Wednesday, 18 September 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Dubrovnik, as of last night, has a new attraction that is sure to interest locals and tourists. The Dubrovnik City Walls are the most popular attraction in the whole of the city with around a million visitors every year. They embrace the entire ancient city and are iconic. Now a part of these very walls is open to the public after 550 years.

The highest point of the defensive walls is the Minčeta Fortress. It is located on the north side of the walls and was named after the Menčetić family, who owned the ground the tower was built on.

Whilst visitors in the past have marvelled at the views over the terracotta roofs of the city from the top of the fortress now you can visit the renovated interior. After a two-year reconstruction period, which cost around 2.5 million Kuna, the interior of Minčeta is open as well as a part of the western walls.

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Opening ceremony of Minceta Fortress 

In May 2017, seasonally adjusted industrial production in the European Union increased by 1.2 percent on a monthly basis, whilst in the region of a single European currency this growth was 1.3 percent.

When it comes to Croatia, industrial production in May jumped by 2.4 percent after a significant decline in April by 1.9 percent.

Among the EU member countries, whose data are available to Eurostat, the highest increases in industrial production on a monthly basis were recorded in Lithuania (3,8%), Romania (3,5%) and the Czech Republic (3,3%), whilst the biggest decline recorded Portugal (-1%) and Malta (-0,9%).

In terms of product categories, the growth of the industrial production in the EU by 1,2 percent on a monthly basis was due to the production growth of capital goods (2%), durable consumer goods (1,8%), non-durable consumer goods (1%), energy production (0,7%) and intermediate goods (0,6%).

Furthermore, an increase by 1,3% in industrial production in the Eurozone in May 2017, compared with April 2017 was due to capital goods production rising by 2,3 percent, durable consumer goods production by 1,8 percent, non-durable consumer goods production by 1,2 percent, energy production by 0,9 percent, and intermediate goods production by 0,3 percent.

The industrial production in May on an annual basis increased both in the Eurozone and in the European Union by 4 percent. The highest growth rate recorded Romania (14,6%), followed by Estonia (12,6%), the Czech Republic (10,7%), Bulgaria (9,6%), Latvia (9,8%), and Slovenia (9,1%). However, Malta and Great Britain both recorded a decline by 0,7 percent.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the industrial production in May jumped by 3,3 percent in comparison to the same month last year. However, this April recorded a decline by 0,6 percent on an annual basis.

All product categories were responsible for the growth in the EU by 4 percent on an annual basis; the production of durable consumer goods rose by 6,8 percent, capital goods by 6,1 percent, intermediate goods by 4,9 percent, non-durable consumer goods by 2,4 percent, whilst the production of energy increased by 1,1 percent.

In addition, industrial production significantly grew in the Eurozone on an annual basis also by 4 percent; the production of durable consumer goods production increased by 7,5 percent, capital goods by 5,5 percent, intermediate goods by 3,8 percent, non-durable goods by 2,6 percent, whilst the production of energy recorded an increase by 2,2 percent.

We've all heard the excuse “No, officer honestly they fell off the back of a lorry.” Well in this case they actually did.

This morning bags of potatoes were scattered across a busy Dubrovnik road in near the petrol station. One lady was spotted helping herself to a huge bag of potatoes whilst the other two large bags were still in the middle of the road. Dubrovnik had a drive-through green grocer this morning.

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This year's millionth passenger at the Dubrovnik Airport is Canadian Cameron Neil Smith, who  was welcomed  by the representatives of the Airport, the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the Tourist Board and the Municipality of Konavle, who congratulated him and gave him presents this morning in Cilipi.

-Before, this event was a celebration of a successful season. Now we are not even at the peak of the season and we are welcoming a millionth passenger at the Dubrovnik Airport, two weeks earlier than in 2016, when it was a record. I am very pleased that our millionth passenger is Mr. Cameron from Canada, who arrived on the flight of our strategic partner – Turkish Airlines – said Roko Tolic, Director of Dubrovnik Airport.  

