Looking for a luxury yacht with a colourful history? At a starting price of only 80,000 Euros. One of the yachts of Tito’s former yachts “Jadranka” is up for sale, according to an announcement by the Government of Montenegro the yacht was proclaimed as “redundant for the needs of the state intuitions and bodies” and is therefore up for sale.
The starting price was decided by a court appointed valuator as 80,000 Euros, but it was added that if there were no offers the yacht would be sold for parts and scrap. Jadranka was built in 1977 in a Croatian shipyard and at the beginning of the Homeland War was withdrawn from its berth in Croatia to Montenegro.
There is a good chance that Jadranka will not meet the starting offer of 80,000 Euros as the vessel is in need of very complicated and expensive repairs and is far from seaworthy.
Just at the entrance to the Old City, at Pile bridge, tourist from South Korea made a spontaneous photo exhibition! He presented his photographs that were made on his journeys.
Everybody are welcome to take any photo that they like while passing by. If they wish they can also leave money contribution, but it's optional, since all photos are free.
-I'm not selling pictures, I'm sharing memories. Live today, not tomorrow – it's written above his photos.
There was a great interest around this spontaneous exhibition – amongst locals and tourists. Some were really excited to see the places that they visited captured by the camera of this special Korean photographer.
The festive season is just around the corner and preparations for Christmas and New Year in Dubrovnik are in full swing. And once again, for the fourth year in a row, the city will hold its Dubrovnik Winter Festival. This year’s festival starts on the 2nd of December and will last until the 6th of January. With festive stands dotted around the city serving everything from mulled wine to Christmas meals. And at the opening of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival the Christmas lights will be officially turned on by pop star Gibonni and also the first advent candle will be lit.
On the 8th of December the Christmas program continues with a concert by Croatian pop singer Jacques Houdek in front of the St. Blaise Church at 9.00pm. And then the day after, the 9th of December, the tenth annual “cake party” will be held at 10.00am on the Stradun in the heart of the Old City.
The Dubrovnik Tourist Board will organise a “Christmas Fairy Tale” on the 16th of December at 11.00am where a special event for children, including a visit from Father Christmas, will be held, and a 9.00pm that evening the band Pavel will perform.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a Christmas concert in the Hotel Lacroma on the 22nd of December at 8.00 pm along with various special guests for an evening of Christmas carols and festive fun. And then on the 23rd of December at 5.30 pm the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dubrovnik will stage a live Nativity scene on the Stradun, while at 9.00 pm Marko Tolja Septet will perform in front of the Church of St. Blaise.
Christmas Eve is a busy day of events in the city starting at midday with a performance of folklore by the Dubrovnik folklore ensemble Lindo, along with the Libertas Choir and the Dubrovnik Brass Band.
On the 30th of December at 9.00 pm the quartet The Frajle will hold a concert. And then on New Year’s Eve a massive party on the Stradun featuring numerous pop singers and bands and a spectacular fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight.
With the first day of New Year the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold their traditional concert at midday on the Stardun and then the starting pistol fires at 2.00 pm to begin the New Year 10K run.
THE DUBROVNIK WINTER FESTIVAL PROGRAMME
• 2nd Dec, Saturday at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
+ turning on the holiday lights and lighting the first Advent candle
• 8th Dec, Friday at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
JACQUES HOUDEK - Mr. Voice sings for you
• 9th Dec, Saturday at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
• 16th Dec, Saturday at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
• 22nd Dec, Friday at 8PM, Hotel Lacroma
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Stijepo Gleđ Markos, Tenor
Đani Stipaničev, Tenor
Marija Kuhar Šoša, Mezzo-soprano
• 23rd Dec, Saturday at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
MARKO TOLJA SEPTET
NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
• 30th Dec, Saturday, at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
• 31st Dec, Sunday, at noon, in front of the Church of St Blaise
CHILDREN'S NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY
• 31st Dec, Sunday, at 9PM, in front of the Church of St Blaise - NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION
• 1st Jan, Monday, at noon, in front of the Church of St Blaise
Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra
Oysters and sparkling wine on Stradun
• ***2nd Dec until 6th Jan, Brsalje, Gundulić Square and Prijeko
Live music at the weekend
THE TOURIST BOARD PROGRAMME
• 9th Dec, at 11AM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
• 16th Dec, at 11AM, in front of the Church of St Blaise
• Christmas Tale
• 23rd Dec, at 5.30PM, Stradun
Live nativity scene on Stradun (Organized by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dubrovnik)
• 31st Dec, Lazareti
New Year in Lazareti (organized by Lacroma LLC)
• 1st Jan, 2PM, Stradun
New Year's Race (organized by the Extempora Association)
• ***04th Nov – 24th March
11.30AM Saturday Morning in the Old City – Performance by the Folklore Ensemble Linđo, every Saturday in the above mentioned period (performance are cancelled in case of rain)
10AM Pile – free guided tour of the Old City – tours are in English; starting point in front of the Tourist Information Centre
The Triathlon Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Sports Association announce marathon Dubrovnik 10K on Sunday, November 19th from 09:30 to 11 am.
