Monday, 20 January 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.


Good news drivers – petrol prices in Croatia have dropped down from midnight! 

This morning petrol prices across the country are 10.22 kuna, which is a drop from 13 lipa from the last price of 10.35 kuna. The average petrol tank from 50 liters is therefore cheaper for 6.5 kuna. 

Diesel prices also dropped from 10.16 kuna to 10.13 kuna, making the 50 liter tank cheaper for 1.5 kuna.

The warm and happy story that happened on New Year's Day comes straight from Ireland! As the Irish Times writes, the Master of the Rotunda Maternity Hospital has described the birth of identical triplets on New Year’s Day as “incredibly unusual” and a one in a million occurrence.

The three baby boys who were born just before noon on Wednesday to Annmarie Byrne-Ryan and David Ryan are spontaneous triplets which means they were conceived without medical intervention. But the funny thing is –they've been conceived in Dubrovnik!

Annmarie Bryrne-Ryan admitted that the pregnancy had been a surprise and it was “such a shock” when she was told she was pregnant with triplets.

-We got married at the end of April and went on honeymoon to Dubrovnik in May, and where most people come back with fridge magnets, myself and David brought home triplets. So we were in shock about that and we didn’t even know we were having them obviously until I had a bit of a bleed nine or ten weeks in and we came into the hospital and we found out then – she commented for the Irish Times, saying that it was even more shocking to find out that they were identical.

The experts explained that most of the triplet pregnancies are a result of fertility therapy and only about 10 percent of triple pregnancies occur spontaneously. So, this is almost a miracle – a miracle that started in Dubrovnik!

You can read the full story here.

Larry Namer, an American media mogul, founder and owner of E! Entertainment Television, one of the most famous TV channels in the world, on which the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians has been broadcasted since 2007 is currently in Zagreb – reports. As they write, the reason for his arrival is the documentary series Explore the World, an episode of which was recently filmed in Zagreb.

Explore the World is a twelve-episode documentary series that should be presented to viewers of Chinese television stations Youku and Mango TV, with more than 700 million subscribers, and Zagreb found its place among other carefully selected world destinations.

As writes, Namer, who has been producing various TV projects for the Chinese market for years, especially those aimed at the younger, more affluent, traveling population, noted that this year alone as many as 110 million Chinese are on their way to various destinations worldwide, and Zagreb offers just about everything young and rich Chinese might be interested in - friendly people, historical beauty and significance, culture and long tradition.

-In addition, they will also be filming a documentary about Croatia, which will be a great promotion of our country in general. Namer, who is in the show business for more than fifty years and whose wealth is now estimated at nearly 4 billion dollars met Zagreb and discovered his favorite locations in Zagreb, hosted by local fashion designer Aleksandra Dojcinovic – writes.

One of the most popular restaurants in Dubrovnik area, Konoba Veranda, has shown a big heart once again with the humanitarian action ‘’24 hours without compromises’’, which was held at the end of November.

The action turned out to be a great success again and many people used the opportunity to try one of the best cooked meals in the area, donating the amount of money of their choice for the Pediatrics Department of the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The Andric family donated a valuable donation yesterday: a vital function monitor, with neonatal supplies.

The organizers of this charity campaign raised money last year and purchased two CTG devices for the delivery room in Dubrovnik General Hospital.

It's finally the day that we've been waiting for! A fantastic New Year's Eve on Stradun will be preceded by a children's party, at which the popular Croatian singer Mia Dimsic will perform at 11 am, followed by the traditional kolenda at noon with the Folklore Ensemble Lindo, Libertas Choir and Dubrovnik City Music.

All the visitors of Dubrovnik, as well as locals, will enter in the new 2020 with icons of Croatian music and well-known creators of the supreme atmosphere: the band Parni valjak. The performance of the legendary band with never-longer and never more spectacular fireworks at midnight will ensure an unforgettable start to the new year on Stradun. Ante Gelo band with guests Bruno Oberan, Ivo Ajdukovic and Alen Duras, young stars of the popular TV shows The Voice and A Side will perform as a pre-band on the New Year's Eve from 9 pm.

On the first day of 2019, at noon on Stradun, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Israeli conductor Noam Zurr, will perform the most beautiful waltzes and polkas from the Strauss family repertoire at a traditional New Year's concert called the Orlando Ball. Visitors will enjoy oysters and sparkling wine, thanks to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. On the first night of the new year, on January 1st, at 9 pm, one of the most popular Croatian vocal groups will perform on Stradun - the vocal group Iskon.


New Year's Eve is often connected with crowds and many people going to the Old City. Our advice is to use the benefits of the public transport, which is free after 6 pm during the Dubrovnik Winter Festival!

If you really want to go by car, then you must know that as a part of the organization of the 2020 celebration at Stradun, on Tuesday, December 31st, a traffic ban will apply in the area around the historic core from 7 pm on 31st of December 2019 to 3 am on 1st of January 2020. 

Excluded from the ban are public transport vehicles (buses and taxis), buses from travel agencies, emergency vehicles, vehicles used by residents of the City of Dubrovnik with a residence address in the traffic prohibition zone and special-purpose vehicles.


The weather forecast shows a moderate chance of the cold wave in Dubrovnik. Even though you'll be on the wings of euphoria, you don't want to start a new decade with a cold! Wear something warm rather than blingy, preferably in layers, including hats and gloves.

And the most important thing: have an amazing night!!

According to the State Hydrometeorological Institute for the Dubrovnik-Neretva County today, on December 31st, a moderate cold wave is expected, while for the period 1st and 2nd January there is no danger of a cold wave.

Some of the recommendations for protecting health during the low temperatures:

-Avoid going out in the morning or night;

-Dress in layers and don't go out without hats, scarves and gloves;

-Don't stay in the open for long;

-Consume enough warm drinks (tea, soups, stews, up to two cups of coffee a day, limit alcohol intake);

-Keep track of temperature changes in the area where you are staying (thermometer / thermostat - preferably 18 ° - 24 ° C);

-Frequently contact the elderly and those living alone.


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were five traffic accidents, in which one person got heavily injured, htree persons got light injuries, while there were two traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 806 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 616 measures taken due to speeding, 14 measures due to improper overtaking, 43 measures for improper stop and parking, 23 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 13 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and five measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

One of the biggest Croatian football stars, Real Madrid midfield ace and Croatian national captain, Luka Modric has been placed in Team of the Decade by two magazines – Daily Mail and France Football.

-It would be harsh to leave out the only man to break Ronaldo and Messi's stranglehold on the Ballon d'Or this decade – Daily Mail writes, explaining why they put him on the position of the centre midfield. 

-Luka Modric lifted football's best individual prize in 2018 after guiding Croatia to the World Cup final and playing a starring role in Real Madrid's dominance in Europe's elite club competition. Modric didn't get off to the best of starts in Madrid and was actually voted as the worst signing of the season by Spanish newspaper Marca in his first campaign at the Bernabeu. However, that didn't faze the Croatian star, who has since gone on to be one of Real's most decorated midfielders in their history – Daily Mail writes. 

France Football's three-man midfield is made up by Luka Modric, Xavi Hernández and Andrés Iniesta.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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