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Canadian Geographic - - GATEWAY - —Joanne Pearce, edi­to­rial in­tern —Sab­rina Doyle —Harry Wil­son, se­nior ed­i­tor

SEE­ING THE WORKS of Michelan­gelo in New York City, vis­it­ing a 2018 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture and be­ing in Ot­tawa for two ma­jor sport­ing events are the top travel ex­pe­ri­ences cho­sen by Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic Travel staff this fall and win­ter.

MICHELAN­GELO AT THE MET, NEW YORK CITY There’s a rea­son why Michelan­gelo was called “the di­vine one” by his peers; his mas­tery over var­i­ous art forms still cap­ti­vates us to­day. Luck­ily, you don’t need to fly to Rome to ex­pe­ri­ence his work in per­son — start­ing in Novem­ber, a week­end trip to New York City will suf­fice. There, the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­seum of Art’s ex­hibit Michelan­gelo: Di­vine Drafts­man and De­signer (Nov. 13, 2017 to Feb. 12, 2018) fea­tures an im­pres­sive range of pieces, in­clud­ing nearly 150 draw­ings, three mar­ble sculp­tures, his ear­li­est paint­ings and nu­mer­ous other mas­ter­pieces brought from across the United States and Europe. Sounds di­vine to me. met­mu­seum.org VALLETTA, MALTA Diminu­tive though it may be, Valletta is set to at­tract some ma­jor at­ten­tion as a 2018 Euro­pean Cap­i­tal of Cul­ture, a ti­tle the el­e­gant cap­i­tal of the Mediter­ranean is­land of Malta owes partly to its tur­bu­lent his­tory. Es­tab­lished in the 1560s, Valletta sits on a penin­sula whose oc­cu­pants have spo­ken a mul­ti­tude of lan­guages as a re­volv­ing door of in­vaders — Phoeni­cian, Ro­man, Span­ish and French among them — spun over the cen­turies, cre­at­ing a cul­tural palimpsest that earned the city UNESCO World Her­itage Site sta­tus in 1980. That legacy will be on show through­out 2017 and 2018 via a host of mu­sic and film fes­ti­vals, dance per­for­mances, art ex­hibits, the­atre pro­duc­tions, pub­lic talks and the city’s an­nual car­ni­val. Do you need a bet­ter ex­cuse to soak up some sun­shine in the Med? val­letta2018.org THE GREY CUP & NHL100 CLAS­SIC, OT­TAWA The na­tion’s cap­i­tal gets pretty much the last kick at the sesqui­cen­ten­nial cel­e­bra­tions can by host­ing two big sport­ing events less than a month apart: the 105th Grey Cup (Nov. 26) and an out­door NHL game be­tween the home­town Se­na­tors and the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens (Dec. 16), both at TD Place Sta­dium. The for­mer event is less a game than it is a six-day party fea­tur­ing plenty of face paint, a street fes­ti­val, tail­gat­ing and out­landishly dressed fans be­fore cul­mi­nat­ing in the cham­pi­onship game. The lat­ter con­test, mean­while, also marks the NHL’S cen­ten­nial and will be the lat­est chap­ter in a ri­valry that be­gan when the two teams met on the league’s open­ing night on Dec. 19, 1917. Sport doesn’t get more quintessen­tially Cana­dian than this.

Clock­wise from above left: Valletta; one of the Met’s Michelan­gelo works; an Ot­tawa Red­blacks player hoists the Grey Cup.

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