Napa Valley, California, United States

Napa Valley is an American wine region in California, considered one of the most important wine producing areas of the United States. The combination of a Mediterranean climate, geography and geology of the valley make it a prosperity viticulture area. The level of the valley ranges from sea level to 110 meters. The American wine regions of Oakville and Rutherford are in a geographic area called Rutherford Bench in the center of the valley. The floor at the south end of the valley is mainly composed of sediments deposited previously by the tides of the Bay of ‘San Pablo’ and north, it contains large amounts of volcanic lava and ash. Several hills that emerge from the middle of the valley near Yountville are indicators of volcanic past of the region. The valley comprises around 340 vineyards that use multiple varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and other known varieties. Most fields produce a typical wine of the valley, and some choose to mix or assemble their wines, using wines coming from the valley and surrounding hills.

Tips

More than 100 places are open to the public with or without appointment and of course, you have tastings. A great way to explore the region is to take the ‘Napa Valley Wine Train’; a tourist train that will walk you to the heart of the vineyards. If you like shopping, you will find the Napa Premium Outlet with fifty premium brands at factory prices. You will also find beautiful local shops in historic districts. If you want to relax, go to spas that offer different therapies. If you want to have a beautiful view over the valley, take a balloon ride or helicopter. You will enjoy an unforgettable experience. If your choice is golf, the valley has 10 courses.

Rialto Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Rialto Theatre is a theater in the Mile End neighborhood in Montreal which was inaugurated in 1924. It is considered a national historic site of Canada. The hall is well known for its magnificent interior decoration, made by Emmanuel Briffa. Its neo-baroque style, richly decorated, has lots of marble, wood paneling, wall hangings, etc. The construction (1923-1924) is due to the Montreal architect Raoul Gariépy and he had designed it as a neighborhood cinema. Rialto featured films, musical performances and plays. The place has a capacity of 770 seats in the stalls and 600 in the balcony. The building that houses the theater also has other facilities such as a ballroom, a bowling alley, a roof garden and shops on the ground floor. It was sold around 1990 and Rialto had lost its cultural role after the sale but it was sold again and since 2010, the new owner has given it back its original role.

Tips

You can know about the different presentations on their website. The theater has an intimate atmosphere and if you are on the ground floor, you’ll still have more like that feeling. There is a bar and sometimes, you’ll also be able to have dinner during the show. The address is 5723 Av du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V 4G9.

Cabbagetown, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood located on the east side of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Its name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. The area today known as Cabbagetown was first known as the village of Don Vale, just outside of Toronto; in 1850 they established in the area the city’s main cemetery. In the late 19th century the area was absorbed into the city. It became home to the working class Irish inhabitants who were employed in the industries along the lake shore. After the First World War the area became increasingly impoverished, and it become poorer and poorer with the years and the houses deteriorated. But in the beginning of the 1970s, professionals gentrified Cabbagetown and many residents restored the small Victorian row houses. We can find vintage clothing stores, health food stores, a gestalt therapy clinic and a farmer’s market. The area is also distinguished by a large number of rooming houses and other forms of low income housing. Many artists live there (musicians, journalists, writers, etc.).

Tips

If you go to visit the town at the same time of its annual festival, you must go on the second weekend of September. You’ll find many events during the week and the festival takes place at the weekend. The festival starts on Saturday morning with a band. There’s an arts and crafts fair. You can also do a tour of homes paying for it.
There’s another festival into the festival for film lovers. It’s a short film & video festival presenting productions running no longer than 15 minutes.