Friday, June 19, 2009

Bench of the Week (13)

Today I'm back again in the middle of the City of Bergen, at Shetlands-Larsens Brygge. This was formerly known as Torgutstikkeren and is at the end of the old harbour in Bergen, Vågen. There are several of these red (I think granite) benches here. A recommended place to start sightseeing and you can do a lot just sitting on this bench. In fact, you can start with the background, Bryggen (The Warf). Bryggen is the remains of what was once "an office" of "The Hansa", the German Union of Cities that ruled much of the trade in Northern Europe for more than 400 years. It is on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

If we look further north we can (once again) see the sail ship "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" moored at her usual quay. To the right of her is Rosenkrantztårnet (The Rosenkrantz Tower) which dates back to about 1270 and is part of the Fortress of Bergenhus.

If we turn further towards the west, we can see why this wharf is named after Shetlands-Larsen. The statue depicts Leif Larsen (1906 -1990) at the wheel of a fishing boat entering Norwegian waters during WW2. A short excerpt from Wikipedia:

He dramatically escaped Norway in February 1941 in the fishing boat MOTIG 1, a voyage he recounted in an autobiographic book. He then joined the Norwegian Naval Independent Unit, an unwieldy cover title far better known as the Shetland Bus. The unit for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) and, despite its name, was initially independent of the regular Royal Norwegian Navy. He trained with the Linge Company, and was elected the first skipper operating the Shetland route.
All together he made 52 trips, many of them in small fishing boats. The best known trip was an attempt to sink the Nazi battleship "Tirpitz" by using mini-submarines.

He was Norway's most famous and most highly regarded war hero.
With eleven distinctions he became the most highly decorated naval officer of the Second World War — no other man, British or foreign, received the same British military honours. In addition to the unique array of British decorations, he was awarded Norway's highest decoration for military gallantry, the Krigskorset med Sverd or War Cross with sword. He was awarded this decoration twice, in 1942 and 1943: the War Cross with two swords.
In addition, I have read somewhere that the only reason why he did not receive The Victoria Cross was that he was not a British Citizen.

This became a post about more than benches. If you feel a bit dry in the throat after all this, just turn around and you will find ample opportunity to quench that thirst.

My own interest in benches stems from the site published by PERBS and Kerri and the site published by Malyss. Also, others have shown an interest in the subject, so I have started to take photos of benches when I "stumble" across one. I have not made this into a meme, but if anyone else would like to join me in publishing benches on Fridays, they are of course welcome to do so. Give me a hint and I'll come visiting.

We are now approaching what might be called summer, and the accompanying Summer Holidays. Like most other people I'll be a bit here, there and everywhere, and the blogging will therefore be a bit more erratic than usual. However, I'll try to post my Benches on Fridays and something else from time to time too. So just drop by if you have the time.

HAVE A NICE SUMMER!!

48 comments:

ChrisJ said...

These are great benches I might add, from personal experience. We enjoyed sitting on them and people-watching.

I must remember to tell Barry to visit your blog. I know he will be very interested in your post.

Greetings to Bergen! I have enjoyed sorting out all my photos, but what a task! Think I will blog maybe 2 more on Norway. But I could have gone on for probably a dozen. What a great trip it was!

Lew said...

Beautiful bench in a beautiful setting! Norwegians sure build things to last a long time. And the sky in these shots is super! And I thoroughly enjoyed your posts of the ships. Enjoy your summer!

Dina said...

A handsome bench made out of a slab of granite--great work!
The colorful Hansa houses are so cheerful. And I appreciate your sharing of the war hero.
Happy summer to you!

PERBS said...

You have once again come up with a unique bench! Great narrative that went with it also. I enjoyed both very much.

My bench should be up now since it is after midnight here. Thanks for the link!

sixstars said...

Norway looks great in the sun. It looks like the perfect place for some summer sightseeing.

Dagrun said...

Der har ungene spist mang en softis/ jordbærkurv! (og vi voksne også, hehe...). Flott plass altså!

Malyss said...

On the beginning, it's a simple picture of a bench, and then we learn about History, about Bergen, about a great man, and even about good places to have a drink!.. Who could say that benches are not interesting places?!..Ü
A very interesting and rich post, and a place where I'd like to sit for a long while, discovering all those things around, especially the ships!
Thank you for all those informations.( Thank you also for the link!)
I hope you'll have a beautyful summer.Enjoy your "Here and there"and take care of you!

Heges fotoblogg said...

Fint sted å sitte og spise is en sommerdag :-)

Phoenix C. said...

What an interesting post! I really enjoyed reading about different aspects of the history - wish I could see all these things in reality too. And quench my thirst while gazing at the view!

I'm glad there is a wooden seat on the granite bench - much warmer!

My bench is up.

itsnotjustapicture said...

a lovely bench tour with so much history around. that first shot with those beautiful clouds behind the brightly colored buildings was perfect.
have a wonderful summer season.

Svein said...

En drøm av en by :-)
Men jeg har aldri kommet så langt at jeg har prøvd den benken. Får ha det til gode til pensjonsalderen :-)
God helg!

Anne said...

Stilig, nesten så de er formet som noen båter..., men det er kanskje litt av hensikten også. Vakre er de i alla fall uansett.

Kommer vel en benk herfra snart også.
Fanget en tidlig i uka, men fant ut av jeg skal tilbake når der er litt mer ville blomster rundt .-))

Ha en kjekk fredag min venn, og reiser du på hytta får du kose deg stort. klem fra Anne

Barbara Martin said...

A wonderful post with history combined with your bench.

My bench is up.

Prospero said...

