Norway (Day 5)

June 22

Bergen

The whole day in Bergen, so everything you need to know about the city but were afraid to ask, though this day was mostly about boarding the ship.  As you may recall, the trip was a “cruise” and we’ve spent the first five days on land . . . 

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[And how we get here . . . ]

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[What a way to begin the day, with me eating breakfast in the hotel . . . ]

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[You just cannot beat this for excitement . . . ]

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[Overlooking Vagen Bay, where our ship is at the end of the far side . . . ]

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[Leaving the hotel for a stroll of the neighborhood before ordering our cab for a ride to the ship . . . ]

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[The neighborhood from the hotel’s “porch,” to include a gull on the porch fence . . . ]

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[Bryggan across the way . . . ]

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[From left to right:  The Super, another gull, our ship . . . ]

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[Bryggan, close up . . . ]

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[Looking down restaurant row, Mt. Ulriken (the tallest of the seven mountains of Bergen) in the distance . . . ]

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[And yet another gull with our ship, Viking Sun, in the background . . . ]

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[This statue of Salome is part of a fountain located by the Clarion Hotel Admiral . . . ]

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[Then the short cab ride to ship check in.  Ole did not need a passport . . . ]

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[Yep, everything still looked the same since last we left this ship a year and a half ago.]

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[Ole was pleased to finally be settling down . . . ]

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[Introducing Ole to our atrium hangout . . . ]

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[I still can see my initials here . . . ]

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[Our usual hangout, the The Explorers’ Bar with the bow view . . . ]

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[Bergen enjoying another splash of non-sunshine . . . ]

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[But ’twas lovely shipboard . . . ]

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[Our little breakfast nook, Mamsen’s.  Take a couple steps to our left in this photo and you’re in the area of the above photo . . . ]

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[In The Explorers’ Bar and where we were going exploring . . . ]

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[More views of the city from the bow . . . ]

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[Blue skies made an appearance . . . ]

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[As did the three-master in front of us . . . ]

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[Shooting aft into the end of the bay . . . ]

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[And the sky kept brightening . . . ]

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[Ole’s room for the cruise . . . ]

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[Ole’s room credentials . . .  ]

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[From the balcony off Ole’s room . . . ]

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[Ole gave me permission to try it out . . . ]

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[The aft pool and spa – favorites of the Super . . . ]

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[The atrium entertainment . . . ]

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[The Viking Classical Duo . . . ]

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[Cruise Director, Corinne Bach, welcomed everybody aboard with an introduction to Bergen.  This was our first Port Talk . . . ]

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[The ship’s officers, to be inserted herein as needed . . . ]

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[Our first dinner on the ship . . . ]

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[Looks yummy, but I can’t remember what it was . . . ]

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[Well, this has to be filet mignon . . . ]

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[And Anne and Bill have rejoined us after taking a different path cross country . . . ]

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[Oh, my!!]

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[Oh, my!!!]

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[Then back to the ship’s theater, where Corinne welcomed us, for the evening’s entertainment . . . ]

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[Destination Performance: Sounds of Norway featuring . . . ]

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[Classical violinist Tor Jaran Apold.  We would have two tours of Bergen the next day.]

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The majority is always wrong; the minority is rarely right.  ~  Henrik Ibsen

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