Had a lovely time with Bente in the central parts of Bergen today. Weather was fine, a bit cloudy but still offering a comfortable 19 degrees celsius. This post should perhaps belong to the "Weather Thread" but because I'm spamming you with pictures I thought this thread was more appropriate.
Below is perhaps a typical picture for many people when they think of Norway:
Next is Bergens oldest building the Church of Mary, built in the first half of the 12th century :
A typical street:
From the fish market:
Artists hired in to entertain as part of the international culture festival which takes part every May. An interesting thing is the local patriotism (some call it chauvinism) as displayed when the official song of Bergen is played before the national anthem duriing the King's opening of the festival. Not the usual etiquette.
One of the "bird artists" :
The pride of Bergen, the "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" , also refered to as the "Minister" (Statsraaden) .
Saturday isn't always a day off:
The last picture is of the Haakons Hall or rather King Haakons Haakonsens Hall. The most powerful norwegian king of them all and the one that at one time politicaly ruled over Iceland, Pharoe islands, Shetland, Orkney, the western highlands of Scotland, the Hebridees and Isle of Man - well, untill he died in Orkney in 1263.