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Entering Oslo

 

To my eye, a rather higgledy-piggledy assortment of nasty modern builings at the entrance to Oslo on the E6 motorway.  I suspect that these were built on a part of Oslo that was burned by the Danes some centuries ago and which the Norwegians have only just got round to re-building :-)  I first visited Oslo in about 1978, when it had a population of about 400,000 and it was a delightfully old-fashioned city.  The shops closed at about 4.0 pm - late night opening was until 5 - and there were about a couple of alcohol monopoly shops that had such opening times that no one was around to buy anything (hence their predeliction for moonshine!).  Now, it's just another big European city with a population of about 660,000.

 

 

Entering Oslo

 

To my eye, a rather higgledy-piggledy assortment of nasty modern builings at the entrance to Oslo on the E6 motorway.  I suspect that these were built on a part of Oslo that was burned by the Danes some centuries ago and which the Norwegians have only just got round to re-building :-)  I first visited Oslo in about 1978, when it had a population of about 400,000 and it was a delightfully old-fashioned city.  The shops closed at about 4.0 pm - late night opening was until 5 - and there were about a couple of alcohol monopoly shops that had such opening times that no one was around to buy anything (hence their predeliction for moonshine!).  Now, it's just another big European city with a population of about 660,000.

 

 

comments (11)

Quite a wild buildings forest Tom!
Tom Wilson: Pretty awful, isn't it!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 9 Jun 2015, 05:54
Crisp shot of a place I feel I have visited in several countries, Tom.
Tom Wilson: Yup - just like everywhere else these days - there's pretty well no good reason for travelling anywhere any longer smile Except, of course, to meet up with your SC buddies smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Jun 2015, 07:22
You are right - I remember also "a delightfully old- fashioned" city - a very old hotel with ropes for escaping in case of fire - and the harbour with old ships. Did you take the picture from a bridge?
Tom Wilson: The very old hotel might well have been pulled down for an office block to be erected smile This was, like the previous two, from the top deck of the bus.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 9 Jun 2015, 07:43
These new structures are certainly crammed into a small-ish space Tom but I've seen a lot worse in my time
Tom Wilson: Oh yes, there's worse around, but I don't think I've seen them so different and so jammed together anywhere else.
It is a rather charmless skyline
Tom Wilson: That's a good word, Bill - fortunately the old city still has some charm smile
It looks like some giant Lego city from here Tom.
Tom Wilson: You're right, Chad!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 9 Jun 2015, 10:20
I would never have imagined it like this, Tom
Tom Wilson: Fortunately, not all of Oslo is like this smile
great architecture all together
Tom Wilson: A jumbled mess to my eye, Chantal smile
I like the two buildings in sort of center that are clad in a design.
Tom Wilson: Yes, they might have something going for them if they had more space around them
judging from the tower crane, another glittering tower wil be up in no time.
Tom Wilson: Indeed, Ayush, one wonders when it will stop!
It's good that you were around earlier to know what it used to be like Tom. Nice capture of the present
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Janet - I've been around so long, everything seems new smile

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