Thursday, 29 July 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.


From 19 July, British citizens will be able to travel abroad and will no longer have to go into compulsory self-isolation when they return to the country from amber ranked countries.

The third largest airline in the UK, Jet2, has been introducing as many as nine routes to Croatian airports since the end of July. This is a direct consequence of the announced easing of restrictive measures in the UK (as of 19 July). Namely, since the mentioned date, Jet2 is re-introducing almost 40 lines to popular tourist destinations in Greece, Italy and Croatia, writes the portal Croatian Aviation, and reports Jutarnji list.

After the announcement of the abolition of strict measures, the company immediately reacted and opened a reservation on a number of routes, and in just a few days many flights were sold out, which only confirms the thesis that passengers are eager to travel and most are prevented only by restrictive measures.

Given that Croatia is currently on the list that guarantees British tourists return to the country without going into self-isolation, the company confirms that the interest in holidays in our country since the end of July is extremely high.

Jet2, the third largest company in the country (after British Airways and EasyJet) connects the UK with a number of leisure destinations. Additionally, through its sister company Jet2 Holidays, the company offers holiday arrangements (including flights) abroad, while also offering destinations in Croatia.

According to the website MojaPlaća, in the first half of 2021, the average monthly net salary including allowances in Croatia amounted to 7,069 Kuna, which is 7 percent more than in the same period last year.

According to professions, the highest monthly salary was paid to IT directors, 21,287 Kuna and flight controllers 20,718 Kuna.

Among the lowest paid occupations were workers in the clothing industry with an average monthly salary of 4,088 Kuna, cleaners earning 4,192 Kuna, hairdressers with 4,230 per month and security guards whose average monthly salary is 4,255 Kuna.

The highest average salary was recorded in the City of Zagreb and it is 13 percent above the national average and amounts to 7,956 Kuna.


There may be many pizzerias in Dubrovnik, however there is only one Mea Culpa! I headed into the heart of the Old City to what is more of an institution than a restaurant. Almost tucked away from the main hustle and bustle is Mea Culpa, a pizzeria and trattoria that the locals know all too well but that tourists need some guidance to find. Now, it’s probably a little un fair for me to write a review about Mea Culpa, this wasn’t my first time (by far) here, but I’ll try to remain as unbiased as possible. And by the way I adore pizza!

Like I said there are a plethora of pizzerias in and around Dubrovnik, some do it well, some not so. The cobbled street runs parallel to the Stradun, although it’s considerably shorter and narrower, but with the same charm. And here is one tip right off the bat, if you visit in the early evening you’ll have the chance to get a great sunset photo, as the street and indeed Mea Culpa are one the last streets to get the sun. I just love when restaurants follow the guidelines, and the red and white checked tablecloths made me feel that I’d walked into a true trattoria.


The best pizza in town - Photo Mark Thomas 

A friendly waiter showed me to my table and realising that I was rather warm he thoughtfully asked “Would you like a drink before I bring the menu?”

Now the menu is dominated by pizzas, but there are also risottos, pasta dishes and salads, as you’d expect from a trattoria. And when I say pizzas I mean a whole cornucopia of pizzas topped with everything. It’s a real paradise for pizza lovers. Making the choice was the tough part!


Great Old City location for pizza - Photo Mark Thomas 

“What recommendations do you have?” I quizzed the waiter. Although to be honest I couldn’t have gone wrong. Now one of the keys, as you’ll know, to a good pizza is the base. And at Mea Culpa it would seem that they have a special ingredient to make the pizza bases both crunchy and soft.

Although I am a fan of Hawaii pizza (yes, they are one of the rare pizzerias that have the pineapple topped pizza) I instead decide to mix it up and plumped two pizzas to have a choice.

Colourful and inviting is how I would describe the pizzas that landed on my table. And here is tip number two – there pizzas aren’t small! Bring an appetite with you! Prices for these pizzas range from around 100 to 200 Kuna and you’ll leave completely nourished.

Mea Culpa is certainly the flagbearer for great pizza in Dubrovnik and once you’ve found it you won’t be a stranger.

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The flagbearer of fine pizza in Dubrovnik - Photo Mark Thomas


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Luka Modrić's incredible goal in the Croatian national football team victory against Scotland (3-1) is included among the ten most beautiful goals of the European Championship 2020, and the winner of the most spectacular goal will be decided by the fans on the official website of the European Football Federation (UEFA).

Modrić scored a cracking shot with the outside of his foot to make the result 2-1 against Scotland in the 62nd minute.

With this goal, Modrić entered the history of the Croatian national team as the oldest Croatian goal scorer at the European Championships. He scored at the age of 35 years and 286 days. And strangely enough Modric is also the youngest Croatian ever to score a goal at the Euros, when he was 22 years and 273 days old with a goal against Austria and Euro 2008.

