Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Server" technology


The cargo ship "Server" went aground near the island of Fedje, not so very far from here, on 15.01.07. The ship broke in two with the concomitant release of large amounts of oil. The front of the ship was towed away and emptied for the remaining oil, while the aft of the ship is still there.

The picture shows the front for the ship being towed away for repairs. It seems to need it.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Johanneskirken


Johanneskirken (St. John's church) in Bergen is one of the most beautiful situated churches in Bergen. At the top of Nygårdshøyden, it looks straight eastwards towards Torgalmenningen and Torget and can be seen for all over the centre of Bergen. It has a capaciry of 1250 people and was built of red brick in a neo-gothic style in 1894.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Even more Lyderhorn


This Sunday we didn't follow our own advice about visiting museums. Instead we went to top of our "local" mountain, called Litårnet. Usually one can get a magnificent view towards the North Sea, but today the weather prevented that. But we did get another view of Lyderhorn in-between the clouds. This time from an angle I haven't used before.

Bergen Museum on a Sunday


What do you do on a Sunday in Bergen during the winter? One suggestion might be to visit one of the many museums. A good place to start would be Bergen Museum, part (and the start of ) the University of Bergen. In this case it is the Natural History Collection, but there is also a Cultural History Collection that is well worth visiting. Not to mention the Museum Garden. The museum was founded in 1825 by Wilhelm Frimann Koren Christie (text in Norwegian). He was one of the central persons in establishing the Norwegian Constitution in 1814, especially as President of Stortinget and leader of the Norwegian delegation that negotiated with the Swedes and saved the integrity of the Constitution. The statue in front of the museum is a representation of him. The sculpture was made by Christoffer Borch and the by Wilhelm Rasmussen.

I have been told that when this building was ereceted it was made to look like smaller copy of
the Royal Palace in Oslo on one side and Stortinget on the other.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Blue stone - the centre of Bergen


What constitutes a towns centre-point? It can be many things: a church, a square, a monument, whatever. A large blue stone (called "Den blå stein") has since 1993 become the the central point in Bergen where people meet. It was made by Asbjørn Andersen and is placed at the western end of Torgalmenningen, the major square in Bergen.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Norønna, again


I know I have shown you pictures of this ship, the car ferry "Norønna" belonging to Smyril Line on the Faroe Islands, before. But the weather was so nice and the colour of the ship matched the colour of the mountains in the background so well that I could not resist the temptation of showing it again.

Have a nice trip to the islands - it is well worth it.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Life comes forth


The ground may be covered by snow and there may be frost in the air, but the sun is on the rise. We are writing February and the life of spring has started to move. Just look at these new green plants (probably crocuses) peeping through and melting the surrounding snow.

Things are looking up.

Morsdag


I dag er det morsdag. I fjor skrev jeg et lite innlegg med et bilde av "blomsten for dagen" og noen linjer som passet anledningen, slik vi ser det i vår familie. Idag har jeg et bilde av en annen blomst - en kaktus! Det er ikke det at jeg gir min kone en kaktus på dagen, men denne har hun dyrket frem selv - og idag blomstret den! Den står i solen i vinduskarmen, og noe mer passende symbol enn en blomst som mor har ført frem selv og som blomstrer akkurat på morsdag kan jeg vanskelig tenke meg. På vegne av den ene store og de fire "små"gjentar jeg fjordårets hilsen:
TAKK!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Winter in Bergen 2007


This winter has been a wet one in these parts so far. Wet and grey. But now it has cleared and the frost has come. The picture was taken yesterday morning before sunrise, but we can see the ice on what is called "Store Lungegårdsvann". Actually it is not a lake, but the bottom of a small fjord called "Puddefjorden". The building under construction slightly left of centre that looks like a new shoppingcentre, is the new fire-station.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Nordslep


Not all of the ships around use their own engines. Some are aided by others. In this case, the barge "Nordslep" is being towed passed me.