Last summer, I visited the beautiful city of Montreal with my buddy Brandon who owns https://www.southernstarroofing.com. Montreal, believe it or not, is on an island in Canada’s Quebec. It is home to some of the famous museums and great attractions. Whether you visit with your family or with your partner, this is a great destination for a fun-filled weekend. Here are some of the things that you shouldn’t miss out on when you are in Montreal.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
I made it a point not to miss out on the primary museums of Canada. No doubt, this is one of the best things that you can do here. This facility is the largest one that you will come across Quebec. It is located in Sherbrooke Street. It houses more than 40,000 pieces varying in medium and style. There are temporary, as well as permanent displays. I came across a concert venue in this museum.
Montreal Botanical Garden
This is the most substantial contribution to the horticulture of Montreal. The diverse and expansive collections combined with the comprehensive facility contribute to the reputation it has. You will find an insectarium and planetarium. I found them to be quite educational and interesting.
Notre-Dame Basilica is a dramatic architectural feature that you will come across. It is a significant component of the skyline of Montreal. The Basilica has breathtaking interior while the ceiling is rich blue in color. The glass windows of the Basilica depict the religious history of Montreal. You can go to the church as a visitor when mass isn’t going on.
The Jean-Talon Market is a farmer’s market situated in the Little Italy district. When it comes to food, the market is all year round staple. Here, you will find the vendors selling a wide range of produce, ingredients that are local farm fresh and handmade goods. There are spices to freshly cut flowers.
While visiting Toronto, it took a detour and reached the small city of Guelph. The dynamic culture and limestone architecture makes the city more beautiful. The lively city surprised me with what it has to offer. There is something for everyone. Take a look at the best things you can do at Guelph.
Explore the center of the city
The downtown area of the city is incredible. I came across several buildings from the Victorian era. Take a tour of the heart of the city to know about its history. Some of the noteworthy landmarks in these areas are Guelph City Hall, St. Georges Square, Guelph Armoury, and also Douglas Street. There are new buildings, too such as the Sleeman Center and River Run Center.
Walk over water
A bridge just for the pedestrians had been developed over Speed River. It had been built by four hundred volunteers in the year 1992. Walking across this 36.5 meters long bridge has been a pleasant experience since I got to enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will get a view of both the sides of the river. You can also take your bicycle to cross this covered bridge.
Visit a church
Don’t forget to visit the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate. It is situated in the historic region of Downtown. This had been built in a Gothic Revival form. It has stained glass and decorative carvings on the wall which had been created by the talented craftsmen. You can visit the church any day of the week. However, check the time for mass before you walk in.
Bask in the glory of nature
Along the Eramosa River is the Rockwood Conservation Area. It covers an area of 32 hectares and is open throughout the year. The glacial pothole featured by the conservation area is one of the largest you will come across in the world. Since I visited in the month of July, I was able to camp here. You can camp from May till October.
Greater Sudbury is the largest city of Northern Ontario. The diversity of culture in this city truly surprised me. The city is popular for its outdoor activities, music, and arts. It is a true gem for tourists. The local people made me feel at home with their hospitality. There is so much to do and see in this city. Here is my list of a few great things to do when you are in Great Sudbury.
Check out the Giant Nickel
To visit great Sudbury and not to visit this landmark would have been a mistake. This is a representation of the Canadian nickel from 1952. You will find this on the museum of Dynamic Earth Science’s ground. After you are done checking out the nickel, visit the museum to learn about the mining history of Canada. Take your kids to the exhibits where they will be able to learn mining, look at diamonds, and climb the mineral wall.
Stroll around the park
There are many parks that you visit and spend some relaxing time when you are in Great Sudbury. Bell Park is most frequented by the visitors and locals alike. It houses an amphitheater, flowerbed, and a playground for children. There are sculptures that display the mining history of the city.
Visit some museums
Do you want to know about the history of the area? Visit the 4 heritage museums. 3 of these museums are inside heritage buildings while the 4th one is in the library. These are Anderson Farm Museum, Copper Cliff Museum, Flour Mill Museum, and Rayside-Balfour Museum.
Click photos on the tallest chimney
Visit the tallest chimney of the country and clicks some pictures. Inco Superstack is a free-standing chimney. It is the tallest one of its type in the planet. I clicked photos with my kids to make our visit memorable.
Do you stay close to Greater Vancouver and want to go on a weekend trip? Visit Abbotsford, The rich cultural history of the country. This is a great destination for a weekend getaway. The dynamic and beautiful city has incredible natural surroundings. Here are some of the best things to do as visitors.
Skydiving has been on my bucket list for a long time now. I quenched my thirst for adventure by taking an Accelerated Freefall Course. After this, you can go for solo skydiving mission. I had to complete 3 tandem jumps prior to registering for the course. Important info like locating safe landing, opening a parachute, and achieve right free-fall is given through the tandem jump.
