The St. Antthony Hermitage, Bouchette Lake, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Canada

The St. Anthony hermitage of  Bouchette Lake was founded by Father Elzéar Delamarre in 1907 with the construction of a second home and a chapel dedicated to St Anthony of Padua. The place became a pilgrimage site and the abbot was building a larger chapel to accommodate the visitors. In 1925 the site was taken in care by the Capuchin Minor Brothers who built a monastery and a church dedicated to the Virgin. Today the place has also a hotel with a large dining-room with terrace overlooking the lake and an excellent gastronomic choice with local products and typical menu of the Lac St-Jean region as the famous pie called ‘tourtière’. There is also a wooden observation tower, a pedestrian path, a souvenir shop, a bakery, a camping area with parking for trailers and the warm welcome of the Brothers and staff who make of this place a beautiful option for a relaxing holiday, solo, with family, friends or couples. To see: the St. Anthony of Padua chapel (neo-Gothic country), the frescoes of the Quebec painter Charles Huot, the monastery (neo-Romanesque), the Marian Chapel, among others and of course the natural environment that is really beautiful!

Tips

You can book your accommodation with or without breakfast but it is good to take it even as the supper cause the site is in nature and there are no restaurants very near.

You have a small beach nearby, on the way to the village, and there are some games for children on the site next to the lake.

Taste the bread and buns baked at the bakery on site, it’s worth it.

There are many activities around Lac St-Jean; so staying at the monastery would be economical and comfortable to come and visit the area.

Legnano, Milan, Lombardy, Italy

Legnano is a city in the Milan metropolitan city, in Lombardy, in the High Milan, crossed by the Olona river (which cuts the municipal territory into two almost equal parts), south of the Pre-Alps of Varese. The river was channeled to prevent flooding. With a historic battle, Legnano is the only city in addition to Rome, which is quoted in the Italian national anthem and every year there is the Palio of districts to commemorate the battle. In 1862, Giuseppe Garibaldi encouraged people of the city for the construction of a monument in memory of the famous battle, the statue erected at that time, was replaced in 1900 by a monument to the Warrior of Legnano. The city has beautiful parks, like the park of the local forest or Legnano Castle Park, the Park of Mills, the Park of High Milan, the forest park of Ronchi, among others. The city also has very large statues in the streets, especially in downtown and in the streets nearby, there are many shops, restaurants, shopping center, etc. The most important streets are Corso Italia and Sampione. To see: the Basilica of St. Magnus, the Church of St. Mary Magdalene, the Castle of Legnano, the Church of the Three Saints, Guido Sutermeister museum, the Colombera Tower, the Church of St. Dominicus, the Palace Leone da Perego, among others.

Tips

If you want to see the Palio of districts, you should visit the city in the last week of May, it’s held the last Sunday of the month. This event is the reenactment of the Battle of Legnano, with a costumed parade through the streets, followed by a horse race where the eight districts of the city are fighting. The city is a good option if you wish to travel by the Milan area, as there is no parking problem as in Milan and you can move easily by train to visit other nearby places and also Milan. The airport of Milan -Malpensa is 10 minutes by motorway.

Cumberland Bay State Park, Plattsburgh, New York, USA

Cumberland Bay State Park, on the west shore of Lake Champlain, is very popular with campers and day-users because of its large natural sand beach and picnic grounds with tables and grills. The park has 152 campsites, a playground and playing fields, showers, food, and a dumping station. Visitors enjoy romping on the playing fields, camping, picnicking, and lounging on the beach. The park is a runner’s paradise, especially in the fall. You can also camp with your pet if your site allows pets but you must have proof of current rabies vaccination – certificate inoculation or dated collar tag; you must household them only, caged or on a leash, not more than 6 feet. They aren’t permitted in picnic or bathing areas; there is a two-pet maximum. To visit: Macomb Reservation State Park, John Brown Farm State Historic Site, Point Au Roche State Park, and Crown Point State Historic Site are all nearby.

Tips

The park opens from early May to Columbus Day.
If you love camping on parks, for $65, the Empire Passport provides you unlimited day use vehicle entry into most of New York parks.
You can do lots of activities like swimming, picknicking, biking, boating, canoeing, fishing, water skiing, voleyball, basketball, etc.

152 Cumberland Head Road Plattsburgh, NY 12901