Saturday, 21 July 2018

The historic Old City of Dubrovnik is certainly in its summer mode. Thousands of tourists filled the cobbled streets of the city yesterday as a combination of cruise ship passengers, day-trippers and sightseers poured into the ancient walled city.

With temperatures pushing thirty degrees and a high level of humidity it was hot in the city in more ways than one.

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“Why are both the teams wearing the same colour?” asked my wife whilst I was watching a World Cup match from Russia. “Well they aren’t but our TV seems to turn everything green,” came my rather depressed answer.

Yes, this World Cup will be unforgettable for me in many ways. I have to say that I didn’t watch many of the group games, mainly the England and Croatia games, but these final stages are much more interesting. And I have two teams to cheer. Although I did miscalculate. I thought that our two nations couldn’t meet before the final. And now it appears that they could meet in the semi-finals, although by the time you read this England could already be on a British Airways flight home.

So we are in are summer residence. And just as we were moving our TV broke down. Knowing that the football was around the corner I had to find a solution. A few calls to friends and family and my mother-in-law said “I’ve got one in the store room.” I had my reservations. Would it be black and white? Or would it even work at all?

I went to pick it up and as soon as I saw the aerial was hanging off broken and that I needed a receiver to get a picture my fear level rose. “It was fine the last time I used it,” said my mother-in-law. But I realised that the last time she actually used it could be before I was born. It was strangely heavy. One of the first flat screens that isn’t really a flat screen just a slim version of the old pregnant televisions. “Where did you get this?” I asked as I seemed an unusual shape and size. “I can’t remember now,” she answered. It was then that I found out. As I flipped the TV round I saw a small metal label “Property of Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.” Presumably she hadn’t snuck into the hotel in the winter and climbed out a window with a TV in her arms. “Oh, yes, the last time the hotel renovated they sold off some televisions,” she remembered.

With its relatively small screen and broken antenna I set it up in my summer residence. Of course no picture. A snow screen of fuzz. Digging around in our store room I found another antenna that was older than Revelin. But it worked. Or did it? One minute picture, the next frozen, then the picture again, then a snow storm. Frustrating doesn’t have enough letters to describe my mood. If I stood holding the antenna in the middle of the room, then I could get a watchable picture. Just ask my wife as she came home once watching the opening ceremony sitting on a chair in the middle of the room holding an antenna! And then I guess the wind direction changed and so did my luck… a half decent picture. We could only get Nova and HRT2 but who cares.

For a week I was watching the World Cup in peace. And then the first England game and Murphy’s Law the picture disappeared. Yes, again I sat in the middle of the room holding the antenna.

I needed a new plan because I am too tight to buy a new TV. “What I need is something metal and something big,” I thought to myself. “I need to make my own antenna,” was my conclusion. Coat hangers, saucepans and even a BBQ grill were tried but all to no avail. “Maybe if I move the TV on top of the wardrobe it will be closer the window,” said my wife. That’s it! Eureka! The portable wardrobe is basically a huge metal frame. I unplugged the old antenna and pushed the wire hard into the metal frame…. BINGO! Seeing that my invention would work I needed to upgrade it. I scratched a small piece of paint off the inside metal frame and with some cello tape fixed the antenna wire to the exposed metal of the wardrobe and the television turned from a snow screen to HD. Not only could I watch the football perfectly but I could also now pick up thirty Italian channels and Libertas TV. Had I invented the latest satellite dish? My wardrobe.

“Why is there a cable sticking out of the wardrobe now,” came the obvious question from my wife. And when she heard the explanation the follow-up question was “Will I get an electric shock if I take a pair of trousers.” The World Cup for me was back on, even if it was a little green. Yes, although I have a plethora of channels many of them are slightly green. Normally watching football it isn’t too much of a problem, unless one team wears green and then they kind of get lost in the green grass.

Watching Mexico and Saudi Arabia was a challenge. But who cares, England wear white and you can see the Croatian shirts from outer space. Glorious football all the way from Russia through a wardrobe.

The strike planned for this Monday by the staff of the national airline, Croatia Airlines, has been postponed. According to reports in the national media representatives of the staff met with the Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenkovic, on Friday and the groups agreed that their grievances will be dealt with after the government’s summer recess.

Amongst other points the union is requesting more holiday days, an agreement on a regular flight crew list, increasing sick leave benefits from 70 to 90 percent of salaries, as well as full-time employment for seasonal staff who have been employed for longer than a year, amongst other points.

