Afternoon In Bergen
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Flight took just under an hour and a half and we landed in Bergen ar 12-15 local time having gone forward an hour in time zones despite it being such a short flight. With alcohol being so expensive in Norway we had been asked to bring some with us for the social gatherings, and rather than carrying it all in our luggage, decided we would get it in the Duty Free shop in Flesland Airport, that you can though on arrival there.
Once we were all sorted, we headed down to the baggage reclaim, got our bags and headed into the airport. Not a big airport and the exit is there on your right as you come out of International Arrivals. Bus stop is just to the right of the exit and there is a bus every 15 minutes to take you into the city centre.
Checked in eaily enough and found our rooms on the fifth floor and I gave everyone half an hour to get themselves sorted before we headed out again. There was a big church up to the left, so decided to explore this side of the water before heading into the city centre. the church was The Nykirken and we carried on past that, as on the map there looked like something else out towards the end of the point, but it turned out ot be The Aquarium. Did find the Manchester United Scandanavian Branch Supporters Club shop and some nice and interesting houses.
Headed back towards town along the road at the side of the harbour. Found a wee ferry that crosses the harbour but decided, and when I say decided that means I did ;), to walk round past the ferries that go out the fjord. Found a small square at C. Sundts Gate that had a couple of interesting statues and the round to The Fishmarket. Had been billed as one of the main tourist attractictions, and traps, but there wasn't really that much to it apart from a few stalls.
had noticed something when we got off the bus and headed up that way as it wasn't far. was a sort of water feature/fountain at the end of Torgallmenningen, which looked like the main pedestrian shopping area. By now the troops were hungry, again :D, and after looking about we decided to go for pizza.
After that we decided to head for the famous Bryggen, a collection of buildings along the waterfront. It's been there for about 800 years and dates back to when Bergen was the capital of Norway and it's main trading centre. Being built so close together and being made of wood they have burnt down loads of times and been rebuilt, but been around long enough to be declared a World Heritage Site.
Off topic, but talking to the folk over there when we were in Oystese, the people in Bergen,and the other major cities of Norway, speak a different form of Norwegian from the rest of the country .
We walked back round to the Bryggen, as my boy wanted to get the small ferry back across to the hotel. Even in the rain the buildings were really nice to look at and we carried on up to where the ferry went, only to find it only runs to 4pm. Still we were that far we were at Hakonshallen, but with it having been a long day already decided to walk back to the hotel.
Despite being Norways second largest city, Bergen city centre is small and compact and it didn't take long to walk to the hotel. I decided to grab a kip before going back out, and when we went my mother decided she was calling it a night and not coming with us.
Went back to the hotel and boys went up to the room to do in some of the stuff we had bought in the Duty Free, but by then I just wanted a proper pint and went to the bar at the hotel, though at 79NOK a pop I didn't stay for that many and soon joined them and had another couple upstair before heading for bed and a good nights sleep.