It’s the definition of an idyllic European village. (Photo by Sala2500) Click here to see more photos of Alcala de Jucar Castelmezzano, Italy – Pressed tight against the towering Lucan Dolomites, Castelmezzano is one of the most emblematic villages in Italy’s Basilicata region. It’s a popular getaway for local tourists looking to escape the controlled chaos that is city life and spend their time wandering the village’s legendary hiking trails, enjoying the hearty cuisine in the farm-restaurants of the valley below, and enjoying the one-of-a-kind views. Half the fun of Castelmezzano, though, is getting there, and travelers suggest renting a car to enjoy the viewpoints and villages along the scenic highway. (Photo by Agostino) Click here to see more photos of Castelmezzano Monsanto, Portugal – The small Portuguese village is truly a wonder to behold, both in terms of its layout and history. Crowned by a Templar castle, the fairytale-like village rambles down a boulder-strewn hill, with homes, restaurants, and shops snatching up every available square inch between the colossal rocks and sometimes even incorporating them into the architecture as a ceiling or a wall. Monsanto is also known as “the most Portuguese town in Portugal,” a testament to its rich historical and culinary heritage. (Photo by Latalbar) Click here to see more photos of Monsanto Rocamadour, France – Rocamadour is, in many travelers’ opinions, one of the top destinations of all of France, not surprising, given the village’s jaw-dropping location against a massive cliff wall over the Alzhou River. Rocamadour, however, doesn’t owe its fame to just its striking setting; it’s been a place of pilgrimage for centuries, with devotees flocking to see the legendary Black Madonna of Rocamadour, and, more recently, with curious foodies eager to try the village’s famous goat cheese. (Photo by Jennifer Lavoura) Click here to see more photos of Rocamadour Sorano, Italy – In a region as enchanting as Tuscany, picking the most beautiful village can be a tricky affair; selecting the most striking village, however, is easy: Sorano. This cliff-top settlement has been inhabited since at least the 3rd century BC and visitors exploring its streets can easily stumble across roads, tombs, and walls dating back to the ancient Etruscans and Romans, or visit the Orsini Fortress and its labyrinth of underground tunnels. Less adventurous types, though, can always warm up in a local inn, enjoy a rustic Tuscan meal, and sample the local wines. (Photo by Ale_Lalla) Click here to see more photos of Sorano Calcata, Italy – Even though it’s just an hour’s drive from the bustle of downtown Rome, the village of Calcata certainly feels a world (and centuries) apart. Perched atop an outcropping of volcanic rock, the ancient town’s cobblestone streets and ivy-covered city calls descending down into the surrounding valley have served as an inspiration for Rome’s artists for years, a fact reflected by Calcata’s bohemian atmosphere of art galleries, street performers, and crafts stores.
Europe’s Most Beautifully Precarious Villages
The iPhones introduced this week are also finally compatible with more of Europes high-speed, fourth-generation networks, addressing one of the big let-downs of the last model, whose 4G capability was only supported by a few carriers. Making iPhones — the second most-popular smartphone in Europe after Samsung Electronics Co. (005930) s devices — more accessible may attract customers so far deterred by the sticker shock. Many European carriers dont subsidize the price of devices, so customers arent used to getting prices slashed in exchange for signing onto service contracts. In some of the countries where there are no subsidies, weve seen less penetration because it is high-end, said Roberta Cozza, an analyst at Gartner Inc., said in an interview. Definitely a lower cost model should do better. The iPhone 5C will sell for as little as 599 euros ($800) in Germany, Apple said this week. Thats 80 euros less than the previous iteration, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, and 100 euros less than the low-end of the fancier iPhone 5S, which also debuted this week. And it brings Apple even with Samsungs Galaxy S4, which is priced at about 600 euros in Germany. The trend toward cheaper handsets will help smartphone shipments grow 40 percent from last year to hit 1 billion units this year, researcher IDC said in a report this month. Still Pricey The iPhone 5C — which drops to as low as $99 in the U.S. where carriers commonly subsidize the handset in exchange for signing up for a new service contract — is still pricey for a smartphone in Europe.
The Future of Retailing in Europe to 2017
Markets closed The Future of Retailing in Europe to 2017 Press Release: Reportlinker 8 hours ago Product Synopsis – Future forecasts and historic market data can improve market and strategic planning. – Understand which channels and products will be the major winners and losers in the coming years. – Know the share of sales between different products in your key channels and how this will develop. – Assess the impact of economic recession and recovery on market growth. Introduction and Landscape Why was the report written? “The Future of Retailing in Europe to 2017” is based upon an extensive, cross-country, industry research program which brings together Canadean’s research, modelling and analysis expertise in order to develop uniquely detailed market data. It provides detailed quantitative analysis of past and future trends, crucially providing retail sales data not just by channel and by product, but showing product sales through different channels. This allows marketers interested in retailing to determine how to account for the development of the retail trade overall and to know which channels are showing growth for which products in the coming years. It aims to capture the shift to new channels depending on the country, the effects of recession, and shifting consumer behaviour thereby providing timely, highly comparable analysis of the retail markets. Data sets are provided for 2007 through to 2017, with actuals being provided for 2012. All initial market sizing and analysis is conducted in local currency in order to ensure that local trends are reflected in the data before conversion into other currencies.
Europe’s public health disaster: How austerity kills
In the U.S., Greece, Italy, Spain, the UK and elsewhere in Europe there were more than 10,000 additional suicides from 2007-2010, a figure that is over and above historical trends , with the largest rises concentrated in the worst performing economies. David Stuckler But suicides and depression are not unavoidable consequences of economic downturns: countries that slashed health and social protection budgets have seen starkly worse health outcomes than nations which opted for stimulus over austerity. Sanjay Basu Greece, for example, is in the middle of a public health disaster. To meet budget-deficit reduction targets set by the European Central Bank, European Commission, and International Monetary Fund (the so-called troika), Greece’s public health budget has been cut by more than 40%. As Greece’s health minister observed, ” these aren’t cuts with a scalpel, they’re cuts with a butcher’s knife .” The spending was reduced to 6% of GDP, a figure lower than the UK, at 8%, and Germany, at 9%. As a result, HIV infections have jumped by more than 200% since 2010, concentrated in injection drug users, as needle-exchange program budgets were cut in half. There was a malaria epidemic in Greece — the largest in 40 years — after mosquito-spraying budgets were slashed. More than 200 essential medicines have been de-stocked from some pharmacies as the state’s drug budget was reduced and pharmaceuticals companies exited the country in arrears. Since 2008 there has been a rise of more than 40% of people who report being unable to access healthcare that they believe to be medically necessary, the majority concentrated in pensioners. As patients cannot afford private care and forego preventive care, public sector hospitals have experienced a 24% rise in hospital admissions. Doctors and clinics are therefore overstrained.