Myrtos Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Myrtos Beach is a beach in the Gulf of Myrtos, in the municipality of Pylaros, on the island of Kefalonia, Ionian Islands, Greece. It was considered the best Greek beach on many occasions and is considered one of the best in the world. It is located between the feet of Kalo Mountain (901m) and Agia Dynati (1131m). The beach is made up of round, white cobblestones and when you approach to the sea, the wave energy is very high and causes the gradation trends from cobbles to pebbles along the beach. A steep, winding road, about 2 km in length and with hairpin turns, leads down to the beach from the village of Divarata.

Tips

In summer (high tourist-season) you can arrive to the beach by bus from the harbour area in Agia Efimia. It’s convenient you check the timetables online or at the Tourist Information Office cause they don’t run all the time. You also have many taxis going and coming from the beach to the port and vice-versa but you must ask for the price before because they don’t have a calculator like in other countries to have the distance and the price so you can get it dealing with the taxi driver, if you are with other people, it could be convenient cause you don’t have to wait an hour for the bus to come and it’s always crowded.
If you go by car, you have a parking at the base of the cliffs.
You can hire beach lounges and umbrellas.
If you want to eat or drink something, you’ll find many tavernas at the top of the road leading down to the beach in the village of Divarata.

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