It is a race held on the road and the route is Lapad bay – Post office Lapad – INA Orsan, Restaurant Orsan – Solitudo – Mandrac – Copacabana – President – Neptun – Hotel More – Kompas – Lapad bay. There will be two laps of five kilometers.
Therefore, citizens and their guests are asked for co-operation and to not use this route during Sunday's race for security reasons. Traffic will be regulated on the roads.
-We recommend to the citizens that find themselves at Lapad bay during the race to give the runners the advantage and to leave the middle of the promenade for the race - the Triatlon Club Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Sports Association announced.
The 10K race is also the final event of the popular Dubrovnik RUN league, which guarantees the arrival of a large number of runners from the Dubrovnik area as well as the wider region. It also offers the possibility for both beginners and experienced runners to test their shape and speed on one of the most attractive walking/running trails in Dubrovnik.
Despite the abundance of sun and ‘’tourist’’ roofs, Croatia is at the rear among European countries when it comes to the use of solar energy.
Croatia has 300 sunny days a year, rich natural resources and thousands of rooftops of hotel and tourist facilities; however, the country does not make the most of renewable energy resources in tourism, especially solar energy.
Greenpeace Croatia recently held a conference titled ‘’The Role of Tourism in Energy Transition’’ and gathered representatives of professional and civil society associations as well as energy producers, suppliers, state institutions and the tourism sector. However, no one responded from the ministries of tourism, economy, environmental protection and energy, whilst only a small number of tourist representatives participated at the conference.
On this occasion, Marija Tomac from Greenpeace emphasized that the energy transition is a global process, which is necessary in order to switch completely from the fossil fuels to clean or energy from renewable resources by 2050.
‘’Due to climate changes and the prevention of their negative effects, all of us have to be involved in this transition, not only states and governments, but also all economic sectors, where tourism, especially in Croatia, is extremely important because it accounts for 19 percent of GDP and is related to many other activities. Our advantage lies in a good location of hotels, campsites and other tourist facilities that are mostly spread along the Croatian coast which is bathed in sunshine’’, explained Tomac.
Tomac also added that the revenue from tourism rises every year thus it would be worthwhile to invest in the transition to renewable energy resources. Therefore, Greenpeace Croatia initiated a new campaign and published a brochure about the possibilities of wider application of renewable energy resources in the Croatian tourism sector as well as business models for project financing from EU funds.
However, despite all the warnings and possibilities as well as God given energy resources sun, wind etc. Croatia is at the bottom among European countries when it comes to the use of solar energy.
‘’Slovenia has five times more solar capacities than Croatia, whilst Greece has fifty times more. It would be very good for all our sectors to become aware of the fact that roofs of hotels, camps and other tourist facilities are ideal for solar collectors and photovoltaic cells as well as for LED lighting. A quick return of investment could be expected in the period from five to eight years’’, commented the director of Greenpeace Croatia Zoran Tomić.
Last year Croatian emigrants sent a record-breaking amount of money to their homeland - a whopping $2.19 billion.
Even though there is no complete official data on the number of Croatian citizens who left the country in the past few years in search of a better life in Western countries (the US, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Scandinavian countries), this data confirms that the new wave of Croatian emigrants haven't lost contact with members of their families in Croatia.
According to the official statistics, i.e. money sent through official channels, it is clear that money sent from abroad is the most important source of foreign capital for Croatia.
