Bakklandet and Lunch at the Library

On our penultimate day in Norway, we explored more of Trondheim.  First, we took a stroll through the old and very colorful neighboorhood of Bakklandet.   We then joined Gro for a lovely lunch at the library and visited the cathedral.  To cap off our day, we visited a cool up-and-coming neighborhood near the harbour, where we got to see up-close one of Gro’s buildings.  She is a talented architect!

After catching the bus into town, we made our way to the central square which features a very tall statue of Trondheim’s founder, Olav Tryggvason (Olaf I of Norway).  (Notice the scarf — not sure what the story is here.) This guy’s life story is amazing.  Quite a soap opera!

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Just down the street is Trondheim’s royal residence, which is one of the largest wooden buildings in Scandinavia.


And the tourist info center.

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Down a snowy lane from the big open town square is the Vår Frue Kirke (Church of Our Lady).  The church dates from the Twelfth Century, with sections also dating from as late as the Eighteenth.  It was open, so we wandered in.  There were many people having hot drinks at tables right in the sanctuary, which I found strange.  It looked like a makeshift cafe.  Perhaps a soup kitchen?




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The woodwork in the sanctuary was gorgeous.  This unpainted, aged and patina-ed wood gave such a warm glow inside.  It made the place feel 1o degrees warmer than it probably was.

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We then continued on our merry way to the quaint old neighborhood of Bakklandet.  When you see photos of Trondheim, this is probably what you’re seeing.  The colorful warehouses on the River Nidelva and the old painted wooden houses in the neighborhood on the East bank of the river are iconic images of this city.

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There is an old bridge here that crosses the Nidelva, built in 1861.  It is ridiculously picturesque.

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After many photos, we crossed the bridge and meandered through Bakklandet.  It was low tourist season, so many shops and cafes were closed.  We could tell, though, that it was a fun neighborhood, with specialty shops and unique businesses.  The streets were not terribly well-plowed, so it was sometimes interesting to get the stroller through!

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Nice use of space in an entry courtyard.



Down the road a bit, there was a little waterfront park.  We managed to get a family shot with the beautiful sun on the warehouses.


And a shot of the precious mittens given to us at Christmas time by Gro and her family.  We are told that each one of these patterns has special meaning.  We love them.


Charming streets lined with charming houses.

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Hmmm, one or two could use a little TLC.

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On to the library, which is actually built on the ruins of the Olavskirken.  They have designed this library in such as way as to display the remains of the Medieval ruins in a very dramatic and engaging way.  It’s like being in a museum.  Brilliant.

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And the cafe was perfect.  Old antique tables and mismatched old chairs.  Candles & dried flowers on the tables, and a warm, easy-going atmosphere.  AND, free refills on the coffee.  We had a lovely lunch with Gro.  And as you can see, the kids adore her.

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Then, on to Nidaros Cathedral…

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