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Aug 15, 2017 - 13 August - board MS Lofoten

We spent the morning at a series of art galleries called Code. The main highlights were works by Picasso, Klee and Munch. The current Queen of Norway also had an exhibition of her own works. We then caught a taxi to the dock and boarded our home for the next few days - the MS Lofoten of the Hurtigruten fleet. We unpacked in our room - were pleasantly surprised to find that we had an ensuite - the went for dinner. Dinner was an amazing buffet. I limited myself and only tried the soup, 3 varieties of caviar, cold roast meat, cold salad,...

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Aug 12, 2017 - Bergen - rainy one minute - rainy the next

Today we spent walking around Bergen. Finding where we embark tomorrow. Trying to find out if we can leave some luggage here while we head out for a couple of weeks. We walked to the indoor fishmarkets, then the outdoor fishmarkets. Then on to Brygen - the old part of town on the waterfront. We found some supermarkets where we can buy some food - at least double the prices in Australia. Our guesthouse is basic, but in a good situation to walk to all the touristy things. View from dining area. The guesthouse is half way between a...

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Aug 11, 2017 - Farewell Russia - Hello Norway

In the morning I ran around St Petersburg taking last minute photos, and visiting a couple of places that we had not visited yet. I left straight after breakfast, and arrived back at the hotel at 11.30am. Just in time to pack and check out by midday, and be ready for our driver who arrived at 12.15pm. Out to the airport in a very posh black Mercedes. Through security checks and 2 passport controls. One security check was particularly worrisome. As we stood in line waiting, one man was hauled off for severe questioning. Then the...

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Jul 31, 2017 - Bergen, Norway

At about 3:30 I boarded the train to Bergen. It was a 6 hour ride and no doubt every single person aboard that train knew I'm a tourist. I probably took 150 photos. From my seat and from other people's seat on the other side of the train. Lol. I decided that the left side of the train is the best side. What a ride. Immeasurable beauty. Way out in the middle of nowhere. The funniest thing, other than me bopping around taking photos, was when the train stopped at this little tiny station in the middle of nowhere and a huge group of Asian...

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Jul 28, 2017 - The majesty of the fjords

We’ve had numerous early mornings since our departure on 13 June but none compared to our waking at 6am and discovering the towering cliffs of the Geirangerfjord metres from the ship. Our cruise into the Geirangerfjord was spectacular. Towering mountains hemmed us in as we glided towards the village of Geiranger, which besides being famous as the gateway to this UNESCO World Heritage listed spectacle is the proud home to a mere 250 residents in the winter and hundreds of cruise ships during the four months of the “season”. In fact, it is...

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A Traveller's Tale

Jun 14, 2017 - There be Trolls - Bergen

Wednesday 14 June Today we have tracked backwards to Bergen. Founded in 1070 AD and then in the 13th Century, became Norway’s first real capital, remaining the biggest town until the 1830’s due to being a major trading and seafaring port and one of the Hanseatic merchants’ four most important trading centres. Bryggen, ("The Hanseatic Wharf") is the most obvious remnant from this time although I think after the great fire of 1702 which reduced the whole city to ashes, it may have been rebuilt on the foundations and now is part of the UNESCO...

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May 15, 2017 - Bergan

We disembarked in Bergen after visiting Sandnessjoen. While walking through a quiet residential area there, we were very excited to be invited into a Norwegian home . As our tour guide was remarking about the time she met the lady of the house, the lady's son was just finishing a run and stopped to talk to us. He checked with his mother and invited us into his home. Was a nicely appointed residence and gave us a chance to see how comfortable the Norwegians live. Sailing on down the coast we passed Torghatten, the characteristic hat shaped...

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Apr 30, 2017 - Bergen

Bergen is a much larger port than Haugesund and was a German submarine base during WW II. We leave the ship here early in the morning. The ocean voyage is over. I'm sad, our favorite bartender is sad and I'm sure many others were too. The food was excellent and the portions were reasonably small. I now know what it would be like to be a king. We were treated extremely well and with more than one crew member for every two passengers one can easily understand why. We are staying two days in Bergen at a hotel in a building built in the early...

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Europe 2017 Cruise

Dec 29, 2016 - Bumpy end to the cruise - Bergen

On the tail end of the storm we had a few more bumps and potholes before we reached Bergen. Meal time was in between the waves. Chilled out on the Panorama deck as we navigated the return. Quick hotel and luggage drop. Off to walk on solid ground, shopping, hot chocolates at Starbucks and dinner at Dolly Dimples

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Where is Shirley?

Dec 18, 2016 - Bergen to Hurtigruten cruise

Sleep in then lovely stroll to the UNESCO Bryggen district - colourful what's, old wooden houses and some 'nice' shops. Some buildings on a definite lean. Very pretty though. I see some shopping at the end of the cruise. We decided to taxi to the ship instead of further stressing out both the wheels on our suitcases and our bodies competing and manoeuvring on the cobblestones. Cruise check in - very informal, no queues. Security check in - ????? I don't know if our suitcases were screened but our carry on wasn't. Very relaxed over here re...

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Where is Shirley?

Aug 23, 2016 - on our own

We got a call from the shore excursion office letting us know that the tour we had booked for today was cancelled due to low enrollment. Guess our tastes are weirder than we thought. They offered to rebook us on other tours that still had space. We did some research on the web; the wifi hasn’t been too bad on board. And we read the pertinent information on Bergen in the travel book we had downloaded, we concluded that the things we wanted to see in town were doable on our own. We could see where the Serenade would be docked and it all...

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Aug 7, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Today was another very early morning as we were off to the airport to catch a short flight to Bergen, Norway. Bergen is a charming seaport town on Norway's southwestern coast surrounded by high mountains; and the capital of the majestic fjord region. Founded more than 900 years ago, Bergen has roots to the Viking Age; as attested to by all the Viking and troll doodah in the shops! Bergen has a vibrant city center with museums, art galleries, craft shops, restaurants, pubs, cable car up to Mount Floyen, etc. The architecture is very...

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