Written by Wasatch on 10 Aug, 2012
Norway is small country of about 5,000,000 people. There are no big cities. Olso, the biggest has about 500,000 people. Bergen, with 250,000 is the second largest. Bergen is on the west coast--- well, properly, Bergen is…Read More
Norway is small country of about 5,000,000 people. There are no big cities. Olso, the biggest has about 500,000 people. Bergen, with 250,000 is the second largest. Bergen is on the west coast--- well, properly, Bergen is located well inland on a fjord on the west coast-- and is the southern end of the Hurtigruten route. We took the Bergen to Bergen round trip, so we were in Bergen for our first two days and for much of the last day of our trip. We had very different impressions of Bergen on those two visits. We found Bergen a bit of let down on the first two days compared to other places we have been in Europe. All it all, it seemed a rather nondescript place, about as boring to see as Bern, Switzerland. We were much more favorably impressed on our return when our standard of comparison had became Norway instead of European. In most of Europe, architecture, both civil and ecclesiastical, is impressive. However, architecture is not Norway's strong suite, but after spending 11 days looking at Norwegian architecture that's even less inspiring than Bergen, Bergen looked impressive.There is a reason why Norway's architecture fails to impress-- WWII. WWII started in September, 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. In January, 1940, the Germans invaded Norway (with the world's first paratroop drop at the Olso airport). The Norwegians were completely surprised by the Nazi invasion as the Norwegians expected Hitler to honor Norway's declaration of neutrality as did the Kaiser in WWI-- bad bet by Norway. The Nazis quickly conquered Norway, who entire army escaped to England on one ship. For the next four years, the Germans plundered, robbed, raped, and killed the Norwegians on prodigious scale. Then the Soviet Red Army invaded Norway and quickly defeated the German troops, driving them out of Norway. However, as a last gift to the people of Norway, Hitler ordered the retreating Nazi forces to burn down Norway, which was accomplished with great success, especially along the west coast, the route of the Hurtigruten. So, most of Norway was rebuilt in the post war decade. When it comes to architecture, this was not good news for two reasons. First, after the devastation of the war, Norway was an economic basket case, and great Architecture requires great wealth. Second, the immediate post war period was not one of Architecture's proudest periods. It was stark modernism-- square steel and glass boxes, boring boring boring to look at, and that-- boring boring boring-- is what Norway'- Architecture is, at least on the west coast. There are some exceptions-- central Alesund, a couple blocks in Tromso, and a block here and there in Trondhiem, and a fair bit of Bergen-- everything north, east , and west of the Torget within walking distance of the Torget and half a kilometer south of the Torget which is home to the fish market. The overwhelming impression of Bergen is modestly attractive buildings and a neat and orderly place. It even has a grid street system. The original city grew up around the harbor called Vagan. The part of town along the Vagan called Bryggen was built by the Germanic Hansiadic League in the 14th Century. It is very old, and built mostly of close packed wood buildings, most of which have burned down several times over the last 600 years, but each time supposedly rebuilt in the their original style. So maybe Bryggen-- a UN Historical Sight, is an authentic medieval town and maybe its like Disneyland. In either case, it is far and away Bergen's most interesting feature for the tourist-- quaint wooden buildings-- undergoing the latest several restorations-- narrow passages, restaurants and souvenir stores. We found the neighborhood just uphill from Bryggen was also pleasantly attractive. It looked to be from the 16th - 18th Century. Again, a residential neighborhood of wooden houses reminiscent of the old houses in New England. In fact, it so much looked like New England that we are puzzled-- how did Norwegian houses come to populate New England?On our first full day in Bergen, we started out by taking the Floyen funicular ($8 per person) up almost to the top of the mountain, 1,000 ft above sea level, that rises steeply behind Bryggen only a few short blocks from the sea. The top terminal of the funicular provides impressive views of Bergen, the sea-- no, actually the fjord-- and the surrounding mountains. At this point, a digression into Bergen's climate is in order--Here's a Norwegian joke: Tourist to a local lad in Bergen, "Does it rain