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Bergen

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  • Day399

    Bergen with Cath & Dorothy!

    July 30, 2017 in Norway

    We'd been looking forward to today because our friends Cath and her Mum Dorothy were coming to the city of Bergen on their Scandinavian cruise and we were meeting them for dinner!

    It was late on the Sunday morning by the time we arrived and suburban life was in full flow. Some were out walking with dogs, kids or both. Others were doing DIY, maintenance or having a good clear out.
    Modern, concrete good quality multistorey housing with terraces was mixed with large homely looking wooden board buildings.

    Nearing the city centre the van rattled slowly along cobbled streets, passing large groups of tourists and the cruise ships from whence they came, moored at the spacious marina. The sightseers soon thinned out and it wasn't long before the streets were quiet once again. It took a bit of time to find a suitable parking place but being Sunday, it meant that many restrictions were relaxed. We parked up in a marked bay on dead end road up the hill by the University, overlooked by grand stone townhouses in pastel colours, that looked as if they were now rented out as student accommodation.

    Walking down to the centre, we passed the tall steepled, red brick, St John's Church. The morning service had ended and inside only a few worshipers remained while the candles were blown out. There was a rich smell of wood and looking up, we found ourselves under a beautiful dark wooden ceiling.

    A wide pedestrian thoroughfare led us downhill alongside water that flowed along channels inset in the dark grey pavement and steps, before sliding smoothly over a flat slate of dark marble to form a waterfall.

    The dockside was where most people were clustered. Running along one side was an indoor fish market. This was more like a market than the one at Trondheim; it had several sellers, each with beautifully presented arrays of seafood and fish on ice, on their slanted silver metal counters. Gigantic crabs, prawns, salmon and oysters (at £3.50 each) were all available to take away, but you could pay extra and have them prepared into a meal for you to eat at one of the wooden slat picnic tables, sitting on chairs covered with plush cusions and sheepskins. Alternatively you could laze away the hours with a cocktail on one of the large, low grey sofas.

    A corridor of outdoor market stalls ran perpendicular to the angular head of the dock, each counter covered with a smart maroon awning. These sellers focused on street food, with cups of mixed berries, salami selections and freshly cooked meats and fish to take away. Prices displayed were in Norwegian Kroner and Euros, the cost of the latter being even higher than the former!

    Skirting round the dock we saw an eclectic range of boats, from huge modern cruise ships to little tour boats. We passed another electric car ferry charging its batteries and took time to peer at the expensive leisure cruisers and the sleek lines of classic sailing ships, one with beautifully varnished wood, another that looked brand new and spotless in smart navy colours.

    The two long sides of the dock were very different, the south side with its markets, appeared practical with wide streets and modern buildings. The north side contained the well preserved Bryggen area, with its wooden board warehouses painted in rich reds, blues, greens and deep yellows. The area within this old town sector had wooden floorboards and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The atmosphere that pervaded the traditional working area was different from that outside, whilst the internal spaces were all occupied by tourist shops, these sold handmade lace, rich brown moose leather products and traditional knitted jumpers and gloves to name but a few. Cheap tourist nik naks had not been allowed to distract from the 'ye olde worlde' feel.

    We were going to go up Fløyen mountain on the cable car but the £9 fee and our aching feet decided us against it and we instead wandered around a garden area with a fountain spilling over rocks upon which bronze statutes were perched. A large lake stood nearby, around which greedy gulls perched, their beady eyes studying those passers-by who had icecreams. Vicky's favorite place in Bergen had to be the ornate band stand around which bright flowers bloomed. People sat out on the neatly cut grass enjoying a bit of Sunday rest and relaxation.

    After returning to the van to sit with Poppy, we once again wandered down the hill to meet Cath and Dorothy at their hotel. We'd looked up a pub with good food and prices that were decent (for Norway).
    Pingvinen (The Penguin) was only half a kilometer away and we walked directly there through the heavy rain, catching up with Cath and Dorothy as we went.
    The pub didn't take bookings and it was lucky we arrived when we did because there were no free tables left. There were however, two friendly looking people sitting at a table for 6, so we asked whether we might join them and they happily agreed. They turned out to be British and really good company!

    There was all sorts on the menu, including reindeer, cod, moose and whale, but most dishes could be adapted for vegetarians. We both went for reindeer shank which was cooked perfectly and delicious with a hint of cinnamon. We'd decided this was the only meal we'd have out in Norway and so splashed out on beers. We chose the cheapest ale at £7 but it was Norwegian and tasted good. Cath and Dorothy are both great company and it really buoyed us up to be able to spend the evening with them, even if it did feel a bit bizarre just meeting just for dinner in a city so far away from the UK. We stretched out the time with another round of beer and walked back to the hotel, again sheltering under umbrellas. It would have been great to spend more time with them but our visit home in November doesn't seem too far away now and we are looking forward to spending time with many of our friends and family then!
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  • Day6

    Last port of call - Bergen

    September 8, 2017 in Norway

    Another day off the boat as we explored the city of Bergen. We even had an hour of sunshine!!

