Butterflies Go Free, Insectarium, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The butterflies of Butterflies go free come from farms in more than a dozen countries. Livestock is one of the means to protect butterflies and their habitats in the form of a sustainable and equitable trade that involves communities living on the edge of the forest. You will find animators who will be able to answer all your questions and they will tell you about the habits of the butterflies. There are also beautiful flowers and if you are lucky a butterfly could land on you.

Tips

From February, 22nd to April, 22nd 2018 from 09:00 to 17:00. Daytime butterflies are generally more active in the morning, when the sky is sunny and during certain changes in atmospheric pressure. The twilight moths take off at the end of the day around the time of sunset.

Consider it’s hot in there so plan to wear lighter clothes to stay in especially if you go with the kids with a cold winter temperature.

You will find a relaxation area in the middle of the greenhouse.

 

Point Loma Lighthouse, San Diego, United States

The old Point Loma Lighthouse is located on the Point Loma Peninsula at the mouth of San Diego Bay in San Diego, United States. It has not operated since 1891 as a lighthouse but is open to the public as a museum. Its construction began in 1854 on a cliff of nearly 130 meters and was finished in October 1855 but its function began only a month later. At his side, they built a small building that was used to store the wood, the oil as other supplies, but in 1875, a portion was converted into a two-room apartment for the assistant guardian of the lighthouse. In the museum you will find maps and documents about Point Loma and its history as the original objective of the lighthouse. As the lighthouse was built in height, it was not seen very often with the fog or low clouds that is why in 1891 it was replaced by another that had been built at a lower altitude. It was restored in 1980 and furniture of the time where it was used as an apartment, was put on the spot.

Tips

If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted by volunteers representing people who worked or lived there.

The lighthouse tower is closed to the public but there are dates when you will find it open; on August 25th (anniversary of the National Park Service) and on November 15th (anniversary of the lighthouse).

If you like walking, enjoy strolling through the park and you’ll have beautiful views of the ocean and the city of San Diego.

Cetona, Siena, Toscana, Italy

Cetona is an Italian municipality of the province of Siena, in Toscana that since 2001 is included in the list of the most beautiful Italian towns. You can see Garibaldi Square in the middle of the town with an important palace with a notice saying Garibaldi and his wife slept there in 1849. You can also find two interesting churches St-Mary’s Annunciation that make part of the houses of the town with its rich interior artwork fating from the XIIth century and St-Michael’s Arcangelo just opposite it., founded in 1155. There’s also a stone fountain in the square. You can also find Rivellino Tower which is a vestige of Cetona’s wall of defence; actually, this tower is one of the entrance to the historic center. To see: the government building, the Holly Trinity church, the Monastery of St-Francis, the Civic Museum, among others.

Tips

If you visit Cetona in April, you’ll see a very beautiful festival Cetona in flower, on April, 25th. The square is full with blossoms and many private gardens are open for a visit. There are also different activities for the whole family.

Another interesting event takes place at the end of July-beginning of August with the Race of the Ceramic Pitcher where men and women take part or a race carrying water pitchers of different weights around the square and trying not to lose any water.

Enjoy going to the Belvedere Archeodromo, an outdoor park outside the town; it’s very interesting cause it’s an Archaeological Park. It’s good to visit with children.