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New York City, known as “The City That Never Sleeps,” is a global hub for finance, culture, arts, and entertainment. With its iconic skyline, bustling neighborhoods, and diverse cultural offerings, NYC attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year. The city comprises five boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, The Bronx, and Staten Island, each with its own unique character and attractions.

Famous Landmarks and Attractions

Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island:

  • Statue of Liberty: A symbol of freedom and democracy, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Visitors can take a ferry from Battery Park to Liberty Island, where they can tour the statue and enjoy panoramic views of the New York Harbor.
  • Ellis Island: Located nearby, Ellis Island served as the gateway for millions of immigrants entering the United States. The Ellis Island Immigration Museum offers insightful exhibits on the immigrant experience.

Times Square:

  • Known for its bright lights, giant digital billboards, and constant buzz, Times Square is the heart of the Theater District. It’s a must-see for first-time visitors, especially at night when the area is illuminated by neon lights.

Central Park:

  • A massive green oasis in the middle of Manhattan, Central Park offers a respite from the city’s hustle and bustle. Visitors can enjoy walking paths, boating on the lake, picnicking, and exploring landmarks like Bethesda Terrace, Bow Bridge, and Strawberry Fields.

Empire State Building:

  • One of the most famous skyscrapers in the world, the Empire State Building offers breathtaking views of the city from its observation decks on the 86th and 102nd floors.

Brooklyn Bridge:

  • This iconic bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn and offers stunning views of the city skyline. Walking or biking across the bridge is a popular activity for visitors.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art:

  • Known as The Met, this museum is one of the largest and most prestigious art museums in the world. It features an extensive collection of art spanning 5,000 years, from ancient artifacts to contemporary works.

Broadway:

  • The Theater District in Manhattan is home to Broadway, where visitors can see world-class theatrical performances and musicals. Be sure to book tickets in advance for popular shows.

Tips for Visiting New York City

  • Plan Ahead: Many attractions, especially popular ones like the Statue of Liberty and Broadway shows, require advance booking.
  • Use Public Transportation: The NYC subway system is extensive and can take you almost anywhere in the city. It’s often the fastest and most cost-effective way to get around.
  • Wear Comfortable Shoes: You’ll likely be doing a lot of walking, so comfortable footwear is a must.
  • Explore Beyond Manhattan: While Manhattan has many of the city’s iconic sights, don’t miss out on the vibrant neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Queens, and other boroughs.
  • Try Local Eats: New York is known for its diverse food scene. Be sure to try classic NYC foods like bagels, pizza, and street vendor hot dogs.
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You are going on cacation to Croatia: These are the traffic rules you need to know

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General Information about Traffic in the Republic of Croatia

The traffic rules on Croatian roads are the same as in the rest of Europe. Traffic moves on the right side of the road. Speed limits are posted along the roads. If there are no signs, the following speed limits apply: on highways 130 km/h (81 mph), on two-lane roads 100 km/h (62 mph), in urban areas 50 km/h (31 mph), and outside urban areas 80 km/h (50 mph).

The maximum speed for passenger cars with a trailer is 80 km/h (50 mph). The amount of the fine depends on the severity of the violation. The permissible blood alcohol limit is 0.5 ppm.

A traffic accident must be reported to the police immediately. The police number is 192. The number for HAK Road Service is 978. Road information is available 24 hours a day from the Croatian Auto Club (HAK). HAK cooperates with other international auto clubs.

Additional Useful Information

By calling the HAK number: 46 40 800, you can obtain the following information:

  • Road conditions and ferry traffic in the Adriatic
  • Toll fees for using highways in Croatia and abroad
  • Driving bans for certain categories of vehicles in Croatia and some European countries
  • Fuel prices in Croatia and abroad
  • Information on the membership rights of HAK members
  • Phone numbers of foreign auto clubs
  • Advice on choosing the most favorable travel route
  • Ferry schedules in the Adriatic

You can also get information about road conditions by calling the voice machine: 060 520 520.

