Sunday, 16 January 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Celebrites have been coming to Croatia for years but this summer has turned our country into the real celebrity magnet! After Bono Vox, Reese Witherspoon, The Black Eyed Peas and many more, the new celebrity is cruising the Adriatic – MC Hammer. He has published many photos and videos from the yacht on the social media, showing his fans that he's having a great time.

- Loving and Living Life. Adriatic Sea. Worlds Fastest Yacht and my friends. We good. Salute – it's written in the caption of one photo.

In case you didn't know, MC Hammer is an American hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer, entrepreneur, spokesman and actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records (such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit"), flashy dance movements, choreography and Hammer pants. Hammer's superstar-status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip hop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

The patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, has protected the historic city for many centuries, but now it seems he has a new role in life, a beer holder.

The large stone statue of the Dubrovnik saint on the front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral now features a glass bottle of beer. As the statue is quite a way off the ground whoever gave the saint a beer had quite a climb. And as the cathedral is opposite a busy restaurant it can be presumed that the prank was carried out in the early morning hours. To make matters even worse the hand in which the bottle was jammed was damaged in the Homeland War and the three fingers were destroyed by shrapnel. These fragile three fingers are now forced open to hold a bottle of local beer.

We can only hope that the bottle of beer is removed quickly and that St. Blaise can return to protecting the city and not holding beer bottles.

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The 31st Summer Olympic Games were definitely the most successful for Croatia so far.

At the Rio Summer Olympic Games 2016 Croatia's athletes won a record breaking total of 10 medals. Three of them were in athletics (two golds and a bronze), one bronze medal in boxing, a gold and silver in rowing, a gold and silver in sailing, a gold in shooting and a silver medal in water polo.

Croatian sports now has five Olympic champions; the discus thrower Sandra Perkovic, the javelin thrower Sara Kolak, rowers Martin and Valent Sinkovic in the men's double sculls, sailors Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in the men's 470 (dinghy) and the shooter Josip Glasnovic in the men's trap.

Three silver medals were won, by the rower Damir Martin in the men's single sculls competition, the sailor Tonci Stipanovic in the men's laser class, and by the men's national water polo team.

And female high jumper Blanka Vlasic and the boxer Filip Hrgovic in the men's super heavyweight category won bronze medals.
At the end of this Summer Olympic Games 2016 Croatia has found its place in the prestigious group of countries that won Olympic medals. Croatia ranked as the 17th among the 78 world countries, following the US, the UK, China, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, the South Korea, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, Brazil, Jamaica and Kenya. And interestingly by size of population Croatia finished third on the gold medal list behind Jamaica and the Bahamas.

At the Olympics in London in 2012 Croatia won a total of six medals, three of which were gold, one sliver and two bronzes, and placed as the 26th among the 85 country participants at the Summer Olympic Games in London.

 

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Every weekend our resident "Style Guru" will be scanning the streets of Dubrovnik for the latest and greatest in fashion. 

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Even though there's been quite a buzz all over the foreign media about the 'bikini ban' in Dubrovnik it seems that some of the tourists haven't heard of did or if they did – they don't care. Plenty of them walked around yesterday in bikinis or just in shorts and honestly we can't blame them since it was hot as hell.  

Just a reminder, because of the decision of the City Council showing your skin could cost you 1000 kuna, or around 133 euro or 146 dollars. If you decide to pay right on the spot you will pay half the price.

As we could see, there are still no signs that are planned to be at the entrances of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, so maybe that's a reason why tourists can walk around ''half naked'' freely still. Soon, as it will get colder, there will be no need for a 'bikini ban' because nobody will wear a bikini anymore.

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One of the icons of the world of fashion, Diane von Fürstenberg, took a walk in the Mljet woodland today. Fashion designer and formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg is currently on a cruise on a luxury yacht with fashion editor who currently writes for Vanity Fair.

The fashion duo went for a walk around the national park of Mljet and three photos appeared on social media, one of them clearly showing Diane von Fürstenberg with her Nordic walking sticks.

