My friends Owen and Lesley Morrison have now disembarked from the Seabourn Sojourn and are going to visit Oslo and Stockholm before they fly home from Copenhagen to Australia.
Hello from Stockholm, we are having a great time. The SAS plane trip from Copenhagen to Oslo took a mere 45 minutes and the one from Oslo to here took only 50 minutes and the seats we could pick ourselves as we are SAS frequent flyers and yesterday I picked the ones over the wings to give a little more leg room. Then we find out that as we cannot speak the language we had to move.
Even though the flight was almost full they managed to get three people from the row back to move and then get the bloke that was sitting between us to move a few seats back, which gave us a spare space between us, so we could spread out.
SAS has been wonderful.
The hotel we picked in Oslo was great for location, but the bathroom was horrible, the toilet was up against the wall and the shower was very small and it was very noisy in the afternoons and evenings, but there is another Best Western on the next street called the bohenin or something similar. The Flybussen ,the SAS airport shuttle, picks up and drops off there and the cost is 150 NOK. A taxi ride from the airport was 880 NOK, a big difference.
We caught the hop on hop off bus around Oslo. It was just down the road and we had a great time at the City Hall where they hand out the Nobel Awards (but not for peace as that is handed out in Stockholm).
They had a music festival and earth day celebrations in the park opposite our hotel in Oslo. We had a look around and then had a rest. At 6:30 we decided to go and see some more music and displays. By 6:45 p.m. they had all finished. The next morning the place was clean and you wouldn’t have guessed that anything had been going on.
The Marriott Courtyard is great, the room are the biggest in Stockholm, and for future reference they do now have a room with breakfast rate. Breakfast is 135 SKK for a continental breakfast and 190 SKK for a full breakfast.
We went out yesterday and caught the hop on-hop off bus and bought a three-day pass which is great as it stops across the road from the hotel and takes you into town on a yellow line and then we can swap to the blue line and do the other parts of the city. There is another line called the green line and, guess what, it commences the day we leave. Also there is a hop on-hop off cruise and that is extra, but we have a ticket for the Royal barge tour but guess what? That also starts on the day we leave.
Today we went out again on the bus and it started to rain but it soon cleared to be a great day. Lesley went to the information center for some, guess what, information., I went to the currency exchange to change some $US to SKK local currency. We are going on a cruise around the islands.
Tomorrow is our last day on the hop on-off bus and on Friday we will do something else.
The hotel we are staying at has a great restaurant and grill downstairs. We have a full breakfast every morning and a light lunch and then a great dinner.
One day I had a hamburger and it was so big and it was delivered on a wooden plate. I had trouble eating it all. It came with a huge bucket of chips, which at first looked as though the cup was pushed in, but it soon became apparent it was china and all the buckets are the same.
We have still not finished our Norway story, but watch this space.