Wednesday, 23 September 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.


How do you take your dog swimming with you...easy all you need is a couple of surf boards and a waiting raft and you are away.

This pet owner in the Lapad Bay today proved that “walkies” can also be on the water. She took her “best friends” fort a nautical afternoon on the Adriatic Sea, a delightful way to spend the first day of October in Dubrovnik.

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On this day, the 1st of October, 26 years ago soldiers of the Yugoslav National Army supported by reservists attacked Dubrovnik at six in the morning and marked the first attack on the city in the Homeland War. On the 1st of October 1991 the attacks started from the land, sea and air, and the aggression left Dubrovnik without power and water for the first day.

In order to create a complete blockade of information the television and radio antenna on the Srd Mountain overlooking the city was destroyed by air attacks. The telephone connections to the city were also seriously damaged.

Dubrovnik was left without electricity, water and connections with the world for the next three months. In total the Yugoslav National Army sent between 1,000 and 13,000 soldiers to the Dubrovnik region as well as support from aircraft, navy ships and heavy artillery.

Up against this relatively large Yugoslav force were around 750 poorly armed soldiers and volunteers from the Dubrovnik region who held a front of over 200 kilometres. They heroically defended Dubrovnik and defeated the Yugoslav Army and preserved the city and its inhabitants.

This day will be remembered in the darker pages of Dubrovnik’s history.

As part of the activities of its Europe Direct Dubrovnik information centre, the Europe House Dubrovnik organized an event for the European Day of Languages for the fourth time in a row.

A fun-educational program with more than 170 participants of all ages joined in the celebration of languages in Dubrovnik. In front of the St. Blaise Church in the centre of the historic city participants, and even members of the public, showed there language skills and marked this special European day.

Students of Primary and Secondary Elementary School, Gymnasium Dubrovnik, Ruđer Bošković Secondary School of Elementary School, Luka Sorkočević School of Arts and Tourist and Hospitality Schools, students of RIT Croatia, representatives of the Albanian and Italian Consulates, members and members of the Croatian-Russian Society "Art Without Borders", the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle and the Europe House of Dubrovnik all took part. Spontaneously tourists from Sweden, Spain and Romania also took to the stage and performed in their own languages giving a message of love and peace.

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Dubrovnik will play host to a major sporting event tomorrow, the Dubrovnik Aquathlon 2017.

Entitled “Earth, Sea and Fire” this race includes a 1,000 metre swim in the Adriatic right in front of the Old City of Dubrovnik and directly after a 5,000 metre race along the coastline to St. Jakov and back. Yes, this isn’t a race for the unfit, you have to be in top form to compete in this one. However it will be a great spectacle to watch and the whole event starts at 3.00 pm on the Banje Beach.

The Dubrovnik Aquathlon is a new race under the Du Motion brand, known for organizing a two-day racing event "Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik" which includes the popular Dubrovnik Half Marathon.

The organizer of the Dubrovnik Aquathlon is the Triathlon Club Dubrovnik with the support of the partners of the Tourist Board of the City of Dubrovnik, the City of Dubrovnik and the Dubrovnik Association of Sports.

The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle have opened today their popular second hand sale in the Lazareti complex just east of the Old City of Dubrovnik. The charitable sale, which will be raising funds for three different associations, is now traditional in the city and this is the eighth consecutive year that the sale has been held.

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“We have a bigger space than last year and I hope we can reach last year’s total which was around 44,000 Kunas. The community have been extremely helpful and we thank them all for all the donations that we have received,” commented the President of the Dubrovnik Foreign Circle, Christiane Mandukich.

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 DFC ladies ready for a busy day - Photo Mark Thomas 

The sale opened this morning at 9.00 am and will close today at 6.00 pm. And then tomorrow, Sunday, will be open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm and due to the huge demand from the public the sale has been extended into a third day, Monday, and will be open from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm.

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This is the biggest second hand sale in Dubrovnik and is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain as well as contributing to a good cause.

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The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle’s mission and vision is to actively serve the community by providing services that contribute to the health and vitality of the greater Dubrovnik Region. The organization’s goal is to provide friendship and understanding between its members and the Dubrovnik community at large by organizing cultural and social events. The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle engages in fundraising activities for the benefit of its community projects.


