One of the highlights on our Bergen itinerary was a leisurely stroll through the city's renowned Fish Market, Fisketorget. During our visit, we stumbled upon an array of freshly caught seafood, ranging from local fish to enticing shellfish. The area boasts terraces where attentive waiters invite guests for lunch. Eager to experience it, we gave it a try, only to be disappointed by the tourist trap it turned out to be – offering lackluster food, subpar service, and disappointing beer. For those familiar with Brussels, it might evoke memories of Rue de Boucher. In essence, this spot fell short of delivering the culinary delights one would expect in Bergen. Nonetheless, at the very top of our Bergen must-see list was Bryggen, the historic waterfront wharf that proudly carries the UNESCO World Heritage designation. Our guide, who expertly navigated us through the area, proved to be truly exceptional. We immersed ourselves in the rich history encompassing this place. Bryggen's origins trace back to the era of the Hanseatic League, a powerful trade alliance of merchant guilds during the Middle Ages. In the 14th century, these Hanseatic merchants established a trading outpost in Bergen, utilizing Bryggen as a central hub for the exchange of fish, grain, and various commodities between Northern Europe and the rest of the world. The area evolved into a vital node within the expansive Hanseatic trade network. Our guide enlightened us about the merchants' practices and the eventual cessation of these activities.However, capturing the essence of this location through photography posed a significant challenge. I made multiple attempts to capture an image that would genuinely encapsulate Bryggen's essence, yet I found it to be an exceptionally daunting task. Sections of the buildings were concealed under protective plastic coverings due to ongoing restoration work, while other segments had been reconstructed, now housing hotels and small shops. Despite these hurdles, I managed to capture a snapshot of my time there – Bryggen, Bergen, Norway
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Before: Healthcare Exec. Based in Brussels; Heidelberg; Los Altos Hills, CA; The Hague, Geneva, Nijmegen, Groningen
Now: Non-Executive Director in the Healthcare Industry based in Ghent. A travel buff with a passion for photography, photography books, Leica, wine and Asian food. Last but not least: proud grandfather of William, Nicholas and Mateo.
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