Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece; popular for being one of the oldest cities in the world with its history of almost 3400 years. The ancient city was at the foot of the Acropolis. The Port of Piraeus is part of the Greater Athens. Numerous testimonies of its glory were preserved like the Parthenon, the Agora and the Temple of Hephaestus, the Olympeion, among others. The city extends on the plain of Attica, on the shores of the Aegean Sea. Plaka is the oldest headquater and Kolonaki is the upscale neighborhood. Because of its geographical position, the city suffers pollution and there is also a lack of green space. Unfortunately, since 2009, the city lost many inhabitants because of the economic crisis.

Tips

There are Sundays when you can visit archaeological sites such as the Acropolis for free, ask the calendar where you are staying.

Wear comfortable, flat shoes like sneakers especially in archaeological sites because there are lot of marble and is quite slippery.

For a great view of the city, go to the Lycabettus Hill.

You can tour the city by public transport without problems: metro, bus, train. You have the subway that arrives at the airport too. The tram (line 4), connects Piraeus to Syntagma Square. Regarding taxis, they take several passengers who go more or less in the same direction.

If you do a multi-day stay in the city, visit the Museum of the Acropolis and the National Archaeological Museum, it is worth it!

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue is a city located at the confluence of Lake of Two Mountains and Lake St-Louis, on the left bank of Sainte-Anne, at the western end of the agglomeration of Montreal, Quebec . We find a historical site of locks, MacDonald campus of McGill University where there is a forest reserve of 245 hectares, the Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue Canal and the commercial street of Sainte-Anne. There is also the Lyman Entomological Museum which contains a collection of insects and entomology research laboratory of McGill University and the Ecomuseum zoo (open all year) with nature trails and lots of vegetation. The city has a large market where you can find fresh products and you can meet producers and craftspeople.

Tips

The city is very nice especially in summer when many pleasure boats visit it. You will find many cafes, bistros, restaurants and you can make a beautiful walk on the lake shore.
There are many events throughout the year that you can view on the city website.
It is also possible to visit the Museum of Entomology with a reservation.

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Baiona, Pontevedra, Spain

Baiona is a city and port in the province of Pontevedra, on the Atlantic Ocean in the northwest of Spain. There are 3 ways to enter the historic center, across the Plaza Santa Liberata, from Father Fernando Square or through the Calvary of the Trinity. Its streets are narrow with several restaurants under the arcades, small charming hotels, numerous fountains and churches to visit. To see: the port of Baiona with a replica of La Pinta (the boat of Martín Alonso Pinzón), the Town Hall, the Ribiera Beach, the walls of the castle of Monterreal, the former collegiate temple (Romanesque style transition to Gothic, built in the second half of the thirteenth century); the monument of the Holy Trinity (a monumental cross of the XIV century); the image of the Virgin of the Rocks, 15 meters high, standing on Mount Samson (opened in 1930), among others. The Monterreal Castle is currently a National Parador.

Tips

The first weekend of March it’s held a medieval festival called La Arribada, in the historic city, to commemorate the historic moment in 1493 when Martín Alonso Pinzón came with news of the discovery of America.

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