Thursday, 20 June 2019

Former West Ham and Croatian National Team manager Slaven Bilic has been named as the new boss of West Bromwich Albion. Bilic (50) has reportedly signed a two-year contract at the English Championship side and he succeeds from Darren Moore who lost his job in March.

Bilic returns to England after he last managed West Ham in 2017 and he commented for the BBC Sport that “We want to improve on the pitch and Albion have convinced me they want to return to the Premier League.”

His last job in management, after he left west Ham, was with the Saudi side Al-Ittihad Club.

During his long playing career Bilic played for both West Ham and Everton in England as well as Hajduk Split in his hometown of Split on the Dalmatian coast.

"From the moment we spoke to Slaven, we were struck by his enthusiasm and excitement about this challenge," commented the West Bromwich Albion technical director Luke Dowling. Adding that “We believe he is a great ‘fit’ for us - his presence, experience and management qualities are just what we need.”

 

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David Hasselhoff, or as many of us know him – Mitch Buchannon from Baywatch, is still full of energy even at the age of 66. The latest proof can be seen on his social media: he has joined Gumball 3000 Rally and bragged about visiting Croatia! 

-WENT FOR A SWIM IN Croatia!! Awesome – wrote Hasselhoff under the photo where he poses (super-excited) on the location that is still unknown. However, it really looks like Rijeka Dubrovacka! Since the route of Gumball included a trip from Split to Montenegro, it's possible that Hasselhoff spontaneusly decided to swim in the Croatian waters.

And who could blame him… Over four thousand of his fans reacted to this photo, many giving great compliments to our country. Priceless promotion!

Hasselhoff countinues his journey with Gumball 3000 and is currently in Greece. Maybe he'll feel an urge to come back to Croatia – we would be more than happy to meet him!

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The city of Dubrovnik continues with works of cleaning up and preparing the beaches for the summer season in the town and suburban area. For this year's swimming season, beaches Stikovica, Brsecine, Zaton Bunica and Hawaii in Orasac are ready, where the necessary works are completed.

In Stikovica, a partially wreckage of a bathing site has been cemented, a canal by the beach was cleared, and the beach is straightened and more rocks were added. Works worth 204 thousand kuna included the installation of showers and an information table for the beach. In Brsecine and Zaton Bunica the beaches are aligned, cleansed and the rocks were added, while preparations for putting up showers were also made in Bunica. In Hawaii, damage on the access path, access stairs and smaller parts of the plateau were repaired, and on these three beaches a total of 158,975 kuna was spent.

The works continue on the beaches of Lozica, Trsteno and Kalamota-Jekavac, while, in the previous period, the rehabilitation of the beaches Belvedere, Porporela, Sulic, Dance, Bellevue and the beach in Mokosica have been completed. TheDepartment of Tourism, the Ministry of the Economy and the Sea, when drafting the plan of works, accepted all justified requests that were sent by city districts and local committees. The funds provided in the Budget for this purpose amount to a total of 2.5 million kuna with VAT.

The most famous Croatian cello player, Ana Rucner, will be hosting the first summer sunrise at 5 am in the Excel Real Estate amphitheater on Srđ as part of her Ana in the City festival with a set of gentle cello sounds. This year, for the first time, Ana will also be preforming during the first summer sunset. A concert at Kantenari Restaurant on Sunset Beach Dubrovnik will be held on June 21st, the first day of summer and World Music Day. The concert will start at 8:00 pm.

Following one of the most beautiful sunsets in the Dubrovnik area, Ana will play accompanied by DJ Petra under the stellar sky of Sunset Beach Dubrovnik.

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Entrance to the concert will be free of charge. If you would like to enjoy dinner along with the music, Kantenari Restaurant will offer a fish and meat menu of three courses at a price of 250 Kunas. Reservations in the VIP lounge area are also available at a price of 100 Kunas per person which includes a welcome cocktail. Additional information and reservations are available at 099 444 7717.

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The aforementioned event will not be the only one Sunset Beach Dubrovnik has prepared for the opening of the summer season. Namely, all Kantenari Restaurant & Lounge can enjoy club music, flair shows and signature cocktail selections at a cost of 50 Kunas during the four-day Sunset Cocktail Sessions from June 20 to June 23, beginning each night at 7:00 pm.

