MSC Divina

MSC Divina is an MSC Cruises ship, built at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, belonging to the Fantasia class. She was baptized in May 2012 having as godmother Sophia Loren. The ship is quite luxurious with stair steps made with Swarovski crystals, lots of marble, statues here and there and lots of color in the different spaces, especially in the bars. There are a couple of specialty restaurants, Italian cafes, two main restaurants, a large buffet area, shops, a nightclub, a wellness center, a section for children and another one for teenagers, etc.

Tips

If you like personalized treatment, with private spaces (restaurant, swimming pool, etc.), do not hesitate to book your cabin in the Yacht Club sector. You will not regret it.

If you want a quick bite to eat anytime and don’t feel like doing it at the buffet, there is a cafe near the shops where you can choose from a variety of sandwiches or pastries. There is also a counter with a choice of ice creams.

Vittorio Emmanuele II Gallery, Milan, Lombardia, Italy

Vittorio Emanuele II Gallery is located in Duomo Square in Milan and is a passage that communicates the cathedral to La Scala. It has the name of King Victor Emmanuel II of Italy. In neo-classical style with a tendency to 19th century baroque, it was designed by the architect Giuseppe Mengoni. Its construction took eleven years, from 1867 to 1878, being inaugurated on January 1st , 1878 by King Victor Emmanuelle II. It has the shape of a cross and there is a triumphal arch that overlooks the Guomo Square. It is a prestigious place in the city and a must-see. It has an excellent glass roof, very beautiful mosaics on the floors, metal and cement structures, in short, breathtaking architecture. It houses several famous brand stores like Prada, Tod’s, Armani, Versace, etc. as well as bookstores, antique shops, restaurants, cafes and luxury boutiques. It’s always crowded and most are just passers-by who regularly use the passage.

Tips

There are two metro stations that leave you just a 3 minute walk away; Cordusio and Duomo.

It’s a great place to have a coffee or an aperitif while you watch the comings and goings of passers-by.

If you like to take pictures, you will be overwhelmed by all this beauty.

Isle-aux-Coudres, Charlevoix, Quebec, Canada

L’Isle-aux-Coudres is a municipality in Quebec that covers the island of the same name and it is located in the St. Lawrence River near Baie-Saint-Paul. It is also part of the regional county municipality of Charlevoix. There are three villages on the island: Saint-Bernard, Saint-Louis and La Baleine. To get there, you have to go to the quay of Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive (Les Éboulements) to take the ferry. It is a place that receives a lot of tourism, ideal also for cycling enthusiasts who will be able to tour the island with its 23km and also will be able to benefit from an additional 17 km of secondary paths. There you will find campsites, motels, hotels and chalets for a good vacation. There are heritage sites and buildings to visit such as the mills, the St-Louis and St-Bernard churches and the Leclerc house among others. The island has a microclimate that makes winters milder and rains short.

Tips

There is one ferry per hour so it’s best to inquire about the times so you don’t have to stay in the queue for long.

If you want to have a beautiful view of the tides, visit or stay at the Cap-aux-Pierres hotel. It has a large belvedere from where you can observe the tides and the birds, surrounded by a very calm landscape of great beauty. The hotel has a restaurant and it is possible to make a reservation or if you prefer, pick up a meal for take out. Bike rental is also possible.

If you like fish and seafood, a meal at Corylus will satisfy you.

A tasting is possible at the Cidrerie Pedneault where you can buy their products.

If you are visiting the Moulins de l’Isle-aux-Coudres, it is worth taking the guided tour to learn a little more about the history of the mills. An on-site shop will offer you a variety of their flours as well as souvenirs.

Les Traverseux is a space where you can learn about the history of ice canoes; a very interesting visit to do. A beautiful souvenir shop awaits you.