Sunday, 25 August 2019

World-renowned German model Heidi Klum (46) is currently on a Croatian cruise with new husband Tom Kaulitz (29) on the elegant yacht Christina O.

Klum and the 17 year younger Kaulitz married in secrecy on the 22nd of February in Los Angeles, but ten days ago they tied their vows again on Capri and jumped aboard the Christina O for a late, or second, honeymoon.


Just Married - Photo Instagram 

Tom is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and keyboard player in the band Tokio Hotel, and according to various reports in the media the couple met through a mutual friend in the States.

And they are certainly travelling, or rather cruising, in style on board the luxurious Christina O, built in 1943 and once owned by the Greek rich man Aristotle Onassis and his wife, Jacky Onassis, the widow of the assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The impressive boat is 99 meters long, with 39 crew members taking care of guests, and a weekly charter costs a staggering 670,000 euros.


Taking a dip - Photo Instagram 

Klum has been filling her social media with photos of the cruise and a rather provocative one in a “boob” float with the caption “Topless posing for my husband.“

It appears that the couple sailed close to the island of Mljet on the cruise and then onto Hvar where the ship was last spotted.


Messing about on the water - Photo Instagram 

The Tokio Hotel guitarist and music producer, who works on the US-Germany relationship, is marriage Klum is his second and for Heidi this is her third after being married to the hair stylist Ric Pipino and the British singer Seal.


The happy couple - Photo Instagram 

True the Dubrovnik Airport is extremely busy during August, and true with upwards of 60 flights a day there are sure to be some delays, but taking a sleeping bag to an airport seems a little extreme.

This photo appeared on the Facebook page “Uživo sa ZLD-a” or “Live from The Dubrovnik Airport” along with the caption “He found a truly comfy place to sleep.”

There was clearly a delay on his flight as the young lady behind him is curled up on the metal bench, probably equally “comfy.”

We only hope that he didn’t oversleep and miss his flight home.


Clay Harbor, versatile American celebrity, is currently spending his vacation in Croatia. Famous American football player and reality star has shared a couple of photos from Korcula on his official Instagram profile, with a simple caption: Finding paradise wherever I go. The photos collected almost 10 thousand likes and numerous comments of people wishing to visit our beautiful country.

Harbor, who has also been a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints is currently well known to wide public, especially women, because of reality show Bachelor in Paradise, which he has joined as a former Bachelorette contestant. He won hearts of many when he competed in Bachelorette serial, but had to leave early because of injury.



All of this is making Harbor one of the most desirable bachelors in America. However, in the last couple of days, his fans are not delighted just by his looks – they also admire the beauty of Croatia, especially Korcula on many photos and stories shared by Harbor.

Investors from Croatia were the second leading foreign investors in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 and they are ranked second also in overall foreign investments in the neighbouring country, show data published by the Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Monday.

Investments in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2018 amounted to EUR 400 million, or 2.3% of GDP.

The amount of foreign investments in 2018 was similar to that in 2017.

Most foreign investments, totalling EUR 71 million, came from Russia, while investments from Croatia amounted to EUR 54 million.

They were followed by investments from the Netherlands, Austria and Germany, which ranged between 40 and 46 million euros.

Most of the investments, in the amount of EUR 74 million, were made in the banking sector, while investments in the production of coke and oil products amounted to EUR 69 million, followed by investments in retail trade and production of base metals.

At the end of 2018, total foreign investments in Bosnia and Herzegovina amounted to EUR 7.3 billion, with Austria having invested the most, in the amount of EUR 1.3 billion, followed by Croatia, with investments amounting to EUR 1.17 billion and Serbia, which has invested slightly more than one billion euros.

Investors from Bosnia and Herzegovina invest the most in Croatia, with investments to date totalling EUR 117 million, and in Germany, with investments amounting to around EUR 83 million.

How rare is it to see dolphins swimming in the Adriatic Sea? Quite rare so to see three playing together is extremely unusual. But that is exactly what happened yesterday.

This video was filmed on a boat trip to the island of Lokrum just 600 metres from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Three dolphins took the opportunity to have some fun with the boat and swam and twisted directly in front of the stern of the boat.

This is a pretty unusual sighting, to see a group of dolphins so close to the shore, and so close to the island of Lokrum. The video was shared by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board after being uploaded onto social media.

