Got up today and it was cloudy with a chance of rain on the forecast. We had some breakfast including Norwegian cheese (cheese count: 18) and put on our new coats. We first walked towards the Opera centre. It is a beautiful white marble building that has an enormous slanted roof from the ground do you can walk up it and admire the view of the old part of Oslo on the other side of the harbour. At the top, there were massive ocean gulls relaxing on the ledges.
At the bottom, there was a choir of at least 100 people set up and they sang a few songs. They were very good.
We then walked into the old part of Oslo and went to the cathedral. Unfortunately we couldn't enter straight away due to the mass being held so we got coffee and cake opposite until it was time to go in. It was worth the wait. The cathedral dates back to 1694 and is the cathedral used for public events by the royal family and the government. It was only relatively small compared to the others we have been to in Scandinavia but it made up for it's small size for a wonderful painted ceiling!
We walked around through the streets before going along the main central walkway to the royal palace. The royal palace is the summer residence for the family and is well guarded around all four sides. The guards were actually very nice and interacted with the public unlike what you see in London and Sweden.
We visited the Nobel peace museum along the harbour. It is an interactive exhibition that has information on all past winners and a large exhibition specifically for the previous years winner. The most recent laureate is the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for its work to prohibit the use of nuclear weapons and to make light of the possible humanitarian consequences of any use. Their aim is to prohibit and eliminate every nuclear weapon on Earth.
“Imagine if the only nuclear weapons remaining were the relics in our museums” - Mohamed El Baradei, Nobel Lecture 2005
When we left the museum, it was pouring with rain and we were soaked. We headed for the Akerhus fortress built in 1290 to protect the royal residence. It is currently used as a military base, prison and government offices. We weren't able to see much as it was mostly closed off (being late on a Sunday).
We walked back through the centre of town and found one place open that happened to be a pub. I got the best fish and chips with mushy peas and Jip got mussels. It was nice to warm up and have some great food. We got the nearest train and didn't pay for a ticket. I presumed it was free travel on a Sunday as all the boom gates were open and people were just walking through. We were home relatively quickly.