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) is a global luxury lifestyle brand available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide, with the company's headquarters and flagship boutique located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.

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Once again Game of Thrones has brought international media attention to Dubrovnik. This time the German television station Deutsche Welle has released a short video about Dubrovnik’s role in the globally popular series.

“Croatia's most popular old town has been dubbed the 'Pearl of the Adriatic.' Among the many tourists are 'Game of Thrones' fans, because several scenes in the show were shot in Dubrovnik,” writes this popular German media channel about King’s Landing, or Dubrovnik.

The video, which was clearly recorded through the winter, highlights the Game of Thrones tours that have sprung up and talks to local Dubrovnik guide Robert Simic. “It is a commercial that no one could pay for. We are the capital of the most famous show ever filmed, which is amazing,” comments Simic.

Check out this video!

If you only have one day to spend in Dubrovnik then you are going to need a constructive plan. Although the Old City is a car-free, self-contained entity and is relatively easy to navigate around you are still going to need some hot tips to maximise your stay.


Here are a few recommendations on our “must see” list. The best way to familiarise yourself with the city is by getting a bird’s eye view. Climb 432 metres over Dubrovnik with a ride on the cable car. The views are to die for, why not have a coffee in the Panorama Restaurant which offers aerial panoramas, it’s all in the name.

After an hour on the Srd Mountain you’ll need a swim, one of the most iconic beaches in Dubrovnik is the Banje Beach. You can either rent a sun bed or go to the public side of the beach, to the east, and roll out your towel for free. Time for lunch and the Old City offers over 100 restaurants, but beware there are many tourist traps, our choices are Kopun (home of capons), Proto (for an upmarket fish meal), Nista (vegetarian), Horizont (great service) or Kamenica (fresh fish and reasonable).

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After lunch why not catch some Dubrovnik culture, there are many museums in the Old City but you only have a day so the Rectors Palace will give you a brief insight into the power of the former Republic of Dubrovnik. Have you got time to walk the city walls, probably not, but you could walk half of them. For a seaside view get on at the Pile Gate and for an over the roof tops view get on at the Ploce Gate, unfortunately the price is the same if you walk a half circle or full. If you don’t fancy walking anymore then relax with a long drink on the Stradun, the main street that runs like an arrow through the heart of Dubrovnik. Try cafe bar Cele or the close by La Bodega for a real “live like a local,” feel. And the island of Lokrum, a stone's throw fom the Old City, is a must visit. Great location for a swim or a walk around the botanical garden. 

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Dubrovnik City Card
Save time and money on your daytrip to Dubrovnik with the one-day Dubrovnik City Card. The card offers you entrance into all of the city’s museums, city walls, bus travel and discount in many stores and restaurants. You can but the card at over 50 outlets throughout the city, including hotels, restaurants and travel agencies. We would suggest buying at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office on Pile just by the main entrance to the Old City. We would suggest buying at the Dubrovnik Tourist Board office on Pile just by the main entrance to the Old City. A one-day card costs 170 Kunas but if you buy online you will receive a 10 percent discount.

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Cable car - Ride to the sky in three minutes
The Dubrovnik cable car offers 360 degree views that will leave you breathless, almost as breathless as if you had walked to the top of the 432 metres high Srd Mountain. The ride lasts around three minutes and tickets can be bought at the lower station of the cable car, an adult return ticket costs 120 Kunas and 50 Kunas for children. At the top is an observation deck, a restaurant and souvenir shops. You can also catch buggy ride over the countryside if you are feeling adventurous, it’s fun and dirty! In May the cable car runs from 9am to 9pm and leaves every ten minutes. Get to the back of the car for the best views over Dubrovnik as you climb the mountain.

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Family friendly
The Banje Beach is great fun for all the family although be careful as the Adriatic gets deep relatively quickly!

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Where to park
The public parking garage, Zagrebačka Street, is probably the best bet. Or park out of town and get a bus in and out.

 

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