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.
Tom Jones absolutely rocked the Old City of Dubrovnik last night in a mega concert. From gospel to rock, Chuck Berry to Little Richard and of course the vast majority of his own timeless classics, it has been a long time since Dubrovnik has seen a concert of this scale.
"This town is beautiful, this is the first time I have been here and I am in shock. How did they build it?” boomed Jones from the stage and was greeted with roars of approval. His energy, voice and stage presence saw the Welsh legend roll back the years.
The concert was organised to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and if this was the opening page the rest of the festival has a tough act to follow. As Sex Bomb boomed out across the stone facades Dubrovnik enjoyed a night to remember. Although the concert was supposed to be limited to around a 1,000 guests the welsh legend could be heard, and indeed seen, by at least another 1,000 people.
You might think “it’s not unusual” to see such an amazing concert in Dubrovnik, you’d be wrong.
Another day and another warning of a heat wave to hit Dubrovnik if you thought it couldn’t get any warmer you were wrong.
Even though highs today hit a stifling 34 degrees it seems that we are in for another round of summer as this year is proving to be one of the hottest on record. Weather experts have warned that today and on Wednesday the wider Dubrovnik region is in for extreme temperatures with highs on Wednesday expected to hit 35 degrees.
The popular weather website Accuweather has released a yellow warning for Dubrovnik for Tuesday and Wednesday stating that “Stay alert for expected high temperatures. Health risks are possible in the vulnerable population, in particular senior citizens and small children.”
By the end of the week temperatures will drop again to the low thirties and by the weekend they should be stable between 30 and 32 degrees. Experts are also warning people to drink plenty of fluids and to avoid the sun from 11:00am to 4:00pm. 2019 looks like being a summer to remember in Dubrovnik.
On this day six years ago Croatia became a full member of the European Union. The 1st of July 2013 saw Croatia officially enlisted into the European family as the 28th member.
It was a long journey that took ten years to complete as Croatia applied for membership in 2003 and was granted candidate status in the middle of 2004.
Croatia finished accession negotiations on 30 June 2011, and on 9 December 2011, signed the Treaty of Accession. A referendum on EU accession was held in Croatia on 22 January 2012, with 66 percent of participants voting in favour of joining the Union.
The ratification process was concluded on 21 June 2013, and entry into force and accession of Croatia to the EU took place on 1 July 2013.
"For me as a coach, this is a great sign of recognition," commented Goran Ivanisevic after becoming the coach of world number one Novak Djokovic.
The Croatian tennis legend and winner of Wimbledon in 2001 is believed to be taking on the role for the duration of the Wimbledon Championships which start today, although if the pair hit it off then the co-operation could well last longer.
Speaking to the media Ivanisevic said “An unexpected call arrived several days ago. I was a bit surprised, I was travelling to Sweden. But, when Novak Djokovic calls you, many things are put aside,” said the veteran tennis star.
In his career as a coach so far Ivanisevic has coached Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych.
One of the most popular beaches in the wider Dubrovnik region, Srebreno, has been given the all clear after failing to meet water quality standards last week.
The department of communal affairs and environmental protection of the Dubrovnik – Neretva County have been monitoring the situation after it was clear on the 27th of June that the sea water on the beach had become contaminated and was not fit for swimmers.
This short term pollution has now passed and the sea water on the Srebreno Beach is clean again and fit for swimmers.
Jon Bon Jovi’s family cruise on the Croatian Adriatic has come to an end but the legendary rock star has promised “I will be back here very, very soon.”
Starting at the southernmost port in Croatia and slowly, and in some style, working his way along the Adriatic coastline, island-hopping along the way, the rock star finished his Croatia dream cruise in Zadar.
Jon Bon Jovi (57), along with his family, arrived in Croatia on the 24th of June in Cavtat and boarded the luxury yacht Rarity. The family vacation included splashing around in the Adriatic Sea in front of Dubrovnik, before setting sail for Korcula, Hvar and Zadar. And at $260,000 a week to charter the 55-metre long mega yacht Rarity it would seem from various photos that Jon Bon Jovi’s son Jake shared on his social media accounts.
Jon Bon Jovi in Niko's in Zadar - Photo Facebook Niko
This was the American rock legends second visit to Croatia and according to a report in Zadarski.hr it won’t be his last. Looking relaxed and smiling broadly the whole family enjoyed a meal in one of the top restaurants in Zadar, “Niko” and when asked if he would come back to Croatia he quickly answered “I will be back here very, very soon.”
Jon Bon Jovi was more than happy to pose for photos with the staff and owner of Niko and according to the report enjoyed a meal of seafood and fish and Jon Bon Jovi paid the bill himself. The owner, Erik Pavin, presented the singer with some gifts to remember his time in Zadar, such as the famous Pag cheese.
It is believed that Jon Bon Jovi has made his way back to his band as they get ready for a concert on Wednesday in Germany, before continuing onto Poland, Spain and Belgium.
The Croatian National Tourist Board successfully completed the continuation of the highly acclaimed "Epic Week in Croatia Returns" campaign their on social networks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
As part of the campaign a prize competition game involving over 10,000 fans on social media networks was organised with the top prize for one lucky winner a seven-day holiday in Croatia.
"All of the winners of our competition over the years have chosen to create their holiday in Croatia by themselves, and I am sure it will be the same for this year’s winner, Bence Elo from Hungary,” commented the Croatian National Tourist Board.
Adding that “We are pleased that this prize game attracted a large number of competitors who want to experience their dream vacation in Croatia. It is a confirmation of the excellent position our country finds itself in and that it is increasingly perceived as an attractive all-year destination where everyone can find different content."
The winner, Bence Elo (23) is a passionate traveller, which can be seen by the fact that almost 40,000 people follow his travel based Instagram profile.
"Four years ago I decided to change my lifestyle and follow my dreams. I just love traveling because I get to meet new people and cultures, and I like sharing my feelings and experiences on social networks. I am looking forward to traveling to Croatia,” commented Elo.
The winning photo
The eleventh largest yacht in the world dropped anchor today in the Bay of Zupa, dominating the whole bay for miles. At an incredible 140 metres in length, or around 10 metres longer than a football pitch or around half the length of the Stradun, the super yacht carries the name Ocean Victory and was built in 2014. In fact, the mega yacht was the tenth longest yacht in the world before the launch of Redwood "Opus" this year, which by only 2 metres knocked Ocean Victory out of the top ten.
The Bay of Zupa and Cavat are certainly proving a magnet for mega yachts this summer, with one of the owners of the Mexican beer giant Corona docking in the same spot just days ago.
Accommodating 28 passengers in the height of luxury in 14 cabins and holding a sizeable crew of 56 Ocean Victory is owned by one of the richest men in the world, the Russian billionaire Viktor Rashnikov. Reported to be worth $10 billion Rashnikov (70) is the majority owner of Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works, and is the 162nd richest person on the planet. And he made a dent in his fortune with the purchase of Ocean Victory as it set him back a tidy $300 million.
And like many Russian billionaires he is close friends with Vladimir Putin, with the Russian President once describing him as “"Mr. Rashnikov is a good manager and not only because the company is developing and new technologies are being introduced, but also because a lot is being done to care for the people and to look after the environment.”