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Oslo, Norway Travel Guide

December 8, 2016

Oslo is full of colourful old and new architecture and quirky sculptures. The main thing I loved about Oslo is how everything is Koselig (cosy). Local bars and restaurants supply outdoor heaters and wool blankets you put over your lap whilst enjoying a drink. Inside is filled with candles or warm fires and many bathrooms have heated floors to warm up chilly feet. Being one of the most expensive cities in the world Oslo is not cheap so I’ve included some free things to do.

What to do

Royal Palace

It’s free to walk around the gardens and you can purchase a tour around the Palace but it is only open from end of June to Mid August. The changing of the guards take place every day at 1.30. The Palace looked so pretty in the snow I felt like I was in Narnia!

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Go Shopping
Scandinavia is famous for its elegant and minimalist clothing and home ware. Walk along Karl Johans gate for some great shops.

Akershus Fortress

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Museums

If visiting on a Sunday some museums are free so check online before visiting.

Nobel Peace Centre

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National Gallery

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Edward Munch’s most famous piece – The Scream

Free

Go inside the City Hall

From the outside it doesn’t look that impressive but inside is full of beautiful art about Norwegian culture and history.

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Visit the Opera House

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The Vigeland Park (Sculpture Park)

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Trying out the sculpture poses obviously nailed it haha

Walk along the waterfront

Wander along the waterfront admiring the views and then get cosy in one of the bars.

Accommodation

Oslo Central Hostel

  • Free breakfast – this is the best hostel breakfast I’ve ever had. They have a wide variety of fruits, yoghurt, egg, bacon and the best herby mushrooms.
  • Lockers and towels provided
  • Good location close to the fortress and shopping streets
  • Atmosphere more of a hotel rather than a hostel

Where to Eat & Drink

Mathallen Market

This food market is outside the centre there are bus’s or trams that you can get here. We walked and its around a 20-30 minute walk. The food here is expensive but then so is everywhere in Norway. It is also closed on a Monday.

Justisen Bar

This place is a lot of fun there’s an outdoor bar with heaters and upstairs lots of different rooms. The rooms look like they have been decorated by someone’s Grandma with loads of floral wallpaper and cosy lights.

Mona Lisa – Italian

Very fancy looking restaurant you can also eat outside on the balcony.

Homan Bistro & Bar

I had the best bangers and mash here!

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Information

  • If visiting in Autumn/Winter it will be freezing pack thermals, scarves and hats
  • Oslo is super expensive so budget accordingly. Dinner or lunch will cost £20-£30 for one course and that is in the cheaper restaurants. If you visit during summer you could go to a supermarket and buy some foods for a picnic. You should also pack some snacks with you. We ended up paying £5 for a packet of crisps and chocolate bars are about £3 so its worth bringing stuff in your suitcase.
  • I would recommend getting an Oslo pass they have 24hr, 48 and 72 hour passes which will provide you with free entry to museums the fortress and public transport. 24 hr is 335NOK 48 hr is 490NOK and 72 is 620NOK you can also get student discount. The museums are quite expensive to get into so it does make the pass worth it.

*Note: Special thanks to Visit Oslo for providing me with a 72hr Oslo Pass

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Europe Food Italy Travel Weekend Away

Things to do in Milan, Italy

September 18, 2016

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If you’re into shopping then I would recommend Milan its the global capital of fashion and design. Milan is also ideal if you fancy splurging or going on a romantic getaway as it has many high end shops and restaurants. Here are some things to do in Milan.

Milan Cathedral

Visit the iconic Duomo Di Milano cathedral. Be aware it does get busy and there are big queues outside. There are lot of tourists taking photos outside the cathedral and there is a ridiculous amount of pigeons as well haha.

Galleria vittorio emanuele

This shopping centre is right next to the Cathedral and has a mix of high end shops and restaurants. It is well worth a visit for the beautiful ceilings and patterns.

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Great place to go at night full of people in bars and restaurants. The Italians have an apertivo also known as happy hour. This is pre drinner drinking, with the purchase of a drink you get to have some nibbles from a buffet. I think this is an amazing idea and Milan is a great place to have an Aperol spritz and enjoy the view of the canal.

