May 19, 2006 (CIDRAP news) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed that a 12-year-old Indonesian boy from East Jakarta died of avian influenza.The boy was not part of the extended family case cluster in northern Sumatra that involved at least six people, five of whom died. Officials are still investigating the source of that outbreak and whether it involved human-to-human transmission.The 12-year-old was hospitalized May 7 and died May 13. An investigation is underway to determine the source of his infection, according to today’s WHO report. However, Nyoman Kandun, director-general of disease control for Indonesia’s Ministry of Health, told Agence France-Presse (AFP) today, “We suspect it was from backyard chickens.”The boy’s death, which the news media first reported May 17, brings the H5N1 death toll in Indonesia to 32 and the case total to 41. The WHO’s global count has reached 217 cases with 123 deaths.Health officials have said the family cluster in Sumatra does not to be associated with any other cases beyond the family, but they have not ruled out person-to-person spread.In their continuing search for the source of the outbreak, officials have found no evidence of current H5N1 infection in pigs from the family’s village.As reported yesterday, initial tests had shown antibodies in 10 of 11 pigs tested. But subsequent nasal swabs revealed no H5N1 virus, said Syamsul Bahri, animal health director for the Indonesian agriculture ministry, as quoted in a Reuters report today.Bahri said swab tests on poultry from the same village also were negative, but more tests would be run to confirm the findings, according to the story.In another Reuters report today, Leo Poon, a University of Hong Kong microbiologist, said the discovery of antibodies in the pigs could mean that the pigs were previously infected with H5N1, but the infection did not persist.See also:May 19 WHO statement on Indonesian casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_05_19/en/index.html
See related article posted today: “Experts stress vigilance over emerging, unpredictable diseases”Oct 29, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Saying Americans are threatened by a rising tide of emerging and resurging infectious diseases, the nonprofit group Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) today issued a report calling on the US government to launch a comprehensive campaign to battle the microbes at home and abroad.”Americans are more vulnerable than we think we are, and our defenses are not as strong as they should be,” TFAH Executive Director Jeffrey Levi, PhD, said at a news briefing on the 44-page report, “Germs Go Global: Why Emerging infectious Diseases Are a Threat to America.””Infectious diseases are not just a crisis for the developing world. They are a real threat right here, right now to America’s economy, security, and health systems,” Levi commented in a news release.Quoting an estimate from the National Intelligence Council in 2000, the report says emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases “will continue to kill at least 170,000 Americans annually” and “will complicate US and global security over the next 20 years.”TFAH, based in Washington, DC, said the nation should take an array of steps to combat infectious diseases, such as building up public health capacity and improving disease surveillance both nationally and globally and adopting strategies to develop new vaccines, antimicrobials, and diagnostic tests. The group called on congress to take specific steps toward those ends, such as fully funding the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Agency (BARDA).A disease smorgasbordIn the report and news release, TFAH cites a wide range of new and older diseases that threaten or may threaten the nation, including HIV/AIDS, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), H5N1 avian influenza and its potential for sparking a pandemic, tuberculosis (TB), hepatitis C, Lyme disease, Legionnaire’s disease, and dengue fever.”We also have the diseases of old that continually threaten us,” said Kathleen Gensheimer, MD, MPH, Maine’s state epidemiologist, speaking at the press conference. “In Maine we worked up a large outbreak of mumps this past winter, over 100 cases,” which necessitated costly control measures. Gensheimer served on a peer review board for the report.More than 130 cases of measles—once thought to be largely eliminated because of immunization—have been reported in the United States this year, the most since 2001, the report notes. In addition, the nation continues to face a risk of terrorist attempts to spread diseases such as anthrax, botulism, plague, and smallpox, it says.Another danger is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which causes serious skin, soft-tissue, and bloodstream infections. Once confined mainly to healthcare settings, MRSA infections are increasingly occurring in the community, the report notes.The report cites 13 factors spurring the emergency of infectious diseases. The