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A visit to the Vikings in L'Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland
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In the sixties Norwegian archaeologists found traces of a Viking settlement here.
I learned about that when we were planning our first trip by car to the "Rock" how the island of Newfoundland is also called.
Our visit dates back a few years, but it was very much later as that from the original Vikings which came about one thousand years ago.
No line up. Almost no visitors on this day in tis World Heritage Site
The Vikings had obviously to do some farming
The sheep were the only living beings we could see so far.
No visitors and no Vikings.
Certainly they all stayed at home because it was not a pleasant to be exposed to the weather.
Elizabeth had wisely put on several layers of protective clothing which she had kept conventionally on the rear seat bench of the car in the case that she had to get out.
Elizabeth is a true animal lover, but unfortunately the two sheep did not know that and were not interested in her. Maybe she should have brought some snacks for them to get their attention.
After getting completely ignored we walked away.
We used the nice boardwalk which makes it easy even for handicapped people with a wheelchair or a walker to enjoy a visit to the friendly and also funny Vikings.
It was cold and windy
We saw the first house
We did not see a chimney with smoke coming out of it
We found an open door
What a surprise - it was warm inside and we had found the Vikings.
Relaxing Vikings, but the women are all working
He really looks exhausted too
To be honest - what could the men do else but relax.
The houses were in good shape and agriculture is very limited in Vineland how they called their new home.
They had also already built a new boat and there was not too much around worth of ransacking and marauding.
More artwork was certainly not needed and trade was not really existing. They were good craftsmen but why make more than this small colony needed?
In addition there were so many women around who were supposed to take good care of all the daily essentials= such as preparing the food, taking care of the clothing etc.
So when no work could be done outside men could relax as you can see. I grew up on a farm and knew that under such weather conditions not too much work was done outside.
I was only wondering why they did not enjoy relaxing with home made beer or wine. Why did they call this place Vineland?
Why are the doors open? We have to find out
This place was used to store a new boat which the Vikings had built. They had lots of ship building experience. Otherwise they never would have made it across the Atlantic. How long did it take them to find their way to the new world?
The Vikings had built a new boat if needed to move or go home
The friendly blacksmith
Indoor Viking art
Outdoor Viking art
Please watch the following slideshow to see what to expect in Newfoundland and Labrador
Journey to Newfoundland Labrador:
Watch the slideshow: "National Park Gros Morne, Newfoundland,impressions"
Watch the slideshow: "Whale watching and more in Newfoundland"