Bergen Norway Restaurants and Hotel

Bergen, like other parts of Norway, focuses on fresh and natural ingredients at its restaurants. Just up our alley. First a caveat…Norway is not cheap by any means. In fact, it is very expensive. Lunches easily cost $70-$100 without wine. Dinners were $150 – $200. Bottles of wine started at $70. We were told that [Read more …]

Getting Outside of Bergen Norway’s City Center

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Bergen is a fairly walkable city but it also has a great light rail system which got us to several other interesting sites. Gamie Bergen, actually located outside of Central Bergen, is a collection of relocated and restored 18th- and 19th century homes, shops buildings that have been moved from other locations and set along [Read more …]

Bergen Norway’s Other Charms

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Although the majority of the tourist sites are in Bryggen, the city also has a number of other lovely areas. The area east of Bryggen contains a number of lovely, well-maintained historic buildings, the homes crawling up the northern mountainside make for a lovely view and city center is modern, if sterile. The cathedral, Lake [Read more …]

Bergen Norway: From Middle Ages Trading Hub to Tourist Mecca

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No doubt about it, Stavanger, Norway was charming. But it was time to move on. Our next stop was Bergen, Norway. We chose to make the journey via a 5.5-hour bus ride that took us through a number of smaller towns, past lakes and forests and alongside of and across two fjords. Interestingly, the bus [Read more …]

Lysefjord to Preikestolhytta and Pulpit Rock

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Although Stavanger Norway is certainly a pleasant town, we were there primarily for its proximity to some of the longest, deepest and prettiest fjords on the country’s southern coast. Our primary exploration took the form of a day cruise on and hike along the Lysefjord to the scenic peak of Pulpit Rock, from which we [Read more …]

Stavanger Norway

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This 19th-century fishing town (brisling herring) was reinvented in the mod-1960s as the center of Norway’s vast oil and gas industry. Originally a major center for emigration out of the country (primarily to the United States) it has since grown into the fourth largest city in the county. The old town has been totally renovated [Read more …]

Our 2016 Europe Summer Adventure

Well we are off again on another multi-month trip. This time we are going to Europe. The main purpose of our trip was to attend a travel blogger’s conference (TBEX) in Stockholm. But since we had to fly 14 hours to get there, why waste a flight for just one place? Not us. So we [Read more …]

Food and Entertainment in Syracuse New York

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Even though we were visiting with family in Syracuse New York, we still had many opportunities to eat out in Syracuse: We returned to Syracuse in time for dinner. After a tough choice between comfort food favorites, Heids famous for its franks, coneys, etc. Dinosaur BBQ, where we had a satisfying meal of pork ribs [Read more …]

Seneca Falls New York, and The Birth of Women’s Rights

Seneca Falls is a another pretty town in Central New York. It is situated on a river that used to be home to several mills. It is also home to another human rights cause—the equality of women. The city is now home to a number of monuments to this heritage such as the Seneca Falls [Read more …]

Human Rights History and Comfort Food in Central New York

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We grew up in Central New York (CNY), and lived there for 24 years. But for all our years living in there, it has taken several of our return trips to visit family for us to take advantage of many of the region’s attractions and cultural opportunities. We had visited some of these attractions when [Read more …]