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Old June 15th, 2010, 11:13 PM   #41
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dexter26 photowalk #1
Walking Helgesensgate, then from Telthusbakken to Slottsparken (Royal palace park) part 1

This photowalk will be posted in parts of 5 pictures. Might take a while between the posts as I still haven't finished this project yet!

This is the route I'm going to walk. The interesting thing about this route is that it is a sort of hidden/less known route from the east parts of town
(considered the working class/poor areas of town, traditionally) to the inner western parts (some of the most affluent neighborhoods in Norway).

Not many really consider using this as a corridor from east to west Oslo or back, and I didn't either until a while ago. This is because 1. you usually only
walk parts of this longer route before leaving it and 2. it's most accessible to walking or biking, not cars - one part of the route stops cars completely.

There are a few sights along the way that's somewhat "uniquely Oslo." Let's go!


00 The photowalk route



01 This is where the walk starts. All the greenery is hiding a little hill known as "Ola Narr." We are now in the inner east parts of town, not far from the Tøyen neighborhood.
At the same time it's also not far from the Munch museum, which is pretty well known. But around here, some of the buildings do show off where we are - they look a little run down, admittedly.



02 Walking a bit ahead and looking right. Here is a pretty huge park/green area. The building in the back is the Tøyen public pool house.



03 Turning around and walking in the other (correct) direction. Walking across the first trafficked road, Finnmarkgata,
and then looking back and northeast.



04 This is the first store/business you encounter on this walk. It's offering courses in Indian cooking, catering/festivities food, etc.



05 Looking in one of the store windows. Cool statue.


Will be continued, but I might be lazy And the best parts are yet to come, so have patience...

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Old June 16th, 2010, 07:27 PM   #42
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wow.. this area looks exactly like certain parts of russian cities like Moscow, except the buildings are usually a bit taller!

i dont mean that in a bad way this is one of Oslos "worst" areas, is it not? it definitely looks much rougher than the Oslo i've seen the times ive been there.

anyway, i find this very interesting and ill be looking forward to the next pictures!
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Old June 16th, 2010, 08:00 PM   #43
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It's not the worst - but definitely not the best either. This is a bit east of Grünerløkka after all. The buildings are sort of square and boring because of something we have in Oslo called OBOS, which is responsible for a lot of Oslo's equivalent of the Swedish "millionprogram" areas.

In short, they built quickly and relatively cheaply. And this is the result, not the most inspiring architecture and buildings. However, this way of building served a purpose, as there was a big housing shortage back then.

By the way, I guess I didn't mention this and it's sort of important: this is not the downtown of Oslo but a bit outside it..
As I get closer to the Royal palace park I will also approach the city center.

The buildings and motifs will get more interesting as the photoseries continues.

Let me add that I like to show how things look, no matter whether they're super-pretty or not. I'm not a fan of photographing only the most beautiful things, which gives a wrong impression of how things really are. I like to see "real" photos much better (some work on pictures only to improve colors, exposure, brightness, crispness etc is okay as they make pictures more enjoyable).

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Old June 16th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #44
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Walking Helgesensgate, then from Telthusbakken to Slottsparken (Royal palace park) part 2

06 Walking a bit further on Helgesens gate and looking to the right, up a crossing street.



07 ... And then looking in the other direction, same crossing street.



08 A few more steps and then looking back. You can see the Indian cuisine-business in the lower middle of the picture, the yellow one floor building.



09 Going a bit further I saw this. This portal doesn't really serve any function.
Except maybe creating a more secluded backyard.



10 Standing on the lawn in front of that portal, and looking ahead at the street I'm going to walk
(things start to get more interesting around those trees you see behind the tram - it's the beginning of the Sofienberg park).


To be continued...
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:07 PM   #45
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It's not the worst - but definitely not the best either. This is a bit east of Grünerløkka after all. The buildings are sort of square and boring because of something we have in Oslo called OBOS, which is responsible for a lot of Oslo's equivalent of the Swedish "millionprogram" areas.
Like most other lamelle blocks from the 50´s I suppose. Even though their not beauty in any way, and could need a bit more urban character to be better integrated with Grunerløkka, its surprises me to see the indian restaurant and few shops. Are the bottom floors between the lamelle blocks been there from the begining or added later?

Anyway, looking forward to the next see the rest.
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Old June 16th, 2010, 10:17 PM   #46
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Lol, I always smile inside me when I see this junction. I remember a funny party in the apartment located where you see the streetsign on the leftside, probably back in -95/96. A shy friend of mine was really hitting on with a great girl. It was one of those perfect parties, a great summer evening, great food/beer and music etc. We were just about to hit the city when my friend suddenly and for the first time discovered that he was allergic to shrimps. So, instead of a great time with the girl down in the city, his stomack ordered my friend to drop the girl, and instead take an early evening, go home and spend his time with the toilet.

He never saw his dreamgirl again...................


He is married with children today though.
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Old June 17th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #47
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I actually think those commies look very good in these photos. Quite like the style, especially that corner behind the esso station.
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Old June 30th, 2010, 03:30 PM   #48
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Thanks for all comments. Funny story muster . To mjoks007, not sure if the one floor things between the buildings has been there since the start,
but I suspect so - they've been there as long as I can remember.