all the time here?"Bergen boy, "I don't know. I'm only 13." It rains a lot in Bergen. Our friends who took the Hurtigruten in late October, the rainy season, reported rain every day, all day. I think they were exaggerating, but when we arrived in Bergen at 1:00 pm, it was sunny. It was sunny the next morning, so we ascended the mountain By the time we got back down, it was raining-- we walked down.We walked down, and found it was an interesting walk, mostly because of the climate. We live in a near desert. Bergen is in a temperate rain forest. The forest is on the mountain that rises behind Bergen and the sea. Only in Olympic National Park and in Eugene, Oregon, have we ever come across the vegetative manifestations of excessive moisture that could match what we saw descending the mountain from the top terminal of the Floyen funicular. There was mold and moss and ferns and lots of trees and assorted green stuff growing everywhere. For us dry landers, it was quite remarkable. We flew into Bergen via Frankfurt, which although unplanned, turned out to be good for sightseeing. It was raining when we left Frankfurt-- not unusual for Europe-- but somewhere between Norway and the German coast, we flew into sunny weather. Our route took us right along the rugged Norwegian fjord lands, and the pilot brought the plane down to lower altitude for better sight seeing, which gave us about an hour of impressive coastal scenery seen from above. Eyeballing the map, it looks like Frankfurt is the ideal location to fly into Bergen from if the weather is good as the flight path from Frankfurt looks like it hugs the coast more than do flights from Paris or Amsterdam. So, all else being equal, fly to Bergen through Frankfurt if you can. Like us, you might get lucky.Taxis from the airport into town are very expensive. The airport bus, service every 15 minutes is a bargain. The Airport bus makes a few stops as it winds through town, ending almost at the door of the Radison Blue Hotel and the Clarion Collection HOTEL HAVNEKONTORET.We arrived in Bergen on Easter Friday. Banks were closed for three days, so we exchanged money at the Bergen Tourist Information office, only a short distance from our hotel along the Vagen. The exchange rate was 5 Nkr for $1. Don't know what the rate would have been at a bank, but our American Express card got us 5.6 Nkr for $1. The lesson-- charge as much as you can. Or check rates at a bank. Close
Written by fizzytom on 20 May, 2009
The Floibanen funicular offers a quick and easy way to access some brilliant views of the city of Bergen from a purpose built viewing platform atop Mount Fløyen. While the mountain has lots of hiking trails and offers some great opportunities for scenic and rewarding…Read More
The Floibanen funicular offers a quick and easy way to access some brilliant views of the city of Bergen from a purpose built viewing platform atop Mount Fløyen. While the mountain has lots of hiking trails and offers some great opportunities for scenic and rewarding walks, you may not have the time or the energy to spend on getting to the top, in which case the funicular is at your service.The idea of a funicular here was mooted as early as 1895 but work didn't start until 1914 though this was inevitably delayed due to the war and it finally opened in January 1918. New carriages were installed in the 1950s - one red and one blue - this tradition of one red and one blue carriage is still upheld today. In 2002 the most major renovations were carried out and the whole system was overhauled, including new carraiges, new rails, modernised stations and installation of electronic barriers. The red carriage is named Rødhette and the blue one is Blåmann - apparently these names were chosen by a competition open to the public.The lower station is just a few footsteps from the fish market. There is no need to book in advance, simply turn up and buy your ticket from the kiosk. The service is regular; it doesn't just take tourists up to the top as there are several stations along the way as there are houses on the mountain and you see plenty of locals riding the funicular armed with their shopping bags. However, not all services are stopping ones so you should check if you want to go anywhere other than the top. The journey takes about five minutes and you are noiselessy whisked towards the summit in one of two ultra modern carriages. Each carriage holds up to eighty people and the interior has been well-designed in order to give great views and to make sure everyone can enjoy the view. In other words, you don't have to be at the front of the carriage to be able to see the views as you ascend. It is a single track most of the way with one stretch between Fjellveien and Skansemyren where the carraiges can pass each other. Pushchairs