Saturday, October 31, 2015

Croatia Student Travel and Learning Experiences

Week Long Itineraries in March April May June and September

Zagreb is the capital and the largest city of the Republic of Croatia. The first recorded appearance of the name Zagreb dates back to 1094, at which time the city existed as two different city centers: the smaller, eastern Kaptol, inhabited mainly by clergy and housing the Zagreb Cathedral, and the larger, western Gradec, inhabited by farmers and merchants. They were united in 1851.

More on Zagreb Area Activities:
The Central Wastewater Treatment Plant – CWWTZ - and related infrastructure. The CWWTZ project is the first concession for a wastewater treatment plant in Croatia enabling the City of Zagreb to be in compliance with European Union environmental standards in the field of environmental and water protection.

KONČAR a leading regional manufacturer of equipment and plants for generation, transmission and distribution of electric energy as well as applications for transport and other industries.

The Zagreb Technical Museum with exhibits of historic aircraft, cars, machinery and equipment.
Kraš and the largest manufacturer of confectionery products in South-Eastern Europe.
Stari Puntijar, dinner, wine cellar and wine tasting experience. Family owned for over 160 years.

Meet with 5th Gymnasium high school students; faculty and students often visit the United States and participate in competitions with US and international schools.

Krško Nuclear Power Plant in nearby Slovenia and the Museums of Krapina-Zagorje Province More

The Cest is d' best festival the first street festival in Zagreb, established in 1997. It takes place in June

Smiljan Zadar and Split Highlights: Lika region and the Nikola Tesla Museum. Points of interest in Zadar: the Roman Forum, medieval remains and beautiful churches in Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style. Picturesque squares and stone paved streets with cafes and shops. Also, the Sea Organ on Petar Kresimir IV embankment.

Dubrovnik is one of the most attractive destinations in the Mediterranean. A visit to the old town includes: the Cathedral, Orlando’s Column – the symbol of freedom and independence of Dubrovnik, Sponza palace, the Dominican monastery, Rector’s palace, a Franciscan monastery with the old pharmacy - established by the monks in 1317, the first in Europe. Lots of places for quiet walks and, nearby, Dubrovnik's famed beaches. More on Dubrovnik
Rastoke - Plitvice Lakes Stopover in a picturesque place called Rastoke - with its watermills run by a waterfall named Fairy's Hair. The Plitvice Lakes - 16 magnificent lakes embroidered with hundreds of wonderful white waterfalls in the midst of forests situated in the mountainous Lika region of Croatia - are part of UNESCO's list of World natural heritage. Walk along pathways and wooden bridges across the lakes and around waterfalls. A boat will take you to the other shore of the lake and the train station.
The Istria and Dalmatia Coasts
Krka National Park – Šibenik A pleasant bus drive along the coast toward the Krka river national park with numerous cascades and waterfalls. Walk along pathways and wooden bridges, visit old stone houses with watermills, weaving machines and some traditional crafts. There is also the first hydropower plant in Europe with generators designed by the great inventor Nikola Tesla. Walking around Skradinski’s typical Dalmatian streets you will see the 15th century cathedral and the church of St. Michael, the ancient patron saint of the town.

Pula Brijuni National Park Rijeka and Krk Island

Punat boat excursion, swimming and lunch on board.
Biserujka Cave aka Vitezićeva Cave. The lowest point of the cave was measured at -13 meters, and the bottom of the cave is only 30 meters above the sea level. The cave extends beneath the surface and its overlay never exceeds 6 to 8 meters. Bone fragments of a cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) were found in the cave.  In the deeper part of the cave variations of microclimatic parameters are minor; soil and air temperature is about 15.0° C with relative humidity of about 95%, which makes the cave environment quite enjoyable.

