Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Bygdøy allé, Oslo

Bygdøy allé is a street in the Frogner area of  Oslo that runs from Solli Plass to Sjølystveien at the exit to Bygdøy . Developed from 1890 and given the name the following year. The street is known for the large chestnut trees that adorn the streets, and especially the lower part also represents the rapid urban development that took place in Oslo until the building collapse in 1899 , with lavish and fashionable brick buildings of four floors. Later, some good examples of Art Nouveau buildings were built.The street is a main traffic artery out of the city.

Nordahl Grieg lived in No. 68 in the early 1930's where he was visited by Lowry on his trip to Norway. Lowry visited the  Jacques Bagatelle in 1931 with Nordahl Grieg for a meal when he met the Norwegian writer on his trip to Norway. Lowry refers to this meal in his novel Ultramarine transposing it to the novel's protagonist Dana Hilliot having a meal with his girl friend Janet Travena; "I thought that - after we had dined at Jacques' Bagatelle in the Bygdø Allé, that day we saw the Viking ship..." (Pg. 52). 

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