July 9, 2007:
We decided to head off for a break for a couple of days (overnight) and explore the northern reaches of the Northern Peninsula.
We tidied up the camper and hit the road around noon, our first stop was the Grenfell Interpretation Centre - I was eager to check out the handicrafts at the store there, many of the items such as rugs and quilts have been hand crafted by local people. The Grenfell centre is all about Dr Grenfell who dedicated his life to reaching people in remote Newfoundland and Labrador communities, providing them with medical assistance and social services. Dr Grenfell was and still is a well respected man by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Moving along, we head north, our next stop is at the Dark Tickle a little store in St Lunaire-Griquet. It's here that they manufacture a variety of jams, sauces, teas, vinegars, chocolates and more from locally hand picked wild berries. The gift store is a delight to wander through and there's a window for viewing the process of making jams and various berry delights.
A visit to the Northern Peninsula is not complete without a wander through the reconstructed Norse village and buildings of L'Anse aux Meadows. The site was discovered in 1960 by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad, Norwegian explorers, writers, and archaeologists. They uncovered the remains of 8 norse buildings and artifacts and in September 1978 the site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Visitor Centre has a number of viking artifact displays and a video showing real footage of interviews with the Ingstad's and the discovery of the site. Costumed interpreters also await visitors in the reconstructed sod huts near the excavation site, to explain the life of a viking!
We had dinner reservations at the Norseman Restaurant which we checked in early for. We chose surf and turf for dinner where Labrador Caribou tenderloin is served up with half a lobster (this meal is split between two people). If you want you can head down to the wharf with the chef to choose your own 'live' lobster to be cooked to perfection. The restaurant is situated on the waterfront in the town of L'Anse aux Meadows, so you can watch the ocean waves and whales cruising by in the harbour while sipping wine and eating lobster!! Yum!!
After a walk to settle our fabulous dinner, the sun began to set above the off shore islands and since we were staying in the camper at the end of the peninsula we enjoyed the beautiful sunset light, as it reflected off the clouds and on various natural and man-made props nearby.
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