Dubrovnik awoke with blue skies and sunshine and according to weather forecasters it is going to be pretty much the same for the rest of the week. Highs today will reach 14 degrees Celsius and as the wind is virtually non-existent it will be a day when the “Real Feel” temperatures are actually higher than the air temperature.
And the rest of the week looks like being calm and sunny weather, with temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees Celsius. There is minimal chance of rain all week and the wind should be low.
Interestingly on this same day last year the temperatures reached highs of only 7 degrees, exactly half of expected temperatures today. All in all we can look forward to a fabulous week of weather in Dubrovnik.
The latest film production to use Dubrovnik as a backdrop is Robin Hood: Origins and the set construction is well underway. The first set, located in the harbour of the historic city, is completed and the next set on the main street through the Old City is getting closer to be completed. Filming of the blockbuster, which will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, is due to start on the 20th of February and is expected to last for three weeks.
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, according to reports, will play Little John. Robin Hood will be played by Welsh actor Taron Egerton, famous for his role in Kingsman: The Secret Service and Maid Marion will be played by Irish actress Eve Hewson, who is the daughter of Bono from U2. And Fifty Shades of Grey star, Jamie Dornan, will also star in the blockbuster. Robin Hood: Origins will be directed by Otto Bathurst.
Now we bring you a different perspective of the Robin Hood set...check out our gallery from Adriatic Images.
Dubrovnik has played host to Game of Thrones, Star Wars and is soon to the backdrop for the latest Robin Hood movie, but it seems that it isn’t only Hollywood that loves to film in the city.
One of the best known Indian models and actresses has recently been in Dubrovnik filming an advert for a cosmetics company. Huma Qureshi, who has starred in countless films, recorded a commercial for the company Blue Heaven Cosmetics in Dubrovnik.
And although the beautiful actress is supposed to be the star of the commercial she gets well and truly upstaged by Dubrovnik.
Check out the Blue Heaven advert!
If you are looking for the lowest price real estate in Croatia you are going to have to look to the countryside. Whilst house prices along the Adriatic coastline continue to grow, although slower than in recent years, the interior of Croatia is a goldmine of cheap property.
According to information from the online real estate agency - Crozilla.com - the city of Osijek is one of the cheapest in the country. The average price of a metre square in Osijek in 2016 amounted to only 957 Euros. Meaning a good size two-bedroom apartment would set you back around 62,000 Euros ($66,000).
However this isn’t the cheapest real estate in Croatia, the city of Sisak in the Slavonia region has the cheapest real estate in the country. The same size two-bedroom apartment in Sisak costs only 45,000 Euros ($48,000) as the average price is only 705 Euro a metre square.
The average price in Zagreb in 2016 was around 1,600 Euros a metre square; the same size apartment would cost you around 105,000 Euros. The most expensive real estate in Croatia is in Dubrovnik and on the island of Hvar. In Dubrovnik the same size apartment would set you back around 160,000 Euros.
It’s that funny time of the year in Dubrovnik, the dead time, after the hangover of Christmas and before the jollities of St. Blaise. A time of recovery. It is neither here nor there. A time to prepare and a time to relax. We are caught in the middle of nowhere. A time when you really should be doing something, but then again the beds are so warm and inviting we don’t want to get up. Yes, I have the January blues!
Quality boredom, is how my wife explains it, I guess she is right, being bored sometimes isn’t a bad thing. However here is some relief from the boredom, a character clad in green will soon be running down through the streets of the town, yes Robin Hood is on his way. The set in the old harbour is done, and very fine it looks to. I was walking down there the other day and the wooden buildings seem to fit into the stone facades. They have even constructed a rather fancy wooden bridge structure around Posat. Makes it much easier to walk around and probably wouldn’t be a bad idea to leave it there after filming has finished.
“Seems a bit sad to me that all this hard work, all these man hours, will go to waste,” I commented to the man in charge of the set construction. “I mean after filming all of this will be torn down,” I added. He smiled, “true but what you have to understand is that all our hard work will be forever immortalised on film, we can look back and see it whenever we want.”
And now the Stradun is being turned into Nottingham. I have an observation. Why would you spend all that time and money to turn a Mediterranean city into a scene from medieval England? Wouldn’t it have been easier just to film it in England? Don’t get me wrong I am not complaining. I think it is great that the city will get all this international exposure; it just seems a little odd. I mean Robin Hood is famous for riding through acres and acres of lush green forests, something we don’t really have in great abundance.
