Sunday, 04 December 2022
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.


Last night around the historic old plane tree in the centre of Mlini what appears like sinkholes appeared.


A reader sent us these photos late last night of the hole in Mlini. The cobbled pathway has collapsed into the ground and will clearly need work to repair. The oriental plane tree, which is located close to the Adriatic, is believed to have been planted in 1742.


And with the sea to one side and a small river the other side this amount of water could have led to the land fall.


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“I really want to go on that train,” was a sentence that I had heard for two weeks. My sister had flippantly suggested that there was a coastal train that we could catch in the south of Devon and that the views were fantastic. Personally I had never heard of such a train. However, my wife was convinced, and she was waiting for that train. “He who waits for something good can never wait too long.” I remember hearing that phrase from a Swedish friend once and I love it.


Now even though by far our main means of transport is our feet we have also been on some powered ones. The odd bus and taxi along the way when we get lost and boats, lots of boats.


The coastal path, especially in the south of the country, is indented with rivers. The vast majority are tidal rivers, meaning that when the tide goes out you are left with a trickling stream in the middle. And all these rivers need crossing. From large ferries pulled by underwater chains to sell wooden boats that we have to jump into. We’ve even had a tractor take us out into the river to meet the boat and we jumped from the tractor into the bobbing boat. That was a fun one.




And just the other day a new experience. A floating pontoon that was dragged across the river by a tug boat. “We have done it this way for years,” smiled the conductor on the pontoon as we paid. Traditions aren’t given up easily in this part of the world. And on that early morning ferry ride was only one other passenger.


“Oh, you are going to Paignton today,” she said as we started talking. “Why don’t you get the steam train,” she added. My wife’s ears pricked up like a hunting dog hearing a twig snap. “Where is the train,” she asked in a flash. The ferry landed and the steam train was literally right there. “Can we go on it, we’ve got to go on it,” said my wife with a beaming smile across her face.


I had a dilemma. The train would take a whole stage out of our walk. I knew that if we did indeed take the train that we would have to come back at some point in the future to walk this stage. But I have to say that the train looked absolutely enchanting. Two tickets and a dog ticket in our hands (yes, our dog had his own ticket) and we were waiting on a platform that was like travelling back in time to the early 1900’s. A few large screeches of steam and a bellowing steam cloud and our locomotive arrived. The whole experience was unforgettable and clearly I wasn’t the only person enjoying it. As one particularly large cloud of steam left the train a group of Americans showed their appreciation by clapping the puffing train.


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And the train was full. With tickets around 20 pounds it was clearly a good business, but more importantly it is a valuable tourist experience that highlights a golden chapter from the past.


If only Dubrovnik had such an opportunity. If only Dubrovnik had a former means of transport that could be reintroduced. If only that form of transport was not only attractive but could also have a practical use to move people from the port to the Old City. If only we had a steam train or something like that, maybe a tram or something.


Wait! Hang on! How stupid of me.


We don’t have one option, we have them both. Imagine the steam train “Ćiro” puffing clouds of steam over the hills as tourists scream in excitement or the former tramway pulling carriage loads of tourists back from a visit to the Old City to their waiting cruise ship. Sometimes you have to look backwards to see forwards. Both of these old forms of transport were “green” to a certain extent and both nonpolluting. To say that the reintroduction of the tram and steam train would be a hit and a magnet for guests would be an understatement.


However, passion and handwork are required. It was clear that the steam railway between Dartmouth and Paignton was not only an attraction but also a “passion project” for the people employed. It took them lots and lots of time, energy and hard work to get the railway as impressive as it is today. This didn’t happen overnight. However, with a vision and determination anything is possible. So we boarded our carriage. And out of the seven carriages we had been allocated two seats on a carriage named “Dave.” Yes, we were sitting on a train named after my later father. One of the main reasons that I am doing the walk is that my father loved this part of the world and would have loved to have walked the path. Unfortunately, we never got the opportunity. So I am doing the walk in his name. And don’t ask me how, but somehow his name keeps appearing on our walk. The wooden sign the carriage was just the latest example.


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The 20-minute ride was magical. Older men were almost in tears as the carriages bumped along the tracks. And indeed my wife was in tears, tears of joy, as the coast flashed past our windows. Any guilt that I had initially felt on taking the day off from walking and taking the train soon melted away. Yes, we will at some point come back and walk this part of the South West Coast Path, but that day on the steam train will remain etched into our memories forever. And the best thing about memories is actually making them.

