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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.
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Baiona, Pontevedra, Spain

Baiona is a city and port in the province of Pontevedra, on the Atlantic Ocean in the northwest of Spain. There are 3 ways to enter the historic center, across the Plaza Santa Liberata, from Father Fernando Square or through the Calvary of the Trinity. Its streets are narrow with several restaurants under the arcades, small charming hotels, numerous fountains and churches to visit. To see: the port of Baiona with a replica of La Pinta (the boat of Martín Alonso Pinzón), the Town Hall, the Ribiera Beach, the walls of the castle of Monterreal, the former collegiate temple (Romanesque style transition to Gothic, built in the second half of the thirteenth century); the monument of the Holy Trinity (a monumental cross of the XIV century); the image of the Virgin of the Rocks, 15 meters high, standing on Mount Samson (opened in 1930), among others. The Monterreal Castle is currently a National Parador.

Tips

The first weekend of March it’s held a medieval festival called La Arribada, in the historic city, to commemorate the historic moment in 1493 when Martín Alonso Pinzón came with news of the discovery of America.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is the largest city and the capital of Hungary and the Danube cuts it in two. The present city was created in 1873 by the merger of Buda, Pest and Obuda. It is often called the Pearl of the Danube and is considered one of the most beautiful European cities with the district of Buda Castle, the Andrassy Avenue and the Millenarian Metropolitan which are world heritage of UNESCO. It is a city with several theaters, cinemas, museums, many of which are in historical buildings such as the Museum of Decorative Arts in a Secession building or the Hungarian National Gallery or the Historical Museum from Budapest who are at Buda Castle. There is also the House of Terror located in the old premises of the Gestapo. Among the legacies of the Viennese influence, Budapest has several restaurants, cafes, tea rooms and pastry shops, some located on the boats at the river dock. Budapest is also recognized as a spa town with baths frequented by tourists and several places offer pools and rooms for medical treatment (rheumatism, arthritis). To see: the Chain Bridge, the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Holy Trinity Square; Varosliget (large park with several attractions in like a zoo and a botanical garden); the St. Anthony of Padua Church, the Budapest Historical Museum; the troglodyte church of Our Lady of Hungarians, among others.

Tips

There is a funicular that joins the Vár (castle) and the old town of Buda.

If you are there on a Sunday morning, take the opportunity to visit the peasant market that takes place in the walls of Szimpla Kert.

If you like flea markets, you can visit Ecseri which is in the southern outskirts of the capital. This is well known because you can find relics of the Third Reich or objects of Soviet propaganda among other traditional Hungarian items.

August 20th is commemorated the foundation of the Hungarian state and on this occasion there is a medieval market at Buda Castle.

To cross the Danube, you will find river shuttles.

Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Festival des Neiges of  Montreal is an annual event that takes place every year on several weekends at Parc Jean Drapeau. There are a lot of winter activities and what’s even better is that there are several that are free as the entrance that is completely free. There are tube slides, dog sled tours, zip lines, skating, shows, music; among others. There is also a special section for younger children that closes a little before (17:00). This year the event will take place from January 20th to February 11th.

Tips

The best way to arrive is by metro and go down in Hean-Drapeau Station.

For paid activities, you can buy the Accropass which will give you unlimited access for the duration of the festival.

Children under 4 years do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a family package a little cheaper for 4 people.

Saturday is open from 10 am to 8 pm and on Sundays from 10 am to 5 pm.