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18 August 2007

Photo Tour of Bergen

Yesterday, we ended the first week back at school with an hour wait in the pediatrician's office. When we went to pick up Hew's inoculation record for school, it was discovered that he had been given one shot too early and it would have to be redone to comply with the state requirements. Hew was a trooper and not one tear was shed. We celebrated the end of the first week of school and Hew's bravery with some ice cream. I have to admit that already I am planning my next escape. So for inspiration, the second installation of the Norway photos.

During our time in Bergen we stayed at the lovely Solstrand Hotel. The hotel is located about 20 minutes south of Bergen, directly on a fjord, in the quaint village of Os. This was a perfect choice for us as we wanted to see Bergen, but wanted some quiet time to relax.


Os is home to the The Oselvar Boatyard which builds boats and continues the ancient handicraft of building these small, clinker built wooden boats. At The Oselvar Boatyard, young boat builders learn the handicraft of building boats in the oselvar tradition from the older boat builders.


And of course, if you have a boat, you will need to store it in the winter.


After some relaxing time is Os, we headed into the City. Bergen has over 225 000 inhabitants and is a UNESCO world heritage city. This is view from above Bergen which is captured by a city webcam.


Down below, just past the fishmarket, the traditional tenement housing still stands along the harbor Vagen. The harbour quarter shows the row houses that were rebuilt after a fire in 1702 that destroyed most of the original area.


Most of these former homes are now shops and offices, thus giving it a very touristy feel. However the narrow passageways remind you how close and confining it must have been to live there.

Mariakirken, St Mary’s Church, is a stone church which dates back to the early 12th century, and is Bergen's oldest building.


After visiting the harbour, the museums, and the churches, I spent a quiet thirty minutes on a park bench and this was the view peeking through the trees.
One last visit to the harbour before returning to . . .
. . . The Solestrand for drinks, dinner, and perhaps a . . .
. . . swim in the fjord!

9 comments:

Mountain Dweller said...

I've never really thought of Norway before as a holiday destination, but seeing those photos makes me want to get on the next plane out!

Merisi said...

Our summer here in Vienna has been so hot at times, that people have started joking about changing next's year's summer holiday destination from Greece or Italy to Norway (the tenor being, who needs more heat while on vacation!). Sounds like they are up to something. The pictures make one want to join you for a little swim in the cool fijord. ;-)

RennyBA said...

Again I'm so happy you had such a great trip to Norway and you really give some great posts about your stay - flattering to read for a Norwegian you know!

I do agree; Solstrand is a nice, quiet and lovely place - have been there on seminars you know and it is so inspirering and with all the beauty nature around.

Your trip showing us around in Bergen is outstanding. Great photo from Bergen above - hope you got the chance to go by the trolley at the top! and had a taste of the famous Bergen's fish soup:-)

Thanks again for taking us with!

Dixie said...

You must have burst from all the cuteness of that place!

Expat Traveler said...

This makes my heart melt, especially since I feel that I was deprived of vacation time this summer...

How wonderful, and a great way to break up the subject of shots...

Sunshine said...

I love it, I want to go now!

tsduff said...

Your pics are wonderful - makes a person want to just up and leave (when is the next plane out of here LOL)...

Saw you over at Rekjavik Harbor... liked your comment.

I adore Iceland - it is my favorite place to be, and to dream of being when I'm not.

Heather said...

I SO want to go to Norway now...it looks just beautiful!

Cathrine said...

I was born in Bergen :)

enjoyed my visit to your site