Thursday, June 21
Sunrise: 4:10AM Sunset: 11:11PM Temperature: 60°, sunny
Bergen, founded in 1070, population 235.423. Because of its location near the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream, the city is wet and relatively warm. It is the unofficial capital of the region known as West Norway and the gateway to the famous fjords of Norway. It is also the home of Edvard Grieg, famous composer
Breakfast: Cereal, fruit, rolls, toast, O.J., coffee.
8:00AM We arrive at Bergen
8:45 - 11:15AM We walked along the harbor’s edge into Bergen, passing the old fortress of Bergenhus, the Rosenkrantz Tower (both 13th century), the Hanseatic wharf houses (18th century wooden warehouses, now converted to workshops, painters, boutiques, restaurants, etc.), the Korskirchen church, the Fish/flower market, the Funicular, Mariankirke Catholic Church (12th-13th century) surrounded by a number of graves, and purchased a few souvenirs. The narrow cobblestone streets were very crowded with tourists and natives. To add to the excitement, we witnessed a fire alarm, as several fire trucks and ambulances made their way through the traffic. Later on we saw the firemen working their way up a very narrow house, with ladders positioned from floor to floor. With so many narrow, wooden buildings in the area, it would not take much for a fire to spread rapidly, and the firemen were not wasting any time.
12:00PM Lunch in the Lido: Fruit, pasta,soup, kiwi, salad, coffee.
1:15 - 3:00PM Back in the city of Bergen, we encountered a light rain which persisted the entire afternoon and interfered with our explorations. With our rain gear and umbrella we made our way through the Bryggen (Hanseatic) buildings and also finished up with some souvenirs. Then as we made our way back to the Rotterdam, we stopped at King Haakon’s Hall and the Bergenhus fortress museum.
3:30PM Rest and relaxation in our cabin.
5:45PM Dinner: (Formal Dress) Fruit, strawberry bisque, salmon, filet mignon, and Baked Alaska with all the fanfare of the chefs and waiters parading through with sparklers topping off their Baked Alaska trays, accompanied by some rousing marching music!
8:30PM Queen’s Lounge 5: Showtime “On the Air” - simulating a studio audience we saw a singing and dancing TV variety spectacular. Really a packed program.
Walk today: 5.0 Miles.