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.
Theresa Kunz from Germany became the millionth visitor of the Dubrovnik City Walls today. Theresa, travelling with her grandmother Siegrid Bahr, was shocked to find out that she was the millionth person to buy a ticket for the walls this year.
She arrived in Dubrovnik on the cruise ship Aida and was staying for a few hours. “My grandmother and I are unfortunately only here for a few hours however I will probably come back next year and spend a few more days in this beautiful city,” commented Kunz.
The millionth guest was presented with gifts and tickets for the walls by the secretary of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that cares for the historic walls.
It is expected that this year a grand total of 1.1 million people will visit the Dubrovnik City Walls.
Last month the newest and the most interesting Croatian hotel opened its doors to its guests. The Hotel Prica (Hotel Story) the only hotel which talks to its guests is located in Rakov Potok close to the town of Samobor near Zagreb.
The mystical world of stories from the Samobor region which was revived in this new hotel also says to its guests that all its stories end happily.
The story begins in the gallery which is accessed by climbing the stairs of the hotel. Along the way a guest is followed by a line that gradually animates and gets its life. It goes over the ceiling and walls outlining various symbols, mythical and flying creatures.
Apart from leading its guests to their rooms, the gallery also serves as a place for having breakfast, whilst the hotel addresses to its guests through letters and songs written all over the walls.
The Hotel Prica has six rooms with pretty interesting names such as Witches' Cauldron, Fairy Cave, Thrush's Nest, Chest of Secrets, Firefly Meadow and Bonfire Hearth. Each of the rooms has its own story inspired by ancient local myths and is decorated in such a way to tell the story about the myth.
The price for a single room in the Hotel Prica is 210 Kunas, or 230 Kunas including breakfast, whilst the price for a double room is 420 Kunas a night, or 460 Kunas with breakfast.
If you were thinking of sightseeing the historic Old City of Dubrovnik today you might want to think again. Heavy crowds have made just entering the Old City a nightmare today and queues have formed just to cross over the stone bridge on Pile.
Even though we are into October the tourist season in Dubrovnik is still in full swing and with cruise ships in the Port of Dubrovnik bringing with them thousands of passengers the Old City is packed. The lines of people just waiting to get back on their buses to return to their cruise ships caused more problems.
Our photographer was on the scene this morning and caught these images.
From the 1st of October the first and only Croatian gastronomic travel documentary in English is being broadcasted on the Asian markets of China, Japan, India, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and even in some parts of Africa.
Within the next three years more than half a billion people from 90 countries will be able to get to know Croatia better, its rich cultural heritage, natural beauties and supreme gastronomic offer which will be the biggest tourist promotion of Croatia and its products in the world so far.
The Croatia's Finest gastronomic documentary includes 20 half-hour episodes which were filmed on some of the most beautiful locations throughout Croatia. On each of all those locations Baker cooked in the open where no one has ever cooked before such as by the Sea organ on the Zadar waterfront. Baker's culinary creations, made of fresh local groceries, were inspired by original Croatian dishes.
‘’We worked hard and we did a great job, but all that wouldn’t be possible without recognizing the importance of the project by the Croatian Ministry of Tourism, the National Tourist Board as well as by the Croatian president Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’’, said Tadija Kolovrat, the executive producer of the documentary Croatia’s Finest.
Croatia's Finest is also being broadcasted by Holiday & Cruise TV - Sky Channel 356 in Great Britain and it is soon to be shown in Russia as well.
Tomorrow the iconic Old City Walls of Dubrovnik will reach a significant landmark, the millionth visitor this year. According to information from the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, the organisation that controls and cares for this important Dubrovnik landmark, the millionth ticket is expected to be sold between 12.30pm and 1pm tomorrow.
The secretary of the society, Denis Orlic, will mark this occasion by presenting the millionth visitor with gifts in the main ticket office of the society on Siroka Street in the Old City.
In 2015 the Dubrovnik City Walls were visited by 994,000 guests, meaning that this year the walls are in for a record year, and with two and a half months of remaining the number of visitors will be significantly more than 1 million.
This is an example of what not to do on the historic Dubrovnik city walls. A tourist determined to get the perfect photo, well Selfie, risked his life as he climbed along the walls near the Bokar Fortress directly over the main entrance to the Old City of Dubrovnik.
Eyewitnesses said that he spent at least ten minutes scrambling along the walls, which after the recent rain were presumably quite slippery, taking photos of the surroundings and himself.
Even though there are clear and numerous warnings placed along the walls not to climb up and not to move out of the clearly marked areas this tourist was obviously willing to risk everything to get the perfect shot, he was around 20 metres from the ground whilst these photos were taken.
From the 10th to the 11th of October the city of Split hosted a thematic meeting and demonstration of protection of the European sea borders titled ''Securing Europe’s External Borders: European Border and Coast Guard''.
The event was organized on the initiative of the Croatian Ministry of Interior in cooperation with the Ministry of Defence and with the participation and co-organization of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex).
Representatives of the Croatian Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Defence as well as representatives of the Frontex member countries and neighbouring coastal countries attended the meeting and a three-hour exercise of the Croatian military and police forces which was held in the naval port Lora in Split.
The first simulation exercise demonstrated the handling of a vessel transporting illegal migrants, whilst the second one showed how to prevent a terrorist takeover of a merchant ship.
Both exercises involved 140 members of the naval police, special police and the Coast Guard who used vessels and helicopters.
Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of the newly established European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) who also attended the event described the exercise as very impressive.
Bobby doesn’t let a little arthritis slow him down; he is determined to see the world. This German tourist caught our eye today on the streets of Dubrovnik pushing his beloved “best friend” in a pram.
Bobby, the cute little white terrier, is fifteen years old and has problems walking due to arthritis but thanks to his owner's determination and imagination he is travelling and sightseeing. Welcome to Dubrovnik Bobby!