International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada

Each year, the Haut-Richelieu sky is invaded by nearly 125 hot air balloons during the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is undoubtedly the largest gathering of balloons in Canada and offers an elaborate show during nine days not just hot air balloons but live music performances and family activities. This event is a reference in the world of Balloon with over 1.5 million square feet of activity areas and 450 000 visitors gathered around this theme. It is also a must summer event for fans of large concerts. This is an appointment not to be missed, just 20 minutes from Montreal.

Tips

Bring your chairs and everything necessary to make the picnic with friends or family, it is worthwhile to live this experience in full air, so beautiful in the visual than in auditor .

You can check the schedule on the festival site.

 

The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 10th to 18th August 2019
Municipal Airport
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), Canada
J3B 7B5

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Les Jardins Gamelin, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Émilie-Gamelin Square is a public square in the Latin Quarter of Montreal, better known as Les Jardins Gamelin; located just opposite an exit of the Berri-UQUAM metro station. The park is one of the busiest in downtown even though its size is small. It is surrounded by Berri St, St-Hubert St, Ste-Catherine St and Boulevard De Maisonneuve. It has a grassy slope, ideal for relaxing; terraces; another part covered with red gravel where you can play petanque and you can also install a stage or play giant chess. The site was inaugurated on the occasion of the 350th anniversary celebrations in Montreal (May 17th , 1992). There is a monument to Émilie Gamelin (1.9 meters high), among the passers-by. There is also another monument 17 meters high by 32 meters wide, 3 towers supporting an inclined plane; from each tower flows a curtain of water which pours into a basin at the base of the towers. There is also a snack bar that offers a varied menu inspired by the diversity of cultures that live together in Montreal.

Tips

The park offers many events, this year they will take place between May, 19th and October, 15th, 2017.

You can subscribe to their newsletter to receive their news or to be part of their facebook page.

Every Saturday and Sunday, you can have lunch on the grass in a picnic box, thanks to the gardens snack bar.

You can also visit the Bibliothèque et Archives Nationales du Québec, Place Dupuis and all the shops and other institutions in the area.

The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England

The Cavern Club is a nightclub located at 10 Mathew Street; a small street in the center of Liverpool, in England. It is here that Brian Epstein (who became their manager) saw the Beatles playing for the first time on November 9th, 1961. The place was opened in January 1957 and named after the local in its basement, where the Beatles occurred repeatedly. They gave 292 performances between February 9th, 1961 to August 3rd, 1963. There they began to have fans. Of course other artists and groups have come into the club, as famous as The Beatles; among them we can mention: The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Aretha Franklin, John Lee Hooker and Oasis. The club still exists, and we also can find a reconstruction of the place as it was at the time of the Beatles in the museum dedicated to them (on the Albert Dock Liverpool). Currently, there are two rooms: the vaulted room is a recreation of the Beatles’ and receives groups who play the band’s music and the modern room with an actual sound system and a larger stage, for groups of all styles and nationalities.

Tips

If you want to enjoy a show in the club during your stay in Liverpool, check their website for details of concerts. Generally, the entrance is free but at some hours, days, or shows, you have to pay admission. You’ll find the option to buy souvenirs of the place too. If you are an artist or you have a band playing the music of The Beatles, you may have an opportunity once a year, to play in the Cavern, in the last week of August at the International Festival Beatleeek. You can contact the club to submit your application.

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