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Accomodation

Ostello Bello Medici Hostel 

This is one the of best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. I arrived at night around 10pm and was pretty hungry and feeling tired from travelling. The receptionist was super friendly asked me if I was hungry and bought me a bowl of pasta and some wine. I had such a friendly welcome and this hostel has such a great atmosphere.

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Ostello Bello photo from Hostelworld

Hostel info

  • Free breakfast and dinner! Breakfast consists of cereals, toast, eggs, juice and tea. Dinner is a buffet style with bread, salad and pasta
  • Free welcome drink on arrival
  • Bar downstairs
  • Good for solo travellers as people are friendly and the dining area is a good place to meet people at dinner or after for drinks
  • Guitar and piano for guests to use also had bands and enterainment in evenings
  • Free wifi
  • 24hr reception
  • Open air terrace with hammocks
  • Free towels – always useful as a backpacker
  • Good location near shops

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Weekend in Zurich, Switzerland

September 11, 2016

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I first visited Zurich a few years ago and immediately fell in love with this city so I decided to go back on my backpacking trip around Europe. Here are some things to do in Zurich.

Grossmünster church

For 4 Swiss Francs you can climb to the top of Grossmünster church there are quite a lot of steps and its a tight squeeze if people are going up the stairs as you come down them. Its well worth the climb once you reach the top and see the amazing views of the city.

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Lindenhof Platz

Free viewing platform offering views of the lake and old town, such a beautiful view especially in summer.

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Where to eat

Hitl Restaurant

This is the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. The food is amazing! They have a buffet filled with salad, falafel, cheese, pasta, curry and many other things. You fill up a bowl of what you want and pay by weight. They also have other meals, snacks and puddings you can order.

Cafe Schober

I decided to come here after reading great reviews on Tripadvisor. I wanted to get a hot chocolate but it was such a hot sunny day when I visited I got an iced vanilla frappe which was good. Its quite expensive here but then so are a lot of places in Zurich.

Where to stay

Switzerland is an expensive place for backpackers. I stayed in Langstars hostel and prices  start from £30 a night.

Hostel information

  • Free drink in bar
  • 15 minutes walk from station
  • Good for solo travellers as people are sociable
  • Based in international area and can be quite noisy outside at night

Where to go next

I used flixbus to travel to Milan, the journey had amazing views of Switzerland’s mountains, lakes and cute countryside houses.

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Days Out Europe Food Travel UK

Things to do on a Day trip to Oxford, England

March 28, 2016

I finally got round to visiting Oxford and it was amazing. Oxford is known as the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ the buildings are so old fashioned and beautiful. I didn’t get to see everything I wanted as it was raining most of the day, typical British weather. Below are some of my photos.

Cocktails from Oxford Retreat

We had cocktails at the Oxford Retreat pub, such a cute place by the river and close to the train station. It was also happy hour so was only £3 per cocktail, I had the vanilla swizzle it was sooo good.

The bridge of sighs

Bridge of Sighs

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Trinity College

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

I would definitely recommend going to the museum of Natural History as it’s free and has some really interesting things in a beautiful building.

We stopped of at Atomic Burger on Cowley road, the inside was designed with comic books on the walls, toys and a spiderman on the ceiling it was really retro and cool. I had the Frito Bandito mexican style burger with nachos, guacamole and sour cream it tasted amazing. Also had sweet potato fries which are my favourite.

The old parsonage hotel

Finally we stopped of at the Old Patsonage Hotel we had tea here, would have had the afternoon tea but was too full from the burger. Other people were having the afternoon tea and it looked amazing. Its quite a fancy hotel with a cosy fire and old pictures on the wall. Next time I go back to Oxford I will come here again, I will also go to the University and have a boat trip along the river. If you haven’t been to Oxford yet you definitely need to go there’s plenty to see and do.

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Food

Review of Birthday Meal at Prezzo

February 28, 2016

Had a lovely meal last night in the Italian restaurant Prezzo. Prezzo  has many restaurants across the UK.  I ordered the Calzone il Carltoni which contains pepperoni, seasoned chicken, pancetta, peppers, pomodoro sauce and a blend of cheese. It was really tasty and so filling. I especially like the tomato sauce it comes with as calzone has a lot of dough so the crust can sometimes be a bit dry but with the sauce it was perfect. I also received a free bottle of prosecco as it’s my birtday soon. I love a good freebie and if you or a friend has a birthday soon just sign up here and Prezzo’s will email you a voucher.

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