Thursday, 02 April 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.


Knightfall, the series history drama filmed last year in Dubrovnik, will finally have a premiere in December.

This latest historical series from the History channel, deals with medieval politics and the conflicts of the Templars, the most powerful and richest military order in the Middle Ages. Their order was founded after the First Crusade, and they were committed to defending the paths that lead to Jerusalem.

Knightfall was directed by Don Handfield and Richard Rayner, and the main role was played by Tom Cullen, who appears as the Knight Landry. Jim Carter, Olivia Ross, Ed Stoppard, Julian Ovenden, Sabrina Bartlett, Pádraic Delaney, Bobby Schofield and Sarah-Sofie Boussnina also appear in the series too.

Knightfall was partly filmed in Dubrovnik in the summer of 2016. The bay of Pile directly in front of the Old City walls of Dubrovnik was chosen as a location for an all-action scene with Templar Knights fighting and escaping on waiting ships.

The premiere will be on Wednesday, December 6th. It will be fun to see Dubrovnik in its new role!

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The sweetest party of the year, the Cake Party, will be held for the tenth time this year on Saturday, December 9th. This event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and it offers, as you could guess, a lot of cakes! The sweet delights are donated by the media houses, as well as the restaurants, hotels, etc.

This is one of the favourite events of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, since everyone is invited to buy a piece (or two) of cake, all for good cause! Every year the Tourist Board picks an association and donates all the collected money.

The party will take place in front of Saint Blasius Church at 10 am. Don't be late because the cakes disappear fast!
Last year this event was a great success since over 830 pieces of cake were sold and 13 thousand Kunas was collected.

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‘’A meeting of 16 Eastern and Central European countries (CEEC) with China was very important to Croatia for positioning in relations with this world superpower which, in recent years, has shown an interest in investing in this part of Europe’’, commented Andrej Plenković, the Croatian Prime Minister at the China-CEEC forum held in Budapest a few days ago.

Plenković also added that key spheres of Croatia’s interest are infrastructure, ports and especially tourism, which recorded a significant increase in the number of arrivals of Chinese tourists this year.

‘’Next year, probably in the spring, Dubrovnik will host a meeting of tourism ministers in the form 16+1 and China in order to confirm the interest of Chinese investors in Croatian tourism and position ourselves’’, explained the Prime Minister. He also added that the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) will open its office in Shanghai this week, which is another signal for ‘improving the overall trade exchange’’ which has significantly increased over the past years.

According to information, China has agreed to invest an amount of 30 million Euros in the popular Croatian thermal spa Krapinske Toplice, whilst the Chinese company Camel will invest the same amount in Rimac Automobili, the Croatian manufacturer of high-performance electric cars.

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Beluga caviar is one of the most famous, most luxurious and most expensive types of caviar in the world, with a price of stunning 80,000 Kunas per kilogram or more than 10,000 Euros per kilo.

The fact that this popular delicacy has its fans in Croatia was confirmed seven years ago when, despite its ever-astronomic price, beluga caviar was sold out in a delicacy shop in Zagreb at a price of 2,442 Kunas per 30-gram jar full of this luxurious delicacy.

However, good news for Croatian beluga caviar fans is on the horizon. The Ribnjačarstvo Poljana farm fish in the Požega-Slavonia County has been farming fish in ecologically intact environment for years. Recently they came up with an idea to farm the beluga sturgeon ‘Huso huso’ and produce beluga caviar of the highest quality.

With a 115-year long tradition of freshwater fish farming, this Croatian company has both, the knowledge and the courage to engage in such a project. The whole idea was sparked by an interesting lecture about the sturgeon farming and the production of caviar at the International Conference on Aquaculture held in Vukovar two years ago.

The Queen of Water or the Gentle Giant, as people call it endearingly, the beluga sturgeon or ‘Huso huso’ can reach up to seven metres in length and around one tonne and a half in weight in its best years. However, it is less known that this living fossil, protected by the CITES convention as a critically endangered species, once lived in Croatia in the waters of Danube, Sava and Drava Rivers, thus its farming, as it is conceived by Ribnjačarstvo Poljana, would surely save this valued fish from extinction.

Advent in Zagreb brings a special surprise for all the dog owners and their pets. Store Hov-Hov Zagreb will open its restaurant, the first dog restaurant in Zagreb!

This offer brings irresistible and healthy muffins, brownies, pretzels, cakes and many other dishes, all adapted for dogs.

Treat your dog with a special dog cake with fresh game meat, vegetables, glazed with coconut or buy some special Christmas canned food. The offer also brings Advent Calendars for dogs, clothes and fashion accessories from Croatian brand ‘Dawg Swag’, toys made from recycled materials and specially prepared Christmas packages, which will delight your puppies on the Christmas morning.

This is one more reason to visit well-known Advent in Zagreb, especially if you want to bring your pet with you (and we know you do)!

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A rather unusual winter guest landed in Dubrovnik yesterday, and it wasn’t through Dubrovnik Airport. A egret (a stork like bird) was spotted in the suburb of Lapad and immediately found its photo on Facebook.

The snow-white coloured bird is not a stranger to northern and eastern Croatia but seeing one in the far south is relatively rare. Maybe the strong northerly winds that have been buffeting the region blew this bird of course, we wish it well for the rest of the its journey.

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The latest spectacular video about Earth changes released by the world’s largest space agency NASA features a scientist from Rijeka, Croatia.

The video about changes of Earth’s surface over the past twenty years is the most viewed recent video of the American space agency. In the last week since its release, it went viral and attracted more than 1,5 million views all over the globe.
Apart from the fascinating satellite images that present retractions and thrive of the green patches on Earth that give an impression that our planet is breathing, the main star of the video is the Croatian scientist Ivona Cetinić.

The NASA’s time-lapse video presents the results of complex optical satellite measurements through seasons and years and enables us to see what is going on with flora on the land and in the oceans. This is where the Croatian scientist Ivona Cetinić stepped in and appeared in the role of a narrator as one of the most important oceanographers at NASA now. Cetinić is specialized for optical measurements of phytoplankton biology.

The video has attracted great attention from the world’s largest media, thus, last week Cetinić appeared in a long CNN report in which she explained to the American public this fascinating ‘’terrestrial’’ part of a NASA’s research.

This is not the first time that NASA introduced Cetinić to the media, which is not surprising given the fact that currently she is the head of one of the largest oceanographic projects of NASA and one of the leading scientists at the Ocean Ecology Laboratory at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.

The Puerto Rican musician Luis Fonsi, best known for his megahit ''Despacito'' was supposed to hold a concert in Zagreb on the 26th of November. However, due to alleged technical problems, the concert was cancelled.

Even though the concert did not take place, Fonsi came to Zagreb and had great fun. He did not miss the opportunity to go sightseeing the Upper town in the Croatian capital and enjoy local gastronomic specialties.

According to rumours, ticket sales for the concert were low so the whole event had to be cancelled. Even though "Despacito" is the Number One most viewed video on YouTube with over 3,6 billion views since the 4th of September 2017, it seems that Fonsi do not have a large audience in Croatia.

However, only three days after cancelling the Zagreb concert, Fonsi performed in Belgrade and thrilled the Serbian audience with his performance.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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