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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.


Recently, Cavtat received yet another significant recognition, this time in the form of a well-deserved place on the list of the most beautiful coastal European cities and places by the British newspaper "The Guardian." The criteria were not only related to tourism but also to access to attractive natural locations, the authenticity of the place, and the overall atmosphere.

The authors of The Guardian describe Cavtat as one of the "most charming small coastal towns in Dalmatia."

"One of Dalmatia’s most charming small seaside towns, Cavtat has terracotta-roofed houses that ripple out around a small horseshoe bay, with two wooded peninsulas stretching out towards Dubrovnik, 13 miles away across the water. Low-key cafes and restaurants – several run by the same families for decades – run parallel to the waterfront promenade, with swimming platforms and small pebble coves giving way to crystal-clear water. Boat taxis run regularly to Dubrovnik and nearby Elaphiti islands, and there’s a lovely circular walking route through the woods, with a couple of simple beach bars that are perfect sundowner spots," The Guardian states.

Head of the Konavle Council, Bozo Lasić, emphasized that this recognition also comes as a result of continuous work and investment in Cavtat, from landscaping, the construction of the promenade, to addressing the use of public spaces.

"In the last five years, we have received several major awards, being repeatedly declared either among the best destinations or the best destination, and we have won the Silver Flower of Entente Florale. These things do not come by themselves or overnight but are the result of hard work and careful consideration. I am delighted with every success related to Konavle, especially when we see that others recognize everything we invest in," Lasić said on this occasion.


The enchanting sight of horses galloping along the shores of Banje Beach, which mesmerized many bystanders in April, has now found its way into a promotional video. Ferretti Group, an esteemed international purveyor of luxury yachts, has unveiled a captivating spot to introduce its latest maritime marvel.

Highlighted in the spotlight is the opulent Custom Line Navetta 38 yacht, which received its prestigious unveiling against the backdrop of Dubrovnik's stunning coastal scenery. The promotional footage not only showcases the sleek design and luxurious features of the yacht but also offers a glimpse into the picturesque scenes captured on Banje Beach during April.

The average monthly net salary paid per employee in legal entities in the City of Zagreb for February this year was 1,439 euros, which is nominally higher by 2.1 percent compared to January and 11.4 percent compared to February last year.

According to data from the City Office for Economy, Environmental Sustainability, and Strategic Planning, the highest average monthly net salary in legal entities for February was paid in the production of basic pharmaceutical products and pharmaceutical preparations, amounting to 3,228 euros.

The lowest salary, on the other hand, was paid in the production of leather and related products, amounting to 855 euros.

Dubrovnik's public city transport provider, Libertas, has thrown its support behind Croatia's Eurovision representative, Baby Lasagna, joining the fervent enthusiasm sweeping the nation. The artist's advancement to the finals in the Swedish city of Malmö has ignited a frenzy of support, with Croatia proving to be Baby Lasagna crazy.

Amidst a flurry of fan videos flooding social media daily, one particular display of support has captured attention. Libertas unveiled a heart-warming video featuring staff dancing to the tune of ‘Rim Tim Tagi Dim’ in solidarity with Baby Lasagna's journey to Eurovision glory.

Not stopping at mere gestures, Libertas went above and beyond, adorning one of its buses with special decorations resembling small tablets. Adding to the whimsy, a cat, also adorned with these tablet decorations, took its place at the driver's seat, symbolizing the city's collective spirit rallying behind Baby Lasagna.

As Croatia tunes into Eurovision fever, the nation stands united in its support for Baby Lasagna, proving that the enthusiasm knows no bounds.

The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, will once again this year, join the celebration of Fortress Night with specially curated events, mostly taking place tonight, May 10, on Lovrijenac Fortress.

And the highlight of the evening is a program scheduled from 7:30 PM to 10:15 PM at Lovrijenac Fortress, featuring artistic performances managed by the SFT Art Collective team under the direction of Marko Mijatović.

Fortress Night A Night of Cultural Splendour at Lovrijenac Fortress 2

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy projection mapping and interactive installations created by Pixel Design and Linear Studio, accompanied by the music of Žarko Dragojević, an exhibition of posters from the Dubrovnik Summer Festival collection, jazz tunes by Maja Grgić and double bassist Zvonimir Šestak, amusingly eerie tales of Dubrovnik narrated by Marija Milovac, and a Renaissance feast that will surely complement the impression of the entire evening. Admission to all programs is free.

Fortress Night is a cultural and tourist event held at fortified monuments of cultural heritage (fortresses, citadels, castles, etc.). It was first realized in 2022 as a result of the European project FORTITUDE and has since connected and promoted programs at more than 45 fortification sites in 8 countries: Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, the Czech Republic, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, and Slovenia.


In an encouraging boost for the local tourism industry, Dubrovnik has seen a remarkable surge in visitor numbers this week, with close to 14,500 tourists choosing to stay within its bounds. This marks a significant increase of 31 percent compared to the same period last year.

