UZBEKISTAN – The Silk Road

UZBEKISTAN – The Silk Road

Lonely Planet Silk Road Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan and the whole area of Central Asia has been named among the TOP 10 regions to visit in 2020 by the prestigious Best In Travel 2020 guide published by the Lonely Planet.

https://www.lonelyplanetitalia.it/best-in-travel/regioni

The Silk Road region, which recently jumped to the headlines for the global economic agreements promoted by China, was in the past one of the most renowned routes by all travelers since ancient age and which still best represent the myth of the exotic journey.

Thanks to the opulence produced along its way, enlightened sovereigns and terrible leaders have founded ancient cities (Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara, just to name a few) that still attract numerous visitors fascinated by the beauty and grandeur of their monuments, the animated bazaars and a territory with wild landscapes.

Visiting Uzbekistan has never been easier thanks to the visa exemption for Italian citizens and even moving within the country is always faster thanks to the numerous air connections and new fast train Afrosiab between the most important cities.

See also: The Best of Uzbekistan. 5 destinations not to be missed https://www.lonelyplanetitalia.it/articoli/consigli-di-viaggio/il-meglio-dell-uzbekistan

INDIA – The Cricket

INDIA – The Cricket

India

Cricket is a team sport born in England, at least in its modern form, and is practiced today mainly in the Commonwealth countries, including obviously India where it is the most popular sport and with the greatest financial interests.

It is practiced with a bat (characterized by a long flat part), ball and glove and is played between 2 teams made up of 11 players each.

The length of the matches can last from hours to several days. A version called Twenty20 was therefore established, lasting about 3/4 hours. This is the formula that is practiced in India and that, after the victory of the Indian National team of the World Cup in 1983, has brought cricket to grow in interest, both sporting and commercial with many live spectators (50-60 thousand per game) and glued in front of the TV (the broadcasting rights are absolutely exorbitant).

The Indian championship –IPL Indian Premier League– has become the richest in the world and therefore attracts the strongest players on the planet with pharaonic engagements. The curiosity is that this championship is made up of only 8 teams and lasts only 2 months, April and May.

How do you play cricket? The game is played between two teams of eleven elements. It is played on a grass field with an oval or rectangular shape, with an area called “pitch” in the center, which represents the launch area and the bases at the perimeter. Each fraction of the game, called “innings”, a team throws and defends against 2 opponents at bat who, once eliminated, are replaced by a teammate until the elimination of the tenth batter. Alternating roles are played between one time and another. The winner is the one who scores the most points, in practice the one who can beat and run better and then not be eliminated in the batting.

The most important roles are the batter, the pitcher, the fielder (who retrieves the batted balls) and the wicket-keeper (who is behind the batter, in an important and strategic position).

An important aspect is however the spirit of the game: there are written rules that include respect for the opponent, for the referees and the traditional values of the game; the prohibition to address disrespectful or offensive words to the referee and to opponents, and above all the absolute condemnation of any violent act between players.

It is therefore a very complete sport, which combines athletics and tactics, all with at the base values of absolute respect towards the opponent.

(Italiano) GEORGIA – La Croce di Santa Nino

(Italiano) GEORGIA – La Croce di Santa Nino

Georgia

Saint Nino (Cristiana) is a recurring character during a trip to Georgia. It is she who preached and introduced Christianity to Georgia.

She arrived at the borders of the ancient Georgian Kingdom of Iberia around 320 AD. Here she erected a Christian cross in the small village of Akhalkalaki and began to preach her faith in the surrounding regions.

After several miraculous healings she moved to Mtskheta where she first converted the queen Nana and then the pagan king Mirian III of Iberia, who declared Christianity an official religion (327). An important episode in her life was when thanks to a night of her prayers, the wooden column that was supposed to support the church of Mtskheta miraculously moved alone (the workers had not succeeded in the work) to the place where according to tradition Sidonia was buried with the tunic of Christ.

She then continued her missionary activities among the Georgians and retired to the Bodbe mountain pass until her death (340). A monastery dedicated to her was then built on this site.

The most important symbol of the Georgian Orthodox Church is the Cross of vine shoots, better known as the Cross of Saint Nino because it was she who introduced it.

It is recognizable by the slight downward curvature of the horizontal arms. Some sources say that Saint Nino received the cross from the Virgin Mary and encircled it with her own hair, others instead narrate that it was she who created it.

The cross always accompanied her in the mission of evangelization of the saint in these territories.

The cross was kept at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta until 541, was then moved to Armenia, where it remained until 1124. It then returned to Ananuri in Georgia and was subsequently brought to Moscow by the Georgian bishop Timothy. In 1802, when Georgia was incorporated into the Russian Empire, the relic was returned to the veneration of the Georgian people. Since then it is kept in the Sioni cathedral of Tbilisi.

MADAGASCAR – The spices of Madagascar

MADAGASCAR – The spices of Madagascar

Madagascar

Madagascar is a country of exceptional biodiversity, forests protect unique plants and animals, the elderly know the secrets of using herbs for therapeutic purposes, isolation and poverty have protected these natural gifts for years from large-scale exploitation. Malagasy people, its history and its nature can be told through the scents of spices.

