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Louis Armstrong in Norway

January 22, 2017.  Just a (fairly) short post today.  Matthew and I have been inundated with work for months, so I haven’t had much time to write.  Now that Easter’s almost here, I’m desperately trying to catch up before we take our first big travel excursion since Christmas.  We’re heading to the island of Malta in less than a week!  But I’m getting way ahead of myself, and my story of Louis Armstrong in Norway. Continue reading Louis Armstrong in Norway

Ullevålseter Summer Hike

From Frognerseteren's front porch, you can see adorable sod-roofed cabins and the fjord spread out below.
From Frognerseteren’s front porch, you can see adorable sod-roofed cabins and the fjord spread out below.

August 14, 2016.  Since I’ve written about Ullevålseter in winter and spring, I thought I’d take some time to praise its summer splendors.  (Every season brings surprises.)  The trek to this old-farmstead-now-hiker’s-haven is one of our favorite jaunts.  Not only because of the gorgeous forests, wetlands, and pastures we pass through along the way, but also because we always start at Frognerseteren, an incredibly picturesque and yummy restaurant that offers a heart-stopping view of the Oslo fjord.   Continue reading Ullevålseter Summer Hike

Skiing to Ullevålseter

February 21, 2016.  The recent delay in snowy days gave Matthew and me a chance to “upgrade” our ski equipment … yet again.  Despite numerous tries last year, we’d never gotten the hang of correctly waxing our brand new skis.  (I think the ability must be genetically preprogrammed in most Norwegians.)  That’s why we decided to go back to waxless skis, which the locals say are “best for beginners and old people, who shouldn’t be speeding.”  Ouch.  There went my pride. Continue reading Skiing to Ullevålseter

Birthday Hike to Ullevålseter

April 27, 2015.  For Matthew’s birthday, I shanghaied him for the usual celebratory fine-dining experience, this time at the hilltop Ekeberg Restaurant overlooking Oslo’s harbor from Ekeberg Park.  The place has a cool, retro vibe that mixes modern Scandinavian interior design with historic architecture known as “Functionalism” in Norway but called “Art Moderne” in the States. The restaurant’s wraparound windows provide a spectacular view of the fjord — we witnessed an incoming storm that was probably the best dinner show we’ve seen yet.  The food was also quite wonderful, but as typical in a nice place, each dish elicited a long litany from the waiter about all the varied and unusual ingredients and flavors awaiting our palate.  Sometimes I do wish fancy food came without the sales job. Continue reading Birthday Hike to Ullevålseter