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.
Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Summer has been magnificent and doesn't look like ending any time soon. The streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik are a fashion centre as always.
The new Barcelona home shirt for the 2019/2020 season has a distinct resemblance to the Croatian national shirts. According to unconfirmed reports in the Spanish press the club have given Nike permission to go with the new design and work on preparing the new look kit is underway. For the first time in history, there will be no lines on the strip.
“Instead, Barça's home shirt will be squared, in a similar to design to the one worn by Croatia's national team, although it still will maintain the Blaugrana colours,” reports the Spanish website sport.es.
The shirt will certainly be familiar to the Barcelona FC midfielder Ivan Rakitić who reached the finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
New look Barcelona 2019/2020 shirt
A major conference is being held in Dubrovnik, which brings together China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries. Tourism ministers and tourism workers from these countries are discussing co-operation in their respective sectors. Today, the working part of the conference will, among other things, hold a bilateral meeting of the Croatian and Chinese delegations, where the ministries will sign a cooperation agreement.
“The main destination of Chinese tourists is Europe, and they traditionally visit several countries as part of their stay. They travel all year long and are interested in cultural and historical sights and natural beauties, so visiting Croatia they most frequently visit Zagreb, the Plitvice Lakes and Dubrovnik. Although the number of Chinese tourists is still not large, their growth is considerable. So last year they were 60 percent more, and a similar number is expected this year,” commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.
Earlier in the meeting the Chinese tourism minister, Lu Shugang, said that Croatia has rich tourist resources and a beautiful landscape. "You are as crowned as the pearl of the Mediterranean," he said.
In the first eight months of 2018, Zagreb recorded 34,000 arrivals and 51,000 guest nights from China.
The HBO serial, which was partly filmed in Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones has stormed the 70th annual Emmy awards taking home a grand total of seven awards including the biggest award – outstanding drama series.
The fantasy serial which uses Dubrovnik as the backdrop for King’s Landing is set for its eighth and final season and is due to be aired in April 2019. Apart from winning the night’s top prize Game of Thrones also won awards for makeup, costumes, music composition and stunt coordination.
The final season of Game of Thrones Season will feature just six episodes. However, it is believed that these episodes will be feature-length, meaning up to 120 minutes each.
Back in January this year the cast and crew were in Dubrovnik for a few days filming for the grand finale.
Season 8 filming in Dubrovnik - Photo Ivana Smilovic
As part of the regular maintenance of the pavements and walls within the historical coreof Dubrovnik work is currently underway on the renovation of the stone pavement in front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral. An area of around 70 metres squared is being re-laid and repaired due to damages.
And on the pavement in another street, this time the Strossmayera Street, not far from the Luka Sorkočević Art School, work is also being carried out to repair the stones that have become uneven.
The City of Dubrovnik advises citizens and tourists to be aware that these works are underway and to be careful on the effected streets.
The average price of a new apartment in Croatia in the first half of this year was HRK 10,829, which is 4.7 percent more than in the same period of 2017, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The average price per square meter of a new apartment in Zagreb amounted to HRK 12,397, which is 6.4 percent more than the previous year.
The CBS data also shows that in the first half of 2018 1,310 new apartments were sold in Croatia, of which 500 were in Zagreb and 810 in other cities.
David Garrett is one of the most successful contemporary pop and crossover violinists. He received the first violin when he was only four years, and by the tender age of 13 he became the youngest soloist who signed an exclusive contract with the prestigious record company Deutsche Grammophon. And this October he is coming to Croatia for a mega concert in Zagreb.
The first time that he performed in Croatia was actually in Dubrovnik back in 2002 as part of the Julian Rachlin and Friends festival. And the city certainly left its mark with the talented violinist, “Dubrovnik is a beautiful city and it remains as a beautiful memory, "says Garrett.
In an interview for the Croatian newspaper Vecernji List Garrett was asked whether he found the streets of Dubrovnik inspiring, “Absolutely, it beautiful. One of the most amazing old towns I have ever seen and yes it was very inspiring.”
This talented violinist, whose performances look like rock spectacles, is looking forward to his giant concert on the 13th of October at the Zagreb Arena.
Sometimes you find a gem in the most unlikely of locations. And to find fish and chips in Dubrovnik, well that would be like finding English wine in Paris. So imagine my surprise when we came across a story, or was it a legend, of a Dubrovnik hotel serving the ultimately English dish.
In fact, it’s surprising that someone hasn’t thought about this already. OK, we realise that it isn’t an authentic Dalmatian delicacy but with so many British holidaying in the city they might just fancy a taste of home. And if you fancy a “comfort blanket” dish whilst here on holiday follow this.
Hotel Komodor, one of the hotels in the Maestral group, is located in the Lapad suburb of Dubrovnik. Right on the main road and next to the newly developed Sunset Beach it can be reached by bus and there is plenty of parking nearby, just ask your Uber driver or your smartphone for directions.
And this unassuming hotel is the home to the best fish and chips in Dubrovnik. Ok, just to keep it completely honest it is the only fish and chips and Dubrovnik so the competition is rather weak. But seriously it is pretty good. The fish is extremely fresh and falls apart on the fork, the ships, well they aren’t the thick ones you’d find from a chippy in Margate but they are fresh and plentiful. You’ll have to bring your own bottle of Sarsons vinegar with you though. “It was a joint idea to joint idea to add fish and chips to the menu for this year,” commented the Head Chef at Hotel Komodor, Božo Dadić. “We selected six or seven dishes from the main menu and made a short lunch menu and fish and chips found its way onto that,” he added.
And at only 85 Kunas for a portion which included three fillets of fish it is more than reasonable. “We only serve it at lunch from midday to 5.00pm,” said Dadić, adding that it has proved a popular dish for guests this year. You even have a view, although a little restricted of the sea, so add in your own seagull cries and pretend you are on the pier in Blackpool. Fish and chips in Dubrovnik is a winner at Hotel Komodor, we know…we tried it!
If your Uber driver doesn't know the way show him this map!