Leading the influx are tourists from the United Kingdom and the United States, followed closely by visitors from France, Germany, Ireland, Finland, and Canada.

Baby Lasagna absolutely 'rocked' the stage in Sweden and received the loudest ovations.

Baby Lasagna lived up to the favorite status and once again increased his odds in the betting! The audience's love for him was evident in the reactions during his performance, where the entire crowd danced and sang along to that infectious 'Rim Tim Tagi Dim' that has gotten under everyone's skin.

Social media ablaze: 'Croatia is definitely winning'

"I am very happy that we pleased the audience and secured a spot in the final. Performing on the big stage in front of a packed arena is a new experience that I will surely remember. I honestly can't wait to repeat the performance on Saturday, in the finals. Thank you all for your support!" said Marko Purišić to tportal just after qualifying for Saturday's grand finale.

The final will take place this Saturday starting at 9 p.m., and Baby Lasagna will compete against 25 other contestant countries.

The following countries advanced to the semifinals:


Traveling can be an exciting and rewarding experience, but it can also come with its fair share of stress and anxieties. And for those who regularly use CBD products for their health and wellness, traveling can bring up even more concerns. With varying laws and regulations surrounding CBD across different countries and states, it's important to know how to safely and legally travel with your CBD products.

In this blog post, we will discuss some helpful tips and advice for traveling with CBD, so you can enjoy your trip without any worries or setbacks. Whether it's for business or pleasure, these tips will help ensure a smooth and stress-free traveling experience.

Shop Your CBD Supplies Online

One of the safest and most convenient ways to travel with CBD is by purchasing your supplies online. Not only does this eliminate the need to carry bulky or potentially messy products, but it also allows you to research and choose reputable brands that comply with legal regulations.

By shopping online, you can easily access lab reports and ingredient lists to ensure your products meet legal standards and do not contain any illegal substances. For instance, you can nourish your body with CBD gummies from a trusted brand, knowing that they are made with high-quality, legal ingredients. Plus, you can often take advantage of special online deals and discounts for added savings on your travel budget.

Research Laws and Regulations

Before traveling with CBD, it's crucial to research the laws and regulations surrounding the product in your destination. While CBD is legal in many countries and states, there are still places where it is restricted or completely banned.

By doing your due diligence beforehand, you can avoid any potential legal issues or confiscation of your CBD products at the airport. Keep in mind that laws may also vary within a country, so make sure to research specific cities or regions you will be visiting as well. This will ensure that you are fully informed about the legality of CBD in your travel destination.

Pack Your CBD Products in Your Carry-On Bag

When traveling with CBD, it's best to pack your products in your carry-on bag rather than your checked luggage. This is because most airport security screenings focus on larger bags and may not thoroughly check smaller carry-on bags.

By keeping your CBD products with you, you can ensure that they are not confiscated or lost during your travels. Additionally, this will allow you to have easy access to them if needed during the flight or layovers. Just make sure to follow the TSA's limits on liquids and gels for carry-on baggage when packing your CBD oil or tinctures.

Bring Necessary Documentation

In case of any questions or concerns at the airport, it's always a good idea to have necessary documentation on hand when traveling with CBD. This can include a doctor's note explaining the use and purpose of your CBD products, as well as copies of lab reports and ingredient lists from the manufacturer.

Having these documents readily available can help alleviate any doubts or suspicions from airport security and prevent any unnecessary delays or issues. Make sure to keep these documents organized and easily accessible in your carry-on bag for easy presentation if needed.

Be Aware of Airport Security Procedures

Every airport has its own set of security procedures, which may include additional screenings or inspections. While it's always important to comply and cooperate with airport staff, it's also important to know your rights as a traveler with CBD products.

If you are selected for additional screenings, make sure to calmly and politely explain the purpose of your CBD products and have necessary documentation ready if needed. Stay informed about any changes in airport security procedures and be prepared to adjust accordingly. This will ensure a smooth traveling experience without any unnecessary complications or misunderstandings.

Be Mindful of CBD Use in Public Places


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While CBD may be legal in your destination, it's still important to be mindful of where and when you use it. Different countries and states may have different laws regarding public consumption of CBD, so make sure to research and follow these regulations.

Additionally, it's always considerate to be mindful of those around you and their comfort levels with CBD use. If necessary, find a private or designated area to use your products, or opt for discreet methods such as topicals or capsules. By being respectful and aware of local laws and customs, you can enjoy the benefits of CBD while traveling without causing any disruptions.

Traveling with CBD can be a smooth and hassle-free experience if you follow these helpful tips. By shopping online for reputable products, researching laws and regulations, packing your CBD in your carry-on bag, bringing necessary documentation, being aware of airport security procedures, and being mindful of public CBD use, you can ensure a safe and legal journey. Remember to always stay informed and prepared, so you can fully enjoy your trip while maintaining your CBD routine.

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