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Easter Sunday was a stormy one in Dubrovnik with torrential rain, gale force winds and even hail stones. After two weeks of warm sunshine and temperatures in the mid twenties the heavens opened over Dubrovnik today.
This photo, sent to us by a reader, shows the full force of the storm today as a double lightning strike explodes into the hillside over the Old City.
The forecast for the next few days is for more rain and storms with temperatures expected around 17 degrees. More stable weather and sunshine is forecast Thursday.
Easter Sunday in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik was, in spite of the bad weather, a joyous day. Tourists and locals enjoyed the celebrations on the Stradun and the traditional colouring of Easter eggs drew huge crowds.
The Association of Dubrovnik Primorje held a workshop in front of the Sponza Palace in the heart of the city presenting the traditional colouring of Easter. Dressed in costumes from the Primorje region members of the association made the Easter eggs in front of tourists who were fascinated by the whole process.
3LHD's project for the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac has won two A+Awards prizes rewarded by one of the most popular world portals dedicated to architecture - Architizer.
The freshwater aquarium in Karlovac won in the category of Architecture + Landscape dedicated to innovative projects that create natural environment. It was rewarded with the Jury Prize A+Award and the readers of the portal A+Popular Choice Award.
For the fifth year in a row the A+Awards program promotes the best projects and products in the field of architecture and product design as well as their potential to have a positive impact on a daily life.
Thanks to the popularity of the Architizer portal and A+Awards program, rewarded projects have been presented to the audience of more than 400 million users and readers of Architizer.
The world recognition for 3LHD came for their innovative solution for ‘’Aquatika’’. The building of the freshwater aquarium in Karlovac is nicely fitted into the natural environment along the river Korana and is completely covered with soil. The design concept was inspired by levees and trenches of the city's historic centre.
At the centre of the building, there is a square with an entrance space, a souvenir shop, a cafe bar, a reading room and offices. The exhibition area of the aquarium represents flora and fauna of Croatian rivers and their ecosystems, as well as their geological history and traditional culture. The scenario of the exhibition is linear and follows the entire flow of the karst river, from its ''source'' in the square, across a ramp with aquariums, a cave and a tunnel to the aquariums that represent swamplands and travertine barrier.
The freshwater aquarium ‘’Aquatika’’ was created within the program entitled ‘’Freshwater Aquarium and Museum of Rivers – KAquarium’’. The project was co-financed by the European Union Regional Development Fund within the "Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013’’ Operational program. The total value of the project is 36.691.939, 28 Kunas, whilst the grant from the European Regional Development Fund was 36,222,282.45 Kunas.
Hedona Ltd Chocolaterie was founded by the Association of Disabled People Krizevci in February 2013 with the aim of providing work primarily for the disabled. In May 2015, this small chocolate factory had six employees, but as the market started recognizing the quality of the products, business started to grow.
Most of the employed people with disabilities have never worked before so this was their first chance to contribute to the society and at the same time feel useful and good about themselves.
The employees of Hedona Ltd Chocolaterie make a small-trained team; they work eight hours a day, pour the chocolate mass into the moulds and then pack their divine homemade chocolate products in attractive packaging.
The factory produces 900 chocolate products a day of three basic types of chocolate, white, dark and milk. They produce dark chocolate with 71 percent cocoa, milk chocolate with 34 percent cocoa in a 100 g packaging, Goddess broken chocolate, which is a mixture of milk, and dark chocolate with chopped hazelnuts and dry fruit, as well as pralines with various fillings.
Hedona is the first social enterprise in Croatia; therefore, it means that every earned Kuna is being invested in workers.
‘’The establishment of our social enterprise provides an example to the entire country that one association is able to found such an enterprise itself and employ people with disabilities’’, claims Petar Gastric, the president of the Association of Disabled People in Krizevci.
Dubrovnik is in an Easter mood. The Easter weekend is upon us and Easter Monday is a public holiday in Croatia. Good Friday was once again marked with a traditional procession through the Old City of Dubrovnik this year.
The bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinić, led the rites of Good Friday in the Dubrovnik Cathedral. And after the ceremony a procession, with the cross, was lead through the streets of Dubrovnik before signing of Lent carols and prayers.
This Friday brought that summer feeling to Dubrovnik! It almost felt like it was a middle of the season with crowds of tourists walking around.
Short sleeves, shorts, hats - not so usual during April, but it really worked with this sunny and warm day. Ice creams and selfies were a big hit too. Easter weekend should bring even more tourists in the City and we can just predict that this season will be a real record-breaker.
Don't miss our photo gallery to get that Friday summer feeling.
On the initiative of Pawel Wlodarczyk, the Honorary Consul of Croatia in Kraków, the second largest Polish city will become home of ''Little Croatia''.
A group of 25 Croatian and Polish students, mentored by their professors from the Universities of Zagreb, Split, and Kraków, participated in a workshop/competition, from the 27th to the 31st of March 2017, in order to reinvent Kraków’s Bagry Wielkie Park so it would remind the Poles of summer fun in Croatia.
The workshop was designed to select the best land development project, according to which the popular park in Kraków will be rebuilt.
The winning project included the proposal of the Honorary Consul to build an educational path – a walkway resembling the shape of the Croatian border. The students designed structures that feature Croatia’s largest and most popular cities (Zagreb, Split, Dubrovnik, Vukovar, Pula and others), as well as relaxation areas, including benches, lighting and signs that tell the story and history of each Croatian city and its relations with Poland.
Despite the fact that the project initiator has not yet found funds for the park’s development, the students and mentors involved in the project expressed satisfaction of taking part in such process. The Honorary Consul Paweł Włodarczyk emphasized that he saw an opportunity for even closer relations between the two countries. On the other hand, the project will surely contribute to promotion of Croatia in Kraków and southern Poland.
It is interesting to note that the Bagry Wielkie Park is a popular destination for citizens of Kraków, especially during the summer, as it is located only 5 km from the city centre and has a beach on the lagoon with a swimming area, as well as sailing and other recreational activities.