Food is a highlight of New England travel! The region's famous seafood ranges from succulent lobster - harvested all along the coast - to clams, the vital ingredient of New England's very own clam chowder or fried up crispy for a signature summer treat. There's nothing quite like hot pancakes with real locally-produced Vermont maple syrup, or the first apple cider of autumn. Head to Maine for its wild blueberries or see the cranberry harvest in Massachusetts. In the mountains of New Hampshire, stop for cold cider and enjoy the view. You'll find fresh organic produce from family farms featured at restaurants throughout the region and artisan cheeses and breads abound. To drink, what else but award-winning beers from a New England craft brewery or award-winning wines from New England's vineyards. Look out for… • Cranberries: Grown on and around Cape Cod; essential with turkey at Thanksgiving. Come to watch the harvest. • Maple syrup: In March, sap from maple trees is boiled down to make this delicious treat, plus candy and other treats. • Lobster: Abundant, super fresh and reasonably priced, New England lobster is best enjoyed “in the rough” at a “lobster shack” – an informal shore-side restaurant. • Oysters and clams: Eat them raw, fried, in soups, in chowders, and stuffed. Yum! Wild blueberries: The Maine season runs from early July through mid-September with dedicated festivals.
The genesis of the Azores is found upon 1766 volcanoes, nine of which are still dormant. Underground, almost three hundred volcanic cavities, including caves, ravines and cracks, have been surveyed. The landscape is filled with dry calderas, craters lakes, fumaroles and thermal water springs. In the sea, there are submarine geothermal springs. The mountain of Pico, majestic and with an intact cone, appears to be protecting all this geological wealth. The volcanism of the archipelago impresses for its diversity and creates its own magnetism. It is a witness to the power of Nature, and the basis for very special experiences. Featured in this video: LAGOA DAS SETE CIDADES - São Miguel One of the biggest crater lakes of the island of São Miguel, it stands out for the different colours of its waters, divided into the so-called blue and green lakes. This place is filled with interesting legends. The crater of Sete Cidades is five kilometres wide and is surrounded by cliffs that can reach an altitude of 500 metres. CALDEIRA VELHA - São Miguel On the way up to Lagoa do Fogo, between the red of the earth and the green of the vegetation, Caldeira Velha provides a well deserved rest. A waterfall with warm water invites you for a dip. The iron-rich water flows over rocks, leaving behind a brownish colouring, and then falls into a small lake. PARQUE TERRA NOSTRA - São Miguel An age-old garden, it is filled with lakes and thermal-water streams. Its enormous pool is famous for its hot brown-coloured water, rich in iron. The temperature of the water is pleasant at any time of the year CAPELINHOS - Faial At the westernmost point of the island of Faial, the Capelinhos Volcano majestically rises up to the sky, as the witness to the last volcanic eruption that took place in the Azores and that added new land to the existing one. Entering this area is like landing on the moon, with the grey volcanic ash and lapilli tossed out between 1957 and 1958 starting to be invaded by green vegetation, which is determined to colonize this new territory. In the abrupt cliffs of Capelinhos and Costado da Nau, one can see the inside of these volcanoes in a sequence of contrasting rocks, layers and contours and in a game of surprising colours and textures GRUTA DAS TORRES LAVA TUBE - Pico The longest lava tube known in the Azores, this cave is 5,150 meters-long and 15 meters wide at its widest point. It is rich in geological formations, such as stalactites and stalagmites, lava balls, solidified lateral flows, and it is possible to find different types of lava in the ground. Silica Oxides cover some areas of the walls. Most of the galleries of the cave are in a very good state of preservation.
All the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are of volcanic origin with the island of Flores marking the westernmost border of the European continent. 244,780 people live in the 2,325 sq. of this island territory, which is part of the Portuguese state and constitutes the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The islands of the archipelago are divided in three geographical groups: the Eastern Group, comprising Santa Maria and São Miguel, the Central Group, including Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Pico and Faial, and the Western Group, composed by Corvo and Flores. The Azores, along with the archipelagos of Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, constitute the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, a name which means "fortunate islands". NINE ISLANDS SCULPTURED BY NATURE LYING IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN Brought together in an archipelago, each Azorean island has its own identity. Even if they all share an extraordinary natural legacy, they also have their own landscape, traditions, cuisine and architecture. They have been sculptured by ancient volcanoes and populated over the centuries by courageous and kind people. Thus the Azores are a place of varied experiences and emotions. CLIMATE The climate of the Azores is mild. During the winter, strong winds stir the sea and purify the air. The average temperature remains at a generous 14º C, which does not prevent snow from falling on the summit of the mountain of Pico, given its altitude (2,350m). The rainy periods, although frequent, are generally short. The summer is warm and sunny, with temperatures staying around 24º C. The sea water remains at an inviting temperature, between 17º C and 23º C. HISTORY In the realm of legend, some associate the Azores to the Atlantis, the mythical island kingdom quoted by Plato. As for history, references to nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean located approximately in the position of the Azores can be found in books and maps since the 14th century. However, it was the Portuguese Maritime Discoveries, led by Prince Infante D. Henrique, that the Azores were definitely registered in the map of Europe. It is unknown whether the first navigator to reach the archipelago was Diogo de Silves in 1427 or Gonçalo Velho Cabral in 1431. The origin of the name Azores is also debatable as there are various theories. The most common associates the designation of the common buzzards found on the islands which were mistaken as being another bird of prey: the northern goshawk (açor). What is now certain is that it was Prince Infante D. Henrique who instigated the settlement of the islands. First, animals were sent, between 1431 and 1432, and later settlers started to arrive from 1439. From that date, the settlement continued throughout the 15th century (Western and Central Groups) and the 16th century (Western Group). Jews, Moors, Flemish, Genovese, Englishmen, Frenchmen, and African slaves came together with the Portuguese from the mainland to face the hardships of such a task. This epic start moulded a people that throughout the centuries was able to resist volcanic eruptions, isolation, invasions of pirates, political wars and infesting diseases. The courage of the Azorean people was confirmed when they resisted the Spanish domination during the succession crisis of 1580, and when they supported the liberal movement during the civil war (1828-1834). During the 20th century, this bravery was once again evident during the whale hunting era, when the men would go to sea in small, wooden boats ready to confront, in the endless blue sea, giant sperm whales.
