Tuesday, 21 May 2024
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

It wasn’t just the iconic walls of the Old City of Dubrovnik that were built by hand but also lots of the infrastructure that we take for granted. This photo appeared on the popular Facebook Group page “Jedno drugo vrijeme, Vrijeme dobrih Duhova od Grada, Dubrovcana dobra duha,” or in English “A different time, the Time of Good Spirits of the City, Dubrovnik's good spirit." This page features interesting photos of times gone by in Dubrovnik and is always a source of fascinating information.

The road that cuts through the rock behind the Old City of Dubrovnik and below the city walls is extremely busy throughout the summer months and handles buses, coaches as well as thousands of cars and taxis every day. It makes us wonder how many actually take the time to look out of the window at the steep gorge and imagine how it was built. Well, according to this photo and comments it was constructed by hand in 1896, or 20 years before World War I, the actual comment reads “Breaking the road behind the city 1896.”

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Photo - FB 

One thing that really leaped out at us from the photo are the four men standing and sitting rather precariously on what looks like a wooden beam above the manmade gorge, and the fact that nobody on the construction site is wearing any protective clothing. One reader commented “As it was built with great effort, yet with high quality, it was the work of top-notch craftsmen.” And another stated “A beautiful and rare photo, speaks of times gone by. A great endeavour for such a small city even back then, superbly done, how many generations have passed and how many more will come, thank you dear hardworking people who are no longer among us.”

Almost 130 years later and this busy road is still functioning perfectly, a testament to the knowledge of these skilled workers.

On Thursday, April 25th, around 12:30 PM, the first six of a total of 12 multi-purpose combat aircraft Rafale will fly into the Republic of Croatia, to the "Colonel Marko Živković" barracks in Velika Gorica from the French Republic.

The Ministry of Defence warns of increased road traffic and noise around Zagreb's Franjo Tuđman International Airport, typical during flights of combat aircraft. Pilots of the Croatian Air Force have been training for months to fly combat aircraft, which they will bring tomorrow from a military base near Bordeaux to the Colonel Marko Živković barracks in Velika Gorica.

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković has announced his arrival at the welcome ceremony for the first six of the 12 ordered Rafale aircraft. And President Zoran Milanović will also attend the welcome ceremony.


The City of Dubrovnik, through the Administrative Department for Communal Services, Transport, and Local Self-Government, has carried out horticultural landscaping of Bad Homburg Park, where a total of 108 shrubs, 1150 perennial plants, 300 seasonal flowers, and 10 climbers have been planted.

The park has been enriched with shrubs such as viburnum, dwarf pittosporum, abelia, hydrangea, seasonal flowers like sunpatiens, perennial plants including African lilies, holly, large-flowered phlox, gazanias, and lantanas, as well as climbers like bougainvillea.

The total value of the landscaping is approximately 12,900 euros including VAT.



The latest rankings for the most stressful airports in Europe for 2024 have been unveiled, shedding light on the traveller experience across the continent. According to the Stressful Airports Index released by travel experts at StressFreeCarRental.com, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in Paris has secured the unenviable top position for the second consecutive year. Conversely, Zagreb Airport in Croatia emerges as the least stressful airport, offering travellers a more relaxed journey.

The index, which evaluates airports based on factors such as passenger numbers, distance from city centres, flight destinations, car parking charges, and departure delays, provides valuable insights for travellers seeking smoother airport experiences.

Among the notable findings, Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in France clinched the top spot due to its considerable distance from the city centre (31.66 km), extensive flight options (270 destinations), and hefty car parking charges (€100 for a week). Meanwhile, London's Heathrow Airport boasts the highest parking fee on the index at €143.34 per week.

On the other end of the spectrum, Zagreb Airport in Croatia stands out as the least stressful airport, with a departure delay score of 1.4 out of 5 and a convenient distance of just 22.04 km from the city centre.

John Charnock, CEO of StressFreeCarRental.com, emphasized the importance of a stress-free airport experience, stating, "A bad and stressful airport experience could make or break the holiday." He highlighted Charles-de-Gaulle Airport's challenges, including high passenger volumes, expensive parking fees, and significant departure delays.

The Stressful Airport Index serves as a valuable resource for travellers, providing insights into the factors that contribute to airport stress levels and helping them make informed decisions when planning their journeys.


Europe's leading low-cost airline, Ryanair, has announced a special 24-hour flash sale starting today, April 24th. This limited-time offer provides travellers with a 20% discount on flights scheduled between April and June. The sale will be live until midnight tonight, offering an extensive selection of destinations across Ryanair's renowned network.

Travelers can take advantage of this opportunity to book affordable flights to a variety of must-see destinations, including sunny hotspots, vibrant city breaks, and hidden gems waiting to be explored.

Jade Kirwan, Ryanair's Head of Communications, expressed excitement about the sale, stating, "As summer approaches, the urge to travel grows stronger. Why wait when Ryanair is offering a massive 24-hour flash sale with 20% off all flights for travel between April and June? Stop overthinking those summer plans and book a low fare Ryanair flight to one of Europe's sunny hotspots, vibrant city escapes, or undiscovered destinations waiting to be explored. Ryanair's fantastic flash sale fares are available to book now on ryanair.com until midnight tonight."

Travelers are encouraged to visit ryanair.com to seize this opportunity and secure their dream getaway at a discounted rate before the sale ends.

Croatian President Zoran Milanović told Albanian Foreign Minister Igliu Hasanaj on Tuesday that Croatia supports Albania's accession to the European Union, the president's office announced.

The conversation partners agreed that Croatia and Albania have excellent bilateral relations.

Milanović confirmed Croatia's strong support for Albania's EU membership and reiterated his belief that Albania's EU membership negotiations should already be in the final stages, especially considering the fact that the country has been a NATO member for 15 years, the statement said.

The European Championship, which takes place in Germany from June 14th to July 14th, is getting closer.

Let's remind you, Croatia will play against Spain, Albania, and Italy there. UEFA has released a list of referees who will be there, and there are no Croatian referees on the list, not even Ivan Bebek, who often works as a VAR referee at Champions League matches, reports SK.

When it comes to neighbouring countries, Slovenia will have as many as seven referees in Germany, some of whom are fourth officials, and they also have VAR referees. Two referees are coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina (Irfan Peljto and Senad Ibrišimbegović).

The German delegation is led by Daniel Siebert, who recently refereed the derby between Hajduk and Dinamo, and three referees from Argentina will also be at the Euros.


According to data from the eVisitor tourist registration and deregistration system, there were about 11,000 tourists in Dubrovnik last weekend, which is 29 percent more than at this time last year.

The most numerous guests were from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Germany, Croatia, Ireland, Poland, and Finland.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been 143 and a half thousand arrivals and close to 362 thousand overnight stays, which is 17 percent more than in the same period last year.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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