Go mountain biking
Visit Fraser Valley and go for mountain biking. It is frequented by locals, as well as visitors. New trails are created by the biker association of Fraser Valley Mountain. This is mainly for promoting the art of mountain biking. I was new to this area, so I took the time to look through the website and find out more about the trails. You will get the required info on the website.
Go for fishing
Take your friends and family to the water and have some gala time fishing. You can take a private jet board for catching trout, salmon, and sturgeon. The Swiftwater Guiding in charge of fishing expeditions will provide you with bait, equipment, accommodation, and lunch. Cook the fresh fish after you go back home.
Have fun at the amusement park
Take your family to the Castle Fun Park. The best part about this park is that it offers free admission. I loved the classic arcade games. You can compete in go-karting. Both kids and adults are going to have extreme fun at the park.
If you are planning for a picnic then Sao Paulo is one of the most beautiful and amazing cities I have ever been. The city also promotes one of the most famous fashion weeks of the world that is Sao Paulo fashion week. Apart from all this, the cuisines of the region are the attraction of most of the tourists. I have been to Sao Paulo. The city rests on the Piratininga Plateau and it has many rivers that quench the interior land. I have explored the length and the breadth of this wonderful city and I will share my experience of some of the beautiful tourist spots. All these tourist spots are widespread and there is a good way to travel between them.
The landscape filled with monuments, playgrounds, museums, lakes, and gardens here offered me the most peaceful leisure time which I had ever experienced. Auditório Ibirapuera here is the wonderful music hall. It is one of the most amazing concert venues.
Contemporary Art Museum
This is the wonderful museum which had amused me the most. This Museum houses artwork of numerous art schools. The sculpture garden here is the most beautiful and attractive spot. This museum preserves the wonderful artistic expressions and it is a beautiful place to visit.
Parque da Independància and Museu Paulista
The Italian Architect had created the most wonderful design modeled on palaces and Italian Neoclassicism. The place boasts of decorative artwork, a collection of costumes, and furniture of the colonial era. I had visited the place twice as I was impressed with the wonderful artwork here.
Art Museum of Sao Paulo
This museum has the most extensive collection of beautiful western art in South America. The Sunday Antique Market and the concerts here great to watch. I would love to visit this museum again and again.
Last summer, I visited the capital city of Jiangxi Province, Nanchang. It is a popular revolutionary based in China. The city is commended as the place rising with red army flags. Situated at Yangtze River bank, the place is a well-known cultural and historical city. What’s interesting is that you will find four lakes inside this city, North, South, East, and West Lake.
The popular tourist attractions of the city include Poyang Lake, Teng Wang Pavilion, Mount Jinggangshan, and Mount Lushan.
The best time to visit the city is in autumn or spring. During this time, the city has a pleasant offer.
The mountains are damper and colder than the city. Hence, make sure that you pack extra clothes. In case you are traveling in the rainy season carry umbrella or raincoats.
Put on sun protection and skid-proof shoes while climbing the mountains.
The primary shopping streets of Nanchang are Zhongshan Road, Minde Road, Fuzhou Road, Bayi Avenue, Xiangshan Road, and Shengli Road. Apart from these, there are some popular shopping streets like Lady Street and Wanshou Palace Street that sells the inexpensive product.
You will find three famous local products like Poyang Lake Whitebait, Nanchang Porcelain Portrait, and Jiangxi Paper Fan.
Popular food items
Spicy hotchpotch is a type of snack. The dish over the oven with soup stock on a large pot. It contains all types of vegetables and meat. After it has been cooked, it is put on a plate and you can add seasoning as per your personal taste.
Rice noodles are pretty popular in Nanchang. The raw material for the noodles is high-quality rice. It is made into fried noodles, braised noodles, or boiled noodles with seasonings like soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, ginger, and some chili powder.
The famous food street in Nanchang where you will find many restaurants offering different types of food at different prices.
Situated in the northeast of Brazil, São Luís is the capital of the State of Maranhão that serves a perfect den for historical locations bearing the Dutch, French, and Portuguese and Indigenous legacies. The best place to visit while you are in the city is Teatro Arthur Azevedo, the second oldest theatre in Brazil, which is proclaimed as one of the most beautiful and the best theatres of the world demonstrating a fine mixture of great construction with architecture.
We visited the beautiful church maintained in the historic center of the city, Se Church is a popular tourist attraction in the city. There is a museum next door, which explains the religious history of the city. Another place to visit in the city is Palacio dos Leoes which is currently the home to the governor but most part of it is open for tourist and about a half an hour guide that explains it. From the palace, We caught a wonderful view of São Marcos Bay can be seen and during sunsets, some artists come to play enchanting music and enhance the beauty of the place.
