Curiosity: forget “Cherchez la femme” (Look for the woman.) “Cherchez l’histoire.” (Look for the story.)
I promise–this is my last report on our recent trip to Scandinavia, St. Petersburg and Torino. Looking at a map, one can see that the Scandinavian countries are bounded by the Baltic Sea, the North Sea; linked to the continent by Germany to the south and Finland to the north. The coast of Norway is fringed by fjords; spangled with islands.
Our most memorable meal was at Cornelius Restaurant, on a small island just outside the Bergen harbor.It’s only accessible by boat or helicopter. Our host delivered a colorful account of the restaurant’s history and emphasis on freshness: everything we ate had been alive until a few minutes before we were served.
Lunch on our own in Bergen was special on account of the sheer volume of exquisitely fresh steamed mussels, the tang of nettles in the house-made mayonnaise and an entertaining view of the harbor.
Sorry, this entry is truncated because I accidentally hit “Publish” before I was finished. The rest is in “part 2.”