Nature is full of surprises! Today, at river Ombla grey herons were enjoying this beautiful, sunny day. These elegant birds made a perfect match with surroundings.
Grey heron with distinctive black ‘’hat’’ on their head can grow up to a meter and weighs around two kilograms. It feeds mostly on fish and frogs. In winter, when standing waters freeze, they usually search the nearest river and spend the winter there. Their breeding season begins in February and ends in late April.
Grey herons were spotted by the eye and the camera of Zeljko Tutnjevic.
Looking for a special way to spend your Friday night in Dubrovnik? Well, this is a great week for you then. Tomorrow, on Friday January 27th, manifestation Night of Museums is held all over Croatia.
Croatian Museum Association is organizing the event Night of Museums in Croatia since 2005. A special program is organized every year on the last Friday of the month of January from 6 pm to 1 am, with free entrance to museums, galleries and other cultural institutions.
This is program of Night of Museums in Dubrovnik, feel free to pick anything you like!
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS PROGRAM
Event location: St. John’s Fortress
6:00 – 6:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Maritime Museum
7:00 – 9:00 pm Educational workshop for children ˝Little Shipbuilders – building of wooden boats˝ (Željko Ćatić, Dubrovnik Museums)
8:00 – 8:30 pm Lecture by Aida Cvjetković, Ph.D. ˝Federiko Glavić – Benefactor, Visionary and Keeper of Tradition˝
9:00 – 9:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Permanent collection of the Maritime Museum
Event location: Rupe Granary
6:00 – 6:30 pm Presentation of the children’s book ˝Pavle i Đivo u Rupama˝ (Aleksandra Piteša Orešković, Dubrovnik Museums)
6:30 – 7:00 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
7:00 – 7:45 pm Workshop on making jewellery and lecture for children about dress and clothing in the Dubrovnik region (Anamarija Bezek and Barbara Margaretić; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
20:00 – 20:45 pm Literary – musical staging of ˝Lullabies˝ (˝Uspavanke˝) with a presentation of night shirts from the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Heritage Association and Branka Hajdić; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
9:00 – 9:30 pm Lecture about the Rupe Granary (Ivica Kipre; Dubrovnik Museums, Ethnographic Museum)
9:30 – 10:00 pm Lecture ˝Daguerreotypes in Dubrovnik˝ (Marina Filipović, Dubrovnik Museums; Cultural Historical Museum)
10:00 – 10:30 pm Guided tour through the permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
11:00 pm – 1:00 am Concert of unusual farm music along with a reception and announcement of the raffle winner
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Permanent collection of the Ethnographic Museum
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Exhibition ˝Traditional dress and clothing from the Dubrovnik region from the holdings of the Ethnographic Museum in Dubrovnik˝
6:00 pm – 1:00 am Exhibition of Daguerreotypes ˝The Mirror that Remembers (˝Zrcalo koje pamti˝) in Dubrovnik’s collections
Event location: Fort Revelin
6.00 – 6:30 pm Guided tour through the exhibitions: Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and the Surrounding Area and Fort Revelin: Archaeological Research / Architectural Development / Foundry
6:30 – 7:15 pm Lecture by Mario Novak, Ph.D. (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb) and Domagoj Perkić, Ph.D. (Dubrovnik Museums, Archaeological Museum) ˝Place of life or death? Bronze Age burial of a child from the Gudnja Cave through forensic science.˝
9:00 – 9:30 pm Guided tour through the exhibitions: Early Medieval Sculpture in Dubrovnik and the Surrounding Area and Fort Revelin: Archaeological Research / Architectural Development / Foundry
10:00 – 10:45 pm Lecture by Mario Novak, Ph.D. (Institute for Anthropological Research, Zagreb) and Domagoj Perkić, Ph.D. (Dubrovnik Museums, Archaeological Museum) ˝Place of life or death? Bronze Age burial of a child from the Gudnja Cave through forensic science.˝
“We are only here in Dubrovnik for four hours so we wanted to make the most of it,” commented this group of five Spanish friends today in Dubrovnik. And make the most of it they certainly did! Even though the Adriatic Sea temperature is only around 13 degrees they bravely dived into the sea for a brief swim.
The friends from Madrid are on a road trip across Europe, last night they were in Tivat, today Dubrovnik and tomorrow Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and all by bus. “Oh, it is cold, but refreshing,” commented the friends as they sharply climbed out of the sea.
‘’In too many countries, people are deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity’’, said José Ugaz, the chairman of Transparency International.
Transparency International, the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption has emphasized that corruption is a global problem which has grown due to inequity and increasing populism.
According to the Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016, Croatia has dropped by two points and placed as the 55th country among 178 world countries.
The latest 'result' has put Croatia back again among corrupt countries. Among the EU member countries Croatia is followed by Hungary, Romania, Italy, Greece and Bulgaria.
On the other hand, the most transparent countries in 2016 were Denmark, New Zealand and Finland, whilst the most corrupted were African countries of South Sudan and Somalia.
Transparency International believes that corruption is not related to ideology but is a result of "greed that is neither left nor right." "That is the only objective criterion on which every research on corruption in state institutions should be based," stated Transparency International.
Robin Hood will soon be riding through Dubrovnik with his merry men in the upcoming filming of the latest movie – Robin Hood Origins. Construction of the sets in Dubrovnik are in full swing and the location on the Stradun, the main street that runs through the heart of the city, is a complex affair.
This caught our eye today as we wandered through the set. Instead of robbing from the rich and giving to the poor why not just visit an ATM. Right in the middle of the Robin Hood set on the Stradun is a bank machine that looks more than a little out of place in medieval Nottingham.
