Monday, 25 October 2021

Financial crisis, what financial crisis. After almost two years of the pandemic and the pressure on businesses and financial institutions it was believed that the real estate business in Croatia would slow down. However, if the latest property development in the Croatian capital is any judge then the market seems far from slowly down.

A new apartment development in Zagreb, which includes a total of 153 new apartments, has a waiting list of over 2,000 buyers! And as the starting price is reported 5,000 Euros per metre squared the financial crisis seems a thing of the past.

Demand for real estate has long since broken all records, and the interest in new construction in Zagreb, especially in better locations, has gone through the roof. Of all the regions in Croatia property prices in the capital are rising the sharpest. Although Dubrovnik may still have the most expensive real estate in the country, both Zagreb and Split are catching up.

According to a report in Jutarnji List this new development, which is located in the area of the former Kamensko factory near Keglić, will also include new public areas and the whole project has been designed by the renowned architect Hrvoje Njirić.


The public institution Lokrum Reserve has announced a new sailing schedule to the island which started yesterday, Saturday, October 9th.

The new schedule sees the first boat to the island at 10:00am and then boats every hour until 5:00pm. The last boat returning from the island is now at 6:00pm.

And in case of bad weather the boats will not operate to Lokrum.

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For six years in a row the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has organised a humanitarian concert with pianist Naira Asatryan as part of its "Autumn Music Variety” festival. Every year, funds are raised for a specific humanitarian initiative, organization or association.

Last night, a humanitarian concert was held again in the Rector’s Palace, where, despite the rain and bad weather, due to which it was already postponed once, there was a large audience that enjoyed classical music.

Naira performed four beautiful compositions by F. Chopin on the piano.

At the end of the performance, the director of the DSO, Damir Milat, handed a check for the collected amount of 5,780 Kuna to representatives of the Association of Dystrophics, Cerebral Palsy and Other Physically Handicapped Dubrovnik-Neretva County for whose needs the concert was held.

He thanked Naira for her hard work and stressed that both the city and the world need more such people. Damir Milat reminded the audience of the concerts so far and the difficulties we face today, while Naira Asatryan sent a message of patience and the importance of culture in these strange times we are going through.

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The Dutch national airline, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, will soon conclude its summer flight schedule and suspend traffic to the Adriatic airports - Split and Dubrovnik, reports Croatian Aviation.

The Dutch national airline has been operating between Split and Amsterdam since the beginning of the summer flight schedule, and in the peak season it operated as many as three times a day on this route!

KLM also has a significant number of weekly rotations between Amsterdam and Split in October, two flights a day are still available and B737-800 and B737-700 aircraft operate on the route. This will be the case until October 30, when KLM will conclude operations towards Split Airport in this year's summer flight schedule.

But KLM will not wait for the next summer season to return to Split. Just like last winter, the Dutch airline will briefly establish a line between Amsterdam and Split, at a time of greatest demand - around Christmas and New Year.

KLM has only resumed traffic to Dubrovnik Airport this summer, so, as expected, there are no announced flights between Amsterdam and Dubrovnik in the upcoming winter flight schedule.

KLM continues to operate twice a day towards Zagreb, which is also the only year-round route of the Dutch airline to Croatia. After 8 return flights to Split in December and January, this carrier will not return to Split until the end of April next year.


Dubrovnik is a photographer’s dream, let’s face it you can throw a camera in the air and capture a stunning photo. And every day Instagram is filled to overflowing point with some absolutely blasting images of the pearl of the Adriatic.

We have selected this week our top five “Autumnal October" photos from Instagram. Check out our top five inspiring Dubrovnik Instagram photos from last week and keep sending us your own photos and videos of the region. We just love your feedback!

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In the last 24 hours, 908 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 9,423.

Among them, 839 people are in hospital, of which 124 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 9 people died.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 417,858 people have been infected, of which 8,772 have died, a total of 399,663 have recovered, of which 1,250 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 18,408 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 2,913,176 people have been tested, of which 8,894 in the last 24 hours.

