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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The London Coffee Festival started yesterday and because of that The Telegraph published a map to show coffee consumption per capita all over the world.

Finland is the absolute winner with 12 kg per person per year, according to the stats that they collected from the International Coffee Organization.

Croatia is well known for its coffee lovers, but it wasn’t placed in top 5, 10 or even 15 – it made it to the top 20, or more precisely on 19th place with 4.9 kg per person per year.

Here is the list of the 20 biggest coffee drinkers in the world:

1.    Finland - 12kg per capita per year
2.    Norway - 9.9
3.    Iceland - 9
4.    Denmark - 8.7
5.    Netherlands - 8.4
6.    Sweden - 8.2
7.    Switzerland - 7.9
8.    Belgium - 6.8
9.    Luxembourg - 6.5
10.    Canada - 6.2
11.    Bosnia and Herzegovina - 6.1
12.    Austria - 5.9
13.    Italy - 5.8
14.    Slovenia - 5.8
15.    Brazil - 5.5
16.    Germany - 5.5
17.    Greece - 5.4
18.    France - 5.1
19.    Croatia - 4.9
20.    Cyprus - 4.8

Since United Kingdom wasn’t placed in the top 20 coffee lover nations, Telegraph explains that it might be that way because they consume a lot of tea. That's why they included a list of the world’s 20 biggest tea drinkers with Turkey, Ireland and United Kingdom in the top. However, Croatia didn’t find its place on the list.

Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Tina Turner are just some of the celebrities who could not resist the beauties of Croatia.

One of numerous Hollywood actors who was recently enchanted with the country is Pilou Asbaek, the Danish actor famous for its latest role in the film ''Ghost in the Shell'' and for his role in the Game of Thrones serial where he played Euron Greyjoy.

Asbaek spent several months in Zagreb shooting a new film, and he was fascinated with Croatian cuisine, women and the country.

''I spent two months in Zagreb. Croatia is Europe’s best secret! It's incredible! I love Italy, but you can go to Croatia and pay half the price and the food is just as good. And women are very beautiful as well. The only thing I'm very upset of is that I didn't get a chance to go to Dubrovnik. I would really like to see that city'', said Asbaek.

Even though he worked hard during his stay in Croatia, Asbaek enjoyed tasting Croatian cuisine every night, and he was thrilled with Croatian specialties. ''I liked it so much that I was considering of a road trip through Croatia with my wife and daughter this summer'', concluded the famous Danish actor.

Pilou Asbaek in game of thrones

Pilou Asbaekin Game of Thrones 

Tülin Şahin, Turkish top model, television presenter, author, and actress has recently spent time in Dubrovnik and loved it, according to her official Instagram profile. She made couple of beautiful shots in the Old City and discovered that she visited Dubrovnik because of work, but didn’t give any additional details.
Tülin was born in Odense in Denmark and spent her childhood there. She was discovered in a shopping mall and went to do professional modelling career in Paris in 1998. She came to Turkey, the birthplace of her parents to work for Zeki Triko.

It’s interesting to know that Şahin is also known as 'Sivaslı Cindy' or 'Cindy from Sivas' because of her close resemblance to Cindy Crawford and Sivas being her hometown.

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At the beginning of this May a shrine with a 17 metres high statue of Our Lady of Loreto will be opened on the hill Gaj above the city of Primosten in the Sibenik-Knin County.

The statue of Primosten's patron saint was designed by an architect Aron Varga and a mosaic artist Milun Garcevic. It is coated in a mosaic pattern made of gold, silver and stained glass. The statue consists of seven main parts, and one more additional part – Our Lady's crown. It will be the largest statue of this type in the world.

Furthermore, the first part of the statue or a ring begins with abstraction; the second one is the symbolic representation of the tree of life with the monograph AM (Ave Maria). The third ring in mosaic presents two hearts, whilst the main motif on the fourth ring is the birth of Jesus. Irregular geometric shapes adorn the fifth ring of the large statue, whilst the sixth part consists of the mystic rose as a symbol of Virgin Mary, and olives. Our Lady's head and Jesus make the seventh ring, whilst the eight part of the statue is old Croatian crown studded with precious stones. The base of the statue is actually an empty space from which four biblical rivers will ‘flow’.