and wheelchairs are welcome on the funicular and bicycles may be taken between October and March. If you have mobility problems or you do have young children in pushchairs you should know that this is the only way to reach the summit as cars are not allowed to the top of Fløyen. Why go to Mount Fløyen anyway? Quite simply this is the best place in Bergen to get a handle on the geography. From here you can appreciate how the fjords and the islands lie in comparison to the main landmass and you can see all the way to the sea and on a clear day. Fear not if you haven't brought your binoculars, there are some on the viewing platform to help you get an even better view.Next to the upper station there is a souvenir shops that also sells snacks (such as hot dogs), soft drinks and ices. I'm not really a souvenir buyer but we wanted a Norwegian flag to add to our collection and we found the prices here were way cheaper than in the city, for example the stalls in the fish market.There is also a restaurant and cafe that has a pleasant terrace; this place is open every day from mid-May to the end of August. During the remainder of the year, the cafeteria is open every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 - 17:00. We didn't visit it so I can't comment more than this. Nearby is an adventure playground for children, the highlight of which is a fantastic troll the kids can climb. As it was quite wet when we visited we avoided the trails but maps can be obtained showing the trails and these maps also show the locations of six picnic cabins on the mountain you can use free of charge. Elsewhere there are outdoor picnic sites and stone barbecues which are well maintained. PricesAdults single/return 35NOK/70NOKChildren under 4 travel free, older children get a discount.Timetables vary depending on the time of year but details can be obtained fromhttp://www.floibanen.no/visartikkel.asp?art=134 Close
Bergen is a very wet place. It's something to do with the seven mountains that surround the city which does something or other to do with low pressure and hey presto it rains all the time (something like two and a half metres of rain…Read More
Bergen is a very wet place. It's something to do with the seven mountains that surround the city which does something or other to do with low pressure and hey presto it rains all the time (something like two and a half metres of rain annually!) This is why typical Bergen houses have such steeply pitched roofs and why people in Bergen tend to keep their coats on all the time. And why even a newsagents shop sells umbrellas. The good citizens of Bergen have about ten different words for rain - I have only one and I can't say it here. You have to accept that you are probably going to get wet during your visit. Take a waterproof jacket, carry an umbrella, have some clothes to change into. After that you just have to get out there and explore. Don't bother diving into a pub thinking that you can shelter there until the rain passes; you'll be there all day!Your first port of call should be the Tourist Information Office. Here you can pick up a free map of the city and leaflets on all the main attractions as well as buy a Bergen Card and book tours. It's vital you make plans as soon as possible because the trips do sell out quickly and places are limited, especially if you are visiting in the height of summer. If you know that there are lots of things you want to see that cost money then think about a Bergen Card. It gives you free bus travel within the city, free parking and free admission to most of the museums and attractions. However, it's not cheap so it's a good idea to look at how much you'll be using it and whether it really does offer you a saving. In 2009 the Bergen Card costs 190 Norwegian Kroner (approx £19.00) for adults for a 24 hour card and 250 NOK (approx £25) for 48 hours.The best place to see the evidence of Bergen's historic trading past is the Bryggen. 'Bryggen' means 'waterfront'' in Norwegian but it more generally refers to the line of brightly coloured wooden houses in the Hanseatic style that date back to the days when Bergen was at the very heart of European trade. The buildings have been burned to the ground on numerous occasions, the last time being the 1960s, but they have been painstaking rebuilt and they were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. One of the buildings has been made into a museum that has recreations of rooms from the early eighteenth century and at the back of the Bryggen there are open air workshops where you can see traditional crafts being demonstrated. Other buildings in the Bryggen are restaurants (the type of over-priced tourist trap that Americans adore) and souvenir shops. Moving away from the Bryggen, out towards the