Canadian tourist was really surprised – this was his first visit to Dubrovnik and he got gifts.
- This is really cool, everybody are so nice and gifts are excellent – said Cameron who had an amazing welcome to the city of Dubrovnik.
This year, millionth visitor arrived to the Dubrovnik Airport exactly 15 days earlier than last year.

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The popular travel magazine Travel+Leisure has chosen the ten most beautiful islands in the world including the Croatian island of Hvar.

Whether you are in search of culture, adventure or you just want to lay somewhere on the beach with a cold cocktail in your hand, one of the islands from the list will surely be an ideal summer destination.

This years’ list was compiled by readers of the famous travel portal Travel+Leisure based in New York.

The Dalmatian island of Hvar placed as the ninth on the list, followed by Bali in Indonesia. In addition, the first eight most beautiful islands are Ischia (Italy), Kauai and Maui (Hawaii), Santorini (Greece), Galapagos (Ecuador), Boracay (the Philippines), Hilton Head (Southern California) and Palawan in the Philippines as the most beautiful island in the world.

This year three out of ten islands are located in Asia. However, as far as Croatia is concerned, this is a huge recognition and promotion for the island of Hvar, the Adriatic coast and the country as a whole.

Every year Travel+Leisure publishes top lists of top hotels, cities, cruises and islands to visit recommended by readers.

Today, the 13th of July, is the hottest day in July in Dubrovnik on record. The mini heat wave that has rolled over the region in the past ten days came to a peak today when temperatures were measured at 37.7 degrees Celsius or 99 degrees Fahrenheit. The highest recorded temperature in Dubrovnik in July until today was 36.3 degrees.

According to the National Hydro meteorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County on there is a great danger of the thermal wave tomorrow, basically meaning that tomorrow could see a new heat record for Dubrovnik. Whilst a moderate heat wave is forecast for the 15th of July.

Experts have been informing people to stay out of the sun from midday to 4.00pm and to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. The Adriatic Sea is also not offering much relief from the heat as the sea temperature today was 26.4 degrees.

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Bath like Adriatic Sea 

After a ten-year break, Ballet of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb returns to the Dubrovnik Summer Festival with the amazing Swan Lake by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  choreographed by the famous Vladimir Malakhov. The performances will take place in the park Gradac on July 14th, 15th and 16th starting at 9.30 pm.

Swan Lake, the most popular piece of the world's ballet repertoires in the last hundred and thirty years since its inception, became a synonym for a ballet theatre. The first full and spectacular performance of the ballet was held in 1895 at the Sanctuary Theatre in Maryland, and since then it is not possible to imagine any world ballet house without it on its repertoire. This is a story about the prince who succeeds in rescuing the enchanted princess and her flock of swan friends from the wicked wizard Rotbart.

True ballet lovers can never get tired of the Swan’s Lake. This is also one of the most challenging plays set in front of each ballet ensemble and soloist, while the role of the fragile Odette and evil Odile remains the eternal highest of the artistic creation of every classical ballerina.

Vladimir Malakhov performed as a dancer in twenty-four versions of Swan’s Lake in different choreographies and different theaters, and his first production of this famous work was created for the Zagreb Ballet Ensemble. Many critics call him the dancer of the century, thanks to its lyrical dance style and perfect technique. He had his ballet training at the famous Moscow Ballet Academy of the Bolshevsk Theater, and he was the champion of several prestigious world ballet theaters, such as the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera or the American Ballet Theater and the State Ballets in Vienna and Berlin. He is the winner of many prestigious international dancing and choreographic awards.

If you looking to fill your holiday album with spectacular panoramic images of Dubrovnik then a trip to the top of the Srd Mountian overlooking the city is a must.

Either catch the cable car and in around three-minutes you’ll be on the top, or catch a taxi or if you are feeling fit then you can walk. The Srd Mountain is 432 metres above sea level and offers breathtaking views over Dubrovnik, the Adriatic sea and the local Elaphite islands.

Check out our gallery from the top of the mountain

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