|The Girls on the train...|
|Finse - Norway's highest train station at 1222m|
- somewhat of a mecca for cycling
Arriving to sparkling sunshine and a cloudless sky, we topped the day off with a beer on the patio at Fløyen - at the top of the Fløibanen Funicular...
|Fløyen - overlooking Bergen and the Byfjorden|
|Now that's pretty nice!|
|Only 3304km to The North Pole|
|Totem pole at Nordnesparken|
|Wendy finds her troll|
|Fløyen - they use goats to keep the weeds down|
|Store Lungegårdsvann - in winter, this is a skating area, |
complete with warming firepits!
|Oooommmm - Store Lungegårdsvann|
|Early morning Bryggen - before the crowds arrive|
We had had some debate in Oslo as to buying an 'Oslo Card'. These offer discounts to major tourist attractions and free use of public transport. We decided against it but in hindsight, we thought perhaps we should have. So, on arriving in Bergen, we armed ourselves with a 48-hr Bergen Card! With the prospect of rain, we did some research and decided to visit the house of Ole Bull - simply because it required a tram, a bus and a ferry to get there and good use of our Bergen cards! But who is Ole Bull? Exactly the question we asked but now know he was Norway's virtuoso violinist and composer who built a rather gorgeous house which is now a museum.
So off we went on the tram to Lagunen, #62 bus to Buena and the ferry across to Lysøen where the museum is. This took us south of Bergen by 30km, past fjords, over mountains, along winding roads and magnificent bridges.
|On the ferry with Ole Bull's house in the background|
|An interesting mix of styles|
|Now that's a front porch!|
|And we thought our new house had some wood!|
|The rain held off and we even had some sun|
|And the ferry ride back|
Fully utilizing our Bergen cards, we explored the Bergnhus Fortress. This included a peek into Haakons Hall and climbing the Rosenkrantz Tower. The tower is straight out of the middle ages with winding stone staircases and a dusty, dank dungeon! I now have a new appreciation for the medieval soldiers in chainmail ofter trying some on! It took both Wendy and Susan to lift it and I had trouble standing, let alone brandishing a sword, running up narrow, stone stairs or riding a horse.
|In the dungeon of Rosenkrantz Tower|
|Fancy a joust?|
|Is that a cruise ship at my back door?|
|Lunch at the Fisheries Museum - cosy reindeer skins to sit on|
|She's got a crab!|
|Old warehouse at Fisheries Museum|
|A Popeye clone|
|Bryggen from across the fjord|
|Shopping for beanies!|
|Somewhat wonky stairs seem to be the norm - Bryggen|