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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Our Nordic Expedition, Part 2 -- Walking Around Bergen

Bergen is a lovely city, the second largest in Norway with a population of about a quarter million people. The town is built around the harbor and stretches inland along the sides of circling mountains. While "She Who Must Not Be Named" unpacked and rested I took my camera out for a walk around the central area of the city. Here's a bit of what I saw:

I actually took this shot from the bus as we drove into the city. It shows the distinctive topography of Bergen -- extensive waterfront and steep slopes that run almost to the water's edge.

Ditto. This is the Torgallmennigen, the city's main square. In the distance you can see residential buildings extending up the mountain. For those of you who want to revisit the square here is a link to a webcam that monitors activity there. 

A side street running off the square. The mountain in the distance is Ulriken, the largest of the mountains encircling the harbor.

Lovely old buildings at the end of the square.

The climate in Bergen is cool [actually a bit chilly this time of year] and wet [it rains more than 200 days a year]. The typical day might see two or three short rain showers. Despite the cool and damp, the citizens of Bergen spend a lot of time outdoors. The streets are crowded during daylight hours and people seem to favor outdoor dining under canopies that keep off the rain. 

Ain't she a beauty. This is the "Bounty", not the original but a copy built for the 1960 Marlon Brando film. It has since appeared in a number of films, most recently "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest". It was on display in Bergen's main harbor, the  when we were there, but has since left for its winter harbor in Puerto Rico.  

At the end of the square I encountered the Bergen fish market pictured here.

I don't know who he is, but he's an appropriate symbol for the fish market.

Lots of lions on display.

And plaques and statues commemorating Norway's past. This one represents its Viking heritage. 

St. John's Church at the opposite end of the square from the fish market. I took the shot while heading back to the hotel for some much needed rest. We could explore more of the town in the morning.

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