"Beautiful dolphins spotted swimming near Lokrum Island. Thank you @ivanraguz01 for sharing this video with us!," commented the tourist board.



Interesting exhibition by photographer Marko Ercegovic called Festival Backstage will take you behind the scenes of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival, where this photographer captured numerous interesting events, usually not seen by public, that are an important part of Festival. The photo exhibition by Marko Ercegovic will be opened in the atrium of Sponza Palace on Saturday, August 17th at 9 pm.

One of the official photographers of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival Marko Ercegovic, in his long photographic career, made a big mark in theater photography. Although he otherwise captures great photos of the actors on stage, Marko Ercegovic is focusing his lens this summer on working behind the scenes; tailors, stage workers, directors and actors just before or after the show, as well as after the events at the Festival Palace, gathering moments in the photo archive that the audience would not normally see.

The author of the catalog of the exhibition, Helena Puhara, writes that this exhibition is “a tribute to the workers, artists and the audience. All those without whom the end product - a show or concert - would not be possible. Through photographic diaries, Marko introduces us to the space 'behind' as well as the space 'before'. In the photos we follow the set design, costume designers in action, drivers, various office jobs, tense actors, cleaners. We are following a different world from the more-less-known moment when we are directed to a particular place in the theater. In the space 'behind' and the space 'before' everyone is equally important and everyone is involved in a joint activity that aims to present to the audience some work of art."

Around 150 photographs will be presented in the Sponza Palace atrium on Saturday, August 17th at 9 pm and the exhibition will remain open until the closing of the 70th Dubrovnik Summer Festival on August 25th, after which it will be moved to Zagreb within the KIC space as part of of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival program in Zagreb.

After the completion of the renovation works on the Bishop's Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik was completed in July the palace will be open to the public this August.

Dubrovnik has a new, and very impressive new attraction for both local citizens and tourists with the opening of one of the most impressive Baroque palaces in the Old City. The palace holds some exquisite works of art. The new permanent exhibition in its curatorial concept and design interweaves the presentation of the Renaissance and Baroque layers of the palace with carefully selected works of art from the rich collection. The authors of the new exhibition are designer Marko Baus and art historians Ivan Viđen and Nikola Bojić.


The opening of the permanent exhibition of the Bishop's Palace in Dubrovnik as a new cultural focal point within the city walls represents the finalization of the thirty-year restoration of this architectural monument, which brings together the city's layered history.



Nestling between soaring mountains and the Adriatic Sea is situated one of the Dubrovnik regions hidden gems. Almost exactly half way between Split and Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Highway sits six interconnected lakes and one separate lake which together form the Bacina Lakes. Most drivers and passengers whisk down the highway oblivious to the natural beauty flashing past their side mirrors. Although they can’t take all the blame for missing out on the Bacina Lakes, it is almost like nature tried its best to conceal them, far from prying eyes. A blanket of reeds and Mediterranean vegetation act as a curtain, a theatre curtain, for the big show. But once you get off the beaten track and raise the curtain nature performs better than any West End smash hit.

Freshwater lakes that over many centuries have burrowed a path to the Adriatic Sea, the Bacina Lakes are still mainly off the radar for most tourists to Dubrovnik. With depths ranging from 5 metres to an astonishing 35 metres these lakes will amaze you with their sparkling and unspoilt beauty.


And somewhat unusually the lakes are what’s known as chritodepressions, which in plain English means that the bottom of the lakes are actually below sea level. The area is a true promised land for nature-lovers and anglers alike. All of the lakes are abundant with freshwater fish, diving birds, waders, eels and ducks, to name just a few. If we were to reel off the list of wildlife in and around the Bacina Lakes it would be like a “who’s who” of the animal kingdom. Walk around the lakes, find a spot for a picnic, or take one of the traditional wooden boats that tour the lakes to get “up close and personal” with natural beauty.

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The Bacina Lakes from space - Photo NASA

And it isn’t only the nature that will surprise you; the Bacina Lakes also have a rich history. This can be seen in the ruins of an early Christian basilica from the 6th century that have been found here, as well as antique walls and mosaics belonging to the early Roman inhabitants. Over the centuries many civilisations have left their mark on the region, ancient Greeks came to the area to trade, battles were fought, colonies built and holy places of worship were erected.


