TRANSATOUR MAROC – elected “Best Morocco Agency for 2019”

TRANSATOUR MAROC – elected “Best Morocco Agency for 2019”

Marocco

We are very proud and honored to announce that TRANSATOUR MAROC which has been elected “Best Morocco Agency for 2019” by the World Travel Award ™ https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-moroccos-leading-travel-agency-2019.

World Travel Awards ™ was established in 1993 to recognize, reward and celebrate excellence in all key sectors of the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. Today, the World Travel Awards ™ brand is recognized globally as the hallmark of industry excellence.

Voting for 2020 is therefore open
To vote: https://www.worldtravelawards.com/

Ad maiora!

GREECE – The Komboloi

GREECE – The Komboloi

Grecia

Anyone who has already been to Greece will surely have seen men of all ages holding a kind of “necklace” made up of small stones and passing it continuously between their fingers. This object is called komboloi and is precisely a row of pearls passed on a thin string whose ends are tied together and decorated with a finish.

As a first idea, it may seem like just a tool against boredom, an anti-stress or a method to avoid smoking too much. In reality, komboloi is much more, for the Greeks it represents a philosophy; accompanies them in every moment of the day, in moments of joy and pain, relieves them of stress, suffers and celebrates with them.

The komboloi is made up of pearls of different materials (wood, ceramic, glass, bone) and is present in different shades of colors. The most prestigious ones are however those in amber.

It is also called the Greek rosary, but unlike these prayer tools, the number of stones in the komboloi can vary and the pearls can slide along the thread that holds them together.

So even if it has no religious value, it is used to recite the Jesus prayer, repeated for all the komboloi grains. Some end with a cross and others with a tassel, which should serve to wipe away the tears following the prayer of the heart.

The komboloi was at first a symbol of power of the upper social classes: the local gentlemen carried with them a heavy and precious komboloi that ended with a silken end to be caressed.

Then with the passage of time, it has conquered all social classes becoming very popular but still remaining a purely male accessory.

In Nafplio there is the Komboloi Museum, which houses – in addition to a collection of rosaries of different religions – hundreds of different komboloi, from the simplest and cheapest to the most valuable.

INDIA – The Asiatic lion

INDIA – The Asiatic lion

India

The Asiatic lion, also called the Indian lion, is a subspecies of lion that lives only in the Forest of Gir, in the Indian state of Gujarat.

The Asiatic lion is one of the five big cats of India, together with the Bengal tiger, the Indian leopard, the snow leopard and the clouded leopard, it is sometimes mistakenly considered the national animal of India, but in reality the animal symbol of India is the tiger.

The Asian lions compared to the African cousins are similar in size and shape, but have differences in the skull (ears and nose), the male specimen has on average a less imposing mane but has a fur that is more developed overall ( for example, the tufts of hair on the elbows are generally more developed than in the African lion, the tail is thicker and longer).

Asian lions are social animals that live in flocks, less numerous than those of African lions and on average they include only two females (instead of four-six), they have less sociable habits and join the other members of the herd only to mate or around to the carcass of a particularly large prey.

They feed mainly on deer, antelopes, gazelles, wild boars, wild buffalo and domestic cattle, so in general they are fairly small prey for which capture requires the collaboration of a few elements.

 

The hunt for these animals was a very popular activity among British settlers and Indian royalty, fortunately the numbers in the last decade have increased, about 700 specimens have been registered.

ACADEMY CONNECTION , e.training platform about our destinations, is online

ACADEMY CONNECTION , e.training platform about our destinations, is online

Academy Tourism Connection

In these months of lock-down where the tourism sector has been devasted, we have decided to focus on the future and how our support can be of real support to the activity of Tour Operators and Travel Agencies.

We have therefore made available a tool that is easily accessible and remains available over time, to be consulted at all times in the daily working reality, from the training of the staff up to the time of sale with end customers.

Within our website www.tourismconnection.it you can access to “Academy Connection“, a portal dedicated to product training with simple but interesting information on the Destinations (highlights of the destination with general information, Insights such as cooking, folklore and costumes,… Images and itineraries) and on the Resorts (with technical and practical info about hotels), downloadable in pdf format and as well as some dedicated videos.