harbour mouth where the international ferries dock, is the castle which, although it isn't that interesting, does occupy lovely grounds. Moving the other way, across the road, is the 'fisketorget''- the fishmarket - which is one of the most popular sights in Bergen. All over Bergen - on the walls in pubs and restaurants and guest houses - you will see lots of old photographs of the fisketorget in yesteryear when it was a bustling market at the heart of the city. These days fish is still sold here but there are only a handful of stalls left. The rest of the space is now occupied by a craft and souvenir market; this is the place to buy traditional Norwegian knitwear or a comedy reindeer hat. You can also buy vacuum packed fish to take home but you should be sure to sample the cloudberry preserve - it's wonderful! The "Bergen Expressen", a dinky road train ,departs on a tour of the city from beside the fishmarket. Commentary is piped into each little carriage and is available in a host of languages. The trip takes you around the harbour and the lake before setting up the hill, past Troldhaugen (the house that belonged to composer Edvard Grieg), across to Mount Floyen where it stops for a few minutes to take in the views. It's not the greatest of tours but if it is really raining hard then it at least allows you to see something of Bergen without getting wet. The best way to appreciate Mount Floyen, though, is to take the funicular to its summit. The lower station is a minutes walk from the fisketorget and the funicular leaves on the hour and the half hour. You may be lucky and hit an additional departure as they do happen occasionally. The funicular operates until 11.00pm and until midnight between May and August. At the summit there is a restaurant and café that operates mainly in summer but may be open limited hours at other times. There is also a souvenir shop that is surprisingly cheap given that it's in Norway and that it's located in such a prominent location for tourists. The views from the terrace are amazing; this is the best place to get a grip on the unusual geography of Bergen. Energetic visitors may like to walk back down and there is a maze of paths to allow you to do that. Like any major European city, Bergen is not without plenty of museums - Museum of the Norwegian Knitting Industry anyone - but there's something about the place that makes you want to be outdoors as much as possible in spite of the rain. How about a boat trip around the harbour or perhaps a bit further afield to the fjords? There are plenty of trips - half day and full day - though early booking is advised. If you prefer to stay on dry land but still want something watery how about a visit to the Bergen Aquarium? I loved the penguins so much I had to be dragged away because none of the kids could see past me! Evenings are a bit odd in Norway - as they can be in any Scandinavian city. This is because drinking is so expensive (and also because it's still light at midnight!). Things tend to be quiet until at least nine o'clock except in very touristy places (like Irish theme pubs). By the fisketorget you can expect to pay something like 90 NOK for two beers - and that's one that comes in somewhere between a half and a pint. (This was in May 2007, based on today's exchange rate that's just over £9.00!) Stick to Norwegian beers - Hansa is perfectly acceptable - as the price of imported brands is astronomical. The next day we bought a few cans to drink in our room before we went out but you need to know that you can't buy beer in supermarkets after five pm, and slightly earlier on Saturdays. Around three on Saturdays you see men sprinting up the street to catch the supermarket before they stop selling beer. Eating out is - by British standards - also expensive. I am sorry to say that I didn't eat much Norwegian food at all because of the cost. Instead we ate at an Indian restaurant and a Persian restaurant - both of them were cheap in relation to the usual prices in Norway. We did, however, eat fish and chips on Sunday lunch time from a stall at the fisketorget - it came in around £20.00 for two portions of battered fish and chips. And you pay extra for ketchup! Should you decided to do this take cover from the mutant seagulls which resemble vultures more than any simple seabird. If you can't stretch to this do at least have something Norwegian in the shape of cinnamon buns which costs hardly anything at all from baker's shops. Of course, nightlife isn't all about drinking - and in Bergen it can't be unless you won the lottery recently. Luckily, as a previous holder of the title European City of Culture (in 2000) Bergen has lots going on in terms of musical and theatrical performances and the city plays hosts to several different cultural festivals throughout they year. Overall we had a great trip although with hindsight I might have done things differently and considered the financial side of things more before deciding to go. I had several other trips planned and always had that in mind which restricted my spending a little. However, there were plenty of things that didn't cost much or didn't cost anything at all that gave us a good insight into the city and culture in the brief time we were there. The best advice I can give is to be realistic about the cost and spend what you need to; you might never go back and it would be a shame to miss out because of scrimping. Bergen is certainly worth a visit - but do take a brolly! Close
