Monday, 04 December 2023
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.


Robin Hood:Origins set seems to grow bigger every day! Something new pops up every time we walk pass it. All those who were commenting that the movie could be filmed anywhere because growing instalations that seem to cover the beautiful City can now be pleased – it seems like the set is slowly starting to mimic Dubrovnik stone. 

Surely there will be much more surprises, since the set should be finished in the next 7 days. We'll see what tomorrow will bring!

Just a reminder – Dubrovnik will be Nottingham in the newest Hollywood blockbuster. The Leonardo DiCaprio produced Robin Hood will start filming in Dubrovnik on the 20th of February and is expected to last for two or three weeks. We are impatiently waiting for celebrities such as Oscar winning Jamie Foxx and Fifty Shades of Grey superstar Jamie Dornan. Robin Hood: Origins is set for release in the U.S on the 28th of March 2018.

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According to a recent interview by Drazen Hrastic with The Korea Times, Croatia is to open an embassy in South Korea this year.

The Croatian ambassador to Japan, Drazen Hrastic, announced the opening of the Croatian embassy in Seoul this year in order to intensify cooperation between the two countries in the field of business, trade, investment and tourist industry.

Hrastic also added that South Korea was the largest Asian market for Croatia's tourist industry and had great potential, ''Despite the fact that we have had an impressive increase in Korean tourists, Croatia is still less recognized here," explained the Croatian ambassador who covers South Korea from Tokyo.

According to data from The Korea Times around 33,000 Koreans visited Croatia in 2011, whilst that number jumped to 264,000 in 2014.

"We have a number of high-quality products we would like to offer on the Korean market, especially wine, olive oil, meat products and fish products," concluded Hrastic.

It was a weekend of glorious weather in Dubrovnik, rather unusual for the middle of February, and locals and tourist made the most of the warm sunshine.

The historic city centre was busy with people sightseeing, the Robin Hood crew constructing the set on the Stradun and al fresco coffee drinkers.

Check out our Sunday sunshine photo gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

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The Dubrovnik region is in for a week of calm weather with rising temperatures, a week of sunshine. Blue skies and bright sunshine will dominate the week’s weather with temperatures between 13 and 16 degrees Celsius.

Monday is predicted to be the worst day of the week with scattered clouds and even the chance of a few drops of rain, temperatures will reach 12 degrees. However after this sticky start to the week the weather will improve on a daily basis and Thursday is predicted to be the best day of the week with highs of 16 degrees and bright sunshine all day.

The coming weekend should have a great start; Saturday will be warm and sunny, although on Sunday there might be a little rain in the afternoon.

Direct flights between Croatia and the United States are back in the realms of possibility after the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli, announced that negotiations are underway.

Flights between the two countries were stopped 22 years ago and after years of speculation that they would be reintroduced it would appear that the new minister has brought negotiations back to the table. "We are in serious negotiations over the introduction of year-long flights from Croatia to New York, most likely from Zagreb and Dubrovnik, even from Split," commented the minister at the end of last week.

The most likely result is that direct flights would begin during the summer of 2018 and a year-round operation is planned. Both European and US airlines have been approached to operate these flights, however according to a report on the specialised website Ex-Yu Aviation both Delta and American Airlines have stated that they have no plans to start flights to Zagreb. According to the minister the Croatian Embassy in Washington is the lead partner in negotiations and is holding talks with potential operators.

Direct flights from the US to Croatia would certainly help the country’s tourism industry, as well as provide a link to the Croatian Diaspora living in the US. There were plans to operate flights to Dubrovnik Airport, an idea that the former Mayor of Dubrovnik was heavily backing. However so far nothing has come from these talks.

Following the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO), which has been warning about the need to reduce daily salt intake to 5 g in order to preserve health, Podravka has presented Supisol – its own salt substitution with 35 percent less sodium.

The leading Croatian food processing company in Croatia and in the Adria region developed the new product with the Research and Development department and in cooperation with an external partner.

Supisol is a salt replacement ingredient with 35 percent less sodium compared to regular table salt. It is a completely safe product intended for diet of healthy people and all of those who wish or need to control sodium intake. Supisol is appropriate for vegetarians, vegans, and those who eat according to recommendations of halal and kosher diet. This non-GMO product is gluten-free, lactose-free with no flavour enhancers, no artificial colourings, no artificial aromas or preservatives.

The orientation week for foreign students who will, in the framework of the Erasmus + program and the Agreement with the University of Palermo, study in Dubrovnik this summer semester of the academic year 2016/2017 has been carried out by the University of Dubrovnik.

This summer 51 foreign students from 13 countries will study in the summer semester at three University departments: the Department of Economics and Business, the Department of Communication and the Department of Art and Restoration. These students come from Macedonia, Czech, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Greece, Albania, Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Romania, Slovakia and Latvia.

In total 108 foreign students from European countries will study at the University of Dubrovnik in this academic year. This is an increase of almost one hundred percent compared to the previous academic year, when 59 foreign students studied at the university.

Rays of warm sunshine cut their way through the February clouds and Dubrovnik was for a fleeting moment in summer time. The weekend in the city started with calm weather and temperatures reaching 15 degrees.

The Old City is unusually hectic for this time of the year, with Robin Hood movie sets, groups of Korean tourists and restaurants preparing for the summer mayhem. Locals and tourists made the most of the warmer weather yesterday and soaked up the rays.

Check out our gallery by Niksa Duper

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