leading ones include antimicrobial resistance; globalization; climate change, which leads to the spread of disease-carrying insects; poverty and the associated lack of healthcare and poor sanitation; war and civil strife; and high-risk behaviors.”The trends involving most of these factors are in a direction favoring the microbes,” said James Hughes, MD, an Emory University professor of public health who formerly headed the infectious disease branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hughes, a peer reviewer of the TFAH report, spoke at the news conference.Chinks in the armorDespite these threats, the private research and development pipeline for countermeasures against most emerging diseases is “stagnant or nonexistent,” the report asserts. Reasons include a common view that these diseases are confined to the developing world and that vaccines and drugs for them are not profitable for US drug companies.Since 1998, only 12 new antibiotics have been approved in the United States, and only two of those had a truly new mechanism of action, the report says. And despite some progress on vaccines, there are still no highly effective vaccines against three of the biggest killers: HIV/AIDS, TB, and malaria.Disease surveillance capabilities also fall short, according to TFAH. The United States has a number of surveillance networks, but overall the nation lacks a “robust, coordinated capability.” Internationally, there are programs that monitor particular diseases, but the support for tracking emerging diseases is “relatively weak,” the report states.Also needed are better diagnostic tests—especially “point of care” tests. Exhibit A is TB, for which the standard test in most of the world is more than 50 years old and only 50% accurate.A Manhattan Project?The TFAH report argues that a decidedly major effort is needed to remedy the situation: “The US government should lead efforts to detect and conquer emerging infectious diseases with the same energy it devoted to tackling polio in this country during the last century.”Gensheimer likened the scale of effort needed to that in the Manhattan Project, which developed the first nuclear bombs during World War II.The report offers a lengthy set of recommendations for the nation, which largely mirror those made by the Institute of Medicine in its 2003 report “Microbial Threats to Health.” Here are the key ones:Governments at all levels should provide the resources to build the ublic health capacity to respond to infectious diseases. In particular, the CDC should lead an effort to provide the nation with a disease surveillance system that is interoperable among jurisdictions and agencies.The nation should step up its leadership in enhancing global capacity to respond to infectious disease threats.The federal government should take the lead in “promoting the implementation of a comprehensive system of surveillance for global infectious diseases.”The government should lead the development of a comprehensive, long-term research agenda, including strategies for vaccines, antimicrobials, antibiotic resistance, diagnostics, surveillance, and insect vector control.The government and all components of the health system should expand efforts to reduce the inappropriate use of antimicrobials.The government should work with academia and private groups to recruit, retain, and train public health professionals to combat emerging infectious diseases.Public health education efforts aimed at stopping infectious diseases should be stepped up. Efforts should focus on hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and following vaccination recommendations.TFAH also appeals to Congress to take specific steps related to the above. For example, Congress is urged to:Fully fund BARDA. Congress authorized $1.07 billion for the program for 2006 through 2008, but actually provided only $102.1 million for fiscal year 2008.Pass the proposed Strategies to Address Antimicrobial Resistance (STAAR) Act.Restore funds for the CDC’s programs to support state and local public health preparedness at least to the fiscal year 2005 level of $919 million, versus the $746 million provided this year.In response to a question about the chances of increasing funding for public health in the current financial crisis, Levi commented, “Even in this difficult financial climate we’re going to see federal investments in infrastructure, roads, alternative energy sources. Making sure in difficult financial times that people are protected from disease also has to be a priority. The level we’re talking about is not huge compared to what’s being proposed to invest in other areas.”Gensheimer added that every dollar spent on vaccines is estimated to save $27 in overall healthcare costs, and that only 4% of US health spending is for prevention.See also: Oct 29 TFAH news releasehttp://healthyamericans.org/newsroom/releases/?releaseid=146Full text of reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/assets/files/GermsGoGlobal.pdf
The Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj has actively started 2018 with a new promotional campaign based on visuals and a new slogan “1 Visit is worth 1000 pictures “.Thus, in January 2018, in cooperation with the Kuharić-Matoš agency, a new destination Image catalog of the island of Lošinj was designed and printed. Visually and textually adapted by languages, ie according to market trends, and the new Image includes the following factors of the offer: health, culture, active vacation and natural beauty and specialties of the Lošinj archipelago. As part of the new promotional campaign, the Tourist Board, in cooperation with photographer Hrvoje Serdar, created a new database of destination photos with the aim of creating a website and new online and offline promotional materials. The production of jumbo posters, banners and other materials is underway, created as a logical sequence of the development of visual identity, and the plan is to create a new line of promotional printed materials on topics: events, culture, health, gastronomy, beaches and active holidays. catalog.Photo by: Hrvoje SerdarLocals as the main actorsDirector of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj Dalibor Cvitković especially thanks the models, ie residents who voluntarily participated in the creation of the promotional campaign and thus helped achieve the authenticity of photos and experiences, which in itself is a special and great story.By merging its offline and online channels, the destination together with the Tourist Board is actively moving towards the targeted positioning of the tourist offer of the island of vitality on the world market ” said Cvitkovic.In addition to printed and digital materials, a novelty is the redesign and creation of a new Web site of the Tourist Board in cooperation, ie the destination website (www.visitlosinj.hr) which follows digital trends, and on which new visuals have also been implemented. The work of the website is also monitored by new promotional activities on social networks, all with the aim of adapting to trends in foreign markets.As pointed out by the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board, in addition to offline and online activities, presentations will follow in the coming months in Trieste, Ljubljana and Sete (France) where many participants will be presented the cultural, sports and maritime tradition of Lošinj, all in the new September. new visuals and slogan “1 Visit is worth 1000 pictures”
The Ministry of Tourism held a working meeting in Rovinj with representatives of the tourist system of the Republic of Croatia in order to get direct information on the current situation and activities related to the continuation of the tourist 2018 in the run-up to the main part of the tourist year.The meeting was attended by numerous stakeholders of the tourism public and private sector of the Republic of Croatia, ie representatives of tourism associations, travel agencies, airports, hoteliers, private accommodation, caterers, public institutions, representatives of chambers, county tourist boards, emergency medicine associations, protection and rescue as well as representatives of the Ministries of Environmental Protection and Energy, Interior and Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure who work together all year round for the purpose of a quality and safe tourist year.”We are facing another challenging, but I am sure, successful tourist year in which we will confirm that Croatia has become one of the world’s tourism leaders. According to previous announcements from the field, ie based on talks with domestic and foreign representatives of airlines, tour operators, Croatia is again in the focus of interest of tourists from around the world and the demand is growing. The perception and motives for the arrival of guests have changed significantly in recent years, so Croatia has become recognizable not only as a destination of sun and sea, beautiful nature, but rich gastronomy, diverse and quality offers and tourist products. This success is due to all tourism workers and stakeholders in Croatian tourism who make a great contribution to creating the overall tourist story in our destinations. ” pointed out Minister Cappelli.A short report on the current situation in its scope of work and activities was presented by the Vice President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Tourism, Trade and Finance, Josip Zaher; President of the Association of Croatian Travel Agencies Tomislav Fain; President of the Croatian Hotel Employers’ Association Ronald Korotaj; Assistant Director of Police Krunoslav Borovec; State Secretary at the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure Maja Mrakovčić Kostelac; President of the Croatian Camping Association Tihomir Nikolaš; President of the Guild of Caterers and Tourist Workers of the Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts Nenad Šepak; Director of Pula Airport Svemir Radmilo; Director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine Maja Grba-Bujević; Vinko Prizmić, head