Milan Central Station, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Milan Central Station, is an Italian railway station, terminus, located in Duca d’Aosta square in the center of the city of Milan, capital of the Lombardy region. It is the first station of the city and second Italian station with a passing average of 120 million passengers per year, around 300 trains and approximately 320,000 passengers per day. It is served by the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento, Italian Intercity and Eurocity to Switzerland, Thello joins it to Paris-Gare de Lyon and of course, regional trains Trenord to Tirano and Bergamo. It was officially opened in 1931, replacing this way the old station 1864 because it could not support the traffic of the time. The first stone was laid by King Victor Emmanuel III in 1906 but construction began in 1912 and due to the First World War and the crisis, it proceeded too slowly. When Benito Mussolini became head of government he decided that the station should represent the power of the fascist regime. Its facade has 200 meters wide, the ceiling is 72 meters, has 24 docks and large steel arches. The station has several floors accessible by stairs, elevators or escalators. There are many shops selling a different range of products even as cafes and restaurants.

Tips

If you are traveling to Milan Central, you will find everything you need while waiting. If you are traveling with the Freccia, you have an exclusive waiting room for Freccia customers.
As there is always a lot of people, try to go with enough time to catch your train because there are long walks to do in it depending where your train leaves from.
Try to have coins with you to go to the bathroom that are paid because the exchange machines are not always functional.

 

Canadian Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada

The Canadian Tulip Festival was born with the gift of 100,000 tulip bulbs done by Princess Juliana of the Netherlands in 1945 in Ottawa to thank the role Canada played in the liberation of the Netherlands, and they offered refuge in Ottawa, to the members of the royal family during the Second World War. It is the largest of its kind in North America and it also celebrates the arrival of spring flowering public places in Ottawa with a million of tulips of 50 varieties. The greater presence of tulips is in the gardens of Commissioners Park, at Lake Dow but you can also find various appearances of the festival throughout the city. The tulip is the official flower of Ottawa and it also became the floral symbol of international friendship. The international community adds shows to the festival; exhibitions and cultural performances reflecting cultural diversity in the city. This year there is a new covered area, the Aberdeen Pavilion, with a tulip garden and sculptures inside, located at Lansdowne Park.

Tips

Spend 2 days in town, it’s worth it, you can enjoy the day to visit the park and see some shows or just know the city in the evening. There are free concerts, shows, children’s activities, etc.
There is an official opening ceremony with a parade of vintage cars and a closing ceremony with fireworks at Dow’s Lake.

It will be held from May, 11th to May, 21st  2018

The empanadas Pachamama, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The empanadas Pachamama is a restaurant in the Village, in Montreal, which opened its doors a little more than one year ago, offering as a main menu the ’empanadas’, a typical Argentinian specialty. Pablo, its owner, native of Tucumán, one of the provinces of Argentina, was formed precisely in his hometown, to know all the secrets of the manufacture of empanadas, being empanadas of Tucumán one with the best reputation of the country. The restaurant uses fresh, natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial colors; oven baking, without frying. At the moment they offer 6 varieties including a menu for vegetarians and there are 2 spicy options. You can combine the empanadas with salads or tasty soups and of course you will be able to taste other Argentinian products such as ‘alfajores’, ‘churros’, ‘facturas’ (pastries) served with coffee, tea, juice or the traditional ‘mate’ (a kind of green tea). You can eat indoors or enjoy the beautiful terrace by bringing your wine. There is also a service to take away the frozen empanadas and they also offer delivery in certain districts. The place is very well decorated with lively colors and the staff is very welcoming.

Tips

If you have an event to celebrate, this is a great place to do it but do not forget to make your reservation, there is room for 40 people inside or 20 on the terrace.

You have boxes of 8 or 12 empanadas and you can choose the confection to your taste.

There are other Argentinian specialities on the menu depending on the season; ask about it when you visit.

You can also bring your wine.

It is open every day from 11:00 AM.

1371 Rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2L 2H7