This post is dedicated to the delicious rounds of tasty goodness available at our hotel from 3p-6p everyday.
kids finally fell asleep last night around 1am Norway time. C
struggled staying asleep even after that, fixed only by getting past 4am
(8pm Mountain). We woke to the alarm at 915am to make sure we'd get
free breakfast at the hotel - this being part of our "avoid ridiculously
expensive Norway prices" eating plan. After breakfast, (mmmm...
swedish meatballs for breakfast), the sun was actually out and it was
not raining, so we struck out to explore. (A guy last night at dinner
told us that we shouldn't have come in April as it rains all the time.
He said to come back in May. Like... next week?)
through the historic Bryggen area up to the Domkirke (Town church) whose
bells were tolling at noon. Inside, there was an organ performance
going on, so it was pleasant to sit and listen for a few minutes, and
the kids liked the music. Outside in the churchyard there were white
and purple crocuses, grape irises, and daffodils opening up - a very
hopeful spring sight. Walking back down toward our hotel, we found the
base of the Fløibanen, the funicular that climbs Fløyen Mountain just
northeast of town. We jumped at the chance to take the trip, making it
#8 on our list of funiculars of the world.
views of Bryggen, the harbor, and the rest of Bergen from the top were
spectacular. There was a small playground too! Unfortunately, our
still potty training dude had a bit of an accident which prompted us to
take off for home before too much fun could be had. This wasn't a bad
thing, as clouds were gathering. We briefly discussed whether we should
continue with our plan to walk down the mountain or bail and take the
funicular back down. Every one was feeling pretty good, besides the wet
panted one, so we decided to keep to the plan.
The scenery was
gorgeous as we made our way slowly down with mossy green verdant
forests, babbling brooks and waterfalls, and ethereal fog. It rained on
and off as we started and then towards the end it was mostly "on." The
delay of our luggage meant we didn't have the Ergo baby carrier, so D
rode in the stroller snugged up in a blanket (and fell asleep) and C
rode in daddy's arms wrapped in his coat (and fell asleep). Daddy's
arms got pretty tired, as it was a pretty long way and she had to be
carried just so to keep her out of the rain. Still it was a lovely
walk, and made us want to do more trekking in this part of the world.
the time we got back it was pancake time. The hotel puts out a bowl of
batter next to a hot griddle, and you can make-your-own crepe-style
pannekaken (Norwegian pancakes) for afternoon snack. Or... lunch as in
our case. These things are so delicious, I think I could eat them for
multiple meals a day. They set out some toppings - blueberry jam,
strawberry jam, orange marmalade, and plain yogurt, but I prefer the
simple butter and sugar approach. A cup of hot tea along with that and
mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... I'm all set.
After we emerged stuffed with
pannekaken, our suitcases were waiting for us at the front desk - yay!
C had a nap, and the boys ran out to the grocery store for some milk
and a walk in the rain.
When they got back we had dinner at the
evening "appetizer" spread at the hotel (part three of the "Eat Norway
for free" plan - tonight, nacho/taco bar with lots of fresh veggies),
and then headed out for another walk around Bryggen, because, dude, the
sun came out. On the way back in we headed up into the clock tower that
tops our hotel, and had "adventure," as D repeated over and over and
That's what it's all about right there.