Scilla, Reggio Calabria, Calabria

Scilla is a town in the Italian province of Reggio Calabria, Calabria. Important tourist destination and seaside resort just north of Reggio, which is one of the finest and most distinctive villages of Italy; it is also a popular summer destination. Scilla is located on the homonymous tip, which is 22 km north of the capital; Promontory Scillèo, leaning over the Strait of Messina. The origins are ancient, confused between the mythology, history, legend and poetic images fed for millennia by the suggestiveness of the natural environment. The historic center is called “San Giorgio”, and is built around Saint Roch Square which is based, among other things, by the church of Saint Roch, patron of Scilla, and the town hall. Saint Roch Square consists of a large terrace built on a rocky outcrop overlooking the panorama of the Strait of Messina. You can see Point Paci (which marks the southern end of the area Scilla), Sicily (especially Ganzirri and on a clear day, Cape Milazzo), in the distance some of the Aeolian Islands (Lipari, Panarea and Stromboli ) and the Ruffo Castle. The historic center includes the ancient city of Bastia, characterized by low houses overlooking the narrow streets. Some architectural elements of the local style still visible today in existing buildings, the characteristic vault and the typical circular window. Chianalea is the coastal area located on the north side of the cliff that houses the castle that separates Marina Grande, we find only a few meters beach because almost all its coast consists of cliffs and rocks that make it difficult and dangerous to entry into the water. Near the center we find Jeracari which is the most recent expansion where we find the municipal sports field. One of the main activities is the traditional fishing, known as ‘hunting swordfish’ (very important activity until the 50s). Today, tourism is a growing business.

Tips

Scilla is an ideal place for a great family holiday. You will find the sea, the beach, a good selection of restaurants, natural beauty and architectural works.
In the church of the Holy Spirit, in Marina Grande, you can see the painting Descent of the Holy Spirit by Francesco Celebrano (1799).
Unmissable, the Ruffo castle, which gives another touch of charm to such a beautiful place.

Photos by Francesco Cordova

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca, Spain

The Plaza Mayor is in the heart of Salamanca, Spain, and is the most characteristic monument of the city. It is an urban space built as a Castilian Big Square, trapezoidal, which, with the time, became the center of social life of the city; cultural festivals and religious ceremonies are held there regularly. It was built in Baroque style between 1729 and 1756; Andrew II De Salamanca City decided to build it to reward the loyalty of the city during the War of Spanish Succession. It has galleries with arches in the center, medallions on arches, bearing the likeness of famous people such as the Catholic Monarchs, Christopher Columbus, Miguel de Cervantes among others. You can also observe the coat of arms on the arches of the great arches in the balconies and other architectural elements.

Tips

The square is the perfect place to go for a walk, to meet with friends and share a coffee or a drink in a local around there.

Christmas Market in Longueuil, Longueuil, Quebec

The Christmas Market in Longueuil is in its 10th edition. Like every year, it will be at St. Mark Park on St. Charles Street in Old Longueuil. The market makes us remember a small village of yesteryear, where 66 exhibitors booths, seem small illuminated houses. Here you will find producers and artisans from all over the province. It is an ideal place to visit with friends or family to buy your gifts for Christmas Eve. There are several activities such as the Small train of the North, workshops for children, the sale of Christmas trees, singing, music, dance, humor, and more. Of course Santa Claus is present to receive your children who will love to talk to him while you take photos. An appointment not to be missed, go in large numbers !!!

Tips

The market takes place from December, 2nd  to December, 22nd 2016. It is open from 11h to 20h everyday except on Sundays when it closes at 18.00.
The Old Longueuil joins this event so enjoy for a little walk around the market, to have something in a restaurant or cafe. The houses are also embellished.
You can go to Longueuil metro station and take a bus from there (there are 4 lines) or walk twenty minutes as the park is 1.7 km from the metro station.