As I mentioned in last week’s round-up, Trout whisked us away for a weekend in Bergen for our 13th anniversary. Here are a few photos and a bit about our trip to Norway.
We didn’t get to the hotel until around 1am on the Friday evening, so we slept in until around 9am and headed down to breakfast. We stayed at a Radisson Blu and the breakfast selection was great, so I absolutely stuffed my face in preparation for a not-so-vegan-friendly day. They had soya milk and gluten free bran flakes, mushrooms cooked in oil, baked beans, every kind of bread and cracker you can imagine, fresh and dried fruit and plenty of coffee. What more could you want!
After breakfast we headed out into town to walk around the nearby streets and pop into a couple of shops (I wanted to buy everything in their homeware shops), before taking the Fløibanen funicular up the mountain to the top. When we stepped out at the top of the mountain the view was absolutely amazing.
Everyone laughed as we got out of the cable car. You had to, really! We should have seen stunning views across the town, but never mind. We decided to walk down the mountain, rather than getting the funicular back to the town, and I’m so glad we did. The weather wasn’t great but the view as we walked down was lovely and the route was dotted with little waterfalls, snow and fallen trees.
I took so many photos of the waterfalls that trickled and streamed down as we walked.
I guess we could have drunk the water? Trout was quite sure we could. I wasn’t that thirsty ;)
Getting back to nature!
The colours were stunning – I didn’t even have to edit these photos of the trees.
Hanging out with this hunk ;)
We went to one coffee shop a couple of times – I think it was essentially called Good Bread, but I can’t really remember. The coffee was good, and when you order tea you get a mug of hot water and directed to a table with a dozen or so teas on, so you can just take your pick. I thought it was quite fun. One thing that I did find strange about Bergen (and maybe Norway in general?) was that it’s so normal to pay by card that this coffee shop didn’t even take cash.
Our hotel was next to the harbour, filled with some pretty amazing boats.
We went to Little Taste of India for our anniversary dinner, and the food was really good. That green chutney up there was so.spicy. It was made from ground green chillies, and wowza it was hot!
Our curries were lovely. We ordered veg curries and you pick the level of heat you want – Trout went for a 5 and I went for a 3 (out of 6) but both were around a medium heat. Really tasty. The house red wine was pretty good, too (I would hope so, at £10 a glass!).
After dinner we went round the corner to a games bar. We’d walked past earlier in the day and Trout was so excited to see that they had shuffleboard tables there. I’d never played it before, but Trout had played a lot while he was in America so we stopped by for a few games. It was so much fun! Plus, I won. Perfect end to our anniversary date.
The architecture is amazing – the town is filled with buildings like this and you can often walk in between them through passageways.
Sunday morning was a bit of a write-off. We found out that our flight on Sunday had been cancelled (we should have been flying at 7pm), so we rescheduled it to 9am on Sunday morning, rather than spending hours waiting around at Oslo airport for a connecting flight. We got up at 6am, had breakfast, got the bus to the airport, printed our boarding cards, went through security and waited for our flight to appear on the departures board. And waited. Eventually I joined the end of the queue for a flight boarding for Amsterdam, and finally got to the front of the queue to find out that our flight had been delayed. To 7pm.
I won’t go into the shouting, anger, phonecalls to insurance companies, queuing to check ticket prices, return bus journeys, dropping luggage back to the hotel. It doesn’t matter. We were back walking the streets, with an extra few hours left of our trip.
So many cameras!
There are a lot of good people around.
We went to Iron Rock Cafe for lunch. It’s a metal bar with a great burger menu, with veggie options on all the burgers. We both ordered the Metal Heart burger, very fitting for an anniversary meal.
We walked around town for a while trying to find vegan cake, before popping into the Bergen Museum.
The museum was really interesting, but I couldn’t help but think that we weren’t quite being given the whole picture, translation-wise.
So that was our trip to Bergen! I would definitely recommend visiting, although maybe when it’s clear and sunny! If you’ve been, let me know what you thought in the comments below.