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Jul 2, 2016 - Dinner with the Chef

Our final port. Bergen is the second largest city in Norway. It was founded in 1070 on what once was a Viking settlement. On the Bryggen wharf are historic wooden row houses, now used as shops. We went with 2 other people, the ship's executive chef and a local tour guide/chef to the Torget Fish Market where we sampled cold smoked salmon, hot smoked salmon, a tiny bite of minke whale, We also tried cooked shrimp (my favorite, very sweet) and king crab and stone crab. Chef made purchases for dinner, hot and cold smoked salmon, mountain trout,...

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Jun 27, 2016 - Bergen, Norway

Our train arrived in Bergen around 5:00PM. From the train station we traveled by bus to our Hotel for an overnight stay. Once we were settled in at the hotel we went looking for a place to eat dinner and we were lucky to find a place off the beaten track where the food and service was excellent! On the next day (June 26th) we had access to the ship around noon, but not our staterooms were not ready. Carmen and I decided to walk around town for a while and then we took the popular funicular railroad which climbs 1,000 feet in seven minutes...

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Jun 25, 2016 - Train from Oslo to Bergen

On our third day in Oslo, after our Viking bus tour was completed, we headed to the train station for our 7-hour train ride from Oslo to Bergen. Information from the Internet is included below. “The Bergen Line" , also called the Bergen Railway, is a 371-kilometre (231 mi) long standard gauge railway line between Bergen and Hønefoss, Norway. The name is often applied for the entire route from Bergen via Drammen to Oslo, where the passenger trains go a distance of 496 kilometres (308 mi). It is the highest mainline railway line in Northern...

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Jun 6, 2016 - Bergen

Monday June 6 Bergen After an early breakfast in the hotel, we walked to the tourist information office and booked an excursion by bus to Edvard Grieg's home and museum. The tour included a guided tour of his home and the grounds, the museum and a lunchtime concert of Grieg's music. We had time before the excursion was scheduled to leave, so we walked over towards 'Lille Lungegårdsvannet' (yesterday's park) to the train station to make sure we know where to go early tomorrow morning. On the way back we passed the monument to Ole Bull...

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Jun 5, 2016 - Disembark in Bergen

Sunday June 5 We were awake when our early morning coffee room service arrived, and finished most of our packing before going for our last breakfast on board. The weather again was sunny and clear and we strolled along the deck taking our last photos of the ship. Last evening, we had decided not to pack our bags and leave them in the hallway by 10:00 p.m. to be retrieved on shore in the morning; we were happy to walk off the ship with our bags. As planned we met Klaus and Marilyn in the Atrium Lounge and disembarked together. Marilyn and...

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Jun 4, 2016 - Arrive Bergen

Saturday June 4 Bergen Day 1 Overnight, the ship experience a bit of the North Sea on the way from the Sondefiord to Bergen. The sea had some good sized swells; this was the only spell of rough sea that we had felt over the entire trip. Docked in Bergen, we ate breakfast on the outside deck of the World Café and were later joined by Klaus and Marilyn. Our morning tour was a walking tour of Bergen, one of the many organized excursions provided by Viking. Bryggen, the old wharf at Bergen, is an exceptional example of a medieval urban area,...

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Jun 1, 2016 - "Living" In Bergen, Norway

I am now "Living" in Bergen, Norway from May 15th to June 14th. I visited Bergen in 2004 for a few days and vowed to come back someday to "Live" for an extended period of time. To become a local and blend in. Here I am! It has been a !Fantastico! experience, just like I knew it would. I am staying with Susanne & Helene, wonderful airbnb hosts,outside of Bergen. Their home (my home) is on a cliff overlooking a lake and mountains. It's absolutely beautiful! "SOMEDAY SOON", I will return to live here again. I emphasize "Someday Soon" because...

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May 22, 2016 - A rainy Sunday in Bergen

Our weather luck has run out, for the morning anyway...... Bergen looks like a fairy tale land with all the beautiful houses lined up beside one another. Huge ships in the harbour as well as every other kind of boat you can think of. We took the hop on hop off bus but if it wasn't raining this is a wonderful walking city. I wondered why they sold so many raincoats in the stores?? Bergen gets 240 days of rain a year, lush and green. Tons of Teslas everywhere in Norway, also in Copenhagen and Amsterdam but more here. We came across a Sunday...

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May 13, 2016 - Aurland and the mountains around

Yesterday evening was also time to imagine the next steps using the information from the tourist office. So today mountains and ferries are part of the program going to Aurland north and then to a small village along the fjord. But the fist step was Flam with a fjord and a very nice view from a 600m road. Then the road went through mountains 1000m maximum but you look like being 3000 in the Alps or everywhere because the snow is so important. Then i.e now I am on the ferry to reach the village of Balestrand to find a place to camp, have...

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May 12, 2016 - Bergen

So yesterday I had to close shortly as I was writing from the tourist office and I had to take my bus or wait an hour. So I found a place to park for the night close to the place I took sunset pictures. But yesterday was not perfect: first my glasses felt down during the drive and when I get to my table I walked on them and get them in a very bad shape. Then in the evening I prepared everything to take pictures, my book for reefing during the wait time and my photo foot plus some foods and drinks. Then when I installed there I had not my...

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May 11, 2016 - On the road to Bergen

So I had a nice night in the campaign on my road to Bergen more than 200kms from it. I had first to kill several mosquitos. They are very strong here but not difficult to catch. So then what a road was it ! I am sure I spent 1/3 of my driving time under ground. This is the first time I encountered around about in a tunnel ( tune in previous posts were for tunnel). It is also a first time than in a tunnel I drove up and circular till I was driving under my enter place(snail curve ???). So after few bridges many tunnels I got to Bergen. I...

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Apr 18, 2016 - Day 13 - Finculi Funicular

Roger is starting to get a bit of a cold, so it's best now to slow down and not get so much into the cold, and it's our last day in Bergen. So what do you do when you're getting a cold when it's cold? Go somewhere colder of course! Today, there's really only one more touristy thing we want to do and that's the funicular up the hill to get a birds eye view of Bryggen and the town of Bergen. And it's very cold up there. The ride is over very quickly which is a bit unfortunate but the views at the end are spectacular and at one point we think...

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