Deiva Marina, La Spezia, Liguria, Italy

Deiva Marina is a town in the province of La Spezia in the region of Liguria in Italy. Small seaside town, an ideal base for exploring the Cinque Terre and Portofino. IIt’s too appreciated by the quality of the water and its beautiful beach. You can make beautiful walks along the coast, there are several bars, cafés and restaurants with sympa kind people. There are many hotels and campsites in the surrounding area. You can visit the old town with its picturesque streets, the Church of Saint Anthony Abate (1739) where you can find beautiful works of art inside; the remains of the family Da Passano Castle and the remains of two observation towers. The first is still very well preserved in the old town, the second near the marina, is almost completely demolished.

Tips

If you like the markets, on Saturday mornings, there is a flea market next to the train station where you will find various products with good prices and even souvenirs from Italy. The road is narrow and it’s difficult to find a place to park the car, so you can park your car between the trees before entering the city, it’s free. Other places (very few) are at the end of the promenade on the coast but you must pay an hourly rate.
If you want to visit the Cinque Terre, the only way to do it is by train and it will take you all day long, so leave the car near the train station and take the train to go to Levanto. From there, you can get a ticket  that will allow you to get off at each station of the Cinque Terre and use the trails without paying anything extra.
You will find a tourist office opening on Saturdays and Sundays out of season at the station of Framura (only a station from Deiva Marina). There they could give you maps and information about the region.
Make sure to have coins cuase you will always need them to pay for parking, tolls and tickets specially at weekends when tickets must be taken on the train tickets distributor which accepts only coins or banknotes of 5 and 10 euros.

International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada

Each year, the Haut-Richelieu sky is invaded by nearly 125 hot air balloons during the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. It is undoubtedly the largest gathering of balloons in Canada and offers an elaborate show during nine days not just hot air balloons but live music performances and family activities. This event is a reference in the world of Balloon with over 1.5 million square feet of activity areas and 450 000 visitors gathered around this theme. It is also a must summer event for fans of large concerts. The 34th edition of the festival will take place from 12th to 20th August 2017. This is an appointment not to be missed, just 20 minutes from Montreal.

Consejos

Bring your chairs and everything necessary to make the picnic with friends or family, it is worthwhile to live this experience in full air, so beautiful in the visual than in auditor .

You can check the schedule on the festival site.

 

The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
 12th to 20th August 2017
Municipal Airport
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu (QC), Canada
J3B 7B5

Calafate, Santa Cruz, Patagonia, Argentina

Calafate or El Calafate is one of the three main cities of the province of Santa Cruz in Patagonia, Argentina, located on the southern shore of Lake Argentino, at the foot of the Andes, 80 km from the Perito Moreno Glacier. Calafate is the entrance gate to the National Park Los Glaciares where we find the Perito Moreno Glacier, Upsala Glacier and Mount Fitz Roy, among others, it is part of the Ice Field of Patagonia and of Torres del Paine National Park , in Chile. In the park, you can visit the glaciers and you can minitrekking on the Perito Moreno ; you could also navigate the Argentine lake visiting the Onelli Bay. If you are interested to know more about glaciers, visit the Glaciarium or Museum of Patagonian Ice which is a scientific and cultural center.

Tips

You can find hotels, bed & breakfats, apartments or houses to rent in the region. It is very nice to take a week of relaxing vacation in the nature. In the vicinity of Lake Argentino there are a lot of activities to do like horse riding, 4×4 excursions to visit Frias and Huyliche hills, visit the Ecological Reserve Laguna Nimez, do mountain activities throughout the year, among others.
Calafate Airport is 17 km from the city.