Groundhog day

Trip Start May 12, 2012
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Trip End May 25, 2012


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Flag of Norway  , Oslo,
Sunday, May 13, 2012

Today we arrive back in Oslo as our cruise begins it's itinerary for the Baltic cruising. Whilst it has been only 2 days since we were last here, there is still much to see and we head off relatively early for a full day of sightseeing.We head straight for the ferry dock to beat the crowds wanting to see the various boat museums at Bygdoy. The Bygd°yfergene is the easiest and quickest way by public transport to get there and we buy an Oslo Pass at the ferry terminals which will give us all day access on public transport, museum entries and a host of other benefits that we have no hope of using in one day.After buying our passes we hurry to the ferry that is waiting to leave on it's half hourly timetable. The captain can see us running toward him but as the clock ticks past his departure time his swabee raises the gangplank and he departs leaving us standing alone at the dock.Not wanting to waste a half hour waiting for the next ferry, we make a beeline for the  Nobel Peace Centre, opposite the ferry dock, which consists of an exciting combination of changing and permanent exhibitions. The Center seeks to promote popular interest in issues relating to war, peace and conflict resolution - in Norway as well as abroad.
Half an hour later we have done the Peace Centre and are safely seated (despite the long queue when we arrived back) on the next ferry leaving for Bygdoy.We walk through the streets of Bygdoy to reach the museums of interest then catch the return ferry to continue our day of sightseeing in and around Oslo.
 
One of the main Oslo attractions is Vigeland Park which is a pleasant walk from the centre of town. It is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, and is one of Norway's most popular tourist attractions.After the Park we walk around some more. Most of the attractions have now closed and we are too weary to continue on, so we head back to the ship for a well earned rest and some light refreshments.   
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