An evening of gypsy jazz opened the Autumn Music Variety Festival last night in the Rector’s Palace in the heart of Dubrovnik. It was a truly magical evening with classics such as Sweet Georgia Brown and I Can't Give You Anything But Love.

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The Autumn Music Variety Festival is organised by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and continues with a packed program until the 13th of October. The festival over the past two years has attracted great interest from the public and tickets were at a premium for the opening night.

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A repertoire of gypsy jazz music performed by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra and the band Gadjo Manouche, a rare combination of classics and romance in atmospheric surroundings.

The concert was directed by maestro Krešimir Batinić, and the singers on the night were Katja Friganović Glavan, Maja Grgić and Ivana Kujundžić.

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Even though Croatia has been breaking records in all tourist segments this year, according to national statistical data, it is always nice to hear praise from abroad.

The tourist company Valamar Riviera has been awarded the Euromoney Real Estate Award in the category Leading Developer in Tourism in Croatia.

It is the company’s second award received from the world famous specialized financial magazine Euromoney. Reminding that the Euromoney award was received two years ago for Best Managed Hotel Company in Central and Eastern Europe, Valamar states that Euromoney awards are acknowledged around the globe as a symbol of business excellence.

Euromoney presents the awards based on researches that include real estate professionals- consultants, developers, investors, property users and bankers from all over the world. This year’s research included almost 2,500 professionals from more than 1,200 companies on 75 real estate markets.

‘’Valamar Riviera is the largest investor in the Croatian tourism industry with investments estimated at more than 4 billion Kunas. Our goal is to complete a three-year investment cycle worth between 1,5 and 2 billion Kunas by 2020. This year, the company realized the largest individual investment in tourism worth 562 million Kunas; we built two new luxury resorts in Rabac – Family Life Bellevue Resort and Girandella Resort’’, stated Valamar.

By the number of destinations and capacity, revenue and operating profit, as well as by the number of guests and employees, Valamar is the leading tourist company in Croatia.

Every week The Dubrovnik Times goes to new levels for your pleasure. This time it’s all about culinary pleasure. We have scoured the menus of Dubrovnik to bring you our favourites. And not only did we just research the menus we have gone that extra step and tasted the food in advance for you...its hard work but someone has to do it. This week I visited a firm favourite with locals and tourists the only Bosnian restaurant in town worth trying – Taj Mahal.

Bosnian cuisine has never tasted so good. Look I have to say that I am not an expert of Bosnian cuisine at all, apart from a few trips to Mostar and Sarajevo I am well in the dark. But if all Bosnian food is like it is in Taj Mahal then I am emigrating! Yes, I know you have just read Taj Mahal and though it was an Indian restaurant but you’d be wrong this is Bosnian with a capital B!


I had been lucky enough to visit the sister restaurant in Hotel Lero a few weeks back so I had a little experience. “I thought today we would try the Sudžukice (grilled baby beef sausages) a traditional Bosnian sausage and they are a little spicy,” said the friendly owner. The spicy sausages are served with a baked potato filled with cottage cheese and are BBQ delicious. “The other thing you should try is Bamija,” added the owner. I am glad she recommended this as it was one of the tastiest dishes I have tried this year. Listen, go to Taj Mahal and try it for yourselves. It is a pie like dish filled with veal, tomatoes and garlic. The key is the pastry that rolls around the meal, it is absolutely perfect. And quite possibly the best pastry I have ever tasted in my life. I would go again just to try the pastry, in fact I asked the waiter to bring me half a kilo!


Don’t go to Taj Mahal and just go for the easy options, get adventurous and discover the menu a little. Ask the waiters for help they will be able to lead you through the choices and recommend something that might look a little exotic and unknown but turns out to be a gastronomic delight.



The restaurant in the Old City is located in a tiny side street and only has a few tables inside so it might be an idea to make a reservation before you turn up.

Ul. Nikole Gučetića 2, 20000, Dubrovnik
Phone: +385 20 323 221
Open from 10.00am to midnight


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