Newfoundland: An island off the island

Newfoundland is not on everyone’s must-see list.  I know that.  Maybe the few days we spent in its far northwest corner will tempt you to reconsider.

L’Anse aux Meadows was the settlement established by the Norse one thousand years ago. It’s an archaeological site, but they’ve done a great job in bringing to life what it must have been like.  Read Jane Smiley’s “The Greenlanders” – and you’ll have more questions than answers about Norse settlements.

Very close by is a dock. We hauled our gear onto a little boat and took off for Quirpon Island.  Icebergs floated by.  How cool is that!

 

Dinner at Quirpon Inn

There’s a little 10-room inn by the lighthouse and that’s pretty much it on the island. No TVs. No frills. We ate our meals around one big table in the dining room, hiked, whale watched, read, enjoyed photographing wildflowers, and exploring.  Simple.  Very enriching.

Ready to reconsider and add Newfoundland to your list?

Whale watching from the front porch

July 2007

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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4 Responses to Newfoundland: An island off the island

  1. Nice post. Thank you for liking mine on the topic of Newfoundland and Labrador. 🙂

  2. Thanks for reminding me of this amazing place. Fell in love with the wildness of it – not to mention the partridgeberry jam!

  3. mytiturk says:

    Loved Newfoundland. Special people. Thanks for liking my blog on Ronda the Beautiful.

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