Thursday, 02 April 2020

Once again the main coastal road over Dubrovnik was the scene on a road traffic accident yesterday. At around 16.30 just before the turning towards Dubrovnik two cars, a Volvo and a Chevrolet, collided causing severe material damage to both vehicles.

According to reports from the Dubrovnik traffic police, who were on the scene within a few minutes, there were no injuries reported. The accident caused long delays on the main road, which is also the only road from the Dubrovnik Airport, for a few hours.

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Last Saturday on prime time the French national television station France 5 broadcasted a travel documentary about Croatia.

The documentary titled ''Echappées belles'' or ‘’Beautiful getaways’’ presented Croatia as the youngest member country of the European Union with unbelievable natural heritage, rich culture, a whole array of UNESCO protected heritage sites as well as a country of exceptionally hospitable people.

This interesting documentary presents popular tourist destinations through unknown facts about the life and tradition of the local people, emphasizing active tourism and gastronomy.

Numerous French viewers had the opportunity to learn more about Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, the islands of Hvar, Dugi otok, Pasman, as well as about Pula, Brtonigla, Buzet, Kuterevo, the Gorski kotar region and the national parks of Paklenica and Brijuni.

The Croatian National Tourist Board supported the filming of this documentary, which, according to some estimates, will be watched by more than two million viewers and will definitely be great promotion for Croatia.

Shakespeare is coming to Dubrovnik! The traditional Midsummer Scene is bringing the bard from England once again to Dubrovnik with a performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” From the 24th of June until the 5th of July the atmospheric Lovrijenac Fortress, overlooking the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik, will play host to Shakespeare.

“The brand new production specially designed for Midsummer Scene Festival dives into the world of Faery where the stark world of Athenian court dissolves into a mad lovers’ chase,” stated the organisers. This production is directed by Helen Tennison and the British cast is supported by an international creative team. There is even an exotic twist to the performance this year with “Bollywood-style choreography.”

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These performances, and this will be the fourth year that the Midsummer Scene, has been held, have been critically acclaimed and the combination of the Shakespeare and the Dubrovnik seems to be a winning one. Tickets are available online at the Midsummer Scene website and range from 350 Kuna for a VIP seat to 200 Kunas.

“The festival is expanding from year to year. International guest performances in Vienna and Bermuda confirm the quality of the programs and the productions. This summer ahead of us is a new challenge. Midsummer Night's Dream will be played in a new light, with a new cast and a new set in Lovrijenac Fortress,” commented the producer Darija Mikulandra Žanetić.

Midsummer Festival Scene is a project of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and produced by Brilliant Events Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions from London.

A special event is organized tonight at 10 pm by Pixel design – 3D mapping projection on Sponza Palace.

The projection will be an interactive combination of visual art, technology and special effects on the one hand, and live electronic music on the other.

Pixel design, which already thrilled Dubrovnik audience with its projections, is preparing a whole new experience tonight, called "Audio visual journey", which will be a sort of  announcement of the Lumiart - a light festival scheduled for the fall of 2017.

During the two-hour program, the Sponza Palace will be shown in a completely new edition, and the whole event will be accompanied by the music of Dubrovnik DJs.

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The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently published a list of useful advice on its official website that should be adhered to by Australian nationals who plan to visit Croatia.

The Ministry really made an effort to cover every possible situation that might occur. However, considering the fact that the latest Travel&Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety declared Croatia one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit, some of the points on the list made by the Australian authorities seems more than bizarre. However the advice about jumping of rocks in Dubrovnik is one that should be heeded as every summer season the Buza rocks just outside of the Old City walls are a scene of a death or serious injury.

Here is just some of their advice; the rest can be checked on the official website:

- Australians have been severely injured after jumping off rocks and cliffs into the sea especially in Split, Dubrovnik and off the coast of the Dalmatian islands. While warning signs and safety barriers may not be in place, the dangers are clear. Your travel insurance may not cover injuries sustained from cliff jumping and diving, or while engaging in other dangerous activities. You should carefully check the details of your insurance policy

- Rowdy and drunken behaviour in public is not a typical feature of the local culture. Travellers should be aware that such behaviour will attract negative attention

- Excessive alcohol consumption has been the cause of serious accidents on 'party boats' cruising the Croatian coast

- Drug-related arrests are increasing at electronic music festivals on the Croatian coast. Australians should not consume, purchase or sell drugs, or keep company with those who do

- Avoid large gatherings of people and protests as they may turn violent

- There is a serious problem of unexploded landmines in many parts of Croatia. While mined areas are generally signposted, there may be high-risk areas that are not

- Driving in Croatia can be hazardous and accidents are common

- Protests or demonstrations may occur in Croatia. Monitor the news and other sources for information on planned and possible demonstrations or other civil unrest. Avoid all crowds, protests and demonstrations, as they may turn violent

- Petty crime, such as pick pocketing, occurs, most commonly in busy tourist areas, at bus and railway stations, on public transport and at beaches. There have been reports of gangs staging roadside emergencies and then robbing drivers who stop to offer assistance

- Never accept food or drink from strangers as there have been incidents where it has been laced with drugs

Beautiful Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe 2017 first runner up, is spending her vacation in Dubrovnik. She shared some photos on her official Instagram profile that is followed by more than 122 thousand people. As expected, photos got numerous likes and comments, and most of her followers praised her beauty, as well as the beauty of the City.

