CHECKING OUT THE CITY

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Unfortunately, the day started in an "umberella day" :( we had breakfast in the hotel it was complementary. i had corn flakes, multi grain bread with herring, and pate. yeah yeah yeah i know weird breakfast. i miss european pate. i was hoping to ride the the Funicular to Mount Fløien, to see the view of Bergen. if it's raining, i mean precipetate the "locals" would call it. the  view would be cloudy and a waste of 70 kroner($14). i hope after we get back form edvard grieg's tour. the sun comes out. cross my  fingers.

Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 �" 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period.
huge crab legs. 10x larger than in the usa.
He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor, for his incidental music to Henrik Ibsen's play Peer Gynt (which includes Morning Mood and In the Hall of the Mountain King), and for his collection of piano miniatures Lyric Pieces.

"Troldhaugen" (the Hill of the Trolls), "TROILDHAUGEN" built in 1885, was the home of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg ( 1843-1907). He lived here for 22 years and composed many of his best known works in the little garden hut by the shore of lake Nordås. Edvard and his wife Nina are buried in a cliff-hewn tomb in the grounds. The house is now a museum filled with mementos of the composer's life and its 1907 interior is presented as Grieg knew it. In 1985, "Troldsalen", a concert hall seating 200 people was opened for the performance of chamber music.
crab legs, crabs, shrimps oh my!!!
A new museum building, which also contains multimedia-room and cafeteria, was opened in 1995.

Getting there: 8 km south of Bergen. From the Bus Station next to the Railway Station take any bus leaving from platform 19, 20 or 21, departing every 15 - 20 minutes. The tour takes 15 minutes. Get off at Hopsbroen, turn right, walk about 200 yards, and then turn left at Troldhaugsveien (20 min walk).

we got back to the hotel at 1pm. i was still raining. i went back to room. i am still jet lagged. i went to take a nap.  i woke up at 4pm. we were hungry. we wanted to eat at the bergen fish market. we knew it would be an experience. i was bummed we were not able to go see the view of bergen. hopefully, tomorrow it will be a better day.

We went to the bergen fish market which is 5min walk near the pier from our hotel.
smoked and herbed mackarel and salmon
Even if you don’t like fish, be sure to visit Bergen’s excellent fish market since the offerings are by no means limited to fish (or even to food for that matter!). If the smell seems a repellent contrast to the otherwise beautiful surroundings, it’s helpful to remember that the city owes its existence (like most towns in western Norway) to fish and its importance as a port where Norwegian dried fish were exchanged for other commodities.

For all this history, however, the best reason to visit the market is to get an inexpensive lunch (or breakfast or early dinner). Take your time and compare the offerings since prices vary. In general, a salmon, shrimp, or langoustine sandwich should cost you about NOK 20, but some stands charge significantly more or only serve the fish on half a roll.
smoked bergen style salmon
Many of the stands place free samples alongside the daily catch, and some others will allow you to take a small taste of their more exotic selections without charge �" just ask. My experience was that the sellers were invariably quite friendly. they spoke an a ray of languages.

Nearly all stands offer basic fish sandwiches, fish filets for sale, and cooked prawns (shrimp) that you can shell and eat sitting at the dock. Others, however, offer such delicacies as cooked crabs, oysters, caviar (which is apparently less expensive in shops), and whale meat (which is dark, tough, and tasteless). Nor are selections limited to sea creatures: one stand grills up elk burgers (more interesting for the novelty value than the taste) while several sell both elk and reindeer sausage. Across the street, a smaller market has stalls selling flowers, vegetables, homemade ice cream - and Norwegian ostrich! Quite a few stands on both sides of the street sell sweaters, postcards, and assorted knick-knacks �" several other travelers advised me that these tend to be rather overpriced and shoddy in quality.
assorted kavar


I purchased a can of anchovies and vaccumed sealed smoked salmon. for dinner mum had a shrimp half sandwich and i had a whale meat sandwich it was $14, but worth it. that was yummy. yeah yeah yeah i know i eat shamu. HAHAHA. i wanted to try it once. whale meal taste and looks like roast beef. the texture is a mixture of liver and roast beef. The best way to complete your repast is with a norgweign cream puff, it was not sweet i was able to eat it, and a cup of joe, from the nearby Baker Brun, which claims to have invented (and certainly has perfected) this traditional Bergen treat.

