SOLEAL , 15 septembre 2017 , Anse-aux-Meadows

Posted on Wednesday 27 September 2017

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By Barbara POST


Today in the morning we visited L’Anse-aux-Meadows, the first and only known site established by Vikings in North America and the earliest evidence of European settlement in the New World. As such, it is a unique milestone in the history of human migration and discovery. We arrived at the pier by tender and the monument of Leif Ericson welcomed us. We had gorgeous weather and the slightly hilly landscape with a few very small trees was breath-taking. The Norstead Viking Village was not far away from the pier, of particular interest was the replica of a Viking ship which sailed from Greenland to Newfoundland and took over 80 days. The docents in period costume really brought the experience to life and we were able to watch several demonstrations, for example weaving and “knitting”. Later we visited the archaeological norse site and the replica sod buildings. The fascinating fact is that the excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Greenland and Iceland. The site is thus unique and named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1978. Back on board we enjoyed the quiet afternoon and who could not get enough of Viking history watched the documentary “Did the Vikings get to America before Columbus”. For dinner, we eagerly tasted the special Bordier cheese selection, yes French cuisine is great!




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