Like I said I am not complaining, all of these film productions are heaven sent. We can probably link them all back to one common denominator, Game of Thrones. Yes, I know we had productions before we were catapulted with Kings Landing, but nothing on this scale. It fell out of the sky and landed on Dubrovnik. And just as we watched Game of Thrones from our couches and picked out the scenes from the city, in the future we will watch Robin Hood and chuckle as the hero of Nottingham Forest rides down the Stradun.
I can just see myself screaming at the screen, “Robin if you are looking for gold doubloons then OTP Bank is just on your left hand side.” Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. In fact to be more precise Robin Hood didn’t steal from the rich and give to the poor – no! Robin Hood took the peoples stolen money back from an oppressive criminal government and gave it to the people who owned the money in the first place. We could do with more Robin Hoods! Or as Robin Hood would say “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions!”
And has anyone else seen the irony of Robin Hood refunding the poor in a city that is paralysed because the city budget hasn’t been passed. When the mayor announced that a further two or three locations would be used in filming, maybe he meant that the city council would be one of them, and that Robin Hood and his band of merry men would ride in and capture the budget. And then we will have the oddity of Friar Tuck strolling down the Stradun right next to the Franciscan Monastery. Maybe his fellow brothers, or should I say his little brothers, will invite him in for a glass of two of communal wine. Then we will have the two-metre tall giant, Little John, who will played by the 1.75 metres tall Jamie Foxx. And then Will Scarlet, who according to local legend in Nottingham, is actually buried in the Church of St. Mary, he will right at home in Sv. Marija.
That leaves the villain of the piece, the Sherriff of Nottingham. I wonder, I wonder, who could play the Sherriff of Nottingham, there are just so many local sheriffs to choose from that I can’t make up my mind. I will leave the final word to Robin himself, “keep your chin up, someday there will be happiness again.”
The price of tickets for the trams in Zagreb will soon drop. From the 1st of February the Zagreb tram company will introduce a new set of prices. Now travellers will be able to purchase a ticket for half an hour, which will cost 4 Kuna, and a ticket for 90 minutes which will be 10 Kuna.
The old pricing system had an hour-ride of the trams at 10 Kuna, and not possibility to buy a shorter time period.
The Mayor of Zagreb, Milan Bandic, commented that “it had been an idea to introduce a fair system for the transport system for some time.” Although he has waited for an election year to bring in this new idea.
It is only winter if the calendar says so. After the freezing cold front that hit Dubrovnik only ten days ago, followed by torrential rain, it would seem that we have moved into the third season, summer.
The city has gone from temperatures of – 6 degrees to sunbathing on the beach in the matter of a few days. This weekend has seen temperatures rising and clear blue skies. Some people made the most of the sunshine to sunbath on the Banje Beach or work “al fresco” on their laptops.
The sun broke through the clouds today in Dubrovnik and bathed the city in warm sunshine. It was a day for sunglasses and drinking coffee on the outside terraces.
The weather forecast for tomorrow is relatively similar to today with more sunshine and rising temperatures expected.
Check out our gallery of today in the Old City by Zeljko Tutnjevic
After the recent cold snap in Dubrovnik this weekend was a different story. The Old City was awash with warm sunshine and locals and tourists enjoyed the al fresco coffees in the cafes. In front of the S. Blaise Church in the very heart of the historic city centre the renowned folklore ensemble “Lindo” performed today and it felt like summer was just around the corner.
Throughout the winter months the Dubrovnik Tourist Board is once again continuing with their free winter programs for tourists and this performance was part of this offer.
Every Saturday this winter through to March 2017, a free tour of the Old City with an English speaking guide will be organised for the guests of the city starting at 10 am in front of the Tourist Information Centre (TIC) Pile, located at Brsalje 5.
Mimosa Day, national humanitarian action dedicated to the fight against cervical cancer has been marked today in the Old City by the Croatian League Against Cancer and League Against Cancer Dubrovnik. They organized traditional mimosas sale and distribution of the brochures on prevention of this malignant disease. In Croatia, 330 women a year get this type of cancer, while 120 of them die because of it.
By purschasing mimosas locals expressed their solidarity and support to this humanitarian action, with a goal to raise money to improve oncology care in the Dubrovnik area and give support to those who are treated for malignant diseases who need help.
At the end of January this year elevent European Week of Cervical Cancer Prevention will be marked. That's the fourth most common cancer when it comes to women. Early detection and education are the best way to prevent cancer. Early detection increases the chances of successful treatment.
Photos by Zeljko Tutnjevic