Sunday, September 29, 2013

Trip to Scandinavia 2013: Bergen's fish market

So you wonder where is the food? So here's the food ;) But only about 40% of the overall foodie I had during the trip, shall blog about the rest in another post.

As I mentioned, there's a fish market nearby the hotel we stayed at Bergen. Basically they open at 3pm til late evening.
Though it's a fish market but it's very clean and odor free (well of course the floor is wet la), unlike what we usually see here, hehe~

Quite a lot of stalls here but most of them are selling similar stuff

Bottled caviar, but since I am not a fan hence I din't buy any

Well I think you know Norway is famous for its salmon! I ate quite a lot of salmon fish this time cause I am a salmon fan ;) Even buffet also served generous amount of salmon, to them it's so common but to some of us, consider quite 'high class' already, LOL!

Competition is on going here as they sell almost the same seafood, so all of them are very friendly, you can hear them greeting you whenever you pass by the stalls

Look at the beautiful color!

Lunch sets are available too, about RM 70 per set, averagely

Live king crabs in the tank

Giant lobsters too!

See, very clean, right?

These were our 'tea time'

'cha cha cha', the boss busy preparing those seafood for us~

As we had just taken our lunch, we only tried a small portion just to taste

Very fresh and yummy! Totally forgot about the cholesterol! xD
Din't know how much overall as our tauke besar paid for it ;)

There's also another indoor fish market nearby, and a cafe

Mr waiter welcoming me ;)

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Friday, September 27, 2013

Trip to Scandinavia 2013: Mount Floyen, Bergen Norway

First of all, I want to say a BIG thank you for those who showed continuous supports to my posts! Give me some times to reply to each and every of your comments k? 

By the way, some of you request for food pictures, please bear with me, I will blog about them in a single post, soon!

Leaving those countrysides, we traveled to second largest city of Norway, which is Bergen (pronunciation similar to 'burger' xD) during the 5th day, and stayed 2 nights there before leaving to Denmark.

Very sunny day, eyes can hardly open

The hotel we stayed is located strategically nearby the fish market and also Bryggen

There're a few souvenir stalls nearby....

Also a plaza with some small malls, cafes, boutiques, bars and even restaurants

Having 'afternoon tea' nearby the hotel

Cheers darling~
Behind us is Bryggen, one of the attraction in Bergen. 

Come take a closer look. Bryggen is a series of Hanseatic Commercial buildings lining in the eastern side of the fjord coming into Bergen

They are in the list of UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, impressive huh? Notice the buildings are all made of woods? And also slight slanting? Well that's the special thing about them.

Days are longer during summer ( thanks SK for the correction), basically sun rises at 6am, and sets at 9pm!

Bryggen at night, very nice and romantic la!

There're other buildings and a sea just opposite the hotel

I simply love these buildings! Basically Bryggen houses souvenir and gift shops now, with some pubs as well

If I remember correctly, it was slightly warmer here compared to those countryside

Standing in between the buildings

Perak branch manager of York, we actually exchanged our sunglasses here, haha xD

Bergen is always a wet city as it's near to the sea, so we bring our umbrellas all the time

On the first morning here we took a cable car to reach the top of Mount Floyen

See already drizzling when we were there.... Luckily not for long

Here we get to see a better view of Bergen just underneath us

The mount is about 320m above sea level

Getting colder cause it was drizzling

We had no idea what is that thing behind us, just pose for fun, haha xD 

Ending this post with a super fat cat we found in the hotel, so cute!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Trip to Scandinavia 2013: Sogndal, Flam and Voss, Norway

Sogndal is another small town we visited during the trip, we stayed a night here before departing to Flam.

Very quiet town. Nothing much to see here

Spotted a nice cafe nearby the hotel

With the help of the front desk staff, we found a mini market nearby the hotel. Bought some snacks from Rimi. The guys wanted to buy some beer (beer is slightly cheaper here compared to Malaysia) and drink at the rooms, but then only we realized no alcohol is served at all convenient stores in Norway after 8pm during weekdays =_= Something new and interesting for us to remember

And payment is done very efficiently here where consumers swipe their own credit card and sign, and collect their own balance at the coin slots. Something like self service la!

I am amazed at those houses on the hill

While on the way to Flam, I saw this from inside the coach, nice right?

It's another one fine morning

This is Mr Beyond, our coach captain and Darren our tour leader. Both are professional in their career

Hubs and I, guess where were we?

We were inside the world longest tunnel, which is the Lærdal Tunnel, 24.5km. We actually stopped at one of the photo stop and take some quick photos. Love the lights here, very romantic! ;)

Here we are at Flam. It's basically a village by the sea, and a railway station with lots of gift shops

There's some boat rides here

This cruise is big! 

Slightly warm here

Me outside one of the gift shop

We spent some times walking around, before boarding the train

Forgotten who is the blogger friend who asked me about wearing the hat with 2 horns, anyway here you go ;))

The surroundings are very pretty too!

This is the classic tourist train which take us from Flam to Myrdal, and eventually to Voss. The ride is about 1 hour

Half way through the train ride, we got 10 minutes photo break at one of the most spectacular waterfalls here, the Kjosfossen waterfall

Then all of sudden we heard some loud music and then a fairy came out to dance! Can you spot her? ^^

Erm actually not 1 but 2 (may be 3) fairies!

Here we are at Myrdal, waiting to transfer to Voss. Spotted this handsome/beautiful dog!

Finally, after hours of bus ride and train ride, we reached Voss!

Stopped by here for lunch actually

Journey continued to the 2nd largest city of Norway, Bergen! Stay tuned ya? Bergen is surely an interesting city to blog about~

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