Alongside the basic trainings we will add dedicated trainings on specific themes or products, such as “Knowing and Understanding the Riad in Marrakech”.

The courses currently available online are:

DESTINATION

  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Jordan
  • Madagascar
  • Uzbekistan

SPECIAL INTEREST

  • Know and understand the Riad in Marrakech

RESORT

  • The Residence Maldives Falhumaafushi
  • The Residence Maldives at Dhigurah

IN-COMING:

  • Vietnam
  • Siberia
  • The Residence Tunis

To apply, simply “click” on the following link and fill in the required fields:

https://www.tourismconnection.it/academy/

During the lessons, our experts will be available for any need or study

At the end, a symbolic certificate of attendance will be forwarded

For more info, see the tutorial (in Italian)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUpgHU6a9bs&t=168s

Maldives and Tunisia – Restart serene and safe with The Residence Resorts

Maldives and Tunisia – Restart serene and safe with The Residence Resorts

Covid-19 Maldive Tunisia

The Residence by Cenizaro chain, owner of several luxury resorts in different heavenly destinations, has always been at the forefront of offering its guests safe and peaceful stay experiences

This is why, since the beginning of this emergency, he has prepared health precautions, scrupulously trained his staff and adopted specific prevention protocols

The following videos show the procedures adopted in our Maldives and Tunis resorts

Have a nice vision

GREECE – Meteore

GREECE – Meteore

Grecia

Meteora is a popular destination located in northern Greece, near the town of Kalambaka. It is an important tourist and Orthodox church center (only Mount Athos groups several monasteries), and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It literally means “suspended in the air” and is characterized by the presence of numerous natural rock towers where monasteries (in turn called “meteors”) have settled, characteristic for their daring construction on top of sheer walls.

The first settlements date back to the 11th century, when the first hermits occupied some caves in the sides of the cliffs.

In the 14th century, in order to defend against the Turks, monasteries were built on the tops of these impregnable rocks. Then there was a period of proliferation and expansion of the monasteries, but with the various incursions of the conquerors, the decline began, especially after the seventeenth century.

Today only six of the twenty-four monasteries that were built in this area are functional and can be visited (two of these inhabited by nuns) and tourists can see some places of the monasteries such as the church and, in the larger ones, the museum (for women there are provision of sheets or trousers to cover bare legs).

These sandstone reliefs have been shaped by water and wind, in particular there are four groups of towers up to 400 meters high. Due to the particular rocky conformation Meteora is today a destination for climbers from all over the world.

GEORGIA – Italian architecture in Tbilisi

GEORGIA – Italian architecture in Tbilisi

Georgia Tbilisi

In Georgia Italy has always been famous for many of its qualities such as art, food, music, cinema, fashion and football. In the last 15 years, however, it has begun to make itself known also for architecture, thanks to two great architects who have redesigned the skyline of Tbilisi.

In fact, the Georgian government in 2004, to start a political-cultural renaissance in the country, to redo the look and to transform Tbilisi into a cosmopolitan city, hired the italian (from Ferrara) architect and designer Michele De Lucchi.

One of the first projects entrusted to him by President Saakashvili was the redevelopment of the Rike district, near the city center, where a new park was built and where the new Presidential Palace was built (which is very reminiscent of the Reichstag in Berlin), whose works, which started in 2004, ended in 2009.

Subsequently, De Lucchi was also entrusted with the construction of the new building of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, a structure built in 2008, built on an area of 50,000 square meters, entirely covered with glass and reminiscent of the shape of a corrugated ribbon.

The following year, the architect also oversaw the construction of the Bridge of Peace, which connects the historic Berikoni district to the Rike district, crossing the Mtkhvari river and immediately becoming one of the symbols of the Georgian capital. It is sinusoidal in shape, consisting of steel pipes and trapezoidal glass elements. Seen from afar, the bridge seems to be suspended over the water, as the only supports are located along the two banks of the river. The work was conceived as a real bridge between ancient and modern, not only because it divides the historic center from the renewed Rike district, but also because it symbolizes the ambitions of a country that wants to look ahead without forgetting its identity.

