Saturday, October 3, 2015

Norwegian Fjord Cruise (Part 1)

Dear Yes,Virginia...blog friends/followers.
This is Dr. John again. Today I will be sharing some photos taken on our cruise to Norway.
 
 So, why visit Norway? On a cruise we took two years ago, we met a fellow passenger who had been on over 100 cruises! We asked her which one was her favorite. Without hesitation, she replied: the Norwegian Fjords, for its amazing scenery, friendly people, and relaxed pace.
After fighting traffic for 3 hours to get from London to Southampton (a distance of 130 km/80 miles), we finally arrived at the cruise port terminal. Our ship was the Celebrity Eclipse. Although I usually prefer mid-size ships (around 2,000 passengers), the Eclipse, with almost 3,000 passengers, is very well designed and rarely felt crowded. Plus the food and service were excellent. Anyways, on with the tour.
First stop: Bergen, Norway's capital in the 12th and 13th centuries. 
We were dropped off by the shuttle bus after a 5-minute ride from the cruise port. Immediately, we were greeted by this beautiful fountain in Lille Lake. From there, we walked to the city center.
The most famous Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg (see statue) was born and buried in Bergen. You may have recognized Grieg's music (see You Tube video: Peer Gent) as it is still widely played to this day.

The Floibanen Funicular climbs 300m (1000ft) in seven minutes to the top of Mount Floyen for the best view of the town. It was a pleasant and smooth ride even though it was a bit busy at the time.
Views from the top. 
 The harbor and Fish Market (double row of red roofs).
Our ship (top), my uncooperative children, and the Floien Folkerestaurant atop Mount Floyen. Virginia had fun browsing through the gift shop and got ourselves a Norwegian cheese slicer.
David found himself a T-shirt that says "Norway"--surprise!
The Fish Market, located here since the 1500s. We had very expensive but tasty scallops.
On the left above, the wooden old town. Upper right," Lego architecture".
The old town is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Colorful wooden warehouses, originally part of the Hanseatic League, a free-trade zone established by German merchants (c. 1250-1750), where dried cod and fish oil was exported and grain, cloth, beer, wine, and ceramics were imported. 
Hope you enjoyed this charming city. 
Please leave me a comment if you would like more of Norway from Dr. John.

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24 comments:

CONNIE BROOKS said...

Oh my goodness...such an awesome virtual journey with your family to Norway. The photos were lovely and thank you for sharing them.

Annette Allen said...

the world travelers.. your pictures are amazing.. thanks for sharing

ginger na said...

Eagerly awaiting more pictures from Norway. Thank you for taking the time to share your journey.

Harriet said...

Dr. John, Wonderful photos-what a lovely city. I truly appreciate your journeys because I am able to "see" what my eyes will never see. Your comments also tell me you and your family are gracious visitors. Thank you.

Gilda said...

Lovely photos! I've put a Norwegian Fjords cruise on my list now. Thanks.

Bev Hill said...

Gorgeous pictures and I would love to see more of Norway.

Noreen Fontana said...

Virginia's cards or Dr. John's photography: I can't tell which I'm enjoying more! So, let's just say, more of both of you talented folks! That vacation looks so fantastic! I love hearing about it! Thank you for sharing. XO

Bonnie said...

Awesome pictures! Looks like a dream trip!

donna mikasa said...

Thank you for taking me on your virtual journey! Hope you have a fantastic time! And yes, more please! :)

Anita in France said...

I think everyone was card making yesterday for WCMD, rather than travelling through blogland ... and around Norway (which looks magnificent!). What a wonderful adventure ... more pictures please! Anita :)

shirley-bee said...

Dr John, you need your own separate travelogue/blog!! You would need to go on lots of holidays to keep the content updated - could you manage that? ;)
Thanks for the great pictures and informative commentary.

Teresa Doyle said...

Your pics are amazing Dr. John. I have looked at them all and I apologize for not commenting before. They are beautiful. Looks like you all had a great trip.

Maureen Morton said...

What a great trip and wonderful pix, Dr. J! Such a rich place. So glad that you are able to share these enriching experiences. Thanks for sharing!

LauraJane:) said...

MORE please!!! Drooling over The Fish Market yummies!!
LOVE the punny t-shirts:)

conil said...

Aother amazing travelogue from that acclaimed photographer, Dr. John. Seriously, this is how I get to travel and, oh boy, are the photos, amazing. Beautiful scenery and interesting architecture, what more would one want.

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Hey John - another amazing batch of photos! Thanks for sharing your trip to Norway - part of my family came from the northwestern coast and, someday, I'll get there! Until then, I'm glad to view the country through your eyes! More please!!

Sue Speck said...

As a retired Flight Attendant, I miss the trips. Your pictures make me happy and bring back memories. Besides, their beautiful. Please keep on clickin' that shutter!

Taunya Butler said...

Amazing pictures and I love being able to see the beauties in the world that others have seen!! Thank you for these incredible photos!!! Wishing you a wonderful day!!!

Susanne Vargas said...

I would love to go on a Norwegian Cruise! Already looking forward to the next installment!

Miriam Prantner said...

Great photos! What a fantastic trip! One of these days....

alexandra s.m. said...

Thank You! What a great post!!
YES, Please!!! More, more, more...;o)

Libby Hickson said...

Wonderful pictures - what a great trip!!

Laura Bassen said...

Love seeing your trip...such a HUGE ship!! Thanks for sharing, Dr.John!!

Barb Ghig said...

Really BEAUTIFUL photos, Dr. John!!! I love seeing this lovely country through your lens...Thank you so much for sharing it with us! And, thanks for the video...I've been listening to it while scrolling up and down and enjoying your photos :)