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Dubrovnik – an everlasting source of inspiration for many. Even though we live here, we are always delighted to see magnificent videos made by our readers!

The latest one was sent by Pablo Camacho.

-After having the drone permission to fly in Croatia I had the chance to see how Dubrovnik looks at sunrise and sunset – he explained.

And now you can see it too. And you will learn – it takes only two minutes to fall in love with this city. Enjoy!

If Croatia is on your travel bucket list, you surely have a list of reasons why you want to visit this beautiful country. Forbes has recently published an article that might add something new to your list, titled '6 reasons to check out Croatia this summer'.

1. HVAR IS HOT

-Hvar is having its moment in the spotlight – Forbes writes, adding that Palace Elisabeth, the first five-star heritage hotel on the island, is opening this summer, while the Theater, one of the oldest in Europe, has reopened this spring. Their other reasons to visit are Hvar Summer Festival and the Lavander Festival.

2. THE ZING OF ZAGREB

-No more a mere stopover on the way down south, Croatia’s capital is now firmly on the map as a city break destination – Forbes explains, writing about some of the finest hotels in Zagreb, such as Canopy by Hilton Zagreb, Amadria Park Capital and Esplanade Zagreb Hotel – that has just received the 2019 award for the best historic hotel in Europe.

3. DON'T MISS VIS

The amazing island of Vis has been chosen by many travellers – because of food, beaches, and Mamma Mia, of course.
-Now UNESCO has declared Vis Archipelago – which includes the islands and islets of Vis, Biševo, Sveti Andrija, Brusnik, Jabuka and Palagruža – a Global Geopark (the second one in Croatia, after Papuk nature park in Slavonia) – Forbes writes.

4. FLY DIRECT FROM PHILLY TO DUBROVNIK

No need to say much! As you probably read a few times on our website, Dubrovnik and Philadelphia are connected directly for the first time in 28 years – and it makes us really happy.

5. MICHELIN-RATED FOODIE BOOM

-Croatia has been a rising star on the world’s culinary scene, drawing in serious food lovers for its top-quality ingredients and up-and-coming chefs creating inventive dishes – Forbes writes adding that this year, in addition to its three Michelin-starred restaurants – Monte in Rovinj, 360˚ in Dubrovnik and Pelegrini in Sibenik – two more restaurants scored stars: Noel in Zagreb and Draga di Lovrana in Lovran.

6. GO GLAMPING BY PLITVICE LAKES

And last, but not least – the amazing national park Plitvice Lakes offers glamping from the fall of 2018.
-In addition to its camping pitches and rooms, the rural resort now has swish lake cabins, gorgeous tree houses up in tall pines and tipi-like tents – Forbes concludes.

See the full article here.

 

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If you enjoy the music of vocal groups, we have a great advice how to spend your Saturday night in Dubrovnik!

One of the most famous vocal groups in Croatia, Rispet, will have a concert in the Lapad Bay, at the tennis courts this Saturday, June 15th, starting 9 pm. And the best thing – concert is completely free!

We also remind you that the cultural and entertainment program 'Ulicama naseg Grada' (On the streets of our City), organized by the City of Dubrovnik is also ongoing and includes free concerts of local vocal groups. 

Here are the performers:
Friday, June 14th – vocal group FA Lindo, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm
Saturday, June 15th – vocal group Maestral, on the stairs in front of the Dominican Monastery from 10:30 pm

The only thing left for you is to enjoy your time in Dubrovnik!

The Look of The Year – cultural-fashion and artistic manifestation will take place at the terrace of Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) on Saturday, June 15th, starting at 9 pm. 

As part of the fashion event, featuring women's and men's models, designers like Marko Mitanovski, whose creations Lady Gaga wears, will also participate. In the art program, the famous Dubrovnik musician Ines Trickovic will perform, as well as ballerinas from the Dubrovnik Art School and musicians from the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (violin and guitar).

The Look of The Year Fashion Award is a direct line between those who create fashion and art and those who promote them, as well as those who call it their profession.

