bergen part two

7/13/2012

building detail, bergen
little toy homes, bergen

After enjoying our stroll through the city, it was time to hop on a local bus with confusing language, and attempt to reach a lovely estate on a quaint hill. It's called Damsgård Manor and it was built in the 1700s during the Rococo, mostly out of wood. It's such a well-kept secret that Donald and I were the only ones there for a tour of the interior, which I sadly could not photograph (perhaps it would disintegrate hah). We learned a lot about Norwegian life in those days, which was surprisingly difficult and saw some wonderfully ornate rooms with elaborate wallpaper. That, with the combination of having an ocean-view the entire time, made me feel quite fortuitous!

damsgård manor, bergen garden, manor, damsgaard manor, rococo

It looks somewhat small on the outside, but it was roomy inside. I loved its charming weathered exterior.

damsgård manor, bergen
damsgård manor, bergen

Here is a glimpse of "the Gentleman's garden" which was made with the sole purpose of pleasing the senses. There were also plenty of practical vegetables incorporated, as well as Jasmine flowers that smelled immaculate, and a refreshing mint plant that I got to taste. One could easily become accustomed to this way of life!

damsgård manor, bergen
damsgård manor, bergen
damsgård manor, bergen

Lovely Pom Pom flowers that look like candy
damsgård manor, bergen
damsgård manor, bergen

The tones in the garden were perfect, and I didn't want to leave it- or Bergen for that matter.

in the wind, bergen
the hillside, bergen

Before we left, I took one last long and piercing look at the hillside homes. It's impossible to capture the warmth that I felt, from finally seeing something which I had imagined for nearly a decade, and to discover how picturesque it really was. I listened to one of my favorite albums since I was thirteen called, Quiet is the New Loud, as we sailed away towards the Fjords. I'll always remember it fondly



Kings of Convenience - Summer on the Westhill

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35 comments

  1. This place is so beautiful! It looks like where I would expect a fairy tale to take place!

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  2. The house & setting look quite English I think. Stunning, it looks so peaceful.

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    1. It rains a lot in Bergen so perhaps the greenery looks similar, but Norway is certainly unlike any other place (as witnessed in the Fjords oh dear!). I visited a garden in London and it looked French to me, so they likely all inspire each other :)

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  3. I really knew nothing about Bergen before you visited there and posted these photos, but it looks so lovely! I think I'll have to add it to my mental list of places to see.

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    1. You should! It smells amazing and the overlook views are really unrivaled, it is such a unique place!

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  4. Bergen is one of my favorite cities. It's really beautiful.

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    1. You're so lucky to live in Norway and get to see it more often than me in L.A :)

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  5. That garden (with those flowers) looks magical and like the perfect place for a cup of tea, a good book and a cat on a lap!
    I love the way the roofs and colours of the buildings look- tucked into the trees :)

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    1. I loved that in Bergen tall buildings weren't the main focus, but instead the regular homes on the hills were. It made it feel like such an inviting place to live, where you can appreciate your neighbors homes in a non-showy way! x

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  6. This house looks so gorgeous - definitely my dream house. Look at that garden! (and I don't even like gardens). I love all the little houses on the hillside, it's such a romantic and picturesque scene.

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    1. You don't like gardens? That's blasphemy hehe! I'm not used to nice gardens since I've lived in apartments for ages, so it's a novelty to me. It was certainly a unique place because everything was wooden and it made all sorts of sounds as you walked around :)

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  7. This sounds so beautiful and I adore the pictures you were able to take.

    Thanks for sharing and I'm glad it lived up to your expectations.

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    1. Thanks Becky, it was nice that it was just like I imagined it. I've visited some places (ahem, rome) that are probably the opposite and that's no fun!

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  8. I've been in Norway many years ago but I'll never forget the smell of the woods and the particular and transparent air. And the houses and the water that grasp hold of the sight.
    Love your photos*

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    1. Oh I agree! The combination of little homes, water and mountaintops makes it quite unforgettable x

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  9. These photos are amazing! Bergen looks perfect.
    May I ask, which photo-editing program do you use?
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    1. Thank you Fay, most of these were taken with my Leica minilux using Fujipro film so they look that way naturally. For the photo with bokeh, I use an app called "pictureshow". Iphone apps are very helpful for editing photos! x

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  10. These photos are so beaufitul! Bergen looks perfect.
    May I ask, which editing program do you use?
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  11. i got small goosebumps at your last paragraph haha that was such a romantic thought. it really is such a picturesque town, imagine getting to live there and being surrounded by something like that every day. gorgeous.

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    1. Aw that's sweet and I agree that they are so lucky! Too bad it rains there and gets too cold for me in the winter. California has spoiled me haha x

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  12. What a lovely post. Those flowers look so beautiful! That's kinda cool that you and Donald were the only ones on the tour - how special! And I love that Kings of Convenience song, it goes so well with your nostalgic post x

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    1. Merci Emily! It was kind of funny being the only ones on the tour because we had the nicest Norwegian tour guide who kept giggling. I taught her how to pronounce some English words better, and she corrected my pronunciation on impossible words haha. KoC always puts me in the best mood because of their simple lyrics and melodies :)

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  13. Gorgeous pictures! Thanks for the sneaky peek at your holiday! I am glad you guys had a lovely trip, great posts! What a treat to be the only ones on the tour! What a wonderful building and gardens! The flowers and hillside homes look wonderful! I would love to go there one day! How exciting is it to travel over the seas!? I love it! :) I hope you are happy to be home and keeping well sweetheart! :) Zoë x

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    1. Thanks Zoe, you are always so sweet. It was surreal to be on the water for 12 days, and luckily we had smooth travelling except for one day that had huge waves. Yikes. I am quite happy to be home even though at times I didn't want to leave the places I saw :)

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  14. I realise I do way too little in the beautiful day I live in :)

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    1. I suppose I'm the same way with my own city at times, hehe :)

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  15. These are gorgeous photos, I'd like to visit this place :)

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  16. I'm so incredibly jealous of your trip, but taking notes for my own! How did you hear about such an interesting spot? And, as always, your photos are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, you're so sweet! Well I listened to the band Kings of Convenience when I was about 13 (I'm 24 now) so I learned about Norway through listening to them. They are from Bergen and when I saw photographs back then of their town, I knew I had to go some day and see it for myself. I never thought it would actually happen so I'm beyond appreciative :)

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  17. Hi! I just stumbled across you blog through Hjartesmil, and can see that you've basically been taking strolls through my neighborhood - quite the coincidence! I live right next to the little church you can see on the left in your last photo, and I used to live only a few minutes from Damsgård Manor :)

    It is so much fun to see an outsider's view of the city you live in, and your photos are absolutely stunning. Glad to hear you had a good time here!

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    1. Hello Maja! You are quite lucky to live in those charming little mountains. The area around Damsgård was so peaceful and the view is unbeatable! I always feel like visitors see a strange side of Los Angeles when they visit, so I know to a local, I barely scratched the surface in Bergen hehe. I still wanted to learn a little about the history aside from visiting Bryggen and the old town so I'm glad I visited Damsgård :)

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  18. what a beautiful place, you must have had such a lovely time there. it's always a shame when historical places won't let you take photos, i always think it's because they want to attract more tourists and it keeps it more interesting when people can't take photos of what's inside. i can't imagine how taking a photo without using a flash would deteriorate anything!

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