Written by Owen Lipsett on 13 Dec, 2004
Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower
Håkon's Hall was erected on the orders of King Håkon Håkonsson between 1247 and 1261. Its ceremonial "Stone Hall" was first used for the wedding and coronation of Håkon’s son, Magnus Lagabøte (the Lawmender), a powerful ruler who, as his…Read More
Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower
Håkon's Hall was erected on the orders of King Håkon Håkonsson between 1247 and 1261. Its ceremonial "Stone Hall" was first used for the wedding and coronation of Håkon’s son, Magnus Lagabøte (the Lawmender), a powerful ruler who, as his name suggests, developed Norway’s first legal code. Unlike most medieval monarchs, whose courts consisted of groups of courtiers who moved between castles throughout their realms, Magnus largely held court at and around the Hall. Even more unusual, much of the business of the court, both written and oral, was conducted in vernacular Norwegian rather than Latin.
The Hall slipped into disuse with the translation of political power to Oslo, which fell into disrepair in the 17th century, although it was later refitted to serve as Bergen’s storehouse. It was restored during the Norwegian national revival of the late 19th century and used for ceremonial purposes in the early 20th century, as it is today. It had to be restored yet again; however, a German munitions boat exploded in the harbor in 1944, sparing Bryggen but blowing off the Hall’s roof and destroying the similar houses on the other side of the harbor.
Rosenkrantz Tower was erected in 1520 on the orders of Erik Rosenkrantz, the governor of nearby Bergen Castle, around a preexisting medieval structure that included a dungeon, which can still be visited. It consequently commands the finest view over Bergen’s harbor of any building on the waterfront. Its interior plays host to temporary exhibitions and contains several restored rooms. Håkon's Hall and Rosenkrantz Tower run hourly in the summer, provided there is interest – I was fortunate to have one all to myself!
Bryggen, a UNESCO-listed site, is Bergen’s historic wharf, though its famous, three-centuries-old wooden buildings belie the full extent of its history. Excavations have indicated that there were commercial buildings in this area as early as the late 11th century, some of which are visible inside the Bryggens Museum, which also offers displays on the medieval history of the area, making it an excellent introduction to an historical tour of Bergen. The nearby Mariakirke dates from the first half of the 12th century and is considered one of the finest Romanesque churches in Norway although the equally renowned baroque interior decorations were executed in the 17th century.
Bryggen and the waterfront originally stood approximately 140 meters further inland than they do today – successive expansions have pushed the harbor ever forward. The distinctive parallel rows of storehouses, known as tenements, first developed in the 13th century, though they contain 61 wooden buildings constructed after a fire that ravaged Bergen in 1702. The tenements contained both commercial and living quarters for the city’s merchants and are extremely enjoyable to walk around, although their interiors are today given over to tourist restaurants and souvenir shops.
Byrggen owes its present self-contained form to the Hanseatic League, which established a (trading office) on the site in 1360. The League, an association of German merchant cities that was more economic than political, sought to capitalize on the trade between Northern Norway, which supplied the European continent with stockfish (dried fish) and received grain (and later various luxuries) in return. Since fish (but not meat) could be consumed on Fridays and during periods of fasting in Catholic Europe, the trade was particularly lucrative for the League, a self-governing group of German merchants that had branches throughout Northern Europe. Bergen was the last of its offices to disband, in 1754, and today is the only preserved kontor to be found anywhere.
