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.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, one new case of coronavirus infection was recorded in the last 24 hours.
This new case is a female person from Pojezerje.
17 people made a full recovery: eight from Dubrovnik, five from Župa Dubrovačka, two from Metković and one from Korčula and Vela Luka.
In the last 24 hours, 140 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 138,216 samples have been analyzed.
17 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Two patients require intensive care and are on ventilators
862 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been no cases of violation of the self-isolation measure.
Winter in the United States is one of the most beautiful and charming times in the country. In many cities, the landscape is covered with snow and the low temperatures make tourists' experiences even more incredible. In addition to that white setting, which enchants even those who are already used to snow, the time is also perfect for enjoying festivals, traditional festivals, and winter sports.
1. Las Vegas
Many people choose to travel because it's the end of the year, vacation and because there are many attractions there. Visiting Casinos in Las Vegas is always good fun. In the cold they are a good refuge. It's quite difficult to decide which one to go to, so we recommend you go to several because it's worth knowing.
Two good tips are Casino Wynn and Caesars Palace, both on the Strip. The Wynn is an example of luxury and grandeur, with a giant casino. The Poker rooms are very well decorated and impressive, but you have to be careful because there are always very professional players there.
And if you already want to start the casino experience from home while planning your winter trip, no matter if you’re flying in from the UK you can find out more about online casinos at OLBG.com.
2. New York
Throughout the year, New York City is one of the most visited by tourists from around the world. In winter, this is no different either. The script in New York this season is also very lively, with the most different attractions. The landscapes also gain a white color, and temperatures can reach -4ºC.
During this period, the request is a tour of museums, such as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art and other important monuments, such as the Empire State Building. Of course, you can get to know places outdoors, like the Statue of Liberty or Brooklyn Bridge, but it's good to be warm. The big attraction at this time are the ice skating rinks, which are spread throughout the city. The most famous is Rockefeller Center and its huge Christmas tree. A show!
From the beginning to the end of winter in the United States, the small town of Aspen, with less than 7,000 inhabitants, is one of the most popular destinations in the country. The region is famous for its beautiful snow-capped mountains and ski resorts such as Aspen-Snowmass and Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, suitable for all levels of skiers.
The city is very sophisticated and cozy, with many resorts, restaurants, and bars offering special winter programs. How about enjoying a good wine enjoying a white landscape?
This beautiful American city in Colorado is gorgeous year-round, but it's all charm and adventure in winter. The region's architecture also draws the attention of tourists, as it makes the scenery even more enchanting. If you want to enjoy one of the American cities that snow, Vail is a good option.
There, you can enjoy the ski resort and adventure on trails in open fields and ice-covered mountains. The place is also popular with snowboarders. Discover the Nature Discovery Center, a massive park with open countryside and outdoor skating rinks. At this time, Vail Village also hosts sporting events, concerts, and fairs filled with stalls serving delicious dishes.
5. New Orleans
On the banks of the Mississippi River, the city of New Orleans is located in the state of Louisiana. It is also one of the top winter destinations in the United States, as, at the end of the season, the big attraction is Mardi Gras, which is famous for its lively destinations and street parties. The city is also full of interesting points, such as the Shops of the Colonnade – French Market, the Cathedral of New Orleans, and the National Museum of World War II.
Prepare warm clothes, as the winter in Chicago is quite cold and temperatures can reach -20°C — but the experience in the city will undoubtedly be excellent. At this time, the streets and roofs of buildings are covered with snow. The scenarios are identical to the ones we spent our childhood watching in the afternoon session movies!
As winter starts in December, the streets get that Christmas atmosphere, full of lights and traditional Christmas decorations. Be sure to visit the Downtown area, which is beautiful and always very lively. When it's time to decide what to do in Chicago, walk to Lake Michigan, which freezes at its edges and is a beautiful photo backdrop. During the winter in the United States, the city has skating rinks such as Maggie Daley Park and Millennium Park. Take a tour of the city's museums and historic buildings.
7. Lake Tahoe
Among the cities that snow in the United States, Lake Tahoe is one of the most beautiful and exciting. The city is one of the most famous when it comes to ski resorts. Separated by an alpine lake, at this time, the town offers adventure sports for the bravest and quieter options for those who prefer to enjoy the warm winter climate.
Although the company announced the cancellation of three seasonal routes from Moscow to Pula, Dubrovnik and Split at the end of September, there was a change - the company announced flights in October to the three mentioned Croatian airports, writes Croatian Aviation.com.
The Russian national airline, Aeroflot Airlines, despite earlier announcements about the cancellation of seasonal flights to Croatia at the end of September, announced flights from Moscow to Split, Dubrovnik and Pula for October this year!
In September this year, the Russian Aeroflot operated mainly daily flights from Moscow to the three mentioned airports, announcing the cancellation of flights with the last day of September. The company released additional flights for October, as expected, with significantly fewer weekly flights.
Aeroflot will operate between Moscow and Pula once a week in October, every Sunday, until October 24 with A320 aircraft. In October, the airline offered a total of 1,120 seats between the Russian capital and Pula.
Aeroflot continues operations towards Split Airport. The line Moscow - Split - Moscow continues to operate twice a day in October (daily in September), every Thursday and Saturday, until October 30. A321 aircraft have been announced, allowing Aeroflot to offer 3,294 seats between the two cities in one month.
The island of Lokrum is very much Dubrovnik's green oasis and in the glorious September sunshine with lessening crowds and more pleasant temperatures it is an ideal place to day-trip.
A 15-minute ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of the Old City of Dubrovnik and the rich Mediterranean vegetation wraps you in a blanket of nature.
