Photo Friday: Oslo Again

Happy Friday!Norway in a Nutshell Route

This is the final gallery in our Norway series taken as we returned to Oslo by train. We had some terrific memories: watching the changing of the royal guard right after dignitaries arrived at the palace, and taking the girls to shop at Ikea (of all places, LOL).


Previous Norway galleries:

Norsk Folkemuseum in Oslo reveals a bit of Norwegian cultural history

Oslo to Myrdal to Flåm began our cross-country Norway in a Nutshell tour

Best Walk Ever captures our stroll through the villages of Flåm and Lunden

⟩ Cruise on the Sognefjord with stunning views

Gudvangen and Voss completes our tour of the Sognefjord

⟩ Beautiful Bergen makes my list of places I’d love to live

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Photo Friday: Oslo to Myrdal to Flåm

Norway in a Nutshell RouteIt’s Photo Friday Fourth of July!

May your Independence Day weekend be full of fun, food, fireworks, friends, and family.

Here’s a photo gallery from the first half of our Norway in a Nutshell tour in May, 2014. We left Oslo by train, changed trains at Myrdal Station, and arrived several hours later in the village of Flåm, at the head of the Sognefjord.

Enjoy, and have a great weekend!

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Photo Friday: Children Should Be Seen

Happy Photo Friday (the 13th)!

While in Norway, I truly enjoyed seeing the constant troupes of small, day-care children being chaperoned all over the cities. No, they weren’t tucked away, fenced in, far from roads and strangers and other American-style dangers.

Kids in yellow vests

[Daycare in front of City Hall, Oslo, Norway. Nikon D40. May, 2014.]

The Norwegians have a different approach: Give these kids highly visible vests, get them outside, and let them see and interact with the world around them. We saw groups of kids like this one everywhere in downtown Oslo and Bergen, always under plenty of adult supervision. I was told that kids are encouraged to be outside even in deep winter. “It’s good for them,” I heard.

I can believe it.

I hope you enjoyed this photo, and I’m interested in what you think of this approach to day care.