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Ade Adepitan braves the waters of Bermuda, the shipwreck capital of the world where scientists have developed new technology to experience the wonders of the ocean.


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Now on BBC News, it's time for The Travel Show.

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This week on The Travel Show, we're in Bermuda.

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Where I'll be diving into hundreds of years of nautical history,

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and finding out how a new project will let you explore these

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That was, quite literally, breathtaking!

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We head to Canada's remote Cape Breton for a unique taste

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And, we'll be meeting the couple on a global honeymoon that they hope

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We start this week in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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This tiny collection of subtropical islands spans just 22 miles.

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But they are ringed by more than 200 square miles of coral reef.

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These beautiful shallow reefs make this island perfect

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And because of that, these waters have more shipwrecks

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per square mile than any other place on Earth.

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It was a shipwreck that brought the first settlers to Bermuda

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in 1609, when a group of English sailors were caught out

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by the deceptive reefs surrounding the island.

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What was the history of this island of Bermuda?

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A group of people on a sea venture were travelling to America,

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you know, in the early days of the United States.

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So basically, Bermuda was discovered by accident?

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We're surrounded by reef, so much so that it became known

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People thought that Bermuda was cursed.

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There are over 300 wrecks around Bermuda.

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And some, like this one, are still visible above the surface.

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This wreck, the HMS Vixen, was deliberately sunk

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They actually sank the Vixen purposely.

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They wanted to block this natural deepwater channel here.

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The British wanted to make sure the Royal Naval dockyard was secure.

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And they felt this was necessary to keep Bermuda a safe place.

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It's about 200, 220 feet long, I believe.

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And it's had, you know, over 100 years of coral growing on it.

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So it's more of a reef than a boat right now, for sure.

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And, there's a surprise bonus to the tour.

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The majority of ships here sank with their cargo

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Some of the horde has been retrieved by divers,

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and is now housed here at the Bermuda Underwater

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Now, what we're going to see here is some of the artefacts.

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And Bermudans today apparently still have them in their dining

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They also had a lot of crosses on them, and you see

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Carrying anything from morphine to some opiates.

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And I have one here, if you'd like to see it?

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So I'm holding a piece of history here.

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I remember when I first stood on a wreck, you can see them

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Do you know what's so surprising, is how something this fragile can

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They're like a time capsule, a moment in time,

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And you can see the way people lived, what they carried with them,

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Seeing these relics is incredible, but it's just a glimpse

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And now a team of scientists has begun a project that will document

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the ships in 3D to reveal more about these wrecks than ever before.

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This 70-metre vessel, the Montana, sunk in 1863.

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It was used to run supplies to the Confederates

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during the American Civil War, and is one of the first ships to be

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digitally recreated using this cutting-edge technology.

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That was, quite literally, breathtaking!

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You just have to snorkel, and there you are, on top of this

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massive wreck that's been there for over 100 years.

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And you can see so much detail as well.

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It's just really hypnotic, you see everything.

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The boilers, the two large sort of giant cans,

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for want of a better word, between the two paddle wheels,

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essentially the steam engines which drove those engines.

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One steam engine for each paddle wheel.

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Those were the fastest ships of their time.

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These things could do like 14 or 15 knots, they were amazing.

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By using a technique called photogrammetry,

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the team has been working with the University of California

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to record thousands of images and build a 3D digital replica

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It means they'll be preserved for generations.

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I never really have seen this shipwreck from end-to-end.

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You can see how big it is, how long it is.

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So, in one snorkel you can't visually take it all in.

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But the minute it's laid out in that sort of 3D fashion,

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using photogrammetry, suddenly you can see it from

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And you've just taken the full extent of the ship.

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And it literally brings it back to life.

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Diving here is a luxury that is out of reach for many people.

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So the plan is now to map at least 100 of the shipwrecks,

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meaning that anyone from anywhere in the world will be able to take

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a digital dive and experience centuries of maritime history.

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It tells us that everything changes, you know.

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But actually what it tells me more than anything is kind of when you go

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in deep to the history of these shipwrecks and you get

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into the human stories, people really aren't very different.

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You know, you should read the love letters that people write,

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You know, they write back to their wives, their concerns,

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the things they're worrying about, their desires and hopes.

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It's really not that different to today, you know.

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And I think that's actually really challenging and

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Well, from the blue waters of Bermuda to

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The next time you order a takeaway delivery in the small hours,

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spare a thought for the people whose job it is to stay up all night

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Here's the next in our series of films about London after dark,

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where we meet a man whose job it is to do just that.

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I'm a late-night food delivery driver.

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I make deliveries to people who want to eat super late.

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I cycle at night through all of the iconic places -

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Tower Bridge, St Paul's, even Buckingham Palace.

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Because in the daytime you think over there it's

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And at night you're just all alone by yourself and you can stop,

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Soho, it's probably the most, the best place you can

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Somebody's just hanging in the streets, playing music.

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Yeah, nightlife has its own challenges.

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You do a long night shift, just on the last minute and you're

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just looking at the watch, like, OK, it's two

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Three minutes to go, and then I'm free.

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Once you've finished a shift, sometimes it's already a sunrise.

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And it's a very nice and beautiful thing to see a sunrise in London.

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And then you see all of the people waking up, all the commuters.

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And for me, it's the end of the night.

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And I can still experience the sunset.

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We'll be showing you the first ever Streetview mapping

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And, we'll be on Canada's Cape Breton Island, finding out why

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hanging out in the kitchen is where the party's at.