Dubrovnik has had an extremely successful end to the tourist season with almost 129,500 guests in the Dubrovnik - Neretva County this October. When the season finally winds up and the i’s and dotted and the t’s crossed it will be no doubt be seen as an impressive bounce back from the two years of the pandemic. October, which is traditionally the last month of tourism in the wider Dubrovnik region, saw 452,500 overnight stays, or 13 percent more when compared with the same month from last year.


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Now as November has begun the flights have already started to dry up and the majority of hotels will close their doors until next spring. Looking back at the year so far the Dubrovnik - Neretva County has recorded 7.61 million overnight stays from the beginning of the year until the end of October. This figure represents a massive 46 percent more when compared with the same period from last year, and more importantly only 13 percent less than the record breaking year of 2019.

The most overnight stays since the beginning of the year have come from Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Croatia, France and the United States of America.

The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, together with colleagues and representatives of the competent municipal companies, today visited the area of ​​Žarkovica where the former animal shelter was located. Ana Ivelje, the head of the dog relocation project, was also present and explained the current situation.


In the next month, weather permitting, the employees of the municipal companies of the City of Dubrovnik will remove all objects contaminated with rodents and pests, which will create prerequisites for disinfection and clearing of the entire area. This work will be carried out by the relevant city department (Sanitat) and all with the aim of preventing the spread of infectious diseases. and to protect the population of the surrounding settlements.


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Previously, Sanitat employees moved the remaining 67 dogs into new kennels, where they are working on the socialisation and processing of the dogs, as well as preparation for transport and adoption.



The City of Dubrovnik thanked all the associations and volunteers who are involved in the dog care project, in cooperation with the city administration and competent services, so that all the animals are cured and get a new home and family. 67 of them are still waiting for a permanent home, and according to the order of the veterinary inspection at the State Inspectorate of the Republic of Croatia, the deadline for closing the asylum is the end of January 2023, by which time all dogs must be adequately cared for.

You need to see some places in this world before you die. These destinations are bucket list items for a reason – they offer an experience unlike anything else. Whether you're looking for stunning natural landscapes, ancient ruins, or vibrant city streets, there is something for everyone. This blog post will list some of the most amazing places on Earth and discuss why each one needs to be at the top of your travel list.



Tel Aviv, Israel

Israel is a country that is rich in history and culture. The city of Tel Aviv is the perfect place to start your exploration of this fascinating country. There is something for everyone in Tel Aviv, from the beautiful beaches to the lively nightlife. Be sure to visit Old Jaffa – a historic district with cobbled streets and a unique atmosphere. You will find the best areas to stay in Tel Aviv when you research online. You can also consider renting an apartment in Tel Aviv to experience life like a local. These apartments are usually very affordable and offer a more authentic experience than a hotel.

Petra, Jordan

Petra is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jordan. This ancient city is carved into sandstone cliffs and features a range of intricate buildings and temples. The Treasury is the most iconic Petra structure and is worth visiting. You can explore Petra on your own but you can also take a guided tour. Either way, you are sure to be amazed by this ancient city. A guided tour is an excellent option if you want to know about the history and culture of Petra. The tour guides will often take you to places you could not find on your own. For instance, they might take you to a hidden tomb or show you a secret passageway.

The Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef, a popular tourist destination in Australia, is home to abundant marine life and is an excellent place for snorkeling and diving. Visit the reef between November and March. This is when the weather is more relaxed, and the water is more transparent. There are many tour operators who offer trips to the Great Barrier Reef. These tours usually include activities such as snorkeling, diving, and swimming. Otherwise, stay in one of the many resorts located on the reef. These resorts offer a wide range of facilities and activities, so you can find one that suits your needs.

The Great Wall of China

An iconic structure in the world is The Great Wall of China. This massive wall stretches for over 5,000 miles and is an incredible feat of engineering. The best time to visit the wall is between April and October. This is when the weather is more relaxed, and the crowds are smaller. Many tour operators offer trips to the Great Wall of China. These tours usually include a hike along a section of the wall. You can also take a cable car or toboggan ride for a unique experience. You can reach the top of the wall with ease through a cable car ride. This is where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is a popular tourist destination in India. Emperor Shah Jahan built this beautiful mausoleum in memory of his late wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Taj Mahal is made of white marble and is adorned with intricate designs. The architect, Ustad Ahmad Lahauri, is believed to have used the principles of Islamic architecture when designing the Taj Mahal. This means that the building is symmetrical and has a central dome. In taking a picture of the Taj Mahal, it is customary to include the minarets in the frame. These slender towers are an essential part of the design of the Taj Mahal and add to its beauty.

