Thursday, 21 January 2021
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.


Launched back in 1998 flights from Istanbul to Zagreb from Turkish Airlines have reached the 20th anniversary. A ceremony was held this week in Zagreb to mark the two-decade mark. Twenty years ago Turkish Airlines opened direct flights to Zagreb with two flights a week, twenty years later this service has been upgraded to a daily service.

Speaking to EX-YU Aviation the country manager for Turkish Airlines commented that "Twenty years ago we launched two weekly flights to Zagreb, while today we maintain double daily services. In addition, two years ago we commenced four weekly year-round operations to Dubrovnik. This summer, services were increased to eleven weekly. Our plan is to launch another route to Croatia so we can better connect the country to the world and bring even more tourists."

Turkish Airlines transported around 142,000 passengers between Istanbul and Zagreb in 2017.

The Croatia Prime Minister has urged the European Union to have patience and to provide Croatia with the funds it needs in the 2021 – 2027 EU budget. The Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković, was talking in Bratislava this week as he met with a group called “Friends of Cohesion countries.” The Friends of Cohesion, an informal group of 15 EU member states are opposed to a reduction of cohesion funds in the new EU budget.

In the new EU budget for the 2021 – 2027 period there is a 6 percent cut in the cohesion funds. “Croatia is the youngest member and it needs more time to catch up with other countries,” commented Plenković.

"Today's meeting of the Friends of Cohesion is an important message ahead of the European Council. Cohesion policy and CAP mean a lot to our countries: for reducing inequalities in society, for a better and more balanced regional development, and for catching up with older EU member states," Plenkovic commented after the meeting.

The joint declaration comes two weeks ahead of the EU summit in Brussels that will discuss the new budget.

Christmas is coming to Dubrovnik in style and today the largest decorative ball in the city was installed on the Lapad promenade. This huge red Christmas decoration certainly dominates the skyline in Lapad now and has brought a true festive feel to the city.

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Last year this same ball was placed outside of the Old City of Dubrovnik on the Pile Gate entrance. It is still unsure whether there will be another decoration on Pile to replace the ball which was an absolute hit on social media.


Last year the same ball on Pile Gate


The Croatian National Tourist Board (HTZ) participated in the largest annual meeting of the North American Tour Operators Association (USTOA). The conference called "2018 USTOA Annual Conference & Marketplace" this year is being held in its 40th edition in Phoenix from the 27th to the 30th of November.

At this important gathering, along with the Croatian Tourist Board, the tourist boards of Zagreb, the Dubrovnik-Neretva County and Dubrovnik are also participating. The conference was also attended by Director of HTZ Head Office Kristjan Staničić, who stressed that Croatia on the US market is one of the fastest growing destinations.

"This is a very important gathering, besides the fact that North American tour operators, or active members of USTOA, attract many other associate members and representatives of tourist offices and the tourist industry from countries around the world. This was also a chance for meetings with key partners such as TravelZoo, Collette, Holiday Vacations, Cox and Kings, The Travel Corporation and Stride Travel," said Staničić. Adding that in 2019 he expects continued double-digit growth in US tourism turnover and a new direct flight with American Airlines from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik will also significantly contribute to the interest.

Two Dubrovnik beaches have been named on a prestigious list of the best beaches in the world for 2018. The renowned website has published an extensive article naming the top world beaches in 2018 and two are in the wider Dubrovnik region.

On the list of the World’s Top 50 Untouched Beaches the famous Pasjača beach in Konavle comes in at 33rd position. “Pasjača beach is a hidden gem in the Dubrovnik riviera, situated in the Konavle region. It is not a natural beach, it was formed after digging tunnels in surrounding villages. Over the years, the sea eroded the rocks and created this beautiful beach hidden in the giant cliffs. The incomparable beauty and isolation of Pasjača make this beach the perfect place for those looking for a quiet and idyllic beach with unbelievable translucent seas and sky-scraping cliffs. It’s a place where life is a simple pleasure!” writes the website on this iconic Konavle beach.

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Pasjača Beach in Konavle 

And on the list of Europe’s Top 50 Beaches for 2018 features the Dubrovnik beach Sveti Jakov in 42nd position. “Croatia has become known for its picture-perfect beaches lining the Adriatic Sea, and you don’t have to leave the historic city of Dubrovnik to enjoy some of the best. Sveti Jakov is one of the most sought-after beaches near the city, with a small bay providing gentle swimming waters and clear views of Old Town and Lokrum Island. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the restaurant and beach bar, offering even more stunning views of the pebble beach, crystal clear water, and unforgettable sunsets.” adds the website. And once again the Konavle beach Pasjača beach is featured on the list of the top beaches in Europe, this time one spot ahead of Sveti Jakov in 41st place.

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Sveti Jakov Beach in Dubrovnik 

Great recognition for these Dubrovnik beaches.

Accessories can either make or break your outfit, and in most cases, you can complete any look by wearing a beautiful monogram necklace. Monogram jewelry is usually designed with the wearer's initials or any other unique customized design. It is a perfect complement to your outfit for everyday wear and any special occasion.

The Beauty Of Monogram Necklaces and How To Match Them With Your Outfit

Monogram Necklace Gift Ideas for Any Event

Monogram jewelry became popular in the 1970’s and it is becoming a trend once again in recent years. Monogram jewelry is a fun and trendy option for your necklaces, rings, and earrings. It is a perfect gift for someone special, most especially for those who love the vintage or retro style. While some people prefer to stick with basic jewelry design, you can choose different colors to match your outfit.

