Bergen - 276 Days of Rain a Year...

Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
Trip End Jul 02, 2005

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Sadly we will not truly be able to experience the longest sunlit day of the year due to Bergen's very unsuitable climate of RAIN, RAIN and CLOUDS and more RAIN. This morning wasn't too bad, but it was totally overcast thus negating any chance of seeing the "midnight sun" (even though we have come to find out that the Norwegians actually celebrate this day on June 23rd, while were in Oslo)... we set out this morning for Troldhaugen, the residence of Norway's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. His little estate was tucked away about 8 Km from the city centre...a journey in 1885 when it was built, but not so much anymore. We braved the public transport and took the bus and then walked about 1 Km from the spot to the museum and house. I wasn't as familiar with Grieg as some of the other composers, but he is very well renowned, along with Ole Bull here in Norway and especially Bergen. Grieg's most famous piece is his Piano Concerto in A minor which he actually wrote during his time in Copenhagen. The museum was interesting and showed a nice history of his life and family. Unlike many artists and composers of his era, Grieg was actually quite renowned during his time and taught in Leipzig, Copenhagen and Bergen and traveled on many concert tours all over Europe. As we traipsed all over the grounds the most interesting thing we found was by far Edvard and his wife Nina's (also his cousin) tomb built into the side of a cliff.

Our bus ride back was a bit more interesting as we took a more "scenic route" that took a tad longer. The damn bus seemed to stop at every stop and at one point this lady got on and started yapping at Ashley in Norwegian...she was yapping so much that Ashley couldn't even interrupt her to tell her she only spoke English. Once she did, the woman went on about how she didn't 'have a job, was looking for one, was going to meet her boyfriend at the pub whom she just met, blah blah...

When we finally got back to Bergen we headed to the Floibanen Funicular (supposedly the worlds steepest but we have our doubts) that takes you up above for a spectacular view of the city. Even with the rain, the view of the harbor and entire city was quite spectacular. There are quite a few trails and we hiked a bit to a small lake, but it was nothing spectacular. On our way back down we both became very tired and decided to head back to the Guesthouse for a little nap...

On our way however, Miss Ashley noticed a little sign that said "Free Glass Blowing 50m". Well the free caught are attention and we headed over to this little shop and watch an apprentice practice his glass blowing. It really was quite cool...the pictures don't' really do it justice. They had this little tub in the store with "non-perfect" pieces and Ash had her eye on two cool wine glasses. But as we were looking around this store this (I'll be nice and say, FAT) lady and her husband walked in and grabbed them up and bought them. Saddened, we asked about any other places that sold cups and were told of a store down the street where we proceeded to spend at least an hour sitting on the floor picking out and looking at every wine glass in the place. Well...needless to say after much deliberation, Miss Ashley picked out two fantastic little glasses that have "Summer Margarita" written all over them. I found two nice little glasses that go perfect with my newfound love of Scotch (thanks to dad and Anchorman) and a little plate for Eric for his new apartment (shhh..He doesn't know he's getting it yet).

So our quick walk home took a little detour...we are finally taking a little relaxation time before we head out for our last meal in Bergen and then to do Laundry. Oh what an exciting life we lead...

Catch ya on the flip side,
- M & A
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