Sunday, 20 September 2020
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


Last night multiple award-winning writer David Mitchell had reading and conversation event in Lazareti and today he met Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic and Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepsic.

This world-famous writer, listed on the New York Times bestseller list for the novels The Bone Clocks and Cloud Atlas, which also hot a movie adaptation, nominated for the Booker Prize for the novels Number9Dream, Cloud Atlas and Black Swan Green, expressed delight with Dubrovnik and people who he met here.

In particular, he was impressed by Lokrum and the rich history of Dubrovnik. He was interested to hear what it’s like to manage such a city and what are the challenges of being a Mayor. In the context of rich and interesting history, Mayor Frankovic talked about plans for the future, especially about better opportunities for young people and ensuring a better quality of life for citizens.

On this occasion Frankovic handed David Mitchell the English version of the book written by famous Dubrovnik writer, Marin Drzic – Dundo Maroje or Uncle Maroje.

Foot Locker, the leading global athletic footwear and apparel retailer, has been critised by Croatian media.

The reason is simple: on their map, showing Europe shipping locations, they spotted one – not so tiny – mistake. Foot Locker doesn't ship to Croatia, which is not a big deal. The problem is that it doesn't even recognize Croatia as a inependent country!

It seems that they used a map almost 30 years old, when Croatia was still part of Yugoslavia, because there are no visible borders between, now, independent countries. A big deal or not, what do you think?

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 17 traffic accidents, of which there was one with death case, nine with injured persons, where four persons were heavily injured, nine had light injuries while seven traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 710 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 291 measures taken due to speeding, 67 due to improper overtaking, 50 measures due to improper stop and parking, 90 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 17 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

The traditional concert on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the DubrovnikSymphony Orchestra, will be held on Thursday, September 27th in front of the church of St. Blaise starting at 7pm.

Along with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Tardue, the Gypsy jazz band Gadjo Manouche will perform, famous for the unique interpretations of the great Django Reinhardt and other gypsy jazz / swing performers. Celebrated jazz singer Maja Grgic , winner Porin and many others professional awards will join them on the stage.

The combination of gypsy jazz ensemble and symphony orchestra is a rare occurrence in the world, and arrangements for this concert were made by the trumpeter of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, Damir Butigan.

Come and enjoy the performances of music by Ben Bernie, Serge Gainsbourg, Django Reinhardt and others!

If you browse through Instagram photos with #dubrovnik, Angelina Cox will surely catch your eye! This beautiful 25 year-old American girl has a passion to see the world and capture it through her lens! She shares her experiences at her blog The Lovely Escapist and also at her Instagram profile, where she's followed by more than 75 thousand fans. Recently she visited Dubrovnik with her husband, so we just had to meet her – Angie was more than willing to talk to us. Now you can meet her too! 

When and why did you decide to become a travel blogger?

I started travel blogging in 2017 as a way to document my travels and share my photography.

Is it a dream job?

Absolutely! As a child, people used to ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up and my answer would always be, 'Travel'. Of course that isn't the kind of answer they were looking for but it was the honest truth. Like any job, being a travel blogger and photographer has its challenges but I wouldn't do anything else.

How many countries have you visited?

As of September 2018, I've visited 25 countries!

How do you pick countries to visit?

Many times I choose to visit certain places based off the airfare price. I subscribe to a few different flight deal services so if they send out a great flight deal to a place I'm interested in, I'll book the flight and plan everything else out later.

What can we find on your blog?

On my blog, The Lovely Escapist, I provide readers with destination guides, travel tips, hotel reviews, photography inspirations, Instagram tips and tricks, and Lightroom tutorials. My goal is to inspire, motivate, and help people see the world the best possible way.


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You are followed by great number of followers on Instagram, is it hard to attract them?

Yes, and no. When I started my Instagram account a year and a half ago, it was easier to gain followers. However, the new Instagram algorithm is constantly changing, making growth more difficult. The best way to attract followers is posting interesting content regularly and engaging with your audience. It's not enough to just post a pretty picture. You have to show your followers you care and are interested in what they have to say, so replying to their comments and DM's is very important in cultivating a good relationship.

Why did you decide to come to Dubrovnik?

This summer, my husband and I embarked on a 24-day Mediterranean cruise with Holland America. Since we are huge Game of Thrones fans, we actually picked this specific cruise route because it stopped in Dubrovnik.

