St Anthony, Newfoundland, Canada

Reconstructed Sod Norse HomeWe travelled 211 miles along the St Lawrence Sea Way on route 430 (the Viking Trail) to the Triple Falls RV Park located a few miles south of Saint Anthony, Newfoundland.  The road appeared to have more sections resurfaced than was reported in previous years.  Eight of us had Canadian Chinese food for dinner at a restaurant operated by Chinese.  The lemon chicken, Mongolian beef and orange chicken were very different from what we are familiar with on the west coast!

Inside a sod Norse homeThe first stop the next day was L’Anse aux Meadows, The reconstructions of three Norse buildings are the focal point of this archaeological site, the earliest known European settlement in the New World. The archaeological remains at the site were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. Exhibits highlight the Viking lifestyle, artifacts, and the archaeological discovery of the site.

Period character who demonstrated making yarn from woolNext stop was Norstead, a re-enactment of a Viking village.  We saw the ship builder, blacksmith, church and chieftain’s hall.  But I found the above Norse buildings more fascinating.

Our evening trip to a Viking Feast near the St Anthony Lighthouse brought an additional surprise in the setting sun — a late season iceberg along "iceberg alley", about four to five miles off shore.  Late season IcebergIt was beautiful with the setting sun on it.  At the viking feast, in a sod covered building, we learned a lesson in Viking court and law.  Poor Nancy was found guilt on their 42nd wedding anniversary, of a charge reported by another caravan member … but her sentence was shared with with her husband.  Good fun.

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