of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service and many others. “When compared to other countries, Croatia has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe, and therefore our guests are less exposed to crime than elsewhere and feel safer. This year, 18 countries will be included in the “Safe Tourist Season” program, which is the most so far. This is an action that is extremely important to us because of the quality of police service in terms of speed, courtesy and obtaining information. We are glad that this year we will be joined for the first time by police officers from China who will be staying in Split, Dubrovnik and Plitvice. Also, this year, for the first time, a headquarters based in Zadar will be formed, which will function as a communication point with other services.” said Assistant Police Director Krunoslav Borovec.The importance of joint cooperation was emphasized by the director of the Croatian Institute of Emergency Medicine, Maja Grba-Bujević, emphasizing that in cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, they had provided a helicopter and police service. “The availability of ambulance teams is extremely important in order to save the lives of locals and tourists especially during the summer months when there is a larger influx of guests. In order to increase the availability on the islands, we have also started the procurement of six ships for the medical service, which I believe will significantly contribute to increasing the efficiency of interventions.. ” “The tourist year started well, and it is certain that the good announcements are the result of numerous activities of the Croatian Tourist Board, from appearances at the world’s largest fairs, to the implementation of key marketing and PR campaigns. The focus is on positioning Croatia in distant markets through the opening of new representative offices in the markets of China, South Korea and the USA, and also a significant increase in airlines, which are one of the basic prerequisites for positioning our country as a quality year-round destination.” said after the meeting the director of the CNTB, Kristjan Staničić.After the meeting with the representatives of the tourism sector in Croatia, a meeting was held with the directors of foreign missions of the Croatian Tourist Board who presented the situation in the markets in which they operate and briefly outlined the projects and challenges they face in their work. Also, tomorrow in Ruvinj will be held the 33rd session of the Tourist Board of the Croatian National Tourist Board, which will discuss the adoption of proposals for decisions on marketing cooperation with Lonely Planet and TripAdvisor, as well as marketing and PR activities within the project “Sports Croatia”. Also, council members will adopt the proposal Decisions on announcing vacancies for managerial positions in representative offices in the markets of Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden and China.
At the very peak of the tourist season, when everyone who cares about themselves needs to comment on Croatian tourism and compare it with tourism in other countries, we decided on a special experiment: we become tourists of a modern profile.On Saturday, August 23, we were still not sure if we were going on a trip. We decided that on Sunday morning. The destination of our trip was France – Provence. The way to travel – the only possible for such a “quick” decision – by car. By noon we were packing for the trip and planning the route and booking accommodation through booking.com.Our first destination will be Savona, about 700 km away. We left at 14 p.m. Navigation took us at 20,30 across the hilly Ligurian hinterland to the town of Sassollo, some twenty kilometers from Savona. Accommodation here is cheaper by about thirty Euros, the difference is enough for a good dinner for two. For sleeping, whenever possible, we choose family accommodation, so on this occasion we booked one night in the B&B house “San Giovanni”, which also has a restaurant of the same name. The warm welcome of the hosts was just an overture to an amazing experience.The Muscardin family is originally from Lošinj. Ustrine is named after their company, after the birthplace of Mrs. Rita’s parents. Pleasant conversations imbued with emotions towards the beloved Kvarner culminated in a special gift – we received a book of poetry “La memoria del mare”, illustrated with photographs of the Cres – Lošinj archipelago with a dedication by the author, Mrs. Rita.Comfortably located in a house that radiates a special atmosphere, we rested from the hard road and headed for – breakfast. The price of 60 Euros for a double room includes breakfast in one of the local cafes in the center. Instead of a voucher or electronic card, the hosts gave us a signed and stamped business card. We decided on a cafe with a long tradition – “Jole”. At “Joleta” you can drink great coffee, have breakfast, but also buy local products offered by producers united in an agricultural cooperative. Canned mushrooms, jams, almond