, we hopped on to another bus that took us to Bygdøynesveien (peninsula). As always, we were early.; sat watching the rain, birds, cruise liner, stillness in the place, raindrops on cherry blossom flowers, and the amazing posh houses. We waited patiently. A cup of coffee would have been awesome in that cold weather. Well, cuddling was better than coffee!
After a long time, the bus that dropped us returned with another batch of tourists. That was when the museums (and toilets and cafes) opened. It's a beautiful cozy museum. Every bit of information related to Kon-Tiki and Thor Heyerdahl's expedition, Ra II, and the Oscar award are displayed. There's also a theater that airs a documentary about Kon-Tiki. A cute store sells souvenirs. The original Kon-Tiki documentary that won the Oscar award is aired everyday at noon.
And then we walked to other museums in the vicinity. The other museums that we visited were the Fram Museum, Norwegian Museum of Cultural History, Viking Ship Museum, and Norwegian Maritime Museum. Exploring the peninsula, on foot, was fun. We saw about 20-25 cyclists zoom past us. What a memorable experience it was! I have a terrible itch to visit Oslo again.
Sharing a collage of Kon-Tiki museum exhibits.
Kon-tiki museum

Holmenkollen and Frognerseteren, Oslo, Norway

That day too was May 1; but the year was 2012. Oslo was on a holiday! We had a lazy day ahead, as travelers, because the museums that we wanted to see were all closed. Well, instead of wasting a day, we decided to explore without a fixed agenda. We stood at our favorite bus stop, hopped on to a bus taking us to city center, and randomly we picked a metro-line to travel. We bought the ticket and sat in the rail, watching the scenery change.
The rail moved out of city center, gradually started ascending, and I was like a kid at a candy store watching everything that went past our window. The weather was getting colder. As the rail halted at stations, children and young adults got in with their cycles. They were mighty excited. We wondered where they were going.
As the rail gradually ascended, wow, we saw the ski jump tower and snow. My jaws dropped. We continued our journey; had to see the end of this line. The cyclists got off, first, at the last station, and then everyone else. The cyclists sat on their mountain bikes, and descended downhill. They disappeared within seconds. We walked further up to admire the beautiful view. We followed the path that a few people took, and landed at the most romantic cafe I have ever seen. My husband and I were thrilled that our unplanned journey had treated us very well, and wondered where we were.
We had happened to take ticket to the last station on the Holmenkollen Line, had gone past Holmenkollen Ski Tower, and hopped off at the highest station in Oslo. We were standing front to Frognerseteren Restaurant and Cafe. We were ogling at the posh cars. We were smiling as well. We entered the cafe, looked around, and placed our order for coffees and some sinfully delicious desserts. We couldn't find a seat outdoors; sat inside and blissfully enjoyed our treats.
Smile stuck to our faces. Back at hotel, we did a happy dance. smile emoticon
The photo collage gives a glimpse of the place.

Frognerseteren Restaurant and Cafe