Tuesday, 22 January 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


Once again Croatian experts had an opportunity to present their knowledge and top design ideas to the world. This time they participated in the construction of the new tunnel connecting Asia and Europe in Turkey. 

Skira the leading Croatian architectural lighting company from Pula provided the architectural lighting solutions for the entrance into the Eurasia Tunnel in Istanbul crossing the Bosphorus strait undersea.
The Skira's decorative architectural lighting solutions were based on the traditional motifs of Turkish culture such as the popular talismans ''Blue eye'' and the hand of Fatima, which bring luck and prosperity to the Turks. The complex steel structure is made of 80 intertwining arches of different radii and inclination which extends from toll booths to the entrance into the tunnel, with 250 metres of length on the European side and 150 metres on the Asian side.

“We are very proud of our team; Dean Skira, the head of the project and the lighting designer, architects Dino Krizmanic and Leonid Zuban, structural and electrical engineers, the 3D visualizer Bozidar Pustijanac, our manufacturer iGuzzini and our clients Kitoko Aydınlatma and Yapı Merkezi who all contributed to such a successful realization of this project”, it's said from the Skira company.

The Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan officially opened the Eurasia tunnel, the first road undersea tunnel in Istanbul on the 22nd of December. The 5,4 kilometers long double-deck tunnel which was built at a depth of 106 meters is expected to shorten the driving time on this route from two hours to only 15 minutes. The investment is worth 1,3 billion Euros.

 

Facebook page of Dubrovnik Tourist Board shared a photo of Mihovil Spanja, Croatia's most successful Paralympic swimmer, swimming in the warm Adriatic sea during these Christmas days. He won multiple gold, silver and bronze medals at numerous contests and is an owner of several world and European records, making him the most successful Croatian athlete ever. Spanja took a photo yesterday, while swimming with the stunning panoramic view of Dubrovnik behind his back. Sea temperature was 16 degrees.

This year December had a spring feeling with sunny weather and high temperatures, so no surprise some people decided to take a dip. Sadly, today the weather has changed, so it's possible that there will be no more swimming this year!

 

Friends of Dubrovnik Antiques opened exhibition ‘Christmas in Dubrovnik’, with the theme ‘Let’s go to Bethlehems’ on Monday, December 26th in the Siroka street.

Exhibition presents nativity scenes from Franciscan Church and Church of Mercy at Pile, where people from Dubrovnik used to come every year because they were the most beautiful in town. 

The light of Bethlehem has inspired Dubrovnik ceramicist, artist Lucija Perojevic, whose nativity scene is exposed in the window display area in the Siroka street and is available to view even after working hours or more precisely after 3 pm
The exhibition was prepared by Maja Nodari and Ljubo Gamulin and will remain opened until 10 January 2017.

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On the 25th and 26th of January 2017 the Zagreb Arena will host the Moscow Circus on Ice, the only circus of this kind in the world.

The Moscow Circus on Ice or the so-called Russian version of the Cirque du Soleil will perform before the Croatian public with a unique combination of a traditional circus and modern acrobatics on ice.
With spectacular costumes, dynamic and breathtaking stunts on ice, clowns and jugglers this fantastic group will present the ultimate extravagance and authentic circus art.

The Moscow Circus on Ice was founded by a Soviet era director A.G.Arnold in 1964. In its 52 years of work the circus has performed in 50 countries around the globe and more than 200 million spectators have viewed the show.

Popular ferry that runs down the lenght of Croatian coast – from Rijeka to Dubrovnik, will be back in 2017 – reports Croatia Week.

It's the ferry that has a route: Rijeka – Split – Stari Grad (Hvar) – Korčula – Sobra (Mljet) – Dubrovnik.
It starts in the port of Rijeka, placed in the nothern Adriatic, continues to Split and then hits the islands – Hvar, Korcula and Mljet, before it reaches Dubrovnik.

Jadrolinija cancelled this route in 2015 due to financial reasons, but after a decision from government last week, this state owned ferry company announced its comeback.

While in the past 10 years Croatia had a wave of a large infrastructure investment in new roads, mostly highway, this time is marked by large investments in airports. Almost five billion kuna will be invested in three biggest airports in Croatia – writes Poslovni.hr

One of them is Dubrovnik Airport. Each of them has the specific model and they are all in various stages in development – some are near completion while others are still in the phase of making project documentation and closing financial construction. For example, the new passenger terminal at ZagrebAirport is being built by the concession mode and is funded by a loan.

Investments in Dubrovnik Airport will be mostly financed from EU funds, while the Split Airport in financing their investments mostly on their own resources.

The most significant, with almost half of the total amount of five billion, is definitely an investment in a new airport in Zagreb that should open its doors in March with the name of the first Croatian president Franjo Tudjman.

Christmas weekend brought great increase in number of arrivals and overnight stays in Dubrovnik. According to reports from the system E-visitor on Christmas Eve in our city there were 1,389 arrivals, an increase of three times. There were also 1948 overnight stays, an increase of two times. Most of the guests who spent the Christmas weekend in Dubrovnik were from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Korea, Croatia, UK, USA, Japan ...

From the start of the year to Christmas Eve there was 1,005,873 arrivals, an increase of 12 percent, and 3,463,535 overnight stays or thirteen percent increase. On the top list of tourists that visited Dubrovnik there are United Kingdom, Germany, USA, France, Croatia, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Italy...

A rich holiday program, beautiful winter weather and the beauty of our city have contributed to these achievements of tourist traffic, and for the upcoming feast of the New Year great numbers are also expected. To recall, last year in Dubrovnik for New Year's Eve stayed less than five thousand guests, while for the last weekend of 2016 is expected an increase of five percent.

Traditionally, Santa Clauses on motorbikes came to Stradun with a lot of candy! Moto club Libertas Riders organizes this event every year and like always friends from moto club Dvije rote from Konavle, Nomadi from Zupa and other bikers have joined this cheerful crew. Many children came to see and sit on bikes, take the candy and also have a photo memory with at least one Santa Claus.

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