Cindy Crawford, Vanessa Incontrada, Nina Moric, Ines Sastra, Natasha Stefanenko, Gisele Bundchen, Linda Evangelista have started their career thanks to this cultural fashion event.

The Look of the Year was founded in 1983, as an international competition that dictates the standards of style, beauty and personality of future top models in the world every year.

Selection of finalists of the Look of the Year begins with casting around the world, where about 350 thousand girls aged 16 to 22 are struggling to participate in this project. It all culminates with the selection of 50 candidates taking part in the international finals. For each edition of this manifestation, it offers contracts that will be divided among the top three classified by the current agencies. 80 percent of the finalists, thanks to this great cultural and fashion event, has become a professional model within two years after the end of the event.

This cultural fashion event also requires such locations to present the fashion as art and to highlight all those who contribute in the best possible way to the creation of cultural and fashion creativity. MOMAD (more precisely the terrace of the Museum of Moderna Art Dubrovnik) is an ideal location for this kind of event as it can approach the public in the best artistic and aesthetic sense.

Dubrovnik has always been the most attractive tourist destination and the most beautiful scenery for creating significant cultural events, and this story perfectly fits The Look of the Year.
The project received great support from the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

Vintage French wines, magnums of Dom Perignon Champagne and bottles and bottles of alcohol in a leading Dubrovnik nightclub proved a party to remember for guests on the luxury yacht “Yas” from the United Arab Emirates. And the bill at the end of the wild night in Dubrovnik a whopping 50 thousand Euros!

This weekend at the Culture Club Revelin, inside the historic city centre of Dubrovnik, guests from the Yas yacht, owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a member of the royal family of the United Arab Emirates, drunk their way to a bill of 368,120 Kunas with a selection of all of the best bottles on offer at the popular nightclub. The mega yacht Yas can accommodate 60 guests and has a crew of 56 employees. And it is worth around 180 million dollars!

With thumping dance music, exotic dancers and enough bottles of the best vintages to fill a swimming pool the yacht passengers finished their night out in the early morning hours, in fact the party finished at 6:00 am as the sun was already coming up. However, according to visitors to this club, everything was "within the limits of normal behaviour" because the guests from the Emirates did not attract the attention of other guests.

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And although there were some slight complications when it came to settling up at the end of the night the whole bill, of a whopping 50 thousand Euros, was settled.

The United Arab Emirates party downed Dom Perignon and Chivas Regal Whiskey, as well as bottles of the French champagne Roederer Cristal Rose and Armand de Briganac Rose. The highlight of the evening was probably a 6 litre bottle of Armand de Briganac which cost a staggering 120,000 Kuna! Now that is a night out that the staff at the club and the yacht’s passengers will not forget in a hurry. It only leaves us to wonder what size of tip they left?

The newest museum in Dubrovnik, Red History Museum, that opened its doors a month and a half ago reached first place on Tripadvisor! 

-A huge Thank you!!! to all who supported us through TripAdvisor. We have reached first place of all museums in town!!! This can only motivate us to make the exhibition even better – it was stated from the museum.

What a great succes for the 'youngest' of them all. 61 reviewers marked museum as 'excellent', one as very good and one as average. Tripadvisor also put it on the 6th place of the list of the things to do in Dubrovnik.

-This little museum was great! If I compare it to other museums in Dubrovnik it's a real change. It looks small but it's really detailed, you can explore a socialist apartment by yourself, listen to music of the time, even try on the clothes!!! I had fun and learned a lot. For a 50 kuna fee it's really worth it and I would recommend it to everyone! – says one of the visitors.

-When you enter the museum it's like you open a door to the past. You can experience first-hand life in the communist era and learn interesting facts about Yugoslavia. This is not an usual "walk and see" museum - you can interact with the exibits (open drawers, listen to music, see the news etc.). We had a lot of fun here and highly recommend it – the other visitor adds.

If you want to learn the story about the museum, read our article from couple months ago: RED HISTORY MUSEUM – new Dubrovnik museum to open the door on the Yugoslav socialist past

You can visit this amazing museum from 9 am to 10 pm at the address Svetog Kriza 3.

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