Opatija American Gardens opened after renovation

first_imgThe opening was also attended by Margit Grassinger, director of the Vienna Parks, who donated about thirty bushes of original Viennese roses to Opatija. From the Hungarian city of Balatonfured, they provided young pepper seedlings to American gardens. The city of Opatija has decided to restore the gardens after years of neglect, and yesterday marked the completion of the first phase of restoration. The second phase involves the renovation of the upper entrance to the gardens, the arrangement of the garden house and the cactus bar with herbal drinks. Opatija’s American Gardens, in the renovation of which almost four million kuna was invested, were officially opened yesterday. These are historic gardens that cover over nine thousand square meters, and whose first phase of restoration has been officially completed, reports HRT. The City of Opatija points out that the American Gardens are another content in a series that agencies and hoteliers can offer to guests and that they are suitable for holding various events such as cultural evenings, fashion shows, weddings and similar celebrations. Kuczor married Hilda von Hortenau, daughter of the Viennese ballerina Maria Schleizer and Archduke Otto of Habsburg, nephew of Emperor Francis Joseph. The couple planted gardenia, camellias, magnolias and various Mediterranean plants in the gardens.center_img American gardens are also botanical, and were built by Hungarian entrepreneur Mihaly Kuczor. After visiting Opatija in 1926, a merchant who made a fortune selling Hungarian peppers decided to buy land and build a terraced garden with a monumental entrance and a colonnade of fifteen pillars and fifteen cypresses to delight in the view from the park. “We are obliged to take care of the rich park heritage we have, but also to revitalize it and convert it for tourist purposes so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of the landscape. That is why we started arranging this area, for which in the first phase we provided about two million kuna with the funds of the Ministry of Tourism and the city budget and another 600 kuna for the construction of a pedestrian bridge in accordance with the requirements of the conservator.”, Said the mayor of Opatija, Ivo Dujmić. Source / photo: HRTlast_img read more

Kerevi keen to combine with Beale

first_imgKerevi’s 2016 Wallabies debut came at a time when Beale was out injured, prior to his departure for Wasps.That crossing of stars has left the pair with very little on field time together but that will, in all likelihood, change this year with Beale back on deck and Kerevi in career best form this Super Rugby season.The star outside centre was cut down by injury in the Reds’ loss to the Blues but prior to that he was the clear standout 13 in the competition and that was recognised this week, when he was named in the Super Rugby Team of the Year.”Kurtley is an exceptional player with an exceptional rugby brain,” Kerevi said.”We have been doing a lot of opposed stuff with the boys and trying different combinations in the centres.”For me, when I do train with Kurtley or train against him just seeing how he plays excites me.”I know he can bring that X factor to the backline and then we have guys like Israel Folau out back, Tevita Kuridrani and Henry Speight out wide that can finish off amazing tries.”Kerevi said the squad was happy to be past the fitness aspect of Bledisloe Cup preparations, as the team starts to hone in on how they will go about conquering the all powerful, all conquering All Blacks.”Here in Cessnock we have been training a lot with the team and the team shape,” he said.”it’s been really good to see how other boys play in the shape and see how they express themselves throughout the shape – it’s really exciting.”Injury has cruelled Kerevi’s young career to date.He cemented his spot as Michael Cheika’s go to outside centre after making his Test debut against England last year, only to have an ankle injury in the third Bledisloe Cup Test rule him out of the Spring Tour.Then, after starring for the Reds all season, the syndesmosis injury ruled him out of any June calculations.He is easing back into full contact this week but remains confident he will be fit and firing next Saturday.”I guess I don’t really reflect on it in a bad way,” he said of the injury sustained against New Zealand last year.”I took the opportunities that I got last year and brought it to this year.”I want to make sure I take every opportunity this year.”This group can change history and be part of it, that’s what excites me.”last_img read more