Saturday, 06 June 2020
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

Once again the main coastal road over Dubrovnik was the scene on a road traffic accident yesterday. At around 16.30 just before the turning towards Dubrovnik two cars, a Volvo and a Chevrolet, collided causing severe material damage to both vehicles.

According to reports from the Dubrovnik traffic police, who were on the scene within a few minutes, there were no injuries reported. The accident caused long delays on the main road, which is also the only road from the Dubrovnik Airport, for a few hours.

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Last Saturday on prime time the French national television station France 5 broadcasted a travel documentary about Croatia.

The documentary titled ''Echappées belles'' or ‘’Beautiful getaways’’ presented Croatia as the youngest member country of the European Union with unbelievable natural heritage, rich culture, a whole array of UNESCO protected heritage sites as well as a country of exceptionally hospitable people.

This interesting documentary presents popular tourist destinations through unknown facts about the life and tradition of the local people, emphasizing active tourism and gastronomy.

Numerous French viewers had the opportunity to learn more about Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar, the islands of Hvar, Dugi otok, Pasman, as well as about Pula, Brtonigla, Buzet, Kuterevo, the Gorski kotar region and the national parks of Paklenica and Brijuni.

The Croatian National Tourist Board supported the filming of this documentary, which, according to some estimates, will be watched by more than two million viewers and will definitely be great promotion for Croatia.

Shakespeare is coming to Dubrovnik! The traditional Midsummer Scene is bringing the bard from England once again to Dubrovnik with a performance of “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” From the 24th of June until the 5th of July the atmospheric Lovrijenac Fortress, overlooking the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik, will play host to Shakespeare.

“The brand new production specially designed for Midsummer Scene Festival dives into the world of Faery where the stark world of Athenian court dissolves into a mad lovers’ chase,” stated the organisers. This production is directed by Helen Tennison and the British cast is supported by an international creative team. There is even an exotic twist to the performance this year with “Bollywood-style choreography.”

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These performances, and this will be the fourth year that the Midsummer Scene, has been held, have been critically acclaimed and the combination of the Shakespeare and the Dubrovnik seems to be a winning one. Tickets are available online at the Midsummer Scene website and range from 350 Kuna for a VIP seat to 200 Kunas.

“The festival is expanding from year to year. International guest performances in Vienna and Bermuda confirm the quality of the programs and the productions. This summer ahead of us is a new challenge. Midsummer Night's Dream will be played in a new light, with a new cast and a new set in Lovrijenac Fortress,” commented the producer Darija Mikulandra Žanetić.

Midsummer Festival Scene is a project of the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, and produced by Brilliant Events Dubrovnik and Honey-tongued Theatre Productions from London.

A special event is organized tonight at 10 pm by Pixel design – 3D mapping projection on Sponza Palace.

The projection will be an interactive combination of visual art, technology and special effects on the one hand, and live electronic music on the other.

Pixel design, which already thrilled Dubrovnik audience with its projections, is preparing a whole new experience tonight, called "Audio visual journey", which will be a sort of  announcement of the Lumiart - a light festival scheduled for the fall of 2017.

During the two-hour program, the Sponza Palace will be shown in a completely new edition, and the whole event will be accompanied by the music of Dubrovnik DJs.

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The Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recently published a list of useful advice on its official website that should be adhered to by Australian nationals who plan to visit Croatia.

The Ministry really made an effort to cover every possible situation that might occur. However, considering the fact that the latest Travel&Tourism Competitiveness Report for 2017 related to safety declared Croatia one of the safest countries in the world for holidaymakers to visit, some of the points on the list made by the Australian authorities seems more than bizarre. However the advice about jumping of rocks in Dubrovnik is one that should be heeded as every summer season the Buza rocks just outside of the Old City walls are a scene of a death or serious injury.

Here is just some of their advice; the rest can be checked on the official website:

- Australians have been severely injured after jumping off rocks and cliffs into the sea especially in Split, Dubrovnik and off the coast of the Dalmatian islands. While warning signs and safety barriers may not be in place, the dangers are clear. Your travel insurance may not cover injuries sustained from cliff jumping and diving, or while engaging in other dangerous activities. You should carefully check the details of your insurance policy

- Rowdy and drunken behaviour in public is not a typical feature of the local culture. Travellers should be aware that such behaviour will attract negative attention

- Excessive alcohol consumption has been the cause of serious accidents on 'party boats' cruising the Croatian coast

- Drug-related arrests are increasing at electronic music festivals on the Croatian coast. Australians should not consume, purchase or sell drugs, or keep company with those who do

- Avoid large gatherings of people and protests as they may turn violent

- There is a serious problem of unexploded landmines in many parts of Croatia. While mined areas are generally signposted, there may be high-risk areas that are not

- Driving in Croatia can be hazardous and accidents are common

- Protests or demonstrations may occur in Croatia. Monitor the news and other sources for information on planned and possible demonstrations or other civil unrest. Avoid all crowds, protests and demonstrations, as they may turn violent

- Petty crime, such as pick pocketing, occurs, most commonly in busy tourist areas, at bus and railway stations, on public transport and at beaches. There have been reports of gangs staging roadside emergencies and then robbing drivers who stop to offer assistance

- Never accept food or drink from strangers as there have been incidents where it has been laced with drugs

Beautiful Raquel Pelissier, Miss Universe 2017 first runner up, is spending her vacation in Dubrovnik. She shared some photos on her official Instagram profile that is followed by more than 122 thousand people. As expected, photos got numerous likes and comments, and most of her followers praised her beauty, as well as the beauty of the City.

Pelissier is from Haiti and is 25 years old. She has a rather interesting life story – she has survived the earthquake that destroyed her hometown in January 2010, which made her value her life and fight for her goals and dreams – it is said on the official page of Miss Universe.

It is also written that something that makes Pelissier extra special is that she is quadrilingual and that she’s getting her Master’s Degree in Scientific Research in Optometry and Vision. She is working on a research project on the regeneration of the optic nerve.

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Every sunset in Cavtat is beautiful, but yesterday’s one was quite special. Splash of colours painted sea and sky in shades of red and pink and made breathtaking views.

How lucky were the tourists and the locals that happened to be in Cavtat for this special sunset... Just as lucky as our readers who can enjoy it through the beautiful photo gallery made by Tonci Plazibat. It’s a must see.

“It is a stunning country and I recommend it highly. I would rank it in my top three,” commented Jason Pires, the co-anchor of the popular CTV Morning Live Vancouver after a recent holiday in Croatia.

A short video highlighting the delights of the Croatia Dalmatian coast appeared on the morning show in Canada with Pires singing the praises of the country. Of course Dubrovnik made an appearance in the video with Pires commenting that “Dubrovnik has become ever more popular because it is the place where they film Game of Thrones.”

He also visited Split and Korcula and brought back some presents for his co-host, Keri Adams, including lavender soap, Bajadera chocolates and the “national drink” Sljivovica.
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