Norway – City tree

City tree in Oslo, Norway
City tree in Oslo, Norway

Today, I want to show you something what positively surprised me in Oslo. I think it’s also present in other places, but I don’t know any of them… It’s called “City Tree”, however it’s not a tree. 馃槈 It’s basically a green plant wall, with two benches around. As the information on the City Tree says, the wall has an integrated water tank with automated irrigation systems powered by a solar panel on top. Wind and air pressure generated in the urban space leads air through the wall which captures pollutants. In addition, the various plants attract insects that contribute to community’s biodiversity.

A part of City Tree you see on today’s picture. How do you like the idea?

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Dzisiaj, chcia艂abym Wam pokaza膰 kolejn膮 ciekawostk臋 z Oslo. My艣l臋, 偶e znajdzie si臋 to r贸wnie偶 w innych miastach, ale dotychczas nie spotka艂am. To tzw. “City Tree”, czyli “Miejskie Drzewo”, je偶eli ta instalacja ma swoj膮 艂adn膮 polsk膮 nazw臋 dajcie mi zna膰, p贸ki co zostan臋 przy tym t艂umaczeniu.
Mimo nazwy, nie jest to drzewo, ale 艣ciana z r贸偶nymi ro艣linami, otoczona dwoma 艂awkami. Powiedzia艂abym, 偶e to ekologiczna instalacja, kt贸ra ma za g艂贸wne zadanie poch艂ania膰 zanieczyszczenia, a do tego wygl膮da bardzo 艂adnie.

Fragment Miejskiego Drzewa widzicie na dzisiejszym zdj臋ciu. Jak Wam si臋 podoba taki pomys艂?

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Norway – Clock Lighthouse

Clock Lighthouse, Oslo
Clock Lighthouse, Oslo

Do you like lighthouses? I do a lot, especially in the Netherlands I saw lovely ones painted in white and red. In Oslo, I found one nice “lighthouse”, however it’s rather a clock that looks like a lighthouse, but it’s located by the sea, so it’s still kind of lighthouse. 馃檪

As you can see, that time it was snowing heavy, but it also may be charming. 馃檪 Lets stay for a few more days in Oslo, and then I’ll show you real winter and how amazing it can be!

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Lubicie latarnie morskie? Mi zawsze sprawia du偶o rado艣ci spacer do latarni morskiej, szczeg贸lnie gdy jest usytuowana daleko i spacer do niej zajmuje chwilk臋. Bardzo urocze, bia艂o-czerwone, latarnie morskie widzia艂am w Holandii, ale wr贸膰my do Oslo. W stolicy Norwegii znalaz艂am jedn膮 ciekaw膮 “latarni臋 morsk膮”. Co prawda jest to zegar, kt贸ry ma kszta艂t latarni morskiej, ale 偶e znajduje si臋 nad morzem, nazywam go latarni膮. 馃檪

Jak widzicie na zdj臋ciu, 艣nieg pada艂 do艣膰 intensywnie, ale on te偶 ma sw贸j urok. 馃檪 Zosta艅my jeszcze kilka dni w Oslo, a nast臋pnie poka偶臋 Wam prawdziw膮 zim臋 oraz b臋d臋 przekonywa膰, 偶e zim臋 da si臋 lubi膰. 馃槈

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Norway – Wooden houses

Wooden house, Oslo
Wooden house, Oslo

In Norway, like in many places in Scandinavia you’ll find lovely wooden houses. Well, I like them a lot and wouldn’t mind to live in one of them. 馃檪 Even in Oslo, you can also see many of them. Of course the capital of Norway is full of modern and fancy buildings, but wooden traditional houses also can be found in a variety of suburbs.

The wooden house from the picture, may not look like a typical Scandinavian house, however while it was snowing it looked like from a fairy tale. 馃檪

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W Norwegii, jak i w wielu miejscach w Skandynawii, bez problemu mo偶na znale藕膰 urocze drewniane domy. Osobi艣cie bardzo je lubi臋 i nie mia艂abym nic przeciwko aby w takim zamieszka膰. 馃檪 W Oslo jest mn贸stwo nowoczesnych budynk贸w, jednak i tam znajdziemy urocze drewniane domki.