and hazelnut products, cheeses and spreads… everything can be bought in the cafe at “Joleta”.By the way, the Ligurian hinterland is irresistibly reminiscent of Gorski kotar, and their narrow winding roads are attractive to cyclists, especially road cyclists. On some sections, bicycle traffic is equal to motor vehicle traffic. Liguria is one of the smallest Italian regions, with a total population of 235 million in 1,6 municipalities. The hinterland is hilly with peaks up to 1.500 m above sea level. The weather conditions are similar to those in Kvarner – unstable with a lot of precipitation. Liguria has its “Gorski kotar”, it has its “Rijeka” (Savona) and “Opatija” – San Remo! This tourist town with 57.000 inhabitants is protected by the Maritime Alps from the effects of cold currents, so it is known for its flower growing and year-round tourism.San remoSan Remo is best known for its music festival, which has been held continuously since 1951. This festival was a model for many Croatian festivals – Opatija, Split, Zagreb… What attracted our attention were the hundreds of greenhouses and hothouses for growing flowers, fruits and vegetables on demanding terrain that descends steeply towards the sea. The developed culture of fruit and vegetable production will follow us all the way. Just like all the present solar panels and excellent infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians.You can ride a bike or walk along the Riviera and along local roads. Bicycle paths are specially marked and physically separated from the road for motor vehicle traffic. But bicycles are used on all roads, in fact bicycles are equal to other means of transport. Invigorated by a good meal at the Corsican bar, we continue our journey from San Remo along the coastal state road to Monte Carlo.Monte CarloThis second smallest country in the world founded 8.1. In 1297 it had a population of 32.000 and covered only 2 km2. Tourism is the principal source of income for the principality, where its citizens do not pay taxes, and its GDP per capita is $ 21.000. A perfectly organized city – the state captivates with its distinctive architecture that has brought concentrated construction to the level of aesthetic harmony. Prestigious yachts are moored in the port of Monegasque, on the stern of which newly composed rich people from the east are loudly gesturing and uniformed crews are parading, and all this is being watched closely by thousands of tourists who leave the same amount of euros here – per hour.Parking, city tour, souvenirs, food and drink… in two to three hours each visitor to Monaco leaves the principality a minimum of 50 and more Euros. Everything seems like a well-directed play attended by a large audience. The same scenario awaited us in our next destinations, Nice, Cannes, Saint Tropez… However, it should be said that each port of these most elite destinations has room for small boats of the locals, and a special place deserves traditional boats, gucevi.In general, the domicile population lives their usual rhythm of life everywhere, bottles are played in parks in the city center, people work in hotels, restaurants, shops, well-organized beaches, but also in kiosks offering simple food, stalls with cheaper clothes, souvenirs… Everywhere it has everything, for everyone’s taste and for everyone’s pocket.Cote d’Azur / PixabayNicaNice especially surprised us. We were expecting a town like Opatija, and we were greeted by an agglomeration of millions. Nice alone has a population of 350.000, and with the surrounding settlements and cities it exceeds one million inhabitants. We are trying to imagine a city the size of Zagreb that would stretch from Mošćenička Draga to Novi Vinodolski “stretched” deep into the hinterland.Nice is the capital of the Cote d’Azur, a pulsating center with a rich offer of diverse facilities. The airport built by the embankment has three runways with very frequent arrivals and departures, every 5 to ten minutes a plane lands and takes off… DHL, Air France… Nice’s tourist history begins in the late 19th century when it is discovered by the English as a pleasant winter resort . It is an irresistible link with our Opatija, which at the same time is discovered by Austrians for the same motives.The first hotel in Nice was built a little later than our “Kvarner”. “Negresco” was built in 1912 and did not have time for business take-off. World War I destroyed the owner of the Romanian Count Negrescuo. Nevertheless, the hotel has been preserved, renovated and today operates as one of the most elite hotels in Nice. Perhaps the most impressive of all in Nice is the promenade. The “English Promenade”, 5 kilometers long and wider than the roads through the city, allows thousands of walkers, swimmers, cyclists, joggers, rollerbladers uži to enjoy the promenade that provides a lot of content and different scenes. Here, as in all other destinations, it is not a problem to find accommodation of all categories, so two-star hotels are located just a hundred meters from the coastal