Hi, sweet friends! I have been itching to blog from the moment I touched down here in Oslo on Friday night: in short, Mr. Bazaar has been totally charmed by the breathtaking nature, striking views and charming colours of this magnificent city. I’m here to speak at Fargerike’s Colour of the Year 2014 conference tomorrow so I’m going to keep this quick in order to get back to practising my presentation! Here are all things I learned and loved about this past weekend in Norway along with some helpful Oslo travel trips:
– Exploring the frozen beach at the edge of the fjords and the cross country skiing forest with my dear and talented friend Dagny before enjoying a cosy home cooked meal at her house.
– Borrowing Dagny’s husband’s super warm coat to keep off the minus eight degree chill!
– The sparkle of the frost in the early morning sunshine.
– Seeing the colours of nature wrapped in their frozen coats.
– Walking through Narnia-like woods where all the trees were encrusted in sparklingly ice blue frost. I loved how the freezing mist rolled in over the top of the trees – so atmospheric.
– Shopping all of the incredible interiors stores in House of Oslo and sharing brunch with Mariska at Villa Paradiso (fyi, totally the best pizza in Oslo!).
– More great pizza can be found at Pizza da Mimmo. (I know, I know, pizza twice in one weekend; I crave carbs at the best of times but even more so when it’s as cold as it is here!)
– If you are in the mood to celebrate in Norway then a glass of bubbles at Champagneria is lovely.
– Enjoyed a tasty coffee at BIT.
– Walking along the roof of the Oslo Opera House as the sun rises offers fantastic views over the city and beautiful golden light.
– Having the opportunity to stay in The Mikado Suite at The Grand Hotel Oslo. The whole suite was decorated using the purple palette from Fargerike’s Colour of the Year 2013 and you can see the whole suite in this post from March.
– Enjoyed photographing all of the traditional and colourful Norwegian buildings, especially the charming little homes in an old village called Kampen, which was engulfed by the city due to urbanisation.
– Watching the amazing colours intensify in the sky during the sunset on Sunday night.
// Photography by Will Taylor