Pelissier is from Haiti and is 25 years old. She has a rather interesting life story – she has survived the earthquake that destroyed her hometown in January 2010, which made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams – it is said on the official page of Miss Universe.

It is also written that something that makes Pelissier extra special is that she is quadrilingual and that she’s getting her Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. She is working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve.

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Every sunset in Cavtat is beautiful, but yesterday’s one was quite special. Splash of colours painted sea and sky in shades of red and pink and made breathtaking views.

How lucky were the tourists and the locals that happened to be in Cavtat for this special sunset... Just as lucky as our readers who can enjoy it through the beautiful photo gallery made by Tonci Plazibat. It’s a must see.

“It is a stunning country and I recommend it highly. I would rank it in my top three,” commented Jason Pires, the co-anchor of the popular CTV Morning Live Vancouver after a recent holiday in Croatia.

A short video highlighting the delights of the Croatia Dalmatian coast appeared on the morning show in Canada with Pires singing the praises of the country. Of course Dubrovnik made an appearance in the video with Pires commenting that “Dubrovnik has become ever more popular because it is the place where they film Game of Thrones.”

He also visited Split and Korcula and brought back some presents for his co-host, Keri Adams, including lavender soap, Bajadera chocolates and the “national drink” Sljivovica.
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Taxi drivers from all over Croatia protested against Uber yesterday in Zagreb with a mass road blocking. They parked their taxis on all the left turnings and therefore created huge tailbacks all over the capital. Božo Miletić, the president of the Dubrovnik Taxi Association, claimed that between 600 and 700 vehicles from all over the country, from Dubrovnik to Zadar and Istria, all gathered in the Croatian capital to protest against the online taxi service Uber.

“We're looking for a ban of Uber in Croatia. The law is on our side but it is not being implemented. In the last two years we have exhausted all legal possibilities and nothing left to us except this kind of action. We just expect the state to enforce regulations,” commented Miletić. Adding that “We aren’t against the competition, in many countries Uber is banned. All taxi drivers would have to work under the same conditions.”

Uber in Croatia reacted to the demonstration in the capital saying that “We believe that blocking the city is dangerous for citizens and the infrastructure of the city. Such pressure is unacceptable today and represents the relic of some of the past times, and is not an example of a modern European state. We feel that problems can be solved in a different way.”

Croatian taxi drivers have been in constant disagreement with Uber since the online platform started. Uber has already been banned in a number of countries and cities around the world. Denmark, Italy, Hungary, Bulgaria in Europe have all banned Uber whilst in the US the online service is banned in Alaska, Oregon. Also Uber is banned in parts of Australia. Will Croatia be the latest country to ban outright Uber?

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Protests against Uber in Zagreb 

Located in the very heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik the LAJK Restaurant is a gem in the city’s culinary crown. This time we decided to “start our engines” with an early morning breakfast in LAJK...how cool to be able to eat a hearty breakfast on the cobbled streets of the historic city.

In fact, rather surprisingly, it isn’t that easy to find a good breakfast available in Dubrovnik, LAJK is one of the best that we have tried. As they have a special menu just for breakfast there is a large choice, whether you are after a traditional English-style breakfast or a more “fruity” option.

The first point that stands out is the service. We would use the three F’s – fast, friendly and fun. Within seconds we had our menus and two cups of steaming hot coffee whilst we made our choice. The breakfasts are named after members of the owner’s family and according to the owner they are “just like we prepare every morning at home.” A nice touch. Prices start from only 95 Kunas (for a mammoth and vegetarian breakfast) to just 30 Kuna for two croissants...and every else in between.

We decided on Breakfast Alan (scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, grilled vegetables, fresh salad and toast with a hot beverage for only 88 Kuna) and Breakfast Luka ( Smoked ham, cheese, hard boiled eggs, toast, fresh salad and a hot beverage for only 74 Kuna. Both were amazing.  

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The coffee kept flowing, although I just had to ask if they did English tea...and yes they have some great brands, and as the historic Old City slowly woke we watched the world go by. A great choice for the most important meal of the day, food gets the thumbs up and to be able to sit surrounded by history just adds to the ambience.

This is really starting the day on the right foot! LAJK serves breakfast from 8 in the morning until midday (for the late risers) and in case of rain there is plenty of space inside.

The Voice of Dubrovnik

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