Certainly, the goal of the Czech striker Patrik Schick, who scored for the Czechs in the first round of Group D from the halfway line looks set to win the prize of the best goal of the tournament.

Among the nominees for the award are Cristiano Ronaldo, Kevin De Bruyne, Paul Pogba, Lorenzo Insigne, Federico Chiesa, Alvaro Morata, Mikkel Damsgaard and Andriy Jarmolenko.

The final decision will be made by the fans by voting on the UEFA website.

We live in an age where online games are part of our everyday life and culture. Not so long ago, players were only limited to a particular game that they have purchased, whereas now, they can access almost any game online. This also includes casino games.

One game that most players find to be the most appealing and interesting one of all is slots. Slots have been one of the centerpieces of all land-based casinos as well as casino films for a long time. So it comes as no surprise that their virtual version would attract the greatest number of players.

Discovering online slots for the first time can be a thrilling and exciting experience. There are many interesting facts that one can find about this game, and in this article, we’ll dig into the topic of popular combinations and symbols in online slots.

Why Are There Symbols and Combinations in Slots?

Players who like visiting Canadian online casinos to play online slots for real money are usually interested in all possible combinations that can bring them a prize. However, it’s impossible to generalize all possible combinations because they will always depend on the number of paylines.

Moreover, the number of possible combinations will also depend on the number of symbols. Classical symbols that were once used in slot machines are fruits, card symbols, bells, 7s, horseshoes, and lucky bars. But nowadays, the graphics of the symbols will always depend on the main theme of the slot game, so there’s an endless number of them.

Wild Symbol

Those players who enjoy all the perks of the best online casinos in Ireland that offer lucrative bonuses are also great fans of the wild symbol. The reason why is because this symbol increases the players’ winning chances. The wild symbol is the symbol that can serve as a replacement for a symbol the player needs to get a winning combination. However, if the game has any other special symbol, usually the wilds don’t act as a substitution for those.

Scatter Symbol

There is another group of interesting symbols that is very welcome among gamblers who like to play online slots. They are called scatter symbols and they can form a winning combination even if they are scattered on the reels. Unlike all other symbols that need to be at a specific payline, scatter symbols can be anywhere on the screen, and as long as the players have three or more, they will get a winning combination.

Reel Combinations

As we’ve already mentioned, the number of all possible reel combinations will always depend on the number of paylines that an online slot has. There are online slots with:

● 1 payline
● 3 paylines
● Multiple paylines (5+)
● Multiway slots

Of course, the number of reels also plays a big role, so there can be a 3-reel, a 5-reel, or any other number of reels slots. What is more, the minimum and maximum bet per spin can vary depending on the number of available paylines and reels. So, players who are about to make a deposit in casino to play a particular slot need to know how much is the minimum or the maximum bet per spin so they can plan their gaming time ahead.

The Super Game

One of the reasons many gamblers consider slots as the ultimate game is because they have been known to turn people into millionaires. And all it takes is one spin. Those who were lucky enough to play this super game at the right moment got a chance for a better and carefree life.


The directors of four tourist boards from the Dubrovnik-Neretva County met to discuss future plans and joint ventures. The directors of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, the Konavle Tourist Board, the Župa Dubrovačka Tourist Board, the Mljet Tourist Board and the Dubrovačko Primorje Tourist Board met in Slano.

The main topics of the meeting was the joint organization and reopening of the Tourist Information Centre at Dubrovnik Airport. It has been agreed that the info office at the airport will be open through July and August, with the possibility of extending operations through the month of September.

The meeting also discussed further joint activities within the Dubrovnik Tourist Cluster and also the current course of the tourist season.


The Walls of Ston and the historic landmarks of the town are proving a magnet for tourists this year, and have seen a slow but sure rise in the number of visitors.

The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that maintains and operates the Ston Walls announced that they are satisfied with the number of visitors visiting the walls, the Veliki Kaštio fortress and other cultural and historical sites in Ston. The have reported that in June alone, 3,150 tickets were sold, fifty percent more than that month last year. Although any comparison with last year’s tourist season is clearly complicated.

Since the beginning of July, and with the increase in tourist numbers and the number of day-trippers, the daily visits to the walls has increased, and 450 tickets were sold last weekend.

Adults pay 70 Kuna for a tour of Ston, and children 30 Kuna.

In the last 24 hours, 83 new cases of Covid-19 virus were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 496.

Among them, 106 people are in hospital, of which 9 are on ventilators.

Unfortunately, a further 2 people passed away in Croatia in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 360,924 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,231 have died, a total of 352,197 people have recovered, of which 96 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 3,969 people in self-isolation, and to date a total of 2,198,026 people have been tested, of which 4,577 were tested in the last 24 hours.


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