Thursday Doors? in Bergen, Norway

We are on the way back to Bergen after visiting the Edvard Grieg House, Troldhaugen. It’s still raining, but we have settled in with it. Our guide is asked about all the electric cars here and we learn Bergen has an abundance of them because of tax breaks that were originally offered as an incentive to buy an electric car. It was too good a deal, as it turns out, because there were not enough taxes being raised to support maintenance on the roads. Now, no more car tax breaks are offered and a road tax is applied when you use the roads. The license plates are scanned when you get on a main road and the bill is sent to you. That resulted in Norwegians, who live in the “burbs,” not using the main roads, avoiding the extra tax.  The result is the bigger cities are suffering because people are choosing to work and shop closer to home, where they can still just pop on their bikes and go, or use a road without the extra tax fee. Bicycles are also abundant here, even in the pouring rain. License plates marked with EC before the number stands for Electric Car. So, we started to look for them and yes, just about all the cars we tracked were electric. In addition, they have removed their busses that used gas and brought back the electric street cars. The guide stated they just had got rid of all the tracks when they re-introduced the electric rail system. If it’s not one thing, it’s another……..but let’s move on to Bergen.

Bergen, Norway, City View

This photo looks like it was taken in black and white photo days to me! It’s one of my favorites! I bet that this building was a station of some kind……..maybe it still is!

Bergen, Norway, City View

As you can see from this photo, it doesn’t take long to get from the mountains to Bergen. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and seven fjords.

Bergen, Norway, City View

There is the metropolitan area, and the busy port area …………..(as seen in an earlier post)

Bergen, Norway, City View

and the old warehouses along the original fishing port, that are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. That’s where we are headed now. The first thing that you are aware of when you get off the bus is the  strong fragrance of cinnamon! I felt I had been dropped off in a gingerbread village! The aroma was coming from the Baher Brun Shop and as I followed my nose, I discovered the shop was packed with folks waiting in line to get a cinnamon bun…….

Bergen, Norway, Festningskaien Street View: Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

This is another look of the warehouses, now turned into shops, mostly appealing to tourists…..You will have to look closely to see the doors! I am surprised these photos came out at all……….it was pouring cats and dogs, which is normal 260 days of the year here!

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Another view …….I like the way the shop front  is covered up with a tarp that looked like the shop front………

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

There were wide doors, narrow doors and inset doors, all in the same building……..

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Some of the door entryways, led to narrow passages that went to more shops in the back……..

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Some shops had interesting signs……….

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

And many had vines, that nearly covered the buildings over………

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Some doors led to apartments upstairs…….

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

Here’s a view of the tight squeeze between the buildings……

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

This shop had Christmas items in the window that were very nice, but to buy them, one had to take the drunken staircase…………

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

The alleyways between the buildings were getting a little wider…….

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

and here is the Visitors Center……….

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

We’ve reached the end of the old warehouse area and the new buildings are in sight, but I wont’t go there. I’m wet and a little cold, so maybe a cinnamon bun and coffee is in order, so I’ll make my way back.

Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
Bergen, Norway, Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf

I couldn’t help but peek in here on the way to the bus……..

The Pier Shop, Bergen, Norway

I had my eye on that umbrella! I may need another one before the cruise is over……..

The Pier Shop, Bergen, Norway

Well, some days you just don’t get as many cool doors as one would like……..but we have two more weeks in Norway! Plenty of time to find doors! I hope you have enjoyed our small excursion in Bergen today!

Look here to see what others are doing for Norm’s Doors!

It’s easy to do Norm’s Doors. Photograph some doors and post them to Thursday Doors on Thursday!

PS All photos were taken on our IPhones …….we are traveling lighter!

22 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Great tour, lovely doors

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  2. These are fabulous doors. Interesting about the electric doors, every country has its problems.

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    1. Yes, it is always something no matter where you live……but I think I could live here!

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  3. DrJunieper says:

    Love Edward Grieg’s music! You managed to take many great captured despite the rain:) The one with the houses on a square, occupied with many chairs and tables outside, is so typical European, reminding me of Holland, my country of origin. Great to catch up with you again after my months away from blog land:).

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    1. Oh I hoped you read my post on Edvard Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen! I even added music to it! We absolutely loved it! I had a stroke on Memorial day, but I’m good! TPA is the best thing ever! Getting back to my routine again now!

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  4. Jo Shafer says:

    Poor foresight and poor planning! That’s my first thought regarding the road tax versus electric cars/trains with torn-out tracks. Now, on to the tour of Bergen and door admiration.

    Oh, for a walk in the rain! These pictures remind me of fall weekends in Seattle, especially along Post Alley that runs up the hill from Pike Place Market. Those narrow passageways intrigue me far more than wide areas, probably because the narrowness draws me along, wondering what’s at the other end.

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    1. I would have spent a lot more time hereI Bergen is magical and I would have gone down everyone of those alleyways!

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  5. Jo Shafer says:

    Oh, I forgot to notice the doors! I was more interested in wet boardwalks and streets and umbrellas and peeking into the shop windows.

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    1. I know I didn’t get very many INTERESTING doors here! I might have been caught up in the fragrance of the cinnamon and in a trance! Ha Ha!

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      1. Jo Shafer says:

        Cinnamon and coffee fragrances would be especially welcoming in chilly damp weather, for sure!

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Thanks for the tour. It looks lovely there.

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    1. Oh Norm, Norway was AWESOME! I have a lot more to share and many more interesting doors!

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  7. At first everything looks SO straight. Then come the stairs… 🙂 And the front of the buildings leans forward after that. That was fun!

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  8. Must be even more striking on a sunny day!

    janet

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    1. Yes, I would think so, but would the cinnamon rolls be as tasty? Ha ha!

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      1. A good cinnamon roll transcends weather and circumstances. 🥳

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  9. Teresa says:

    Thanks for taking us with you. This is a wonderful place and hope to go there one day!

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    1. Teresa, I would definitely add Norway to any itinerary! Seeing many different areas is also the way to go! More to follow!

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      1. Teresa says:

        Yay, thanks, I’d like to see more!

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