Schoelcher Library, Fort-de-France, Martinique

The Schoelcher Library, located in Fort-de-France in Martinique, is a public library. It is located at the corner of Liberté St. and Victor Sévère St., facing the north corner of Savane Square. Victor Schoelcher, deputy of Guadeloupe and Martinique (1848-1850) had a collection of 10,000 books and 250 musical scores but since he had no descendants, he left his collection to the General Council of Martinique under condition of create a public library. The building was built by Pierre Henri Picq. The building was built in the garden of the Tuileries in Paris and was first presented to the Parisians (1886-1887), before being dismantled and shipped by boat to Fort-de-France to be rebuilt. Unfortunately, most of the original books disappeared with a large fire in 1890. The library finally opened in 1893. The building, built on a square plan, has a large dome that illuminates the reading room. There is a mix of art nouveau, western classical and Egyptian art and some Byzantine influences. Names of great French writers decorate friezes. There is a very colorful mosaic exterior pediment.

Tips

If you visit Fort-de-France, it’s worth some time to see the library and its building.

If you are lucky, you will find exhibits on site.

Trevelin, Patagonia Argentina, Chubut, Argentina

Trevelin is a city in Patagonia Argentina in the province of Chubut. It is a city well known because in 1902 the Welsh settlers who lived there decided to take Argentinian nationality after a time of conflict in which Chile claimed the land. The plebiscite was signed at School No. 18 Rio Corintos. Its Welsh name means “Mill Village. The first mill was opened by John Daniel Evans in 1918 with the name of Mill of Andes Company, it was used to grind wheat and its three owners with this creation, decided to donate part of the valley to the creation of a village near the river Percey because there were already colonies for people who worked in the mill every day, thus initiating Trevelin. On the death of Evans, production was declining and the factory closed in 1953, after that it was restaured and opened as a museum. The city of Trevelin met other small towns and some of them are Mapuche communities (indigenous). With Welsh settlers, the founders of the city, Trevelin has a rich Celtic culture of the country.

Tips

Trevelin region is ideal for a minimum of one week vacation. There are many interesting places to see like the National Park Los Alerces, the Reserve Nant and Fall, the dam Amutui Quimey, among others.
You will find cottages and hotel services and special catering for fish amateurs.
Be sure to enjoy the Welsh tea ceremony that is accompanied by traditional cakes and enjoy the famous Welsh cake which can be kept for years.

Mijas, Malaga, Andalusie, Costa del Sol, Spain

Mijas is a municipality in the province of Malaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in Spain, on the Costa del Sol; 30 km from Malaga airport. It is divided into three areas: Mijas Pueblo (historical center), on a mountainside at 428 meters above sea level, Las Lagunas (industrial and commercial area) and La Cala (closest to the coast). Two rivers cross it, Las Pasadas and El Ojén, which join to form the river Fuengirola. To see: the oval shaped arenas (1900); the caves of the old forge; the church of the Immaculate Conception which was built on the ruins of the old mosque (1541) and which preserved the Mudéjar tower which was adapted as a bell tower; the Chapel of Calvary; San Sebastian Chruch (1541); the Hermit of the Virgin of La Peña, patroness of Mijas; the Gardens of the Wall; the Wine Museum; among others. There are several beaches but the sand is rather obscure and there are often rocks. The Burrotaxi is a special way to move with donkeys.

Tips

Mijas is a place with several year-round festivals. The most important and varied are in summer. Check before if you would like to attend a special festival: jazz, flamenco, Celtic night, latin night, there is something for everyone. During the summer, you will find the Nights of Moon and Beach in the neighborhoods that are next to beaches. Mijas Pueblo is also known to have a lot of life in the evening.