Oslo

By Julie Snyder (In Part One of Nordic Sampler, which you can read here, Julie explored Iceland, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Copenhagen. Now the journey concludes in Norway.) Fifth Stop: Oslo, Norway Arriving by overnight ship from Copenhagen, we found Oslo rather enigmatic—a landslide of contemporary development melded with centuries‘-old tradition.

By Monique Burns At first glance, you might think there’s nothing special about the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.  It’s not the newest hotel in town.  Nor is it the hippest.  Those honors would go to The Thief, the edgy design hotel opposite Renzo Piano’s

By Richard West In Scandinavia, unlike America,  independent English-language bookshops do not seem to be going the way of the last Tasmanian, the Dodo, the final passenger pigeon, politicians with a conscience.  Amidst every major city there’s a truffling of stores selling new and second-hand books, offering reading clubs, appearances