Monday, 19 August 2019

Red Lake near Imotski does not cease to amaze and attract people from all around the globe.

A month ago, a French speleologist and diver Frederic Swierczynski went to the bottom of the lake and became the first man in the history to reach the depth of 245 metres.

Swierczynski was followed by a group of young adventurers from Germany and Austria who decided to perform a spectacular walking on a wire over the surface of Red Lake a few days ago.

Six courageous Austrians from the acrobatic group Tiroliners were walking on two centimetres thick wire in three lengths of 100, 240 and 400 metres that were stretched above the lake.  

Despite all kinds of security measures, this spectacle provoked admiration and awe of those who were watching the group’s balancing skills high above the lake’s surface. 

Red Lake is a famous Croatian attraction. It is a sinkhole, containing a karst lake.  It is well known for its numerous caves and remarkably high cliffs, reaching over 241 metres above normal water level and continuing below the water level. The total explored depth of this sinkhole is approximately 530 metres with a volume of roughly 25–30 million cubic meters, which makes it the third largest sinkhole in the world. The sinkhole is named after the reddish-brown colour of the surrounding cliffs, coloured by iron oxides.

Dubrovnik will be the host of one of the most important international scientific events in 2017, 10th ISABS conference – Kongres Magazine reports. Conference on Forensic and Anthropologic Genetic and Mayo Clinic Lectures in Individualized Medicine will be held from 19th to 24th of June in Hotel Dubrovnik Palace.

Around 500 participants are expected and five of them are Nobel prize winners from the area of chemistry and medicine. More than 60 speakers will be the part of this conference, all from most renowned universities and research centers, such as the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Duke University, National Institutes of Health-NIH, University of Cambridge, etc.

International Society for Applied Biological Sciences (ISABS) is a non-profit organization founded to promote, enhance and extend research, development and education in molecular biology as applied to clinical and molecular medicine, focusing on, but not limited to, molecular genetics, genomics, proteomics, forensic and anthropological genetics, and biotechnology.

You can see the full program of the conference here.

I love to travel. I can’t say I have travelled that much, especially compared to those who circled around the globe, but all my journeys have one thing in common – pure hedonism.

It’s like a ‘click’ that happens in my mind when I pack my bags – I turn into the most optimistic and positive person alive. Hey, I had some shitty rides. I’ve been in horrific, filthy buses and I cleaned the window just enough to enjoy the view. One of the first times I travelled alone, the bus driver almost got into a fight with one of the other passengers. Even the police had to react. Believe it or not, I actually became friends with him and even decided to go back home with the same line. Had to get used to him cursing all the time, but well...

I was shaking and smiling at the same time as my plane couldn’t decide should it go left, right, up or down, so it went all the ways at once. I’ve been sleeping on the most uncomfortable beds, sometimes not even what you would actually define as a bed in the classic form of the word. Once I even slept in a room placed in a big garage. It didn’t even have windows that I could clean up to enjoy the view...the panorama on parked cars. I’ve had some disgusting meals that I completely overpaid for. And you know what? I didn’t complain. Because I was on a trip and I was the happiest person ever.

That gets me to my point – the trend of complaining. Ok, ok, I’m not saying that you all should be optimistic travel freaks like me, but why, oh why must everything be watched from the negative point of view? I see it and hear it all the time. Got me feeling like some people travel just so they can point out the negative sides of the cities they visit. We might as well call the summer season the season of complaining in Dubrovnik, because it’s starting to feel like that.

Crowds, heat, prices, bad accommodation – you name it, we heard it all. And I can’t argue with that, there are some problems that need to be fixed, but there are much more things that can be enjoyed. The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about crowds and heat is – a cocktail in the shade. But don’t look at the bill! Don’t even think about the price. Just drink it and enjoy the fact that you are in the ‘Pearl of Adriatic’. Dip your toes in the sea, eat ice cream and sea food, go island hopping. Get the best out of the experience. And leave the problems to us.

Because honestly, locals around here are the masters of complaining. We love to do it and even have a special word for it - ‘’njorganje’’. We also hate the heat, the crowds and the prices, so we are more than willing to take over the negative way of thinking. We can even point out around 100 problems that you didn’t even notice.

It’s not that we don’t like our City, it’s just the part of our mentality. The fact is that we adore Dubrovnik, no matter what we say.

A few days ago I went to Lovrijenac to take some photos. It was so hot and I fought the crowds in the Old City before I came to the fort. And oh, those stairs... They killed me. I was pissed and covered with sweat. And then I looked at it. My beautiful Dubrovnik. It was enchanting. I fell in love with it again. Forgot about the heat, crowds, sweat. Forgot all the negative things that bother me every day. And I live here all my life. I can only imagine how other people feel when seeing it for the first time...

So please, during your visit, fall in love with the city. That crazy, stupid love that makes you ignore all the flaws. And let’s make another trend. Let’s try to find something positive in everything we do.

To be honest, I can feel that my negativity starting to kick in. Maybe it’s time to pack my bags...Or at least go to Lovrijenac again.

Ivana Smilovic 


Ivana Smilovic or "Smile" is a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times, passionate book lover and a self-confessed coffee addict. As a local, she loves to bring news and stories from Dubrovnik...

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The fact that Croatia is one of the favourite tourist destinations in the world was confirmed by 15.5 million tourists who visited the country in 2016.

Just before the upcoming tourist season, Croatia has become an even more interesting destination- it has joined the global platform MasterCard Priceless Cities as Priceless Croatia.