promenade.Cannes As in any film, the journey took us further to the most prestigious place in the world when it comes to film art. Cannes, a small town near Nice with 67.000 inhabitants, covers an area of 19,6 km2. The first holiday villa was built here by an Englishman, Lord Brougham, in 1839. The real rise in the “orbit of popularity” of Cannes was given by the decision of the French government to establish a film festival in that city. It was 1946. Well anticipating the magical power of the film industry, the French developed this small place with a pleasant climate into a synonym for movie stars. This is exactly what the one-hour train tour of Cannes is based on. Of course after Lord Brougham and especially with the arrival of Hollywood stars, hundreds of prestigious villas for famous names were built and after that thousands of apartments and holiday homes for tourists who want to be in a place visited by the world’s Jetset.We booked the second night in a French chain of B&B hotels, some thirty kilometers from Nice in a place with an interesting name – Sophia Antipolis. (This is the “Silicon Valley” of France). We had problems with navigation, so we bought a map of the region at TIC and paid 10 Euros for it. Such cards are given away in Croatia, and in France they also make money on them. Here is another “input” for Croatian tourism analysts.The B&B chain is irresistibly reminiscent of the Etap hotels of the French chain Accor. Simple, neat and clean, at the level of two stars and at a price of 79 Euros for a double room with breakfast. Still, we are looking forward to accommodation in a real Provencal house which we also booked through booking.com. We get there the next day.L isle sur la SourgeThe road to L isle sur la Sourge led us through a landscape very similar to our climate. A mixture of the Adriatic north and south, olive groves, pine trees, vineyards, lots of stone, yellow and red earth… and incredibly consistent architecture. Probably our architects and spatial planners would suffer from depression if they had to sign projects in Provence. All houses are authentic. Where facades were originally made of stone and today even modern villas are built in the same way, if the facades are rustic made of local material, a mixture of sand and lime then all the houses are made in that style. Facades, shutters and roof coverings are simply “default elements” without the possibility of experimentation.This is where any resemblance to the Croatian coast ends. We notice more and more differences with each kilometer traveled. Incomparably richer natural environment in Croatia and also incomparable cultivation culture in France. Orchards, vineyards, olive groves, lavender fields, greenhouses, farms… Food is really produced here. And it is felt in every bite whether in restaurants or shopping in small specialty stores of fruits and vegetables, meat products, cheeses and wine…Supermarkets are not as widespread as on our coast, so we have an advantage, I think?French accommodation with the ownerWhen we arrived at our destination, the Mas Clement estate, we were thrilled – it’s Provence! From the main road, a massive door opens up a macadam road decorated with cypresses, lavender and a “green wall” to a typical Provencal house about fifty meters away. Accommodation in a double room with bathroom basket 100 Euro per night. Breakfast is included. The house also has a swimming pool. But the general impression is that the owner has a slightly more relaxed sense of tidiness and cleanliness, which was especially evident in and around the pool. Breakfast is a special experience. All guests sit at a common table on the pergola terrace. On the table are three thermoses with hot water, coffee and milk, one half-used butter in the original packaging, a salad bowl and one baguette placed on the table for two seats. There are also two types of marmalade in a 500 gram vase on the table, and the hostess personally, with her hand from the scrapbook (paper bag), shares the “following” – one croissant for each guest.Tea, milk or coffee are drunk from a salad bowl, because “it’s a French breakfast”. The bed in the room consists of floorboards on legs and a beautifully painted front laid on the wall. All room equipment is cheap, deftly “rustic”, which would be called “stucco e pitura fanno una bella figura”. The lady has four double rooms and earns 400 Euros a day in a very casual way. From foreign languages he speaks good morning, thank you, room, pay, goodbye. It is accommodation in the household in the French way. The house was full, mostly French people who are also the most frequent guests. All guests come with good cars, they are middle-aged, nice people. A sleek couple from Germany in a convertible stands out, the lady speaks excellent French and English. I have to admit I was quite confused by the startled condition.Guests to be desired – and the service could be even betterThe situation is similar in restaurants and shops. Rarely does anyone speak a language other than French, the service is correct