Drewniany dom ze zdj臋cia nie wygl膮da jak typowy skandynawski, jednak gdy pada艂 艣nieg wygl膮da艂 do艣膰 ba艣niowo. 馃檪

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Norway – Traffic lights in Oslo

Traffic lights in Oslo, Norway
Traffic lights in Oslo, Norway

I was surprised when I saw traffic lights in Oslo, because many of them have double red lights for pedestrians. Recently I saw also similar double traffic lights in Hamburg. Do you know any other places with this constellation?

Apparently, in Oslo, they put two red lights, just in case one bulb is broken, so people don’t think the traffic light was out of service. Later, people realized it gives more security, because double red lights are better visible, so it stayed like that. Not a bad idea!

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W Oslo, zaskoczy艂a mnie sygnalizacja 艣wietlna! Czy wiecie, albo zauwa偶yli艣cie b臋d膮c w Oslo, 偶e sygnalizacja 艣wietlna przy przej艣ciach dla pieszych jest do艣膰 nietypowa? S膮 dwa czerwone 艣wiat艂a ostrzegaj膮ce pieszych, 偶e nale偶y si臋 zatrzyma膰. Niedawno zobaczy艂am podobne w Hamburgu, czy znacie mo偶e inne miejsca z tak膮 sygnalizacj膮 艣wietln膮?

W Oslo, prawdopodobnie obawiano si臋, 偶e jedna z 偶ar贸wek mo偶e si臋 zepsu膰, dlatego zamontowano dwa czerwone 艣wiat艂a dla pieszych aby nikt nie pomy艣la艂, 偶e sygnalizacja nie dzia艂a. Z czasem, zauwa偶ono 偶e zwi臋ksza to bezpiecze艅stwo, bo podw贸jne 艣wiat艂a s膮 lepiej widoczne; i tak ju偶 zosta艂o.

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Norway – Gustav Vigeland

The monolith, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
The monolith, Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway

Gustav Vigeland was a Norwegian sculptor. He also designed the Nobel Peace Prize medal, but I believe he is mostly famous for his sculpture installation in Frogner Park in Oslo.
Vigeland sympathized with Nazi Germany and no wonder his sculptures present Nazi or fascist aesthetics.

In today’s picture you see “The monolith” that’s located at the highest point in Frogner Park, Oslo. It’s probably the most famous Vigeland’s sculpture. Is it nice or are his sculptures beautiful? I won’t answer this question, but leave it to you ;-). I’d rather say, they’re quite unique and it’s worthy to visit Frogner Park, if not for their beauty, to see so many of them in one place!

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Gustav Vigeland by艂 norweskim rze藕biarzem. Zaprojektowa艂 m.in. medal Pokojowej Nagrody Nobla. Jednak, wydaje mi si臋, 偶e jest najbardziej znany ze swoich rze藕b znajduj膮cych si臋 w Parku Frogner, w Oslo. Vigeland by艂 zwolennikiem nazizmu, wi臋c nie dziwi fakt, 偶e jego sztuka przedstawia typowe dla tego okresu sylwetki.

Na dzisiejszym zdj臋ciu widzicie “Monolit”, ogromn膮 kolumn臋 zbudowan膮 z 121 postaci nagich ludzi. Monolit jest chyba najs艂ynniejsz膮 rze藕b膮 Gustav Vigeland i znajduje si臋 w najwy偶szym miejscu Parku Frogner. Ocen臋 pi臋kna tych rze藕b pozostawiam ka偶demu. 馃槈 Jednak dodam, 偶e warto odwiedzi膰 park, chocia偶by po to aby zobaczy膰 tak du偶膮 ilo艣膰 rze藕b ulokowanych w jednym miejscu.

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Norway – Frogner Park

Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway
Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway

I think, Frogner Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Oslo. It’s especially famous for the sculptures designed by Gustav Vigeland. In the huge area of 45 hectares, you’ll find there 212 bronze and granite sculptures!

