We've had a great trip. I've got to give a big shout-out to Mum and Dad for picking Norway (Dad), planning (some of) the trip, and financing it!! We've had wonderful weather almost the entire time and seen and done some amazing things. However, all good things must come to an end, so it's up early tomorrow (Wednesday) to get back to the airport, then I have a couple more days in the UK before flying back to France on Saturday.
Yesterday (Monday), we had the long drive back down to Oslo. It was a fun little roadtrip, but I think we were all glad to get rid of the rental car, after sitting in it for more than 1000 km over three days.
|A couple more shots of the scenery from the return journey|
Today was quite relaxed, with the main activity a trip to the Museum of Decorative Arts. First, though, we called in at a nearby cemetery. I love cemeteries in general, and while this wasn't as full of interesting graves as, for example, Eastern European cemeteries or Père Lachaise, it did have Munch and Ibsen (and some other "famous" Norwegians).
|I don't know who this is really, but tonight Matthew, he's going to be Joseph Stalin|
|My absolute favourites were the tapestries, such as this early 17th century Norwegian tapestry|
|The close-ups are priceless. EVERYONE in this tapestry is permanently surprised|
|Well, Jesus is a Bit Sad|
|And as for the faces on this late 17th C tapestry...|
|This is obviously made by the same dude as the last one. I think this Where-The-Wild-Things-Are-looking guy is meant to be one of the Magi|
|This is amazing - a tapestry from between 1040 and 1190. Look at how bright the colours are! It was my official Favourite Thing in the museum|
|A much-later tapestry featuring Nordic maidens about to be licked by polar bears - ???|
|A dress owned by Norway's Queen Maud. I know they wore corsets back then (early 20th C), but damn, that's a tiny waist! How did she manage it?|
|Oh, I see, clearly she was one of the undead|
|I would have sworn this was by El Lissitzky, but funnily enough it turned out the black plate with red dots in the background was by him|
|A 19th-C throwback to traditional Viking motifs|
|How sweet is this little Japanese plate?|
|Talking of sweet, awwwww|
|I fell in love with the work of the Norwegian Nora Gulbrandsen. This cabinet is full of her work|
|Gulbrandsen (I think!)|
|Definitely by Nora Gulbrandsen, because this one came up on Google Images|
|Me and Mum at the apartment. She's cheating by wearing shoes while I'm barefoot|
|Me at the restaurant, looking like I'm about to get a Christmas present|