Eurotrip: April 2008

Monday, April 21, 2008

Rugby Museum, Rugby

Last week I went to the town of Rugby in Warwickshire for work, at lunch I had a quick tour of the town and visited the Rugby Museum, the William Web Ellis statue and the field where the game was invented.

The museum is housed in the building where the shoe and boot maker James Gilbert, nephew of William Gilbert, made the first rugby ball in 1842.

The museum was packed with heaps of rugby memorabilia, including the original Richard Lindon (inventor of the "oval" rugby ball, rubber bladder and brass hand pump) . Traditional handmade rugby balls are still made at the museum.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Vigeland Sculpture Park - Oslo

Vigeland Sculpture Park is a part of Frogner Park, located in Oslo, Norway. The park features 212 bronze and granite sculptures created by Gustav Vigeland. Vigeland personally sculpted every figure out of clay and individual craftsmen were contracted to fabricate the pieces into what they are today. These works of art reside along an 850 meter-long axis divided into six sections: The Main Gate, The Bridge, The Children’s Playground, The Fountain, The Monolith Plateau and the Wheel of Life.

We noticed that some American tourists were offended by some of the nudes and their actions but I thought it was great, one of the best parks I have ever been to and it has some of the best and orginal art I have ever seen.

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Oslo - Norway - Day One

We had a great time here, it really lived up to the high expectations and the people were really friendly. We got into Oslo pretty late on the first night but made it to our hostel easily. We got up early the next morning and walked to the new Opera House which is opening very soon. After that we headed over past the towns fort and got on a Fjords cruise which was fantastic, there was a lot of sites to see including all the summer houses on the small islands. After that we walked around the town, to the Palace and to some fantastic parks.

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