and no more than that, and the prices are slightly more than correct. Contrary to this impression, the audience is generally well-off, people who like to tour the area they visit and enjoy the local culture and gastronomy. This can be seen in the fleet and well-visited bars.The matter seems to be in order of importance. The most important thing is the atmosphere, and it is completely retro, completely in line with tradition, blended into the environment. This patina can be seen everywhere – on the floor, on houses in shops, restaurants… PVC equipment is a real rarity, natural materials, original antiques and faithful replicas predominate. In this context, accommodation is something that is a “necessity”, and everything else is a real value. Thousands and thousands of people visit specially branded towns like Gordes every day that are authentic in a preserved ambience where even a new hospital is built in the old style. Parking lots, restaurants, souvenir shops… are real “cash machines” that collect thousands of Euros a day from people who come to admire this consistency in preserving authenticity. Despite the large crowds, the flow of traffic was ensured with the help of on-duty police officers and large parking capacities. Pages of the text could be written about each town, and the connection with our Dobrinj, Vrbnik and similar small towns would almost be imposed. However, the mistakes already made, especially in Vrbnik, where the new building did not adapt to the current view, unfortunately permanently eliminate such branding in the future. What is important to note is that in these preserved historic cities live a population who are even allowed to enter the pedestrian zone by car. A city without people would be just a backdrop without action.A city of artists and antiquariesOur “basic” L isle sur la surge, is known as the second most famous center of antiquities in France (after Paris). In a small town the size of Krk, 300 antique shops have been registered. The most famous festival of art and antiques in France is held here in mid-August. On weekends, a large antiques market opens with 40 bars offering all sorts of items from the distant and recent past. The city lives off of it. It has branded itself as a city of artists and antiquarians. In addition, the city is surrounded by canals in which watercourses drive numerous mills, once important drivers of the economy, today a tourist attraction. It is also called “little Venice”. In the summer, the locals enjoy riding on wooden canals along the canals, and kayak-canoeing is a well-developed sport with all the bowling alleys present.Tourist Information CenterAt the local tourist information center, we received useful information about famous destinations, including the lavender museum. All tourist information centers in the rural area are in fact branches of a regional tourist organization, in this case the Var region. There are no more wonderful picturesque brochures in them. The Internet has taken on the role of a “picture book”. TICs or “visitor centers” offer only leaflets and brochures of specific products – hiking, cultural and historical tours, cycling itineraries, wine routes, wine routes, family routes, gastro tours, entire regions regije and everything tailored to individual guests. That’s how we came to the information about the lavender museum.Lavender field, France / PixabayLavender MuseumThe Lavender Museum is actually a well-organized tour of the Le chateau du Bois distillery. An educational tour that is also tailored to individual guests (a tour with mobile synchronized setup interpreters) ends of course in a well-equipped shop with service assistants. Enriched with new knowledge about lavender and lavender, we decided to go on a trip to the Middle Ages.AvignonAvignon, the papal city, still exudes a heavy medieval impression. The Papal Palace, but also the whole old town, seem bare, a bit neglected, at night even gloomy, just “medieval”. However, here we found a restaurant with Wi Fi zone and a waiter who speaks perfect English. To book the last night on the way back, after an unsuccessful “surfing” on the Internet, we decided to use the “jocker call” method. We called the kind hosts Muscardin in Sassoll who found us accommodation in a household not far from their B&B facility.Saint TropezOn the way from France to Italy we decided to stop by Saint Tropez. “Sugar in the end”, Saint Tropez, a town smaller than Rovinj, became a place of prestige when the most famous French actress Brigitte Bardot fell in love with this place as her favorite destination. It didn’t take long for the world’s Jetset yachts to arrive from nearby Monte Carlo and Cannes. Bardot also built her mansion here, and well-to-do stars began to compete to build a house closer to hers… Everything else is a legend.It took us an hour and a half to cross five or six kilometers of the local road to the town. From morning to evening, ride in a column on the stretch that corresponds to the route Malinska – Porat. This was exactly my first