After this important collaboration, it was then up to Massimiliano Fuksas, one of the best known architects internationally, to enrich the skyline of Tbilisi with new works. The first structure built by Fuksas in the Georgian capital was the Tbilisi Public Service Hall, currently home to numerous administrative offices, a few hundred meters from De Lucchi’s Bridge of Peace, is made up of seven cantilevered volumes covered with glass, arranged around to a large central square. Finally, the entire structure is covered with 11 large “petals” that differ in geometry and size, structurally independent of the rest of the building and supported by a tree-pylon structure.

Another work created by the Roman architect, completed on the exterior but unfortunately not yet used, is the Music Theater and Exhibition Hall, born as a periscope from the Rike park to reach out towards the city, in fact it is composed of two volumes vaguely shaped like large pipes and connected as a single body to a retaining wall.

JORDAN – Rum Farm

JORDAN – Rum Farm

Giordania

Rum Farm is a farm located in the Wadi Rum valley in Jordan, near the border with Saudi Arabia. It was founded in 1986 and covers approximately 2000 hectares of land in the middle of the desert.

More specifically, this valley is called the “Valley of the Moon” and is a very arid area, with very little annual rainfall and sparse vegetation.

Red sand areas alternate with granite and sandstone mountains, with gorges, caves, natural arches … everything would be said except that it is a fertile land where you can produce and cultivate something. Yet the desert regions of Israel and Jordan have been the subject of numerous agricultural projects for years, so with the involvement of some local Bedouins, activities have begun here that are starting to be successful.

In fact, it has been discovered that under the Wadi Rum desert there is a large aquifer and which guarantees a large part of the water supply for the whole nation. The water is then taken from the underground aquifer, 30-400 meters deep and irrigates 78 hectares of circular fields, a technique that works very well.

Rum Farm is today a farm specialized in the cultivation of products such as vegetables, cereals and forage, aubergines, cabbage, figs and pomegranates, potatoes, squash, tomatoes. The crops are grown using special irrigation techniques and a method that is said to have been in use since ancient times by the Egyptians and the Nabataeans.

OMAN – The Aflaj

OMAN – The Aflaj

Oman

The Aflaj irrigation systems (in the singular “Falaj”), typical of the Sultanate of Oman, have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2006.

Each mountain village has its own Falaj to support the cultivation and development of local agriculture. In Oman there are about 10,000 of them, the largest being the Falaj Daris, which is located about 7 km from Nizwa.

The Aflaj system was first introduced to Oman by the Persians in 2500 BC. and developed mainly from the 6th century.

The water comes from wadis (river beds that fill with rainwater), from rainfall or from mountain springs. By taking advantage of gravity and a system of slopes, the water is channeled for many kilometers, mainly for the purpose of agricultural irrigation, but also to serve the smaller villages.

In other cases they are dug along a slope where there is an aquifer and the water flows directly from the mountain.

Observation towers have been built along the Aflaj route to always have control over their operation. In these desert areas, water is an extremely precious commodity, it should not be wasted and the presence and quantity depends on the survival of many villages and the country’s agricultural economy.

The management of this patrimony is still guaranteed by very rooted common values and guided by astronomical observations.

MADAGASCAR – The Pousse Pousse

MADAGASCAR – The Pousse Pousse

Madagascar

In Madagascar, many of the most practiced jobs are those that still require human strength. You can see it in the fields, in the shops, in the construction sites and certainly in this row the pousse-pousse riders fall, the typical Malagasy rickshaw which is one of the most used means of travel in many cities.

There are different types, but what unites them is the fact that they are always colorful and often small pieces of art in movement, they always attract the attention of people.

In Madagascar everyone uses pousse-pousse every day, from students to workers, to women who come and go from the markets. It is the cheapest alternative to buses and taxis, but it is also the most convenient way to go through the narrow and crowded streets of the city centers.

The capital of its use is undoubtedly Antsirabe, but it is widespread and common in all the main cities of Madagascar.

Even for tourists it is a pleasant attraction, real city tours are organized in pousse-pousse where you travel lulled by the rhythm of the steps of the rider and you can see the landscape and local life slowly parading on the sides.

The local imagination is very striking, often for children it is one of the jobs they would like to do when they grow up.