Trip to Norway (day 7) – Oslo, Beauvais, Home

DAY 1: Journey to Brussels (20th May 2015)
Transports:
Flight Oporto to Brussels Zaventem (Ryanair): 24.50€

Restaurants:
Les Super Filles du Tram (Brussels)

DAY 2: Arrival in Oslo (21st May 2015)
Transports:
Flight Brussels Charleroi to Oslo Rygge (Ryanair): 8.15€
Oslo Rygge Airport to Oslo (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
Oslo train station – Bygdøy – Oslo train station (bus): 60 NOK (7.30€)

Museums:
Viking Ship Museum: 80 NOK (9.70€)
Norwegian Museum of Cultural History: 90 NOK (10.90€)

Accommodation:
Oslo Hotel Apartments – 999 NOK/4 pax (30€/pax)

DAY 3: Oslo to Rjukan (22nd May 2015)
Transports:
Car Rental (Hertz): 437.62€ (4 days, delivery in a different location)

Accommodation:
Gaustatoppen Hostel – 1340 NOK/4 pax (40.5€/pax)

DAY 4: Rjukan to Bergen (23rd May 2015)
Transports (ferry):
Jondal – Torvikbygd: 192 NOK (23.3€/car + 3 adults)

Accommodation:
Thon Hotel Bergen Brygge – 1495 NOK/4 pax (45.25€/pax) breakfast included

Restaurants:
Bergen Briggen Tracteursted – 747 NOK/4 pax (22.7€/pax)
Anne Madam (fish soup) – 304 NOK/4 pax (9.2€/pax)

DAY 5: Bergen to Sandnes (24th May 2015)
Transports (ferries):
Arsvagen – Mortavika: 247 NOK (30€/car + 3 adults)
Halhjem – Sandvikvag: 396 NOK (48€/car + 3 adults)

Accommodation:
Hotel Sverre (Sandnes) – 1030 NOK/4 pax (31.2€/pax) breakfast included

Restaurant:
Gillian Grill Sandnes (fish soup + fish and fries) – 566 NOK/4 pax (12€/pax)

DAY 6: Hike to Preikestolen (25th May 2015)
Transports (ferries):
Lauvvik – Oanes: 157 NOK (19€/car + 3 adults)
Tau – Stavanger: 295 NOK (35.8€/car + 3 adults)

Transport and Accommodation:
Train Stavanger to Oslo – 1398 NOK/compartment 2 pax (164€/pax)

Restaurant:
Far East Take Away (Stavanger) – 495 NOK/4 pax (15€/pax)

DAY 7: Oslo – Beauvais – Home (26th May 2015)
Transports:
Oslo Bus Terminal to Oslo Rygge Airport (bus – Ekspressen): 150 NOK (18.20€)
Flight Oslo Rygge to Paris Beauvais (Ryanair): 16.92€
Flight Paris Beauvais to Oporto (Ryanair): 22.84€

Restaurant:
itto sushi (Beauvais) – 15€/pax

On 26th May 2015 we were back in Oslo. We arrived early in the morning by train, from Stavanger.
We had about 2 hours of free time to visit Oslo. As MG didn’t want to go, he stayed in the train station with our luggage while we walked around.

We left the station and walked straight towards Oslo Cathedral (Oslo domkirke). The Cathedral, consecrated in 1697, is the main church for the Church of Norway Diocese of Oslo and it is used by the Norwegian Royal Family and by the Norwegian Government for public events.

Storting building

Storting building

At the end of the street, we saw the Royal Palace (Det kongelige slott), which is the official residence of the present Norwegian monarch. However, we didn’t go in there. We turned left right after we passed by the Storting building (Stortingsbygningen), which is the Parliament of Norway Building, and we walked across the Eidvolls plass.

A few minutes later, we were in front of another iconic building of Oslo – Oslo City Hall (Radhuset). Inaugurated in 1950, Oslo City Hall houses the city council, city administration and art studios and galleries. But what makes this one of Oslo’s most famous buildings is its characteristic architecture and, mostly, it’s in there that the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held annually.

Just across the City Hall, we found out Oslo Harbour (Oslo Havn), where lots of yachts and ships were docked. We were lucky to see a ferry approaching the harbour at the time we arrived there. I notice that the pier where the ferry to Bygdøy peninsula docks it’s well signposted.

Akershus Fortress

Akershus Fortress

Unfortunately, there was no time to go to Akershus Fortress (Akershus Festning), a medieval castle that was built around 1300 to protect Oslo. We just saw the fortress from the harbour.
The Nobel Peace Center (Nobels Fredssenter) stands on the opposite side of the fortress.

We should have taken the express bus (Ekspressen) to the airport at 9:50, but there was some problem with that bus that forced us to wait about one hour for another bus. As time passed, we feared to miss the flight. We got to the boarding gate around 15 minutes before it was closed!

Astronomic clock

Astronomic clock

JB and I flown to Beauvais, in France, while BG, ES and their daughter MG flown back to Brussels.
Our flight back to Portugal was at 21:45, so we had more than enough time to walk to Beauvais city centre and then walk back to Beauvais-Tillé Airport.

For about one hour, we walked the 5 Km that separate the city centre from the airport. It was hot! Nothing like the cold weather we had experienced in Oslo on that morning. It was a pleasant walk.

We passed by the French-British War Cemetery Marissel, which was made in 1922 for French and British burials from the First World War.

A building that we started to see from far caught our attention. As we approached it, we noticed that it was a Cathedral, a huge Cathedral! We knew what to visit in beauvais!
But first we stopped at a “patisserie” (pastry shop). I wanted to taste a French “pain au chocolat” (chocolate bread). Hmmm…delicious!

Cathedral of Saint Peter of Beauvais

Cathedral of Saint Peter of Beauvais

Ok, let’s visit the Cathedral of Saint Peter of Beauvais (Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Beauvais).
Bishop Milon de Nanteuil decided to build a cathedral that would surpass those of the neighbouring towns. Completed in 1284, the vaulted roof of the choir reached an exceptional 48 meters in height, surpassing the 42 meters of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, the highest complete cathedral in France. However, it collapsed 12 years. A transept and a 110 m high tower were built in the 16th century. But, once again, this was an overambitious construction. Four years after it was completed, the tower that would have made the cathedral the highest structure in the world at that time just collapsed.

The Cathedral is impressive! It’s huge, beautiful and, besides, it houses an astronomic clock built in 1868 that has more than 90,000 synchronised components in a Roman-Byzantine case! It’s astonishing!

Rue du 27 Juin

Rue du 27 Juin

Beavais was a great surprise for us! What a great place to end our trip. It’s a beautiful city with interesting things to see.
Another thing that I liked in this city was the half-timbered houses. The pedestrian street “Rue du 27 Juin” (Street of the 27th of June) is a good place to see these beautiful houses.

We had to find a place to have dinner. After walking around and around, we found only one place to go – the Japanese restaurant Itto Shushi. Our criterions of choice were the menu and, mainly, the opening time. This was the only restaurant that was open at 19:00, all the others would be open only at 19:30 or even at 20:00, which would be too late for us.

We had a delicious meal composed of sushi, soup and skewered meat and fish with rice and salad. As we were short of time, we had to have a quick dinner. Because of that and due to the large portions, we ate about half the food served. The other half was packed and we brought it with us.

We walked back to the airport. When we were passing the security control there was something in our luggage (we don’t know what) that looked suspicious. We had to wait for the security professional to inspect our backpack and to confirm that everything was ok.

We arrived in Portugal on that day, which means that, for the second time (first time), we were on 3 countries in one day, but this time they were not neighboring countries.

Oslo

Beauvais

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