One day in Prague

Being in Prague feels like a time machine just sent you back to around year 1800. You have to walk pretty far out of the old city and Mala Strana to see the newer world. The exception is off course the many tourists, content of the shops and so on. You also have many areas without cars, it makes this feeling even stronger. Prague is probably the city I've been in that is most true to the old architecture. 

Having one day in Prague (combined it with a business meeting) I chose to mainly walk around, just taking in the medieval surroundings, taking picture and eating amazing trdelink! The Old city and Mala Strana are the best areas, and Charles bridge! (just make sure to pass it early in the morning, too much people the rest of the day). You can't take the wrong direction in these areas, old beauty combined with candy colored buildings everywhere.

I also went to the part of the city called Vrsovice, named the hipster part of the city. It's not quite Williamsburg, but definitely has it's very cool cafes and all of that. Krafarna is one good choiche.

Do not bother going to the Black light theatre they talk so much about. Not very impressive, mostly strange, I left before the second half started. But you should eat at St Martin, KARE cafe or U Mecanase. My hotel Vintage Sax was very central and pretty cool as well. 

Enjoy medieval times and don't forget to eat that trdelink!

 

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Autumn magic in Urke, Hjørundfjorden

I visited home sweet home Urke in Hjørundfjorden last weekend. It was autumn magic and Norwegian fjords and mountains at it's very best. Hiking, a boat trip on the fjord, some more hiking, waffles at Urke Kaihus and just enjoying the beauty. The recipe of a perfect weekend!

The hikes went to Gapahuken Bentebu, Leknesnakken and Haukåssætra. Short hikes with amazing views! The Hurigruten was also there, the people adding an international touch to this amazing fjord village.

I'll let the pictures tell you the rest of the story. 

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Going to Gothenburg? Liseberg is a must do!

Living in Oslo, the city of Gotheburg in Sweden is only a 3 hour ride away. So waking up on Staurday morning we decided to take a short weekend break and go to Gothenburg to have some fun. Our main goal was the amusement park Liseberg

It was my first trip both to Gothenburg and Liseberg. Having only Saturday night and Sunday morning in the city before heading to the park didn't leave much time for exploring. But I will go back for a longer weekend, because Gothenburg is a small, trendy and beautiful city. We had dinner at the Dim Sum restaurant Hello Monkey and breakfast at Konditori Brogyllen. I can recommend both.

Liseberg

But let's talk amusement park! Liseberg is a bit different than many other parks. It,s actually very cozy with a calm athomsphere. Well... there are off course the long lines and loads of people in the high season, that's hard to avoid, But there are small wooden buildings with shops and kiosks, a small harbour and streets you can stroll along accompagnied by cute swedish music (not Abba, more "Svenska visor"). And the food you can buy there is really good.

And there is the attractions - like Helix - the longest and fastest roller coaster in Scandinavia. And my favourite AtmosFear - the tallest free fall attraction in Europe. Liseberg has attractions for everyone, read about them here.

So - go to Gotheburg and make sure one day is for Liseberg only. Have fun!

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Gaustatoppen, Norway - the lazy way

They say you can see 1/6 of Norway from mnt. Gaustatoppen (1883 masl) in Telemark. There is no way I can verify this, but I can promise you that the view is really great and it does feel like you se at least a very big part of Norway. 

Normally people hike to Gaustatoppen, or go ski touring. It's a challenging hike, but if you are used to hiking, hit it. Just remember it's Norway - bring clothes for all weather seasons. More about the hike. But there is an easy way up, a cable car. We chose that way this time (let's call it research for the ski touring season;-).

You can take a cable car inside the mountain all the way to the top. It takes you 15 minutes, avoid it if you are claustrophobic, if not it's great. Or you can take it one way. Read more about it. We took it both ways.

As said, the view is really really nice and if you are in the area Gaustatoppen should be on your to do list for Norway. I'm looking forward to skiing it this winter!

Me and 1/6 of Norway. (Photo: Bjørn Dyresen

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