The excellent Hanseatic Museum, located in an old tenement at the edge of Bryggen, is best seen on one of the hourly English-language guided tours, though you’ll probably want to take time afterwards to examine its exhibitions in more depth. Its three floors include exhibitions detailing the history of the League, the stockfish trade (including an explanation of how the fish were packed), and everyday life within the kontor. Reconstructed apprentices’ and masters’ rooms illustrate the relatively austere life that the merchants – all of whom were German and unmarried – lived. They lived as a society apart and were strictly forbidden from fraternizing with locals, particularly women. The Schøtstuene, at the opposite corner of Bryggen, is a preserved social hall where members of an individual trading house would take their meals and meet, and can be entered with the same ticket as the Hanseatic Museum.
Written by Sammy Lagios on 07 Nov, 2010
When i entered my booked hotel at Madrid my first impression was that i'd already enteredin a very old building of the 11th or 13th centuries built. The truth came some days later andi learned which one it was.Favorita was called the receptionist who served…Read More
When i entered my booked hotel at Madrid my first impression was that i'd already enteredin a very old building of the 11th or 13th centuries built. The truth came some days later andi learned which one it was.Favorita was called the receptionist who served me and whatever i wanted she was always ready to help me whenever i wanted or needed to - with her pretty good English speaking -and when one day i wanted to make a call and my mobile was with no battery i asked her where the phone booth was and she showed me where it was. I went there and my job was done in a while when i got back to Favorita and i asked her why the hotel looked like beingbuilt the centuries i mentioned and now it was totally restored and renewed.The answer was possitive and that i was right in my guessing and that the hotel was constructed at 1350 and there used to live a Don or Duke married to a duchess who wasalso rich and very famous and both of them was a great couple for their times because they loved each other pretty much and they had nothing else in mind but only how to showtheir love to one another.One day the Dona =Duchess asked from her beloved husband to decorate this so-called small tower with sculptures and statues in order to tranform it like a small palace and to ornament it accordinly. The Don when he heard her rashed immediatelly to make his beloved wife's dream true and he succeeded in that. As you can see today - Favorita added - in order to keep it alive we didn't chage not even the floor when you enter the hoteland we kept it as it was then except of the rooms which transformed them and became totally modern to remind the today's visitor that here in this place a great love was developed and that we don't find it today".I thanked Favorita for her precious time she spent with me and i started wandering if suchkind of love exist today or not and i went out for my favorite walks and to have some fun but all the time thinking about what i heard!!! Close
I wanted to write about the impressive Stavkirke in all over Norway which ornament all this amazing country and their roots came from the 1st Christians when King Olav started leading the country. These kirke are called Jesus Church that's their meaning is as Stavkirke.…Read More
I wanted to write about the impressive Stavkirke in all over Norway which ornament all this amazing country and their roots came from the 1st Christians when King Olav started leading the country. These kirke are called Jesus Church that's their meaning is as Stavkirke. In every place i was found in Norway i was feeling nice when i was looking at them because the inhabitants were feeling so proud about them and not to forget that they started being built from the 9th until the 11th cen. A.D. Their exterior is made from woodand also their interior and there are so many in Norge that every village has its own and also they celebrate at the name day that every Saint has and to whom this church belongs.In all the big or small town like Heddal which has the greatest one of all, Eidsborg,Roldal,Nore, Rollag, Flesberg, Gol,Uvdal and so many other towns or villages, they have their own one and it's so impressive to see these spiral tops and ceilings and also to see how theNorwegians as i have mentioned in other stories keep their traditions very tightly and theykeep them as holly ones.If you visit this blessing country don't miss to visit any of these impressive Kirken because thy are sreaded in all over the country and they are so nice which make anybody wonderhow so many centuries are standing there without the smallest hole or the smallest damage after so much time they were first built. You are going to be amazed and astonished when you visit only one of them and i wish so. What do you think are you interested in that or not? It's up to you. Close
