Friday, 13 December 2019

You might want to avoid the historic centre of Dubrovnik today over 7,000 cruise ship passengers have arrived this morning on five mega cruise ships. Today is in fact one of the busiest days in September for cruise ships in the city. And because of the rain and generally poor weather we can expect thousands of these passengers to descend on the Old City.

The largest cruise ship in Dubrovnik today is Norwegian Star with over 2,400 passengers onboard. The roads are already busy this morning and police are monitoring the main junctions around the city with traffic lights turned off presumably in an attempt to help traffic flow quicker. In total in September around 120,000 cruise passengers are expected to disembark on 84 cruise ships.

According to readers of the popular tourist guide Rough Guides, Croatia is among the Top 20 most beautiful countries in the world.

The readers voted Scotland the most beautiful country in the world praising its wonderful nature with countless wild beaches and deep lakes as well as a rich cultural heritage which includes many castles, some of which are among the most beautiful in the world.

Among the twenty world countries on the Rough Guides list, Croatia and neighbouring Slovenia have also found their place.

The Top 20 most beautiful countries in the world according to the selection of the Rough Guides readers are:

1. Scotland
2. Canada
3. New Zealand
4. Italy
5. The Republic of South Africa
6. Indonesia
7. England
8. Iceland
9. The US
10. Wales
11. Slovenia
12. Mexico
13. India
14. Finland
15. Switzerland
16. Peru
17. Norway
18. Ireland
19. Croatia
20. Vietnam

BBC has recently published a list of 10 of the world’s most beautiful sport arenas and Gospin dolac, located in Imotski, made it to the list!

-It seems like the whole of Croatia was designed with Instagram in mind, so it should be no surprise that the country hosts this straight-out-of-a-dream football stadium on the Croatian/Bosnian border – writes BBC  for the stadium built in 1989.

This stadium serves as home stadium for NK Imotski football club and has a capacity of around 4000.

-But - and disclaimer: we're definitely not suggesting you'd do this as it would no doubt be incredibly dangerous- we're betting some people have clambered up that natural rockface and enjoyed the action for free – it’s written in the BBC article.

Even if you are not sports fan, we are sure this stadium would be attractive to you.

This could quite easily have been in a “did you know” section and no we wouldn’t have known the answer either! But according to the latest data, Croatia is a home to the oldest jaguar in the world, and no we aren’t talking about a old-timer English sports car.

The female jaguar called Micica (''a kitten'') is the only jaguar in Croatia and a permanent resident of the ZOO Osijek in Slavonia since 1994 when she was transported from the Republic of South Africa.

On the average, jaguars in the wild live around 10 to 12 years, whilst captive specimens on the average live around 20 years. As the official data show, the oldest jaguar so far lived 28 years, however, according to the data from the ZOO Osijek, Micica is now 29 years and 6 months old making her the oldest cat in the world.

Despite her age, Micica is in excellent health and is quite vigorous. She behaves as an ordinary cat but due to her old age she has some special needs such as easily digestive food.

Micica has experienced this old age primarily thanks to a regular diet regime and the lack of stress usually present at cats of prey living in the wild.

Sometimes you just feel like dancing when you arrive in Dubrovnik! This happy couple danced their way along the main street through the Old City of Dubrovnik last night with a Latin American jive.

Dubrovnik in the summer time, especially in the warm summer evenings, has a special feel as these two tourists certainly had the feeling. They danced the night away for more than half an hour in front of two of the busiest cafes in the historic city and when they finished received rapturous applause from the hundreds of onlookers. Now that’s getting into the holiday spirit.

dance in dubrovnik stradun

samba on stradun

Running as straight as an arrow through the very heart of Dubrovnik the Stradun is the main street that connects the city in so many ways. The limestone street stretches for around 300 metres and was constructed in the 13th century after a channel that used to separate two points of land was reclaimed.

stradun from above 2


The east-west Stradun, or Placa, is today a main meeting place in the city. It is lined with shops, cafes and bars and is often the venue for major events in the city. Locals will promenade up and down the Stradun, so called Gir, and along the way greet friends.

