Thursday, 20 June 2019
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.


Last weekend the Abyss Dubrovnik Diving Centre carried out a special action to clean the seabed in front of the Hotel Neptun in Babin Kuk. The divers then went to depths of around 40 metres and to the shipwreck of the Italian cargo ship Taranto.

On the 15th of February 1943 the Taranto hit an underwater mine, ran into the Grebeni islands and sunk to a watery grave. At the time the ship was carrying a cargo of tractors and flour and two tractors can still be seen today along with the shipwreck which lies at a strnage 45 degree angle.

Not only did the divers clean the Dubrovnik seabed but they also had a fun dive down to this World War II wreck.

Check out the gallery of the divers in Dubrovnik

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taranto diving dubrovnik

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hotel neptun dubrovnik diving

Last week the world popular actor Armand Assante visited Croatia to play in the latest Croatian film ''General''.

Antun Vrdoljak's film ''General'' starring Croatian Hollywood actor Goran Visnjic as the hero of the Croatian War of Independence Ante Gotovina, has being filmed on many locations throughout Croatia since February 2017.

The film is currently being filmed in the city of Split, which also hosted the famous American actor Armand Assante and a young German actress Jasmin Lord.

Lord played the role of Ximena, the first wife of the general Ante Gotovina, whilst Assante played the role of her grandfather Andreas.

The famous actors filmed the scenes that took place during 1991 when Ante Gotovina announced to his wife his intention to go back to Croatia to participate in the defence of his homeland.

The filming of ''General'' is to be finished by the mid-July, whilst broadcast on Croatian Radio and Television (HRT) is scheduled for 2018.

Dubrovnik’s rich and ancient history has once again proved an attraction for international students. A group of visiting students from Sapienza University in Rome visited Dubrovnik to learn from the State Archive of Dubrovnik and the Institute of Historical Sciences.

Professor Rita Tolomeo from Sapienza University led the group of Master Degree students who are studying the History of Eastern Europe and they all spent three busy days in Dubrovnik on a field trip entitled “The meeting of cultures in the Eastern Adriatic.” “The State Archive in Dubrovnik is one of the richest in the Adriatic and preserves a great quantity of documents for the economic and social history of South-Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean. It is therefore of a crucial importance for researchers from all the Europe” commented said Prof. Tolomeo.

The group of Magister Degree students of Sapienza University

The group of Magister Degree students of Sapienza University

The aim of the study trip was to understand the direct cultural heritage of the Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808) and of Cattaro (now Kotor) two different expressions of cross-cultural encounter of Balkans and Italy. After the visit to the State Archive of Dubrovnik the students also visited the Villa Sorgo of the Institute of Historical Sciences, part of the Croatian academy of Sciences and Arts, in which the Dr. Relja Seferović described the role and the research activity of the institute.

The group was welcomed and led in Dubrovnik by Dr. Benedetto Ligorio, student and now assistant of Prof. Tolomeo. Over the past three years he has spent lots of time in Dubrovnik and is now researching in the archive the sources of the trade links between the Adriatic cities of Ancona, Dubrovnik and Venice in Early Modern Era.

After the field trip to Dubrovnik and Kotor many student expressed their interest in the historical and archival heritage of the Eastern Adriatic regions in their future studies and most probably some of them will come in Croatia and in Montenegro to follow up their studies on early modern and contemporary history.

The interest of the students could lead to further co-operation in confirming the historical friendships of the people of the Adriatic.

from left to right prof. Rita Tolomeo prof. Rade Petrović prof. Vesna Miović dr. Benedetto Ligorio

Prof. Rita Tolomeo, Prof. Rade Petrović, Prof. Vesna Miović, Dr. Benedetto Ligorio

The photos of the meeting of the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and the US president Donald Trump at the NATO Summit 2017, which was held in Brussels last week, went viral!

Many domestic and foreign satirists commented photos from the Summit where the Croatian president looks at Trump as if she was in love with him.

The photos of their meeting ended up on the popular online platform and social media website 9GAG. ''Try to find someone who is looking at you just as the president of Croatia looks at Trump'', was written below the photo which was posted on 9GAG and which was liked by more than 60,000 people in only three hours.

However, after the photo with this line was posted on 9GAG Facebook page, it was quickly removed from this famous website. The reasons for its removal remain mystery, but the photo without any description is still posted on the 9GAG website.

According to the latest data from the Croatian National Bank (HNB), the total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Croatia in 2016 amounted to 1.7 billion Euros, or 1.5 billion Euros more than in 2015.