My wife and I will never see eye to eye when it comes to certain things, mainly regarding our individual stances on life and other people. She is one of the “think pink” crowd and has a limitless supply of optimism. I do not.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a pessimist with no hope for anything playing out in my favour. I simply don't stray from the notion that all outcomes are possible in life. The absolute worst, as well as the best. You could say I'm a sceptic and a self-proclaimed realist. Having a positive outlook when trying to accomplish something is (scientifically proven) a good thing and I'm not questioning that, but that doesn't mean you should simply deny possible alternatives to everything playing out as you've imagined it. The fact I'm a good person doesn't mean I'm not going to get hit by lightening.
This outlook works for me. I like it. Thinking about both the good and the bad possible outcomes to my actions keeps me on my toes. It keeps me cautious and prepared for potential problems (although the worst problems in one's life are usually impossible to anticipate). Also, I don't let negative thoughts control my everyday life or affect my work. So, what is the problem? The problem is, optimists are always trying to fix me. My whole life I've had to listen to people lecturing me on how I need to always be optimistic about life and have faith in people. On the other hand, I am optimistic only when I believe I have solid factual reasons to be, and less said about my faith in people the better.
Now when I'm 35 I still get lectured. Even by those younger than me. Well, there's one thing they are not taking into account. My life is great! There are so many things I have accomplished that make me proud to be me. There were probably just as many embarrassing fails along the way as well, but I don't experience them tragically or with too much emotion. Failure is always an option. However, if you tally up all my losses and wins and compare them to those of a similarly competent person with a sunnier disposition, they probably won't differ at all.
So, don't be mad if I stick to my guns and remain sceptical about thinking pink...or peachy. Moderate negativity is my way to go and this won't change in the foreseeable future. It's not the life philosophy for everyone, but it works for some of us. Besides, if we were all convinced everything will always turn out for the best, who would plan our emergency services? Who would create our insurance policies, or defence strategies? The world needs a certain amount of pessimism, it's healthy.
If there are any younger people with a similar disposition reading this, remember: it's ok to consider the bad along with the good, it's ok to sometimes feel pessimistic, and if you need to feel down every once in a while, feel down for a day and then work through it. Just make sure not to impose your feelings on others.
Bozidar Jukic, AKA The Restless Native, is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.
Preparations for the most important day of the Dubrovnik calendar are well underway. The Day of St. Blaise, held on the 3rd of February, is the day of the patron saint of the city and wreathes, flags and banners already adorn the historic city core.
Workers from the public garden authority had a busy morning decorating the streets, the monuments and most importantly the St. Blaise Church in the very heart of the Old City.
In the January sunshine the historic Old City of Dubrovnik looked resplendent yesterday. However the winter face of Dubrovnik came to the forefront, a face far away from the summer crowds. From May until September you often can’t see the cobbled stones underneath your feet, the tourist crowds bring both life and chaos to the city. For six months of the year the Old City is a cornucopia of colour as tourists from every corner of the world descend on the pearl of the Adriatic. The other six months are a different story. The times of Dubrovnik being a vibrant city are well behind us.
As the population continues to fall, like a pebble sinking into the Adriatic, so the life continues to drain away from the UNESCO centre. In 1961 around 5,550 people lived inside the city walls. Forty years later that number had dropped by half, in 2001 2,700 people, inside the walls. Over those forty years a few major factors changed that helped cause this drop. Firstly new developments sprung up around the city suburbs, moving the urban centre, then in the early 1990’s the Homeland War also greatly affected the population. These two factors alone could make the drop in half of the population in forty years understandable. But that was just the beginning. From 2001 to 2006, so only a five year period, the population of the Old City of Dubrovnik halved again, to around 1,100. A five year period with virtually no new housing developments and no war, the reason this time was financial. During the centuries of Yugoslavia and under a socialist government, citizens were not allowed to sell property to foreigners. Of course there were a few cases that slipped through the net, but in the main an open housing market didn’t exist.
With the fall of Yugoslavia and the birth of a new nation came the end of socialism and the opening of the country to foreign investment. The boom property years, from 2000 to 2005, in Dubrovnik saw hundreds of Old City residents sell their homes and move to the suburbs. And with prices sky-rocketing in the UNESCO World Heritage Site people were able to use their “windfall” to not only but a larger property in the leafy suburbs but also financially secure the futures of their family for years to come. International buyers loved the uniqueness of the medieval city, and holiday homes were snapped up. Ten years later the affects of this property rush have brought a sad, ghost-like quality to Dubrovnik. The empty streets, silent squares and boarded-up shop fronts are the results.
These photos were taken at 14.30 on the 25th of January - a working day, a school day, a normal day. Make your own conclusions.
Apart from drive-through fast food stands and drive-in cinemas that were introduced in Croatia in the last decade, the first drive-in pharmacy is to be opened in Zagreb in February.
The drive-through pharmacy at Zagreb's neighbourhood Retkovec has already opened its doors to consumers, but its official opening is scheduled for the next month.
The Zagreb City Pharmacy company has opened this type of pharmacy with the aim to improve the availability and provision of health care services to less mobile senior citizens and parents with small children.
An access for cars is provided; all that consumers have to do is to ring the pharmacy’s bell and a pharmacist will give medications to patients through a specially designed window without requiring a patient to get out of a car or enter into the pharmacy area.
The Zagreb City Pharmacy company also plans to open drive-through pharmacies in other parts of the Croatian capital.
With one of the most important days in the Dubrovnik calendar just around the corner it seems today that preparations are already underway. The Day of St. Blaise, the patron saint of Dubrovnik, is celebrated on the 3rd of February and the whole Dubrovnik region descends on the historic Old City.
The main church located in the centre of Dubrovnik and that carries the name of the patron saint was obviously having a cleaning day today. Decorative rugs from the church floor were hung out in the winter sunshine to air, however some children took the opportunity to sit on the carpets al fresco, and who can blame them.