Both ends of the Stradun are marked with fountains, the Great and Small Onofrio Fountains, and the city’s main thoroughfare is always the centre of attention. The limestone street is often confused for marble, but its limestone that has been polished over the years by the people walking along the street.

busy stradun in dubrovnik

Grammy Award winner and megapopular pop singer from New Zealand, Lorde revealed that she has Croatian citizenship.

Lorde or Ella Yelich-O'Connor talked with American comedian Marc Maron for his podcast ‘WTF’ and spoke about her Croatian origins.

-My mother is Croatian. There’s like 100 thousand Croats in New Zealand and lots of them have been there for a long time. There is lot of wine around here and Dalmatians drink a lot of wine. So yes, I’m Croatian and I have Croatian citizenship – said Lorde.

When Maron asked her if she got the citizenship just because her mother is from Croatia, she said that she thinks she got it for being ‘’fancy, famous Croatian’’.

-I think they hooked me, so to speak – explained Lorde.

It’s interesting that Lorde got a chance to meet Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic on her recent visit to New Zealand. Grabar Kitarovic praised with their photo on her official Facebook page.  


    Photo: Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic Facebook page

For those who don’t know, Lorde is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and record producer. Her debut single ‘’Royals’’ became an international crossover hit and made her the youngest solo artist to achieve a US number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1987.

Lorde's music consists of subgenres such as dream pop and indietronica. She has earned two Grammy Awards, a Brit Award and ten New Zealand Music Awards. In 2013, she was named among Time's most influential teenagers in the world, and in the following year, she was part of Forbes's "30 Under 30" list.

The respectable National Geographic recently revealed Croatia's dark secret from the past – a story about the island of Goli otok, the site of a political prison in use when Croatia was part of Yugoslavia.

Bob Thissen, the Dutch photographer whose biggest passion is researching and exploring abandoned buildings, recently visited Goli otok and was absolutely shocked by what he found there.

goli otok 2


‘’The eerie Goli otok – branded ‘’Croatia’s Alcatraz’’ as Thissen described the island, was open in 1949 till 1989 as a political prison for those who cooperated with the Soviet Union as well as for political figures who were accused and convicted of ‘’counter-revolutionary action’’. According to Amnesty International, around 50,000 prisoners were held there, and 600 of them died.

Thissen believes the haunting history can still be felt while walking around the site even to this day, despite being abandoned for 28 years. He also stated that prisoners were tortured there and inmates were forced to beat each other in the ''living hell''. ‘’The prison had small dark and uncomfortable cells with unbearable conditions and was a mix of a Gulag work camp and prison’’, said Thissen.

Goli otok means ''barren island'' and actually, there is almost no vegetation at all, just a barren land. This eerie island in the Adriatic Sea is also uninhabited. However, Thissen advises people to visit the island, which can be explored without breaking the law.

''I have been to Alcatraz as well; it is the same idea, a prison on a 'barren island,' which is the translation for Goli Otok. 'The only difference is that Alcatraz is preserved better, I believe a lot of stuff was stolen from the island'', concluded Thissen who shared his impressions in the British Daily Mail.

goli otok 3

Croatia’s Alcatraz for 40 years 


The International Late Summer Music Festival continues tonight with Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons in the spectacular ambience of the Rector’s Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

Tonight’s concert starts at 9 o’clock in the atrium of the Rector’s Palace and will feature the String Chamber Orchestra of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the talented Russian violinist Dmitry Sinkovsky. The audience will be led by Mark Thomas through the Four Seasons.

Violin virtuoso and conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky is well-known to Dubrovnik audiences and with his energetic performances he regularly delights packed concert halls in the city.

Concert tickets are available at the orchestra office from 9.00am to 2.00pm, and at the door one hour before the concert begins.

dso with dmitry

And your prize for winning this television game show is a holiday in Dubrovnik, Croatia! At least that’s how we believe the presenter of this popular TV show announced the news.

The finalists of the reality television show Farmer Wants A Wife from Belgium were spotted today in the Panorama restaurant on the top of the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. According to inside information the pair are the winners of the RTL Belgium version of this reality show.

Farmer Wants a Wife is a reality television series developed by Fremantle Media and premièred in the UK ITV in 2001. The basic structure of the programme is that a number of farmers are presented with women from the city, from whom they choose one to be their spouse. The show is extremely popular in Belgium and Holland and is rated in the top ten TV programs.

rtl srd mountain

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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