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Has Olso priced even itself out of the city? These days, the most appealing areas in the famously expensive Norwegian capital lie on the periphery of the city center, in its newly trendy neighborhoods — hip Grunerlokka to the northeast, glamorous Tjuvholmen to the southwest — and beyond, in the glorious landscapes of the Oslo Fjord and the sprawling northern forests. Granted, downtown still harbors a version of “The Scream,” by Norway’s best-known painter, Edvard Munch, whose birth 150 years ago is being celebrated here all year....

Travelfore | Tips, features and photography from destinations all over the globe. Published: June 12, 2013 Opening with the tiniest click, the door swung wide to reveal the furnishings of a classic Old World grand hotel suite. On the far wall, the late-afternoon light of the Italian coastline filtered through gauzy curtains, striking the worn velvet seat of an old Empire settee and filling the room with a funereal glow. In the next room, a padded headboard spanned the bed where the room’s regular resident, the great Italian director...