The Royal Palace (Det kongelige slott) sits atop Karl Johans gate in Oslo and has been the primary residence of the royal family of Norway since its completion in 1849. It is also where foreign heads of state stay when they visit Oslo for official business. In front of the Palace is a statue of Karl Johan, who reigned as King of Sweden and Norway from 1818 until his death in 1844.
Four different flags fly over the Royal Palace
The building is in neo-classical style and is relatively small and simple for European standards. During the summer, guided tours of several important state rooms are offered to the public. This includes the Bird Room (where visitors wait to be received by the King), Mirror Hall (where Queen Maud once played piano for her friends), and the Banqueting Hall (where the royal family holds grand festivities).
If you are planning on visiting Oslo in July and August, going on a guided tour of the Royal Palace is definitely worthwhile because it will let you see how different Norway’s royals are from their European counterparts. Make sure you book ahead of time on Ticketmaster as few tickets are available on-site. I also recommend coming at 1:30 PM for the changing of the guards and setting aside some time after the tour to venture around the surrounding Royal Palace Park, which features small lakes, sculptures, and a picturesque view of Karl Johans gate.
It is no secret that I loveRalph Lauren, so it should be no surprise that I took the opportunity to dine at The Polo Bar in New York City last month! 😉 The restaurant is, true to its name, decorated floor-to-ceiling with equestrian paintings and polo memorabilia that invoke the sporting lifestyle long synonymous with the brand. Combined with amber lighting, this creates an ambient atmosphere that is casual and intimate, yet undeniably elegant and refined.
What truly stood out in the dining experience was the exceptional service. The waitstaff, naturally dressed in Ralph Lauren, did not hesitate to answer any questions we had and attended to our needs swiftly.
If you are looking for a unique, unquestionably American dining experience, visit The Polo Bar (reservations recommended). Located in the heart of Manhattan, it is just minutes away from Central Park and Fifth Avenue.