If the park is famous for the sculptures of Vigeland, why is it called “Frogner Park”? Because historically, it’s a part of Frogner Manor. Frogner Manor was a manor house and former estate in today’s borough of Frogner in Oslo, Norway.
And sculptures of Vigeland cover only a small part of the park.

Tomorrow, information about Gustav Vigeland, stay tuned. 馃檪

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Park Frogner jest jedn膮 z g艂贸wnych atrakcji Oslo. Jego najs艂ynniejsz膮 cz臋艣ci膮 s膮 rze藕by Gustava Vigeland. W parku, znajdziecie a偶 212 rze藕b wykonanych z br膮zu i granitu!

Skoro park s艂ynie z rze藕b Vigeland to dlaczego nazywa si臋 “Frogner”? S艂ynne rze藕by zajmuj膮 tylko ma艂膮 cz臋艣膰 park, a historycznie teren nale偶a艂 do dworu Frogner. I obecnie, jedna z dzielnic Oslo nazywa si臋 Frogner.

Jutro kilka szczeg贸艂贸w na temat Gustava Vigeland. 馃檪

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Norway – Birds in winter

Bundles of grain for birds, Oslo
Bundles of grain for birds, Oslo

All of you, who live in countries with snowy winter may be familiar with bird feeders.
Of course, some birds stay all year round, even in cold countries like Norway, while other birds migrate for winter to spend it in warmer places.

It’s important to take care of birds and feed them to help them survive winter. I don’t talk about feeding pigeons with bread, but to provide nutritious bird food. Often people hang small feeders or even birdhouses.

While walking in Oslo, we saw many small bundles of grain for birds. It is a nice idea, isn’t?

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Z racji, 偶e w Polsce zimy bywaj膮 zimne, cho膰 nie zawsze z du偶膮 ilo艣ci膮 艣niegu, jestem pewna 偶e wiele razy widzieli艣cie karmniki dla ptaszk贸w, aby pom贸c im przetrwa膰 najtrudniejszy okres.

W Norwegii, nawet zim膮 mo偶na spotka膰 wiele ptak贸w. Oczywi艣cie wiele ptak贸w migruje na zim臋 do cieplejszych kraj贸w, ale cz臋艣膰 mieszka w Norwegii przez ca艂y rok. Wi臋c bardzo wa偶ne jest, aby zapewni膰 im warto艣ciowe po偶ywienie. W Oslo, widzia艂am bardzo oryginalne karmniki, kt贸re s膮 k臋pk膮 zbo偶a zawieszon膮 na drzewie. Nie do艣膰, 偶e s膮 u偶yteczne to bardzo estetycznie wygl膮daj膮. Podoba Wam si臋 taki karmnik?

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Norway – Magical street

Magical street in Oslo
Magical street in Oslo

How do you like this picture? I called it “magical street”. 馃檪 Even while walking there, it’s not difficult to have the impression we’re in a magical place. Maybe it’s just snow, trees, and lanterns, but that’s how it is – the right composition of simple things can create wonderful atmospheres.

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Jak Wam si臋 podoba dzisiejsze zdj臋cie? Nazwa艂am je “magiczna ulica”. 馃檪 Spaceruj膮c tamt臋dy mia艂am wra偶enie jakbym przenios艂a si臋 w magiczny 艣wiat. Mo偶e to tylko 艣nieg, drzewa i latarnie tworz膮 razem tak膮 magiczn膮 atmosfer臋, ale czy偶 nie o to chodzi, aby odnajdywa膰 pi臋kno w prostych rzeczach?

