Last Saturday, on the French national television station France 5, in the prime time of 20:50, a 90-minute travel show about Croatia was shown. The show “Echappées belles”, or in free translation “Beautiful Sanctuaries”, presented Croatia as the youngest member of the European Union with an incredible natural heritage, rich culture, a number of protected monuments on the UNESCO list, but also as a country of extremely hospitable people.It is a show that shows well-known tourist destinations through unknown facts about the lives and customs of the local population, while special emphasis is placed on active tourism and gastronomy. The recording of this show, which is estimated to be watched by more than two million viewers, was also supported by the Croatian National Tourist Board.Thus, many French spectators had the opportunity to get to know Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar in more detail, and Hvar, Dugi otok, Pašman, Brtonigla, Buzet, Pula, Gorski kotar, Kuterevo, and the national parks Paklenica and Brijuni were also presented. The show talked about the connection of Croatian man with the sea, ie the rich maritime tradition, trends in the production of local organic agricultural products, but also about the valuable historical heritage evoking life and historical events. Thus, Dubrovnik is presented through the artistic vision of Igor Hajdarhodžić and his studio in which he makes models of old ships and through the original works of Croatian artist Lena Kramarić who adorns the interiors of some of the best Croatian hotel buildings.Istria was presented in the show as a gastronomic oasis through the testimonies of famous Istrian olive oil producers, truffles and restaurateurs. As part of the original tourist offer, illuminated cranes of the Pula shipyard, better known as the “Shining Giants”, were singled out. Presenting life on the islands, French host Raphael de Casablanca, during the filming of the show, met with many islanders who live and work in the traditional spirit. The beautiful shots of the protected landscape on the island of Hvar delighted the Frenchman Olivier Grinberg a few years ago, who in May this year opened a luxury boutique hotel on Hvar with his sister, which is also recommended by the prestigious French magazine Vouge. The Croatian hotel in the hands of French hoteliers was the reason for the arrival of the French camera crew on Hvar.Leader Raphael de Casabianca said that he was so delighted by the sight of a lavender field on Hvar, not far from a small white chapel surrounded by millennial olive groves, that he would surely return to Croatia in October. “I am amazed by the richness of the country, the many influences we find in architecture, gastronomy and the Croatian temperament. It feels like a country at the crossroads of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. Slavic temperament, Latin culture and Mediterranean style. At first the contact may seem cold, but from the moment you gain trust, the human heart speaks”, Concluded de Casabianca.The show can be viewed in its entirety below in the attachment.
However that is a switch which has the overwhelming backing of West Ham’s fans, with 85 per cent of those polled in May 2013 giving it their support. West Ham face Hull on the back of three consecutive league defeats, with Allardyce bemoaning refereeing decisions in each game. Allardyce felt referee Lee Mason missed a blatant foul by Wayne Rooney before his memorable opening strike in Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Upton Park on Saturday. The Sun newspaper spoke to former professional official Mark Halsey who highlighted that Andre Marriner, who mistakenly sent off Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had committed deliberate handball in the 6-0 loss at Chelsea, may have been tired following a Europa League commitment on Thursday evening. Mason had also been on European duty before West Ham’s match against the Red Devils, and Allardyce revealed he has been against referees not having a long enough break between matches for some time. “I broached this subject many years ago when I was at Bolton,” he said. “We had an official for a game at 12:30pm on a Saturday after he had been in Europe and I knew he was in Europe because I had watched the European game and watched him referee it. “We came back and found we had that referee and I said that wasn’t right all of those years ago, but obviously it hasn’t changed the opinion of the Premier League or the PGMOL [Professional Game Match Officials Limited] but it should do. “Lee Mason was in Europe as well, he lives in Bolton. So he has gone out, got back to Bolton, then had to travel down to us to referee a game on Saturday. “It is not a criticism of the referee, it is a criticism of the system for me and I think it is a very, very good criticism. “Tottenham’s worst results have come from the game after playing in Europe and that is being able to change the team when you know you can’t play the same team. “Referees can only be fatigued before they start that game when they have done not just done a journey but done another game before it, it is plain and simple. “The problem we have is that we should have enough referees so that doesn’t matter and I don’t think we have enough referees to deal with the demand, sadly.” Press Association Allam has been looking into the possibility of re-branding Hull City as Hull Tigers, a move which has met with opposition from many of the club’s supporters. The idea took a further blow when the Football Association rejected the name change, with Allam now threatening to walk away from the club if he is not allowed to make his desired alterations. West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold would never attempt to ‘mess’ with the history of the club in the way that Hull’s Assem Allam has tried to, according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce. Hull boss Steve Bruce takes his side down to face West Ham in the Barclays Premier League on Wednesday evening having done well in the club’s top-flight return, currently sitting 12th in the table and with an FA Cup semi-final meeting with Sheffield United on the horizon. Bruce’s close friend Allardyce labelled the ‘Tigers’ issue a “distraction” from Hull’s achievements. And Allardyce is in no doubt that his owners would not pitch such a project to supporters. “There is never any chance of that with David Sullivan and David Gold, absolutely no chance whatsoever,” Allardyce said. “Owners are entitled to do what they want in circumstances regarding internal affairs with a club, whether they should choose a new manager or a different group of staff or whatever players they want. “But I think when it comes to messing with the history and tradition of a football club they have to be very mindful of what it means to people. “It means so much to people’s lives to have that history, tradition, the name and the colours and what they stand for. It shouldn’t be messed with and should be left well alone.” Sullivan and Gold are due to move West Ham out of Upton Park and into the Olympic Stadium in 2016, in a significant upheaval given it means leaving what has been the club’s home for over 100 years.