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.
HARD CRO is an international ultra marathon cycling race in Croatia to be organized for the first time in June 2016 with intention of repeating it each year before the peak of the tourist season. The challenge consists of completing the race of 1,400 kilometers in less than 5 days, cycling through the most attractive locations in Croatia, from Prevlaka to Ilok, solo and self supported.
Apart from several checking points where contestants have to check in, cyclists can choose the roads on their route whether they like to cycle along the coastline or through the hinterland of Dalmatia what mostly depends on the wheather conditions.
The main idea of the race is to connect the farthest points of Croatia and is to start on the 20th of June at Prevlaka the southernmost point of Croatia in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The finishing line of the first and the longest stage of the race in duration of 55 hours is in Savudrija, Istria the westernmost point of Croatia. After Istria contestants will cycle to the north towards Sv. Martin na Muri and procede to Ilok in the eastern part of Croatia where this hard race is to finish on 24th of June.
At the starting line there will be 54 cycle adventurers from 12 countries (Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Belgium, Germany, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Austria, Finland, Great Britain and Hungary). Among the male contestants there will be Heike Priess the only woman contestant from Germany who is to start first at Prevlaka point at 9 am on the 20th of June.
Ivan Rogic and Kornel Boros the participants and organisers of the HARD CRO race say that this strenuous and respectable race requires the utmost physical and mental preparation of the contestants. Their goal is to make this race traditional and as an introduction to the high tourist season beacuse it offers attractive route and demanding stages many cycle ultraadventurers long for.
''In these competitions finishing the race is victory in itself'', concluded Rogic.
Just a day after John Terry walked around Dubrovnik another famous football player has visited our town. Pablo Sarabia, professional footballer who plays for Sevilla FC, UEFA Europa League winners, has posted an Instagram photo from Trsteno with the caption in Spanish meaning ''Don't wait for the perfect moment, grab a moment and make it perfect'' and got over thousand likes.
He has over 46 thousand followers on Instagram and we hope that he'll post some more photos from his trip to Dubrovnik.
Now you have the chance to catch the Euro 2016 Championships on the biggest screen in Dubrovnik, a cinema screen! Last night the “Slavica” cinema started broadcasting of the games live on a cinema screen, but this isn’t just any old cinema screen, this is open-air cinema.
A huge cinema screen in the Dubrovnik night sky screened Portugal against Iceland last night and the football continues tonight with live games on the cinema screen. The “Slavica” cinema is only a five-minute walk from the Old City of Dubrovnik so the chance to watch the Euros 2016 under the Dubrovnik sky is unique. Entrance to all of the matches is free of charge and expect a great atmosphere when Croatia plays against the Czech Republic on Friday at 6.00pm.
Legendary English footballer John Terry has arrived in Dubrovnik with his family and been spotted walking down the Stradun this evening! The Chelsea captain is currently on holiday in Croatia and after spending time in Sibenik and in the national park of Krka he arrived on a yacht this afternoon in Dubrovnik.
Terry has been following the Euro Championships 2016 whilst on holiday on the Croatian coastline and has been active on social media, posting photos and updates of his Adriatic holiday. This evening the former England captain strolled through the ancient streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik with his family. He arrived on the mega yacht OPaire which at half a million Euros a week rental is only for those with deeper pockets.
Before dropping anchor just outside of Dubrovnik John Terry was also seen on the island of Mljet earlier in the day. How long the England footballer stays in Dubrovnik remains to be seen, maybe he will watch the big game for England against Wales on Thursday from his luxury yacht with a view of Dubrovnik.
John Terry with his family arrive from their yacht
The yacht moored offshore
Strolling with his wife Toni in the Old City of Dubrovnik
Croatian holiday for the Terrys
Photos Niksa Duper / EPH
After the first match on EURO 2016 and Croatias victory over Turkey last Sunday congratulations and praise for the players are coming from all over the world. One of the most impressive messages was sent by Stipe Miocic an American of Croatian descent and the new UFC heavyweight champion.
Stipe Miocic watched the football match in the USA and supported the Croatian team. He confirmed that with his status on Twitter where he wrote ‘’Goal goal goal goal!’’ after the magnificent goal of Luka Modrić.
According to the Fight site after the match Miocic congratulated to the winners - ‘’Alright boys. Way to take care of business.’’
The next match of the Croatia national football team against the Czech Republic in St. Etienne is scheduled for Friday, the 17th of June 2016.
“We are proud to be the only North American airline offering a direct flight to Croatia and are committed to enhancing our destination line-up each year with attractive new options that set us apart,” said Annick Guérard, the president and the general manager of Transat Tours Canada.
The Canadian airline Air Transat (TS/TSC) has launched its new direct flight between Zagreb and Toronto on the 14th of June and will depart every Tuesday until the 4th of October 2016. After a few failed attempts of some smaller airline companies to maintain the route between Croatia and Canada a serious Canadian air carrier appeared on the horizon and announced the summer schedule for 2016 last year.
Ms Annick Guérard also added that those vacationers who wished to discover the magnificent beauties of Europe for the first time or return to explore new horizons would be enchanted by countries such as Croatia, Hungary and the Czech Republic. ‘’Travellers will be spoiled with a variety of packages, guided tours and à la carte travel options’’, commented Guérard.
Air Transat is Canada’s leading holiday travel airline which carries 3 million passengers to nearly 60 destinations in 30 countries annually. This Canadian airline company was named the Best North American Leisure Airline at the Skytrax annual World Airline Awards held in June 2015.
For all the details on Transat’s Central Europe program, visit airtransat.com.
Midsummer Scene festival is back in Dubrovnik for the third time! The festival begins on June 19th with a photo exhibition opening of the British artist Bari Goddard (GOD photography) called Midsummer Scene / Night Dubrovnik, which he took during last year's performance of the play Twelfth Night during his stay in Dubrovnik. The exhibition will we opened until July 6th in the Siroka street.
This year, on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Hamlet will be performed and it’s directed by Helen Tennison, while Helen Millar has the title role. The performances will be held every evening from 21th of June to the 7th of July, starting at 9.30 pm. The only exception is June 28th when the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will play the concert 'Baroque and film music' on the St. Lawrence Fort. On the same day, at 8 pm, in the House of Marin Drzic there will be a performance called Shakespeare meets Drzic, where the actors from the Hamlet ansamble will read the parts of comedies by Drzic in English and in that way announce 450th anniversary of Marin Drzic death which will be marked next year.
Dubrovnik&Time, Dubrovnik promotional film, has one one more award, for the best short promo film about the town on the festival FilmAT- Film, Art & Tourism Festival Poland, which is one of the major film festivals in tourism, ecology and art in the world.
This is eight important award from the presentation of the film, which has happened at the start of March this year.
Dubrovnik &Time really thrills the audiences all over world and his quality is visible, since it's winning the important awards on the international film festivals.