However, the management of Croatia Airlines responded and said that any staff member who went on strike would lose their pay for the days spent on strike.

The Prime Minster has now stepped in and assured the representatives of the Croatia Airlines pilots, cabin crew and ground staff that the problem would be assessed by the government.

“The union’s representatives presented Croatia Airlines’ problems to the Prime Minister, who expressed his understanding and said he was prepared to ensure that all the necessary conditions for the conclusion of the collective agreement were met,” the press release said.

It's hard to explain – when you fall in love with Dubrovnik, that's a bond that never breaks. This city has something enchanting and once you visit it, you want to come back – and then again and again.

Even if you live in it, from time to time you are surprised by its beauty. That happened to us while watching the video The Old City of Dubrovnik by World Viewers Stop.

-Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It's known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianized Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants – it's written in the caption of the video.

Take a look at it below. Isn't it stunning?

According to eVisitor's data, which contains tourist traffic realized in commercial and non-commercial facilities and nautical charter (eCrew system), in the period from January to end of June, there were 6.4 million arrivals (+ 12 percent) and 25.4 million overnight stays (+ 10% percent) in Croatia. Foreign tourists realized 5.5 million arrivals (+ 12 percent) and 22.2 million overnight stays (+ 10 percent), while domestic tourists recorded 10 percent increase in arrivals and 11 percent in overnight stays.

During the six months, most of the overnight stays were realized in Istria (7.4 million), while in Split-Dalmatia County there were 4.5 million overnight stays and 4.3 million overnight stays were realized in Kvarner. Next is Zadar County and Dubrovnik-Neretva County with 2.6 million overnight stays, Sibenik-Knin with 1.4 million overnight stays, Zagreb with 1 million overnight stays and Lika-Senj County with 681 thousand overnight stays.

On the continent, not including Zagreb, there were 452 thousand arrivals (+ 12 percent) and 905 thousand overnight stays (+ 13 percent), while most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (172,000), Krapina-Zagorje (160,000), Osijek-Baranja 91,000), Medimurje (81,000) and Zagreb County (80,000).

At the national level during the first six months, most of the overnight stays were made by the tourists from Germany (5.1 million), Austria (2.3 million), Slovenia (2.3 million), UK (1.4 million) and Poland (1 , 3 million), while the highest number of overnight stays were made in hotels (9.2 million), households (6.5 million) and camps (4.6 million). Top destinations in the first six months according to the criteria of realized overnight stays are Dubrovnik, Rovinj, Zagreb, Porec, Split, Umag, Medulin, Mali Losinj, Zadar and Tar.

GREAT JUNE

In June, there were 2.8 million arrivals and 13.8 million overnight stays in Croatia, which, compared to June 2017, represents an increase of 4 percent in arrivals, while the number of overnight stays was achieved at the level of last year's results.

In June, most of the overnight stays were realized in Istria (4 million), Split-Dalmatia County (2.6 million) and Kvarner (2.4 million). Next is Zadar County with 1.7 million overnight stays, Dubrovnik-Neretva with 1.2 million overnight stays, Sibenik-Knin with 853 thousand overnight stays, Lika-Senj with 437 thousand and Zagreb with 249 thousand overnight stays. On the continent, there were 117 thousand arrivals (+ 10 percent) and 213 thousand overnight stays (+ 11 percent) in June, of which most of the overnight stays were realized in Karlovac (69,000), Krapina-Zagorje (27,000), Zagreb (22,000), Osijek-Baranja 18,000) and Medimurje County (16,000).

Looking at destinations, in June, on the national level, most of the overnight stays were realized in Rovinj, Dubrovnik, Porec, Medulin, Umag, Split, Mali Losinj, Tar, Crikvenica and Novalja.

The 18th Cavtat Summer Carnival will be held this weekend, July 7th and 8th and it's organized by the Tourist Board of the Municipality of Konavle, the Carnival Association Dominali and the Cavtat Mom's Association. It wil traditionally offer rich program at several locations on the Cavtat promenade.

Saturday's event will be adjusted to the World Cup and the match between Croatia and Russia, so the carnival parade won't be held, but for this opportunity on the summer stage there will be a large screen for the transfer of the match. All the football fans are more than welcome to come and cheer for Croatia.

