Thursday, 02 April 2020

The iconic Hotel Excelsior was officially opened last night in a gala ceremony. After months of reconstruction work the totally renovated Hotel Excelsior now has a new shine and a modern new look.

With 158 luxury rooms, including 19 suites and 139 double rooms, the Dubrovnik hotel saw root and branch reconstruction works this winter, the first major investment on the hotel since 2008.

The owner of the Adriatic Luxury Hotels group, the company that has Hotel Excelsior in its portfolio, Davor Lukšić thanked everyone for assisting and praised the fact that this hotel with great traditions now has a contemporary look. And Dubrovnik's Mayor Mato Franković addressed the guests. On behalf of the Prime Minister and the Government of the Republic of Croatia, he welcomed every such contribution to investment in tourism.

Almost half a million Kuna was invested in every room of the Hotel Excelsior and all of the interior spaces have been renovated. The hotel was originally created on the foundations of Ville Odak, built in 1913, which was a luxurious and glamorous hotel. The idea of the reconstruction is to recreate this look and the new look Hotel Excelsior is a revival of the splendid era of the Hotel Excelsior. Over the years many world famous celebrities, national politicians, stars of the silver screen and kings and queens have stayed in the Hotel Excelsior and the new look Excelsior is once again a highlight of Dubrovnik’s tourism.

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Photos - Tonci Plazibat 

Search, click, enjoy! Your lunch in Dubrovnik is only a click away with a new website – This Dubrovnik based website was launched a few months ago and is proving to be a winning formula. It is basically an online food delivery service that makes it easier and quicker to order your takeaway.

A selection of restaurants in the city have already signed up and choosing one is the first of three steps to cure those groans of hunger. Simply login to the website, choose a restaurant, pick up the meal (and drink) that you fancy and then submit your order. It’s all online, you can ever use your smart phone on the beach or the terrace of your apartment, there are no language barriers as the site has Croatian and English and your meals arrive directly at your door.

Three steps to the perfect lunch or dinner. But what how do you know that the restaurant has received your order – because they will confirm the order as well as the delivery time. But what if you don’t want to give your credit card details out online – easy your meal can be paid for in cash when it arrives at your door. Try today and let the internet take the strain out of ordering a delicious takeaway.

Iran's economic delegation headed by the Iranian Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Affairs Ali Rabel will attend the Croatian-Iranian economic forum in Zagreb on the 27th of June.

''Despite business obstacles, the relationship between our businessmen is good and perspective. We are cooperating for mutual benefit. The fact that Croatia has never been visited by such strong Iranian economic delegation, confirms it. Improvement of cooperation has a great potential in the automotive industry, oil and gas sector, electro energy sector, railway industry, food industry and shipbuilding'', commented Luka Burilovic, the president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK).

The Iranian delegation consists of representatives of companies and institutions from the petrochemical industry, agriculture, railway industry, pharmacy, metal industry, electro energetic industry, and shipping.

Last year a total value of Croatia's trade with Iran was $5 million, which was an increase in comparison to 2015.

The Paris Agreement dealing with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation and finance came into force in Croatia on the 23rd of June 2017.

All member countries of the European Union have committed themselves to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for at least 40 percent by 2030 in order to mitigate effects of global warming and stop a further rise in air temperature.

''Croatia will dedicatedly fulfil its obligations from the Paris Agreement as well as other member countries of the EU and the world that have ratified this extremely important document. We are aware of the consequences of global warming that occur in our region as well'', commented Tomislav Coric, the Minister of Environmental Protection and Energy while referring to floods and longer periods of drought in the country.

Representatives of 196 parties at the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris signed the agreement and adopted it by consensus on the 12th of December 2015. As of June 2017, 195 members of the UNFCCC have signed the agreement, out of which 150 of them have ratified it. Croatia is the 147th country, which has ratified the agreement.

The main goal of the agreement is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and to keep the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, said the Ministry.

According to climate models and scenarios, experts estimate that by 2100 temperatures in Croatia will rise from 2.4 to 4.9 Celsius degrees. A general trend of extreme droughts and floods is also present and is disastrous to all human activities. Global climate change also effects sea temperature and salinity thus changes structure and functioning of the ecosystem.

A long coastal line makes Croatia very vulnerable to sea level rising. Coastal sensitivity to sea level rise has also been observed in historic cores of cities and towns such as Nin, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Stari Grad, and Dubrovnik. However, the valley of the River Neretva is also vulnerable to sea-level changes, said the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

A trend of recreating old photos has been around for years and we must say that we are quite fond of it. It’s simple – same person goes to the same place and takes the same position – showing how much they changed through years.

However, photo that we bumped into  is a bit different. Apparently it shows a daughter, who took photo on Dubrovnik City Walls, at exactly same place like her mother did 40 years ago.

Old City of Dubrovnik it looks quite the same (beautiful as always), with just couple of differences. A great idea for sure!



There comes a point in everyone’s life when we just can’t keep up with the pace of modern life. We look back with ever “rose-tinted” nostalgia at the times when we were younger and our knees didn’t creak when we walked up stairs. When we looked at ourselves in the mirror and wondered “where did that hair come from?” Now I look in the mirror and wonder “where did that hair disappear?”

