Bryggen,Floibanen and Driving On The Wrong Side
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Up at a reasonable time, considering breakfast at the hotel was from 7-10 we made it half way. Big buffet with hot and cold food, and given the prices yesterday told everyone to stuff themselves as full as possibe, so we were there for nearly an hour.
Given my boys disappointment at not getting the ferry across the Vagen the previous night, we went back and started from there and took the boat over. There are no signs about price, but it does cost you 20NOK to go over, except for children so my sone got to go for free. The woman running the boat let him ring the bell for the ferry to start the crossing.
A short 5 minute crossing and we got off at the top end of the Bryggen. There was a great big sailing ship in the berth next to where the ferry docked, and given that we had come this far the day before, there was still some debate as to whither the ship had been there, as nobody could remember it.
Headed over to the Bryggen and and it was a lot clearer today and it wasn't raining. The Bryggen is a marvellous collection of old wooden buildings of different colours, built seperately but joined together to give it this higgelty piggelty look that is really cool. Wandered up one of the wooden alleyways betweeen the buildings round the back and found a few more buildings and shops. There was a well and on the wall in front of it is a plaque on the wall marking the Bryggen being added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.
When we got to the end we crossed the road and up the next street to the Floibanen, a fencular railway that takes you up to Floyen with great views over the city. Had been worried we would miss out as the cloud had been right down over the town the previous day, but by now you could see the top station and it was clearing by the minute. There was a small queue for tickets, and we got there just as a couple of tour buses arrived, so we had to wait about 15 minutes on tickets.
Took the railcar up to the top and the views down to the port were fantastic and we could eaily pick out the various locations we had been to and knew and could pick out the wee ferry crossing the harbour.
Came out of the Floibanen and headed along to the tourist information, not because we wanted anything from them , but because it is in the Fresco Hall. Got to be one of the nicest tourist information offices around with the bright wall paintings. Went from here across the raod to look around the Fishmarket again. There were a lot more stalls this time, and at one stall there were stone slab tanks with running water keeping the fish,clams and lobsters alive until someone bought them.
Cut up through the main Trogallmenningen street and cut left up to Christies Gate to go and see the Lille Lungegardsvann, the little lake in the middle of town. However I was distracted by what caught my eye and headed for the Ovre Ole Bulls fountain. Found out later he was a famous violinist that spent his time between Norway and the US, and there is a square named after him and another statue of him in the theatre. Went down to the lake past the museum took a few pictures and headed off as I had already clocked the next thing I wanted to see.
At the top of the hill from the fountain there was a nice looking building, and it was just marked on the map as DNS.
Was about lunch time and across from the theatre I saw a Deli De Luca, which looking at reviews on here I'd seen CFD saying it was a reasonably cheap place for lunch, relatively of course :D. Nice inside and eventually went for a kind of sausage roll pastry thing that had cheese and ham ( Ost & Skinke) inside instead. Time to get on our way again and we went back down to the main street and turned right and headed up to the Johanneskirken.
Time to head back into town and as we were walking down the top of Christies Gate, Hanna, whose confirmation we were over for appeared out of the hairdressers she was in getting her hair done for the event, part of her present from her aunt Gertrud and her husband Haraald. Went into talk to her for a while, so now another thing,visiting a Norwegian Hairdressers to add to my list of memorable travel highlights. We did find out what had been puzzling us for the two days we were there. Everywhere you went in Bergen you came across loads of young people with red dungarees with white patterns on them, and often with the straps hanging down.
Couldn't spend to long in there, as my son was starting to get nervous that they would have a go at his hair. Said we would get Hanna back at our hotel at 4, as she was travelling back to Oystese with us, and Haraald and Gertrud were picking us up at the hotel, to take us out to the airport to meet my cousin arriving from Heathrow and to pick up the hire cars.
Headed back down to Lille Lungegardsvann and came to whay has to be one of the ugliest fountains I have seen :D.
Parted company with my Old Dear as she went back to the hotel, but there was still one thing on my list of things to see that I hadn't come across yet, Bergens narrowest street. It was supposed to be right beside the Fishmarket, but couldn't see it, and then spotted the sign for it across the road next to Scruffy Murphys Irish Pub. It looked wider than it should, but as you go up Dyvekegangen it becomes a lot narrower half way up and becomes just 99cm wide.
Went back to hotel and grabbed a cup of tea from the machine in the foyer and Haraald and Gertrud turned up with two cars, along with their daughter Rakel and Hanna .
Him and I went into the Hertz office and picked up the keys for the cars and made our way over to the rentals car park.
Once wwe turned off the main road and started heading west, we hit a long tunnel under a hill and this was to be a common feature on this road. Some of the tunnels were over 2km long, had bends in the middle of them and not all were well lit so I didn't particularly like these bits. The drive was to take about two hours,over and through the hills, and just over half way there we came to a place called Bjorkheim where we stopped to go to the supermarket there.
Drove on a bit from Bjorkheim and pulled off the road to look at a big waterfall at the side of the road, and then drove straight through to Oystese. Cousins ex Turid was there to meet us and she was quite emotional, as it was the first time most of us had seen her since she left Scotland. Two of her other sisters were staying in the same cabins as us and they had some food cooking for us in their cabin. Got into our cabin and sorted out who was sleeping in what room and went out and had a look about and down onto the beach and a look across the fjord.
Headed along to Cabin 1 with a few beers and some of the wine we had bought in the Bergen Duty Free shop and had a really good night. had met most of the Norwegians before when they were over in Edinburgh for a christening, so it was just a case of picking up where we left off, even if it had been a long time. Easy going company, a good laugh and a few beers in a stunning location, what more could you want:D