Friday, 18 January 2019

Merry Christmas to you and your families from all of the team at The Dubrovnik Times

Merry Christmas

 

The nativity scene in Cilipi, Konavle this festive season has somewhat of a tongue in cheek political twist this year with the Peljesac Bridge the centre of attention.

The theme of this year’s nativity scene in the Church of St. Nicholas is “Magnificent Bridge” with reference to the long awaited investment into the infrastructure system of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County the bridge that will connect Dubrovnik to the rest of Croatia.

But at the end of the Peljesac Bridge in the Cilipi Church is the stables and the new-born baby Jesus with the Three Kings crossing the bridge.

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It wasn’t only the ladies that shone today on Christmas Eve in Dubrovnik the guys were suited and booted as well.

Electric blue suits were the hit this festive season with bowties and brown Brogue shoes as the must have accessories.

Our resident style guru had her head turned on a few occasions this morning as the stream of handsome young men flowed down the Stradun.

Check out our male only gallery

In the third quarter of 2018 the number of employed Croatians rose by 0.4 percent year-on-year to reach 1.689 million, while the number of officially registered jobless people dropped 19.9 percent to a new record low of 133,000, the state statistics bureau said.

This means that the unemployment rate slid by 1.7 percentage points year-on-year to 7.3 percent, the lowest level since the Q3 2008. The size of active population in the Q3 2018 was 1.822 million. According to estimates, Croatia had 4.1 million inhabitants in mid-2017.

The increase in the number of active population in Q3 2018 from Q2 2018 was due to a rise in the number of people in jobs, by 18,000, and a drop in the number of registered jobless people by 3,000, which in turn is to a large extent the result of increased employment during the peak tourist season.

State statistics bureau's figures show that the size of the inactive population in Q3 2018 was 1.707 million.

Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Christmas Eve is a traditional time of the year to shine with your fashion choices. Sharp suits, bowties and crisp white shirts for the guys and colourful creations for the girls.

This year knee-high boots were once again in and the ultimate accessory were Konavle earrings. Although dark colours are normally the order of the day this year was much more colourful and bright fur-style coats, especially purple, were the must have jackets to keep out the December wind.

Check out our Christmas Eve Dubrovnik Divas

The rain threatened to fall all morning in Dubrovnik but held off until the late afternoon allowing thousands of people to enjoy a calm and warm Christmas Eve.

The temperatures were unusually warm this morning with highs around 14 degrees. Even though it looked like being a morning and in fact a day of rain the clouds refused to unload their payload over the city.

Whilst thousands gathered inside the historic Old City walls The Dubrovnik Times got above the city to bring you some unique Christmas Eve photos.

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Croatia’s number one tennis star, Marin Cilic, enjoyed a stroll along the Stradun in the Old City of Dubrovnik this Christmas Eve with his wife Kristina. Looking handsome and laid back in a blue plaid suit the tennis ace chatted with Olympic gold medal water polo star Maro Joković.

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Cilic (30) was happy to pose with fans and have his photo taken although Kristina, who was born in Dubrovnik, was camera shy. Cilic, who is currently ranked seventh in the world rankings, recently led Croatia to their second Davis Cup win over France in Lille. The Cilic’s aren’t strangers to Dubrovnik and were spotted on the Stradun together two years ago.

The couple tied the knot this April in Cavtat in a glamorous wedding in Cavtat.

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The Cilic's turn heads in Dubrovnik 

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Kristina camera shy 

Christmas Eve in Dubrovnik is traditionally a time to don your best threads and hit the Stradun and this year was no different. The men in smart suits and the ladies looking like they had just come from a Paris fashion show.

And the highlight of Christmas Eve in the historic Old City is without doubt the Christmas carols. The guys and gals from the Lindo folklore ensemble are the lead singers of Christmas carols in the city and today the parade down the Stradun was greeted with cheers and applause from the huge crowds of people.

Check out the video of the Christmas carols from the “Lindo Queens” this morning

How to upset your neighbours with Photoshop. A travel agency from Split which organises excursions to Mostar and Medjugorje published a photo on their website which had been clearly altered in Photoshop.

The new, adjusted photo of Mostar had two new Catholic churches and spires in place of the original Muslim mosques. It appeared that the two elaborate minarets from the mosques had been replaced by a tower of a Franciscan Church on one side and a Catholic Cathedral on the other side of the river.

Needless to say the rather insensitive photo was heavily criticised in neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina and after a few hours the controversial photo was taken down. In addition to the two Catholic symbols another huge cross was added to the top of the mountain overlooking the city.

Adriatic Travel from Split, the travel agency who published the photo with the title “Snowy Mostar,” have clearly forgotten the Christmas spirit and how to be good neighbours.

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Many pensioners across Croatia will struggle this Christmas period with paying the household bills let alone stocking the fridge for the festive table. Due to awfully low pensions the older generation of the country will find it hard to make ends meet this Christmas.

One good deed highlighted the serious problem Croatia’s pensioners face. The city of Umag have decided to help their pensioners with a cash windfall, meaning many of those with low incomes will at least be able to survive this Christmas.

"We appreciate the contribution of our pensioners and we understand their needs, so we have decided that all those with income of up to 800 Kuna we will help with a payment of 4,200 Kuna, whilst those with a pension of up to 1,100 Kuna, we can help with 3,000 Kuna," said the Mayor of Umag, Vili Bassanese.

Whilst this news and this action is indeed well meant it also helps to highlight the monthly struggle of many of the “grey generation” in Croatia. As one reader commented “Small communities with good tax revenues should take more care of societies. It is incredible to me how someone can live with a salary of less than four to five thousand Kuna per month?”

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