Kahnawake, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada

Kahnawake is a Mohawk Indian reservation (one of the six Iroquois nations) in Quebec, located in the administrative region of Montérégie. Its population is about 8000 individuals with approximately 6,500 living on the reservation and it was established in 1667. He assumed his current position since 1716. The term Sault-Saint-Louis distinguishes Kahnawake from other Amerindian villages of Lower Canada including St. Regis (Akwesasne) Deux-Montagnes (Oka-Kanesatake), the Abenaki village of St. Francis and the Wendat-Huron village of Lorette but the term Sault-Saint-Louis is not really used today except in the context of land claims. Since 1760, the Kahnawake Iroquois claim a portion of their territory, the lordship of Sault St. Louis, which was annexed to the neighboring lordship of La Prairie de la Madeleine. Today, they have only 11,000 acres of the original 40,000 acres.

Tips

When visiting the reserve, go to the tourist office next to the main St. Kateri Shrine where you can get all the necessary information for a good visit. They will give you a free map and a tourist booklet too.
You can of course visit shops selling regional products even as have a meal in a local restaurant.

 

La P’tite cabane d’la côte, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada

La P’tite cabane d’la côte is a sugar shack and maple grove located in Mirabel (40 minutes from Montreal). It operates only on reservation especially with groups. It is also possible to visit it with schools and there are different activities for all ages. There are old-fashioned facilities (boilers and torches), maple water picking, sleigh rides and other activities for groups. The meal is abundant and of a very good quality and there is a large room where you will find musicians playing Quebec music on Friday and Saturday nights. You will also find a kiosk where you can buy their products. For the little ones there is a mini-farm.

Tips

You can bring your drink.

There is a promotion with very attractive prices for each child accompanied by an adult from Monday to Thursday evening.

Open from February, 25th  to April, 29th  2018 by reservation only.
 

The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage Museum is located in St. Petersburg, on the Neva River. It is considered one of the most famous, oldest and most important art museums in the world. There are more than 60,000 exhibits in nearly 1,000 rooms with nearly three million items kept in the reserves. Apart from the pieces of antiquity, there is an excellent collection of paintings with the names of remarkable artists such as Rembrandt, Matisse, Gauguin, Leonardo Da Vinci and Picasso among others. Several buildings, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, built between XVIII and XIX centuries, form the museum (Small Hermitage, Old Hermitage, Theater Hermitage, New Hermitage and the Winter Palace). Part of the State Palace (on the other side of the Palace Square) and the Menshikov Palace have been added to the Hermitage complex. The museum was born thanks to the empress Catherine the Great and her collections of paintings that she began to place in the Winter Palace. Originally the Hermitage was exclusive to family members and loved ones but in 1922 was opened to the public with free admission for the first five years. Since the opening of Russia, the Hermitage has become for foreign tourists the main attraction of the country. It still has annexes in Amsterdam and Las Vegas.

Tips

You can take photos for private, non-profit purposes.

It is possible to visit the Hermitage without a guide with the existing smartphone app (Russian or English only).

The cats of the Hermitage are well known and in the spring the Party of the guardian cats takes place. For the occasion, there is an exhibition of art representing cats, visits to cat areas, games for children and adults, etc. This event is a way of collecting money to feed cats and their maintenance because this expense is not part of the museum’s budget.

On Wednesdays and Fridays, the museum has more opening hours and on the first Thursday of each month, admission is free.

The fastest way to buy the tickets is online or on the automatic machines on site. Note that children and students (regardless of age or nationality), do not pay but students will have to queue for get their entry with a student card.