18.07.2014 - 29.07.2014 73 °F
Next stop, Bergen! What a fun little town, although not so little by Norway standards.
We didn’t arrive very early so only stopped at the fish market where I could get online and we could get our bearings. I found a campsite just outside of the city which appeared to be large so we thought it would be a good place to regroup.
At the campground we found a nice site with showers, laundry and a communal kitchen. The laundry has been problematic, especially for me having lost all of my clothes. Here we found 2 washers, one out of order, and a ton of people always lined up for it. Again I had to wash stuff by hand.
The huge feature, of the campground, was the kitchen; a nice size room with tiled countertops on 2 sides. 2 portable cooktops with 2 burners each, 5 large sinks 2 of which made great laundry tubs. There were a few pots and pans, dish drainers and cutting boards. Many couples worked together doing dishes after meals or cooking meals. People kept it clean so it was really useful.
The reason we chose to visit Bergen was for the Grieg house, this is where he lived and wrote music. Not only did we want to visit but thought that Elias might enjoy the music as he enjoys the piano. http://www.griegmuseum.no/
The visit was even more wonderful than we anticipated. The house is on a lake overlooking the city. Only the bottom level is open to the public but two rooms are much the same as when the Grieg’s lived there. The hut where he wrote his music is much the same as well.
The highlight for us was the concert hall; a small hall in very simple, tasteful décor. The center front is a stage with a grand piano and just beyond is a floor to ceiling window. Concerts are held every day at 1pm and last for 30 min. It is a stunning location and with the music it is truly amazing.
For lunch, this time we stopped at an inexpensive (as per the guide book) little place that serves local Norwegian food. We ordered: local trout for me, fish pie for Dale and whale steak for Elias. After settling in and waiting for the food we calculated the exchange and realized that we were about to eat a $150 lunch. It was too late to back out so we savored every bite.
We spent the afternoon in Bryggen (old city Bergen). There are 58 buildings with over 20 original ones from the 1700’s. Some are in a state of restoration and others have yet to be restored. The buildings lean one way and another making a person feel like maybe the eyes are not working well. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/59
After walking up and down the old streets I sat down at an outdoor café, drank a cappuccino and just soaked in the buildings while Dale and Elias looked at a rescue boat. Terry, my coffee drinking bud, I missed you!