Advice from The Elite London Head of Scouting, Leah Hibbert on how to get noticed. As Leah says "there are a lot of tricks than can help you get a career in the model industry" and here are a few tips to make the most of your natural beauty. The video is released as the 'Elite Model Look 2013 competition' is launched, sponsored by Colgate MaxWhite ONE. Prizes on offer include an Elite Model Management contract, a trip to NYC, or to become the new face of Colgate MaxWhite ONE For more details go to colgatemaxwhiteone.co.uk
New England is America's best destination for an easy driving tour vacation - with a tremendous variety of scenery and experiences - beautiful beaches, breathtaking mountains, sophisticated cities with refined dining and small towns with interesting galleries and shops. Most major attractions are within a 1-4 hour drive of the gateway city of Boston. In this video, enjoy just a sampling of the natural beauty and attractions you can see on a fly drive holiday of the six New England states: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine.
Travel on a Maine lobster boat to watch "lobstering" up close - it's a trip you can take too! Learn all about the northern or Maine lobster, Homarus americanus -- a species of lobster which can be found at restaurants all along the New England coast -- from rustic lobster shacks to some of the region's finest restaurants. This video was filmed in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Coastal Lobster Tours with the actual lobster feasting taking place at Woodman's of Essex, Massachusetts (north of Boston, and one of the locations for the Adam Sandler film ‘Grown Ups’)
This video looks at how the diets of those in middle age and beyond are short in vital vitamins and minerals, and how red meat can help
This video looks at how the diets of children are short in vital vitamins and minerals, and how red meat can help. It features independent dietician Dr Carrie Ruxton
Millions of people in the UK are putting their health at risk because of inadequate intakes of vital vitamins and minerals, a new study has revealed. But the research also highlights just how important the role of red meat is in the diet in helping to cover this nutrition gap. Meat has been a staple part of the human diet since the dawn of mankind, but in recent years there has been some debate over whether too much red meat can raise the risk of health problems. Now a team of researchers has studied the issue of meat in the diet to help gauge just how important it is for a healthy mind and body – as well as the crucial nutrients that red meat in the diet brings. The latest study found that data from dietary surveys indicates that UK diets for people of all ages can be worryingly low in nutrients normally found in meat, such as vitamin A, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, zinc, selenium and potassium. The researchers say that integrating red meat into diets across the age spectrum, from infanthood to old age, may help to narrow the present gap between vitamin and mineral intakes and recommended levels. In addition, there is emerging evidence that nutrients commonly found in red meat may play a role in supporting cognitive function, immune health and addressing iron deficiency.
In the blue Atlantic Ocean, between two continents you will find The Azores. Portuguese owned and the most westerly point in Europe, all the nine islands of the Azores Archipelago are of volcanic origin. The Azores, along with the archipelagos of Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde, constitute the biogeographic region of Macaronesia, a name which means "fortunate islands". And if you are a fan of extreme adventure, you would find them fortunate for different reasons. Take ‘canyoning’, for example. Walking along rivers and streams, rappelling, jumping and sliding to overcome natural obstacles - this is canyoning. In the Azores there are exceptional geo-morphological conditions for the practise of this sport. Take some water, throw in some mountains and spice it all up with the surrounding fauna and flora, adding a bit of geodiversity as well and you are left with a paradise of valleys, streams, cliffs and rivers that promise a lot of adrenaline amid memorable scenery. The rise of Canyoning in The Azores Canyoning in The Azores arose by chance. Earlier this century, adventurers were looking for caves in the canyons between rivers and gorges, not realizing that they were creating a more adventurous sport. Canyoning routes have increased in number in the archipelago. There are already dozens of routes that are fully prepared and the prospec of new routes that will also guarantee total safety. This activity takes place mostly on the islands of Flores, São Miguel and São Jorge. Differing levels of difficulty insure that the adrenalin will flow for beginners and experts alike. Canyoning Operators in The Azores Operators provide the necessary equipment, which includes a helmet and neoprene suits. Of course, the activity requires a certain level of technical expertise, since it includes handling ropes, hiking, climbing and moving through bodies of water. For safety reasons, it is advisable to makes sure you canyon with a guide, due to the demanding nature of some of the routes. It is certainly a different way to visit the islands and enjoy the most beautiful scenery. Canyoning in The Azores is truly a unique experience