Paris, France

The city of love – what more needs to be said? Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world for a reason. From the stunning architecture to the delicious food, there is something for everyone in Paris. If you're looking for a romantic getaway, then Paris is the perfect place. You can stroll hand in hand along the banks of the Seine, enjoy a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, or explore one of the many museums and art galleries. If you're looking for a more action-packed vacation, you can visit Disneyland Paris or go shopping on the Champs-Élysées. You will find it in Paris no matter what you're looking for.


These are just a few fantastic places you need to visit. There are many more destinations out there that offer an incredible experience. So, start planning your next trip and add these places to your travel list. You won't regret it. Rest assured that you will find the perfect destination for your next vacation with some research.




In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 110 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the past week.


There are 54 people from Dubrovnik, 21 from Dubrovačko primorje, 17 from Metković, seven from Ploče, four from Zažablje, three from Konavle and one from Kula Norinska, Lumbarda, Opuzen and Slivno.


157 people recovered: 80 from Dubrovnik, 35 from Župa Dubrovnik, 21 from Metković, 11 from Konavle, three from Opuzen, two from Kula Norinska and one from the Dubrovačko primorje, Orebić, Ploče, Pojezerje and Slivno.


In the past week, 506 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 266,273 samples have been analysed.


Seven people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalised in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

The destroyer HMS Defender, of the British Royal Navy, sailed into the Split waters on Sunday to visit the Croatian Navy and the city of Split, the Ministry of Defence reported on Sunday.


The ship will stay in the city port of Split until November 3, as part of bilateral military cooperation activities with the British Navy.


In addition to formal receptions at the Split City Administration and the Croatian Navy (HRM) Command, the program also includes a visit by the Royal Marines to the naval infantry company in Ploče, joint exercises, sports meetings and training with the forces of the HRM Fleet.


HMS Defender, a Daring-class destroyer, is 152.4 metres long, 21.2 metres wide, 7.8 metres draft and 8,000 tons displacement. The destroyer has been in service with the Royal Navy since 2013, and the ship's home port is Portsmouth.


The crew consists of 234 members, and the ship's commander is frigate captain George Storton.


The Daring-class destroyers are the backbone of the British Royal Navy's fleet. They are capable of performing a wide range of tasks in the domain of maritime warfare, as well as combating piracy, combating smuggling and providing humanitarian aid after natural disasters.


As anyone who has ever tried to trade knows, finding the right platform can be difficult. There are so many different options available, and each one offers a different set of features. Some platforms are designed for experienced traders, while others are more suited for beginners. Some offer a wide range of assets to trade, while others specialize in a particular type of asset. Ultimately, the best platform for you will depend on your individual trading style and needs. Fortunately, there are a few things that you can keep in mind to help you find the right platform for your needs.

If you're looking for an easy-to-use platform for buying, selling, and storing cryptocurrencies, Gates-bridge is a great option. Not only does Gates-bridge make it simple to buy and sell your cryptocurrencies, but you can also use the platform to trade on different exchanges. This makes it easy to take advantage of market fluctuations and make profits. In addition, Gates-bridge offers a secure storage option for your cryptocurrencies, which is important for keeping your assets safe. Overall, Gates-bridge is a versatile platform that can meet all your cryptocurrency needs.

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First, make sure to consider your experience level. If you're a beginner, look for a platform that offers a good deal of educational resources. If you're more experienced, on the other hand, you'll want to focus on platforms with low fees and a wide range of assets. Second, think about the types of assets that you want to trade. Some platforms specialize in stocks, while others offer a more diverse range of assets including cryptocurrencies, commodities, and forex. Lastly, consider your budget. Some platforms charge monthly fees, while others only charge per trade. By keeping these factors in mind, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect trading platform for your needs.

