I was wandering through Instagram yesterday evening, waiting for the rest of my family to return from a rest of my family outing. It didn’t take long before I found this breathtaking image on the VisitBergen timeline:
What a view.
I was transported back to May and those halcyon few days that we spent exploring that little bit of the west coast of Norway.
Sadly, this was merely bittersweet, pseudo-escapism though, as I was brought firmly back to the dark reality of the Cape Town evening by the beagle farting as it wandered past me and into the kitchen in search of food.
The trouble is, as I remarked beneath this vaguely similar (i.e. of some fjords near Bergen) photo:
I desperately want to go back, but equally, I desperately don’t: there’s simply no way that a return visit could ever be so perfect.
But the need to see more of Scandinavia is real.
I’m even beginning to consider adding an Iceland2017 category to the blog…
I’m missing Bergen.
Somewhat inexplicable? Possibly.
A bit disconcerting? Certainly.
Time to revisit it in the form of photography, then.
And while Norway has an amazing amount of outstanding natural beauty, a lot of which I photographed to death, this distinctly urban scene, ‘togged from the top of Mount Fløyen is one of my favourites from our visit.
OK, so it may not look like much here, but you should see it full screen on black.
You really should.
(i.e. please do)
Here’s a new video from a-ha for Objects In The Mirror, it’s “the video is meant to be a gift to the fans… a condensed version of the visuals from the tour”. And yes, I recognise some or perhaps even more of these from Bergen. I may never be able to forget the mannequin violinists (some homage to The Sun Always Shines On TV there).
It’s directed by Jonas Bjerre, lead singer of Danish band Mew and partner in crime of a-ha’s Magne in their side project, Apparatjik (with Coldplay’s Guy Berryman and Swedish producer Martin Terefe). You may remember them from such posts as Snow Crystals and the catchily-titled New Apparatjik album in February.
And I’m not sure there could be a more fitting song to sign off the tour with:
Looking back is bittersweet
Love, the world was at your feet
Lift your eyes above the street
This is where you once belonged
as the three cute wolf cubs start to dance in unison.
You know, I rather fancy that we are.
It’s taken a while, but it does seem that the photos from my Bergen/Sheffield trip are up on Flickr. There are a few from the actual concert (mainly taken by Mrs 6000’s S6 because I was was otherwise engrossed), a few more from the trip along the fjords, and one or two additional images of beautiful Bergen.
And then a few of Sheffield as well, perhaps without the drama of Norway, but where spring was springing and there were still decent shots to be had.
This one is one of those best viewed bigger and on black.
There are individual sets for each bit of the trip, but you can have a general look see on the May 2016 trip collection page on Flickr and go from there.
I find myself pining for the fjords, and so I’ve been working hard to select some appropriate photos for Flickr from the nearly 1000 I took while we were away in Norway.
I’ve found that people get bored quickly when you show them all nearly 1000 (it almost finished my Dad off completely), so I’ve come up with a cunning two point plan.
Firstly, divide the photos into days: we were there for three, so there are now three albums on Flickr to reflect this:
Day One: Arriving in Bergen, going up Mount Floyen on the Floibanen Funicular.
Day Two: Wandering around Bergen before that concert.
Day Three: Sognefjord via Myrdal and Flåm.
And then, secondly, produce a highlights package, in case people only want to look at your (approximately) 50 favourite pics. The pic above didn’t make the cut, I’m afraid. Yes, there are 50 better images than that. 😮
They don’t really do it justice, but they’re still worth a look (in my humble opinion).