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Norway: the Naked Sculptures

Norway, September 2010

We embarked the Crown of Scandinavia before 5 PM from Copenhagen and arrived in Oslo the next day around 10 AM.
We made our first stop at Vigeland Park, the world's largest sculpture park made by a single artist Gustav Vigeland. There are more than 200 sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.
Each sculpture have different story about journey of human life from birth to death. Gustav sculpted only nudes to make his images universal, not bound in time or class by their clothes.
It's a very beautiful park, definitely a place I'd love to revisit in the future.

waking up to a beautiful sunrise through my cabin window

Crown of Scandinavia, our cruise ship

Running man with a boy on his back

Vigeland Sculpture Park

amazing sculpture details


17.3 m high, The Monolith
The Monolith is composed of 121 human figures rising towards the sky. This is meant to represent man’s desire to become closer with the spiritual and divine. It portrays a feeling of togetherness as the human figures embrace one another as they are carried toward salvation



Oslo city



The next day we headed to Bergen by coach. It was a 7 hours long journey but with breathtaking scenery, I'd say it was worth it.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway after Oslo. It's a pretty historic city surrounded by mountains.
To get the best view over the city, I went to ride the famous Floybanen (funicular). It took me up to the top of Mount Floyen, 320 metres above sea level.
Another main attraction in Bergen is the 900 years old wooden buildings,next to the Fish Market. It's listed on UNESCO's World Heritage site.

scenic roadway from Oslo to Bergen

stopover in Voss for lunch

Bergen view from top of Mount Floyen

journey on the Floybanen 


Cheers

 the old wooden buildings, important icon of Bergen

buildings along the harbour front

Anyway.....I'd like to wish you all Merry Christmas!!! Share the spirit of peace and joy on this occasion with your loved ones :)

Mc Donald's in Bergen

7 comments:

  1. This is beautiful!! Those statues are incredible!!!! Wow!!

    Digger
    www.digdeeperdesign.blogspot.com

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  2. Thank you Digger :)
    I was in awe of those amazing statues

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  3. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos!!! Merry Christmas to you, too!!!

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  4. Thank you Liz......Merry Christmas :D

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  5. such nice photos!! and the statues are so interesting LOL

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  6. Beautiful places and attractions

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  7. Ohh Norway looks so beautiful! And very interesting sculptures. Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit a friend there when i move to Europe next year!

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