Aside from your initials, you can use any symbol or letters to design monogram jewelry. While you can design your monogram necklace, you can also find beautiful pieces online, such as Getnamenecklace Exclusive Monogram Necklaces. You can choose from different styles, colors, and materials, from silver, white gold, to yellow gold to match your outfit.

1. Monogram necklaces are not new to us because they have existed for quite some time. If you're buying a gift for your best friend who is known as the new Hashtag Queen, you get her with a hashtag monogram necklace in her favorite color. You might be surprised her wearing it on her next summer travel adventure with her favorite floral dress!

2. Look and feel glamorous with a personalized gothic-inspired choker necklace or a double-layered monogram necklace in gold. It will surely be a perfect match for an all-black evening dress to catch everyone's attention.

3. For a new mom, you may want a necklace in pink or blue with your first born's date of the birth. You can wear it on your child's christening and hand it as a keepsake in the future, so your child can wear it when he or she grows older. It will be a great addition to your all-white outfit!

4. If you are a Taylor Swift fan, you'll be delighted to wear a personalized monogram necklace inspired by the celebrity! Wear it with your favorite pink tea, skinny jeans, and wedge heels to look sexy and fabulous like your favorite superstar. Stand out from a night out, concert, or all-day partying!

5. If you prefer plain and simple, a birthstone monogram necklace made of sterling silver is your best choice. You can wear it every day with your work uniform or casual attire. It will surely brighten your day because it reminds you of your special day ever.

6. For children and teenagers, monogram emoji necklaces are trendy. Whether they are wearing casual clothes or formal attire, you'll find a monogram necklace to match and complete their look. Have your child's name engraved in a monogram necklace to keep him safe and identified too! They can wear it in school or family get together and other special celebrations. They look cool!

7. Men also wear monogram necklaces. These jewelry pieces can match any wardrobe such as a simple white shirt and ripped jeans or even the formal long sleeves and slacks. Younger men love monogram necklaces made of sterling silver while older and professional men prefer gold. You can choose a 925 sterling silver or stainless steel platinum for your brother or dad.

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Aesthetics and Etiquette of Designing Monogram Gifts

Monogram jewelry is a customized gift that usually bears with the wearer's initials. When you're personalizing a special gift with a monogram, it's important to keep in mind certain etiquette to ensure that the letters are correct and in proper order.

For a single woman, monogram etiquette requires that the initials should be ordered first and the initial of the last name should be slightly larger than the rest. For a married woman, you can keep the same order as if you were still single or following the proper order of first name initial, married name initial, and finally the middle name initial. For any married option, the center initial should be slightly larger as compared to the opposing sides.

Modern and Retro at the Same Time

It is time to try a different style when it comes to fashion. Monogram necklaces can make you stand out in a crowd. It is a perfect combination of modern and retro style. Whether you want a simple design or a sophisticated and elegant look, a monogram necklace can help you achieve the look you want to match your everyday outfit!

The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra traditionally holds free concerts for citizens of Dubrovnik and guests in December. Entrance to these concerts is completely free and they regularly attract a large audience. The first such concert will be held on Tuesday, December 5th, on the occasion of the feast of Saint Nicholas and the Day of Dubrovnik’s Defenders, and will be held at the Church of the Friars of the Minor beginning at 8 pm. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir and the Mixed Choir Libertas will perform under the direction of maestro Tomislav Fačini and with a performance by mezzosoprano Dubravka Šeparović Mušović.

On Thursday, December 13th, in cooperation with the Rotary Club Dubrovnik, the traditional “Towards Christmas” concert will be held. This is a charitable concert during which the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Marc Tardue, will perform some of the most beautiful Advent and Christmas songs. The concert will be held in the Cathedral beginning at 7:30 pm.

This Christmas concert, which has since 1991 continuously taken place on the same date, December 22nd, will be held at the Valamar Lacroma Hotel. The Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and Marc Tardue will perform with numerous guests, with traditional Christmas songs and carols on the program.

On Thursday, December 27th, beginning at 8 pm, a Christmas concert will be held in the Franciscan Church under the direction of maestro Victor Lenert, featuring Dubrovnik soloists, traditional Dalmatian klapa multipart singing groups and choirs.

Even New Year’s Day won’t go without music because exactly at 12 noon, on Monday, January 1st, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will perform on Stradun under the direction of maestro Marc Tardue, featuring soprano Marija Kuhar Šoša.

The tourist season has ended and immediately the rate of unemployment in Croatia has risen. In October this year there were a total of 1.42 million people employed, which is down slightly on September, by 0.6 percent. Overall the unemployment rate in Croatia stood at 9.1 percent in October, up from September when it was 8.4 percent.

In fact, before these October figures were released there had been eight months of continual decreases in the unemployment rate. One of the main reasons for this is undoubtedly the number of Croatians who have moved to other European Union members in search of work.

The unemployment rate is still down on last year. In October 2017 the rate was 11.2 percent and this October it is 9.2 percent. Experts predict that the unemployment rate will continue to slightly grow over the winter months before dropping again at the beginning of the next tourist season in 2019.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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