Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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

When it was built back in 2003 and delivered to Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich it was the eleventh longest yacht in the world at 115 metres in length. Pelorus has had an interesting history, changing hands many times, playing host to Premier League footballers and even acting as a venue for an MC Hammer concert, and yesterday she dropped anchor near the Peljesac Peninsular.

Abramovich owned the mega yacht from 2003 to 2009 when he lost in his divorce to former wife Irina. However, Irina didn’t make much use of the yacht as she sold it in 2011 to one of the founders of Dreamworks, David Geffen, for a cool $300 million, who then sold it to a Sheik from the United Arab Emirates before finally the yacht ended up in the hands of its current owner, Chinese businessman Samuel Tak Lee.

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Pelorus at anchor - Photo Mark Thomas

The former Chelsea footballers Frank Lampard and John Terry have both holidayed on the yacht, and in fact John Terry used the yacht for a honeymoon cruise.

Pelorus is at anchor away from prying eyes in the centre of Dubrovnik and has found a sheltered spot near the Peljesac Peninsular.

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A rather nice spot for afternoon cocktails - Photo Mark Thomas 

 

 

If you were wondering why the road are empty, the free parking spaces abundant and some of the shops closed, well today the 15th of August is a public holiday in the Republic of Croatia.

The 15th of August is the Feast of Assumption, one of the most important days on the Catholic calendar and an important national holiday in Croatia. The celebration of the Feast of Assumption on is given the special solemn significance.

Assumption Day is celebrated on or around August 15 in many countries, particularly in parts of Europe and South America. It is also called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God (in the eastern countries), or the Feast of the Assumption.

Due to this holiday all institutions, banks, many businesses and shops will be closed all day. However, in most tourist destinations shops, restaurants, cafes and travel agencies will work as normal. Some larger supermarkets will also work shorter working hours than normal.

 

World-renowned German model Heidi Klum (46) is currently on a Croatian cruise with new husband Tom Kaulitz (29) on the elegant yacht Christina O.

Klum and the 17 year younger Kaulitz married in secrecy on the 22nd of February in Los Angeles, but ten days ago they tied their vows again on Capri and jumped aboard the Christina O for a late, or second, honeymoon.

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Just Married - Photo Instagram 

Tom is a guitarist, singer-songwriter and keyboard player in the band Tokio Hotel, and according to various reports in the media the couple met through a mutual friend in the States.

And they are certainly travelling, or rather cruising, in style on board the luxurious Christina O, built in 1943 and once owned by the Greek rich man Aristotle Onassis and his wife, Jacky Onassis, the widow of the assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy. The impressive boat is 99 meters long, with 39 crew members taking care of guests, and a weekly charter costs a staggering 670,000 euros.

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Taking a dip - Photo Instagram 

Klum has been filling her social media with photos of the cruise and a rather provocative one in a “boob” float with the caption “Topless posing for my husband.“

It appears that the couple sailed close to the island of Mljet on the cruise and then onto Hvar where the ship was last spotted.

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Messing about on the water - Photo Instagram 

The Tokio Hotel guitarist and music producer, who works on the US-Germany relationship, is marriage Klum is his second and for Heidi this is her third after being married to the hair stylist Ric Pipino and the British singer Seal.

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The happy couple - Photo Instagram 

True the Dubrovnik Airport is extremely busy during August, and true with upwards of 60 flights a day there are sure to be some delays, but taking a sleeping bag to an airport seems a little extreme.

This photo appeared on the Facebook page “Uživo sa ZLD-a” or “Live from The Dubrovnik Airport” along with the caption “He found a truly comfy place to sleep.”

There was clearly a delay on his flight as the young lady behind him is curled up on the metal bench, probably equally “comfy.”

We only hope that he didn’t oversleep and miss his flight home.

 

How rare is it to see dolphins swimming in the Adriatic Sea? Quite rare so to see three playing together is extremely unusual. But that is exactly what happened yesterday.

This video was filmed on a boat trip to the island of Lokrum just 600 metres from the Old City of Dubrovnik. Three dolphins took the opportunity to have some fun with the boat and swam and twisted directly in front of the stern of the boat.

