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.

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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 Breakers, Newport, Vermont, United States

The Breakers is the grandest of Newport’s summer cottages and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family’s social and financial preeminence. Cornelius Vanderbilt II bought a wooden house called The Breakers in Newport in 1885, some years later he asked architect Richard Morris Hunt to design a villa and replace the framed house which had been destoyed by fire a year before. He built a 70 room house, in Renaissance Italian style inspired in 16th century palaces of Genoa and Turin. He had important collaborators from different countries. Gladys, the youngest daughter of the family inherited the house. She opened the house to the public in 1948 to raise funds for The Preservation Society of Newport County, in 1972 the association bought the house and designed it as a National Historic Landmark. We also found a stable and carriage house about half a mile from the house.
Tips
You can buy the tickets on line before your visit; you’ll find different combinations to save many if you take more than a visit for different houses.
You can have an audio guided visit too.
There’s also a shop to buy souvenirs.

Les FrancoFolies de Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Since 1989, Les FrancoFolies de Montreal is an appointment with the francophone world music. Some artists from all over the francophone world come to show their music. This year it will be the 30th edition and there will be more than 200 indoor shows and open-air concerts; lots of them completely free. This event shows us the quality, diversity and vitality of a rich music programming. These are 10 days in a great festival of music! This happens at the Montreal entertainment district, in the heart of downtown. Montrealers and tourists throng the site to celebrate safely. French music from around the world and it is in Montreal that it happens. There are several scenes outdoor presented by sponsors and in case of rain these shows happen in reserved spaces for the occasion. Bars, restaurants, street posts, are also at the rendezvous for a drink or a snack. Everything happens in order and peace of the Francophone world. There are many choices of artists in the same day but the main scene takes place every day at 21:00 in the center of the entertainment district. The big show takes the stage last Saturday at the closing of the festival and usually it is a great artist who comes to make the crowd enjoy the party.

Tips

Generally it is hot at this time of the year then drink water, wear cool clothes and sneakers or comfortable shoes. Outdoor shows means to stand up and there are not many opportunities to sit but you can always bring a folding chair.
If you do not watch programming at home, you will find hostesses everywhere that will give you the complete program of the entire event.
There are many other activities around the festival site in bars or discos.

2018 edition June, 08th to 17th