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

After the Eucharistic celebration, which was led by Dubrovnik bishop Mate Uzinić, on Thursday evening the streets of the historic core were filled with the solemn Corpus Christi procession.

The procession, as an essential part of the celebration of the present day of Corpus Christi, went from the Ulica Puca Street, to the great Onofrio's Fountain down the Stradun and back to the Dubrovnik Cathedral.

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It is a travel inclination that just won’t go out of fashion. After a whole array of bare behinds in Dubrovnik appeared on social media sites last year the trend continues this year with a couple of female behinds on the mountain of Srd overlooking Dubrovnik.

As dust fell over Dubrovnik these two female tourists took the opportunity to get back to nature and strip down to their birthday suits for a “moonlit” photo.

In fact, this rather unusual travel photo trend, which is called Cheeky Exploits, was started by a young lady from London. And these two latest bare cheeked friends have opened up the bottomless photo season in Dubrovnik for this year.

Croatia will have all year round flights to South Korea starting this September. The airline Korean Air will operate flights between Zagreb and Seoul three times a week. A statement from the Zagreb Airport read “We are very proud to announce that from September 2018, Croatia and the Far East will be closer than ever. Korean Air, the largest air carrier from South Korea will connect Seoul and Zagreb three times a week year-round".

The airport also made a pint of stating that this link to South Korea will be the third new airline that has been added to the schedule this year, after Aegean Airlines and Air Canada Rouge. It is believed that a 218-seat Airbus A330-200 will be used by Korean Air and that the actual link will be Seoul to Zagreb and then onto Zurich. This new airline, and especially this new destination, will certainly help to boost tourism figures in Croatia in the winter months.

This shocking video was shot by a reader of the Dubrovnik Times and shows how not to moor a tender in the Old City of Dubrovnik harbour.

The tender came from one of the cruise ships at anchor between the island of Lokrum and the Old City. With the engine flat out the skipper decided to moor “hand brake turn” style up against one of the stone quays.

Apart from stirring up the Adriatic like a whisker he also managed to create waves that bumped all the smaller local boats at mooring into each other.

Check out the video

Under a quarter of the Croatian population have a good opinion about the independence of the country’s legal system. A new survey by the European Union institution, Eurobarometer, which surveyed all the member countries showed that only 23 percent of Croatians had faith in the courts and judges.

Compared to Denmark, which had 87 percent, and Finland, with 82 percent, it is clear that the perception of the legal system in Croatia has lots of work ahead of it. On the other end of the scale, only 23 percent people polled in Croatia, 29 percent in Slovakia and 30 percent in Bulgaria rate the independence of courts and judges as good.

You’ve booked your tickets, the hotel is reserved and the suitcases are almost packed, but what will you be wearing on the Dubrovnik beach this summer.

The swimwear trends move as fast as a jet ski skimming over the Adriatic Sea. With temperatures rising and whether you are lounging by the hotel pool or relaxing on a sunbed next to the shallows then you’ll going to want your swimwear to shine. Yes, it’s time to throw away that bikini you’ve had for the past ten years and upgrade to a newer model. So what’s hot and what’s not this summer season 2018.

Without a doubt the hottest swimwear trend this summer is the high-waisted bikini, according to fashion experts (and the social media) these high-waisted suits are twice as popular as they were last year. Last year was all about revealing (especially your bum) but 2018 is more of a cover-up year. And you also might want to think about investing into a rash guard

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In fact, summer 2018 is a retro year, with nods to the 1960’s including the hoops and rings that adorned swimwear of the past.

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And the one-piece sporty look is also hot this summer. These all-in-one suits are full of colour with bold prints and intensive colours and also sometimes incorporate the bangles and hoops from the 1960’s.

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The first holy mass on the island of Lokrum this year will be held on Sunday, June 3rd, which is the first Sunday after the celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary Exhortation, which this year falls on the same day as the feast of the Corpus Christi.

The mass in front of the Chapel of the Annunciation will be held at 11.30 am and will be led by the Cathedral chaplain Don Marin Lucic. Departure by boat from the city harbour will be at 11:00 am. And in co-operation with the Lokrum Reserve the boats will be free of charge for all attending the mass.

During the summer months, every first Sunday in July, August and September at holy mass will be held at 11:30 am.

Croatia is searching for flight partners to operate from four long distant markets, the United States, China, Japan and South Korea. In an interview with the weekly magazine “Globus” the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, stated that “Our main aim is to improve the air connection to Croatia. We are particularly focusing on Japan, with which we recently signed a bilateral Air Service Agreement, but also China, South Korea and the United States, which all account for a growing number of tourists".

Flights between Zagreb and Tokyo are moving ever closer with negotiations between the Croatian Ministry of Transport and the Japanese authorities on the introduction of direct links. And South Korea and Croatia are also moving closer with an approval for Korean Air to fly on an annual basis. And with the explosion of interest in China as a tourist destination it seems only a matter of time before direct flights are seen. The search for an airline interested in flying between the US and Croatia continues and it is believed that talks are underway with a number of US airlines.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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