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The purpose of its creation is precisely to exchange travel tips with friends of the page, the different ‘tips’  we collected through our travels, share experiences, make known places through photographs, in short, everything that could be useful to those planning a trip.
When you go to an agency, we haven’t generally all the time we’d want to ask all to the agent; if you are looking on the net, it is not sure that all what they say is what we will really find at the destination so what is better than our own testimonies?
We  have people with experience in the field to whom we can ask our questions, small local businesses who would like to be known, bed and breakfast, hotels, guest houses, apartments everywhere and we could organize trips, group trips,  tours, etc.
It is a great challenge and we will do our endeavor to make our idea works also with your interaction.
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The Loto-Québec Fire Festival, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Loto-Québec Fire Festival has been held since 1985 at La Ronde, an amusement park in Montreal. In its first presentation, they had more than five and a half million spectators and since then it has become one of the most important events of the summer in Montreal. At the beginning there were two kinds of presentations of lights without and with music but since 1987 there is only one presentation where the lights are perfectly synchronized with the music. The fires are presented by different countries and they take place with good or bad weather. Apart from La Ronde, where the entrance must be paid; people stay on the Jacques-Cartier Bridge or on both banks of the St. Lawrence River to attend the event free of charge. The fires had Giovanni Panzera like artistic director, from 1987 to 2000, personality very recognized in this kind of events and he is the one who has given more and more notoriety to the lights into world level. This year 2017, it will be the 33rd edition of lights that are presented every Saturday and Wednesday. The pyrotechnic firms in competition are represented by several countries that change each year and usually there are just 3 of them that will be on the list of winners.

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If you want to participate with your vote to choose the winner, go on the La Ronde site and have the chance to win the prize they announce each year.

You can buy a round passport for the entire season or just buy the ticket of the chosen evening. Several sections of the park are set up for the event itself.

The Andromeda fountain, Segovia, Spain

The Andromeda fountain is in the gardens of the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso; one of the residences of the Spanish Royal Family, located in the province of Segovia in the Royal Site of San Ildefonso, with other beautiful fountains, being the highest and most important of the Horse Racing. In the middle of the pond stands a high cliff; Andromeda half naked, appears to be strongly linked to rocks and some geniuses who try to release her. There is also Perseus reducing the monster while showing the head of Medusa to immobilize him and behind Perseus, Minerva with her weapons to help if necessary. The main jet comes out of the mouth of the dying dragon and reaches a height of thirty-seven meters only a few meters less of the jet of water from the fountain of Fame. In Andromeda Square, where we find the eight streets called of Andromeda, there are some statues: Nereida with dolphins; Honor (the man in Roman costume, crowned with laurel and trumpet in the right hand); Cibeles, with a crown of towers and cornucopia; Faun crowned with ivy and a flute in his right hand; among others; all characters from Greek mythology. The fountain has its own lawn with cedars and redwoods.

Tips

To know a little more about the history of Greek mythology and learn about the exact time that was represented in sculpture, you can consult the book of Francisco Herrero, ‘Mythological Route, by the fountains of the Gardens of la Granja ‘.

Chinchero, Peru

Chinchero is at 30 km from Cusco, at 3 760 m, is considered one of the most interesting villages in the region; located on an inca site. It controlled the access to the Sacred Valley. There are still important Inca traces like the walls made from blocks that are perfectly adjusted. Its streets are narrow and they are cut in the middle by a canal. Water is also present between the houses. The women of the village dressed in colourful costumes, were organized in a cooperative and demonstrate the staining of wool with natural products such as roots or spices. They wash the wool with roots, they show you the way to tint them and after that the older women show you how to work it to make their craft products. During the demonstration, you will be invited to drink coca tea.

Tips

You can go on an excursion, taking a bus at Cusco or by van or by car. Chinchero is included in a tourist ticket that includes visits to four cities in the region or in another ticket which includes 16 tourist attractions with museums. You can still visit it without a ticket even though they’ll ask you insistently for it.
It is true that the demonstration that women make to tourists is interesting but the true Chinchero is the one with the houses made with adobe and straw, with animals from the farm and the green valleys; you will discover it by yourself going without an excursion. It is worth venturing a bit and walk 1 km in the direction of Cusco to reach Piuray Lake.
If you walk along the road above the village you will find the ancient church of Chinchero abandoned today but much more authentic than the one which includes the tourist circuit. Its roof is totally destroyed but we can always see its front.
Talking about crafts, it’s not worth to go there to buy them cause they are the same items that you can find anywhere in the region.