7/2012 Update: a series of blog entries from a Norway cruise I was fortunate enough to take in the Summer of 2008. Although it feels funny to have relayed trip updates via a blog, it was a pre-Facebook way of telling friends/family about my travels.
Today we stopped in the city of Bergen. Bergen is a lot larger (over 200,000) than the other ports we've visited and is far more than a tourist destination. The harbor is very large with a lot of active shipping going on. We had some time before our bus tour to hit the shops around the piers as well as the open air farmers and fish markets. They had some incredible fish available; it made me wish I could have brought back some of the smoked salmon I got to try...mmm. Rob and I took a break from the ship's lunch cuisine and got some fish/chips at the fish market. It was fantastic, made fresh to order (I believe it was local cod) and they served it with a bottle of balsamic vinegar which was quite tasty. We had a little time to hit some shops before we had to rendezvous for the afternoon's bus excursion: a tour of the city.
The tour took us around the city center and out to the Fantoft Stave Church. Here's Rob practicing for one of his upcoming law lectures at NYU:
Tonight's dinner was the last formal dress night and the staff served the dessert, Baked Alaska, with a flair.