On the Road is a weekday feature spotlighting reader photo submissions. From the exotic to the familiar, whether you’re traveling or in your own backyard, we would love to see the world through your eyes.
This series was created by Alain Chamot (1971-2020).
Good morning everyone,
Sorry about Wednesday and Thursday. I screwed up the Wed post and fell asleep listening to trial stuff Wednesday night. All in all, a poor showing indeed.
Have a great weekend, all!
More from Newfoundland — L’Anse aux Meadows, on the Great Northern Peninsula, is the site of the only confirmed Viking site in North America outside of Greenland. There are remains of eight buildings, from approximately a thousand years ago, though the artifacts suggest it was probably not a permanent settlement and may just have been a base to repair boats.
This is the view from L’Anse aux Meadows. It happened to be a sunny day, but the enthusiastic winds would have made Leif Erikson feel right at home. You can just see Labrador as a blue smudge near the horizon.
It’s all grasses now, but a thousand years ago this was forest. This is the outline of one of the sod buildings found by archaeologists.
A model Norse-style sod building on the site.
A few miles from L’Anse aux Meadows there’s a Viking heritage village that reproduces what a Norse settlement might have looked like — complete with church, smithy and a small farm.
A boat at the heritage village.
A sod building.
Arches Provincial Park is down the coast from L’Anse aux Meadows. No relation to Vikings, but visited the same day.
The beach at Arches Provincial Park. For some reason, I kept thinking that log was a whale bone, as though I’d wandered into another heritage village by mistake.