and my goodness was it beautiful!
the weather was reasonable, about 17c with a few light showers (waterproof required - apparently it rains 300 days of the year!), but it was perfect weather for shopping and eating, which is what mum and i do best on our trips together.
♥ the views around Bergen are beautiful - it's surrounded by fjords and the water is just gorgeous. the architecture is also very stunning - old and classic - it reminded us of Paris in it's chicness and design, but on a much smaller level (it's a very small city indeed).
♥ we stayed at the Comfort Hotel, which was very comfortable, with a very good buffet breakfast - i do LOVE a good buffet breakfast. i especially love looking at what other people choose too - a little nosy yes, but i only want to work out what the local people eat and how they eat it, so then i can copy!
in Norway everyone seems to eat wholewheat bread everywhere. the white loaf at breakfast was untouched. and there are organic bakeries all over the city. boiled eggs and crispbread are also popular, along with the typically Scandinavian pickled herring, and Gjetost cheese (delicious, like caramel)
♥ the markets by the waterfront are intriguing to look through. it's a real tourist spot, and is where the cruise ships unload their passengers so it's really busy (there's always at least one cruise ship in the harbour), but you can get some reasonable seasonal berries there, and LOTS of seafood!
♥ we managed to get WiFi in our hotel and look on TripAdvisor for places to eat for a reasonable price. one with great ratings was Cafe Aura...
♥ we had a delicious vegetarian lasagne with salad, followed by a raw chocolate brownie and a cappucino, yum!
♥ you can pick up tasty cake and filter coffee at a few different places across the city. try the Napoleonskake, my favourite, or a warm cinnamon roll for an authentic taste of Norway!
♥ once you've eaten so much tasty food, make your way up Mount Floyen, either by foot or funicular, and enjoy the view! definitely worth the trek... the cafe at the top is pretty good too.
other places worth a visit:
- Cafe Opera - delicious roast on a Sunday, and tasty prawn salad, awesome fresh strawberries and good coffee and perfect service.
- Godt Brod - delicious fresh bread and a particularly tasty hazelnut macaroon, perfect for a stop after a long mornings walk
- Fish Market - this is THE tourist destination in Bergen, but it is very expensive indeed to eat here. if you're a little strapped for cash, like we were, get a couple of hot fish pancakes for 20kroner each, and get a whole fresh crab for 80kroner. if you're not strapped for cash and you want to be extra touristy, definitely get a mixed seafood platter.
- Fretex - not food related, but definitely check out this awesome second hand goods store - there's two in the city, and it's worth visiting both.
- Walking around the city - it's a tiny city, so explore! the streets are cobbled though so wear good shoes, and thankfully there are very few cars around so it's pretty safe.
so, that's my trip to Bergen! i hope that inspires you to look at going to Norway at some point, definitely worth putting on your to-do list.
thanks for reading...
currently listening to: the way you look tonight by frank sinatra - such a classic it made it onto our wedding playlist as the song i danced with my dad to... cute right?