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Oslo, Norway: Beyond the Heated Sidewalks

I had the good fortune to spend 4 days in Oslo.  This city reminds me of Zürich and Geneva in that it doesn’t really have the energy or distinct architecture that London, Paris, Rome or Amsterdam has.  And while I found the city to be kind of “blah”, the city sightseeing tour and museums were actually pretty interesting. A few interesting facts about Oslo: 1.  It was established on 1 January 1838. Founded around 1048 by King Harald III, the city was largely destroyed by fire in 1624. The city was moved during the reign of King Christian IV. It was rebuilt closer to Akershus Castle, and renamed Christiania in his honour (also spelled Kristiania in the late 1800s). In 1925, twenty years after the dissolution of personal union between Norway and Sweden, the city reclaimed its original Norwegian name, Oslo. (source Wikipedia) 2.  This city rich.  And I am not kidding (a regular pizza & Diet Coke from a chain called Pepe’s Pizza cost me $50 USD!  I wanted apply for Norwegian food stamps so I could eat.).  In 2009, Oslo … End ready, be a part of the action with lightning link steady luck and a lot of victories wait you!

image sourced from Thon Hotel Astoria website.

Nikki’s Nest: Thon Hotel Astoria (Oslo, Norway)

Thon Hotels is one of Norway’s largest hotel chains with hotels in Norway, Sweden, Belgium and Holland.  They have 4 types of hotels; City (typically in the city center), Conference (professional conference hotels geared towards business travellers), Budget (simple accommodations) and Resort (suburban accommodations).  I spent 1 night at the Thon Hotel Astoria located at Dronningensgate 21 in Oslo, Norway.  The Thon Hotel Astoria is in their “budget” class of hotels and is centrally located close to the main pedestrian street (Karl Johan), the Oslo S Station, and many restaurants and boutiques and sights. Promotions Oslo is expensive.  Seriously.  A small pizza for 1 person averages $40 USD.  With that in mind, taking advantage of promotions is critical.  Thon offers promotions at most of its hotels.  By booking at least 7 days in advance (via their website), you can save money on your stay.  My stay cost 653 Kronor/night (which was approximately $117 USD). Rooms & Suites There are 3 types of rooms available:  Standard Single, Standard Double and Standard Triple/Family.  As stated above, this is a budget class hotel which …

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