Rialto Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Rialto Theatre is a theater in the Mile End neighborhood in Montreal which was inaugurated in 1924. It is considered a national historic site of Canada. The hall is well known for its magnificent interior decoration, made by Emmanuel Briffa. Its neo-baroque style, richly decorated, has lots of marble, wood paneling, wall hangings, etc. The construction (1923-1924) is due to the Montreal architect Raoul Gariépy and he had designed it as a neighborhood cinema. Rialto featured films, musical performances and plays. The place has a capacity of 770 seats in the stalls and 600 in the balcony. The building that houses the theater also has other facilities such as a ballroom, a bowling alley, a roof garden and shops on the ground floor. It was sold around 1990 and Rialto had lost its cultural role after the sale but it was sold again and since 2010, the new owner has given it back its original role.

Tips

You can know about the different presentations on their website. The theater has an intimate atmosphere and if you are on the ground floor, you’ll still have more like that feeling. There is a bar and sometimes, you’ll also be able to have dinner during the show. The address is 5723 Av du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9.

Butchart Gardens, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Butchart Gardens are a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, on Vancouver Island in Canada. Robert Pim Butchart (1856-1943), who worked in the industrialization of cement, stood with his wife on Vancouver Island. They had a quarry on Tod cove at the foot of the Saanich Peninsula on the island and in 1904, they added a saltwater pond, a bowling alley, tennis courts and an orgue. Jennie, his wife, two years later created a Japanese garden with the help of designer Isaburo Kishida. In 1909, the quarry was exhausted and Jennie decided to turn it into a sunken garden. They chose the name of their property ‘Benvenuto’ and they began to receive visitors arriving in boats. After a few years the tennis courts has been replaced by an Italian garden and the vegetable garden has been transformed into a roserie. There we find many varied flowers, shrubs, fountains, statues and a carousel. A high quality food and entertainment service are completed the sculpted gardens. There are five gardens:  the Sunken garden, the Rose garden, the Japanese garden, the Italian garden and the Mediterranean garden. They usually receive over a million visitors a year.

Tips

If you visit the gardens in July or August, you will find a lot of visitors so if you want to make beautiful pictures without so many people go early in the morning at the opening (9:00).
Note that if you are a smoker, you must comply with the restriction of no smoking and go only on both areas intended for it.

 

Madame Tussauds Museum, London, England

Madame Tussauds is the name of the wax museum founded in 1835 in London by Marie Tussaud. There are museums Madame Tussauds in several cities of the world: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Las Vegas, New York, Hollywood, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, etc.
Marie Tussaud was working in Bern as a maid for a doctor, Philippe Curtius, who had become an artist, woodcarver. He took the girl on his wing and showed her how to shape the wax sculpture. He was called in France to make a portrait of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, mistress of Louis XV in 1765. In 1767 the doctor brought Mary and his mother and employed her to work in his many achievements in wax. In 1770 he made his first show and has had so much success that in 1776 the exhibition moved to the Royal Palace. In 1782, he opened a second exhibition called the “Cave of the Great Thieves’ on the Boulevard du Temple; it was the precursor to ‘The chamber of horrors’. Marie Grosholtz achieves its figures from 1777 with that of Voltaire followed by those of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin but in the French Revolution, she was sentenced to the guillotine for its relations with the nobility. Pardoned because of her talent, she used to carry out the death masks of revolutionaries murdered and decapitated. On the death of Curtius, Mary is the heir to his collection of wax figures. In 1795, she married François Tussaud and had 2 children. She went with his eldest son (4 years) in England to present her collection but because of the War of the Third Coalition, she remained blocked in England and continued her road shows throughout Great Britain and Ireland. In 1835 she opened the Baker Street Bazaar (on Baker Street in London) whose main attraction iwas the Chamber of Horrors, which had two parts the victims of the French Revolution and the murderers. In 1842, Marie performs a self-portrait that is still presented at the museum entrance and died in 1850 at the age of 88. In 1884 the museum moved to its current location on Marylebone Road. In 1926, the company Tussauds Group was founded to manage Madame Tussauds. The museum is a major tourist attraction in London.

Tips

You can purchase the admission ticket to the museum on line, taking advantage of combining it with other attractions.
Access is allowed by time slot, so if you have already purchased your ticket, go straight to the door to enter the time of your access. Usually you have to wait a bit but you can walk around and come on your specified time and you’ll enter directly without the need to queue.
If you are visiting with the family, there is a family ticket that serves access for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, at reduced prices. In the case you bought the family access on line, you can choose the time of entry. Note that at age 16, the person is considered adult.