What did you like the most about our city?

I really enjoyed the views of the city from the walls. The numerous red terracotta roofs were truly an incredible site to see.

What was your favorite place?

Fort Lovrjenac was my favorite place because of the picturesque, cliffside views of Dubrovnik Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.


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Do you have some special memories?

Wandering around Dubrovnik Old Town in the morning was beautiful. Since there were hardly any tourists that early, my husband and I felt like we had the entire city to ourselves.

You are also a photographer; did you get many photo opportunities in Dubrovnik?

There were so many photo opportunities, I barely put my camera down! My favorites were street shots and the views from the city walls.


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Would you like to come back?

I would love to come back someday. But next time, I want to stay for more than just one day.

Have you been to some other Croatian cities?

Sadly, no. Dubrovnik was the only stop in Croatia for the cruise but I'd love to see Split, Zagreb, Zadar, Paula, Cavtat, and many more.

What is your next destination?

I'll be going to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a fun beach getaway! Be sure to follow along on Instagram at @thelovelyescapist!

In 2017, a total of 53,477 in Croatia, and the most common cause of death were the circulatory system diseases, of which 23 and a half thousand people died, while malignant diseases were the second most common cause of death, of which around 14 thousand people died – Tportal reports.

The third most common cause of death were respiratory diseases (3139) followed by injuries and poisoning (2694) and digestive system diseases (2255), data from the Croatian Public Health Institute shows.

Most people died of ischemic heart disease (11,069) and cerebrovascular disease (6147) followed by bronchi and lung cancer (2994) and diabetes (2331). Compared to 2016, the place on the list for diabetes has changed, which is now the fourth cause of death, while fifth is the colon cancer.

The incidence of heart failure, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis also increased, while death from hypertension or high pressure is at tenth place. Compared with 2016, pneumonia is an addition to the top ten causes of death.

In 2017, no woman died of complications in pregnancy or birth.

When it comes to sex, the data from 2017 shows that women are more represented in the total number of deaths, especially in the age group over 65, while men die more in the age of 64 years and less.

Last year there were 2694 violent deaths, including 1962 unfortunate deaths, and 635 suicides and 51 murders.

Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic participated in the panel on "Making a cruise tourism welcome: How to find the balance between the economic impact of cruise tourism and the viability of the destination", in the Seatrade Cruise Med fair, held on September 19nd and 20th in Lisbon.

The deputy spoke about the measures the city is working to achieve balance and sustainability at the destination in order to optimize the balance between tourism and life in the city, adding that the emphasis is placed on satisfied citizens, which will result in satisfied guests. In this sense, Dubrovnik has shown itself as an example to other cruise destinations, especially because of the initiative of the City towards cruise companies. It was also pointed out that joint efforts to achieve better organization on the ground helped the image of the cruise companies because of their willingness to cooperate.

The Tourism Strategy of the City of Dubrovnik, recently adopted, then the project "Respect the City" and numerous measures already implemented as well as those planned in the forthcoming period, are some of the emphasis in the presentation of the deputy Tepsic in this panel.

All the desirable cruise destinations in the Mediterranean and beyond are currently facing the same challenges, and numerous calls to the City to attend such conferences show that Dubrovnik compared to others made a step forward in the management of the destination.

Dubrovnik Museums and Ethnographic Museum Split will open an exhibition on olive and olive oil culture on Friday, September in the Rupe Etnographic Museum, starting at 8 pm. The name of the exhibition is ‘Sweet but Not Honey, Bitter but Not Wormwood’.

All the works covered in this exhibition include an overview of basic sorts of olives, including harvesting, transport and storage of olives to their processing in small amounts and in oil refineries, as well as the olive related beliefs and costums.

The emphasis is placed on once well-known olive and oil practices, which are largely different from the contemporary ones, but the tradition of olive growing and processing is based on them.

Through the millennium of olive growing along the Dalmatian coast and on the islands, the periods of prosperity of olive growing and its overthrow have changed, depending on the given social conditions. But this durable, modest and long-lasting fruit was permanently available to man as a source of food, heat, and light. Since ancient times its fruit has been used in nutrition, wood for buildings and fire, leaf as a animal food, and oil for food, spice, medicine and illumination. Olive branches and oil play an important role in various civic beliefs and customs as well as in Christian rituals.

The exhibition will remain open until October 22nd 2018.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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