This is a pretty unusual sighting, to see a group of dolphins so close to the shore, and so close to the island of Lokrum. The video was shared by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board after being uploaded onto social media.

"Beautiful dolphins spotted swimming near Lokrum Island. Thank you @ivanraguz01 for sharing this video with us!," commented the tourist board.

 

 

After the completion of the renovation works on the Bishop's Palace in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik was completed in July the palace will be open to the public this August.

Dubrovnik has a new, and very impressive new attraction for both local citizens and tourists with the opening of one of the most impressive Baroque palaces in the Old City. The palace holds some exquisite works of art. The new permanent exhibition in its curatorial concept and design interweaves the presentation of the Renaissance and Baroque layers of the palace with carefully selected works of art from the rich collection. The authors of the new exhibition are designer Marko Baus and art historians Ivan Viđen and Nikola Bojić.

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The opening of the permanent exhibition of the Bishop's Palace in Dubrovnik as a new cultural focal point within the city walls represents the finalization of the thirty-year restoration of this architectural monument, which brings together the city's layered history.

 

 

Nestling between soaring mountains and the Adriatic Sea is situated one of the Dubrovnik regions hidden gems. Almost exactly half way between Split and Dubrovnik on the Adriatic Highway sits six interconnected lakes and one separate lake which together form the Bacina Lakes. Most drivers and passengers whisk down the highway oblivious to the natural beauty flashing past their side mirrors. Although they can’t take all the blame for missing out on the Bacina Lakes, it is almost like nature tried its best to conceal them, far from prying eyes. A blanket of reeds and Mediterranean vegetation act as a curtain, a theatre curtain, for the big show. But once you get off the beaten track and raise the curtain nature performs better than any West End smash hit.

Freshwater lakes that over many centuries have burrowed a path to the Adriatic Sea, the Bacina Lakes are still mainly off the radar for most tourists to Dubrovnik. With depths ranging from 5 metres to an astonishing 35 metres these lakes will amaze you with their sparkling and unspoilt beauty.

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And somewhat unusually the lakes are what’s known as chritodepressions, which in plain English means that the bottom of the lakes are actually below sea level. The area is a true promised land for nature-lovers and anglers alike. All of the lakes are abundant with freshwater fish, diving birds, waders, eels and ducks, to name just a few. If we were to reel off the list of wildlife in and around the Bacina Lakes it would be like a “who’s who” of the animal kingdom. Walk around the lakes, find a spot for a picnic, or take one of the traditional wooden boats that tour the lakes to get “up close and personal” with natural beauty.

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The Bacina Lakes from space - Photo NASA

And it isn’t only the nature that will surprise you; the Bacina Lakes also have a rich history. This can be seen in the ruins of an early Christian basilica from the 6th century that have been found here, as well as antique walls and mosaics belonging to the early Roman inhabitants. Over the centuries many civilisations have left their mark on the region, ancient Greeks came to the area to trade, battles were fought, colonies built and holy places of worship were erected.

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All this undiscovered elegance, a mystery of nature, a short distance from Dubrovnik. A day trip to remember, or if you are travelling along the Adriatic coast road then don’t miss, as so many do, the chance to stop for a while and open your eyes to the splendour of the Bacina Lakes.

 

 

The island of Hvar in the summer time is a cocktail of the rich and famous, and one of the richest Monarchs in the world enjoyed a night to remember in a leading restaurant last night.

“The memory diary continues to be filled with another significant figure. Albert II is the reigning monarch of the Principality of Monaco and head of the princely house of Grimaldi,” wrote the Gariful restaurant on the official Facebook page with a photo of Prince Albert of Monaco.

This isn’t the Prince’s first visit to Croatia, in fact he is a regular guest on the Adriatic coastline.

“He is one of the wealthiest royals in the world with assets valued at more than 1 billion including land in Monaco and France. We are very honoured to be chosen by such a big character and we are sure that we accomplished his expectations,” added the restaurant.

Just a few months ago Gariful played host to another famous celebrity as the legendary pop singer Jon Bon Jovi and his family popped into the restaurant on a family cruise of the Adriatic.

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