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.

International Jazz Festival of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The International Jazz Festival of Montreal takes place every year in June. This year, it will be the 40th 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. This year, the Montreal International Jazz Festival will also become Verdun Borough and will be free and Wellington Street will recall the years when the festival was on St-Denis Street.

 

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.

 2019 Edition, June, 27th to July, 6th

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Florianópolis is a Brazilian city, capital of the state of Santa Catarina and the second largest city in terms of population (after Joinville), located on the island of Santa Catarina; renowned tourist destination in southern Brazil, especially because of its many beaches. The island has a length of 54 km and an average width of 18 km, located parallel to the mainland, which it is separated by a narrow channel. Its climate is humid subtropical with distinct seasons and significant precipitation. To see: Hercilio Luz suspension bridge that connects it to the mainland, the Cruz e Sousa Palace (former residence of the governor of the state, now a museum), the Public Market, the Metropolitan Cathedral, Place Fifteen of November and his fig tree centenary, among others. It has over 40 beaches, among the best known can be mentioned Jurere, Daniela, Fort Beach, Canasvieiras, Ponta das Canas, English’s Beach, Santinho Beach, Cacupe Beach, Barra da Lagoa, Joaquina, just to name a few of them.

Tips

It is an ideal place to spend the summer holidays and also the Carnival that is one of the best known in Brazilian south. You will find great beaches for everyone but there are several very famous for surfers.
From January to March (summer), you will find significant rainfall due to the high temperatures and humidity but generally you can enjoy the beach every day because when the rain ends, extreme high temperatures and the sun are back.
There are many hotels and apartments to rent to tourists, every taste, price and possibilities.
Do not forget to dedicate an evening to see the illuminated bridge Hercilio Luz, it is worth it.

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