But anyway let's get on with it:

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Walking Helgesensgate, then from Telthusbakken to Slottsparken (Royal palace park) part 3

11 Closer look at the building from previous photo.



12 Turning to the left and looking down Trondheimsveien, which actually is an important arterial road in Oslo (further out from the city core it turns into
a semi-motorway). Not exactly pretty - but at least it's a bit varied (building maybe just one fresh building here, and shining up the street a bit, would
make the area quite OK imo).

By the way, the building that is being refreshed on the right, is a fairly old building and part of a high school. Among the stores to the left is a Rema 1000
(groceries), a video kiosk and a sex/porn store (if it's still there, not really 100% sure).



13 Walking just a bit onwards, and looking back at what I've just covered.



14 A few more steps in the other direction again, we encounter the first street into Helgesens gate after passing Trondheimsveien, and take a look up that.
You barely see a hint of the beginning of the Rodeløkka small house area, which is very charming and like a hidden, small village in the middle of the city. Later
I will feature a photo of this area too, even if it's a slight detour from our route.



15 .. And very shortly after that, we encounter the beginning of the Sofienberg park - one of the most popular parks in Grünerløkka (almost a bit too
popular really...). However, the park is split into two parts, where the part in this photo is like the "quiet backyard" of the main part of the park. These
two parts are split off from each other by the church of Sofienberg.
In this part of the park it's usually fairly peaceful and quiet - and it's used a lot by dog owners to let the dogs run free for a bit.


To be continued...
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Old June 30th, 2010, 03:46 PM   #49
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Nice pictures, Dexter26.
The districts seen in the latest pictures are very swedish looking ones and they remind me of Gothenburg. What i like about them is that they are cozy and clean, not like in the Baltics. Of course, there are some other districts and suburbs with the more unfirendly environment, but, all in all, they look more civilized and human - friendly.
Actually, i was in Olso last autumn with my study friends and we were walking in some of these districts for some time.

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Old June 30th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #50
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Like most other lamelle blocks from the 50´s I suppose. Even though their not beauty in any way, and could need a bit more urban character to be better integrated with Grunerløkka, its surprises me to see the indian restaurant and few shops. Are the bottom floors between the lamelle blocks been there from the begining or added later?

Anyway, looking forward to the next see the rest.
Surpricing that you imagine busineses like these can only be located in closed blocks, considering the huge areas of Oslo built up exclusively by lamell-buildings. (as my nabourhood is one of) Did you imagine those where completly without services? Naturally these have shops aswell as places to eat, drink etc.
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Surpricing that you imagine busineses like these can only be located in closed blocks,
I didnt, we have services in lamelle blocks in Tønsberg too....

But yes, I didnt know this area had.. I obviously never walked through this area, but seeing it from distance (botanical garden more precisely).
Still, it looks kind of weird looking at it in streeview.
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Old July 2nd, 2010, 03:14 PM   #52
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Walking Helgesensgate, then from Telthusbakken to Slottsparken (Royal palace park) part 4

16 Getting back to the street, these two buildings lie next to the quiet part of the Sofienberg park. First is a "menighetshus"/"congregational
house." I get the feeling this would fit in some little-visited part of New York or something, hidden and forgotten, almost like that church close
to Wall Street (but more remote and forgotten location).



17 The very next building is this one. The Sofienberg nursing home, owned and operated by Kirkens Bymisjon (the Church's City Mission,
uhm... or something like that )


18 Connected to it is the center for the people living in the nursing home, and also other pensioners, and some disabled people, in the vicinity.
Action abounds here.


19 A few steps further, this is the small semi-pedestrian (i.e. very little traffic) street next to the pensioners center.


20 Detour: Walking up that street and a little to the right, you can see this nice graffiti. The one to the left says "Past... Future.. To my fair
weather friends" in the small text, the one to the right says "Mindtravlrs 2001" and "To all the kids in the neighborhood" (in Norwegian).


To be continued...
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Old November 15th, 2010, 05:11 AM   #53
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Walking Helgesensgate, then from Telthusbakken to Slottsparken (Royal palace park) part 5

Just haven't had time to do anything about this thread, but here's another installment for the time being.

20 Detour: Walking a bit further on the path I'm on, in the last picture. This is the small street "Snippen" in the small house area of Rodeløkka. Quite a lot of areas in Oslo looked a bit like this 150 years ago.



21 Back to Helgesens gate once again, I snapped this shot of the path ahead.



22 Very few steps on, on the other side of the street from the nursing home, we encounter this historical Jewish graveyard, the only historical one in central Oslo. It's also very small, maybe only a bit of it has been preserved?



23 Another photo of the same, very intimate, Jewish graveyard.



24 Right beside it we find the Sofienberg church, the one who separated the park into two parts. It's not exactly a wonder of the world, but it is a bit old and does tell a story about this part of town (it was working class and has gone through some periods of poverty and bad times in the past).


To be continued (when time allows!)...
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Thanks for the update so far - and looking forward to the rest. From the last post I especially like photos #20 and #21. The have great atmosphere in them in my opinion
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22 Very few steps on, on the other side of the street from the nursing home, we encounter this historical Jewish graveyard, the only historical one in central Oslo. It's also very small, maybe only a bit of it has been preserved?
As you propably already know, Sofienbergparken used to be a grave yard, so there still is thousands of dead people laying there. But the reason the jewish part is still left, is because in jewish tradition, you can never remove an jewish garveyard. So thats why!

Very nice pics. Looks forward to more.
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