Gates-bridge is an online cryptocurrency platform that makes it easy to buy, sell, and store your cryptocurrencies. You can also use Gates-bridge to trade on different exchanges. The platform has been designed to be user-friendly and intuitive, and it provides a range of features that will appeal to both experienced investors and those who are new to the world of cryptocurrencies. Gates-bridge also offers a mobile app, so you can access your account on the go. And if you're looking for a place to store your cryptocurrencies, Gates-bridge offers a secure wallet service. So, whether you're just getting started in the world of cryptocurrencies or you're a seasoned investor, Gates-bridge is the ideal platform.

In the world of online security, it is always important to consider the different layers of protection that are available. Gates-Bridge is one of the most secure online crypto platforms out there. They use 2-factor authentication and have implemented several measures to ensure that their user's data is safe. One of the key features of Gates-Bridge is its use of risk mitigation. This means that they constantly monitor the market to identify and mitigate any potential risks. As a result, their users can trade with confidence, knowing that their funds are well protected. Another impressive feature of Gates-Bridge is their customer service. They have a dedicated team of experts available 24/7 to help their users with any issues they may have. Whether it is a question about the platform or a technical issue, they will be able to assist you. Overall, Gates-Bridge is a secure and reliable platform that provides its users with peace of mind.

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Gates-Bridge is a blockchain platform that offers various services to help businesses and organizations integrate blockchain technology. The platform provides a set of tools for developers to build applications on the blockchain and a wallet for storing and managing digital assets. In addition, Gates-Bridge offers a data marketplace, which allows businesses to buy and sell data with each other using smart contracts. The platform also features a built-in exchange for digital trading assets and a payment system that supports multiple currencies. With its comprehensive suite of features, Gates-Bridge is an ideal platform for businesses looking to take advantage of blockchain technology.

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What does Gates-Bridge Offer?


Gates-Bridge has quickly become the go-to platform for those looking to invest in cryptocurrency and stocks. They offer a comprehensive suite of tools and services that makes it easy for users of all experience levels to buy, sell, and trade digital assets.

Their user-friendly interface is perfect for beginners, while their advanced features will appeal to more experienced investors. Gates-Bridge also offers competitive fees, making it an affordable option for those looking to make a long-term investment. In addition, their customer service team is available to help with any questions or concerns. With their growing popularity, it's no surprise that Gates-Bridge is quickly becoming the leading choice for anyone looking to invest in the digital economy.

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Gate-bridge's pricing plans are designed to be both straightforward and easy to understand. They have five account types to choose from, each of which has its own set of features and benefits. As a result, their clients can range from novices to professionals. The most basic account, the "Pure" plan, is perfect for those just starting out with online marketing. It includes all the essential features, such as keyword research and website analysis. For those who need a little more help, the "Polished" plan provides additional features, such as landing page optimization and conversion tracking. Finally, the "Veteran" account is designed for businesses that require customizable solutions and dedicated support.

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Safety and Security:


Gates-Bridge is an online trading platform that takes the safety and security of its clients' money very seriously. They use the latest in security technology to protect their platform and client accounts. Gates-Bridge employs multiple layers of security, including physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards. They have implemented state-of-the-art encryption technology to protect all client information. In addition, they have a strict policy of never sharing client information with third parties. Gates-Bridge is committed to protecting its clients' money and personal information, and its security measures reflect that commitment.

Gates-Bridge is an online trading platform that is a trustworthy and secure platform for all your needs. It offers transparency, with data from each member being available to other members. The data offered by the platform helps users in navigating the site, find new opportunities, and make better choices. The site also has a forum where users can discuss various topics related to trading. The platform is user-friendly and offers a variety of features that make it a great choice for all your online trading needs.

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Gates-bridge is one of the leading online trading platforms for crypto assets. The company prides itself on excellent customer service, industry-leading security and safety measures, and a variety of account types to choose from. Gates-bridge also offers affordable prices and provides a wealth of information on all things crypto. In addition, the platform is continuously expanding its offerings and adding new features to appeal to a wider range of users. As a result, Gates-bridge is quickly becoming the go-to destination for all things crypto.

In addition to the pros mentioned above, Gates-Bridge also provides a user-friendly interface for buying and selling cryptocurrencies, as well as a wide selection of supported currencies. The platform offers both individual and institutional trading options, allowing for flexibility in investment strategies. Their team is constantly updating and improving the platform to ensure smooth operations and maximum efficiency. Overall, Gates-Bridge provides a comprehensive and reliable service for those looking to trade in cryptocurrency.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to be a recommendation. The author is not responsible for any resulting actions of the company during your trading experience.

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