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Why have I not heard of Bergen before?!? Why isn't there more of a BIG DEAL (tm) made about this AMAZING place?!? Wow I had such a great time here I did not want to leave!!

I was completely taken aback at what a cool little city this was!! Completely accessible, rather cosmopolitan-feeling for a small city, but with a close-knit community feel. When I have kids, I’m going to send them here for a summer, it is so freaking cool here!! The city proper was spectacular to begin with, but then I saw the restaurants: sushi, Mongolian BBQ, Thai, Eritrean-Ethiopian food, I mean WOW.

And then you went up the funicular and you were in like ancient forests filled with moss and hills revealing the most amazing vistas.

fish market! you don't want to know what I tasted there..
I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was such a gem, like a forest at the beginning of time completely undisturbed except for a few convenient wood slats of stairs carved into the side of steep hills. Each turn revealed some precious scenery or particularly photogenic jumble of trees and branches. It was an incredible hike and we were glad to have some precious hours without rain coming down on us up there.

We walked around everywhere and saw more here than we did any other city so far even though we didn’t even have a plan to see anything in particular. We went to the fish market and got the most delicious lobster, fresh scampi, some funky white lobster claws with black tips that didn’t taste so good, and a slice of WHALE! Like, holy shit!! Andrew and I felt terrible about eating whale, but we were just too curious and hoping it wasn’t an endangered one.

By the seaside, we saw a beautiful castle, charming side-streets, children playing everywhere. It was truly a delightful place, no matter seaside or forest-park or near the University.

Thon has about 5 hotels in Bergen, and they all look lovely compared to the shitbox (excuse me, Redbox) we stayed in. Thon seems to put hotels right in the middle of the action, which I really appreciate. The most laudable thing about Bergen is its accessibility on foot. You can walk just about anywhere - from the university to the center of town, to the top of the funicular. I appreciated the convenience in by far one of the most lovely cities I've ever visited..

 

aloneinthecrowd says:
Next to Alesund, Bergen is one of my favourite cities in Norway (when the sun shines, which is rare :p). I hope I can make it there next year again.
Posted on: Oct 05, 2010
ken2010 says:
To me I think Bergen is the most beautiful town in Scandinavia, in spite of all their rainy days.
Posted on: Oct 05, 2010
jenn79 says:
love it here! And for the record it did rain, just managed to get a few shots while the sunshine was out =)
Posted on: Oct 05, 2010
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Central Fountain
Central Fountain
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