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Healthcare services for tourists at 36 locations on the Adriatic

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For EU tourists and domestic tourists, additional teams have been arranged in health centers for the first time this summer, contracted with HZZO (Croatian Health Insurance Fund), where everyone can receive healthcare services, prescriptions, and referrals covered by their health insurance. This is currently available at 36 locations.

Counties and health centers have so far secured staff for 36 teams out of a total of 51 teams contracted with HZZO, and they are expected to operate until September 30th.

According to Marko Rađa, director of the Health Center of Split-Dalmatia County, tourist clinics are currently operating in Supetar, Split, Trogir, and Makarska, with a clinic expected to start operating in Hvar this weekend.

He added that the clinic in Split, which has two teams, operates on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in one shift, and on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in two shifts. The clinic in Supetar operates from Wednesday to Sunday, and efforts are made to cover weekends at all locations since family medicine clinics do not operate then.

All domestic tourists can use HZZO health cards, while tourists from the EU and other countries such as Iceland, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland can use the European Health Insurance Card.

An additional temporary team, consisting of a doctor and a nurse, has been working since July 1st in Novalja on the island of Pag, near Zrće beach, a popular gathering spot for young people. The director of the health center, Zoran Vidas, told Hina that they have gained a lot from this as it will reduce the pressure on other family medicine offices.

“Tourist clinics were previously not contracted with HZZO, and services were charged. With this, we have gained a lot, primarily reducing the crowds and pressure on contracted offices where tourists went to avoid paying for a service,” said Vidas.

Vidas mentioned that they know they can have over 100 patients in one shift during the peak season, and now he expects an additional increase.

The additional team will work every day except Thursday, which is when the pressure is lowest based on their experience, and on holidays. Vidas also noted that they have had a special point with a team taking care of patients from Zrće for three years now.

Ten teams distributed across five tourist clinics in Umag, Poreč, Rovinj, Pula, and Labin will be available until September 15th to numerous tourists in the Istria County area. The number of people there doubles every summer, with up to 400,000 people daily.

In the Istrian health centers, it is noted that tourists often seek medical help, causing large crowds in the emergency hospital admissions of Pula hospital.

“In the peak season, almost 600,000 tourists are in Istria, which poses a significant burden on the healthcare system, both for the Istrian health centers and the General Hospital Pula,” said the director of the Istrian health centers, Dr. Nikola Žgrablić.

Gordana Antić, head of the Department of Health and Social Care of the Istria County, emphasized that HZZO ensures free examinations, but not the salaries of doctors working with tourists, so they are provided from local funds, specifically from the tourist tax.

She added that previously there was a problem because tourist clinics existed but charged for services, so everyone went where they didn’t have to pay, namely to family doctors. This part is now better resolved and is a significant step towards relieving family doctors and emergency services.

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Hrvatski otok Hvar je jedan od najljepših na svijetu

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Američki magazin Travel + Leisure objavio je popis najljepših otoka na svijetu na temelju iskustava svojih čitatelja. Prvo mjesto su zauzeli Maldivi. Na popisu se nalazi ukupno 25 otoka, među kojima su brojne svjetske atrakcije, uključujući i jednu hrvatsku – Hvar.

“Priželjkujete li mediteransku avanturu, ne tražite dalje od Hvara i dalmatinskih otoka. Stari Grad na Hvaru mnogi često nazivaju ‘kraljem dalmatinskih otoka’. Ima prekrasan trg i srednjovjekovnu tvrđavu s pogledom na Jadransko more. Noćni život pridonosi nezaboravnom iskustvu”, napisali su iz magazina prema iskustvima svojih čitatelja.

U anketi je sudjelovalo 186 tisuća čitatelja spomenutog magazina, a otoke su ocjenjivali prema sljedećem:

prirodne atrakcije/plaže
aktivnosti/znamenitosti
restorani/hrana
ljudi/ljubaznost
vrijednost za novac

Hvar se našao na sedmom mjestu od ukupno 25.

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