Croatia is full of beauty and it's not easy to make lists of top places to visit. That's why we like when somebody else does it!
Youtube channel ''World top 10'' recently published a video with 10 best places to visit in Croatia. It's full of beautiful footages of Croatia and every place chosen to be on the list comes with few words of explanation.
Places that made it to the list are: Krka National Park, Zagreb, Korcula, Pula, Zadar, Rovinj, Split, Plitvice National Park, Hvar and at the first place... Dubrovnik!
Don't miss beautiful scenes filmed all around the country and maybe you'll get inspired for your next vacation.
I have to be honest with you, dear readers, it's not easy writing this column lately. Since the start of the year I've been on a low carb diet accompanied by serious sugar detox and I'm hating every minute of it. Not only that, but I'm having real problems concentrating and being creative. I've asked my friend to help me with ideas on what to write and she suggested writing about the new American president. The problem is, I don't want to write about things that are negative and ugly. I want to write about things that are beautiful… like the president's wife.
In all seriousness, finding positive things to talk about these days is quite a task. There are so many pessimistic views and conflicting information being thrown about in the media, you would think the world is ending tomorrow. It makes me want to turn off the TV and close my news accounts. I was reminded today of a scene from the 1999 sci-fi film „The Matrix“, which is on its way to become a modern pop-culture classic.
In the film, the main protagonist realises reality as we know it is nothing more than a dream, while the actual reality sees our world completely destroyed, with humans acting as nothing more than a power source for the alien race that is controlling Earth. He meets up with an underground resistance movement which is trying to reclaim this desolate planet. At a certain point in the film he is offered two pills, a blue one and a red one. If he swallows the blue one, he will go back to sleep, dreaming he lives in a modern society with access to all the material goods we take for granted. If he takes the red pill, he will remain awake and aware of the truth, but will also be condemned to live and fight in a dystopian world.
Throughout my life, I've always strived to be the “red pill” type of person. I like being well informed and always try to understand the truth behind the headlines. Lately, this seems more difficult than ever. With all the news, fake news, and gossip emitted from countless sources all around us, it is pretty much impossible to know what is really going on in the world. Not only that, but with global society more connected now than ever before, we have access to information from all corners of the planet. This can be quite a mental burden if one gets too involved.
For this reason, I am lately moving away from the information sharing social networks like Facebook or Twitter in favour of those like Instagram, where you spend your time only looking at pretty photographs or posting your own. With modern phone cameras and image filters, everything you capture ends up looking wonderful, making your mundane life look special and appealing. When I post photos of my low carb meals, people think they taste great and I’m having the best of times preparing and eating them. Who wouldn’t want a confidence boost like that to their average day? Yes, there is an entire culture of fake beauty and false values developing and it’s within our grasp every time we want to go for the blue pill.
So what is the right way to go? Nobody in their right mind can honestly believe denying the world’s problems and distracting ourselves with videos of cute kittens or expensive cars will solve anything. That’s like thinking building a wall between two countries will cure their immigration problems. On the other hand, we can’t live our lives constantly worrying about everything. There must be some healthy ratio of serious news vs. entertainment fluff that one can sustainably enjoy in order to be both well informed and distracted enough. Something like making that piece of steamed kale on my plate palatable by the surrounding it with pieces of grilled meat (I’m hungry).
It seems we will have to adopt new skills of screening out unnecessary information if we want to keep our sanity in this brave new world. Whatever the case may be, we can’t stop searching for a way to live our lives both dreaming wonderful dreams and fighting for better tomorrow.
Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.
The Croatian shipyard Brodotrogir stated on the 8th of February that the company laid the keel, thus launched the construction of an icebreaking tanker for Arctech Helsinki Shipyard from Finland.
The contract, worth 28 million Euros for the construction of a part of the ship was concluded in July 2016; the project is to be finished within a year.
The front section of the ship will be 167 metres long, 32,5 metres wide, 18 metres high with a draught of 11,7 metres, whilst a total load capacity of the ship will be 44,000 tons. On the otherhand, a shipyard in Finland will construct the rest of the icebreaker.
The ARC7 ice-class tankeris being built under the dual class Bureau Veritas and Russian Maritime Register of Shipping.
As far as the book of orders is concerned, the capacity of Brodotrogir shipyard is fully booked. Apart from the Arctic tanker – icebreaker for the Finish orderer, the company is equipping two tankers for the Viterlef Management Ltd company which are by the main characteristics very similar to Brodotrogir's chemical tankers.
The Croatian shipyard also states that there are possibilities for additional employment as well as for providing operations for other companies in Croatia engaged in the shipbuilding industry.
According to the latest data from the Croatian Bureau of Statistics (DZS) in the first eleven months of 2016 Croatia's exports and imports grew in comparison to the previous year.
Therefore, exports amounted to almost 83.7 billion Kunas (an increase of 3.6 percent annually), whilst imports recorded an increase of 3.9 percent to nearly 134.7 billion Kunas.