    Our first stop was the Floibanen funicular railway which chugged it's way to the summit of Mt. Floyen for panoramic views of Bergen below. Whilst there we walked to and around Lake Skomakerdiket before giving our knees a real pounding with a ~3km serpentine walk back down to the town centre.
    Bergen itself is an eclectic mix of old and new, demure and brash with the working port seemingly the focal point. We looked around a few shops housed in old warehouse buildings and we walked past a busy fish market ( I assumed it smelt!), visited some gardens, the University and Johannes Kitken church area before getting back on board for Allison to attend a talk on circulation, and for me to have a quick snooze before we both joined the sail away party which kicked-off as we set sail for Southampton.
    Tonight it's out with the DJ and dickie-bow again for the second black tie event of the cruise followed by a visit to the theatre to listen to the entertainment team cover some Queen songs.
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  • Day13

    Bergen Norway

    July 2 in Norway

    This morning Anita drove us to Gatwick where we got a Norwegian flight to Bergen. Anna came with us too which was great. Traffic to Gatwick was very heavy.
    According to a sign at the airport Bergen is 60deg N, and 5deg E.
    After finding our AirBnB accomodation we set out to explore Bergen which is a mix of the very old, the quirky with a spattering of ultra modern buildings. There are many cobblestoned pavements and some very old wooden buildings. The harbour wends its way through the city and many of the old scenic buildings are clustered around the harbour. The stone hills rise sharply above the buildings providing a great backdrop.Read more

  • Day14

    Morning in Bergen

    July 3 in Norway

    This morning we started out to explore a little more of Bergen. First Anita and I did a small area near our AirBnB which we found very comfortable. The cobblestone streets are very prolific and we came across many more this morning.
    First photo is of our accomodation which is the apricot coloured place next to the corner house. We were up on the first floor. Second pbhoto is a modern building which I thought was interesting.
    Then we went to see an area called The Fortress. The church there was built between 1247 to 1261 and there does not seem to be any cracks. Quite amazing. Then we went into the church courtyard through an arch which was constructed in 1728. This whole area overlooked the docks, and yes Jenny Anna did take a photo of the Benalla travellers.
    We observed the very long queue for the funicular, and did not join it. Instead took photos in the market which will be the next blog.
    Cheers everyone.
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  • Day15

    In the Geirangerfjord

    July 4 in Norway

    Today after calling into Alesund the ship continued into the Geirangerfjord which is surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, steep cliffs and cascading waterfalls. The mountain peaks appeared to get steeper the further into the fjord the boat travelled. There were many drifts of snow on the higher reaches of the mountains which fed the numerous waterfalls. These waterfalls were quite spectacular and considering that it is summer one can only imagine the volume of water they would discharge in winter.
    When we got to Geiranger we saw almost half the boat get off to do the bus trip back to Molde. We were rather surprised to see the Queen Elizabeth boat (black boat with red funnel) and a ship of the Costa line both in the harbour there. The scenery was obviously a drawcard for the large boats and their passengers.
    Overall it was a spectacular journey.
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  • Day14

    Food in Bergen

    July 3 in Norway

    Walking through the Bergen market was fascinating. The salmon seemed huge, and would cut into much wider portions than what we are used to. There was also a lot of dried fish hanging from hooks, some whale as well as dark unidentified fish.
    The number of tourists was amazing. This morning we saw the Queen Elizabeth which left Southampton on Sunday and is going into the fiords. Currently it is docked at Burgen.
    The weather is fantastic. Beautiful blue sky and about 20 deg c.
    Bergen was well worth seeing. There are supposed to be 230 days of rain each year. But not a drop while we have been here. Let's hope it continues for some of the next week.
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  • Day9

    Heute am Weg nach Bergen mussten wir durch 44!!! Tunnel - einige sogar mit Kreisverkehr! - das Zählen wurde langsam fad! 🤣
    Wir fuhren am Hardangerfjord entlang, welcher als Norwegens Obstgarten bekannt ist! Kilometerlang ging es vorbei an großen Obstplantagen, vor allem Äpfel und Kirschen, aber auch Marillen, Zwetschgen und vieles mehr! Da hier gerade Kirschenzeit ist und diese an zahlreichen Ständen zum Verkauf angeboten werden, kaufte ich einem wortkargen alten Mann eine Packung "Moreller" - Süßkirschen von seinen Bäumen hoch oben am Hang - so viel fand ich heraus - ab! Extrem süß und lecker, sie sind schon fast weg! 😊

    Bergen begrüßte uns mit seinem typischen Wetter: strömender Regen und tief hängende Wolken.
    Am Stadtrand parkten wir unser WOMO und fuhren mit der Straßenbahn ins Zentrum. Dort bummelten wir durch den alten Stadtteil Bryggen, probierten Walfleisch, Lachs und Krabbenbrötchen am Fischmarkt und holten uns den puren Zuckershock.

