On our last day in Bergen, my partner headed out early to get us some baked goods from Baker Brun.
We had a cinnamon roll each and the most delicious coconut and custard cake.
Before heading out to explore and wander the beautiful streets of Bergen.
The cutest tourist train. We would definitely have taken a ride if we was in Bergen an extra day.
Us by the Harbour.
The old part of the city, Bryggen.
Bryggen is a protected UNESCO site, as these brightly coloured buildings were once important for trade.
The buildings were used to export stockfish and grain, which was highly valuable at the time, as well as importing other goods. Due to it’s strategic sea location, Bryggen dominated the trading industry for four hundred years.
In Bryggen we visited the Hanseatic Museum, which is inside one of these buildings. It shows how the German merchants lived and worked in Norway.
Despite Bryggen being part of Bergen, the German traders lived and ran everything separately from the rest of the Norwegian city. They weren’t allowed to marry or socialize with others, unless it was to talk about business.
One of the store rooms for the stockfish, where the fish was dried out so it would last and where cod liver oil was made.
The living quarters for the wealthier traders, in more senior positions.
The rest of the workers in less senior roles, had cramped and basic living conditions upstairs.
A five minute walk away from the Hanseatic Museum is Schøtstuene, which was an assembly hall for the merchants in winter time. As there was no candles, heating or kitchen in their living quarters due to it being a fire risk, it had to be kept separate. Schøtstuene hall was also used as a classroom, court room and much more.
After exploring Bryggen, we headed back outside to explore some more.
We stopped by Lille Lungegårdsvannet lake and park, which is a gorgeous place to sit. We spent a long time soaking up the sun and relaxing by the lake.
Before heading into Kode 3 art museum.
We did a short guided tour, where we learnt more about Norwegian painter Edvard Munch’s paintings.
We started with his early paintings, which were made to look realistic and featured lots of detail on the hands in particular.
To his next stage of painting, which was crisp and colourful but less detailed. This is a painting of his sister Inger, who he used as his model many times.
His paintings often depict people he knew, such as friends. In the painting below, Munch’s friend is shown as being green with envy, as his wife is getting close to another man.
And then there’s Munch’s darker paintings, which he’s known for.
In By The Death Bed is his family, who are huddled around his sister who has died. His mother is the front figure and looks ghostly as she passed away many years before. She features as a symbol of death.
Another darker painting is Evening on Karl Johan Street, below. Munch suffered anxiety and this painting shows an almost faceless crowd walking forward through the city of Oslo, whilst walking away from the crowd is a figure that’s thought to depict Munch.
But not all of his paintings were dark.
This self portrait that Munch painted, features more colour and shows him relaxed and healthier after a voluntary trip to a clinic.
After Kode 3, we popped into Kode 4 museum which is next door.
Kode 4 features some of Picasso’s pieces, but it didn’t wow me quite as much as Kode 3 art museum.
After a fun day exploring Bergen, we went to Salsa restaurant for dinner.
It was a cosy restaurant with good cocktails and Mexican food.
We shared nachos and black bean quesadillas, both of which were delicious.
Followed by banana empanada for dessert. Dough filled with banana, caramel and served with ice cream, it was fantastic.
After an amazing meal we headed back to our apartment, ready for our flight the next day to Oslo.