Saturday, 25 May 2019

The last Robin Hood: Origins set in Dubrovnik is being dismantled. Filming of the Leonardo DiCaprio version of Robin Hood finished in Dubrovnik on the 6th of March and moved onto Istria in northwest Croatia for three days before continuing filming in Hungary.

The last set to be taken down was in the old port area of the city, and in fact this was the last set to be used for filming with a dramatic fire scene filmed. Robin Hood has now officially left Dubrovnik and we await the première on the 23rd of March 2018.

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Flos Olei 2017, a reputable Italian-English world guide for extra virgin olive oils was presented in Savudrija, Istria on the 9th of March.

Last year Flos Olei experts selected Istria as the best quality olive region in the world for the second time in a row and included it in its catalogue for 2017.

''A lot of work and a lot of investment paid off in the end. To be a part of such prestigious catalogue is a great success for Istria and the Istrian olive growers, thus I'd like to congratulate you all'', said Valter Flego, the Istria County prefect on the occasion of presenting the exceptional success of Istrian olive oil in this year's edition of Flos Olei.

For the seventh edition of the ''Flos Olei'' catalogue more than 2,000 olive oils from all around the globe were evaluated and only 500 of them made it to the second stage of selection. Istria was again the most represented world region with 60 olive oils or 12 percent, which is a great percentage in the global community of extra virgin olive oil makers.

It is interesting to note that the Croatian region was followed by the Italian region of Tuscany with 59 olive oils included in the catalogue, whilst the Spanish region of Andalusia placed as the third with 49 olive oils.

Ten olive oil makers from Istria won 95-100 points out of a maximum of 100 points and their olive oils made it to the "really excellent olive oils" category, whilst 17 oil makers won 90-94 points and their oils were categorized as "excellent olive oils".

The region of Konavle is to be celebrated on the latest edition of special stamps from the Croatian Post Office. As of tomorrow, the 14th of March, four stamps will feature the ethnographic heritage and folk costumes of Croatia and the region of Konavle, to the south of Dubrovnik and the southernmost area in Croatia will be included.

As well as Konavle the island of Zlarin, Istria and Podravina will also be featured and the author of the stamps is Orsat Franković. Half a million copies of the Konavle stamp will be produced.

It seems that Croatia will get its first amusement theme park in June 2017. Park Mirnovec has started the countdown before opening its doors for adults and children. It's modeled on the world famous centers of adrenalin fun. 

Park Mirnovec is currently under construction in Biograd na Moru on 45 thousand square meters and it's the largest investement in the entertaiment industry in the country. It's worth 15 million Euros! The investor is company Mirnovec from Samobor.
Visitors to the park will be able to enjoy 26 attractions divided into three parts: The pirate city, the Wild West and the Universe. Each thematic unit is a combination of attractions and games with content aimed at children, teenagers and families. There will be also a wide range of food and drinks, games, souvenir shops, events and concerts.

All those who have been dreaming about visiting amusement parks all over the world will surely not miss a chance to enjoy this new park that hopes to have 180 thousand visitors in the first year.

The first day of spring, the 21st of March 2017, two thousand restaurants around the world will be marking the day with a gastronomic event. Goût de France, or Good France, is a project that was organized on the initiative of Alain Ducasse and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development in France.

And among the select few restaurants in Croatia that will be celebrating this special event is the renowned Bugenvila in Cavtat.

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“There are a number of restaurants who have been chosen to participate in this event and the fact that Michelin star chef Alain Ducasse has helped make this selection is an honour for us,” commented the founder and co-owner of Bugenvila, Igor Korousic. In fact there are only seventeen restaurants in the whole of the country that have been especially selected to enter.

This is the third consecutive year that the Goût de France has been held. With the slogan 2,000 chefs – 2,000 restaurants – 5 continents this event, which will take the form of a dinner, will pay tribute to the excellence of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and the values that it represents: sharing, pleasure, and a respect for good food, good company, and the environment. Dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants will honour the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine.