The main trade partner of the country in the period between January and November 2016 was the European Union. Croatia exported 7.4 billion Euros of goods to the EU market or 5 percent more compared to the same period in 2015. However, the country imported almost twice as much i.e. nearly 14 billion Euros of goods or 5.6 percent more in comparison to 2015.
As far as the EU countries are concerned, the principal trade partners of Croatia were Germany, Italy and Slovenia.
Croatian exports to Germany increased by 10.4 percent and amounted to 1.3 billion Euros, whilst imports grew by 10.9 percent to 2.9 billion Euros.
The total of exports to Italy was 1.5 billion Euros or 7.2 percent annually, whilst imports increased by 2.9 percent to 2.28 billion Euros.
In the first eleven months of 2016 Croatia exported 1.4 billion Euros of goods to Slovenia or 8.8 percent more in comparison to 2015. Imports to this country grew by 8.6 percent to 1.9 billion Euros.
Apart from the EU, Croatia's main trade partners were the Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA) countries. Croatia exported 1.8 billion Euros of goods to this market, or 2.6 percent less, while imports increased by 12.8 percent to 1.05 billion Euros compared to the same period in 2015.
On the other hand, outside the EU market Croatia exported the most to Bosnia and Herzegovina – 1.01 billion Euros or 1.4 percent less in comparison to 2015.
It is well-known that the historic Old City of Dubrovnik is a pedestrian only; all vehicles have to have a special license from the city council to enter onto the stone streets. There are however some exceptions to this rule, well we are not even sure if this “vehicle” falls under the size category to be granted a licence.
This young local certainly had fun driving his Mini down the Stradun today and managed to turn the heads of passersby. And his Mini had room for a friend; our gentleman driver took his sister for a spin along the Stradun.
On Tuesday the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a special concert in the Marin Drzic Theatre.
At 7.00pm on Valentines Day the orchestra will be joined by the British conductor Colin Metters in what should be a magical evening. An evening of romance is planned with movie theme tunes, such as the music from Titanic, as well as Girl from Ipanema and Greensleves.
Vocal group Sebenico from Sibenik is currently touring in the USA and according to their Facebook page, really having a great time in New York. They made ''ad hoc'' performance in Times Square singing ''Ballad of Sibenik''. People walking by seemed quite interested by this surprise concert and caught a chance to film it.
This vocal group is quite young, made back in 2011 and already won quite a few rewards. Maybe this performance will make them well-known on the American market.
One of the most popular rock bands these days is coming to Croatia! Kings of Leon were presented as the big surprise of the INmusic festival.
- With great pride we announce the concert of one of the greatest and most wanted rock bands today, endlessly adored – Kings of Leon! INmusic #12 becomes a host of the so far biggest performance in the region, where Kings of Leon will be joined also sensational Arcade Fire, Alt-J, Kasabian, Mixhael Kiwanuka and many others – it's written on the official Facebook page of the festival.
This will be the first concert of Kings of Leon in Croatia and the news made their Croatian fans (and those in the region) excited. But they'll need to wait for the concert until June, when the festival is held.
The new terminal of Dubrovnik Airport is open, well still a soft opening, and passengers and staff have a whole new experience. The spacious new terminal, Terminal C, will be fully functional by the beginning of May and will replace Terminal A for passenger departures.
This new terminal is connected to terminal B and when fully operational the two terminals will be completely joined, leaving terminal A as a baggage sorting area. With an impressive sixteen gates, two for internal flights, the airport will soon be able to handle more passengers.
Valamar Riviera is the leading tourist company in Croatia with accommodation that can handle around 55,000 guests per day at its 30 hotels and resorts as well as at 15 camping resorts along the Adriatic coast – in Istria, on the islands of Krk and Rab, and in Dubrovnik. Therefore, it is important to note that the company accounts for 12 percent of the total categorized accommodation in Croatia.
Consequently, Valamar Riviera is among the top five employers in Croatia and was declared the best tourist company. The best proof for this important title is also the fact that nearly 65 percent of seasonal workers return to work at Valamar year after year. Therefore, the company increases the number of employment contracts for an indefinite period of time every year; for example, in 2016 more than 60 workers got permanent employment, whilst an additional 178 permanent positions are planned for 2017.
For the upcoming summer season Valamar is looking for a larger number of professional, diligent and motivated persons to work in a dynamic environment at its tourist objects and facilities. Thus in 2017 Valamar Riviera will employ 1,200 new employees.
Valamar Riviera has already announced job openings in the department of food and beverages, in the department of household, at reception, in the department of technical and maintenance services as well as for workers in the sport facilities, reservation centres, information points etc.
The company will also provide free accommodation to all seasonal workers who come from different Croatia's counties. The quality of accommodation will be additionally enriched this year by building Valamar Staff Residence centres in Dubrovnik (it will be fully functional in 2018), on the island of Krk and in Rabac, Istria.