Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sushi and Tapas

After basically three weeks of nothing but clouds and rain and feeling miserable it was beyond exciting the see the sun finally come through.
I went out for a dinner with Vibeke who's just had her birtday.
We ended up in this new place in Zackariassbryggen called Sushi and Tapas.
In my opinion they have by far the best view of Bergen than any other restaurants.
The food was awesome and so was the company :-)

Exactly one week after...

...the horrible shooting and bombing disaster that struck Oslo and Utoya Friday 22nd July 2011 there are still thousands of thousands of flowers by the "blue stone" in Bergen City.

People come here from everywhere to lay down some flowers and stand a few minutes in silence.
The whole atmosphere down here on the blue stone is filled with so much love and sadness I've never experienced anything like it.




Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Rusty and Timmy

Today we are "dogsitting" my neighbour's dogs.
Timmy, and
Rusty.
Brothers. Both totally adorable and full of personalities.
Here they've discovered mum's goodie drawer:

In the end just a quick weather update:

Today out of 15hours and 24 minutes we've had a total of 0 hours and 0 minutes of sun.
Kinda fits right into the mood I am in these days.

Monday, 25 July 2011

The long sad weekend

domkirken

It has been a very sad and unforgettable weekend for all Norwegians. How one man can cause so much sorrow and pain is just beyond me. My thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone who lost someone they loved and everyone involved in this horrible tragedy.

Friday, 22 July 2011

The climb

Vibeke came to pick me up in her car and then we drove to the "take off" place for todays little walk. Vibeke has walked all the 7 mountains surrounding our city in one day, (it is one of these crazy things they do in this town once a year), so what better guide to guide me up on my first trip. It is a beautiful walk up and we pass this drinking reservoir where swimming is strictly forbidden. (It looks so nice and inviting however that I am sure on a more sunnier and warmer day than today I would be very tempted to dive in).

Once up the top of the mountain the views are spectacular.

There is even this little mountain book at the top of the mountain where you put your name/date and hour into.
Due to Lyderhorns prominent visibility to the sea it has long been a navigational mark for sailors. The walk down again was pretty simple until we reached the steps. Pretty steep. Not so fun to walk up.

Kvarven Fort which we pass on our way up and down used to be a strategic point during World War 2 and you can still see bunkers and cannon positions used in the defence of Bergen. Here is one of them built into the mountain.

....and I couldn't resist taking a picture of the toilet with the typical grass on the roof:


Lyderhorn

Lyderhorn is one of the 7 mountains surrounding Bergen. It stands 397 meters above sea level and it is what most Kiwi's would call "a hill".
It is the mountain that is closest to our home here in Bergen and I am pretty ashamed to say that to day was the first day I've been to the top of it.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Bryggen, Bergen

Bryggen in Bergen was a big trading empire from the 14th -16th century.
It is part of the World Unesco Heritage List.
Part of the buildings, around 62 of them remain of the former landscape.
As I've mentioned earlier most of the city has been burnt down to the ground and built up again and these building is the few that managed to escape the fires.


On a beautiful summer day like today the harbour is packed with tourists and locals leisurely sipping beers or eating ice creams from the many restaurants by the water front.
This picture was taken around nine in the evening.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

His and Hers

I just couldn't resist putting in a photo of the old outside toilets.

Old Bergen






In the 19th Century Bergen was Europe's largest city consisting of wooden houses.
And due to the wooden houses Bergen has had its fair share of major fire disasters.
The appearance of the city has changed on many occasions often due to these big fires.
Old Bergen is a reconstructed town with approx 50 houses from the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries.

It is an idyllic reminder of what Bergen used to be like and if you are ever so lucky to take the trip to Bergen you should come and experience the old Bergen.You can step into the old houses with a guide and get a full tour of this little town.
We were lucky enough to find an open door into this old house
so we did a tour on our own...

without guides....

not allowed but hey we didn't know.

Check out the wallpaper!
It smelt old and I would not like to spend the night here as I am sure the place is absolutely crawling with ghosts.
For more info on old Bergen click here.


Monday, 18 July 2011

Food that symbolises summer


Being back in Bergen has its ups and downs.
I am missing my husband and the surf and the cats but it has been so many years since I was last here in the summer that I am enjoying the food.
Tremendously.

Shrimps, freshly cooked crab claws and a fresh salad.
Yum!

Little treasures

Happiness is to find blueberries in the forest!


Catching up with Mona


Had a good day today.

Was able to catch up with Mona, a girlfriend from way-back-then and we managed to get a walk in at "Alvoen" a place I haven't been at for ages.

The main buildings were founded in 1797 and the buildings are still the same to this very day.

It is a beautiful place and we ended up walking forever trying to find a little cafe that was open, with no luck. (Sundays only from 12.00-15.00). This place is yearning for a cosy bakery and a cafe that sells wonderfully smooth coffee.

Instead we found this enchanted forest and went investigating.

A beautiful day.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

More ceramics


I've gone a bit ga-ga for ceramics. The summer studio my cousin is working from belongs to a lady called Sarah Reed.

I got a chance to take some photo's of her work as well and I just love her style.

If I could I would take home every single cup in here.

If you want to check out some more of her stuff click here

Summer


These last three days have been wonderful and sunny.
With this weather Bergen is truly one of my favourite places.

The restaurants are full and everyone walks around with big grins on their faces and you can't blame them. From tomorrow onwards the rain is coming in and at the moment we are looking at a week of rain and clouds. (All part of the charm of living in Bergen I guess).