All this undiscovered elegance, a mystery of nature, a short distance from Dubrovnik. A day trip to remember, or if you are travelling along the Adriatic coast road then don’t miss, as so many do, the chance to stop for a while and open your eyes to the splendour of the Bacina Lakes.



Virtuoso, the leading association of travel organizers in the luxury tourism segment,nominated Croatian Tourist Board for the Best Tourist Organization in the World in 2019. The 2019 Virtuoso Award Ceremony was held last night in Las Vegas as part of the Virtuoso Travel Week, and the Best Tourist Organization award went to Switzerland. The final selection also included national tourist organizations of Australia, New Zealand and Slovenia. This nomination is also a confirmation that Virtuoso has recognized the innovation and creativity in the work of the Croatian National Tourist Board, as well as the potential of Croatia as a destination for luxury tourism.

-We are extremely pleased that the Croatian National Tourist Board has competed in the final selection for the best tourist organization in the world. The nomination itself among the top five national tourism organizations is a big deal and recognition for a small country like Croatia. This recognition is even more important to us when it comes from a reputable association like Virtuoso, which further confirms the excellent position our country has on an important US market. This is the result of the work and contributions of all tourism professionals who are committed to promoting and developing Croatian tourism throughout the year. This will certainly be a great boost for our further work, and on this occasion I thank all my colleagues for their dedicated work and contribution - said Croatian National Tourist Board Director Kristjan Stanicic, adding that positive trends are confirmed by US tourist traffic, showing an eight percent increase in arrivals and overnight stays in July.

Also, Croatia is among the top five fastest growing destinations on the US market, which is confirmed by the strong growth of tourist traffic in recent years. When it comes to the last year, in Croatia about 585 thousand arrivals and 1.6 million overnight stays were generated from the US market, which represents a growth of 22 percent in arrivals and 18 percent in overnight stays compared to 2017. Positive trends were also maintained in 2019, during which a high 11 percent growth was recorded in arrivals and overnight stays. The additional importance of this market is evidenced by data from the TOMAS survey, conducted by the CNTB in cooperation with the Institute of Tourism, according to which American tourists are the best consumers with an average of 158 euros daily consumption.

Virtuoso's nomination was also commented by Ina Rodin, director of the Croatian Tourist Bord Representative Office in New York.
-In recent years, Croatian Tourist Bord has achieved valuable success and recognition in the North American market, and the Virtuoso nomination is of great importance as it confirms that Croatia has finally entered the company of leading destinations for guests of refined taste and deep pocket. This is also the second nomination for Croatia, which confirms to all stakeholders of Croatian tourism that their work is recognized on the American market - Rodin said.

In addition to the category for the best tourist organization, Virtuoso also gave awards in other categories, so the Croatian agency Calvados Club Luxury Travel from Split won the prestigious award in the category "Best on-site partner", in a large competition of agencies specializing in luxury travel from France , Italy, New Zealand and Vietnam.

Virtuoso is a network of top US luxury travel agencies with more than 20 thousand advisors worldwide, with an annual turnover of more than 26.4 billion dollars. The Virtuoso network includes more than 1,800 partners, including top-class hotels and resorts, tour operators, airlines, agencies, and the main goal of the network is to offer clients in-depth and unforgettable trips. Croatian members of this prestigious network are Calvados Club Luxury Travel, Leonidas Travel, Fortuna Travel, as well as Villa Dubrovnik hotels, Boutique Hotel Alhambra, and this year's Monte Mulini. The network of Croatian members is expected to expand further as there are hotels that also meet the high standards and criteria of Virtuoso, a community that is extremely important for the development and growth of luxury tourism.

The island of Hvar in the summer time is a cocktail of the rich and famous, and one of the richest Monarchs in the world enjoyed a night to remember in a leading restaurant last night.

“The memory diary continues to be filled with another significant figure. Albert II is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi,” wrote the Gariful restaurant on the official Facebook page with a photo of Prince Albert of Monaco.

This isn’t the Prince’s first visit to Croatia, in fact he is a regular guest on the Adriatic coastline.

“He is one of the wealthiest royals in the world with assets valued at more than 1 billion including land in Monaco and France. We are very honoured to be chosen by such a big character and we are sure that we accomplished his expectations,” added the restaurant.

Just a few months ago Gariful played host to another famous celebrity as the legendary pop singer Jon Bon Jovi and his family popped into the restaurant on a family cruise of the Adriatic.

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