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Jul 13, 2014 - Sights of Bergen

Bergen is a vibrant and charming city, rich in progressive history from the earliest ages of our human species, because of the prolific, life supporting ecosystem of this northern, roughly veregated coastal area. It has been a "modern" living area through the course of history. This monument in the main square portrays its movement well. Early history of the Viking era- The Rennaisance era Early industrial commerce Modern Period Our visit was contained within and focused on the city center harbor area because of our limited window of...

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Oct 22, 2013 - My Norwegian Love Affair

My Norwegian Love Affair I fell in love with the country and people of Norway and here are just a few of the reasons why: The way they suck in their breath to agree with something you say. When I first heard this sharp intake of breath, what we would call a gasp, I looked for the big spider, a cut on the finger, or a beggar with leprosy, something to justify this noise they were making, but I never saw anything. Then I thought maybe there were more cases of asthma here, due to the abundance of smoke from fireplaces. I finally asked about it...

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Oct 17, 2013 - Bergenista's

Bergenista’s Leaving Oslo to return back to the West Coast of Norway, the land of the fjords, was a relief to me, particularly after my last day there. While I don’t blame the city for my meltdown, there was something about Oslo that I found depressing. It was not a beautiful city, and although it had many museums and wonderful pedestrian shopping areas, that wasn’t enough for me to find joy there. The train ride between Oslo and Bergen is said to be one of most spectacular in Europe and I have to say, I didn’t want to nap or close my eyes...

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Sep 4, 2013 - Days 15 to 18 - Bergen

After arriving in Bergen on Saturday (31st August), it was good to wake up in a clean and friendly place, so different from the pit in Oslo. Although I shared a 4-bed dorm on the first night, I moved into my own room on the Sunday afternoon, which is where I then stayed for the whole time in Bergen. Following a hearty breakfast at the Hostel on the Sunday morning, It was time to do a little exploring and see the lie of the land. However, the weather was a bit damp (i.e. raining pissistantly) and it took around an hour to walk down into...

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Aug 22, 2013 - Last day in Bergen

Hiked up a trail behind the community of Lindas, with wonderful views of the surrounding area. Packed up , had a nice lunch and visit in the sun on the patio. Drove into Bergen and caught the evening train to Voss, about 1 hour inland. At Voss, we were meet by more cousins, Marta and Magna, two of the set of triplets who still live in their hometown. We were treated to supper and a comfortable bed for the night.

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Aug 21, 2013 - Drive to Radoy Island and Emmigrant Church

Lazy day! drive to Radoy Island, about 45 min. Visit Emigrant Church, moved here from Brampton, North Dakota in 1996/7 to bring home the importance of Norwegian emigration to N America. also moved and reconstructed were several buildings representative of an early village in N America Shop at Knarvik Shopping Center, sort of on our way home ( May and Einar's house feels like home!).

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Aug 20, 2013 - Day 12, Tuesday

Day 12 - Tuesday Aug 20 One thing that I have become very comfortable with is, just "showing up" for breakfast, lunch & dinner! I will miss the array of goodies for breakfast and the wonderful crusty breads. I savor this last breakfast, knowing that this luxury will soon come to an end. After breakfast everyone scatters to do last minute errands. I stay at the hotel, pack and spot two cruise ships that have arrived in the harbor. Imagine the wharf area is bustling with business. Our bus carries us to the airport at 11 am. Gene and I wonder...

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Aug 20, 2013 - A Day in Bergen

Although the weather was not the best we decided to take the boat to Bergen and spend the day sight-seeing. This involved having May Irene drive us about 20 km away from Lindas, in the direction away from Bergen, since although Lindas is surrounded by water, there is no way for that particular boat to get in to dock. It was a very fast ride and interesting to see the landscape from the water. We toured the waterfront fish market and had fish cakes for a snack. We then did a bit of a walking tour of the old city of Bergen, including Bryggen...

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Aug 19, 2013 - A tour of fjord country

We debated about going for a tour of the city of Bergen or going for a tour of the countryside, especially the mountains and fjords and that is what we decided to do. We got a bit of a late start, by the time we decided where we'd like to go and May and Einar planned out our route and checked out the ferry schedules, it was noon! They were very good sports about being our drivers and tour guides for what turned out to be a 12 hour marathon of touring! I must have a good map in front of me in order to tell you where we were, so the specific...

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Aug 19, 2013 - Day 11, Monday

Day 11 - Monday Aug 19 No schedule, today is free to do as we please. Most of us spend our free time combing the shops for those last minute necessary souvenirs! We strolled the harbor area, looked at all of the fresh seafood, checked out the old warehouses that are now tourist shops, many quaint shops, the opera house and flower gardens. Took refuge from the rain in an ornate gazebo in the downtown shopping district. .Several of our group rode the funicular railway up Mt. Fløyen to get a bird's eye view of the city. It was a great view,...

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Aug 18, 2013 - Day 20, Sunday

Day 10 - Sunday Aug 18, 41 Tunnels! Stalheim has to be my favorite so far, the room, the view, the food, the surroundings, what was not to like? Morning brought a persistent rain, probably the most we've seen so far, but not to worry. The hotel manager walked us over to the outdoor museum. Everything in the museum was collected by the owner of the hotel, who grew up in the area. Couldn't believe the size of this collection! We did a group photo at the hotel because of the rain outside, then board the bus as we head for Voss. Yesterday we...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Oslo to Bergen to Lindas

Very tiring train trip overnight to arrive in Bergen at 7:00am. We were greeted at the train station by my cousin (our grandmothers were sisters) who took us to her home in Linda's, about 45 min from Bergen. We have been made to feel very much at home by May Irene and her husband Einar. We had a wonderful breakfast and then a tour of their community, walking and then by car out to the huge Statoil refinery complex where Einar worked for many years. This is an amazing place, surrounded by water, either open ocean, fjords, lakes, rivers, etc.

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