|Heading to the train station near our house|
|Temporary Building set up downtown for information about the Oslo 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships|
|Walking the grounds up to the Royal Palace|
|The Royal Palace|
We walked up from the train station to see the outside of the Royal Palace, and even managed to be there to see the changing of the guard. It is not as fancy as Buckingham Palace or some of the other European palaces, but I think it is quite striking as a palace that is very welcoming to the people. The guards are right out front by the gate, but otherwise you can walk all around the parade grounds in the front and actually get quite close to the palace itself. It is located right in the heart of Oslo. The flag was flying to show that the king was in residence this day, but it is our understanding that the royal family actually lives most of the time in a residence in an upscale neighborhood on the shore of the Oslo fjord.
|The National Theater|
|Across from the National Theater|
We didn't go in to the theater, but did walk along the pedestrian mall that leads from the palace down through town and past the National Theater. I also had to take a photo of this building across the street--that top floor apartment with the elaborate balcony caught my eye!