Sunday, March 25, 2007

Signpost and sightseeing

We may sometimes wonder where we are going in life or what to do or not to do. But not always.
I found this signpost on Mount Fløyen in Bergen yesterday. It should explain most things and remove any of the doubts one might have.

"What, me worry?"

Spring = flowers

No flowers - no spring (or the other way around. Here are two of the sorts that I have found the last couple of days. One is obviously a violet crocus in full bloom, but I have no idea what the other one is called.

But it doesn't matter.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

A black cat

There seems to be a lot of black cats in Bergen. This one is sitting on a wall with top of the town hall in Bergen to the left (once voted to be the ugliest modern building in town) and Bergen Museum to the right in the back.

Monday, March 19, 2007


Bergen was the capital of Norway 800 years ago. That is so far back in history that very few (except people from Bergen, that is) remember the fact. The Danes and Swedes changed all that. But we still do have a "Royal palace". It is called "Gamlehaugen", but it is not 800 year old. It was built by the shipowner and prime minister Christian Michelsen (of 1905 fame) in 1900 and handed over to the Norwegian Royal Family in 1925. It is situated in a large park which is open to the public. There is also a museum.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Spring is here

Green is for many known as the colour of spring. For me, yellow is quite as the colour of the same period. Yellow is the colour of the sun, of warmth, of the summer to come. On my daily prowl in the neighbourhood, I found these crocuses - with a little snow for contrast.

Friday, March 16, 2007


If any place can be said to be the heart of Bergen, it must be Torvalmenningen. It has been rebuilt after many large fires in the city, the last one in 1916. The Sundt-magazine in the middle/left of the picture is one of the best examples of functional architecture in Bergen. It was opened in 1938 and is now protected by law.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

A house with a cat

This posting (and picture) is especially for Kate H. from the US who enjoyed the small house from one of yesterdays pictures. We have many houses of this kind in Bergen. The one shown today is the one to the extreme right in yesterdays picture.

I even has its own cat.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Bergen - a city of wooden houses

Bergen has the largest collection of wooden houses in Norway. This has of course lead to many fires. Some of the houses were rebuilt in stone and concrete, but wooden houses came back in many places. For a period people left the central area for the suburbs, but during the last decade or two younger people have moved back and restored many of these houses. The first picture was taken from the rather steep and narrow street called "Sydneskleiven" looking to the north towards an old fortress called "Fredriksberg". The other is taken just 90 degrees to the right of the first one.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Just snooping around

Not all ships are full-size. Some are models, like this one. I found it in a newly restored harbour shack which is now a restaurant, "Nøsteboden". It lies close by the quay where "M/S Prinsesse Ragnhild" docks (in fact, you can see a tiny glimpse of the ship to the right of the building). It was not officially open for business, although we thought so and went in. The owner welcomed us anyhow and showed us around. He has done a magnificent job in restoring the old, solid, wooden shack. In addition to models like this, there is also a permanent exihibition of modern art and they are to open a wholly new resturant serving only German food, with menus in German and only German waiters (his wife is from Germany). Even though we were "trespassing", he gave us a nice cup of tea on the house. We will surely be back for "the full treatment". And soon.


A familiar view

Finally - I am back home. A hospital is OK when you need it, but a home containing your family and all you hold dear is better. And the view form the window is also far, far better...

This is "M/S Prinsesse Ragnhild" on her way to Denmark.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Room with a view

It has been quiet on the picture-front lately. I have been a patient at Haukeland Universitetsykehus (our regional hospital) for nearly a week. Such a stay has been nescessary, but it does not make for taking many pictures. However, I can at least show you the view from my room, such as it is. The mountain shown is called Løvstakken and the weather is as it should be at this time of the year around here: wet.