As of 9.10.2021 3,486,177 doses of vaccine were used, and 45.65 percent of the total population and 54.74 percent of the adult population were vaccinated.

On 9.10.2021. 3,306 doses of vaccine were administred, of which 1,904 persons were vaccinated with the first dose.

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 25 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours.

These are 12 males and 13 females: ten from Dubrovnik, four from Konavle, three from Vela Luka and Župa dubrovačka, two from Blato and Orebić and one from Korčula.

28 people made a full recovery: nine from Dubrovnik, five from Ploče, four from Župa dubrovačka, three from Korčula, two from Konavle and Metković and one from Opuzen, Vela Luka and Mljet.

In the last 24 hours, 342 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 144,068 samples have been analyzed.

24 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital, and four patients require intensive care and are on a respirators.

There are 649 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was determined. A total of 961 cases of self-isolation violations have been identified since the beginning of the pandemic.

Flags waved and twirled against the blue sky, dancing, celebrating, all directly in front of the St. Blaise Church, and no, it wasn’t that the festivities for the city’s patron saint had come early. “What a lovely song they’re playing over the speakers,” I said to my wife as we waited for the elegant bride to enter the church. Yes, not the day of St. Blaise but a wedding in his church.

“That isn’t a CD, they are actually singing,” she whispered back. To my disbelief she was right. I’m no judge of good singing, I don’t even watch The Voice, but the raised eye-brows of the person to my left, my sister-in-law, who is an experienced singer confirmed that these were better than excellent.

And pretty soon the singing, and indeed the ceremony, became a tourist attraction. Heads popped through the open doors, cameras flashed and the wedding no doubt featured on an Instagram story in Michigan and Mumbai.

The ceremonial part was in the bag and we made our way through the cobbled streets of the city, once again proving a tourist attraction. Now it was time to eat, drink and be merry.

Clearly, I wasn’t the only one feeling old!

Now this particular wedding made me feel old, in fact old in two ways. Firstly, the lucky groom is a long-term friend of the family, and all those years ago when I arrived here I can actually remember sitting him on my knee and reading to him. I had watched him grown up, and now he was a married man. Secondly, my days of partying all night until the sun peeked its head out and then going off the work are in the dim and distant past. “We used to dance in zelena naranca, go home for a quick shower and then work all day,” laughed my wife. Clearly, I wasn’t the only one feeling old!

The English call this burning the candle from both ends. Nowadays I am in bed as soon as Mentalist finishes. But this Saturday I was only on my second course of a seven-course meal. “I’ve never eaten soup when Mentalist is on,” I said to my wife with a smile.

I also have the dancing moves of a bull

And my dancing skills, not that I really ever had any, are also buried in a dusty cupboard. They are only really dusted off at such events. However, I was given some advice to maximise my dancing exploits. “When you see the cameraman get up and start filming, then you get up and start dancing. When he sits down, you sit down and conserve your energy,” said a good friend at our table. Wise words. And as we were sitting right next to the cameraman’s table the plan couldn’t fail. When they watch the video it will seem like I have the stamina or a bull, although I also have the dancing moves of a bull as well, so maybe my plan had a flaw.

Wine flowed, food disappeared and the dancing continued. “How different is a Croatian wedding to an English one?” another friend at the table asked. “Probably less wine and more beer,” I smiled.

The singing continued. No, let’s rephrase that, the singing hadn’t stopped since we left the church. I have another tactic with singing at weddings, because to be honest I can’t remember any of the songs. But I’ve learnt that if I can memorise one or two lines from each song and then when they come along shout them at the top of my voice then I’m joining in. And then lines I don’t know I just lip-synch or make up my own words. Frankly, nobody wants to hear me sing anyway.

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It was one of those events were everything seemed to go as planned, clearly someone (and I can guess who) had spent a lot of time making sure that everything ran like a Swiss clock. We even had the Konavle “amen da bog da” toast from a young man in traditional costume. A burst of energetic Linđo dancing, some impromptu singing from friends and family at the mic with the band and no wedding celebration would be complete without a “choo choo train dance.”

