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.
“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.
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.
It almost feels like spring came to Dubrovnik already – sun is shining, sky is clear and temperatures are rising. This Saturday was perfect for a walk around the Old City and many locals and tourists decided to take that opportunity.
Everybody noticed that there was unusual number of ladies around and the explanation is simple – many ladies from the region decided to celebrate Women's Day in Dubrovnik. Yes it was on 8th of March, but it's never too late to celebrate!
The most successful music duo in the UK history is coming to Croatia this summer!
The electronic dance duo Pet Shop Boys will perform in Croatia for the first time in their long music career. They will hold a concert in the city of Zadar on the 12th of August 2017 as part of the Jazine Open Air 2017 music festival. It will be the band’s only concert in the region during their European tour and they will play tunes from their career as well as from their recent album ‘’Super’’.
From 1981 when Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe began their carrier in London, Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records worldwide and are listed as the most successful duo in the UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records. Three-time Brit Award winners and six-time Grammy nominees, since 1985 they have achieved forty-two Top 30 singles and twenty-two Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart, including four UK number ones such as "West End Girls", "It's a Sin", and "Heart". Other hit songs include a cover of "Go West", "Opportunities (Let's Make Lots of Money)" and "What Have I Done to Deserve This?" in a duet with Dusty Springfield.
At the Brit Awards in London in 2009, Pet Shop Boys received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. In 2016, Billboard magazine named Pet Shop Boys the No. 1 Billboard Dance duo/group over the 40 years from the chart's beginning in 1976. In addition, the duo received NME's Godlike Genius Award in 2017.
If you were wondering why you should visit the island of Lokrum check out this video. The Lokrum Reserve has just released this latest promo video for the island and it is stunning.
Located just 600 metres from the Old City of Dubrovnik the island of Lokrum is a green oasis and a great place to escape the summer chaos. With hidden bays, thick forests and crystal clear seas Lokrum is a nature reserve with a few surprises. Peacocks roam free across the island and rabbits also call the island home. For fans of Game of Thrones there is a visitor’s centre that has an iron throne from the HBO serial.
But don't listen to us! Check out the video and see for yourselves.
Jacques Houdek will represent Croatia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv with the song My Friend.The song has been released about a week ago, but has been published on Eurovision Song Contest official Youtube channel just today.
''My friend'' is quite unusual, combining English and Italian as well as different singing styles. Its sounds like a duo but it isn't. That's why it has different reactions to it – some bow to the original concept, while the others are just not getting it.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Semi-Finals will take place on Tuesday 9th May and Thursday 11th May, and the Grand Final will be held on Saturday 13th May.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the longest running television shows in the world. It was on the 24th of May, 1956, that Europe saw the first ever Eurovision Song Contest. After all those years, the contest is one of the most typical European traditions.
Croatia didn't have much success on the Eurovision for a long time, but we'll see what happens this year.
The Croatia's Finest rebroadcast has started in more than 90 countries around the globe, reported the team in charge for this project a few days ago.
National Geographic Channel has started rebroadcasting the gastronomic travel documentary Croatia's Finest, which stars the British Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker, in China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the UAE and some other countries around the globe.
The broadcast of the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English started on the Asian markets and even in some parts of Africa from the 1st of October 2016. When the show was presented to a potential audience of over half a billion people, it was among the TOP 10 watched shows on the National Geographic Channel Asia channel.
The Croatia's Finest includes 20 half-hour episodes that were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations, Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.
Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.
Game of Thrones season 7 premiere date was revealed yesterday – the first episode will be aired on 16 July! It will be exciting to see the scenes filmed in Dubrovnik. In case you forgot, season 7 was supposed to skip King's Landing, but in December 2016 actors Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson or as in series – Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister and Ser Gregor "The Mountain" Clegane were spotted in Dubrovnik.
The date was revealed in interesting way, by Facebook Live video, which showed a giant block of ice, that was melted by fans commenting ''fire''.
This season will be only seven episodes long, as opposed to usual 7. Fans are getting more and more excited and we are too waiting impatiently to see the newest scenes from King's Landing.
The seasonality of Dubrovnik's tourism business has traditionally been an unsolvable problem, but of course it isn’t only the Pearl of the Adriatic that has a problem.
The picturesque seaside location of Cavtat, around 30 minutes from Dubrovnik, is a magnet for tourists in the summer months.
The promenade is a vibrant meeting place, the numerous cafes and restaurants spill out onto the streets and music and laughter fills the air. Yachts and luxury cruisers from all over the world dock in the harbour and excursions boats crowd into the bay. However the winter period is a quite different story.
Check out our Cavtat in the winter gallery