A weekend in Oslo (part 2)

Our second day in Oslo was just as fab as our first. We woke up after the deepest sleep ever (it must have been all that fresh winter air!) to yet more blue skies and bright sunshine, which felt like such a treat compared to all of the drizzle we've been having in Leeds recently. Having done lots of exploring the previous day, we only had a couple of things that we were desperate to see and do. The first of those was to visit the Oslo Opera House, which is the home of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

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A couple of friends had recommended a visit to this part of town for the impressive views from the top of the opera house, and I am soooo glad they did. On such a clear day we could see for miles, and the light made all of the glass structures sparkle.

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We even made a little pal at the top - this guy was not remotely camera shy and pulled various poses. It was almost like he was doing an outfit post shoot - he kept tilting his head at different angles trying to find the most flattering shot!

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After climbing all over the roof taking hundreds of photos and quite a few selfies, we had worked up quite an appetite. We headed back down to the Aker Brygge area for lunch, grabbing a seat outside a little Italian restaurant, with this view in front of us.

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It felt so indulgent to be sat outside eating lunch in the sunshine in December, but with all the patio heaters and rugs and blankets we didn't feel the cold at all. We ordered a couple of pizzas to share and watched the world go by. It was such a lovely quiet hour in what had been a very hectic and stressful week.

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Once we were fully refuelled, it was off to the Royal Palace to see the changing of the guard. This is a daily event that takes place at 1.30pm and it was well worth watching (even if it was slightly less impressive than the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace).

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My favourite part of the whole routine was when all the guards stood in two lines opposite each other and did a bit of a weird shuffle dance from left to right. I'm sure it's very serious and has great significance but it just made me chuckle quite a bit...

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We spent a little bit more time up at the palace, which had been lit up in golden hues by the setting sun. The view from outside the palace was pretty ace too - it sits at the top of a hill at the end of the main street, and if you stand right in front of the statue you get a great view back down into the city.

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After that, it was pretty much time to head back to our hotel and collect our bags ready to catch the bus back to the airport. We took the route back past the Christmas markets in order to soak up every last little bit of festive spirit...

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And with that we were headed on the journey back to little ol' Leeds. We weren't in Oslo for long at all really, but I felt like we got a good sense of the city, and despite only being away from home for a couple of days, we both felt so much more relaxed on our return. I think weekend breaks might be my new fave thing ever - you don't have to use up any precious annual leave, but it feels way more exciting than a weekend at home!

Where would you recommend for our next weekend away?