“The menu is defined by seasonality, from the season of the vegetables to the fish and meat. Therefore we have planned a menu that reflects the season at the moment. I like the idea a tasting menu should reflect the joy of life as symbolised by spring,” added Korousic. “So how to combine this on a plate, certain ingredients are spring like, not just because of their colours but because of their energy,” concluded Korousic. And along with the menu Bugenvila will pair French wines with each course.

On the 21st of March in Bugenvila book your place for a wonderful event - Goût de France – and start spring 2017 with a spring in your step.

Contact Bugenvila at +385 – (0)20 479 949 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Last year in Croatia 500 people became new millionaires whose wealth exceeds a million dollars or seven million Kunas.

According to the London-based consulting firm Knight Frank there is currently a total of 11,900 millionaires in Croatia, which is an increase of 4 percent over 2015. And if you compare the figure to ten years ago there has been a 30 percent increase in the number of millionaires in the country. The British consultants also pointed out that the wealthy list in Croatia is slightly slowing down and that over the next decade there will only be a 10 percent increase in the number of millionaires.

The number os “super rich” whose fortune exceeds 30 million dollars in Croatia is 120 and that number is the same as last year. And the “ultra rich” or people whose wealth exceeds 100 million dollars is 11, which is the same as last year.

The film production company “Pakt Media” who were involved in the Robin Hood: Origins filming in Dubrovnik organised a cleaning of the harbour in yesterday. The old harbour was the location of the first set to be built in the city and was one of the largest and most intricate sets.

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On the final day of filming of Robin Hood in Dubrovnik, on the 6th of March, the set was “burnt down” in a dramatic scene. Of course the set wasn’t actually burnt down it was a mixture of special effects and controlled explosions.

The harbour was cleaned by Pakt Media, with the assistance of the Poklisar restaurant and the public cleaning company, and divers cleaned the seabed. The Dubrovnik Diving Club spent most of the day cleaning the seabed and today the local boats, that were moved for filming, will be returned to their original positions.

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Dubrovnik has played host to many international travel documentaries in the past few years, but this latest one is a new idea. A crew from the German national broadcaster Deutsche Welle is currently filming a new travel show in southern Croatia and yesterday they arrived in Dubrovnik.

“At the moment the digital couple are certainly finding it easier,” explained the producer of the show to The Dubrovnik Times. Two couples have to find their way around a city and solve various tasks; it’s a type of travel game show. However there is a twist. One couple has to do it “old school” armed only with books, magazines, newspapers, basically analogue travellers. Whilst the other couple have a digital approach, they are allowed to only use smart phones, tablets, websites and other online equipment. It is a battle between 1960’s travel and 2000’s travel.

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“In the destination before Dubrovnik the couples had a task to find someone famous,” explained the producer. “Of course the old school couple had the advantage with that task as they could just ask someone in the street. The digital couple aren’t allowed to speak to anyone, they have to use online tools,” concluded the producer.

We look forward to seeing the final version of the travel show on German television this summer.

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Whatever happened to our good manners in Dubrovnik! Did we ever have them? It drives me crazy. No, I am not talking about the “pleases” and “thank you” that we offer as we give up a seat in a bus for an elderly passenger, although they could be improved as well, no I am talking about drivers, or the driving culture. As soon as people enter their cars they seem to transform into an alter ego. A mild mannered person becomes a hooligan with a steering wheel. I call it the Dubrovnik “Jekyll and Hyde” effect. And one thing that completely goes out of the window is manners.

When I start to think about it manners has never been a factor of Dubrovnik drivers. You can’t lose something if you never had it. A by far the most annoying part of this driving culture is so simple to cure. All it entails is a raise of the hand, in the form of a “thank you.” So you let someone out of a side street into the main road, raise your hand, it isn’t that difficult.

