Christmas Market in Longueuil, Longueuil, Quebec

The Christmas Market in Longueuil is in its 10th edition. Like every year, it will be at St. Mark Park on St. Charles Street in Old Longueuil. The market makes us remember a small village of yesteryear, where 66 exhibitors booths, seem small illuminated houses. Here you will find producers and artisans from all over the province. It is an ideal place to visit with friends or family to buy your gifts for Christmas Eve. There are several activities such as the Small train of the North, workshops for children, the sale of Christmas trees, singing, music, dance, humor, and more. Of course Santa Claus is present to receive your children who will love to talk to him while you take photos. An appointment not to be missed, go in large numbers !!!

Tips

The market takes place from December, 2nd  to December, 22nd 2016. It is open from 11h to 20h everyday except on Sundays when it closes at 18.00.
The Old Longueuil joins this event so enjoy for a little walk around the market, to have something in a restaurant or cafe. The houses are also embellished.
You can go to Longueuil metro station and take a bus from there (there are 4 lines) or walk twenty minutes as the park is 1.7 km from the metro station.

Brasilia, Brazil

Brasilia is the capital of the federative Republic of Brazil and the seat of Government of the federal District, fourth most populous city in Brazil. Its construction dates from the 1960s and was born through the project to create a new capital inland to better distribute the wealth and population, largely concentrated on the sides, and put an end to the rivalry between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. She became one of the capitals most recently built in the world but also one of the cities more quickly built (2000 days), under the guidance of visionary President Juscelino Kubitschek, architect Oscar Niemeyer, urban planner Lucio Costa and architect Roberto Burle Marx. View from the sky, Brasilia design evokes the shape of a plane (or of a hummingbird), with each of its strategically arranged architectural wonders and its residential and commercial blocks. Administrations and major state agencies leave Rio de Janeiro to settle in the new capital. The move was not easy because some officials refused their mutation. Brazil had even threaten some states of a rupture of diplomatic relations if they didn’t move their embassies. The ideal plan was to accommodate 500,000 people but today there are just over two and a half million inhabitants. They also built satellite towns and it is inhabiting the vast majority of the population. The city is bordered by the Paranoá Lake, which is water artificially created together with Brasilia. Masterpiece of modern architecture, Brasilia was declared world heritage of humanity by UNESCO. The residential areas are functional and self-sufficient with shopping malls, schools and parks nearby. To see: the Cathedral, the National Congress, the square of the three powers, the Memorial JF, Dom Bosco sanctuary, among others.

Tips

The city can be visited by car or bus because it is large enough. You must make sure to book your hotel in advance because half of room is already occupied by people who work in the Government or who have to do with him.
One of the most popular attractions is Lake Paranoá and its activities: surfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, etc. You can also make ideal swimming for warm, dry days. Another option to refresh is visiting the National Park with its two swimming pools and plenty of green space to walk (30 km) and enjoy to see the typical vegetation of the region with beautiful flowers and hear the birds; the park is home to a number of threatened species, including deer, Anteaters, the giant Armadillo and maned wolves. nice place to relax. You can go by bus.
If you visit the Don Bosco sanctuary, you can also take advantage of the small nearby on lake beaches or green areas for a picnic.
If you want to have a beautiful view of the city visit the television tower, which has a terrace of observation at 75 metres.
The surroundings of the capital are also to explore and if you stay several days there, you can visit the waterfall of Itiquira (about 100 km), 168 metres high, it is the second largest in Brazil. Sites are protected from development and therefore offer outstanding natural beauty.

Basilica of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine

The Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank, Palestine, built in the fourth century (327-333) by the Roman Emperor Constantine 1st, is one of the oldest churches in the world, built on the presumed site of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. The current basilica was rebuilt in its present form in 565 by Emperor Justinian who erected a larger building by extending the nave and adding transepts. It suffered several conservation issues and changes through the years and also many restorations but its current state needs immediate handling and catering. Currently, it is administered jointly by the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem (which has the main part of the basilica and also the altar of the Nativity in the cave), the Catholic Church and the Armenian Apostolic Church (who owns the silver star beneath the altar of the Nativity). The fanatical rivalry on the spatial and temporal control of the sanctuary because of the conflicts erupt in the most serious solemn ceremonies involving the simultaneous participation of several churches. In the Place of the Nativity, you find the bell tower of the Armenian monastery in the foreground and the bell tower of the Greek Orthodox monastery in the background. The basilica is part of a large monumental complex that covers almost 12,000 square feet which includes the Latin monasteries (north), Greek Orthodox (southeast, the cemetery along the south aisle of the basilica), Armenian (south- west) and St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic church with chapels and hotels nearby to accommodate the pilgrims. The current basilica architectural ensemble is a combination of two churches and a crypt – the grotto of the Nativity – where Jesus was born, according to tradition. It includes just a gateway, the Door of Humility, which originally was much larger but it has been reduced along the years. The key to the door is in the hands of the Orthodox that open at dawn and close twenty minutes before sunset. The church plan is that of a classical Roman basilica. Inside there are pink limestone of Bethlehem, white marble, many frescoes, Byzantine mosaics, eternal hanging lamps, details that also show various different religions and cultures that have passed through the years. The stairs on either side of the sanctuary provide access to the Grotto by irregular steps.

 
Tips

Believers gather on Christmas Eve in Manger Square to sing Christmas carols until midnight mass but it takes place at different dates according to the beliefs.
In one of the columns inside, you’ll find four holes in a cross where visitors have the habit of placing their fingers because according to the belief, Mary laid her hand so the wishes from their prayers to the Virgin, could be realized.