The International Fair in Medevial Šibenik in on September 5 and 6
Trogir-Solin-Split A stop in Trogir includes the monastery and church of St. Lawrence with the famous portal carved by master Radovan in the 13th century, the  Kamerlengo fortress and, nearby, the 15th century round tower. On the way to Split, Roman Salona/Solin, one of the most important Roman and early Christian localities. Tour the forum with the 1st century theatre, temples, the town walls, old Christian cemetery Kapljuc with the remainders of basilicas from the 4th century. In Split, the palace and its cellars, Peristil, the inner yard with colonnades, the cathedral and its famous bell tower, the Golden gate and the monument to Grgur Ninski.

Kornati Park A  full day boat excursion to the most popular Adriatic archipelago and the southern cliffs that rise vertically above the sea up to 90 m. Kornati Archipelago will inspire you with its numerous bays, small fishing villages and crystal clear waters.
Skradin A romantic Mediterranean town with narrow paved streets, passages, vaults and stairs with stucco houses dating from the 18th and 19th century in the manner typical of Venice and areas under her influence. On the streets of Skradin you will find the pleasant atmosphere of a small Dalmatian town, especially during the festival of klapa (a capella singing typical of the Croatian Adriatic Coast) or during the celebration of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. More on Istria and Dalmatia

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Car Museums

A Century of Vintage Vehicles Entrepreneurship and Industrial Development

Much of the history of the 20th Century has been defined by the automobile industry. In countries like the United States and Italy, among others, this form of transport has been the prime mover behind industrial and economic development as well as the lifestyle in urban, suburban and rural communities.
Museums such as the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania are tasked with the preservation of vehicles of all type and educate the public. American History unfolds as decade after decade of car models, memorabilia, and collectibles come to life.  Over eight decades of cars are displayed in themed settings such as the Golden Gate Bridge, an Art Deco hotel, a gas service station, a covered bridge, Battery Park in New York, and more. From the timeless beauty and classic elegance of Model T’s and Thunderbirds, to the rough and tumble of muscle cars and motorcycles, to the romance of rumble seats, visitors are transported through time in sections that represent the decades.  America’s love affair with the automobile is constant and ever growing. More
In Italy, the region that most symbolizes the automobile industry is Emilia-Romagna, home of Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and other historic brands such as the Dallara and Pagani race cars, and motorbike legends Moto Morini, Malaguti, Minarelli and Bimota. The Entrepreneurial Spirit that made possible the introduction of new technologies, artisanal and industrial know-how, and the evolution in car and bike racing as well as state of the art assembly lines can be experienced at several museums:

The Baracca Museum, named for WWI aviation ace Francesco Baracca, can be considered the starting point of Italy’s motoring adventure; the world famous prancing horse logo was displayed on his plane and was eventually adopted by Ferarri and Ducati.

The Ferrari Museum is located just a few hundred meters from the factory in Maranello; a complete experience covering the car maker’s history and its successes in Formula 1 racing. The Casa Enzo Ferrari di Modena (MEF) focuses on the life and work of the founder.
Sports Automobile History in Emilia Romagna was also made by Maserati, founded in 1914 as a car repair shop and holder of speed records and world championships. A collection of 19 cars can be viewed at the Panini Museum.

The Lamborghini Museum, located inside the factory, retraces the Trident’s history from the 1960s whereas the Ferruccio Lamborghini Museum focuses on the life of the founder, starting from his experiences as a tractor manufacturer and including helicopter engines and industrial designs from the 1950s to the 1970s.

The Ducati Museum is also located inside the factory in the suburbs of Bologna. Ducati traces its origins to 1926 as a radio communications manufacturer; motorcycle production and racing began in 1946 with a two speed,  48 cc, one cylinder engine.

The Stanguellini Museum in Modena presents an artisanal company, dating from 1925 that went on to become a prestigious car racing manufacturer specializing in lightweight and fast rally cars. Dallara specializes in designs using carbon fiber composite materials and competes in F3 championships.

The Righini Collection, located in the Panzano Medieval Castle near Modena, includes vehicles from different epochs, including Mercedes Benz, Isotta Fraschini and the Alfa Romeo 2300 driven by Tazio Nuvolari.

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