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.
Since Croatia's accession to the European Union on the 1st of July 2013, slightly more than 14,000 Croats have left the country and moved to Ireland.
The massive emigration of Croats to Ireland has been confirmed by the official data from the Irish Social Security Office, which keeps the records on the number of issued PPSN numbers, which enable immigrants to receive a salary in Ireland and to realize other statutory rights.
The data show that from July to the end of December 2013, around 440 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN, i.e. on the average 75 Croats per month. The beginning of 2014 announced that this number would soon become significantly higher. Thus, 2,091 Croatian citizens sought for a job in Ireland, or 175 Croats per month. In the following year, this figure grew to 4,342 Croats who spread across the country and settled in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Letterkenny etc.
In 2015, on the average 360 Croats per month moved to Ireland, most of them leaving Slavonia in western Croatia. And then in 2016 around 5,300 Croatian citizens decided to look for a better financial future in Ireland.
The latest data show that in the first six months of this year, 1,890 Croatian citizens requested the PPSN in Ireland.
Summer is a time for relaxation and living life in the slow lane, a slow motion vacation style way of life. But not everything has to be slower in the summer months in Dubrovnik, the food can be fast. And when it comes to quality fast food in Dubrovnik the “in” spot is Tutto Bene.
Tutto Bene, as the name suggests, is the destination for quality food on the run in Dubrovnik. You don’t have time to lose in a restaurant or want a quick bite to eat to kill those hunger pangs – Tutto Bene should be your target.
Are you hungry yet?
With the well-known Tutto Bene fast food within the historic Old City on the Puca Street and the other on the promenade in the bay of Lapad where you can enjoy the many different types of pizza, burgers, cheeseburgers, kebabs, tortillas, sandwiches, nuggets, amongst other. And soon Dubrovnik will have another Tutto Bene restaurant in Dubrovnik.
Tutto Bene Lapad
The Tutto Bene in the Lapad Bay has a spacious seating area and a la carte service in a beautiful setting surrounded by nature and a light summer breeze. And in the Old City you’ll find a wide range of pizzas of offer and yes they sell them by the slice as well. In fact even if you only fancy a coffee of an ice-cold juice then Tutto Bene in the Old City is a great option. And if you have a sweet tooth try one of the freshly baked cakes, cheesecakes, chocolate and fruit cakes or a fluffy chocolate mousse.
Tutto Bene is always the right choice!
You don’t need to book an expensive hotel or even an apartment with Airbnb or booking.com all you need is a large airbed.
Yes, we know it is difficult to find a spare room in Dubrovnik in the height of the tourist season and sleeping in the road is a little too much. These tourists, presumably Italian, inflated an air mattress between two parked cars and spent an al fresco night in Dubrovnik.
As cars sped by, only a few metres away, the couple seemed oblivious to the noise and had a good rest. As they were actually taking a parking space up with their air bed we wonder if they were paying 40 Kunas an hour parking fee?
Alejandro Darío Gómez that goes by the nickname ‘’Papu’’ lately visited Dubrovnik and just loved it. This Argentine footballer that plays for Italian club Atalanta shared two photos from Dubrovnik with his many fans (over million!) on his official Instagram profile.
On the photo showing him photographing the Old City from the top of Srd mountain, the caption says it all – ‘’Visit this amazing place, I recommend it, it will leave you with your mouth open’- Gomez wrote.
Papu is just one of many celebrities that chosen Dubrovnik for their vacation and share it with their fans. They make a great promotion for this amazing place.
Dubrovnik could be on the verge of direct charter flights from South Korea. Uniline, the largest Croatian tour operator, has opened an office in Seoul, South Korea. The new office is located in the residential part of Seoul, about one and a half kilometres from the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and about two kilometres from the Dynasty Palace.
"Uniline's long term goal is that every tenth Korean will experience and admire the beauty of Croatia and South East Europe," said Robert Sedlar, the executive director of the Uniline travel company. To achieve these goals, the company announced a number of marketing and sales activities in the Korean market, and negotiations for the opening of an airline charter line between Seoul and Dubrovnik.
According to the latest census, South Korea a population of 51 million, and in 2016, there were about 380,000 tourist arrivals in Croatia. This was a 10 percent increase over 2015, but when you compare that figure to six or seven years ago the number of Korean tourists in Croatia has increased by 300 percent.
