On every trip there comes a time, a day, an hour, an EXACT moment... When I fall in love with a place. One minute it is good. The next, I go through a love tunnel and come out the other side in a rapturous state, and it is no longer just good, it is BLISS. Today was that day. The sun shone down on Bergen and all of her lovely inhabitants. The sky beamed with light and cast shadows against the wooden doorways, ledges, flower boxes, and roofs. I walked out of my wee house and headed east, off in a new direction.
I was just going to take a right and head down the hill when I noticed a green space a block over. There was a fence around it. Hmmmmm... Tall trees waved their glistening leaves at me. A breeze twirled through my hair. I looked down the hill. I looked over to the wilds of tree covered slopes. I paused. The world stood still. the street was empty. I thought about the boat I was trying to catch. Without a watch I wasn't sure if I'd get there by 3:30. I decided to head towards the trees. As I got closer I saw a little lake surrounded by stone. It looked like a giant swimming pool. When I reached the fence I noticed a small gate leading onto the grounds. In I went. There was a cat sitting on a green bench. We chatted awhile. 2 couples in bathing suits were sunning themselves and splashing their feet in the water. A school of baby koi or giant goldfish swam by with their little heads turned up, their mouths opening and closing. Saying hello. I think one of them winked at me.
I strolled around the lake and noticed an entire network of paths leading further up into the forest.
Then it happened. That moment I told you about. The moment I fell in love. I turned a corner and the view was so glorious! A sea of sapphire blue and a village of wooden houses tumbling into it.
oh oh oh oh
I picked my way down narrow cobbled paths. Each time I rounded a corner another stunning vista of roof, sea, and sky.
And a lady washing her windows under a dome of blue.
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