Monday, August 8, 2016

Bergen, Norway

The third stop for my trip is the second largest city in Norway - Bergen. What I like most about this city is that although it is the second largest city, it still gives the feeling of a laid back small town.

At the interjunction
It was a sunny clear blue sky day when we explored Bergen, but it was still very cold. Although standing under the sun, we were still trying to hide every inch of us! I was already wearing four layers of clothing :- tight long-sleeves top, t-shirt, sweater and a jacket!

The view is all worth it though... how not to fall in love with this town with a view like this?

We visited the fish market - Fisketorget which sells fresh seafood, fresh or cooked.
Look at the size of the crab's claw!
The black meat is whale's meat
We already tried whale's meat when we were in Oslo. Texture like breast meat of a chicken, but tasted like liver. Not to my liking!

And of course, I had to have my favourite salmon sashimi!! HOW TO RESIST?

We also decided to visit the tallest mountain in Bergen - Mount Ulriken. We took the package which includes the return trip of bus ride, cable car fees and entrance fees.

Again, I surprised myself by taking the seat on the upper deck. I remember praying hard not to feel carsick and fortunately I did not!

We didnt wait long for our cable car ride. Just a short queue and we were all on our way up to Mount Ulriken.

The moment we were up, we were hiding our body and trying to squeeze ourselves into our thin jackets! Hands were hidden in pockets except for the photographer! Hahaha another round of reminder that we should've brought a thicker jacket when we visit Norway, even in the summer!

Still, nothing beat us from being brave to go out into the cold wind and enjoy the view of Bergen from up above!
Happy faces embracing the cold
There are many paths that leads to more viewing points at the top of the mountain, but we didnt explore far from the cable car station as it was really too cold.

Suddenly, we felt cold drops from the sky and we were thinking "OH NO!! We are gonna be so drenched with rain." And then suddenly a local girl says "Funny, snowing at this time?".

We looked closely at the cold drops and they are WHITE! SNOW IN SUMMERTIME? WHAT A JOY!!!
Me + Summer Snow + Bergen
It was truly a wonderful memory to remember for being able to enjoy snow during summer time!

After spending some time with the snow, we headed back to Bergen with our cable car and bus ride. So happy to see that Bergen is greeting us with its warm sun and super blue sky!

We walked around the UNESCO site, Bryggen -  the famous commercial wooden buildings right next to the fjord.
Look at how the buildings are actually uneven and crooked
Gnomes are famous is Norway
Inside / between the wooden buildings are narrow streets with shops selling souvenirs and Scandinavian merchandises. I was more interested in the wooden structure than the things they sell!

Carved wooden statue of stock fish
Many shops in Norway sells authentic leather / fur clothings. They are a little scary to look at especially when the room in the shop have dim light and the animals on display are not showing friendly faces.
Real leather / animal
But honestly, the touch of the fur of a real animal is so soft and smooth and PERFECT. Totally cannot be compared to a faux fur. I felt a little sad and pity that animals were being hunted just for our human fashion greed, but I also couldn't help falling in love with them...
Fox scarves
We just spend the rest of the day walking around the little town of Bergen, until the sun hide behind the clouds and it started drizzling.

Once the sun went hiding, the weather would be so cold! But that doesnt stop us from taking a few more pictures on our back to our hotel room.
Random colourful pretty buildings
Sailor's monument
Random art from the rainwater
Pretty garden with a cute little gazebo be adventurous journey in Norway!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Flåm, Norway

The first place we did after leaving Oslo, was to take the famous Flamsbana, well know as The Most Beautiful Train Journey In The World.

"In the span of a single hour, the train takes you from the ocean level at the Sognefjord in Flam, to the mountaintop at Myrdal mountain station on Hardangervidda, 867 meters over the ocean." 

We started our journey from Oslo Train Station...

from green views and beautiful lakes...passing by many small villages that looks like they pop out from postcards...

To our first view of snow on the mountain top....

There were a few small stations along the way...

We proceed to have more and more view of snow on the mountain top....

And also getting nearer to the mountain.....

And finally being ON the mountain...

We were not equipped for the 5°C weather! All of us only brought along thin jackets for the summer weather in Norway! We were shivering but still wanted to stay outside to absorb the beauty of snow in this winter wonderland...

At the top of the mountain, we had to change our trains, thus we were hanging outside with our luggages, enjoying the beautiful view of snow and Christmas Cottages surrounding us, while waiting for the train ride downhill.

Oh, and there will be snow for 24 hours / 365 days in this area as it never melts!

It was only a short wait... probably around 15minutes or so... before we hopped on the train and downhill we go!

It was quite a packed train. All of us had our seats at the beginning but once the train starts, everyone was overwhelmed with the beauty of the sceneries and tried to stay next to the window. That's when some of us had to stand as there were not enough space to cater everyone! :(
Along they way, there was a stop at this magnificent waterfall, and there was a cultural performance where dancers performed right next to the waterfall...

We were standing quite far from the waterfall and already felt many splashes of water! The dancers must be freezing cold performing for us!

There are also many other views, such as this famous crooked slopes where people like to do their cycling.

Another natural waterfall...

And when we reach the bottom of a hill... we see views with cottages and river...

Finally the end of the journey in Flam Station. We have our lunch here and chill around the pier before our time to board the ferry cruise ride.

The blue sky and green mountains are just too beautiful..

Our ferry cruise ride to our next destination!

Initially, I was hiding at the lower deck of the ferry as I was worried I would be seasick if I'm hanging out in the higher deck... Better be cautious as I am someone who gets seasick really fast!

But curiosity kills the cat because my friends went to the higher deck for a view and they didnt come down for a very long time! So I went up to the higher deck and noticed there was an open area for us to enjoy the speed and rush of the wind.

This is me trying to hold on to my hair for a photo! Haha

The ferry ride stopped by a few villages between the mountains to pick/drop passangers as well.

Which gave us a good opportunities to take photos without our hair looking like it's about to fly away!

After our hands become numb and face become icy cold after taking 100 photos on the open deck, we went back inside and rest for the remaining of the ride..

Till our next town...... stay tuned!

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