Wow. This cemetery is IMMENSE ( and apparently the largest cemetery, at 243 acres). When driving by on the train ( Oslo has top-rate public transportation, this coming from someone with a bit of a bus-phobia) it takes FOREVER to pass, which is one reason I asked to stop there after we’d toured the city. Wow. Just, wow. Saw Petter’s grandparents along with the Gypsy queen, stones so old the inscription is gone and memorials so new the flowers hadn’t wilted yet. Infants and centenarians, husband and wife, it was one of the most interesting afternoons I’ve had. A lot of it decently creepy, lol, but also a lot of beauty hidden among the sadness.
There’s a good chance I was *the* most irritating tourist in Oslo today.. there was nothing I didn’t consider for a photo! The girls went off to Kindergarten this morning and Petter took me on the ultimate tour. Oslo is AMAZING. It is insanely rich with art, there’s a sculpture or statue on every corner. Even their buildings are art, it’s just intense to be surrounded in this much attention; everything is designed to attract notice. Also, naked people. Not live people, but good grief are there a TON of nekkid statues around here! That’s a post all in it’s own, I was just all agog at how uptight the good ol’ US of A now seems and at how normal, relaxed and liberated Oslo is. It was a good thing.
Akershus Fortress was really neat to see, though next time I find a wide angle lens. Having grown up in Central Oregon and done VERY little travel in my life, I’ve not had a chance to see history like I was exposed to today. I saw ruins that were hundreds of years old ( footprints from buildings waaaay back in the Viking days) and buildings that were older than my entire home town. It was just a WHOA kind of day.