The speed on innovation is just getting too much for me and I am wondering do I really need that confusion in my life. I can’t help think that my generation is a blessed one. We remember the times before computers, the internet (well of course if there were no computers the internet would be useless), of mobile phones and countless apps. My generation is the one that would sit every Sunday by the radio taping the Top Forty pop list on a cassette. We would hammer the record button is an attempt to edit out the adverts and the presenter and then spend a week listening to the same bloody tape until we wore it out.

Then the Sony Walkman came along and we could listen to our heart’s content and on the move, well at least until the batteries lasted. I know live in a time where tapes are extinct, the Top Forty has disappeared (to be replaced by the Top Forty downloaded tunes from the iTunes!!!) and a Sony Walkman is probably worth millions to a retro collector.

And then the cassette would get eaten by our Walkman and we would rewind the tape back inside with a pencil, those were the days when technology couldn’t exist without a pencil.

We now live in a time where everything is on one device in our pocket – our Smartphone. Yes as we generally get much dumber we have started to give our products the prefix Smart. Smart Car, Smart Phone, Smart House, Smart Windows, Smart Watches...every bloody thing is smart apart from the person actually using it. Apps of all shapes and sizes have “changed” our lives for the better, or have they?

“Can you explain this Snapchat to me I really don’t understand it,” I asked a much, much younger friend. “Well you can take photos and send them to friends immediately, and the great thing is that the photo only stays for a maximum of ten seconds and is then deleted,” he smiled. Ten second and then it gets deleted what the hell use it that? Of course this showed the gap in the age groups, from generation to generation. It turned out, after more explanation from my friend, that teenagers use it to send semi-naked photos of each other, in what is called sex texting. WTF! Well at least it is safe sex I guess.

So into this mix of Smart products comes a new player – my wife. If there is anyone who has resisted modern technology then that is my wife. Apart from Facebook, which she describes as like visiting the “green market” and having a good chat, she is in a black hole of technology. For her a piece of paper and a pen rather than a computer and a keyboard or anything smart. She has been hanging onto desperately an old and rather outdated mobile phone for the past few years. She still gets excited that you can change the ringtone of a mobile! She has never owned a “touch” screen, no, it’s buttons for her. That was until “Jessica” (yes she gave her mobile a name) fell on the ground for the millionth time (after being drowned twice in the sea) and committed suicide. Time for an upgrade as we buried Jessica.

Pretty much the only choice left when she visited the shop were touch screens, although she did have her eye on a specially made mobile for the elderly that had buttons the size of an M&M. It was with a heavy heart that she walked out of the shop with a touch phone. I already knew in advance how this learning process would look. It was like watching man discover fire all over again. When you are used to an array of tactile buttons and now are faced with no buttons it is a culture shock. Of course within the first few hours I had a call every minute, or rather a pocket call as she played with the mobile. Then my phone rang for the eighty-seventh time “Just checking it works,” she answered and hung up immediately. I don’t know if she hung up on purpose or just slide her finger over the wrong button. The digital world has getting up close and personal with the analogue world right in front of me.

The first question came “how do I change the ringtone?” I knew it. And then “can you download some apps for me tonight,” she added. As soon as she said that the Snapchat formula shot across my mind. “Do you want Snapchat?” I had to ask. “Is it useful?” she replied. Well...maybe.



What could be more beautiful than spending Sunday away from the crowds? Lokrum is like an oasis, with beautiful nature, rocks and sea that is so inviting that you just have to jump in. And many did jump, relax, swim and walk - and inspired photographer Zeljko Tutnjevic to make beautiful photos.

Take a look at photo gallery and feel Lokrum magic.

The International Day of Yoga was marked on Saturday in Dubrovnik. On the tranquil island of Lokrum various yoga associations from the city joined together for a session of yoga surrounded by peacocks and glorious Mediterranean nature. It was a day of yoga and meditation and breathing exercises in the Dubrovnik sunshine.

The Ambassador of the Republic of India in Croatia, His Excellency Mr. Sandeep Kumar, and the special representative of the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Miho Katušić, also attended the celebration of yoga on Lokrum.

According to the UN around 2 billion people around the world practise yoga, the International Day of Yoga was introduced on the 11 December 2014 following a decision from the UN.

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Looking to escape Dubrovnik through the winter months for a long weekend in a major European capital? Spanish low-cost airline Vueling have announced that this winter they will operate flights from Dubrovnik to Rome twice a week. And with return prices starting at only 70 Euros this new winter connection is sure to be popular.

Vueling already operate flights from Dubrovnik to Rome, and other European destinations in the summer, but now these flights will be extended into the winter. An Airbus A320 will fly twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, all throughout the winter. The airline had planned to introduce these flights last year but they decided to pull out. And with Croatia Airlines dropping their winter flights from Rome to Dubrovnik the Spanish airline now will not have competition on this 45-minute route.

Tickets are already on sale on the website of Vueling.

Summer has arrived in full force this weekend in Dubrovnik with temperatures measuring 32 degrees today and humidity levels reaching 60 percent.

The beaches of the county are doing a roaring trade as tourists and locals look for refreshment from the heat. Weather forecasters predicted a mini heat wave this weekend and they weren’t wrong. A thermometer left on a balcony in Dubrovnik registered 51.5 degrees!

Tourists in the historic core of Dubrovnik gathered around the public fountains, the small and large Onofrio fountains, or in the shade of the terrace of a cafe bar.

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