Saturday, June 25, 2011

Our first evening in Bergen

We climbed the hill from the railroad station to reach our hotel (see the nice view from our hotel window over to Floyen), dropped our bags, and headed back down to see some of Bergen.  We began by riding a funicular train up to Floyen  (photo of view from funicular), about a thousand feet above the town, where we enjoyed commanding views of both Bergen and the surrounding fjords (photo at end).  We hiked back down through the woods, enjoying the huge trees, ferns and mosses, and vertical cliffs (photos).  We emerged from the woods into the Sandviken area of town, and walked toward the water through narrow streets while looking at old houses (note one house built in 1796).  We passed along the Bryggen waterfront to the fish market, where I picked out a trout and had it cooked on the grill for dinner (Nancy had pre-breaded calamari, which wasn’t nearly as good).  Finally we climbed the hill past Johanneskirke to the University of Bergen to see more old houses.  Sunset was at about 11:15; so fare as I could tell (I got to sleep well after midnight), the sky never got completely dark.

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