Madame Tussauds Museum, London, England

Madame Tussauds is the name of the wax museum founded in 1835 in London by Marie Tussaud. There are museums Madame Tussauds in several cities of the world: Berlin, Amsterdam, Vienna, Las Vegas, New York, Hollywood, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, etc.
Marie Tussaud was working in Bern as a maid for a doctor, Philippe Curtius, who had become an artist, woodcarver. He took the girl on his wing and showed her how to shape the wax sculpture. He was called in France to make a portrait of Marie-Jeanne du Barry, mistress of Louis XV in 1765. In 1767 the doctor brought Mary and his mother and employed her to work in his many achievements in wax. In 1770 he made his first show and has had so much success that in 1776 the exhibition moved to the Royal Palace. In 1782, he opened a second exhibition called the “Cave of the Great Thieves’ on the Boulevard du Temple; it was the precursor to ‘The chamber of horrors’. Marie Grosholtz achieves its figures from 1777 with that of Voltaire followed by those of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Benjamin Franklin but in the French Revolution, she was sentenced to the guillotine for its relations with the nobility. Pardoned because of her talent, she used to carry out the death masks of revolutionaries murdered and decapitated. On the death of Curtius, Mary is the heir to his collection of wax figures. In 1795, she married François Tussaud and had 2 children. She went with his eldest son (4 years) in England to present her collection but because of the War of the Third Coalition, she remained blocked in England and continued her road shows throughout Great Britain and Ireland. In 1835 she opened the Baker Street Bazaar (on Baker Street in London) whose main attraction iwas the Chamber of Horrors, which had two parts the victims of the French Revolution and the murderers. In 1842, Marie performs a self-portrait that is still presented at the museum entrance and died in 1850 at the age of 88. In 1884 the museum moved to its current location on Marylebone Road. In 1926, the company Tussauds Group was founded to manage Madame Tussauds. The museum is a major tourist attraction in London.

Tips

You can purchase the admission ticket to the museum on line, taking advantage of combining it with other attractions.
Access is allowed by time slot, so if you have already purchased your ticket, go straight to the door to enter the time of your access. Usually you have to wait a bit but you can walk around and come on your specified time and you’ll enter directly without the need to queue.
If you are visiting with the family, there is a family ticket that serves access for 2 adults and 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children, at reduced prices. In the case you bought the family access on line, you can choose the time of entry. Note that at age 16, the person is considered adult.

Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi

The Yas Marina Circuit is a race track that hosts the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Formula 1 since November 2009, it is located on Yas Island, half an hour from Abu Dhabi. The same company that built the circuit, has also built a theme park on the island, the Ferrari World; a marina, residential areas, sports and leisure facilities as well as hotels and resorts. The circuit is 5.55 km long with 21 corners, a long straight and a pin, between the marina and the sand dunes. The stands are quite spacious and the  exit of the pit lane passes under the track through a tunnel. The departure takes place day and night of arrival and cars go in the anticlockwise direction. The lighting is done through powerful illuminated projectors. Apart from Formula 1, the circuit is used for many other activities such as karting, motorcycle, marathons, etc. There is also a conference room that can be rented for events.

Tips

If you want to attend the Grand Prix, you have to make reservations well in advance, especially if you also want to stay in a hotel next to the circuit. For the various activities and events, check out their website.

The Big Wheel of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Since September, 1st 2017, the Big Wheel of Montreal has been put into operation. With 60 meters of height; the equivalent of 20 floors, you will have a fantastic panoramic view of the Old Port, the St. Lawrence River and the city. The majority of the cabins (42) have very comfortable seats for 8 people, in ultra-clear tempered glass that will protect you from UV rays and they are air-conditioned in both summer and winter. It was built by a Dutch company, the Dutch Wheel. The site is not yet finished but there will be a bistro, a bar and cafe on site.

Tips

Check the website for the schedule of the year.

There are also VIP cabins and private cabins.

Take both experiences, you will have a very different outlook during the day and night, it’s worth it with or without good weather!

Old Port of Montreal, Bonsecours Basin

Metro Champ-de-mars