Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital. It was the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. As Belfast is quite a small town, I did a full day tour visiting the countryside and coast using this company: http://www.gameofthronestours.com/

  1. Titanic Quarters. A great educational museum presenting the history of Belfast and its shipping industry, as well as the the events that lead up to the famous and tragic event of the Titanic sinking. There is even a short ride inside the museum as part of the tour! You can spend a good 2 hours visiting the whole place. 18766038_10156537768448849_2423457743891510165_n
  2. Queen’s University. The exterior looks incredibly beautiful 20170527_162836.jpg
  3. Go on the well-known Game of throne’s tour. Most filming was done in Northern Ireland and most of the support role actors/actresses are from here too!
  4. Cross the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. You have to get lucky with the weather like I did in order for the bridge to the open for crossing. 18699816_10156532974868849_2409087796334240924_n.jpg
  5. Giant’s Causeway. Unique rock formation with no one really knowing the real truth behind this place. You can apparently find such formation in Scotland too. 18836804_10156537777358849_1680685730415260528_o

Others: Ulster museum and botanical garden, City Hall, Opera House where I watched a show called ‘Crazy’ and St George’s Market.

Oslo, Norway

Oslo is the capital and is a great place to visit for one day before heading on to other parts of Norway. Most attractions are walkable from the central train station where you will most likely arrive from after taking the airport express train (23min journey). Due to the poor weather while I was there, I was unable to visit Vigeland Sculpture park (recommended) which is a short bus ride away, but here are top 5 recommendations:

  1. The Royal Palace. You can see the changing of the guards as well as explore the palace gardens for free. When you turn your back to the building, you get a good view of the city centre. The Royal Palace is open to the public during the summer but all visitors must follow a guided tour to see the interior, which you may wish to join: https://www.visitoslo.com/en/product/?TLp=18164418424022_10156583249073849_8723159526648555855_n
  2. Nobel Peace Centre. I didn’t capture an image of the building or any of the stories inside as they were quite emotional. The first floor was all about the Syrian conflict and the upper floor about Colombia as well as recognising the many Nobel peace prize winners.
  3. Try find random sculptures all over place as you walk around the city
  4. Akershus Fortress. You can get really good views from here as it is slightly higher up and it is free to visit. There was an outdoor play going on during my visit so be aware that certain areas may be blocked off.19105949_10156583248623849_8110186694398871741_n
  5. Opera House. How often do you get to walk on the roof of a building! I love how the buildings creeps out of the water. Of course, I wish there weren’t cranes and grey clouds in the background, but cities are always developing. 18920698_10156583248883849_2164418277962155657_n19030345_10156583266363849_1822733906589811179_n