Torgdagen – The Value of The Local Coastal Culture

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Every year since 1977 the coastal culture from the local areas surrounding Bergen, especially towards the west, has been celebrated at en event called “Torgdagen i Bergen”. This area supplied the city with much of its food, workforce and other resources. However, the value of this and of the culture was not very appreciated in the more “refined urban” circles in Bergen. But time changes and now this is a gathering of traditional ships and boats of many sorts, performing local artists, Farmers Market and traditional “fast food” vendors. Many people dress up in local clothes of pre-WWII style. And a good time is being had by all.

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The people living around Bergen (where I myself live) are traditionally called “striler”. Initially this was a derogatory name – today it is an honorary one.

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Local vessels of all sorts have an important place in a coastal culture.

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Some more inspired by Viking ships than others.

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The place to be if you want to have a good look around.

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Some ladies are selling traditional food and items.

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Some just relax.

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One needs to see what is going on.

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Or think about what to do next.

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And youth will be youth …

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And romance will always be there …

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PPS Since summer is (more or less) here, my postings will be even more erratic than usual, but hopefully I’ll be back from time to time.



Australia Day 2016

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Congratulation Aussies with The Australian Day! A year ago today I had the pleasure to take part in the festivities – and take a few shots at the same time. First a replica of an old naval vessel and a newer iconic Opera House

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Sydney Harbour Bridge flying both The Australian Aboriginal Flag and The Official Australian Flag

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And an Airbus 380 from Quantas doing acrobatics over The Sydney Opera House

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A December Sunday

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The week-end was very foggy in these parts, but here it has lifted enough to let us see the city’s pride, the bark “Statsraad Lehmkuhl” back home after a long journey in foreign parts.

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The Old Warf (“Bryggen”) has also become visible, along with the restored church “Mariakirken” in the background.

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But those who took the funicular “Fløybanen” to the top of Mount Fløyen, probably didn’t see much.

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It was better to bring your own kayak for exploring the harbour.

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Tourists and Ships

Turistskip-29401We have more than 300 cruise ships visiting Bergen each year. Sometimes they can be bit overwhelming when they tower over our old, wooden houses. And this is only an average sized ship.

Turistskip-29407Of course, we also welcome more traditional vessels – personally I prefer them …

Turistskip-29409Some  prefer to come in their own luxury yacht – highly polished in honour of photographers who enjoy reflections.

Turistskip-29418And of course there are some tourists that like to take photos of it all.

Have a nice week-end!

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