The pristine and rich lands of Madagascar produce the best quality of vanilla (Bourbon) and an infinity of spices and herbs that stand out in flavor and aroma.

They are grown in quantity, taking care of the fields still with ancient methods and thus respecting a natural growth of plants and a process that maintains the natural properties intact, also enhancing the scents and fragrances.

Here are our main tips:

Vanilla (Vanilla planifolia): is an orchid native to Mexico. Its pods represent the spice known under the name Vanilla. It is mainly used in pastry, ice cream, in the production of drinks and in exotic cuisine. It has an intense and harmonious aroma and flavor that gives a refined touch.

Turmeric: plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family. Known for its delicate taste and intense color, it is also known for its beneficial properties. It is mainly used in cooking but also in Ayurvedic medicine (anti-inflammatory, healing, anticoagulant, protects the immune system). It can be used as an ingredient in baked goods, drinks, ice cream, pasta and condiments, also ideal for herbal teas.

Cinnamon: belongs to the Lauraceae family. Madagascar cinnamon has a sweet aroma and is light brown in color. It is also known for its beneficial properties: a natural toning, a stimulant for circulation and contributes to better digestion. It also helps to fight the cold. In the kitchen, cinnamon is used in pastry, ice cream, in the production of chocolate, wine, spirits and in spice blends.

Ginger: it is the root of a plant native to East Asia, it can be eaten fresh or dried. Its taste is strong and slightly sweet. Recommended for fish, meat, biscuits, bread. It is an excellent digestive, anti-inflammatory, natural tonic and anticoagulant.

Combava: is a citrus fruit of the genus Citrus. Its tree is small and thorny. Its refreshing aroma and intense flavor make Combava a unique product, with a very characteristic and pleasant taste, which can also be combined with other spices. It is also relaxing, anti-inflammatory and digestive.

Madagascar also offers many other spices such as pepper, nutmeg, cloves, mace, pili-pili …

Perfumes and flavors for all tastes and traditions.

JORDAN – The discovery of Petra

JORDAN – The discovery of Petra

Giordania Petra

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage City and has been declared one of the seven wonders of the world. It is certainly the most renowned and visited site in Jordan and the main reason for the trip to the destination.

It is also very interesting to know how this beauty was discovered and delivered to the knowledge of the whole modern world. In fact, after the end of the Nabataean kingdom, the pink city (as Petra is also recognized) remained in the shadows for centuries and was only rediscovered about two hundred years ago, in 1812, by a young Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

His great ambition was to discover the source of the Niger river. He prepared the shipment carefully, studied Arabic, medicine, chemistry and astronomy, getting used to sleeping outdoors and feeding only on fruits and vegetables. He wanted to pass himself off as a Muslim, so he also studied Quranic law and Islamic culture. In 1809 he left for Cairo, passing through Syria, Lebanon and Palestine.

To tell the truth, he never arrived to West Africa and the great Niger River, in fact, during the journey he learned of a wonderful ancient city, forgotten by all and feared by local Bedouins, hidden in the impenetrable mountains. This legend excited him to the point that he organized a search. He hired a local guide and as a motivation to justify the trip he pretended to want to sacrifice a goat in honor of Aaron, brother of Moses, being the valley close to the tomb.

He left Damascus in the direction of Aqaba, along the Dead Sea. Two days on horseback from the coast, he found the narrow passage that led him into the canyon, right where the city of Petra stood. Burckhardt immediately understood the importance of his discovery, but had to remain silent to prevent the population from accusing him of being an unfaithful and only a treasure hunter. He then made the sacrifice of the unfortunate goat and returned.

He then told the discovery in his travel diary published in 1822.

Today Petra is one of the most popular archaeological sites in the world and its visit, from walking the Siq up to the climb to the Monastery is an unforgettable experience and must be done at least once in a lifetime.

ARMENIA – The lavash

ARMENIA – The lavash

Armenia

Lavash, the thin Armenian traditional bread has been inscribed by UNESCO in the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It reflects the soul of the country and of a people who have always kept their traditions alive and intact.

At the table it never fails, served in woven baskets, it is considered the symbol of the family, in fact it also plays a ritual role in weddings, where it is placed on the shoulders of the spouses to bring fertility and prosperity.

Its preparation strengthens family, community and social ties. The process is undertaken by a small group of women and requires a great deal of effort, coordination, experience and special skills. A simple dough made from wheat flour and water is prepared, a pinch of salt and without yeast, is worked and composed into balls. One at a time, the balls are worked into thin sheets with a rolling pin and enlarged making them twirl with their hands, then spread on a special oval cushion which is “slapped” against the wall of a traditional conical clay oven, the tonir, coated with stone or ceramic, excavated in the earth. After thirty seconds the baked bread is extracted from the oven wall.

More than preparing a food, it seems to witness an ancestral ritual, where you can admire the mastery of rapid and decisive movements, the result of an experience acquired day after day, handed down from generation to generation.

Not only women, however, in the preparation phase: men are involved even earlier in the creation of cushions and ovens, with the commitment to transmit their skills to students and apprentices as a necessary step to preserve the vitality of lavash production.

