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Celebrity Silhouette, Norwegian Fjords Sept. 1 2019

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The bus wends its way down to the scenic harbor where the fish market and Briggen live

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so far not a drop of rain

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a cable laying ship

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a classic 

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and another

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The narrator tells us we will climb up over the city for a panoramic view

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On 9/25/2019 at 10:42 AM, MisterMet said:

Norris,

 

The approach to Bergen reminds me a lot of the coast of New England (minus the oil rigs).  Very scenic.

 

Trip

 

Trip, it's great to have you following along on this voyage!

Agreed on the coastline. Rocky and rugged is how I like them.

 Have you written a Navigator review?

Norris

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Up, up and away...

The coach threaded its way through some narrow Bergen streets, climbing higher as it did so.

Along the way I couldn't photograph a couple of rope factories, long established as the low brown buildings were 300 meters long. I imagine a machine braids the sisal or nylon fibers and they have to be pulled out by a winch as they grow longer. Never thought about it before.

 

We soon were on high and on a silky smooth motorway for a short spell

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we stopped at a 20 foot gap in some bushes high above the city

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Pristine homes. Some construction happening.

 

Across the bay

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and the bridge we had sailed under

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the bus awaits on this 10 minute stop

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I had hoped the Panoramic viewpoint would be the iconic funicular railway station viewpoint so was disappointed  but luckily Carol had snagged us tickets for that later in the day so all would be well.

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We drove back to the city and I took random pics through the window again

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some streets look like they were cobbled together

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back in the city a crowd gathers to ride the funicular for a bird's eye view of Bergen

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another square with street market stalls

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this was the 6th Hairdresser's shop along our tour...

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the coach stops at the harbor for another photo opportunity

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This is the last of the bus tour and then we will elect to get off at the fish market and wander.

Some dockside art after we gazed over at Bryggen

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Back to the bus

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random street shots

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beautiful

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Bergen Opera House

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on the outskirts of town, not sure why

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We wound our way back to the harbor area near the fish market and there we elected to get off.

first order of business was to find a restroom...

Driving down one of the streets on the way there the guide Jenny pointed out a street name where we could get a shuttle back to the ship later. When we left the bus and Carol asked her for directions to said shuttle Jenny said "a couple of blocks that way" pointing and was vague. It was near a park. carol's notes describe Jenny as a low talker with misinformation or patchy information who glossed over the "Hanseatic League" when talking about the Bryggen with no mention of the German trading influence there.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanseatic_League

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On 9/25/2019 at 10:42 AM, MisterMet said:

Norris,

 

The approach to Bergen reminds me a lot of the coast of New England (minus the oil rigs).  Very scenic.

 

Trip

Thank you for sharing. Pictures are beautiful. I will never get the chance to do this itinerary. Enjoying seeing it though your eyes.

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58 minutes ago, reallyhooked said:

Thank you for sharing. Pictures are beautiful. I will never get the chance to do this itinerary. Enjoying seeing it though your eyes.

 

Thank you for reading along and for the kind compliments!

That's it for bus pictures and motion blur until Flam. Train pics there too and some mighty waterfalls.

I'm on foot in the beautiful town of Alesund and I can't wait to see what I shot there.

Keep coming back!

Norris

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Norris and Carol,

Im heading into my weekend of packing and getting the house together. We fly out Tuesday for Rome. Can’t wait to come back and read the rest of the travels. 

I’ll catch up mid-October 

~Crystal

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14 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

On the Waterfront

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There's a funicular railway climbing up from the city to a viewpoint just right of center

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 Bryggen

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Norris,

 

Thanks for the beautiful pictures.  I am considering this 5.5 hour excursion for next June.  Overall, what did you think of the excursion?  How much time in Hardangerfjord?  Thanks for your input.

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On the harbor there was a pay toilet. Using credit cards with chip. There was a short line. Some folks cards didn't work which reduced waiting time for us but caused a problem for them. It was lit in an eerie blue which is to stop drug users from finding a vein.

