by Cherszy (@cherszy)
Rich in a green environment with its variety of trees and plants along the roadsides, Oslo is definitely one of the most refreshing and relaxing places to be in right now. With bicycles that seemingly dominate the streets and a quiet ambiance to accompany your cup of coffee at a local café, this city is pretty much anyone’s perfect weekend getaway (if only it wasn’t that far away from home, I’d be here every or every other weekend).
While it may not have the Eiffel Tower of Paris or the Statue of Liberty of New York or the Great Wall of China, Oslo prides itself with its artistry where sculptors such as Gustav Vigeland and painters such as Edvard Munch amaze visitors beyond belief with their masterpieces. If you want to take a look at some of the best Norwegian chef d’œuvres, the National Gallery (Nasjonalmuseet) and the Vigeland Sculpture Park would be your best picks.
Housing over a thousand paintings, the National Gallery exhibits the best works from various local and international artists. For a price of NOK 50 for regular visitors and NOK 40 for students, you can immerse yourself in a world of brilliant art. If you happen to be there on a Sunday though, then you’re more in luck as the entrance is free for all visitors! Bingo!
Within the Frogner Park, the Vigeland Sculpture Park is the main attraction where it is home to 212 bronze and granite sculptures of Gustav Vigeland. Each of the sculptures is done so intricately and beautifully that one will only have words of admiration to utter. While every sculpture is different from the rest, one theme governs them all: the intertwined fate of life and death.
Oslo seems pretty much a lovely combination of the traditional and the modern where it is not too left behind by contemporary architectural designs yet it does not leave behind its cultural character. And that makes this city unique in its own way.
Due to its rather silent environment and a countryside aura, this city feels like a small village with a large area. It can make anyone spend a day in serenity. And because of that, Oslo has become one of my favorite places on Earth. So, just a shoutout to all Norwegians out there, thank you for letting me discover the beauty of your city! It is awesome! 🙂 And truth is, I feel like I want to be a Norwegian citizen. 😉
Escape the black smokes and the noise of the busy cities. Be immersed in nature’s wonder of green grasses and fruit-bearing trees. Hear the birds chirp and smile with love in your heart. Visit Oslo, see nature exposed in its grandeur, and go home with a desire to be more loving and caring of Mother Earth. Go to Oslo, be inspired by its great sculptors and painters, and find the artist within you. Then, return to your city and feel reborn.
Visit Oslo and be inspired to be green and creative!
*Sorry if the photos are not the highest quality. I am still practicing to be a good photographer. Despite that, I would highly appreciate it if you give me (or my blog) credit if ever you’re going to use the photos. 🙂 Thank you!