Sunday, 19 May 2019
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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

Tonight there will be fireworks in the aquatorium of Uvala Lapad (Lapad Bay) at 9.50 pm, it's been reported from the Dubrovnik Travel agency. The light show will last around five minutes.

You don’t need to be a part of this event to see the fireworks, so grab your camera or your partner, find a perfect spot and just enjoy it.

Last season of the super popular Game of Thrones serial is approaching – in just three days, the first episode of the eight season will be aired and the fans are getting more and more excited. No wonder that the theme of Game of Thrones is trending again, especially when it comes to filming locations. Luckily, Dubrovnik got the chance to be one of those – playing King's Landing.

Yesterday, Vogue Magazine has published an article titled ''The Game of Thrones filming locations you can visit in real life'' and Dubrovnik is honoured with the cover photo and the first mention on this list.

-Dubrovnik’s Old City, a UNESCO World Heritage site, stands in for Kings Landing on the show. Pace the medieval walls like Tyrion or Varys, gaze upon Fort Lovrijenac (which overlooks the fictional Blackwater Bay), or, if you dare, take the shame-stairs of Cersei Lannister (bell-ringing septa not included.)- it's written in the article that also warns the visitors about the crowds.

-Dubrovnik has seen an explosive tourism in the past few years thanks to the show's exposure. So explosive, in fact, its taking steps to limit visitors – Vogue explains.

If you want to see the full list of the Game of Thrones locations by Vogue, just click here.

And don't miss our Five reasons why Game of Thrones fans MUST visit Dubrovnik.

Croatia is a popular filming location and the spotlight is now in Rovinj, where some of the greatest Hollywood celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds gathered to film the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard".

Even though we are far from the filming location, the excitement can be felt all over the country and especially on the social media, where these celebrites have been sharing their impressions from the location, attracting numerous reactions from their fans from all over the world, but especially proud Croatians!

The most active is the lady of the group – Salma Hayek – who has shared a fair number of photos on her Instagram account that is followed by almost ten million fans! And we must admit – she looks beautiful on every single of them. It seems that Croatia really suits her.

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Photos from the Instagram profile of Salma Hayek

She took the breath away from her fans posing in the beautiful floral dress with the blurred Rovinj behind her, collecting over half a million likes. Popular actress shared a photo with her colleagues, both Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, who has been pretty shy when it comes to publishing photos on social media.

While Samuel L. Jackson shared photos of Rovinj the very first day of their stay, Reynolds only shared an Instagram story, posing with his stuntman, who was also featured at Hayek's Instagram story.

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Photos from the Instagram profile of Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds

 What a great promotion for Rovinj and Croatia in general! Just a reminder: The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a great success for Lionsgate, since their budget was 30 million dollars and they earned – 175 million. The sequel, which will be entitled The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard, is already attracting a lot of attention. Just recently it was announced that one more action star is added to the cast: Frank Grillo, known from the movies such as The Purge: Anarchy, The Grey, and Warrior. Morgan Freeman is expected to join the crew too.

The new promotional video of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board – Dubrovnik Riviera, in the production of Balduci Film and directed by Herve Tirmarche, won another award! At the New York Festivals International Film and Television Awards in Las Vegas, in the competition of 50 countries, it won third place and bronze plaque. 

This is one of many successes of the new promitional video. Just recently it won two awards at the Japan World’s Tourism Film Festival that was held in Osaka, Japan.In the category of tourist destinations, the Dubrovnik Riviera film won the second place. According to the ratings of the students of the Wakayama Tourism School, the Dubrovnik Riviera film was the best.

Also, the video won the ''second star'' award in the category of regional videos at 'The Golden City Gate' multimedia festival at the ITB Fair in Berlin.

DUBROVNIK RIVIERA from Balduci Film on Vimeo.

The city district Pile - Kono, Caritas and the Red Cross on Saturday, April 13th from 9 am to 4 pm will have a humanitarian action for the users of the public kitchen. They invite all citizens of Dubrovnik and people of good will to get involved.