Written by Sammy Lagios on 28 Sep, 2010
This fabulus and tranquil city in the end of Austria at the state of Steirmark, is one ofmy favorites after Wien and my hotel whenever i go is always the same the ERZERZOGhotel because it makes you travel back in time with the luxury it…Read More
This fabulus and tranquil city in the end of Austria at the state of Steirmark, is one ofmy favorites after Wien and my hotel whenever i go is always the same the ERZERZOGhotel because it makes you travel back in time with the luxury it offers, the pretty nicereceptionists ready to facilitate you any time and the nice environment in there.All the cities of Austria are pretyy nice but for me Graz remains in my mind aii the timebecause its human, nice, easy, calm and the people have so many interests about art,and especially music.When the last time i visited it i asked for a room i was given a very pretty one - as always and i started unpacking. When i finished shower and so on. I took some rest and i started looking at the walls as always. The marvelous and luxurious tapistries on the walls remined me the history of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. I started admiring them and i ignored the TV on in the other room.The time was running and i went to a tavern near by to eat something because restaurants and coffee shops were closed that time. I had a lot of fun listening the people around me singing and drinking beer old Austrian tunes. I was fantastic and the good old times there are still very alive.Time to leave and get to the hotel because in the morning i had a lot to do. That's exactly it happened. Suddenly i opened my eyes and i thought it was still night so heavy sleep!!! From the next building piano tunes were rushing in my room. Nobody can imagine my feelings because i play piano too and i adore it. I remained on my bed to listen to the pianist and it was already 7.30 in the morning. Fabulus notes were dancing into my room and in my ears. What a great waking up!!! From that time and on i was asking for the same room and i was given it and it was like expecting for my presence. Close
Arriving at Kristiansand another marvelous nature was expecting me there. I reached my hotel and as always Norway and its people wellcome me. I settle down in my roomand i relaxed a bit looking from my window the spectacular view of the sea. Kristiansand was…Read More
Arriving at Kristiansand another marvelous nature was expecting me there. I reached my hotel and as always Norway and its people wellcome me. I settle down in my roomand i relaxed a bit looking from my window the spectacular view of the sea. Kristiansand was the first town that Cristianity entered after the Vickings decision to leave King Olav the 1st govern the country and to leave their ships and piracy or commerce in his hands. That was the reason for its name Kristiansand because the 1stCristians were baptised in this city. The city used to be pretty tradional keeping all its customs and fishing was the main income of the inhabitants but during the war and because of its stratigic place thismarvrlous place was all bombarded and now it has turned to be pretty touristic one. Anyhow i adored the city because it offered me nice living there and most of all everybody who visited it remained satisfied.The modern way of living now is leading Kristiansand and anybody can admire the modern hotels getting married to the traditional houses - always wooden - as it happens in all the country. During the night i got into a nice club to drink something and to dance. Surprisingly the first person i met and i didn't expect to was Yves a French friend married now with 2 marvelous kids who was there for business and luckily he went to the same club to have a drink. My happiness meeting him after so many years - because we were friends from our 13 years old - was undiscribed. We sat down and under the loud music we discussed about recent and present times in our lives. He wasn't the small guy i knew but a gentleman now severe and family man. By having finished our drink we decided to go for a walk at the marvelous beach of the city.I started admiring the city under the lights totally calm and full of tourists. Despite that it was a bit chilly next to the beach i was listening to whatever Yves was telling me. I also told him about my life too and in the end shaking hands and kissing each other we decided to go to our hotels and to meet each other again next day. I was pretty satisfied from the 1st night in Kristiansand where i met a friend and i could communicate with him, so i went back to my hotel to get asleep and who knew what next day would bring? Close
When i was still a college girl at the college of Iserlohn in Germany all the week was running with studying and again studying without stop. But the system i had my lifewas giving me time to do other things as well like playing golf,…Read More
