The second day of our vacation ended up being on Ascension Day, a religious holiday that neither of us had ever heard of.
40 days after Easter, Ascension Day celebrates Christ rising into the heavens, and as a result all of the stores in Norway are closed.
After taking a nap and waiting out the morning rain, Colette mentioned how eerily quiet the city streets were compared to yesterday.
And as we wandered around to check out a few grocery stores we had put in our map, we realized that they were all closed. Crazy.
We’ve experienced complete closures other times in Europe due to holidays, Google to the rescue, and now we both know about a new holiday to avoid.
Another 5 1/2 miles of random wandering today to the Oslo Opera House and through the Akershus Fortress, tomorrow morning we’ll catch an early train back to the airport to pick up a rental car, and then it’s off to the Hallingdal area to explore where Colette’s ancestors lived.

Oslo Opera House

Oslo Opera House on Ascension Day
It’s a geometric monstrosity, but the tourists love it


Oslo City Cubes

Oslo City Cubes
Cube buildings everywhere


Pondering Life

Pondering Life on Ascension Day
Christian the IV ponders the Oslo Domed Church


Finely Manicured

Finely Manicured
Beautiful park-like landscaping inside the Akershus Fortress


The Harbour

The Harbour
A view down to Oslo Harbour from the Akershus Fortress


Which Way?

Which Way?
Colette determines our route


Follow The Grey Brick Road

Follow The Grey Brick Road
These pathways are beautiful, if not very level…



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