The MasterCard Priceless Cities platform offers unique and exclusive experiences for MasterCard card users in 46 destinations around the globe. Thus, it promotes the tourist offer of numerous world and, from now on, Croatian destinations among travellers worldwide.

Apart from tourists, experience is available to local people as well. Priceless Croatia offers opportunities related to gastronomy, culture and entertainment events that enable users to experience the country in a completely new way.

''Our studies indicate a change in users' preference who instead of purchasing material things want to discover authentic experience. Thus, they prefer to use money to experience the world, and that is exactly the Priceless Cities platform is based on; it enables MasterCard card users access to thousands of unique experiences unavailable to others'', explained Helena Trajkovski, the marketing director at MasterCard for Croatia and Slovenia.

After registering on the Priceless Croatia website, MasterCard card users from all over the world can enjoy an excursion to the Blue and Green Cave (Modra and Zelena spilja) on the island of Bisevo, a lunch in the Palmizana Meneghello restaurant on the Paklinski islands, in a private cruise along the Neretva River, a concert at the St Mihovil Fortress in Sibenik etc.

The German leisure airline Condor has announced one more flight between Split and Frankfurt this summer.

In addition to the actual flight every Sunday from Frankfurt to the city of Split, the air carrier has decided to launch one more flight from the 30th of June 2017.

The new flight will be operated on Fridays until the 15th of September, whilst Sunday rotations will operate until the 1st of October.

Boeing 737-300 aircraft will be operating on both flights, but with two different air carriers, the Latvian air carrier Air Baltic on Sundays and the Bulgarian Bul Air on Fridays.

Condor is Germany's third largest commercial airline based on fleet size and passengers flow. Its headquarters is at Gateway Gardens near Frankfurt Airport. Condor operates scheduled flights to leisure destinations in the Mediterranean, Asia, Africa, North America, South America and the Caribbean.

Vespa Club Croatia celebrated 10th anniversary by driving and visiting Croatian Vespa clubs on the Croatian coast, all the way from north to the south.

They started their trip on June 2nd in Umag and ended it in Dubrovnik yesterday afternoon. The trip had 8 stages, 9 Vespa clubs were participating and the drive was 850 kilometers long. Only old Vespa and oldtimers were a part of this ride.

This Vespa gathering attracted a lot of attention yesterday, as tourists and locals wanted to get a photo.

According to the Program for the determination of sea quality at the beaches of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County for 2017, the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County carried out the first regular sea research on 116 beaches in the period from May 22nd to June 1st.

Out of a total of 116 beaches, the sea at 114 beaches was rated as a sea of excellent quality, while only on the beaches of Hotel Albatros in Cavtat and Prigradica in Blato sea was rated as sea of good quality.

More detailed information is available to the public on the website of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy and the Public Health Institute of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Therfore, at or you can see quality grades displayed in coloured circular symbols, in blue (excellent), green (good), yellow (satisfying ) and red (unsatisfactory), as well as numerous accompanying information (for example - air and sea temperatures, salinity, wind direction). The results of the quality assurance must be entered into the database immediately after the completion of the analysis.

The musical masterpiece of the great Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, Four Seasons, will open the cycle of Baroque music in Dubrovnik - Orlando Furioso tonight. At the terrace of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik The String Chamber Orchestra of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will be led by Russian virtuoso Dmitry Sinkovsky, while Mark Thomas will narrate the audience through the seasons. Concert starts at 9 pm.

Orlando Furioso is a new event in the city, and will be held from 6 to 16 June in the Rector's Palace and Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik. It is a cycle of baroque music organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Through four concerts, the orchestra will bring the baroque spirit of great composers to the City. The cycle is led by Dmitry Sinkovsky, world star of baroque violin, conductor and countertenor. This multi-talented Russian virtuoso is world-known for performing baroque music. Dubrovnik audience had the opportunity to attend his performances last year and was often surprised by many talents of this artist.

Tonight is an unique opportunity to hear how one of the greatest Italian composers tried to show the diversity and the atmosphere of the seasons in his most famous work: the Four Seasons.

A short video about the artist who will guide us through the cycle of Baroque music Orlando Furioso, Dmitry Sinkovsky, can be found here.

One of the most popular attractions in Dubrovnik, Rector's Palace, will finally open tomorrow, June 7th.

Last preparations are just being done in the Old City. The second phase of reconstruction was scheduled to be completed by the 31st of May this year, but had to be prolonged due to request of the Institute for Reconstruction of Dubrovnik for the extension of the works on the atrium of the Palace.

On Wednesday, June 7th, the Cultural and Historical Museum will work normally – from 9 am to 6 pm.
It will surely be great to get a chance to visit Rector’s Palace again, since it is closed from December 2016.

For the 16th year in a row the prestigious Blue Flag was raised over the beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President today. In 2002 this sign of cleanliness and quality, the Blue Flag, was raised for the first time over the popular beach and today that tradition continued.

“The Valamar Dubrovnik President Hotel's beach fulfilled this year's demanding criteria, which are the prerequisites for obtaining the Blue Flag,” commented the hotel. Apart from keeping the beach clean and tidy the hotel has also installed a lifeguard tower and employed professional lifeguards to make sure that swimmers are safe at all times. The beach also has numerous facilities, including facilities for people with disabilities.

The blue flag was raised today by lifeguards and representatives of the Abbys diving club.

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Blue Flag raised over Dubrovnik beach today


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