It is generally combined with local cheeses, aromatic herbs such as basil, coriander, parsley and mint. It is better to eat it fresh from the oven, but it can be stored for up to 6 months in dried sheets and stacked on top of each other.

By eating Lavash, the flavor of a never forgotten past is found in its flavor, an essence that has remained intact over the millennia until it reaches today’s tables.

VIETNAM – The Golden Bridge

VIETNAM – The Golden Bridge

Vietnam

The Golden Bridge is a spectacular suspended pedestrian bridge located on the hills of Ba Na, near Danang, Vietnam. In Vietnamese it is called “Cầu Vàng”, literally translated “Golden Bridge”.

The main feature is given by the presence of two gigantic hands with the palm open and facing upwards that seem to support the wide catwalk. A unique scenic effect combined with the breathtaking view that can be enjoyed on the surrounding landscape.

The hands are about 24 meters high by 13 wide, therefore truly imposing and strong, even if finished so that they already look old and worn, to create contrast between modernity and tradition, the suspended and the bond to the mainland.

It is located at about 1.400 meters above sea level, in the Annamita mountain range, and can be reached by another exceptional work: the Ba Na Cable Car Service, the longest single cable car in the world (entered in the Guinness World Records), therefore a combination absolutely not to be missed. It is 5.801 meters long and this distance is covered in just 17 minutes.

An experience that allows you to combine two of the main attractions of central Vietnam with unforgettable panoramas.

Central Asia – The Silk Road

Central Asia – The Silk Road

Lonely Planet Silk Road Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan and the whole area of Central Asia has been named among the TOP 10 regions to visit in 2020 by the prestigious Best In Travel 2020 guide published by the Lonely Planet.

The Silk Road region, which recently jumped to the headlines for the global economic agreements promoted by China, was in the past one of the most renowned routes by all travelers since ancient age and which still best represent the myth of the exotic journey.

Thanks to the opulence produced along its way, enlightened sovereigns and terrible leaders have founded ancient cities (Samarkand, Khiva, Bukhara, just to name a few) that still attract numerous visitors fascinated by the beauty and grandeur of their monuments, the animated bazaars and a territory with wild landscapes.

Visiting Uzbekistan has never been easier thanks to the visa exemption for Italian citizens and even moving within the country is always faster thanks to the numerous air connections and new fast train Afrosiab between the most important cities.

See also: The Best of Uzbekistan. 5 destinations not to be missed

Emergency Covid-19 – Assistance

Emergency Covid-19 – Assistance

Covid-19

Now more than ever, assistance and professionalism are key factors in managing emergencies.
The Tourism Connection Team is in daily contact with all the Partners to provide updated information and operational support and is at your disposal for any need.

We would like to point out that several destinations that we represent do not have any particular warnings or restrictions, but we recommend that you constantly consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

http://www.viaggiaresicuri.it

ROAD-SHOW in Milan & Rome on Jan. 29-30 dedicated to MICE & Groups

ROAD-SHOW in Milan & Rome on Jan. 29-30 dedicated to MICE & Groups

Tourism Connection Events MICE Road-Show Work-shop

2 WORK-SHOP dedicated to M.I.C.E. and Business and Leisure Groups will be organized in cooperation with About Travel

On January 29th, in Milan, at the Navigli Museum in via S. Marco 40
On January 30th, in Rome, at the Roma Eventi in via Alibert 5 / a (Piazza di Spagna)

where several professional Partners will attend to show the best solutions to contribute to the success in organizing dedicated events and programs

In Milan on Wednesday 29 January there will be 3 differents slots to meet different needs: from 10:30 to 14:30 or from 16:30 to 18:30 and from 18:30 to 21:00
While in Rome on Thursday 30 January only one and wider slot, from 16:30 to 21:00

Scheduls to meet Hotels, DMCs and Airlines are free to guarantee greater autonomy.

At the end of the session a pleasant refreshment will be offered
And, for those Buyers who will meet all the Exhibitors in order to thank them for the time dedicated, an opportunity to obtain a GIFT CARD that can be used to purchase beauty products, clothing, culture, fuel, furnishings … will be offered

Short preview of the participants
(updated daily)

  • Among the HOTELS: a chargeable icebreaker for ad hoc itineraries between the Norwegian fjords in pursuit of the Northern Lights, the newly renovated Corinthia hotel in Lisbon, the Nau Hotels with over 1000 rooms and their large Congress Palace in the Algarve, the romantic St. Petersburg Astoria Hotel…
  • While our DMC will allow you to travel the world … Russkie prostori for RUSSIA, Top3meetings of MALTA, VOQIN (SPAIN, PORTUGAL, FLORIDA and BRAZIL), Transatour for MOROCCO and MAGIC TRAVELS for ARAB EMIRATES, OMAN, JORDAN, ARMENIA and GEORGIA …
  • And as AIR LINES: Tap Air Portugal, Air Malta …

To confirm participation (specifying the preferred time slot in order to better organize the meetings), write to:
Cinzia.maltagliati@aboutravel.eu or maurizio@tourismconnection.it

For more information contact: 346 3620470/346 860 4537/347 4423319

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