It is interesting to note that in nice weather and thanks to the reflection of numerous mosaic patterns, the statue of Our Lady will be visible all the way from the other side of the Adriatic, from a popular Catholic pilgrimage site Loreto in Italy.

A team from the world famous website dedicated to travel – Lonely planet, has recently found amateur footage of Croatia, precisely, of the famous Plitvice Lakes, Split and Dubrovnik from distant 1939.

In the introduction to their article, Lonely planet concludes that, unfortunately, Croatia is no longer a hidden gem; the beauty of the country was inevitably ''spoiled'' by many tourists at places where they would expect to enjoy peace and soak up the natural beauty and culture of Croatia.

However, as they say, this is the price of beauty and tourism all over the world and even in Croatia. According to Lonely planet, many decades ago Croatia was undiscovered and only Germans ''knew'' about it, who were more than happy to visit the Croatian coast in the summer months.

One of those German families, who visited Croatia and was the forerunner of today's mass tourism, recorded short footage in 1939 that seems almost surreal nowadays. The Dubrovnik footage shows a carpet seller, not something that you would see today in the city and the bay of Lapad but without all the hotels and, houses and apartments that surround the bay today.

It is hard to go back in time, so enjoy watching this interesting video that reveals the beauty of Croatia in its, let's say, original form.

Oyster Festival again? Yes, it’s possible! On Saturday, April 8th, in front of St. Blaise Church you’ll get another chance to eat oysters, combined with beautiful wines from Peljesac and performance of vocal group Kase.

The event is organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and will surely make all the oysters lovers very happy. One oyster will cost 5 Kuna and glass of wine will be 10 Kuna.

All oysters will come from Mali Ston, the home of the best oysters in the region. So if you love this ‘nature’s aphrodisiac’ don’t miss the Oyster Festival in the Old City this weekend. 

 

Klapa Kaše

                                                                               Vocal group Kase 

Today is the 350th anniversary of the devastating earthquake that happened in Dubrovnik back in 1667. 

The largest natural disaster in Dubrovnik history happened around 8 in the morning. Catastrophic earthquake started with rumbling sound and was followed by a tremendous kick that rocked the city and crashed it. Huge stones rolled down the hill of Srd and destroyed everything on its way.
Powerful tsunami devastated the port. Sea withdrew couple of times and then came back – waves carried the boats and crashed them on the coast. Cracks have appeared in the land and water sources have dried up. Dust was so thick that it obscured the sky.

Strong wind fueled the fire from homes and bakeries, turning it into the fire that was not extinguished for almost 20 days. Moaning, groaning and frantically running of those who survived marked that day and made it even more catastrophic.
The earthquake has destroyed almost the entire city and buried around 3000 people, while the fire destroyed cultural gods that have been built for several centuries. With fire, one more catastrophe came and made terrible damage to the city – robbers.

To make this even worse, the earthquake hit Dubrovnik in a critical political moment, in the time of long Candian war between Venice and Turkey. Warring parties now had a chance to gain an important advantage by taking over Dubrovnik and its port. They failed to do that thanks to the skilful and persistent Dubrovnik diplomatic actions.

Ten years ago the Tourist Board of the Koprivnica-Krizevci County introduced their project of gifting cities in Croatia and abroad with ''Pisanica od srca'' (Easter egg from the heart) in the Easter period.

One of the cities abroad that received the Croatian Easter gift is Vienna in neighbouring Austria. Vienna is well known for its traditional Old Vienna Easter market, which has been held for 28 years. This popular Easter fair in the heart of Vienna is an inevitable hot spot for many Viennese as well as for tourists who visit the fair and buy various Easter decorations.

Apart from thousands of small painted eggs, the fair is adorned every year with huge Croatian Easter egg, which was a gift of the Koprivnica-Krizevci County to Vienna in 2012.
''Pisanica od srca'' or ‘’Easter egg from the heart’’ was hand painted by renowned artists of naive art from Hlebine and the Podravka art association. The egg is 120 kilograms in weight, stands an impressive 2.05 metres in height and is 1.5 metres wide, and represents peace, love, joy and friendship.

Decorating Easter eggs, as one of the symbols of Easter, is a traditional Croatian custom, which has been also nurtured among Croats in Austria for decades.

The Old Vienna Easter market will remain open until the 17th of April, therefore thousands of Viennese and other visitors to the city will be able to see this beautiful Croatian Easter egg.

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