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Sunday, July 30, 2017

North Sea Cruise - Bergen, Norway

Dear Family and Friends,

Our last port in Norway was in Bergen.  I was anxious to get to this port because we had watched a YouTube video about the funicular that takes you up Mt. Floyen for fabulous views of the city below.

We were hoping for good weather worthy of taking pictures from the top of the mountain and we were not disappointed.  We got off the ship early, hailed a taxi and got to the funicular before the tour groups arrived.

The funicular takes 15 minutes to reach the top and provides wonderful views going up.

Of course the views from the top are the best.

I took this picture and was so happy that the goats were out.  They have a birds eye view of Bergen every day.

Here is our ship at port below.

After visiting the mountain top and coming down, we walked to the market in the center of Bergen.  It was a market that not only sold fish, but they prepared seafood food that looked so delicious.

Here is some dried fish (klippfisk) which is preserved salt cod. Before it can be eaten, salt cod must be rehydrated and desalinated by soaking in cold water for one to three days, changing the water two to three times a day.

Here are some sample plates offered for eating.  Norway is very expensive and these plates range in price from $25 - $50 each depending on the type of seafood it contains.


The weather was so good a lot of people were enjoying eating outside the restaurants rather than inside.

Here is a view of the old town across the waterway.

After we had lunch, Chuck continued on exploring and Audrey and I walked back to the ship, visiting many shops along the way.

Our next port is Lerwick located in the Shetland Islands.


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