Day 4 Bergen
Trip Start Mar 11, 2014
16Trip End Mar 28, 2014
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The last time we visited Bergen it tipped down with rain and we really didn't get a true impression of the place. We arrived this morning at 8.00am and it was a little overcast but at least it was dry so hopefully we would be able to venture ashore.
We let the early birds go ashore before we took the shuttle bus to the centre. Our last visit was during September and the fish market was on the waters edge with pretty covers on all the stalls but now we find a glass covered building which doesn't seem to have the same appeal although the array of fish and shellfish on display looks so much more inviting than the last fish market I visited in The Gambia. There was also a well stocked flower stall and outside a lovely display of Spring time daffodils with the backdrop of the famous Bryggen
Bergen is surrounded by mountains and fjords, hence all the rainfall they get. There has been a settlement here since medieval times and the colourful waterfront buildings are testament to it's fascinating history of trade. The Bryggen is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
As we made our way to the entrance of the funicular there were some interesting manhole covers, I guess to passers by it must have looked rather odd taking a photo of a manhole!
It wasn't long to wait for the 3 minute journey to the top. Rain showers were scheduled but we were lucky they did not appear until we had enjoyed magnificent views across the town of Bergen and also our ship.
As we made our way back down we could see the rain clouds gathering so we headed to a coffee shop for a warm cuppa but we did resist the pastries.
By now the rain was starting to get quite heavy, I wanted to take some photos of The Bryggen area so David went back on the shuttle to the ship and I pottered with my camera tucked away in the dry.
Within the narrow alleys of the Bryggen were galleries and shops, some of these timbered buildings had been destroyed by fire over the years but always rebuilt in the traditional style, many of the shops were selling Norwegian knitted garments and other handicrafts but I wasn't bothered about shopping
There was one old house where the stairway was on the outside of the building, imagine having to go outside when retiring to bed, especially in the wintertime. Brrrr
A huge wooden carved sea creature was quite a sight but by now the rain was quite heavy so it was back to the ship, no shuttle bus for me it was just as far to go back to the pickup point as it was to the ship so off I headed and it wasn't long before Saga Sapphire came into view.
We were so pleased that we went ashore this morning and managed at least to see Bergen from ground level as well as 1000ft up.
This evening we will be eating in the East to West restaurant and tomorrow we will be in Andalsnes when we venture onto the scenic Rauma Railway.