CHECKING OUT THE CITY
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September 1st, 2007 – by: mellemel8
Edvard Hagerup Grieg (15 June 1843 �" 4 September 1907) was a Norwegian composer and pianist who composed in the romantic period.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, inspired by the seven hills of Rome.
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.
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