A memorable evening, although it did take us a couple of days to all recover. It goes without saying that I sincerely wish the bride and groom all the best for their future life together.

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Moving can be complicated, but it doesn't have to be. If you're preparing for a long-distance move, there are certain things you should know before packing your belongings and loading them on the truck. A pocket guide of essential tips and tricks will ensure essential to-dos don’t slip off your radar.

Make arrangements for professional car shipping services

There are pros and cons to driving your car yourself or using a professional auto transport service. For example, you can save money by driving yourself, but you risk experiencing a major accident with your vehicle. On the other hand, using a car shipping service can be expensive, but it will ensure your vehicle arrives without any damage.


If you want to choose the most reliable auto transport services provider, ensure they have the proper insurance to protect your vehicle. As a secondary screening precaution, request information about their track record and inquire about past deliveries gone haywire and the steps they took to remedy the situation. If you take these extra steps before shipping your car, you can keep pre-shipping jitters at bay and hand over your car keys with confidence come move-in day. 


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Inventory your items

Every homeowner will be required to fill out an inventory list when settling into their new home. Make sure this task is completed early on in the moving process. If you wait until just before your move, it may be too late to find anyone willing to help with heavier items like furniture and appliances.


When packing up household goods, make sure every box is labeled correctly. In addition, be sure that containers are not overfilled (overcrowding can result in breakage), and don’t place sharp objects inside boxes where they could puncture through the cardboard.


Before leaving your old house, ensure all doors and windows are locked securely, all lights are turned off, and any unused appliances or fixtures have been unplugged (including ceiling fans).


Moving day can be hectic. As a result, finding the time to unplug all electronics and appliances in your home before you head off to your new place may prove difficult, but make sure you do so. Otherwise, you could lose some or all of your security deposit when moving out. In a worst-case scenario, you could be held responsible for damage that may remain out of sight and out of mind. 


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Bring necessities with you

Before moving day arrives, set aside necessities such as clothing and toiletries for yourself and any pets traveling with you. If you like to cook at home but don't yet know where a store is located in your new town (and how long it will take to drive there), then consider bringing canned food items that only require heating up, such as stews and soups, or dried/dehydrated meals that can be prepared with boiling water.


If you haven't already received your keys, then bring enough cash to pay for a hotel room if you cannot enter your new house until the deadline established by your landlord. Also, make sure all drivers in your party have valid identification and insurance cards.

Contact the post office ahead of time

When filling out your moving permit (registration) with your new address, make sure also to update it on any mail forwarding requests you may already have in place. Then, once U.S. Postal Service representatives have confirmed everything, notify them that you will be making a permanent move somewhere else in the country/state/city.


Make sure you cancel all subscriptions, such as magazines and newspapers, well ahead of time. Otherwise, you will face late fees for not delivering on your end of the contract. Also, if you are moving to a location that doesn't provide the same types of services, like cable or satellite TV, cancel your account with your existing provider. This step will prevent you from being charged any early termination fees when canceling in advance.

Move in early

When you arrive at your new place, don't wait until the last moment to start unpacking your belongings. Do it as soon as possible. Arrange for a moving company if necessary, but don't forget that friends and family are always good alternatives when needed.


Make sure to get all of your items documented via pictures or video before the movers unload them. It is easy to claim someone damaged something without proof, but not so much when observing them drop off your goods at the front door. Don't risk getting caught up in an inconvenient argument with another person about who was responsible for any damage done.

Wrap up

Remember, an ounce of moving preparation is worth a pound of relocation woes. So make sure to keep these helpful tips in mind as you prepare yourself and your family for your upcoming exciting adventure.

In the last 24 hours, 1,594 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 9,774.

Among them, 814 people are in hospital, of which 125 are on ventilators.

Eleven people died in the past 24 hours.

The number of persons in self-isolation is 19,159. A total of 398,413 people have recovered, of which 1,324 recovered in the last 24 hours. To date, a total of 2,904,282 people have been tested, of which 9,395 were tested in the last 24 hours.


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