We have now arrived in Reykjavik Iceland. Our housing arrangements for this leg were as interesting to us as the location of our visit.
In this travel blog series we will be exploring the place we stayed at a bit at a time, and I will be telling you about the location of our home away from home.
It seems that this location was possibly a manor house at sometime in the past. There were architectural features that did not seem to fit any other form of structure in our minds.
This house was located close to the government center of town. A nice traditional square was located across the street as well as a large eating area with restaurants that represented a different country. While we were there, we ate in America, France, England, and Spain.
About 100 yrds from the first square was a more modern designed square where people gathered for performances. Kids used it for skateboarding and bicycling. The interesting thing about the kids there is that they were very respectful and non destructive. The refreshing look at another country’s youth was warming.
A few blocks up from our place, there was a most amazing museum. During building construction of a couple of modern buildings, one of the original settlement buildings (a longhouse) was discovered. The foundations of the new buildings were supported so that an archaeological excavation could be completed and a museum built before the new buildings were finished.
If you turn left after coming out of the museum, you will see a glass plate in the sidewalk. Walking over and looking down, you will see the long house from above.
So now to look at the first pictures of the house.
This is the entryway into the house. The door goes out directly onto the street. Across the street is a four star restaurant that specializes in Icelandic dishes.
A cultural detail that was carried through out the northern countries we visited is, shoes are taken off and left at the door. Continue reading