-We will be collecting the gift packages that will be given to the users of public kitchen on Easter. The gift package content is the choice of the donor. We would like to thank everybody in advance - said the organizers: Pile – Kono district, Caritas and Red Cross.

If you are in Dubrovnik this weekend enjoying your vacation, you might feel even better when you help the ones in need. 

Korculanske Pjatanace, festival that celebrates Dalmatian cuisine in both its classic forms, reflecting the long history of local seasonal recipes with a modern twist will be held again this year on the beautiful island of Korcula from April 26th to April 30th.

The first Korculanske Pjatance, spring food and wine festival, was held in 2017, when restaurants from Korcula, Lumbarda and Pupnat joined together to present the best of local food and wine to visitors and the local population.

Stimulated by the success of the first festival, Adio Mare, Aterina, Baric, Filippi, LD Restaurant, Marco's, Nonno, Radiona, konoba Maha, konoba Mate and Eko Skoj, founded the association «Korculanske pjatance» in January 2018.

-We aim to develop the town of Korcula as a destination for high-quality tourism based on outstanding gastronomy, superb local wines and outstanding hospitality, while cherishing the centuries long traditions that are woven into the identity of the town and the island – the organizers explain.
The chefs present their gastronomic accomplishments through creative menus that show the diversity that this island has to offer together with new season releases from the wine and olive oil producers. All menus are designed especialy for this occasion with special value for money prices.

As organizers write - spring time nature in all its richness awakens. It is a time for picking herbs and fruits from the countryside and when we have the most delicious ingredients such as wild asparagus, wild vegetables and herbs, new season oysters and spring lamb.The sea is also at its richest. What better reason for choosing this time of the year to celebrate the richness of Spring with a food and wine festival?

-Spring time provides inspiration for our chefs, but also for the olive oil  producers and winemakers of Korcula and the nearby Peljesac peninsula. They experience olive trees, grape vines, sea, island and peninsula as an unfailing source of inspiration for new interpretations of wines made from the local grapes Posip, Grk and Plavac mali, and olive oils from traditional local varieties, such as Orgula, Drobnica and Lastovka. Their new season releases will be presented during the festival, allowing to experience for the first time the flavours that will accompany the upcoming season – it's written on the official website of Korculanske pjatance.

If you are intrigued, check the program of the Festival right here.

If you are planning a trip to Dubrovnik and can't decide what to pack, Instagram might be your inspiration point. Browsing through the photos from Dubrovnik, the ones that often steal our attention are those of the ladies in beautiful, flowy dresses. Floral, colorful, white, black – they all look good in this kind of surroundings.

Stone, sea and your favorite dress: that's how the magic happens! With warmer days coming up, you will surely feel the urge to pack that dress that has been waiting for that perfect moment to be worn. If not during the vacation in Dubrovnik, when?

You can vote for your favorite photo in the poll below. 

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Some of the greatest Hollywood celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Salma Hayek and Ryan Reynolds, arrived in Croatia to film the sequel to the successful action movie from 2017 "The Hitman's Bodyguard" and they instantly fell in love with our country.

When arriving to Rovinj, both Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek shared photos on their official Instagram accounts.

Salma Hayek shared a photo where she is hugging Samuel L. Jackson on the streets of Rovinj.

- Arriving to a new magical location – she wrote as a caption of the photo which collected one quarter of a million likes!

Samuel L. Jackson shared a couple of photos of the city, adding: ‘’This new location looks promising! Croatia is lovely at first glance!’’, making his fans fall in love with our country.

Ryan Reynolds still stays silent, but has been spotted at the movie set. Let’s give him a couple of days to adapt and share, hopefully, couple of beautiful shots from Croatia.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard was a great success for Lionsgate, since their budget was 30 million dollars and they earned – 175 million. The sequel, which will be entitled The Hitman's Wife Bodyguard, is already attracting a lot of attention and will be a great promotion for Croatia as a filming location. Just recently it was announced that one more action star is added to the cast: Frank Grillo, known from the movies such as The Purge: Anarchy, The Grey, and Warrior. Morgan Freeman is expected to join the crew too.

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