    Schöne Fotos gibt's beim nächsten Eintrag, da das Wetter besser werden soll! 😉
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  • Day27

    Bergen

    July 29, 2017 in Norway

    Es geht wieder los. Wir sind jetzt für die nächsten 11 Tage zu dritt unterwegs. Im Regen fuhren wir endlich mal Richtung Norden. Wenn ich irgendwann am Nordkapp ankommen will, sollte ich mal langsam die richtige Richtung einschlagen, was?
    Unser heutiges Ziel ist Bergen. Diese typischen bunten Häuschen kennt man ja von Postkarten und T-Shirts und so. Die wollten wir uns anschauen. Matti haben wir auf einem Campingplatz in der Nähe abgestellt und sind mit dem Auto ins Städtchen rein, um ihm für ein paar Stunden einen Besuch abzustatten. Pünktlich zur Ankunft hörte der Regen auf. Na, geht doch!
    Die Altstadt von Bergen ist wirklich nett anzuschauen. Und am Hafen gibt es Marktstände mit Fischtheken, alles sehr ansprechend dekoriert. Wir hatten noch zwei Köhler aus dem Fjord, die verarbeitet werden mussten, weshalb wir uns mit einem Rentierhotdog begnügten.

    Für den Abend haben wir es uns auf dem Campingplatz gemütlich gemacht und alles vorbereitet für einen spannenden Fußballabend. Wurde nur leider nix draus wegen Regen in Rotterdam.

    Tageskilometer: 223 km
    Gesamtkilometer: 1978 km
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  • Day10

    Sightseeing

    July 25 in Norway

    Heute morgen standen wir früh auf und starteten mit unserer Bergen-Card (die alle Eintritte beinhaltet) zeitig zum geplanten Sightseeing Tag: 🇳🇴

    Fantoft Stabkirche: 1150 erbaut, 1992 komplett abgebrannt (von Metallern???), 1997 neu und originalgetreu aufgebaut. Sehr besonders!

    Freilichtmuseum Gamble Bergen: eine nachgebaute Stadt aus dem 19. Jh., mit ca 50 Holzhäusern. Bei einer Vorführung spielten uns Schauspieler vor, was Dienstmädchen früher alles zu ertragen hatten.
    Viele der Häuser sind begehbar und teilweise unterhielten sich die Bewohner (Schauspieler) mit uns.

    Håkonshalle und Rosenkranzturm: Teile der Festung Bergen, welche noch aus dem Mittelalter erhalten sind.

    Bryggen: das Hanseviertel, das von Deutschen Kaufleuten im 12.Jh. aufgebaut wurde. Nach zahlreichen Bränden nur noch ein Viertel des ursprünglichen Bryggens erhalten, welches heute unter Denkmalschutz steht. Eigentlich total hübsch und besonders, aber das Flair des Viertels leidet sehr unter den vielen Touristen-Souvenirshops! 😕
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  • Day10

    Sightseeing - Fortsetzung

    July 25 in Norway

    Schifffahrtsmuseum - Entwicklung der Schifffahrt von der Wikingerzeit bis heute.⛵

    Zwischendurch gab es leckeres Eis für uns! Für Flo Baileyseis und für mich natürlich etwas Verrückterers, nämlich Braunkäseeis (wie Karamell-Cheesecake) und Basilikumeis (sehr erfrischend)!

    Nach dem Kulturprogramm probierten wir geräuchertes Walfleisch (erinnert an Wild/Rind) und ließen uns zum Abendessen Forellenwrap, Fiskekaker und Paella mit Bier am Fischmarkt schmecken! 😊🐟🦐🦀🐳

    Ein informativer und erlebnisreicher Tag geht zu Ende und wir sind etwas froh darüber, morgen aus der quirrligen Stadt mit Massentourismus wieder rausgekommen. Der Norden ruft! 😁
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Bergen, برغن, Горад Берген, Берген, বারগেন, Μπέργκεν, برگن, ברגן, Բերգեն, Björgvin, ベルゲン, ბერგენი, 베르겐, Berga, Bergenas, Bergena, बार्गन, Берген ош, Bargen, Birgon, Bergens, பேர்கன், แบร์เกน, Bergn, 卑爾根

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