Travel to Nova Scotia: Canada's New EnglandWritten by Phillip Townsend
If you're on a budget, tired of crowded beaches and packed hotels, love seafood, and have a 19th-century mindset, then Nova Scotia is for you.
Think New England, and vivid images come to mind: of lighthouses and fishing boats, charming coastal towns, lobster and crab, Victorian homes and rich history. It has always been an intriguing region, steeped in truth and in fiction by novels of Stephen King. If you like New England, you'll love Nova Scotia, Canada's second smallest province.
Find Nova Scotia on a map — in North Atlantic, east of state of Maine — and "vacation hotspot" won't be first thing that comes to mind. But don't let Nova Scotia's northern location fool. Summertime is comfortable and winters are milder and less snowy than in many northern states. Situated just two hours from New York City or Boston, Nova Scotia feels a world away...as if you've stepped back in time. Largely underdeveloped and rich in natural beauty, history and culture, this hidden has a lot to offer: pristine beaches, resort, spas, B&Bs and country inns, rustic lodges, world-class golf and whale watching.
Just picture England, Ireland or Scotland 100 years ago, and you get a idea of what Nova Scotia is like. Almost an island, it is best known for its picturesque coastline, sleepy fishing villages and friendly people. The province's gem is Cape Breton Island, an area deeply steeped in Scottish heritage. The island's breathtaking Cape Breton Highlands National Parkand Bras d'Or Lake (pronounced "bra door") are popular with Canadian and foreign travelers alike.
Eat, Drink and Have Fun at the LuauWritten by Donna Monday
In old Hawaii, luau was a great feast given to honor royalty, foreign dignitaries, and to celebrate weddings, christenings, and birthdays.
Traditionally, luaus would last for days and included plates piled high with food, good drink, and much singing and dancing.
Guests sat on woven mats on ground and looked upon a long table decorated generously with leaves and flowers.
Poi (made from taro root), roasted pig, and chicken baked in coconut milk were just some of local delicacies you’d find on luau table. Guests traditionally ate with their fingers.