With great shock and sadness I watched news of the tragic events in Norway last Friday. It seems incomprehensible that such a peaceful and orderly place could be the scene of such terror. We were in Oslo just over a year ago, albeit briefly, and the city struck me with a sense of serenity and genuine hospitality. Perhaps it was the fact that we had just endured the chaos and excitement of the previous five days in London, but Norway (and all of Scandinavia in fact) resonated with me. My husband is part Norwegian, and thereby my children as well, and it was lovely to make that connection to their heritage.
The day we spent in Oslo was slightly drizzly, in stark contrast to the brutally hot and bright weather we encountered every other day of the vacation. In fact, while we were there, we heard it proclaimed the hottest period in one hundred years in the Baltic. In Oslo we visited the Fram and Kon-Tiki Museums, learning about the sea-faring history of Norway. We then spent some time at a contemporary art gallery, relaxed in a cafe, and strolled through the narrow streets. We wrapped up the afternoon enjoying the square near the Nobel Peace Centre and the Akershus Fortress. Sailing through the fjorden on our departure was absolutely breathtaking. I so look forward to returning one day.
Last week I actually finished editing the second half of our vacation video from last summer. It was one of those tasks that had languished forever on my to-do list. I had avoided tackling the project as frankly, our video footage leaves much to be desired. We are dreadful videographers, and the pickings were slim. Particularly from the second half of the vacation when we were exhausted and so very hot. Several days and locations were left entirely unphotographed, most notably the Hermitage in St. Petersberg, the highlight of my entire vacation. But one must find a balance between documenting the experience and actually experiencing. Regardless, it is my goal to create a visual account of all of our vacations, as it helps the kids to retain some of the memories. Each video is about four minutes long if I haven’t entirely deterred you.
In entirely unrelated news I finally received my LK Bennett wedges in the mail and I adore them. I need to procure some heel grips before I break them out, but I did give them a quick try on. Yes I am wearing red jeans, feels like a flashback to 1992 (excuse the blurry iPhone photo).