Cerro San Cristóbal, Santiago, Chile

The Cerro San Cristóbal is a hill located in Santiago, the capital of Chile. It is the second highest point of the city, 880 metres and is located between the municipalities of Providencia and Recoleta, at their feet we found the district of Bellavista. It is part of a set of mountains, alongside Chacarillas, the Twins and the Pyramid forming the Santiago metropolitan park, the largest in Chile and one of the largest urban parks in the world (722 hectares). It owes its name to the patron saint of travelers, San Cristóbal de Licia. During the colonial era, its stones were used for the construction and to pave the streets of Santiago. At the top of the hill, there is the shrine of the Immaculate Conception with its great statue, considered a symbol of Santiago. In 1925 the funicular and Zoo have been built. John Paul II celebrated a mass in 1987 at the amphitheatre that sits at the top. Broadcasters TV antennas are installed there too. It is possible to go up by car or cable car.

Tips

If you like walking or riding a bike, you can climb the hill in a more sporty way. The view that you will have of the city and the Andes mountains worth the effort.
Don’t forget to bring your camera, it is the ideal place to make panoramic photos.
In addition to visiting the Zoo or sanctuary, there are also two swimming pools for hot days.

President Venceslau’s observation tower, President Venceslau, San Paulo, Brazil

President Venceslau’s observation tower has the Dutch style. But, in fact, it was the work of a Portuguese engineer Álvaro Coelho built in 1927 with four brick floors and wooden roof, with a structure reinforced with concrete base and the railway rails- exactly slabs beams are made of train tracks!

Coelho came to Brazil to sell land through a company he owned. Arrived at the Paulista West which was not yet President Venceslau where there were some explorers and many indians; he bought a large farm, built a luxurious site and this such observation tower from where he could see the horizon of his land and prevent the possible invasions of indians and “competitors” in the business.

For a long time, although useful in the safety of the earth, the observation tower of the highly innovative standards architecture for Brazilian structures at that time, even more for this corner of the State, served as a decoration, the site of the farm, which also became known as the Palace of Álvaro Coelho at the reception of the large dinners of high society, being visited by Brazilian politicians and even abroad, for example a Hungarian Minister visited it.

Álvaro Coelho became the first mayor, who then created the first municipality that President Venceslau had. Thus, the village grew. He sold the land and the farm was reduced. But the tower continued to attract curious eyes of residents and visitors.

Tips

The site is free and of an unrestricted access, the same for photos but as this is a hot country region, you will need solar filters, protectors against insects and water for hydration.

Montreal Casino, Île Notre-Dame, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Montreal Casino is the largest casino in Canada, located on Île Notre-Dame in Montreal, in the old pavilions of France and Quebec during the 1967 World Expo; opened on October 9th, 1993 and managed by the Society of Quebec’s casinos, a subsidiary of Loto-Quebec. The building has 9 floors, 150 gaming tables, almost 5,000 electronic slot machines and games, one of the largest Keno games in America, four restaurants, a theater and cabaret of Montreal Casino that is the only place in Montreal where you can also have a meal. It includes all the traditional games and also an electronic racetrack Royal Ascot, video lottery terminals and a section for high bets.

Tips

You can arrive by metro or car and park it in the car park and take the free bus service that offers the Casino.
It’s also a good place to spend a nice evening without having the obligation to play, just to listen to music usually with live entertainment as well as dancing lessons in the central scenario where there is also a place for a dance practice, you can have a drink or coffee at the tsame place.
You can attend several  free varieties shows and other shows paying a ticket that change according to the calendar.