The city serves as a board for historical museums and churches. A good historical place to visit in the city Palacio Daniel de La Touche is quite a majestic place that is well maintained and provides lots of information about the city’s history. Another mention must be made of Museu Historico e Artistico do Maranhao which was built in the ancient time’s owners till laws of the city acquired it and turned it into a museum.
Apart from museums, historical places, and churches, we can also go for recreational visits to Parque Ecológico da Lagoa da Jansen (Jansen Lagoon Ecological Park) or São Marcos beach. It is recommended that one stays for at least 1 week while visiting this place.
Macau is a special administrative region in China that enjoys the status of an autonomous city. Located on the Pearl River, the city is known for its multicultural ethnicity. The historic center of the city has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Popularly known as the “Las Vegas of Asia”, the city features some of the best entertainment venues, resorts, and casinos in the continent. We had a great time in Macau and would definitely recommend the place to anyone planning to visit China. Mentioned below are the best sites to visit if you are in Macau.
Ruins of St. Paul’s
Located in Santo Antonio, the Ruins of St. Paul’s is one of the most-visited sites in Macau. It is a place of historic importance and the ruins have received the status of a World Heritage Site in the year 2005. The 17th-century cathedral was built by a Portuguese ruler and was ruined by a fire in 1835. The ruins mainly constitute a beautiful facade that has detailed carvings based on Oriental themes.
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
If you enjoy wildlife destinations, you should not miss out on the Giant Panda Pavilion in Macau. The place houses a beautiful park where pandas roam around freely. The entry fee for each member is around 1.10 Euro. The pandas are well cared for and they entertain the visitors with their playful demeanor. It is a great place to visit if you are traveling with family and children.
Historic Centre of Macau
The Historic center is a collection of sites that are divided into two Zones. The Zone 1 covers several religious monuments like A-Ma Temple, Moorish Barracks, Holy House of Mercy, and Ruins of St Paul’s. The streets, old buildings, and architecture preserve the bonding of Chinese ethnicity with Portuguese culture that prevailed in the city for several centuries. The entire location along with its important historical structures is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are looking to be present in the midst of the valley, surrounding the farms and vineyards then this is the place you need to visit while on the holiday to Portugal. Lamego may be less commonly known for the country’s people as well, but this is a spot which has seen a surge in tourists with every year. Be it the church or in general, the style of the architecture here, this place is sure to mesmerize you.
Let us look at some of the best places to visit in Lamego:
Museu De Lamego
This amazing palace is studded with a lot of paintings, jewel collections, furniture and collections of historians from over the years and these belong to multiple eras. They speak of the history of the place and more generally, the history of the country. The museum has been open for 80 years, and the collection has only increased ever since. Also to mention, this is one of the most sought-after museums in the country.
This monument was built more than 900 years ago and since then has stood the test of time through multiple refinements. Once I entered this place, I experienced the best of the gothic architecture and the majesticity of each element that makes up the building is sure to engage you throughout the time you spend here. You are sure to enter into a completely different period of time.
If you want to explore another monument, this must be the one. By going to this monument, you would enter the era of war between the Moors and the Christians. Make sure to do some reading before going to the monuments so that you can experience them better.
I would suggest going to this place for at least a week.
Guarda is a historic city in Portugal that lies at an altitude of 1,056 meters and forms a part of Serra da Estrela mountain range. The geographic location of the city makes it an ideal place for sightseeing. However, the historic side of the city has acquired more importance over the years. Here you would find lots of old streets, medieval ruins, old chapels, and imperial monuments. Listed below are the highlights of my weekend stay in Guarda.
Cathedral of Guarda
Locally known as Se-Catedral da Guarda, the old Catholic church is the most visited religious site in the city. Even though I have seen many historic cathedrals, none can be compared with the one I found here. The construction of the church spanned over a period of more than 2 centuries and was completed in the 16th century. The beautiful structure of the cathedral is a tribute to the excellence of Manueline and Gothic architecture. The interiors look more stunning with spiraling columns and high windows.
Parque Urbano Do Rio Diz
The park is one of the best recreation centers in Guarda. The parkland is quite big and offers large playgrounds and picnic spots for the visitors. The green landscapes with beautiful gardens and well-kept pathways are ideal for a long stroll. There are a small lake and lots of playground equipment for entertaining the kids. The place also houses 2 restaurants that serve great food.
Guarda Castle Ruins
One of the most-visited sightseeing destinations in the city is a hilltop tower that belonged to a castle or perhaps a fortress. The trail to the hilltop is quite beautiful and there are steps that take you to the castle tower. The views from the hilltop are quite stunning and you can see the entire city of Guarda from here. The rocky terrain near the tower and the lush green landscape serve as a great location for photography.