Bergen really surprised us. We expected it to be a small city, easily seen in a few hours before moving on. But after a day there, we all agreed we wanted to see more! Thus began our sunny Saturday in Bergen!
As we walked around, we found this amazing shop selling the Norwegian national clothes. As most of you know, I am a huge fan of folk dress (like my oohing and aahing in Hungary and Romania) so naturally I had to take a million pictures. The clothes and colors vary from region to region. I was drooling over the fabric and ribbon details they had for sale, but the price tag kept me from impulse buying anything (well, that and Fionn!)
We wandered into a hipster-y part of town and checked out a nearby outdoor market...
Your antlers are unimpressive.
As we walked we stumbled upon a couple of really cool antique stores. They had so many interesting Norwegian handcrafts and old furniture. I almost hate going into these places because I fall in love with so many things and have no way to get it all home. Sad day.
Luckily around the corner was a craft village with more portable trinkets. This being Norway the prices were crazy high, so we did more window shopping than anything else.
Mr. Lars Tarzan, the mascot of this sweater store, happily lounging on a $250 sweater and enjoying Fionn's attention
While we shopped the threatening dark clouds above evaporated and gave way to sun and blue skies. Yay! So we continued our walk along the harbor while the weather was fine.
We decided to make our way to the funicular to get a great view of the city and were luckily that our path led us through a sweet, quiet little neighborhood.
Finally, we made it to the funicular! Since the price was surprisingly affordable (that's a first for Norway!) we took it up the mountain for a breathtaking view of Bergen's 7 hills.
Naturally, we had to stop for tea and some cake.
Fionn takes cake very seriously
We managed to escape the rain while we finished our tea and coffee, and then explored some weird artsy statues before settling down for some Norwegian cuisine and the most expensive dang beer I've ever had in my life ($16 for a pint is pretty painful when you realize you could have a liter of beer in Germany for 8 euro).
With that, we called it a day and got rested up for our fjord adventure the next day!
So what do you think of Bergen? Are you laughing at us for paying $16 for a beer? ;)