Sunday, 30 June 2019

Review of "The Hub" Hotel (Clarion Hotels), Oslo

The Hub, a newly refurbished hotel just across the road from Oslo's Cental Station, has a stunning elevator lobby. The facade is a huge LED screen with a water/ice sound and light show. A fun way to wait for a lift (elevator).

Digital "smart elevators"

Ask for a view towards the Oslo Fjord and Opera House. Buffet breakfast is a highlight - one of Oslo's best. If you have an early train, request a breakfast take away bag.
Central location, across the road from shopping malls and station

P.S. The bear mounted on the wall (in some rooms) is cute too.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Bergen's Fortress - escape the tourists, free admission

All of Norway's 17 fortresses are open to the public.
Bergen's fort is adjacent to the old town (Bryggen), yet few tourists visit it. When you finish climbing to the top section, there is an excellent (free) museum of Norway's military history, housed over several levels, in the grounds of the fortress complex.

Views of Bryggen

A pleasant walk

Cooking in a hotel room with an iron

Peckish? How about pita bread, ham and cheese? Warming up a pizza slice? Toast?

Use a hand towel each side of upturned iron to stabilise iron.
Set on highest setting.
Check iron light remains on (some irons have auto cut off with inaction).
Turn when brown.
Teflon coated iron makes cleaning easy.