Jul 282012
 

 

 Bergen

Top of the tram line above Bergen, Norway’s busiest port and gateway to the the Fjords.

Buildings dating from the 14th to mid-16th century in Bryggen, the port of the Hanseatic Leagues trading empire back in the day.

Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage City, and works hard to preserve the timbered buildings in Bryggen.  No mean feat as they are sinking.

The Bergen Art Museum is housed in three impressive and separate buildings beside Lille Lungegardsvann lake.  Each building houses its own impressive collection.

Entrance to the Museum building that houses the substantial Rasmus Meyer Collection.

Old Woman 1909

Jean Heiberg 1884 – 1976

I might have titled this The Knitter.  Norway is still dedicated to knitting and preserving its knitting history.  There is a knitting museum in Salhus, near Bergen.  A  former knitting factory that started production in 1859, it was one of the first such factories in Norway.  It closed in 1989 and re-opened in 2001 as The Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum.

 

Knitted products can be found, and bought, everywhere in Norway.  Piles of warm things to wear, a necessity in the chilly Norwegian climate, are seen here in one of the squares near the  Bergen harbour.  I love many things about Norway:  the jaw-dropping landscape, the sea food, and the Norwegian style and sensibility, manifest in colour and materials.

Tattoo and piercing parlour in Bergen.

Grafitti Bergen style.

 

Up close and personal.

Drawing the line in Bergen.

 

 

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