Friday, September 8, 2017

Scandinavian Friday Five

Today marks the first of many posts about our three weeks abroad. It's going to take me some time to get to all of these because the next two weeks are still craziness for us! First home Aggie football game, Chloe's first day of school and my brother is getting married. Life just doesn't slow down in the fall that's for sure! Since it's Friday, I thought I'd share my favorite picture {without a person in it} from each of the 5 cities we visited. First up...Oslo!

one. Oslo



This photo is from Vigelandsparken. This is the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist, Gustav Vigeland. This park contains his life's work! There are more than 200 statues made of bronze, granite and wrought iron. This picture is specifically of the Wheel of Life. Here's a description of it from the Viegland Museum's website: "The wheel is a symbol of eternity and is here executed as a garland of women, children and men holding on to each other. In a sense, this sculpture sums up the dramatic theme of the entire park: Man's journey from cradle to grave, through happiness and grief, through fantasy, hope and wishes of eternity." I thought their wording was too perfect of a fit to try and explain it any other way! We absolutely loved visiting this park. It was so fascinating and a must see if you ever visit Oslo.

 two. Lillehammer


Lillehammer is one of my favorite places. Maybe it's because I've been there three times and every time I'm there, we do and see something that makes me fall more in love with the city. Maybe it's because I know people there that I love so much! It's actually more like a town than a city. The population is about 25,000 people. You may have heard of Lillehammer because they hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics! The picture above was taken on one of many hikes taken along the river that runs through town.

 three. Gjovik



Most of the beautiful pictures in Gjovik are taken by others as I was kind of busy while we were there. This is the town where Charlotte's husband grew up and it's also where they met! We boarded the Skibladner {partially pictured above!}, the oldest steam boat in Norway, to witness Charlotte and Ole's marriage ceremony! The Skibladner is the only paddle steamer operating in Norway, it sails on lake Mjøsa which separates Lillehammer and Gjovik.

four. Stockholm



After the wedding shenanigans, my family attempted to head home while Chloe, JP and I flew over to Stockholm, Sweden for a few days! The first day was beyond exhausting {we didn't sleep the night of the wedding!}, but the next two days were amazing. This picture is from our last evening there. We walked up to Monteliusvägen which is a quarter mile walking trail with the most amazing views of Gamla Stan or Old Town.

five. Copenhagen


After a few days in Stockholm, we jumped on a train and spent a few more in Copenhagen. Our first day there, we walked to the famous Nyhavn aka the colorful house canal. The houses were built in the 1700's and early 1800's and are now used as  restaurants and store fronts. In the 1600 and 1700's, it was known for beer, sailors and prostitution! This side of the canal was even called the "dirty side" because of the prostitution. Just a fun fact for your Friday!

This is just a small glimpse into what our 3 weeks abroad looked like. I can't wait to share more with y'all! But until then, have a fabulous weekend. I'll be watching the Aggies hopefully win this weekend!



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