The Casse-Noisette Market, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Casse-Noisette (Nutcracker) Market is a Christmas market philanthropic in Montreal on the ground floor of the Convention Center Galleries. This event was created in 2010 by Les Grands Ballets in favor of the Nutcracker Fund for Children. You will find many exhibitors who were selected for their rarity, quality and originality of their products and each exhibitor will give 10% of its sales to the Nutcracker Fund for Children Grands Ballets. These funds are used to help children from disadvantaged backgrounds to attend a performance of the ballet and also to participate in educational workshops. The funds are also used to restore the costumes and scenery of the show. This lets around 2,800 children to participate.

Tips

The event takes place from November 30th to December 10th 2017 and it opens at 11:00.
You can reach the place by subway; go down at the Place d’Armes metro station (orange line) or by bus; lines 55 or 129.
Go with your family and friends, it’s for a good cause and the admission is free.

La Tienda Center, from here to Compostelle, Verdun, Quebec, Canada

La Tienda Center, from here to Compostelle is a store in Verdun specialized in the sale of sportswear, backpacks and accessories for people who like to walk or hike. If we find the name of Compostela included in the name of the store is precisely because you can find there all the necessary material to make the famous way to Santiago de Compostela but mainly because La Tienda, is the union of a concept that match all that is relative to this path; not only clothing and accessories but also Spanish courses, organized walks to acquire the rhythm to undertake the journey, informative sessions and even everything related to the journey in itself; flight, accommodation, etc. The shop has a friendly style and there is a coffee shop in it, Pilgrim’s café; where those who want a moment of relaxation and perhaps reading and information, can freely access. You will have a personalized service all the time.

Tips

To know the schedule of activities, you can subscribe to their info-letter. Consult the opening hours on their website. If you are traveling backpacking, La Tienda offers you the opportunity to prepare your backpack with you. You can also subscribe to their loyalty book that will allow you to save money in your future purchases.

Herboriste Marrakech, El Mellah, Marrakech, Morocco

Herboriste Marrakech is a herbalist shop in the Jewish quarter of El Mellah in Marrakech where many local guides take tourists after visiting the Bahia Palace. They call the store as ‘pharmacy’ and they say that it is a cooperative where women produce Argan oil, so well known these days as it is added to several products; and you can see at the entrance a woman who works with their hands and their feet while the person who welcomes you begins to explain the procedures for obtaining oil. You will be taken to a small room where you’ll find many great bottles with beautiful colors that will seem magical potions and you will be asked to drink something while you attend an explanation of different products on sale, of course. With the demonstration of several products you will have the opportunity to try a few of them while some integrating people of the group will receive massages from a representative of the cooperative to test argan oil.

Tips

If you are not ready to buy, it’s better to take a walk through the souk until the tour continues.
You might find this long but you can leave when you want and wait for the group outside.