Walking around under the castle
Once round the hill we could see building works under the castles cliffs along with stacks of container offices. This whole area has been developed since our last visits. The warehouses on stilts and the office building with street art are all gone replaced by more offices.
German Navy frigate – Sachsen-Anhalt
As we walked round the German Navy frigate, Sachsen-Anhalt, was moored.
Sea Cloud Spirit
Further around we came to an unusual sight, a three mast passenger carrying ship, the Sea Cloud Spirit.
Opera House and the new buildings at the head of the fjord
The building past the ferry port and the tram lines were now completed.
It was a very pleasant surprise to see that a large open space had been left and steps created that lead down to the fjord.
We rested at the hotel until after 6 pm. Following our walk the previous day we went up Karl Johans Gate and went into McDonald’s for an evening “snack”! The restaurant was a very busy but our cheeseburger and Big Mac both came quickly.
The park at the side of Karl Johans Gate was still cordoned off for Oslo Gay Pride events. Along the road itself, restaurants had positioned tables and they were all very busy. We stopped to read notices taped onto the trees.
Cruise? NOT welcome!
You have just arrived in my home town on a floating block of flats that burn asphalt for propulsion and Electricity. The ship is registered in some far away bandit state or in a offshore secondary register to exempt them from all our laws about tax, environmental protection and workers rights. You have paid for your trip to a company that does not pay taxes to my home country or at all. What you consume onboard is exempt from value added tax and the workers onboard don’t pay taxes to Norway. The workers are exempt from all relevant labor laws and are treated in a way you would never accept.
The cruise industry is a parasite on Norway and so are you.
So please f### off back to your boat and tell all your friends that cruise tourists are not welcome in Norway.
Kind regards #CruiseNotWelcome
Outside the opera house the fountains that I love to photograph were all turned off, so no repeat images of the bubbles of water today.
We carried on walking up the long wide driveway that leads to the palace. Once there I watched a small group of ceremonial soldiers as the guard was being changed.
I joined a group of other visitors looking down the hill into the city.
The evening was still warm and we joined fellow drinkers outside of the pop-up bar at the side of the parliament building.
Even when the Sun dipped and we were in shadow, the air temperature was such that we could just sit and watch passers-by on Karl Johans Gate.