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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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Cetona, Siena, Toscana, Italy

Cetona is an Italian municipality of the province of Siena, in Toscana that since 2001 is included in the list of the most beautiful Italian towns. You can see Garibaldi Square in the middle of the town with an important palace with a notice saying Garibaldi and his wife slept there in 1849. You can also find two interesting churches St-Mary’s Annunciation that make part of the houses of the town with its rich interior artwork fating from the XIIth century and St-Michael’s Arcangelo just opposite it., founded in 1155. There’s also a stone fountain in the square. You can also find Rivellino Tower which is a vestige of Cetona’s wall of defence; actually, this tower is one of the entrance to the historic center. To see: the government building, the Holly Trinity church, the Monastery of St-Francis, the Civic Museum, among others.

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If you visit Cetona in April, you’ll see a very beautiful festival Cetona in flower, on April, 25th. The square is full with blossoms and many private gardens are open for a visit. There are also different activities for the whole family.

Another interesting event takes place at the end of July-beginning of August with the Race of the Ceramic Pitcher where men and women take part or a race carrying water pitchers of different weights around the square and trying not to lose any water.

Enjoy going to the Belvedere Archeodromo, an outdoor park outside the town; it’s very interesting cause it’s an Archaeological Park. It’s good to visit with children.

The Magdalen Islands, Quebec, Canada

The Magdalen Islands are a Canadian archipelago located about the center of the Saint Lawrence Gulf belonging to Quebec. It is a dune area with only a 25% forests, there are kilometers and kilometers of beach. In the south of the archipelago there are two more important islands; du Havre Aubert Island (inhabited by the French) and Entry Island (inhabited by English speakers). The islands of the archipelago are mostly connected by four long dunes and two bridges. There are approximately 200 species of birds that frequent the archipelago annually. Between 1st May and 15th August, it is recommended to avoid the breeding areas identified by signs. There are also several species of seals and some whales and dolphins. There’s Seleine mine where they get salt for the icing roads.

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It’s a nice place to take a quiet holiday but with the possibility to do many activities such as swimming, sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, sea kayaking, boat trips, diving, horse riding, golf, among others.
You can also enjoy the gastronomy of the islands and its local products.
If you like museums, visit the Museum of the Sea.

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

The Victoria and Albert Museum (“V & A”), is a large museum of arts and sciences in the heart of London’s South Kensington in a place known as Albertopolis. It was created in 1851 as the South Kensington Museum. It was built on land acquired through profits had during the 1851 World Fair, designed to resemble several museums and educational institutions aimed at converging education, industry, science and art, mainly dedicated to industrial goods and crafts. In 1880, the collection of the India Office was incorporated into the museum. The decorative arts are the specialization of the museum collection with a wide variety of objects from different periods. Also included in the crystal, pottery, high fashion dresses and accessories, furniture, tapestries, silverware, toys, statues, etc .; with approximately 4.5 million objects.

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It is open daily and admission to the Museum is free but sometimes there are exhibitions that require paid access.
You can get there by public transport to Earl’s Court Station with the subway and then you have a regular bus with a frequency of 3 minutes that leaves you at the door or you can also make a walk of 20 minutes.
If you plan to spend the day at the museum, you have two cafeterias, one inside and the other in the garden (closed in December and January) where you can have a hot or cold complete meal or just a drink and a snack.
You can bring your camera and make pictures almost throughout all the museum except for temporary exhibitions.