fun 17th of may with friends

The day after Alexander Rybak’s victory at the Eurovision Song Contest, Norway had another reason to celebrate as it was the country’s National Day, which is celebrated every 17th of May. 

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That Sunday was filled with sunshine, a farcry from last year’s wet one. Oslo was decked with the Norwegian colors of red, white and blue. The epicenter of celebration was along Karl Johan – the postcard pretty children’s parade led all the way to the Royal Palace where the royal family was waiting. Thousands of people came out in droves dressed in their best traditional costumes called bunad

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Fellow blogger Yed was still in town so he and his brother Emerson could experience this day of pride among Norwegians. Knut stayed at home to recuperate from the preparations and party the night before. We first met up with Neil and Arild. A few strides later we met with Mark, his visiting Filipino parents, and his partner. Then we moved on to the National Theater where we met up with Lucien and Enrico. From there, we decided to leave the city center and took Yed and Emerson to the Vigeland Sculpture Park, Norway’s most visited attraction. 

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Afterwards, Yed, Emerson and I went down to Aker Brygge where we would then take the Oslo Fjord Cruise from. I haven’t taken this 2-hour cruise around the islands of the Oslo Fjord before so it was a welcome respite. Thanks for the treat, Yed! 

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After docking, we proceeded to Tjuvholmen, the upscale quay-side development beside Aker Brygge to meet up with Vanessa and her family. We had dinner at Meat Market, took pictures by the docked yachts and enjoyed the breeze rolling in from the sea before driving to the Opera House and called it a day.

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It sure was an amazing 17th of May celebration spent with friends. Thanks guys!!!

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12 Responses to “fun 17th of may with friends”


  1. 1 iapetus May 26, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    that’s a beautiful photo of the parade on Karl Johan :)

  2. 5 deluxeduck May 27, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    seems like you guys are enjoying too much. inggit ako.

  3. 9 K.noizki May 28, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    The Flags, The LV’s, The MW – looking good there with all the friends.

  4. 11 Francis LVoe May 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    LVoe the Mini Lin and that’s an H&M Jacket?! Hmmm…we only get crap here in the US. America is not so fashion forward for men’s clothing!


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