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.
Situated in the Imperial Fortress on top of the Srđ hill the Dubrovnik in the Homeland War 1991 – 1995 Museum is well worth a visit. This large Napoleonic fortress was the first line of defence for Dubrovnik in the Homeland War and is now a fitting home for this extensive museum.
In the permanent exhibition you will see original arms and military equipment used in the Homeland War, such as mines, explosives and flags of the brigades involved. There is also an interesting video display that highlights Dubrovnik in the war and the role that the Imperial Fortress actually played.
The exhibition was officially opened on the Day of Victory and Homeland Gratitude Day, and the Day of Croatian Veterans, in 2008. The Serbian-Montenegrin aggression on Dubrovnik is examined with documents, original papers and a map of the area in war time. A moving and humbling experience that highlights one of the darkest pages in Dubrovnik’s history books.
Following the record-breaking tourist season, data from the semi-annual report on Jadrolinija’s passenger traffic show that in the first six months of this year, the largest Croatian passenger and car transport company achieved excellent results.
Jadrolinija carried 4.2 million passengers and more than 1 million vehicles in the mentioned period or 10.6 percent more passengers and 12 percent more vehicles in comparison to the first six months last year. The company increased the total revenues by 10.2 percent to almost 363 million Kunas.
The most significant revenue growth of 42.5 percent was achieved on international lines such as the Split-Ancona line and the new one introduced this season between Bar (Montenegro) and Bari (Italy).
The revenue growth in the national maritime traffic was also achieved due to the earlier schedule of the seasonal fast-ferry line Dubrovnik-Korcula-Hvar-Bol-Split and due to revenue increase recorded on the Split-Supetar, Valbiska-Merag, Prizna-Zigljen, and Zadar-Preko lines.
In comparison to last year, total expenditures increased by 6.4 percent to 376.7 million Kunas, mainly due to the increase of the average price of fuel consumed in the first six months this year.
From January to June 2017, the total loss of Jadrolinija was 13.7 million Kunas, which, as stated the company, is a better result for almost 11 million Kunas in comparison to the same period from last year.
Furthermore, at the end of June, the company’s receivables were 4.4 percent lower compared to last year, whilst the total liabilities decreased by 18,7 percent, mainly due to regular repayments to banks and other financial institutions.
Jadrolinija pointed out that this debt reduction opens up great potential for a new investment cycle; liquidity is satisfactory and liabilities were settled within deadlines, entirely from regular business.
Looking to stock up with some homemade jams and marmalades for the winter period, well now is your chance as the 11th Festival of Jams opened this morning in the centre of Dubrovnik. The Festival of Jams and Marmalades is organised by the DEŠA association and is being held in front of the St. Blaise Church in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik.
"Small and specialized producers from all over the country will visit Dubrovnik and bring hundreds of types of natural jams and marmalades. Exhibitors will be dressed in folk costumes and this festival is one of Dubrovnik's autumn attractions,” commented the organisers.
The festival is open until Sunday and from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
The festival not only promotes small producers, including high-quality local produce, but also the wealth and variety of cultural heritage of different parts of the country.
Ladies from all over the globe, who had a privilege to be on the cover of the cult magazine Playboy, are saying goodbye to Hugh Hefner.
Among so many beautiful women, the most popular magazine for men once featured a girl from Croatia, actually the city of Zadar, a home of the pin up model Ana Perduv.
‘’They published a short story about me, my tattoos, a unique dress style etc. When the magazine offered me an interview, I was honoured. Playboy is a classic, whose cover featured numerous stunning women as well as my role models such as Marilyn Monroe and Dita Von Teese. I am deeply honoured to be part of that history and I hope that my photo will be on the magazine’s cover soon’’, commented Perduv.
After the great success of Croatian smart benches on world markets, the country has presented one more green invention.
The city of Rijeka has become a home of a smart parasol presented by a local innovator Sasa Muscet and set up on the famous city’s promenade Korzo.
The smart parasol with solar panels is a design innovation because the shape of a parasol was added a new function. It is a metal construction in the form and purpose of a parasol with solar panels that charge the accumulator that provides electric power for charging mobile devices, primarily cell phones.
The parasol construction was designed to be protected against stealing, and it is relatively easy to install and transport.
This smart invention can be set up independently on beaches, excursion spots and other similar places, as well as on open public areas such as walkways, squares etc. along with smart benches and form a kind of solar park.
The possibilities of use are almost limitless because the functionality and use of a smart parasol does not require the connection to the power grid due to the solar energy accumulated by solar panels.
It is interesting to note that the 57-year-old innovator Sasa Muscet won a gold medal for his successful performance at the 41st Croatian International Innovation Fair INOVA 2016 and was selected for Best Innovation in Tourism among 450 innovations from 22 countries.
Today will probably be a busy day in Dubrovnik, according to the cruisers schedule published on the official page of Port Dubrovnik. This Friday is marked with red colour, which means that over 7500 passengers are expected.
According to the schedule, five cruise ships will arrive to Dubrovnik – Mein Schiff 2, Costa Luminosa, Star Pride, Azamara Quest and MSC Poesia. All the cruise ships are coming through the morning and three of them will stay until night hours. Costa Luminosa is supposed to leave at 1 pm, while MSC Poesia will leave at 4:30 pm.
During the days like this, it’s normal to expect traffic jams and big crowds in the Old City. If you are visiting Dubrovnik or living here, try to prepare as much as you can – and by preparing we mean try to be as calm as you can or avoid the crowds.
Good thing is that by the end of the year there is just one more red cruiser day. It will be next month, on October 13th. And don’t worry, it’s not Friday 13th – it’s Monday.
After the recent arrival of Andy Garcia, another famous actor joined the film crew of the ‘’Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’’ on the island of Vis.
The Irish actor Pierce Brosnan well known for his role as the secret service agent of her Majesty, arrived from London to Split Airport accompanied by his wife Keely Shaye Smith and several members of the film production team.
With his elegant posture, irresistible smile and nice friendly approach, Brosnan absolutely enchanted Split and confirmed all the rumours about him; that he is down to earth kind of person and a true gentleman.
Brosnan spent only couple of minutes on the airport until his ride arrived that took him and his company to the port where they embarked on the boat and headed for Vis to join the rest of the film crew.
The Municipality of Konavle will have special attraction within the Archaeological Museum in Pridvorje, which will allow visitors to ‘’dive’’ into the depths of the sea and observe archaeological sites that are located there. This interesting project is planned to be completed by 2019 and will be made in co-operation with Italy and Greece.
The underwater archaeological sites in Cavtat, the Italian sites Baiae and Capo Rizuto, and the underwater museums in the Sporades of Greece, have agreed on the collaboration.
First, special cameras will record the underwater archaeological sites. Then with Virtual diving system, 3D visualization, 360 degrees video player, 3D video monitors and interactive touch screens it will be enabled for the visitors to ‘’dive’’ into the depths of the sea without any danger – from the safety of museum. They will get a chance to interactively explore the rich underwater archaeological site near Cavtat.