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From the Daily Mail travel section in London yesterday, they have this headline: "Heading into the wild blue yonder: Bergen to Norway's awe-inspiring fjords" with these highlights: "Gateways tend to be things you wander through without dawdling, without expectation, on the way to somewhere else. Bergen has posters describing Norway’s second-largest city as ‘the gateway to the fjords’. Stayed in Bryggen, the famous and much photographed wharf with its higgledy-piggledy wooden buildings that rightly have made it on to Unesco’s World Heritage List. Then, as we started exploring, we realised this particular gateway is one where dawdling is very much in order. Bergen is perfect to negotiate on foot. Safe, hospitable, self-assured, it’s no surprise that easyJet has just added this former capital city to its roster of Scandinavian destinations. Quaint doesn’t do Bergen justice, though it does have a toy town air about it with its immaculately clean streets and unthreatening, unedgy vibe. The oil rigs in the north of the country keep the economy nicely lubricated while making the likelihood of EU membership as remote as ever."

 

Here are more interesting details from this story with lots of pictures shown, etc.: "That’s good news for Norwegians when they take their krones abroad, but not so good when the rest of us bring our pounds to Bergen. Make that £7 for a beer, £10 for a glass of wine. Famous Norwegians? Tricky. There are lots of explorers and plenty of champion skiers. There’s the playwright Henrik Ibsen and the composer Edvard Greig, who came from Bergen and whose home is now a museum and concert venue. For sure, it’s the country’s landscape that is the real star. And it’s certainly easily accessible from Bergen. We got an 8.40am train for the popular all-day trip known breezily as Norway In A Nutshell. This unhurried, but substantial tour starts with two spectacular hours on Northern Europe’s highest railway to Myrdal, where you switch trains and drop down to the famous little port of Flam. I expected to see Julie Andrews and her Von Trapp brood skipping beside the rickety track. And then, when we stopped at the Kjosfossen waterfall, at a platform 2,400 ft above sea level."

 

Lots of great details are in this story on Bergen. We loved Bergen so much in July, 20010, when we visited there, plus being in Flam, taking that rail trip, going north to the top of Europe, etc.

 

Below are just a few of my Bergen visuals and options to consider. More pictures and details on these great areas are on my full live/blog that is connected below.

 

Full UK newspaper travel story at:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2337570/Heading-wild-blue-yonder-From-Bergen-Norways-awe-inspiring-fjords.html

 

THANKS! Enjoy! Terry in Ohio

 

For details and visuals, etc., from our July 1-16, 2010, Norway Coast/Fjords/Arctic Circle cruise experience from Copenhagen on the Silver Cloud, check out this posting. This posting is now at 109,515 views.

http://www.boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=1227923

 

 

Here’s a close look at these historic Bergen Hanseatic merchant warehouse building fronts, people taking pictures, etc. :

 

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Right near the Hanseatic merchant warehouse area is the Bergen Fish Market with lots of options to buy food to eat on site or just watch, enjoying the “show” as people ask questions and buy the various fresh fish items.:

 

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This picture shows the Bergen Floibanen funicular railway coming up the steep hill with the harbor, fish market, etc. in the background. On the top, somewhat right, the Silver Cloud and Costa ships can be seen in the harbor, plus nearby scenic areas, etc.

 

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Bergenhus Festning Castle is located in the entrance to Bergen’s harbor and is one of the oldest, best-preserved castles in Norway. Shown is Rosenkrantz Tower, built in the mid 1500’s with dungeons on the ground floor, cannons on the top floor, etc. :

 

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From water level across the Bergen harbor, this shows the Hanseatic merchant warehouses, other buildings and up to the station for the Floibanen funicular railway at the top of this 1050-foot high peak that overlooks the whole scenic area.:

 

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Where do you shop in Norway? Here is an example in Bergen in looking for woolen items in the charming area right near the Fish Market. As you can tell by the friendly smile, our friend, Sharon, was enjoying herself. :

 

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Thanks for posting the link to the article. Loved the joke about the tourist in Bergen who asked a local lad: ‘Does it always rain here?’ To which the boy replied: ‘I don’t know, I’m only seven.’

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