After a significant annual decline in FDI in 2015 by almost 77 percent in comparison to 2014, the latest figures indicate an important recovery, commented analysts from Raiffeisen Bank Austria.

Last year most foreign direct investment came from Italy, almost 1.9 billion Euros, followed by the Netherlands (539 billion Euros), and Luxembourg (275 billion Euros), whilst the most significant net outflow in 2016 was recorded with Austria, 1.38 billion Euros.

Furthermore, according to the revised data, in the period between 1993 and 2016, Croatia recorded 30.8 billion Euros of FDI. Excluding the so-called circular investments, that have an impact on increasing FDI in both directions i.e. in Croatia and abroad, this amount is lower and amounts to 28.4 billion Euros.

During this cumulative period, the highest values of foreign direct investment in Croatia were recorded in the financial intermediation sector (more than 33 percent), and in the wholesale trade sector.

The summer arrived in full force today in Dubrovnik as temperatures hit 30 degrees! The ancient Old City was awash with tourists enjoying the baking weather and blue skies.

The cafe bars of the city were doing a roaring trade with al fresco coffee the order of the day. A great end/start to the week in Dubrovnik and according to the weather forecast the warmer weather should continue all next week with temperatures in the high twenties expected, the Adriatic Sea is still a rather refreshing 21 degrees.

Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat

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Who, what, when, where and how! We have the answers to all your questions about Dubrovnik from one of the leading tour guides in the city – Ivan Vukovic.

If you have ever had a guided tour of Dubrovnik there is a good chance that you have bumped into Ivan Vukovic. For the past decade Ivan has been leading visitors around Dubrovnik, thousands and thousands of guests have been captivated by his local insight and wealth of knowledge. From Game of Thrones to walking tours and even Star Wars tours Vukovic is always thinking ahead of the game. You can find more information on Ivan Vukovic and his tours at his website -

Send your questions to Ivan and “Ask the Guide” at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the social media accounts of The Dubrovnik Times...if you don’t ask you will never know.

Here are this week’s questions

When is the best time of the day to visit the city walls and how long does it take to walk them?

Definitely in the early morning at 8.00 a.m when the walls open for visitors so as to avoid the scorching heat. This is particularly important in the high season because temperatures can reach 35 degree and there is very little shade on the walls. It takes around an hour and a half to walk the city walls, 1,940 metres, at a reasonable pace.

What are the top three sights that you would recommend to see in Dubrovnik?
My top three recommendations to see and do whilst in Dubrovnik are, in no particular order, the City Walls and the Lovrjenac Fortress, the Dubrovnik Cable Car and the island of Lokrum.

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 Minceta Fortress - the highest part of the Dubrovnik City Walls  

How many gates are there into the Old City and which is the least busy?

There are three land entrances into the Old City of Dubrovnik – Pile, Ploce and Buza. There are also two gates from the old harbour into the Old City. Out of all of the three gates into the city the least busy is the Buza Gate, the north gate. But beware there are plenty of steps down from this gate to the centre of the city, not a problem when enterting, a bigger problem climbing up 200 or so steps when you leave. This gate, in spite of the steps, is the best option if you want to go on the cable car, as the crow flies it is the shortest distance from the Stradun.

How much was left of the city after the 1667 earthquake?

The 1667 earthquake was one of the darkest days of Dubrovnik’s history. The aftermath of the earthquake killed half of the population, around 3,000 citizens, and two thirds of the city was destroyed either in the quake or as a result of the ensuing fires.

WordCamp Zagreb, the biggest annual gathering of the WorldPress community will take place for the first time in Zagreb from the 1st to the 3rd of September 2017.

The three-day event is the official Croatian WordCamp in 2017 and since past WordCamps in Rijeka (2015) and Split (2016) got such a big attendee satisfaction rating of 95 percent and gathered more than 500 participants, the organizers believe that the first Zagreb WordCamp will be the largest individual event in Croatia related to WordPress.

‘’After two successful events in Rijeka and Split, we are happy to host the next WordCamp in the city of Zagreb – capital of Croatia. Aiming for 300 attendees, with three days of content (workshops, conference day and contributor day), we are confident this will help the Croatian WordPress community grow even further. Word Camp will also be a perfect opportunity to meet people that work and live Word Press. On both past WordCamps, we had around 20 percent of people who visited us outside Croatia, so this is also an opportunity for new business leads’’, said the organizers.

WordPress is a free and open-source platform and the world’s most popular website management or blogging system in use on the Web supporting more than 60 million websites.

Since it was founded in 2003, WordPress has become one of the world's most important open source projects through which online publishing is democratized and the values of joint work and contribution to open source projects are being promoted.

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