association, Porat could have been the second St. Tropez, and Malinska nearby Maxim that no urbicide occurred in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Like St. Tropeza and Porat had their own charm, and the first villas built in the 5s were like those in St. Tropez blended into the environment. In the XNUMXs, mass construction of multi-storey buildings of various styles began, without backyards and gardens, concreting which is diametrically opposed to the situation on the Cote d’Azur. There, no house overhangs the pine trees, and a green environment is something that goes without saying. Anyway, all these columns of cars rush to see this fashionable place and for that they pay XNUMX Euros per hour for parking on the endless parking plateaus. A well-organized excursion fleet of boats transports hundreds of tourists every full hour for a panoramic tour of the villas of celebrities – Sarkozsy, Benetton, Al Fayed, George Michael… and dozens of other celebrities have their Provencal-style villas on the slopes of the shores of St. Tropeza.When this task is completed in an hour and 10 Euros, all that remains is to eat something and buy some souvenir in a picturesque place visited by armored limousines. People play ballots, sell their products at the market, and if you are lucky, you can “comb your hair” in that crowd about some famous person. In the harbor lined yachts in front of which are deployed painters artists, the first “settlers” in the picturesque St. Tropez. Wealthy yacht owners fulfill the wishes of their companions and buy “freshly” created works of art on the waterfront. A good recipe for the coexistence of artists and their rich patrons. Boats of the local population as well as traditional wooden boats are moored next to the yachts. They are followed by a promenade of shops with offers and prices for “ordinary mortals”. Here, too, the “see and be seen” scenario works perfectly, on which local authorities earn decent money.Tourist spendingThe last night in Italy was also a kind of journey into the past. Accommodation in the household with a kind lady in the center of the town has not changed since the first post-war years after World War II. But that’s why we drank coffee from real cups, and everything was served in a pleasant way. On the way home, my wife didn’t have to persuade me for a long time to stop by the outlet village near Venezia, we’re already home.Just before entering Croatia, we add up the “damage”: we covered 2.500 km, spent 1.600 Euros, of which 1/4 on fuel and tolls, 1/4 on accommodation, hranu on food and shopping and ¼ on parking lots, tickets, trips… Italy and in France we left 70 Euros for tolls, 150 Euros in fuel, 100 Euros in Italy for purchases… and we spent the rest more in France.Ah, those tourists who come by car, even from Croatia…, a Frenchman might think, as it is known in Croatia, to hear all kinds of comments. The fact is that they asked us everywhere where we came from and diligently recorded it. Every guest is important. “Oral presentation” is the strongest promotion, and in order to be a good host you have to enjoy the role of a guest. In our case, with each trip we reap a double benefit – we invest in knowledge and enrich our lives. It is tourism.Author: Nedo Pinezić, www.nedopinezic.com
Ticket prices start at 22 euros for seats and from 30 euros for a place in a sleeping car, and the price includes reservation, coffee, breakfast and free WIFI. By the way, an interesting comparison with HŽ, in terms of service and comfort. Tickets for the train that will bring Czech and Slovak tourists to Rijeka have been put on sale, and as Regiojet announced today, as many as 8000 tickets have been sold so far, reports Index.hr. RegioJet states that the bus ticket will be up to 12 euros at most, depending on the destination. See more about RegioJet’s offer HERE “Never before have tickets been so cheap. We want everyone to be able to afford a holiday trip to Croatia in these difficult times. ”, said Ivana Kašicka, director of RegioJet. According to the company, passengers will be transferred from Rijeka by RegioJeta buses to some of the following destinations: Opatija, Rabac, Medulin, Pula, Rovinj, Poreč, Novigrad, Malinska, Šilo, Vrbnik, Krk, Baška, Crikvenica, Novi Vinodolski, Zadar, Sukosan, Biograd, Pakostane, Omis, Brela, Baska Voda, Makarska, Podgora, Podaca, Gradac, Sibenik, Primosten, Trogir and Split. From Rijeka they take buses It will also be, as they say, a great solution for Austrians who want to go on holiday to Croatia because they can take a Regiojet bus from Vienna to Bratislava, as well as Germans from the Dresden area who can get to Prague and then by train to Croatia. The first train leaves on June 30 and will run three times a week until September 26. On Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the train will run from the Czech Republic, via Slovakia and Hungary, while on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Mondays there will be a return from Rijeka and Ljubljana. Source: Index.hr / Photo: RegioJet