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.


Croats prefer walking to sitting in front of a TV or PC, whilst activities on social media they consider a complement to direct communication.

According to a survey carried out by MediaNet, Croats prefer sports and recreation in their leisure time as well as traditional ways of communicating with their friends.

Most of respondents (15,6%) prefer sports in their leisure time such as football, volleyball, basketball, swimming, running, hiking, yoga, pilates and dance. On the other hand, 11 percent of respondents declared that they like to read in leisure time, 8,6 percent of them prefer walking and being in nature, whilst 7,3 percent of respondents declared that they prefer sitting in front of a TV and watching sports, films, TV series and live broadcast of parliamentary sessions. The same percentage of respondents (7,3%) prefers gardening, activities and work related to a house etc.

Furthermore, the results of the MediaNet survey show that 38 percent of respondents communicate with their friends once a day or every other day personally or directly, whilst 33 percent of them communicate once or twice a week with their friends over the phone or meet them.

Around 45 percent of respondents communicate by phone every day, 23 percent do it once or twice a week, whilst 21 percent of respondents use the phone several times a day. However, communication through social networks does not seem to be a preferred way of communicating with close friends.

Apart from personal and phone contact, Facebook is the most commonly used form of communication for 21 percent of respondents. Around 30 percent of them use Twitter, whilst 14 percent of respondents prefer Viber while communicating with close friends.

Dubrovnik had even more of a 16th century this morning as a wooden galleon in full sails dropped anchor next to the historic city walls.

It was certainly an impressive sight and we can only presume that the galleon was being used as part of a filming or photo campaign. With this impressive ship at anchor next to the city and with no cruise ships or other modern boats in the vicinity Dubrovnik once again had a medieval feel.

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dubrovnik old ship

The famous American blogger Ashley Colburn is an absolute fan of Croatia and a great promoter of the country she fell in love with.

After travelling around the globe and visiting 57 world countries, Colburn realized that there is no place like Croatia anywhere in the world. She likes to call Croatia ‘’her special home’’ which can be visited throughout the entire year.

Colburn already filmed two travel series on Croatia. She produced her first travel show ”WOW Croatia!” which was awarded Croatia’s Golden Pen award (Best U.S. media) and won an Emmy in 2010. Later, in September through December 2011, Ashley Colburn Production was in Croatia filming “Wonders of Croatia”, a 7 part travel series that covered the main tourist regions of the country.

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Recently, Colburn started as a columnist for a local newspaper thus for her first column she decided to write about the Croatian region where Croatian tourism starts – the Vukovar-Srijem County in eastern Slavonia.

The popular blogger is enchanted with nature and culture in this Slavonian county. She started her trip in the 8,000-year old city of Vinkovci, the oldest settlement in Europe where she visited the City Museum. Colburn also recommended travelling by boat on the Bosut River, a visit to Slavonian villages, a ride on a waterbus in Vukovar, a visit to the Vučedol Museum and the Eltz Palace as well as a visit to the town of Ilok, which is famous for its vineyards and wine cellars.


Located on the most frequented entrance into the Old City of Dubrovnik hundreds of thousands of people walk passed this iconic tree every day. A systematic inspection of the Plane tree on the Pile Gate in front of the Old City has been going on for the past few days.

The tree surgeons have given the Dubrovnik Plane tree the thumbs up and commented that it is in a god state of health. Some of the old and dead branches were cut away to remove the risk of them falling on passers-by. The health check was carried out by a private company from Zagreb along with assistance from the Forestry University from Zagreb.

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- This oriental plane tree has a beautifully developed crown. We have been working on reducing the load on the tree and to prevent possible breaks in the future. During the tomography and resistance tests it was found that tree has a healthy trunk that is not compromised by cavities inside – commented a representative of the tree surgeon company.

And the wood that was cut away will not be wasted, the plan is to make souvenirs from the branches that were cut off during the restoration process of this 200-year-old tree.

tree abseil dubrovnik

It might still be November but Dubrovnik is well and truly getting into the Christmas spirit.

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival opens on the 2nd of December and the decorations and festive lights are being installed around the city. The historic centre will have more than one Christmas tree this year and various lights across the Stradun.

Check out our photo gallery of the decorations in Dubrovnik so far…it is going to be a merry Christmas.

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xmas 2017 fixing decorations

xmas tress 2017 on pile entrance

xmas tree catherdral

stradun 2017 xmas lights

traditional croatian christmas decorations

pile entrance 2017 christmas decorations

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rectors palace decorations


The Japanese air carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has introduced the Croatian capital of Zagreb as its new code-share destination.

In its current winter schedule from the 29th of October 2017 to the 24th of March 2018, ANA extended its code-share cooperation with the German national air carrier Lufthansa. Both airlines are members of one of the world’s largest airline associations - Star Alliance.

Through the extended code-share cooperation, the Japanese air carrier introduced Zagreb as its new destination, from Tokyo and Osaka with a transfer in Frankfurt and Munich on Lufthansa flights to Zagreb.

It is interesting to note that this summer the Japanese airline ANA operated charter flights from Japan to Dubrovnik for the second year in a row.

Who do you call when you need to reach extraordinary heights? The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade lent a helping hand today to decorate the historic Old City of Dubrovnik for the festive season. With the help of their pulleys, ropes and abseiling skills the fireman hung Christmas lights on the iconic Bell Tower in the centre of the city.

bell tower dubrovnik lights
At 31 metres high the Bell Tower is one the most visible landmarks of the city and the work today certainly looked hair-raising and not for those who suffer from acrophobia. These very lights are sure to appear on thousands of photos on social media when the festivities begin.

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abseiling fireman

dubrovnik fireman hanging

Situated in the Franciscan Monastery the Old Pharmacy is the third oldest pharmacy in the world, and is argued the oldest pharmacy still working today. It was established in 1317 in order to work for the monastery; however over time the pharmacy was then opened to all the citizens of the Republic. For seven hundred years the pharmacy has been serving the citizens of Dubrovnik and even today you can find cures for your ailments inside.

pharmacy old dubrovnik
With many stone bowls, medical books and historic lab equipment now displayed in the monastery museum the pharmacy still holds some reminders of times gone by. A real treasure trove of 15th century artefacts can be found inside the pharmacy. The monastery museum is located in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery and is well worth a visit.

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