Part of Croatian citizens evidently survives thanks to the financial support of their family members who left Croatia or ensures a better quality of life with their own salaries earned in the country.
Therefore, Croatia has found its place among the countries in which the cash transfers of their own citizens from abroad are continuously increasing.
Sanation of the plane tree (Platanus orientalis) started today at Pile, just few steps away from the entrance of the Old City. It's interesting to know that this impressive tree is a protected individual monument of park architecture.
Oriental plane tree Platanus orientalis is an Asian plane tree that dates from the 18th century. Assembly of Dubrovnik-Neretva County declared this symbol of Pile a protected individual monument of park architecture seven years ago. Consequently, in the vicinity of the plane tree, all works that would endanger the conditions for growth and development of the tree, as well as contamination and the abandonment of the protected area, are forbidden.
Because of this sanation, locals and their guests are asked not to park around the plane tree until tomorrow, November 17th.
According to the latest survey, Croatian bloggers live quite well from their online job.
Most of Croatian bloggers earn between 3,500 and 5,500 Kunas a month (around 500 to 700 Euros). Even though most of them consider blogging as a hobby, the survey showed that, in comparison to last year, there is an increase in the number of bloggers who actually live from blogging.
Among bloggers, women account for 90 percent i.e. out of ten bloggers nine of them are women. They have written blogs for three or five years and have two to three posts a month.
The most common categories on blogs are beauty, gastronomy and fashion.
The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra has planned a busy December of concerts for the festive season once again.
The first concert will take place on Tuesday the 5th of December, on the feast of St. Nicholas, in the Dubrovnik Cathedral at 8.00pm. This evening of music will feature the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir along with mezzo-soprano Renata Pokupić as the soloist.
And the on the 14th of December the traditional Christmas concert will be held in the cathedral at 7.30 pm. This concert, in co-operation with the Dubrovnik Rotary Club, will feature many special guests, such as the vocal choirs Kaše and Subrenum, and is always popular as Christmas carols and advent tunes are traditionally performed.
On the 22nd of December the big Christmas concert, which has been held since 1991, will be held in the Hotel Valamar Lacroma. This evening, starting at 8.00 pm, will have a rich program of guests along with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, such as the Mixed Choir Libertas, vocal groups, Dubrovnik choirs and Christmas songs and carols will be played.
And then on Monday the 1st of January the New Year begins with a gala concert on the Stradun in the centre of the Old City of Dubrovnik at midday.
Entrance to all of these concerts by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra is free of charge.
A few days ago Telegraph travel writers joined together and wrote about their trips from hell. Even though most of the people find the job of a travel journalist a dream job, these stories reveal a different side of traveling around (and writing about it).
Croatia has been featured on numerous lists by the Telegraph and sadly it found its place on the list of the worst holidays of all time too. Peter Hardy describes his Croatian experience with the title ' An unwanted houseguest in Croatia'.
- It was the stink of fried goat and onions at breakfast time, wafting up to our sun terrace, that first alerted us – it's rather an interesting intro of the Hardy's text.
He continues to describe his experience on the island of Brac in a rather humorous, saying that his 11-old daughter discovered that someone was living in the garage beneath their holiday villa – the owner plus five members of his family.
- When he wasn't not cooking pungent food, he sat outside in his dirty string vest and shorts watching our every move with a scowl of suspicion. It seemed he'd not taken the "vacant possession" clause - and several others - far too literally in his contract with a long-established British villa company – says Hardy and adds that family's clothes were still in the bedrom cupboards and other belogings were scattered everywhere. There was even a dresser drawer full of sex aids and porno films – quite interesting for his children!
- Whenever we left the villa, the owner would leg it up from the garage and return to his home upstairs. He decided we were using too much air conditioning in August heat, so he removed the remote control and refused to return it. Washing facilities in his sweatbox of a garage were presumably non-existent, so we always knew when he'd been snooping – Hardy writes about his horror holiday.
To make things even worse, the location was described wrongly in the brochure, the water was polluted and his 14-year-old son developed a serious skin infection.
- At the end of our fortnight, home never felt so welcoming – concludes Hardy. After reading this, who could blame him?
See the full text here.