Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and main port of Estonia; situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, forming part of the Baltic Sea. The city contains vestiges of different eras that go from the medieval to the classic. The historical center, fairly well preserved, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts that surround it are from the 13th century and there are several towers. The Marguerite tower (16th century) now houses the Museum of the Sea. The old town is located between the Lower Town and the Toompea hill or the Upper Town where the Parliament is located in the castle. To see: the Pirita Convent, the Town Hall Square, the Estonian Outdoor Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church, St. Nicholas’s Church, Freedom Square; among others. The port of the city also receives many tourists thanks to the cruise ships that have chosen it in their itineraries. Kadriorg Castle, 2 km east of the old town, houses the presidential residence and foreign art department of the country’s art museum. Since 2013, Tallinn has a free transport service for residents.

Tips

An interesting place to see is the oldest pharmacy in Europe still active (15th century) which is located in the Town Hall Square. The building where the National Library is located and the door at 38 Pikk Street are other places it worths visiting.

You can enjoy your visit and take a ferry to Helsinki, just 2 hours from the city. A bus to St. Petersburg or a night train to Moscow.

Piazza Ducale, Vigevano, Pavia, Lombardy, Italiy

Piazza Ducale is the main square of the town of Vigevano, a town in the Italian province of Pavia in the Lombardy region of Italy. It is a real jewel of the Renaissance, built on the rule of Ludovico Sforza, the Moro (1492-1494), who considered it like the hall of his castle. Originally, it was 138 meters long and 46 meters wide, project in which the architect Donato Bramante involved. At the time of Ludovico Sforza, the square was already closed on three sides by palaces with porches and facades painted fresco, arcades supported by 84 columns with capitals each different. The fourth side was occupied by two triumphal arches at the intersection of the current Via del Popolo and Via Silva, while a long ramp stone, which started from the center of the square, allowing riders and carriages the access to the castle.
The current architectural shape is drawn by the architect Juan Caramuel Bishop Lobkowitz in 1680. The Duomo facade extends curving across the width of the square. It continues to be surrounded by arcaded porticoes and palaces, with arched windows topped by an attic with an open oculus. The ramp to the castle or the triumphal arches disappeared. All the buildings are covered with a bright pictorial decoration. During the Austrian occupation (eighteenth century), they install the statue of St. John of Nepomuk. The paving of the square is formed with tiles of white and black granite from the Ticino River.
Between 1903 and 1910 there has been a big restauration where they found frescoes from the sforzesque time; so they were discovered and restaured. In 1911, they added the cast iron street lamps.
Even today, it is the main access to the Sforzesco Castle and the imposing crenellated Bramante tower .

Tips

Enjoy your visit and go up the Bramante tower to enjoy a panoramic view of the city.
In addition there are many cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops around the square that allow you to sit outdoors to admire the beauty of the place while having something to eat or drink.

Sandbanks Provincial Park, Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada

Sandbanks Provincial Park is a park just 4 hours from Montreal and 3 hours from Toronto, located in Prince Edward County, Ontario. The Sandbanks dunes are 25 meters jutting into Lake Ontario at the jetty of the St. Lawrence River. Saffron sand, disorient you and the experience is full of wealth of local products of Prince Edward County. Sandbanks is a favorite provincial park for campers for its sandy hills teeming with plants and beautiful landscape. The white mobile sand dunes are among the biggest barrier beaches on the planet. You have three beautiful beaches, swimming marries water sports. This is a popular habitat by the “lizards” humans as by many species, which makes it all the more attractive park. Here you will find hiking trails that allow you to experience the dune and wetland habitats of the park.

Tips

Outlet Beach is perfect for families, with its shallow waters and gently sloping shore.
In spring and autumn, this park is ideal for seeing migrating birds.
In summer there is a daily interpretive program for the whole family.
Prince Edward County is known for having a lot of tracks for cycling.