April 15, 2012
I arrived in Bergen, Norway and am staying at a hotel overlooking the water and mountains–
April 16, 2012
Tech Check at the venue– the large local cinema in Bergen. Very nice facility and wonderful tech guys who ensured all would run smoothly. Even set me up with wifi access. Then More walks around the city.
April 17, 2012
Workshop day. Had a nice crowd. Enjoyed the questions and discussion. More walks around the city.
- Walked down steep winding streets leading to the harbor with lovely houses flanking the cobblestone walkways.
- The smallest wooden house in Bergen. Like a doll house. Very old and lived in continuously.
- Lunch at a cafe overlooking the fjord. A little too windy to sit outside. Had a lovely fish soup. Bergen is the place for fish and seafood beautifully prepared. Had smoked salmon, Norwegian potato salad along with fresh cucumber and red pepper for breakfast.
View out the window over the water from my hotel room. Same view from the hotel dinning room.
My cure for jet lag is to sleep on the plane as much as possible and then walk in the sun on arrival. I had a very lovely tour guide from the organization sponsoring the workshop showing me the sights. We walked all along the harbor area.
Charming buildings in the downtown area near my hotel.
Buildings built and lived in by German fish-workers. They were segregated at the time. The buildings burned down and were rebuilt in 709 AD-- that's not a typo-- these buildings were built in the 8th century!
Sculpture celebrating dried fish, a traditional Norwegian diet staple
Traveled up the mountain on the funicular. Gorgeous views of the city below. Had lunch at the restaurant at the top. Wonderful mushroom soup.
Bergen houses feature these adorable tin buckets filled with spring flowers. They are simply hung on hooks near the door. This shot filled with pansies is one of my favorites.
Sculpture on the street of a homeless kid. The description says something like "no one is exactly as they seem." Several other sculptures around town of people leaning against buildings or standing in random places. Also enjoying the art in the hotel by local artists depicting landscapes, cityscapes, sports, and modern folk art.
Another great row of commercial buildings.
Sculpture of famous fictional Norwegian detective, who lived in Bergen, Varg Veum-- Producer friends made about 8 movies of the novel series.
Dinner in a famous local restaurant. Delicious fresh halibut.
Large standing polar bear in restaurant but not on the menu. A relic of days gone by.
Goodbye Bergen-- Great hospitality & great new friends. On to the ferry and the Western Norway Film Summit.