Bergen is a city, a municipality, and a former county, in the county of Hordaland, Norway.

The Norwegian city of Bergen was separated from Hordaland as a county of its own in 1831[citation needed].
whale meat
It was established as a municipality January 1, 1838 (see formannskapsdistrikt). The rural municipality of Bergen landdistrikt was merged with Bergen January 1, 1877. The rural municipality of Årstad was merged with Bergen July 1, 1915. The rural municipalities of Arna, Fana, Laksevåg and Åsane were merged with Bergen January 1, 1972. The city lost its status as a separate county the same date. Bergen was the largest city in Norway until 1840[citation needed] (when it was passed by Oslo).

The city is located on the south-western coast of Norway, in the county of Hordaland, with its center situated between a group of mountains known collectively as de syv fjell ("the seven mountains"), although the number of mountains is a matter of definition. The first to name them "the seven mountains" might have been Ludvig Holberg[3], inspired by the seven hills of Rome.
whale meat sandwich
Bergen is recognized as the unofficial capital of the region known as West Norway, and also recognized and marketed as the gateway city to the world famous fjords of Norway and for that reason it has become Norway's largest - and one of Europe's largest - cruise ship ports of call. Furthermore, Bergen's inter-municipal harbour is by far Norway's largest port and also one of Europe's largest ports according to the inter-municipal company Port of Bergen.

In August 2004, Time magazine named the city one of Europe's 14 "secret capitals", where Bergen's capital reign is acknowledged within maritime businesses and activities such as aquaculture and marine research, with the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) (the second-largest in Europe) as the leading institution. Bergen is also the main base for the Royal Norwegian Navy (at Haakonsvern) and its international airport Flesland is the main heliport for the huge Norwegian North Sea oil and gas industry, from where thousands of offshore workers commute to their work places onboard the many oil and gas rigs and platforms[citation needed].
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mellemel8 says:
i know christian, i love whale meat and crabs. yeah i wish i would have met you i was in bergen for 3 days. let me know when you visit LA or vegas. i would love to show you around :)
Posted on: Oct 14, 2007
CFD says:
Whale meat is delicious. I often eat it fresh when I'm going up north because its fresh and you can buy it directly from the fisherman. Its also around half the price. The crab legs are probably the "King Crab", put out by the Russians and now its devastating the bottoms of the Norwegian coastal zone, and their population is growing because its not allowed to catch them in big-scale. There , some background information. Wish i could have met you in Bergen being a local guide
Posted on: Oct 14, 2007
TRE69 says:
Well if Shamu can take a bite out of her trainer during a show...then its only cosmicly fitting that you eat a whale sandwich. If you didn't tell me it was whale meat, I would eat it...it looks good.
Posted on: Sep 20, 2007
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huge crab legs. 10x larger than in…
huge crab legs. 10x larger than i…
crab legs, crabs, shrimps oh my!!!
crab legs, crabs, shrimps oh my!!!
smoked and herbed mackarel and sal…
smoked and herbed mackarel and sa…
smoked bergen style salmon
smoked bergen style salmon
assorted kavar
assorted kavar
whale meat
whale meat
whale meat sandwich
whale meat sandwich
yummy
yummy
yummy sandwiches
yummy sandwiches
danishes
danishes
brod
brod
edvard grieg
edvard grieg
edvard greigs house
edvard greig's house
edvard griegs house
edvard grieg's house
view from edvards house
view from edvard's house
view from the house
view from the house
view from the house
view from the house
bergen candy
bergen candy
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photo by: CFD