The beautiful island of Mljet now has its own perfume. Made in France but inspired by Mljet this new perfume, Eau de Parfum “Nymph Calypso,” was inspired by the legend of Odysseus. According to legend Odysseus spent seven years on Mljet after a shipwreck.
This new perfume is the brainchild of Tamara Lukovic, who together with her husband Zoran, has been planning and initiating for the past nineteen years how to bring cultural and traditional heritage projects back to Mljet.
Tamara has worked for many years as a representative of various world cosmetic houses, so it is logical that after numerous projects of revitalizing heritage, making and selling original souvenirs, she came up with the idea of creating a perfume dedicated to the island.
In collaboration with the French perfume manufacturer Aromar Fragonard, she designed "Nymph Calypso" a perfume that blends Mljet into a unique memory and souvenir and will remind visitors of the beauty of Odysseus’s Island.
The heart of the fragrance is the delicate arrangements of the plants of the island along with sage, carnation, green apple, lemon and grapefruit, lavender and musky notes of pine, cedar and patchouli provide a sense of peace and relaxation. The fragrance essence contains jasmine, geranium. With the scent of Nymph Calypso you can always return to the island of Mljet and the powerful nature that makes this Adriatic island so special.
The perfume is available for sale at the Mediteran Art-Gift Shop within the Odysseus Hotel on Mljet Island. Dior has "Portofino" and Dolce & Gabbana "Sicily", and now Mljet has its unique " Nymph Calypso " perfume.
The Croatian restaurant Monte in Istria has officially become the first and only restaurant in the country with a Michelin Star.
At the end of January this year, a Michelin Star was awarded to the restaurant Monte in Rovinj. A few days ago, it became official when Roberto Mancuso, the CEO of METRO, the global partner of the Michelin guide, presented the Michelin Star plaque to Danijel Dekic, the owner and chef of the Monte restaurant - the first Croatian restaurant that deserved one of the most prestigious awards in the world of culinary arts.
In addition to Monte, the so-called Michelin plates were awarded to twelve restaurants in the Istria County (Meneghetti, Batelina, San Rocco, Konoba Morgan, Zigante, Marina, Damir&Ornella, Konoba Cok, Sv.Nikola, Wine Vault, Alla Beccaccia, and Pergola) which were selected for the Michelin Guide 2017.
''METRO recognized the power and potential of Istrian gastronomy in 2014 when we opened the first wholesale centre in Istria adapted to hotels, restaurants and caterers. We have achieved cooperation with the Michelin Guide in Croatia in order to help Croatian restaurants and caterers find their place on the world's gastronomic map'', stated Roberto Mancuso, the CEO of METRO Cash&Carry Croatia.
More than a third of METRO's customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, including 32 restaurants with Michelin's recommendation. METRO is using experience and knowledge gained in cooperation with the Michelin Guide and the culinary competition Bocuse d'Or in order to make Croatia's tourist and catering offer more recognizable.
With more than a hundred years of experience in restaurant selection, the Michelin Guide recommends more than 20,000 restaurants in 30 countries worldwide. Whether a restaurant is in Europe, Asia or America, Michelin’s inspectors apply the same criteria in evaluating the quality of each restaurant they visit anonymously.
Using the unique process that has been perfected over decades, the Michelin Guide has become an international reference for fine dining, whilst the Michelin Guide plaque represents an official acknowledgement for a restaurant as part of the selection for 2017.
An exhibition of photographs by the Croatian - German artist Iva Batistić was this week in Dubrovnik in the gallery of the Croatian Heritage Foundation of Dubrovnik. The exhibition, entitled Croatian Street photography, features stunning black and white images and was opened by the art historian Andrea Batinić Ivanković.
“It is actually with street art photography that the artist brings many famous street motifs from Dubrovnik, Zadar, Sibenik, Korcula and Zagreb to the public,” commented Batinić Ivanković.
Iva Batistić is a freelance photographer who lives in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. She is the daughter of Croatian immigrants and was born in Frankfurt in 1979. In 2006 she graduated from the Faculty for Applied Linguistics and Cultural Studies of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz.
The Dubrovnik exhibition will remain open until the 9th of September from 9.00am to midday at the gallery in the Old City on Petilovrijenci Street.