• Bazaar Halls

    The halls (Dronningens gate 27) were built 1840 – 59 to improve conditions for a food sales. The architect of the project was Christian Henrik Grosch. Bazaar has repeatedly been threatened with demolition. First time it happened in 1901, when one would construct a new stock exchange building on the site. Collapsing of a real estate market and bad economical situation stopped plans. In the 1930s new reasons for demolition laid down: increased traffic required street extension, and in addition, it should be planted a park. World War II saved the building. After peace came in 1945

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    Watchmaker

    I met Yair for the first time one Shabbat (the Jewish day of rest). He talked about his family’s story- sort of a history of Israel foundation: from early Zionism and immigration to Palestine until the foundation of the State of Israel. He also told me about his collection of watches. I found his stories so deeply amazing, that decided to pay him a visit at his home. So there I was, in his kitchen, talking about life, checking some pictures and of course, his collection.On my mother’s side my grandparents were active Zionist, he said. My grandmother Klara Hirschenzon took part in

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    Oldest airfield in Norway

    Kjeller airfield is the oldest continuously operating airfield in Norway and one of the oldest in the world. It was established in September 1912 to serve the Norwegian Army Air Service is now used  by Air force and light aircraft.Cessna Bird DogUsually its gates are tightly closed, but once a year one granted to visit Kjeller Flydagen – Kjeller Airshow http://www.flydagen.no/ Its probably the best opportunity to see flying veterans, listen to nostalgic motor sound,  photograph and photograph.DC-3 Douglas is unique among prewar aircraft.  There are still

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    Provocative House

    This house – or rather its gates are so unusual that in 1992 it became the reason for a curious case: German tourist passing by was so shocked, that he was found unconscious on the pavement.The reason was simple. The house was built in a typical architecture style of the Third Reich and the gates featured large swastika decorations.However, as far as it’s known, German architects never took part in the construction. If one does not get hung up on the Nazi ideology, the situation will look far more harmless. First, let’s start with the fact that the swastika

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    Subtle Humor

    And yet, you have to be a person with a special sense of humor to make a decision to install the group of sculptures united by the common title ”Man with an Easy Hand Movement” (Mann med liten håndbevegelse by Istvan Lisztes). Except that the movement is very much reminiscent of begging and the statues are located across the State Bank of Norway.

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    Tante Ju

    Junkers Ju 52 used to be the Luftwaffe’s workhorse and one of the most popular transport aircraft. Like all airplanes, it also had an unofficial nickname: “Tante Ju” or “Auntie Ju” obtained for its slow-moving. However, it could carry 10-15 people and cargo up to 1000 km away. The ”Operation Weser-Exercise” became the first major military operation for the Ju 52. On April 9, 1940, 500 airplanes of this type were prepared for attacking Denmark and Norway. It is still unknown whether the photographed aircraft had participated in this operation or not,

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    Present Through the Lens of the Past

    “What the Photograph reproduces to infinity has occurred only once: the Photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially.”                                                                                                                             

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    Free Jewish tour on Karl Johan

    Welcome to European Day of Jewish Culture 2017. In honor of the event on 3 of September you are welcome to free Oslo Jewish Tour.Our journey into the Jewish history in Norway may look a little bit different in comparison with traditional tours. We are not going to visit synagogue or cemeteries, which are really typical for such excursions. Instead of that we are going to walk mostly through Karl Johan Street, which is the most central street of Oslo. We will understand and discover Jewish history in Norway using archived materials, as well as historical and modern monuments all along our

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    Oslo Children

    Gathering information about Jewish Oslo, I stumbled upon the fact about Hurum airplane crash in 1949. Hurum is approximately an hour away from Oslo, that’s why it was among the last spots in my list of interesting places for thorough studies. However, when I learned more, I was surprised how many amazing facts are hidden in the history of this place. After Israel foundation in 1948, Jews from all corners of the world floated there. Special children invigoration and preparation program was created. Its aim was to facilitate the North African Jews (Morocco and Tunis) to move back to the

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    Nacreous Clouds

    Today’s rare guest in Oslo sky is nacreous cloud. It forms when the fading light at sunset passes through tiny ice crystals blown along by a strong jet of stratospheric air. The clouds form only in polar latitudes and at extremely cold temperatures below −78 °C at altitudes of 15,000–25,000 meters.

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