Sunday, 16 June 2024
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.


Justin Bieber had an amazing concert in Arena Zagreb on Wednesday, but it seems that his Croatian adventure didn't stop there. He enjoyed his time at the night clubs in Zagreb, ate local food and even listened to folk music. He also played hockey with team Medvescak. 

Apparently, Bieber also decided to make one huge thing in capital of Croatia – to record a new song! According to the young singer, accompanied by Josh Gudwin - producer that's been behind his hit album Purpose, has came to the Morris studio, well known Zagreb recording studio.
As it's written in the article, Gudwin has chosen the Morris studio because it was only one that was good enough for Bieber. Gudwin has worked with celebrities like Rihanna, Chris Brown, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Lopez and many more, so he truly knows what he's doing.

It seems that Bieber was in the Morris studio more than two hours and his host was Filip Vidovic, studio manager and producer. When he entered the studio he sat by the piano and started playing. While he was there, more than 1000 fans came in front of the studio.

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Trump has been elected as the president of United States and that has caused some serious reactions all over the country. Some are celebrating, others are protesting and well, some want to leave the USA as soon as possible! The proof of that is the crash of Canada immigration website just before the election resluts have been published.

Because of these recent events, website European best destinations has published a list of the best destinations to live in Europe if you want to leave the USA.

- We have selected for you some of the most welcoming destinations where people live happily together. Discover the best European destinations for you to settle down after an election storm; they are ready to welcome you with open arms – writes the author of the article.
Zagreb, capital of Croatia, is on the list accompanied with destinations like Kotor (Montenegro), Porto (Portugal), Vienna (Austria) and others.

The text about Zagreb starts by praising Croatia – called one of the most beautiful countries in Europe.
- Zagreb is the perfect city to start a new life in Europe. Everything is here: wonderful museums, a charming downtown and traditional, beautiful parks which rank among the best city parks in Europe; what is more, you are only a few hours away from the most beautiful beaches in Europe and in winter you can even ski in the hills of Zagreb. At Christmas, the city becomes magical and delights young and old. If you want a change of life, discover the capital of Croatia and leave your luggage in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe – writes the author of the article.

We are not sure that leaving the USA is the best choice since every country in the world has its problems, but if you're up to it European best destinations say that Zagreb could be the right choice for you.

The torrential showers that hit the Dubrovnik region this morning and afternoon not only brought with them hail and flooding, they also made driving conditions hazardous.

The Adriatic Highway the main road that links the city with the airport was particularly dangerous this afternoon as the rains caused heavy rocks and boulders to bounce down onto the road.

The mountain side of the main road is protected by fences and reinforced metal nets, however it would seem that some rocks “escaped” and landed on the road. Be extra careful if you are driving on the main Adriatic highway this evening.

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Mayor of Dubrovnik Andro Vlahusic made it official – during the Advent part of Dubrovnik Winter festival, from November 19 to January 8, bus rides will be free!

What it's important to emphasize is that the bus will be free from 5 pm to the last departure. This works for all City lines that drive to and from historical center.
Special line, from bus station to the Pile Gate, will operate from November 19 and will be free during the whole day.

Dubrovnik Winter Festival Opening ceremony will be on Saturday, November 19. The rich program will start by turning on the Christmas lights and the concert of famous Croatian band Colonia. 

Classic Old-timers will line the main street through the historic Old City of Dubrovnik this weekend.

On Sunday the Dubrovnik Old-timer Club will organise their 13th Dubrovnik vintage car rally in the Port of Dubrovnik at 9.00am. Then, following a tour of the city, they will enter into the Old City at 10.00am.

Visitors will have the chance to take a closer look at these rare antique cars in the Old City from 10.00am up until 1.00pm.

Dear The Dubrovnik Times,

I came to Dubrovnik for the 74th time at the beginning of October this year and every time I come I send postcards to my family, friend and work colleagues. This year I wrote forty postcards and went to the Post Office in Trsteno to send them. On the 10th of October I sent them from the post office and still today, a month later, these postcards haven’t arrived.

I sent these postcards to numerous addresses in Germany, Croatia, Austria and Switzerland and in total it cost me over 100 Euros to send them. I am extremely disappointed! I have contacted the post office in and all they could tell we was “they will arrive, please have patience.”

I can only hope that the postcards will arrive in time for Christmas! Again I paid over 100 Euros for this in total and yet still haven’t received the postcards or an explanation from the post office, apart from “be patient.”

Dietmar Gamerith – Austria

The walls of Ston are unmissable, literally unmissable, after the Great Wall of China they are the second longest defensive walls in the world. Ston is your destination, around an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik. A great destination for history lovers and gastro lovers, some of the best restaurants in the region are in Ston, don’t forget to try the oysters.

In 1333 the Republic of Dubrovnik bought the Pelješac peninsular from the Serbian Emperor Dušan. To keep their new property, the citizens of Dubrovnik immediately planned the construction of special fortifications in Ston and Mali Ston that both defended the towns and the peninsular of Pelješac.

The walls of Ston are the largest construction venture outside the Republic of Dubrovnik. They consist of walls of Ston and Mali Ston, the Great Wall, the three fortresses, ten circular, thirty-one square towers and a square and six semi-circular bastions. The height of the walls is between 5 and 10 metres. Today around four and a half kilometres in length they connect Ston and Mali Ston and are one of the longest fortification systems in Europe.

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The walls of Ston were a massive architecture and construction feat. Originally 7000-meters long (22 965 ft.), they consist of several parts; the Stone city walls, the Mali Ston city walls and the Big wall with its three forts. Its forts and towers are strengthened by 10 round and 31 square flanking towers and 6 semi-circular bastions. It took almost four centuries to finish these complex defence walls, as the builders had to adapt to the rough terrain and advancements in warfare technology.

The walls were last used for defence in the 19th century, and today they are a priceless monument of immense architectural and cultural value. The association of friends of Dubrovnik antiquities, since their establishment in 1952, care for Dubrovnik, Molunat, Cavtat and Ston walls and the town of Sokol in Konavle.

Profits from ticket sales on the Dubrovnik city walls are mostly used for the maintenance and systematic renewal of the walls, in a kind of self-financing way.

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In a strong international competition and after months of negotiations and a series of offered technical innovative solutions, the Brodosplit shipyard was chosen for building a cruise ship for the polar regions, the Polar Expedition Cruise Vessel. The contract was signed on the 8th of November, 2016 in the Netherlands with a leading company for expedition cruising in the polar regions.

‘’By signing this contract Brodosplit is strongly progressing in the realization of all its business plans and is determining its position as an inevitable European shipbuilding system which builds highly complex vessels that achieve high competitiveness’’, said Tomislav Debeljak, the CEO of the Brodosplit shipyard.

The ship will be built in the class LR PC6 (Polar Class 6) which will be the first cruise ship in the world that has ever been built in this class. It will have 8 decks and host 196 passengers in 95 cabins, while 69 crew members will look after passengers' needs. The ship will be 107.6 m long and 17.6 m wide. It will be powered by two engines with a total output of 4200 kW and will be able to reach speeds of 15 knots.

This cruise ship will be equipped with all necessary system solutions in order to enable its passengers to visit the glaciers above and below the sea level enjoying the view at this unique biological and animal life from the best perspective. The passengers will be accommodated in luxury cabins and suites where ship systems will provide them a safe and pleasant stay.

The design and all technical solutions are the work of the Brodosplit’s experts who have confirmed their key role with this project in positioning the Brodosplit shipyard highly on the list of technical competencies and construction competitiveness.
The ship is to be delivered in 2019.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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