|Town on a fjord|
The Old Norse meaning of the name ‘Bergen’ is ‘the meadow among the mountains’ and it’s still often called the ‘the city among the seven mountains’. Sometime in elementary school
|Top L to R: Bergen from overlook, On the funicular|
Bottom L to R: Stream on the mountain, City goats
There is no doubt that the top of Mount Fløyen is a hot bed of tourist activity, because when
|Left T to B: Old hotel, Old building|
Right: UNESCO site
Just up the hill from the UNESCO area are sites that reflect the art of the newer segment of Bergen. The Sailor’s Monument is a tribute to sailors who have lived and worked on the
|Top L to R: Shellfish, Hanging dried cod|
Bottom L to R: Gazebo, Sailor's Monument
Dave and I decided to forego lunch in town and rather spent our time on our own in the tiny
streets of old town (map reading had returned
to our list of accomplishments; besides, how lost can you get in a small town?).
We walked up to Mariakerken (Mary’s church) to take a look at their small
cemetery, then up a substantial hill to Johanneskirken (St John’s church). Between
the two we discovered St Elizabeth’s hospital that was under archeological
study. This had been where women came to have their babies; we knew this was
true because of the baby nearby. St John’s church was interesting, particularly
since no one really knows to which St John it was dedicated. As we were heading
back to the ship we found the University of Bergen and walked through it,
meeting a student from the US (maybe) and some other students who were being
welcomed to their first days of school. The University is built like Oxford, on
an actual quadrangle, but isn’t nearly as historic. There was an interesting statue that looked like a memorial to dating students.
|Top L to R: St Elizabeth's Hospital, Baby on balcony|
Bottom L to R: Snorri Sturluso, St John's, Hug sculpture
|Fjord and bridge|
We meandered down the hill to the dock and were back on board by 2:00PM. Since I was starving, we got a burger and some fries. I actually had a Portobello burger that was on an excellent bun – one of the best things I’ve eaten on these first two days. David said that his burger and the fries were the best thing he’d had (his top three foods so far were the fried fish, the burger and the fries). We may order burgers again, tomorrow. The boat sailed at about 4:30PM and we been passed back out through the lovely fjord to the North Sea.
We chose ‘open seating’ for dinner, meaning that we could turn up between 5:30 and
9:00PM and get a table. In general we arrived
about 7:30 each evening, were usually given the same table and were served by
the same waiters and wine steward – they were excellent. Regular meals had
three courses, a starter, a main, and dessert. Dave’s starter was a scallop
cocktail that he said was OK, but he really couldn’t taste much of the scallop
flavor. I had a Thai shrimp bisque that had a nice spicy bite and was full of
plump shrimp cooked just right; it was hard not to lick the bowl. The main dish
Dave chose was a pan fried halibut with fresh vegetables; he got the best thing
on the menu, I think. I had the mixed mushroom ragout that was layered with
hash brown potatoes; while the flavor was a bit like mushroom soup, the
consistency was more like wall paper paste. We both opted for a light dessert;
I chose a very nice watermelon sorbet and he had a scoop of amoretto ice cream.
|Top L to R: Scallop cocktail, Thai shrimp bisque|
Center L to R: Mushroom ragout, Halibut
This was gorgeous country and I wouldn’t mind spending more time exploring other areas Norway. This evening the North Sea was almost flat and there was a gentle rocking of the boat. Next stop, Iceland!
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