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Three years ago we spent a week in Nova Scotia and can't wait to do it again. Like others said, the Canadians are extremely friendly and relaxed. In some ways it reminded me of the mid-west in the 1950s. Example: We pulled into a gas station in Mahone Bay with a nearly flat tire; as the attendant (wearing a crisp clean uniform a la those Texaco guys in 50s commercials) filled our tank, we asked where the air-thingy was. He insisted on taking care of filling our tire for us, which revealed a hole -- so he proceeded to change the tire! (Try that at a typical U.S. gas station).

When he finished we asked what we owed him for the tire change and he said, "nothing - it's part of the service". My husband had to practically force the man to accept a tip.

For me the whole trip was a nostalgic one. My parents took me to Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia when I was nine and even at that age, the beauty of the area made a huge impression. I had always wanted to see it again but was fully prepared for many changes in 40-some years. The astonishing thing is that nothing had changed! The population of Peggy's Cove had grown by about 50 people since 1955, and a restaurant had been added near the famous lighthouse, but that's it. I still didn't see any B&B or motel. Back then, we stayed in a guest room of a private home and the only place to get a meal was in some other house down the street where the lady served fabulous fish chowder and homemade blueberry pie to tourists.

If you go, suggest staying in nearby Mahone Bay. An exquisite little town with a bustling main street, charming inns, and a lively tavern right on the bay. In late July they have the wooden boat festival and the highlight is a re-inactment of British warships chasing a U.S. privateer into the bay and trapping them. The Americans then set their ship on fire rather than be captured. This spectacle is produced at sunset and the pyrotechnic finale is so spectacular and stirring that we found ourselves cheering for the "other side" :-)

If you're in the New England area, the fun way to do this trip is to take the Scotia Prince ferry out of Portland, Maine. Book a sleeper cabin for the overnight trip to Yarmouth NS. You can have dinner, dance to an orchestra, watch a show or gamble the night away in the casino. At 9AM, drive your car off the ferry and take the scenic coastal road up to Lunenberg, Mahone Bay and Peggy's Cove (about a 4-hour trip).

That's my travelogue for today :-)

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