So just the other day I had a treble bad manner moment. Having an office behind the tax office is challenging at certain times of the year, well the times that tax returns are due. The tax office has parking for about six cars (another great organisational triumph) and six hundred cars want to park. Maybe they could start a “drive-through” tax office. So I tried to get to my office through the forest of mobile bookkeepers. The road is basically wide enough for one car (or two Smarts) so if you meet someone coming the other way the fun begins. I meet my first car and even though he could have moved over I decided to reverse down the street before turning into a smaller street.

He passed without even looking at me! Not as much as a wave of the hand, nod of the head or beep of the horn. Zero! My reversing manoeuvre had taken about 1 minute, how long would it have taken me to say thank you. Again I tried to drive up the road, but again on the same narrow bend I met another car, damn! And this time he had another car behind him. Ok, I waved that I would reverse backwards to make space. The same story, I moved backwards down the road, into a side street, but this time the driver just looked at me. No, he wasn’t acknowledging me; in fact he seemed to be looking straight through me. That was when the leggy blonde lady passed my car. Ah, that is where he was looking. Again no “thank you” and then the other car behind me passed - zilch!

I tried for the third time to climb the impassable and impossible street. But this time I was not alone. All of my constant reversing had meant that I now had friends. Two other cars were behind me. “Oh no, I don’t believe it,” on the same bend we meet a lone car. Surely it was time for the other car to reverse. “I am sorry I am not very good in reverse,” shouted the elderly lady from the window. And by this time another car was queued behind her. The two cars behind me realised the situation and we all started inching down the road, like a column in reverse. And because there were three of us it took much longer. When we finally managed to make space the little old lady in the car inched passed, and yes you have guessed it, no thank you, no raise of the hand, nod of the head...nothing.
In the space of three minutes Miss Marple had transformed into the Wicked Witch of the West! But then shock, horror, the car behind her said thank you. This situation got me thinking. How many times to people actually show good manners?

So I decided to conduct an experiment. For one week I counted. I have a pen and piece of paper in my car (still today) in which I ticked the “thank you” and crossed the bad manners. I didn’t go out of my way to let people out, I just did a normal week of driving. So the results after one week were – total cars 32 – thank you – 8 – no manners – 24. I was actually surprised to get eight with good manners. But I have to be honest 3 of those 8 came when I went to Konavle. For some reason the further you get from the centre of the city the better the manners get.

But it isn’t just manners that are a problem. According to police reports last week there were 463 driving offences...that’s 66 a day! And 51 were for not wearing a seat belt, I am sorry but you have to pretty moronic not to wear a salt belt. Now my bad manners bug doesn’t seem so important. Bad drivers are like stars in the sky. You can see them, but they can't see you.

Uber and students at the Vern University will cooperate on the development of the UberBOAT service in Croatia, which is intended for better maritime traffic connection among Croatian islands and better quality of transport service for tourists in Dalmatia.

UberBOAT represents a new service, which will be offered to all users of the UBER digital platform in Croatia starting from this summer. It is about transport of users by speedboats ordered by an Uber application along the Adriatic coast. The transport will be operated by existing operators – small businesses and companies already registered for the necessary activities, with all licences, permits and insurance. Therefore, VERN students will have the opportunity to actively participate in the development of entirely new service, which will be complementary to the needs of Croatia's tourism.

Apart from direct impact on the tourist season, better connection and integration of islands, this service represents a key precondition for improving the quality of life on Croatian islands in all segments, especially in terms of the labour market, education and health care.

''What is the best way to organize business for entrepreneurs in order to prepare them for this innovative service? How to optimize the workforce, vessels supply and services to maximize income? These are just some of the questions that the VERN students will be able to answer through this real business challenge. We believe that the knowledge they will acquire will be quite relevant in today's business world, whilst the best of them will have the opportunity to do practice at Uber and afterwards apply for a regular job'', commented Davor Tremac, the general director of Uber for South Eastern Europe.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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