Oslo – is not cold at all. There is no sign of snow but – like Vienna – they say it will snow after we leave. Yeh!
We have a list of restaurants we would like to visit but they are all closed – all closed - until 3 January – so our plans for fine Norwegian dining have been thwarted. It is strange that all the good restaurants go on holidays at the same time – but there you have it.
And it is almost impossible to get into a good café in the middle of Oslo – they all have crowds of people waiting to get in. What is it with these people? Don’t they have jobs? I just cannot imagine what it would be like in the tourist season.
It is - as expected – excruciatingly expensive. I came with a bundle of Euros but no Norwegian woggles and have not been able to find a single place where I can exchange Euros for woggles. What? I hear you say. But these are everywhere in every city!
Well yes – everywhere but in Oslo. I have seen one in two days – and it was closed for renovations. And as for banks – I have seen two – and the one I entered was crowded and required me to take a ticket and wait – which I declined to do.
So for money I am reduced to the limited amount I can get from cash machines – and they are remarkably parsimonious.
Last night we went for dinner to the Grand Hotel café which was a wonderful experience and we just had to grit our teeth at the cost.
Tonight we were more circumspect and went locally to Ali Baba’s which was still scary but within reason.
Tomorrow is our last day in Oslo then we catch the train to Bergen.