European Vacation

The Burgeson's trip to London and Norway 06 is chronicled here for anyone who's interested. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Rainy day in Oslo

Today it rained, so instead of going to Drammen (where Tiana's family is from), we went back into Oslo and toured the World War II Resistance museum located in Anschuss castle. It gave us a great overview of Norway's part in the war and I enjoyed all of the exhibits. Tiana and Reidar indulged me and let me take my time there, which was great.

Then we went to lunch at the Burger King, as the normal restaurants were very crowded. Tiana was able to find a few souvenirs in a shop along the way and then we went to the Nobel Peace Prize Museum. The peace prize is one of five Nobel prizes, and the only one awarded in Oslo. The other prizes are awarded in Sweden. Sweden and Norway are very closely aligned, and were ruled by the same king for 400 years.

The displays in the museum were very technologically advanced, with moving screens and interactive features which allowed us to hear speeches and see information on all of the prize's past winners. After touring the museums, we went back to the hotel and relaxed for a while and then went up to the oldest existing restaurant in Norway, Vaertshuset. It has been operated as a restaurant since 1640. We had a fabulous meal of asparagus soup, reindeer steak, and the best homemade ice cream and sorbet I've ever had for dessert. Afterwards, we bid Karin goodbye and went back to our room to watch France take on Spain in Fotball.

Tonight we have to pack so we can go to a hotel near the airport tomorrow. In the morning we leave for Moss, where Tiana's other cousins live, and then it looks like we will have time to hop over the border into Sweden, where the "Burge" family originally came from (later made into "Burgeson", in the same style that Leif Erickson was the "son" of "Erick" the Red.)


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