It's no wonder that this is a World Heritage site. It's packed with history. And that's one solid bench.

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

Du får nå fram det beste i alt Rune, nydelige bilder som vanlig og flotte motiver. Ikke bare er benken fin, men områdene rundt du finner dem viser du så fint og lærerikt. Han en flotters helg der borte :)

Monicas Hage said...

Nok en flott benk i en flott by, og den utsikten din fra verandaen din...fantastisk!

Randi's Tanker said...

Vakker benk plassert i et vakkert område i en vakker by.

God helg!

Jeni said...

Great combination there -tossing a bit of history in with the geography and the beautiful pictures! Love it.

postcardsfromwildwood said...

Very interesting Rune. I've wanted to take a cruise up the Norway coast for some time now and these photos of yours do nothing to quieten that urge! I love the colours of the first one.
Janice.

Field of View said...

Nice photos !

Dina said...

Hi Rune. Just before midnight in Israel I posted a bench, while it is still Friday. :)

RennyBA said...

Never have Bergen looked better - as everything through your lens.

And I've been there, so I know what I'm talking about :-)

RennyBA's Terella

Pacey said...

Come sit on my bench, heheheh...

AVCr8teur said...

Quite a 360 degree view. I can see a few people in the distance already enjoying the bench.

Thanks for your comment about the corridors.

Regina said...

Great place and view. Nice bench
Perfect shots..

I'm still looking for benches in my photo files:). Hope I can still particpate even late today is Sat.?
Thanks.

Michele said...

Incredible post!!!!!! I loved it! What a great place. How I would LOVE to be sitting at that bench.

Have a great Summer, we will connect from time to time, I am sure!

Michele

imac said...

Its so amazing what can be seen just sitting on a bench and turning around Rune.
So looking forward to July.

Marie said...

Stilrein og vakker benk som passar fint inn i bybildet!

ArneA said...

Lette febrilsk etter en måse, men du må nok ha tatt hintet fra Ivar I på alvor

GMG said...

Hi Rune! Bergen in the sun, something I had no chance to see, is absolutely wonderful!! Loved the story of Leif Larsen!

Meanwhile Blogtrotter has moved to a country closser to you on its 250th post. Enjoy and have a great Sunday!

mrsnesbitt said...

Have a great summer!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

we were initially do impressed at how well you captured the texture (we LOVE texture) of the bench that we wanted to immediately post our appreciation.

then we felt guilty, and thought "shouldn't we read the post first and find out what its about?"

well, we did and found the post entertaining and informative. thank you.

you ended by saying that you wanted to post about benches on Fridays, which brings us back to THIS bench: wonderful, you've captured the richness of its deep red while displaying all the bumps and valleys along its sdies.

thank you for the wonderful find.

..
.ero

Abe Lincoln said...

I am thrilled to see how the grass grows in certain cracks. Trying its best to be closest to those creatures who pause here.

Tom said...

Enjoy your Summer Rune... I'll certainly keep calling back.
This as been a great posting and the bench would get my attention. It would be a honour to sit there and read this post.
Tom

Reader Wil said...

Hi Rune! This is one of the most beautiful spots of Bergen.Bryggen is so delightful and so special. The time we spent there was wonderful! The photos are also very gorgeous! Thanks for showing and sharing them.

Mr. Nighttime said...

Rune - Before you blow out of here, you might find this interesting:

http://democratandchronicle.com/article/20090622/BUSINESS/90622004/Kodak+to+end+line+of+Kodachrome+film&referrer=NEWSFRONTCAROUSEL

Cheffie-Mom said...

You live in such a beautiful place! And such an interesting part of history!

david mcmahon said...

Beautiful views, great light, wonderful words, Rune.

Wenche said...

Trur det må vere favorittbenken min i Bergen:)

Merisi said...

A beautiful post,
the bench is memorable!

Congratulations on David's Post of the Day Award! :-)

I love benches and have photographed them often. My favorite ones are the so-called Rosenbänke, rose benches, in Vienna's Volkgarten, an invitation to seat down under the roses and enjoy them while their fragrance is wafting around you.

imac said...

Congrats on your POTD from David.
Youve got the throne, and now the crown from David.lol

Brian Miller said...

not a bad view in any direction from this bench. what an interesting concept. congrats on the POTD mention.

VALKYRIEN said...

En vakker benk i vakre og historiske omgivelser! Ble litt rørt jeg, fordi min far var en av de som faktisk deltok på en av disse båtene! Han måtte selv rømme til England i 1942, og deltok videre derfra på annet vis.

En flott heder du viser her!

Og gratulerer med ny POTD! Virkelig fortjent!

♥ bfs - Mimi ♥ said...

Very nice!! Here from David's with congrats to you!

Pouty Lips said...

Congrats on post of the day nomination.

Ida said...

Hei Rune.
Det er lenge siden jeg var innom her nå, og jeg ser at du har tatt ferie. Håper du har det fint i sommeren.
Kneoperasjonen min er overstått, og jeg sitter her med skinne og foten høyt.
I skrivende stund har jeg nettopp fått nytrekt kaffe og frokost av Malin. Familien steller godt med meg. Og godt er det, for dette blir en annerledes sommer, for min del, med hinking på krykker ut i august engang.....
Sitter med tanker om å kanskje kontakte pasientombudet....

Dette var en flott post!
Bybenker med mye historie rundt, som du her har formidlet på en fremragende måte.

Ønsker deg og din familie fine sommerdager videre. :)

Mediterranean kiwi said...

and the same to you too!

Lara said...

a splendid place - the sky is always my favourite in your photos!