Sunday, 12 July 2020

Under a quarter of the Croatian population have a good opinion about the independence of the country’s legal system. A new survey by the European Union institution, Eurobarometer, which surveyed all the member countries showed that only 23 percent of Croatians had faith in the courts and judges.

Compared to Denmark, which had 87 percent, and Finland, with 82 percent, it is clear that the perception of the legal system in Croatia has lots of work ahead of it. On the other end of the scale, only 23 percent people polled in Croatia, 29 percent in Slovakia and 30 percent in Bulgaria rate the independence of courts and judges as good.

It's time to test the power of the Internet!

Gerard Veenhof has shot this amazing photo of the bride doing a photoshoot in the heart of Dubrovnik, just in front of Dominican Monastery, from the City Walls three years ago.

-I want to give her this photo, because the 'offical' photographers stood in front the bride and did not capture her from this perspective – wrote Gerard Veenhof at his Facebook account.

Wedding was on august 25, 2015 and photo was taken at 16:42 in front of the Dominican Monastery.

Can we find this bride together? Share this all over the place and she'll get a beautiful memory from Dubrovnik!

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You’ve booked your tickets, the hotel is reserved and the suitcases are almost packed, but what will you be wearing on the Dubrovnik beach this summer.

The swimwear trends move as fast as a jet ski skimming over the Adriatic Sea. With temperatures rising and whether you are lounging by the hotel pool or relaxing on a sunbed next to the shallows then you’ll going to want your swimwear to shine. Yes, it’s time to throw away that bikini you’ve had for the past ten years and upgrade to a newer model. So what’s hot and what’s not this summer season 2018.

Without a doubt the hottest swimwear trend this summer is the high-waisted bikini, according to fashion experts (and the social media) these high-waisted suits are twice as popular as they were last year. Last year was all about revealing (especially your bum) but 2018 is more of a cover-up year.

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In fact, summer 2018 is a retro year, with nods to the 1960’s including the hoops and rings that adorned swimwear of the past.

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And the one-piece sporty look is also hot this summer. These all-in-one suits are full of colour with bold prints and intensive colours and also sometimes incorporate the bangles and hoops from the 1960’s.

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Nothing can take us back in time like photography! Especially if that's street photography, made spontaneusly at the Old City of Dubrovnik.

Back in 1965, Henri Cartier-Bresson, famous French photographer, visited our City and made memories that will last forever. He captured moments of people passing by and it's lovely to compare them with Dubrovnik today. In these black and white photos of everyday life, you can see how the city has changed, as well as the fashion – the difference that is expected to happen in 53 years. Just like entering the time machine!

Cartier-Bresson really left a mark for the future generations – not only in Dubrovnik – since he's considered to be a master of candid photography and an early user of 35 mm film. He pioneered the genre of street photography and viewed photography as capturing a decisive moment. His work has influenced many photographers.

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The first holy mass on the island of Lokrum this year will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, which is the first Sunday after the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary Exhortation, which this year falls on the same day as the feast of the Corpus Christi.

The mass in front of the Chapel of the Annunciation will be held at 11.30 am and will be led by the Cathedral chaplain Don Marin Lucic. Departure by boat from the city harbour will be at 11:00 am. And in co-operation with the Lokrum Reserve the boats will be free of charge for all attending the mass.

During the summer months, every first Sunday in July, August and September at holy mass will be held at 11:30 am.

Croatia is searching for flight partners to operate from four long distant markets, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. In an interview with the weekly magazine “Globus” the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, stated that “Our main aim is to improve the air connection to Croatia. We are particularly focusing on Japan, with which we recently signed a bilateral Air Service Agreement, but also China, South Korea and the United States, which all account for a growing number of tourists".

Flights between Zagreb and Tokyo are moving ever closer with negotiations between the Croatian Ministry of Transport and the Japanese authorities on the introduction of direct links. And South Korea and Croatia are also moving closer with an approval for Korean Air to fly on an annual basis. And with the explosion of interest in China as a tourist destination it seems only a matter of time before direct flights are seen. The search for an airline interested in flying between the US and Croatia continues and it is believed that talks are underway with a number of US airlines.

Croatians working abroad sent a massive 2.1 billion Euros back home last year to their families and friends. It is estimated that 340,000 Croatians have left the country in the past few years, with many of them going to Germany, Sweden and Ireland.

Now this new diaspora has become overnight one of the biggest “foreign” investors into Croatia. And there is no indication that this figure is slowing down, far from it, when compared with 2016 the amount paid was up by a healthy 120 million Euros, and it is believed that this figure will grow this year.

Whereas in the past these cash payments were often seen as a bonus or a gift now they are a means of survival for the remaining family members.

The Blue Flag is once again flying over the beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President. In a ceremony held today the Blue Flag was raised for the 17th time. The Blue Flag is an internationally recognised ecological acknowledgment for the cleanliness beaches. This year the flag was raised by two loyal guests to the hotel, the Scottish couple Frances and Robert Craig, who have been visiting for more than twenty years.

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The beach of the Hotel Valamar Dubrovnik President once again this year fulfilled the demanding criteria that are prerequisites for this honourable acknowledgment, which are related to the complete beach arrangement and the security conditions at sea and on the beach itself. The blue flag on this beach has been raised since 2002.

Even though almost thirty percent of Croatians smoke the tobacco industry had a tough year in 2017.

According to figures just released by the Croatian Financial Agency (FINA) the tobacco industry finished last year with a net loss of 10 million Euros. This figure looks even worse when you consider that in 2016 these same businesses finished the year with a net profit of 2.2 million Euro.

There are three main tobacco companies in Croatia and altogether they employ around 700 workers. Last year’s loss was the first time the industry had seen a minus since 2008, when they also had a net loss of just over 10 million Euro.

Croatia will celebrate Corpus Christi tomorrow, the feast that in the Roman Rite liturgical solemnity celebrates the real presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ.

Corpus Christi is celebrated on Thursday after Trinity Sunday. That means that tomorrow, May 31st, is a holiday in Croatia.

Just like in any other country, that means that some shops will not work, while others will have shorter working hours. However, since Croatia is a touristic country, most of the restaurants and cafes will work just like any other day. When it comes to bus, ferry and other schedules, make sure that you check those special, holiday ones.

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