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Thinking Back…Oslo Highlights

Thinking Back…Oslo Highlights

Thinking Back…Oslo Highlights: Frogner Park (Vigeland Sculpture Garden), Grünerløkka, and the Opera House Today’s blog post, I’m reminiscing again about my trip to Oslo, Norway. Norway isn’t just beautiful for the dramatic fjord landscapes, but Oslo’s architecture and art scene is a city for inspiration on its own. Today’s post will be reminiscing about Frogner Park and the Vigeland Sculpture Garden (and my favorite sculpture of all time), the Grunerlokka district, and the beautiful, sleek, modern Oslo Opera House. I’m a sucker for arts and architecture, so full disclosure, there will be a lot of that in this post ;). 1. Frogner Park aka Vigeland Sculpture Park Frogner Park is actually Oslo’s number 1 tourist attraction, which surprised me, but I can definitely see why. Frogner Park is interesting because it’s a huge city park, that is also a major sculpture garden,  the Vigeland Sculpture Garden mixed in as a permanent installation. The sculptures are refreshing and go through parenthood, being an adult, and great battles as well. My favorite statue is “Angry Boy” or in Norwegian Sinnataggen. We visited Norway in March, so the sun set early and we stumbled into park in the afternoon and were there during the “golden hour,” which made for awesome glimpses of the statues with a dramatic backdrop.   2. Grunerlokka aka “Hipster” Oslo So Gunerlokka is an awesome district/neighborhood within Oslo where there’s a ton of street art, installation pieces, awesome cafes and coffee shops, and all the cool modern shops and even cooler thrift shops for some cheap Norwegian buys. Be sure to make a stop at Indigo, a sleek, unique coffee shop...
Colorado’s Best Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Colorado’s Best Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Red Rocks Amphitheater is one of those places that mesmerizes as much as any concert you might attend there. Just outside of Denver, Red Rocks has housed some of the world’s most famous bands from the Beatles (yes the Beatles) to smaller more indie bands, like  Of Monsters and Men and Vampire Weekend (the show I saw, which happened to be my first red rocks concert!).     I feel embarrassed being a former Colorado native and having only visited Red Rocks once, but I’m sure that it won’t be the last. Every time I visit Colorado I’ll be checking the concert schedule!  Red rocks is an outdoor amphitheater famous for its music and geology. During the day its a park where people come exercise, play around on the stage, and go for hikes.   During the day its the perfect exercise spot, but at night, when there’s a concert, its unforgettable.   The red rocks are lit up, you can see the stars above, and in the distance you can see the Denver lights and skyline. Most bands take advantage of the lighting and rocks and do light shows with their music against the rocks and it makes for an unforgettable show!     A few tips: 1. Get there early if your show is general admission, the front fills up quickly by people camping out all day. 2. Bring a light jacket or a blanket because sometimes it can be chilly! 3. Bring a poncho, it tends to rain and they don’t cancel shows due to rain very often! 4. Wear appropriate shoes because you might have...
7 Common Travel Worries and How to Solve Them

7 Common Travel Worries and How to Solve Them

Traveling can be stressful, drive anxiety, worrisome, and just plain complicated sometimes. After talking with many people- big travelers and non travelers and everyone in between I’ve collected 7 common travel worries that I’ve noticed. My goal here is to help you resolve these worries and create a very stress-free and exciting travel experience! You may share these worries or have other worries too, I sure know that I did and I still do at times. But that’s the fun in traveling- It’s an adventure, you might make some mistakes, but you sure learn a lot about yourself and improve your problem solving skills! So here’s to a happy, fun, and rewarding travel experience. 1. I don’t have enough money/time to travel This worry is normally the first excuse or reason why many people don’t travel at all. And to be honest, it’s just flat out not true, even for minimum wage workers. Most full time jobs, if not all, include vacation time. Unfortunately in the United States that vacation time is less than many other countries in the world, but that’s not going to stop us from traveling. I know many people have family obligations and traditions that take up some or most of that vacation time. BUT, you don’t have to use your vacation time to travel! You can have amazing trips and experiences on three day weekends, or even just weekends alone. If you want to go on a longer vacation, then plan that out far in advance to schedule a time with your job that works for your situation. If you have kids and pets,...
Versailles: Hall of Mirrors PondPost Postcard

Versailles: Hall of Mirrors PondPost Postcard

  “Annie, Bonne anniversaire! I miss & love you very much! I hope you like your gifts! I hope your day is a very fun one! I’m sorry I missed it! I wish you could of been here to celebrate in the city of lights! Your “card” is a hologram of the famous Versailles hall of mirrors! It’s really lovely except for the mobs of tourists! But I wish I could be there to celebrate your birthday or have you here avec moi! One of your gifts has instructions that you should read 🙂 I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself with movies & games & not too much schoolwork! I love & miss you! Love, Alex” Thanks Alex! Lovely place and a must see if you visit Paris or France. Have you been to Versailles? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below! Do you have a postcard you want to submit for our PondPost Gallery? We’d love to see it and feature it here! Find out where to send it here Like to travel? Want to learn more about great spots, things to do, and people to see? Sign Up for Our Free...
PondPost: Harry Potter Universal

PondPost: Harry Potter Universal

“7-9-2012 Hogsmeade, FL Jolly good time at the leaky cauldron. Alex & Jeff” Great place at Universal Studios in Orlando, if you like Harry Potter, you will love this place! Great rides and butter beer! So tasty! Quick tip: go early when they first open, leave when it gets busy in the afternoon, and then come back at night, I think they’re open until 9 or 10! Have fun!...