International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Jazz Festival of Montreal takes place every year in June. This year (2016), it will be the 38th edition. The first edition was inaugurated in 1980 by the great Ray Charles. In 1986 there took place the first great open and free event. It is at its 10th edition that the festival attracts a million spectators. Since 1990, the festival takes place in the same place, ‘Place des Arts’ and theaters and places nearby. The Festival hosts nearly 30 countries, 3.000 musicians and buskers, 1.000 concert activities and entertainment, including 2/3 free, fifteen indoor stages and ten outdoor and receives over 2 million people among them we found a 25% of tourists, 400 accredited journalists, in short, a great festival where music is at its best.

Tips

There are several concerts at the same time but most of them take place more than once at different times in different scenarios sponsored.
You can buy tickets on line or in person at the ticket office of the festival.
You can also take advantage of travel packages created especially for the event that include overnight stays in hotels and shows.

Edition 2017, June, 28th to July, 8th

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway is a volcanic formation located on the coast of Northern Ireland, 3 km north of the town of Bushmills. It is characterized by approximately 40,000 hexagonal columns constituted by the juxtaposition of prisms of cold lava. The whole, eroded by the sea, seems an old pavement with irregular paving that begins at the base of the cliff and disappears in the sea. The cliff has 28 meters. The site belongs to the National Trust which takes care of the maintenance but it has been declared a world heritage of the UNESCO. Various species of seabirds such as petrel, cormorant, guillemot, etc. can be observed.

Tips

You can get there by train from Belfast to Coleraine or Portrush (12-16 km respectively) and from there, take a bus service.

Another option to get there would be to take a car in Belfast and drive for 1h30.

You can also take a guided tour of a day with a tourist agency in the neighboring cities.

Bring sports shoes, comfortable and especially that hold well and do not slip on the rocks.

You can also go for a picnic, enjoy a nice walk or go cycling directly from the nearby towns.

If you are going to spend a few days in the area, you have a lot of interesting places to visit like the whiskey distillery in Bushmills. There are guided tours with tasting on site and you could even buy their products in their shop. There is also a restaurant.

Shanghai, China

Shanghai is one of the most populous cities in China and one of the largest megacities in the world with over 23.5 million inhabitants. It is located on the Huangpu River near the mouth of the Yangtze River, east of China and consists of 2 parts, Puxi and Pudong (which mean respectively west and east of Pu). The town developed at first exclusively in Puxi, but since 1990, Pudong has become a high-tech construction area where companies and other skyscrapers multiply thanks to the impetus of the government. Nanjing Avenue (five kilometers) is considered the true center of Shanghai. The urban landscape is changing quickly in recent years. Entire neighborhoods, like Dun Hui Fang, are shaved to be rebuilt. It is also known as the Pearl of the Orient and is becoming the financial center of China, thanks to the Lujiazui district. The city has long been a major textile production center of China. Other important manufacturing sectors include the manufacture of chemicals and pharmaceuticals, vehicles, machinery, steel, paper, printing products, electrical and electronic systems and equipment such as computers, radios and cameras. Real estate development is in constant growth, there are 5,000 towers, 120 skyscrapers more each year, and 20,000 permanent construction sites. To see: the Shanghai Museum, the Opera, the Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund (from where you can see the business district of Pudong with the highest skyscrapers, Oriental Pearl, Jin Mao Tower, World Financial Center, the Shanghai Tower), the Jade Buddha Temple, Jing’an Temple, St. Ignatius Cathedral, the Lupu Bridge, among others .

Tips

The city counts with 12 subway lines, several train stations but the most used transport is the taxi.
There is a line Transrapid (train with a magnetic levitation) that connects the city to the new international airport of Pudong.
If you like museums, visit the Urban Planning Museum on People’s Square where you will find a giant model of the city that allows you to enjoy its real estate development.
You can take a boat trip on the Huangpu to have a beautiful view of the city.
If you like shopping visit the pedestrian shopping street Nanjing East.
You can also visit the antiques market with its famous Bird Market.