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Back into daylight

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dockside restaurants

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something smells fishy

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denizens of the deep

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13 minutes ago, cruisegal2013 said:

Norris,

 

Thanks for the beautiful pictures.  I am considering this 5.5 hour excursion for next June.  Overall, what did you think of the excursion?  How much time in Hardangerfjord?  Thanks for your input.

 

Hi and thanks for reading! 

We canceled Hardangerfjord due to its length and too much bus travel. We did the shorter Bergen Panorama but next time would just get off the ship with a city map or a Rick Steves walking tour on our phones.

Norris

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We are heading for the Floibahn-the funicular up the mountain. Carol bought the tickets on line.

I took a few more snaps along the way

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Carol said this was a restaurant recommended by Rick Steves and I loved the location so our plan was to return here after the funicular

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merchandise outside a store (guess they are not expecting rain!)

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Next-we get that bird's eye view of Bergen...

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Some good news

After 2 frustrating weeks of trying to upload video to Youtube, which is showing outages in many countries on a daily basis I threw in the fluffy towel and am uploading to Vimeo.

I used the CC test forum to see if it worked....

 

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2698962-vimeo-test/

 

I am uploading a video of our visit to the top of the mountain in Bergen for a bird's eye view...

 

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I have been excited to read this review that I knew was coming, but I am late.  I promise

I have a note, not from my Mother, but from Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. 

We just got home from our travels and a Greek Isles cruise on the Jewel of the Seas.

 

I am all caught up with your wonderful review now, and I will start my own soon over on the RCCL board.

 

Disclaimer:  My pictures are from iphones so in no way will be Norris worthy, but we give it our best shot!

 

Thank you to you and Carol for always taking us along on your adventures!

 

 

 

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As always, I enjoyed all of your out the window bus photos. One of the many things I like about your reviews is that you always include candid street scenes from the cities you visit. I find them just as interesting as the obligatory tourist stops. 

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9 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

Hi and thanks for reading! 

We canceled Hardangerfjord due to its length and too much bus travel. We did the shorter Bergen Panorama but next time would just get off the ship with a city map or a Rick Steves walking tour on our phones.

Norris

When we were in Bergen we just walked the town an did the funicular 

9 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

Hi and thanks for reading! 

We canceled Hardangerfjord due to its length and too much bus travel. We did the shorter Bergen Panorama but next time would just get off the ship with a city map or a Rick Steves walking tour on our phones.

Norris

When we were in Bergen a couple of years ago we just walked the town and took the funicular up and walked around up at the top and had a wonderful time.

 

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On 9/26/2019 at 10:45 PM, singinalot said:

Norris and Carol,

Im heading into my weekend of packing and getting the house together. We fly out Tuesday for Rome. Can’t wait to come back and read the rest of the travels. 

I’ll catch up mid-October 

~Crystal

 

Crystal, Bon Voyage  to you and Nate!

Rome - wish I was going with you...it's already 4 years since we were last there.

Safe travels,

Norris

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3 hours ago, Nanjen said:

When we were in Bergen we just walked the town an did the funicular 

When we were in Bergen a couple of years ago we just walked the town and took the funicular up and walked around up at the top and had a wonderful time.

 

 

I don't doubt it-such a beautiful city.

Pics and video of the funicular viewpoint coming soon.

Norris

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3 hours ago, Bimmer09 said:

 

I don't doubt it-such a beautiful city.

Pics and video of the funicular viewpoint coming soon.

Norris

Norris, I took this from the Funicular 3 weeks ago. 

Just to show the sun sometimes shines in Bergen. 😉

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Norris - you mentioned that Carol had got the tickets for the Funicular on line. - is there a separate line for pre booked tickets or do you have to queue up with the others?

We are going on a Fjord cruise in June so are following your review with great interest. Loving your review & the photo's - we are captivated!

Lydia

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