Sunday, 23 February 2020
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The Dubrovnik Tourist Board has created a gastronomic treat for all lovers of good food that will take place from October 19th to 22nd and will feature many interesting culinary events.

The rich four-day program of the fourth edition of the Good Food Festival will offer diverse and delicious foods and some of the best wines in the region. The program offers a variety of events for those who enjoy fine wines and beers, such as tasting the region's award-winning wines at Dubrovnik wine bars, presentation of wines from the island of Krk and tasting beer in Dubrovnik’s first brewery.

Culinary workshops will be organised for healthy food lovers, that in addition to traditional dishes, will present new healthy culinary trends, and the Healthy Food and Homemade Goods fair will take place at Pile during the entire festival week.

Special festival events for all foodies are “Dinner with a Famous Chef – Priska Thuring,” featuring a musical performance by Zorica Kondža, which will be held at Kantenari restaurant at the Sunset Beach in Lapad and “Dinner with Ivan Pažanin at the Porat restaurant.”

The program of this year's Good Food Festival is filled with a variety of interesting programs, including workshops on preparation of Dubrovnik delicacies held by the Deša Association, a presentation of the visiting Slavonian cuisine from the Vukovar region, special menus in Dubrovnik restaurants and the gastro tour ˝Sights & Bites˝.

The highlight of the last day of the Good Food Festival is the famous “Dubrovačka trpeza” or Dubrovnik Table, which features a long table along the entire main street of Stradun, where many Dubrovnik hotels, restaurants, pastry makers and caterers will present their skills and creations.

The fourth Good Food Festival will end with a humanitarian gala dinner at Hotel Rixos Libertas that will feature a lottery and entertainment program for all guests.

And the winner of the 100 metres Dubrovnik street swimming race goes to Zbynek Pela from the Czech Republic!

In Dubrovnik we are used to a few rainy days as the autumn arrives but the weather this afternoon was more than a little rainy.

Torrential rains, with over 70 litres per metres squared falling in under an hour, brought floods throughout the whole city. Waterfalls ran down steps, umbrellas were left strewn in waste bins and traffic was brought to a standstill.

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However one Czech tourist was determined to make the most of the situation and instead of taking a dip in the Adriatic he stripped down to his boxer shorts in the centre of the historic core of the city and went for a street freestyle swim.

With an impromptu audience of soaked tourists and locals hiding under any cover they could find Zbynek Pela took a quick dip in the flood waters then went for a splashing run around Orlando’s Statue all accompanied by applause from the waiting audience.

Well done to Zeljko Tutnjevic for braving the rains and capturing this hilarious moment.

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A warm hug at the end of his Dubrovnik swim - Photos zeljko Tutnjevic 

Torrential rains poured down on Dubrovnik this afternoon causing horrendous floods all over the city. An almost tidal wave of flood water rushed down many of the city’s streets as the drains and storm drains struggled to cope with an immense amount of water. “It felt like half a metre of water was rushing down the road towards me,” commented a reader of The Dubrovnik Times.

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Photo - Zeljko Tutnjevic 

Many of the roads in the city were almost impassable and drivers were spotted abandoning their vehicles as flood levels increased. Tourists in the Old City of Dubrovnik were left running for cover rather than enjoying the landmarks as the Stradun flooded.

The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called out to more than ten interventions and they commented that “The sheer amount of traffic and the blocked roads are making it difficult to get on the scene of some of these interventions.”

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Photo - Zeljko Tutnjevic 

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And yes some people tried swimming in the rain - Reader's Photo 

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Floods everywhere in Dubrovnik 

This funny note left on the doors of one bar in Korcula soon went viral.

-We are closed because we are drunk!! (and tomorrow also). See you on Sunday! – was written on the note that made many people laugh.

The photo was posted on the famous Facebook page ‘Dnevna doza prosjecnog Dalmatinca’ (Daily dose of average Dalmatian) that has almost 200 thousand likes and got over five thousand reactions.

-At least they are literate and honest... And drunk! – was just one of the comments.

We just wonder if the bar was really opened on Sunday or the hangover was too heavy to handle. Either way, it’s a great and original way to make people laugh.

The Dubrovnik Times has teamed up with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra to bring you two free tickets for the opening of the Autumn Music Festival. This festival opens this Friday with a stunning concert of Gypsy Jazz in the atmospheric Rector’s Palace.

More info on the concert here – CONCERT INFO

To win this pair of tickets all you have to do is follow the instructions on our Facebook page – TAKE ME TO FACEBOOK

The competition ends on Thursday the 28th of September and the pair of tickets will be waiting on the door in your name....come on...get liking!


Last weekend Zagreb hosted the 18th edition of the international humanitarian sports event the Terry Fox Run.

This year around 6,000 participants gathered at the start line at the Jarun Lake in Zagreb to express their support to those suffering from this deadly disease and to raise funds for cancer research in Croatia. Over the years, more than 6.3 million Kunas have been collected. The entire amount collected at this year's run will be donated to the Rudjer Boskovic Institute in Zagreb for further cancer research.

The Terry Fox Run Zagreb was organized by the MPG agency and the Canadian Embassy in cooperation with the Croatian League Against Cancer (UICC), Zagreb Holding, the Esplanade Hotel and the Media Val agency.

The event was sponsored by the Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Science and Education, the Central State Sports Office and the mayor of Zagreb.

Terry Fox was a Canadian athlete, humanitarian, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money for treatment and awareness for cancer research. Although the spread of his cancer eventually forced him to end his quest after 143 days and 5,373 kilometres, and ultimately cost him his life, his efforts resulted in a lasting, worldwide legacy.

In his memory, the Fox family launched a run to raise money for the fight against cancer, which is held every year in Canada and over 60 countries across the world, including Croatia.

Sunday was a perfect day for 10th Ston Wall Marathon, unique sports and tourism event that gathers runners from all over the world.

While passing along the famous Ston wall and further along the coast, the main feature of the race is unforgettable view of the islands of the Southern Adriatic.

Antonio Puig Izquierdo from Spain won the race – again. He was better than last year for three minutes. His was running for three hours, 21 minutes and two seconds.
In the female competition the fastest was Kata Lovas from Hungary who finished the marathon in 4 hours, 46 minutes and 50 seconds.

In the 15k run the first place went to Great Britain and Ian Halpin, while Made Zeravica from Zupa Dubrovacka was the fastest female. In the 4k race Branimir Paskvan from Kostrena and Tijana Turbic from Sweden won.

The 10th edition of the marathon proved to be a real hit. There were 179 runners from 26 countries, who all had fun and enjoyed this special and unique race.


                   Photo by Tonci Vlasic

Dubrovnik and its tourism opportunities were presented and exhibited at one of the most important tourism fairs in Japan last week. The Dubrovnik Tourist Board attended the JATA Tourism Expo in Tokyo from the 21st to the 24th of September and joined the tourist board of the county.

In 2016, the JATA fair saw over 185,000 visitors, of which 50,000 were professionals in tourism, and this year even more visitors were attracted to this leading fair in the region. Exhibitors from over 140 countries from all over the world presented their offers at the fair so competition for Dubrovnik was extremely high.

In the first eight months of 2017, nearly 26,000 Japanese tourists visited the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva, and generated over 52,000 nights, which is 9 percent more than in the same period a year earlier.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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