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The Travel Show - your essential guide,

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Time now for Trending Travel - your monthly mash-up of the best

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travel-related stories, snaps and videos online.

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A joint collaboration between Google Maps

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and the Anangu Aboriginal tribe in Australia has resulted in the

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Uluru is a very sacred site for the traditional owners.

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It tells their creation stories through different

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features of the rock, which are passed down

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For us to be able to experience it is really generous of them.

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And it's not only Uluru that's been mapped and documented

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If you click on the audio icons on the site, you'll also be able

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to hear some of the traditional stories and beliefs

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Fed up of being stuck in a taxi traffic jam?

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French company SeaBubbles have just tested their first flying water taxi

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The idea is that you'll be able to order a Sea Bubble on an app

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to help reduce congestion in different cities

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The company hopes to have the water taxis in 12 cities by 2018.

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When a honeymoon becomes a Pan-American overland expedition.

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That's the tag line to Global Honeymoon -

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a website put together by newlyweds Dimitri and Sarah from Belgium.

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Since tying the knot last year, they've been travelling overland

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across South America, with no planned route and no

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A lot of our friends are getting married or are buying a place.

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But, yeah, we want that also, but there is other stuff

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There's been many highlights in all of the countries.

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But I think one in particular would be the Rainbow Mountain in Peru.

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The couple are now on their way to Central America,

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and will continue blogging about their adventures

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And finally, how would you celebrate your 100th year?

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Finland has marked the event in style by opening up

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It is named Hossa, after the local Sami word for far-away place.

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The national park offers up hiking, fishing, kayaking

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It's also home to one of Finland's largest rock paintings,

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estimated to be almost 4000 years old.

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The 11,000-hectare park contains over 100 lakes and ponds.

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This promo video was made by film-maker Riku Karkkulainen,

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who's glad this land is now a protected area.

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Thanks to everyone who sent us their pictures this month

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James Merriman was in Hamburg when he took this photo

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And Miori snapped this street photography image

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of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link Bridge in Mumbai.

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Don't forget to check out our Twitter and Facebook feeds

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for loads of extra special Travel Show content.

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Now, let's look at the travel videos clocking up the views online.

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It's not only Finland celebrating a milestone year in independence.

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70 years ago, India became its own nation.

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We selected a couple of film-makers' videos illustrating the country.

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When I see that, it is a holy place for the Hindu religion.

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So I kind of wanted to explain that it's just a natural process.

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You're just making way for the other person to come in.

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It probably is the most hospitable place that I've

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And if you see anything you think we should know about,

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And finally, we're off to Canada for the next

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in our series celebrating the country's 150th birthday.

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This week, we're on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia.

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A place rich with Scottish history, dating back to the 18th century,

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when the community first set up here.

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And, as we'll find out, some of their traditions

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These tunes are 200, 300, 400 years old.

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And we play them probably more here today than they do in Scotland.

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I grew up listening to music, playing music, dancing to music.

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And then I married into an extremely musical family.

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The Ceilidh is basically a gathering of friends,

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family and whatnot, musicians, guitar, piano.

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Nova Scotia is a Latin word for New Scotland.

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So the people that came here brought their culture,

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their language, their dance, their music, anything

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that was associated with the Gaelic culture.

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That means, "A dry lake won't do the fishing".

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It means you can't do anything without getting wet.

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If you're going to do something, you have to get involved in it.

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The people who had her before named her Bella.

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So I just gave it a Gaelic pronunciation.

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My last name is MacArthur, which is a Gaelic name.

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But I don't really know too much about the Gaelic

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In this community, at least up until the 1950s,

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And in the early 1900s there was an Education Act,

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people weren't allowed to teach Gaelic in school or just

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speak Gaelic in school, it had to be only English.

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And I think it was kind of dramatic for a lot of people

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that they were going to school and sometimes being punished

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It was something like playing the fiddle.

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There was a fiddle in every household.

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And no doubt someone in every household that could play.

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And that died away for a number of years.

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And people realised what was happening,

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Now it's, you know, no matter where you go now

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on Cape Breton Island you're going to hear fiddle music.

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Probably in the last 15 or 20 years there has been a revival going on.

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That means, "Young learning is beautiful learning".

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Not literally speaking, talking, but musically

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I think the tradition has lasted, I think, longer here in Cape Breton

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because of the ruralness of the area.

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Like, this area didn't have power until the mid-1950s.

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We didn't even have a phone when we grew up.

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The older people told stories, all of the ghost stories.

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That piano was always here when I was a kid,

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And my two brothers played the fiddle.

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And we just continued over the years.

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Carpet is no good for dancing at all.

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But now I learn at a real dance school, and I learned

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She comes from a long line of Gaelic tradition, music tradition.

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So it's very important that she keeps that.

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If she doesn't hold onto it, who's going to hold onto it?

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Just enough time to tell you about next week's programme, when...

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Carmen sails off the coast of Hong Kong to try and spot

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its famous pink dolphins, which were a symbol

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But now, 20 years on, their future is under threat.

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Wow, they're so close to the boat, there are so high!

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But remember, you can keep up with us in real time out

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here on the road by signing up to our social media feed.

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All the details should be on your screens now.

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But, for now, from me, Ade Adepitan, and all the Travel Show team

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ELO. A bit of a mixed bag this weekend, some rain

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Ade Adepitan braves the waters of Bermuda in the Atlantic Ocean, the shipwreck capital of the world where scientists have developed new technology to experience the wonders of the ocean without having to get in. Plus celebrating Canada's 150th birthday in the highlands of Nova Scotia, and Travel Trending.