We had a brilliant lunch post Bergen aquarium near Bryggen with our family before J&B headed to catch the bus for Stavanger. Tomorrow they’ll be on the hike of their life making their way up to Pulpit Rock. Our waiter was incredible and bought us a round when the fryer broke and our food took longer than normal. This was a great gift as beer and cider are extremely expensive in Norway even by South Florida standards. The food was worth the wait and I enjoyed my fish an chips along with my cider.
Post lunch we hit the shops to find some useful souvenirs. The Mayor found a nice knife he can use for fishing while Goalielocks selected a viking horn that sounds a bit like a kazoo. The kazoo piece wasn’t intentional, so we’ll be looking for another viking horn for the house. Jake got a nice Norwegian flag he can hang in his room.
After two ciders at lunch, my favorite local coffee shop Dromedor was calling my name. Not too far geographically from the tourist hub, but miles away in terms of its customer base. This is a great local spot with quality coffee and pastries. I have quite enjoyed their lattes these past couple of days in Bergen.
For dinner our kids wanted frozen pizzas, which was a complete godsend. Food is extremely expensive in Norway and this was a perfectly economical way to feed the kids. Post Pizza we headed to the wold famous fish market to meet J&M (my older bro and family), my grandma and my parents.
They were finishing up their dinner and afterwards we headed for dessert and shuffleboard. We ended up at the same restaurant where we ate and drank yesterday as it had several shuffleboard tables where the kids could play and not interrupt all of the diners’ dinners.
After two rousing shuffleboard tournaments, Priya and Zak and I emerged as champions. Somehow I managed to figure out how to score a couple of points, which was enough for me to be successful. The kids had a blast and enjoyed their desserts throughout the tournament.
After shuffleboard, we said adieu to our favorite spot, Bergenhus Bryggeri, and headed out to walk the city. For the first time, we headed up Kong Oscars Gate where X&P found an awesome and cheap hot dog stand. The group continued to make friends with dog owners and their dogs. Norwegians love their dogs and take them everywhere. Their dogs are meticulously groomed and extremely well behaved.
As the sun started to descend in the sky, we headed back to our AirBnB to pack for our trip to Stavanger. We have absolutely loved our time in Bergen and will be returning to this wonderful city hopefully soon.