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Norway – Benches covered by snow

Benches covered by snow in Oslo
Benches covered by snow in Oslo

One of my typical winter pictures are benches covered by snow. Do you also like to photograph them?
I like the most benches hidden deep in parks, when nobody uses them for a long time, and then snow piles up very high. The benches from today’s picture are located at the main shopping street in Oslo called Karl Johans gate, so I’m pretty sure people were using them a day earlier. That’s why there’s not so much snow. Well, enough for me to really enjoy the scenery! 馃榾

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Jedno z moich typowych uj臋膰 zimowych, to 艂awki pokryte grub膮 warstw膮 艣niegu. 馃檪 Te偶 lubicie takie fotografowa膰? Moje ulubione, to te ukryte g艂臋boko w parku, na kt贸rych nikt zim膮 nie siada, a przez to okrywa je znaczna ko艂derka 艣niegu. 艁awki ze zdj臋cia, znajduj膮 si臋 blisko g艂贸wnej ulicy w Oslo, wi臋c jestem prawie pewna, 偶e dzie艅 wcze艣niej kto艣 tam siedzia艂 i nie uzbiera艂o si臋 na nich za du偶o 艣niegu. Jednak st臋sknionej za 艣niegiem osobie, taka ilo艣膰 zupe艂nie wystarczy艂a. 馃榾

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Norway – Oslo

Oslo, Norway
Oslo, Norway

Welcome to the Kingdom of Norway.

In this January, I decided to search for a real winter destination with lots of snow, thus Norway, and especially very north Norway, was my goal. I found what I was searching for and it was wonderful, but let me come back to it in a few days. First, I want to share with you some of my impressions from Oslo.

I spent 2 nights in a lovely, built in typical Scandinavian style, Hotel Scandic Gardermoen, that proves high quality doesn’t have to be extremely expensive in Norway. You will have there a nice breakfast (with typical specialties from Norway) at a cosy fire place. And you can even buy a nice painting. Take a walk around the hallways of the hotel, you may find among the many paintings the one you like. 馃檪

I had a very intensive day of sightseeing Oslo. Wasn’t extremely cold ;-), but it was snowing almost all the time. I guess sunny, summer Oslo looks much better in pictures, but winter time is also not bad! I think, many people have the impression it’s extra cold and dark there in winter, but it’s not true! When I visited Oslo, temperature was around -5 Celsius with lots of snow. Sun rises around 9 a.m., and sunset was around 4 p.m., so it’s also not so much different from many European countries that time.
It doesn’t sound so scary, does it?

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Witajcie w Kr贸lestwie Norwegii. 馃檪

W styczniu, postanowi艂am poszuka膰 prawdziwej zimy, st膮d Norwegia by艂a celem mojej podr贸偶y. Znalaz艂am wszystko czego szuka艂am. Szczeg贸艂y podr贸偶y przedstawi臋 Wam za kilka dni, ale najpierw moje wra偶enia z norweskiej stolicy, Oslo.

Sp臋dzi艂am 2 noce w uroczym, typowo skandynawskim hotelu Scandic Gardermoen, kt贸ry udowadnia, 偶e w Norwegii, wysoka jako艣膰 nie musi i艣膰 w parze z wysok膮 cen膮! Musz臋 te偶 przyzna膰, 偶e hotelowe 艣niadanie bardzo mi艂o mnie zaskoczy艂o, poniewa偶 oferowa艂o mn贸stwo norweskich specjalno艣ci (nie oby艂o si臋 bez 艂ososia przyrz膮dzonego na kilka sposob贸w). 馃檪

Mia艂am bardzo intensywny dzie艅 zwiedzania Oslo. Nie by艂o bardzo zimno, ale 艣nieg sypa艂 prawie ca艂y dzie艅. St膮d przyznaj臋, 偶e letnie, s艂oneczne Oslo, prezentuje si臋 lepiej na zdj臋ciach, ale zima te偶 jest pi臋kna! 馃榾
Wydaje mi si臋, 偶e wiele os贸b wr臋cz boi si臋 odwiedzi膰 Norwegi臋 zim膮, ze wzgl臋du na niskie temperatury. Jednak jest to b艂臋dne podej艣cie! Oslo jest do艣膰 nisko po艂o偶one i temperatury s膮 zno艣ne. Podczas mojej wizyty, by艂o oko艂o -5 C, wi臋c mniej wi臋cej tyle samo stopni, co w wielu innych europejskich miastach w styczniu. Wsch贸d s艂o艅ca by艂 oko艂o 9 rano, a zach贸d oko艂o 16, czyli te偶 “typowy, zimowy dzie艅”.

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