bergen part two7/13/2012
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!
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!
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