|The Edvard Grieg house|
|Grieg composed his|
music in this little
building, which is down
a steep incline from
the yellow house.
|At the Grieg location, this was the first sod-covered building we saw on this visit to Norway. In 2007 we saw many more!|
|Inside the Stave church|
|The little door at the left was used by the pastor to serve Communion to those of his parishioners who had leprosy!|
|Exterior of the Stave church--the rain made getting a clear picture a challenge!|
The church was lovely with all the natural wood and its unusual architecture. It was cool and rainy on the morning we went to these two out-lying destinations, so taking the tour ended up being a good way to spend our time.
That afternoon the misting rain had stopped, so after lunch on the ship we walked into Bergen’s Old Town. One of the most distinctive trademarks of Bergen is the area called Bryggen, formerly a warehouse district established on the northern side of the harbor by the German Hansa traders. Long after the days of the Hanseatic trading in Bergen, the warehouses became a trading center for fish and fish products. On several occasions the medieval gabled buildings have been ravaged by fire. The last in 1955 left only 10 gabled structures standing. Today this area is a center for artists and restaurants.
I tried to get photos of Bryggen that would duplicate the postcards that clearly show how the buildings seem to be tilted to one side, much like men standing shoulder to shoulder, all leaning in the same direction! Alas, I couldn’t get the proper distance away to get this perspective, so my pictures don’t accurately depict this charming aspect of Bryggen.
|Bob's favorite--the fish market!|