Check out our photo gallery of Lokrum from this weekend
In the last 24 hours, 29 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.
These are 13 males and 16 females: seven from Dubrovnik, five from Vela Luka and Župa dubrovačka, four from Konavle, three from Blato, two from Korčula and Lumbarda and one from Trpanj.
40 people made a full recovery: 22 from Dubrovnik, four from Blato and Ston, two from Metković, Ploče and Župa dubrovačka and one from Konavle, Lumbarda, Vela Luka and Lastovo.
In the last 24 hours, 533 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 138,076 samples have been analyzed.
15 people tested positive for coronavirus were hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Two patients require intensive care and are on ventilators.
907 people are in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours, one case of violation of the self-isolation measure was recorded.
In the last 24 hours, 837 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 8,184.
Among them, 692 people are in hospital, of which 99 are on ventilators.
Unfortunately, a further 15 people died.
Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 399,891 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 8,595 died, a total of 383,112 people recovered, of which 1,215 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 23,028 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 2,790,935 people have been tested, of which 9,098 in the last 24 hours.
As of September 25, 3,407,385 doses of vaccine were consumed, and 44.49 percent of the total population and 53.38 percent of the adult population were vaccinated.
Croatia will donate an additional 200,000 doses of vaccine to poor countries through the COVAX mechanism, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković announced, joining in with a video message at the Global Citizen Live concert, which was held in several cities around the world on Saturday.
"Tonight on Global Citizen Live we are sending a message of unity in the fight against climate change, extreme poverty and the consequences of Covid-19. Croatia will donate an additional 200,000 doses through COVAX. The vaccine must be available to all people around the world," said Plenković.
He added "Guided by the main principles of humanity, solidarity and compassion, this is our additional contribution to complete the puzzle of global donations."
The Covid-19 vaccine is currently being sent to poor countries through the COVAX initiative supported by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Vaccine and Immunization Alliance (GAVI).
More than 230 million doses of vaccine have been sent to 139 poor countries through COVAX so far, well below the target of two billion doses by the end of 2021.
Some of the biggest pop names from Billie Eilish and Ed Sheeran to Elton John performed on Saturday night at a series of Global Citizen Live concerts in an effort to raise global awareness of climate change, hunger and the right to access vaccines for all.
Concerts were held in New York, Paris, Lagos, Rio, Sydney, Mumbai and other cities and broadcast live.
Global Citizen describes itself as a movement with a mission to end extreme poverty by 2030 and uses incentives such as concert tickets to place pressure on governments on issues related to sustainability and equality.
So we had another mass vaccination event this week, or as they call them anti-vaxxer demonstration. It’s just another way to get to the same end. These are basically mass herd immunity events. It has all the elements, a mass of people not wearing masks, unvaccinated people, people shouting at the top of their lungs and people all squashed together.
It’s like Christmas for the virus. I’m all for freedom of speech and civil liberties, although I’m not quite sure what the anti-vaxxers are fighting against. They are basically protesting against something that isn’t compulsory. If you don’t want to get vaccinated then don’t, why do you have to shout about it.
I’m guessing that at some point Croatia will have to open all the restrictions, although that time probably won’t be before next year. My destination for this Christmas, the UK, has absolutely decided that opening up is the best policy. “It’s like a light version of the Swedish approach,” said a friend from London.
Condensing it right down, the government saw that they had reached the upper limits of the people who wanted to get vaccinated, and they saw that the older population were almost totally protected, so they opened up completely to spread the virus amongst the rest of the population. All of a sudden masks were not compulsory, sporting events could have as many supporters as they liked and discos reopened. “It looks like – if you don’t want the vaccine we’ll give you Covid,” commented my friend.
I’m following the situation on the island as we’re planning a big family Christmas this year. And of course in these times the most crucial, and indeed changeable, part of the journey is making sure we follow Covid regulations.
And as we’re driving, and crossing half of Europe, we’ve got a lot to follow. But some good news, very good news, came out of the “reopening” UK this week, news that will a) save us a lot of money and b) earn Dubrovnik more money.
All passengers who are fully vaccinated will no longer need to take the expensive PCR test, at least when returning to the UK from low risk countries. From the 4th of October fully vaccinated passengers arriving from low-risk countries will be permitted to take a cheaper lateral flow test, rather than the privately administered PCR lab tests now required. The insistence on PCR tests has meant that travel from the UK has been expensive, with PCR tests costing up to 80 Euros. That’s basically how one government decision saved me around 400 Euros in PCR tests.
More importantly it caused a wave of holiday reservations as the Brits welcomed the news by clicking “book now” on their laptops. “It is amazing how many people booked flights in October,” a UK travel agent told me. Adding that “If there were flights in November, December, all year round, there would be people booking and coming to Dubrovnik.”
A multiple Emmy-winning investigative reporter and producer from the States, Peter Greenberg, once told me “Airlines must be directed to fly all year round and build up the winter tourism. Otherwise all you are doing is perpetuating the problem of overcrowding. You have to figure out – are you listening to the airlines or are the airlines listening to you. Right now it would seem that the airlines aren’t listening to you at all.” He was right. We are now seeing that people are willing to travel in October and even November, but of course, in fewer numbers than in August, but the demand is there.
Has it taken a global pandemic to realise that we can have winter tourism? But will anything change, probably not as we aren’t the masters of our own destiny, we are hostages to the airlines. As I told you we’re having a big family Christmas this year. We booked the villa which will be our festive base last Christmas. And at the time of booking 70 percent of the villas were already fully booked. Winter tourism is alive in the UK.