Bergen and Bryggen


The City of Bergen transports you back in time, to a time when life was simpler.  A life that revolved around good fresh food, healthy outdoor activity, family and friends!  As a tourist, you only have a glimpse into the lives of the people who live and work there.  Three days wasn’t enough time to explore the surrounding area, but I was able to relax at my comfortable Airbnb apartment, when I wasn’t browsing the streets of Bergen and the area known as Bryggen, which means “Wharf” in Norwegian, and consists of 61 wooden buildings, along the waterfront.  What’s remarkable is that the City of Bergen is almost 1,000 years old and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Incredibly, it stays light in Norway until 10 or 11pm and daylight begins around 3am in the late Spring.  During our three days in Bergen, it sprinkled rain perhaps a third of the time, but Norwegians say, “It’s not bad weather, just bad clothing choice”!  Having arrived in town the evening before, tired from our spectacular day traveling from Oslo to Bergen through the Fjords of Norway, we decided to wait until the next morning to go grocery shopping.  I awoke earlier than my three Tour participants, as usual, so I went off in search of the closest grocery, which was thankfully only a 5 to 10 minute walk from our Airbnb.  I purchased eggs for omelets, bacon (because one of the others wanted it) bread, cheese, lunchmeat, and a few other staples, to help with the high cost of eating out in Norway.  The only coffee maker in the apartment was a French press, which I’ve never used, but with a bit of instruction, I caught on quickly, and made a nice pot full.  I then proceeded to make a nice breakfast for everyone.  The main tourist attraction I had planned for us was to go to the top of Mount Floyen, but I’ll save that for tomorrow’s post!

Here are some photos of the captivating town of Bergen…

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This was actually taken while walking down from Mount Floyen, but I wanted to include it in the Bergen shots…

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The 250,000 residents of Bergen are quite lucky indeed!

 

19 thoughts on “Bergen and Bryggen

  1. We had a summer holiday in Geilo, Norway once because we liked the place so much as a winter sports destination and it was light for 24 hours a day, which was quite disconcerting, but not quite as disconcerting as the warning about the drunk bear who had scoffed all the fermenting windfall cherrys in the orchard!

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  2. When one looks at thew roofs one sees very little town planning evident, yet it still looks pure brilliance….. I love these old town layouts that seem to work a lot better than some of our modern cities…. love you photos….

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