When i was still a college girl at the college of Iserlohn in Germany all the week was running with studying and again studying without stop. But the system i had my lifewas giving me time to do other things as well like playing golf, swimming at the pool,visiting other places in my country, going to concerts and so on. One day i learned that in Aachen 50km. from Iserlohn there'll be a performance by Hungarian ballets and i decided to go there and follow it. It was Saturday when i arrived in Aachen - very nice and traditional town as i remember it. At night i went to the local theater to watch the performane. I can't described it because the Hungarians dancers into their traditional outfits spread around all the theater joy and happiness. It was a real spectacular and fabulus performance but it ended with a lot of applause from the viewers and too many bravos. With sad in my heart i left the place and i went to my hotel booked for two nights and i got asleep pretty happy because i didn't miss this performance.In the morning i went down to have my breakfast and leave with sadness this wonderful town. When i put out my wallet from my bag i saw that only 5 marks - there was no Euro that period of time - existed in the main case of the wallet and i thought that in the other case there was money left but i didn't search it. I payed my breakfast and going to the station i reopened my wallet to search for my rest of the money but...no money left because there was a hole in the corner of my wallet and my money opened wings flying to nowhere land. At the moment i got despaired but it didn't last a lot because i decided - what a crazy idea - to get back by foot. That time i saw many heavy clouds on the sky something that predicted heavy rain. I ignored it and passing across the city's bridge i was found now crossing the endless bridge of the river Rhein. The rain started and too heavy wind blowing made me tide my belt on the rivers' barriers and slowly walking. The bridge was moving when the tracks were riding across it but i remained stable in my decision - because youth doesn't care about anything. Many cars stopped to take me and give a ride to my city but they were unaware about my city and as they were looking at the map to find it i couldn't wait and i was wishing them nice trip and i left them behind.Finally, one young guy named Oswald stopped for good and persuaded me to get into his car to give me a ride up to the train station and then to reach Iserlohn. He asked why i did this crazy thing without concidering the consequences and the answer was that because of my hole in the wallet i lost all my money. We reached the station and i had a precious silver ring big and sculpted i gave to him to remember me and for all this facilitation he gave me he said to keep the ring but i refused it. Shaking hands greeting him with a lot of thanks i got on the train going to my city. End good everything is good.By Oswald i'll remember you for ever!!!!!!!! Close
Written by Sammy Lagios on 26 Sep, 2010
Staying at the Thyssengold hotel at Bergen i rashed early in the morning at the room where the breakfast was that time serving. It was my first day at the hotel and i felt starving because of the trip the previous night and i wanted…Read More
Staying at the Thyssengold hotel at Bergen i rashed early in the morning at the room where the breakfast was that time serving. It was my first day at the hotel and i felt starving because of the trip the previous night and i wanted desparately to have something to eat.Entering the room i saw a lot of people taking their breakfast and it was my turn to have mine. I started searching from place to place to find something good to eat and as a result in this rich kitchen there was everything. I fulled my plate and i was ready to sit down when...my eyes were attracted by a bowl and out of curiocity i went there to see what existed in it.Surprisingly i found out that there were fish in side it and as i love this kind of food i took some - not some but a lot of them and put them in my plate.Sitting down and trying to eat them i got amazed becaus the smell and the kind of the Norvegian receipe wasn't known to me at all. They were tastefull and melting in the tongue. I believed that it was salmon fish but they were sardinen totally fresh and nice like jumping in my plate from the sea right that time. I ate them all and i promised myself to cook them when i'd be back home.After having eaten a so rich breakfast i went to the fish market where a fisherman with eagerness and smilling gave me to try a bit of lobster which he had caught that morning. No comments. It was the best loabster i've ever eaten - because Norway is pretty famous for the best fish all over Europe and in the world. If you visit Norway don't forget to try its fishes they are great and pretty clean but also tastefull indeed. So long Bergen i'll visit you again. Close