The 18th Cavtat Summer Carnival program:

Saturday, July 07 GREAT CARNIVAL

After the match and hopefully celebration, everybody will be entertained by the group TALIRI on the summer stage, and in front of the church of Saint Nikola program continues with the ET'NA music group, the NATYA dance group and the VODORIGE fire group.

Special guests of the first evening are KARLOVACKI BUBNJARI & HALUBAJSKI ZVONCARI VIŠKOVO.

Sunday, July 08 CHILDREN'S CARNIVAL

Program starts at 8:30 pm with a carnival parade on Cavtat promenade.

On the summer stage there is a music-dance program for children with ZVUCI JADRANA and a dance-acrobatic group CROWD CONTROL - KAM HRAM

In front of the church of St. Nicholas the ET'NA music group will perform, followed the NATYA dance group and the VODORIGE fire group.

On the third stage, the city beach, there will be music-dance program for young people with DAPAL BAND and DJ LUKAS.

Like every year, magnificent fireworks at Cavtat Harbor are scheduled for 11:30 pm.

Every season has something special that marks it and during the summer in Dubrovnik we are really getting used to foreign media publishing articles about the crowds. Popular and well-known, Dubrovnik is visited by thousands of people during the season and sometimes it can be crowded. However, sometimes the articles about Dubrovnik crowds can be bit pumped.

Lately, the trend is to publish articles that offer you alternatives to Dubrovnik – but still using its name to get more clicks. For example, the title could of the article could be 'The best destinations in Croatia without the crowds', without mentioning Dubrovnik. However, Dubrovnik sells.

Anyway, the Telegraph is the latest when it comes to that kind of articles. The title is 'The seven best alternatives to overcrowded Dubrovnik'.

- Dubrovnik’s sturdy walls have protected it for eight centuries, but can do nothing to tackle the newest threat to the city: tourist overcrowding. The Croatian port, a World Heritage Site made famous by its starring role in Game of Thrones, has witnessed a surge in arrivals over the last decade. Now, according to locals - as well as Unesco, which has urged it to reduce tourist traffic or face losing its heritage status - the situation has reached breaking point – writes the Telegraph, saying that you could visit Dubrovnik off season or to go to their alternatives.

This is their list:
Split
Pula
Zagreb
Rovinj
Zadar
Valletta
Cordoba

See the full article here.

Four tenors will entertain Dubrovnik locals and their guests on Tuesday, July 10th, in front of the church of Saint Blaise, starting at 10:30 pm. This is a special night for Dubrovnik, since the Dubrovnik Summer Festival will be officially opened for the 69th time, just before the concert.

Extraodinary Croatian vocalists – Dani Stipanicev, Marko Skugor, Vladimir Garic and Marko Pecotic, are a real treat for all those who enjoy good music and will make this night even more memorable. Especially after stunning fireworks that are also traditional part of this evening. The event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the City of Dubrovnik.

As in previous years, the Police Administration of Dubrovnik-Neretva continues this summer with international police cooperation as part of the "Safe Tourism Season" project. Ministry of the Interior is conducting this project for the thirteenth year in police administrations on the Adriatic coast.

Police officers from Montenegro and Italy have been staying at the Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County since the beginning of this week, while their colleagues from Kosovo, Albania and for the first time from China will join them in mid-July. During July and August, a total of thirteen foreign police officers from Montenegro, Italy, Kosovo, Albania and China, together with their Croatian collegaues, will serve at the Dubrovnik Police Station, the Korcula Police Station, the Gruda Police Station and the Dubrovnik Traffic Police Station.

Since the number of tourists in the area of Dubrovnik-Neretva County is increasing every year, and one of the most important priorities of the Dubrovnik-Neretva Police Administration is to continue to maintain the status of a secure tourist center, some extra help will surely be useful!

Dubrovnik is getting ready for the big football match, Croatia vs Russia in the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup. For this big event you’ll ned a big screen and the City of Dubrovnik have announced that they will install a special huge screen on the Stradun for the game.

In cooperation with Dubrovnik Film Studios and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival on July 7 at 19:30 in the square in front of Luza a broadcast of the football match Croatia - Russia will be shown on a video wall.

The match will be projected on the facade of Luza above the small Onofrio fountain at the end of the Stradun and to make sure that the atmosphere is even more thumping a DJ will warm up the crowds before the game.

The City of Dubrovnik invites everyone to come to the Old City and watch the match on a huge video wall inside the ancient city walls, the perfect way to cheer on Croatia in the World Cup adventure.

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