Monday, 03 August 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.


According to the traditional analysis of camping prices in Europe, published every year by ADAC from Germany, the price of camping in Croatian camps remains very competitive and amounts to 39,60 Euros on average (for one night, two adults+one child, including related expenses).

Therefore, on the ADAC list Croatia placed as the 6th in terms of camp expensiveness, following Switzerland and Italy (45,39 Euros) and Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain (39,89 Euros) which are more expensive than camps in the Republic of Croatia.

''This analysis shows that camps in France are cheaper than our campsites with a camping price of 36,55 Euros. On the other hand, Germany as a country with more than 33 percent of German guests in our camps, is among the cheapest ones with a camping price of 28,54 Euros. Italy has risen its camping prices by 4,8 percent, Spain by 2,8 percent, whilst the prices of camping in France remained the same as in the previous year'', explained Croatian Camping Union (KUH).

In addition, an analysis for 2016 shows that a camping price in Croatian campsites was 38,16 percent, which indicates an increase by 3,8 percent in 2017.

A few days ago a world popular aircraft Douglas DC-6B from the Red Bull fleet landed at Dubrovnik Airport.

Manufactured in Douglas, Santa Monica, in 1958, the plane was sold to the state owned Yugoslavian airline JAT. The president of the former Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito ordered a luxury model for himself and his celebrity guests. In 1975, Tito sold the plane to Zambia’s head of state Kenneth Kaunda who also used the DC-6B as a luxury airliner – until he left her abandoned outside Lusaka airport.

In 2000, Red Bull bought the plane in Africa and flew her to Austria to her new base in Salzburg. Restoration began the following year and after thousands of hours of work, the DC-6B plane left the workshop in all her glory three years later.

Nowadays Douglas DC-6B is part of the so-called ‘’Hangar 7’’ in Salzburg which is not a hangar in a traditional sense but a multifunctional building with a collection of 25 historical airplanes, helicopters and Formula One racing cars. It is open for visitors, whilst some of the aircraft regularly perform at various air shows around the world.

Croatia is a country well known for its maritime and tourism industry, and when these two combine, a result is an interesting tourist offer.

In 2013, Croatia got its first boat hotel or simply botel, which is one of its kind on the whole of the Mediterranean. This charming and unique boat hotel is situated in the centre of the largest Croatian port - Rijeka.

After more than 70 years of navigation, the moored boat ''Marina'' was moved from its homeport on the island of Losinj to the port of Rijeka and was redecorated into the botel. Apart from the unique accommodation onboard Marina with 35 cabins and 112 beds with private bathrooms, there is also a restaurant with traditional Croatian cuisine and Mediterranean specialties as well as a charming coffee & wine bar.

It is interesting to note that a memorial room on the bridge, the former space that was restored, is available for guests on sightseeing, as well as the exhibition of a large number of items such as various drafts, diaries, and similar documents from the last century used during Marina's voyages.   
The Marina Botel was built in Frederikshavn, Denmark in 1936. Her godmother at launching was the Swedish princess, after whom she got her first name Kronprinsessan Ingrid. She was a very modern boat at the time, and she used to sail between the ports in Scandinavia.

In 1955, the new owner had changed her name into Christofer Pohlem, whilst in 1963 her next owner named her Marina. In 1969, the boat was purchased by the Croatian maritime company Losinjska plovidba. Marina had regularly sailed in the Adriatic between Zadar and Venice until 2005, when she became an attraction in Mali Losinj. In 2013, she was renovated into a botel in Rijeka with an investment of 2 million Euros.



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Exactly 450 years ago, on May 2nd 1567, Marin Drzic died. He’s considered to be the finest Croatian Renaissance playwright and prose writer. Drzic's works cover many fields: lyric poetry, pastorals, political letters and pamphlets, as well as comedies.  He died in Venice and was buried in the Basilica of St. John and Paul.

As he was born in Dubrovnik, he is especially appreciated in our city. To mark this special day, concert dedicated to Marin Drzic will be held at the Art Gallery Dubrovnik terrace. This concert is organized jointly by three Dubrovnik culture institutions: Art Gallery Dubrovnik, House of Marin Drzic and Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Start of the concert will be at 9 pm and the entrance is free.

String Chamber Choir of Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Delo Jusic, Plazarius ensemble and vocal group Kase will perform on this concert. This special event will include renaissance music from Drzic’s time and many more surprises.

''He has the charisma of Elvis'', or ''He is one of the greatest stars in the world'', are just some of the commentaries of critics in newspapers such as The Washington Post and The New York Times about a brilliant Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu.

After a series of concerts in South America, Australia and Western Europe, the founder of the mega popular Johann Strauss Orchestra will visit Croatia for the first time this June.

In his rich career, Rieu has sold more than 40 million albums, whilst around 600,000 fans watch his performances annually. An interesting fact about Rieu is that he has had the largest private orchestra in the world. He is a worldwide attraction, and so far, more than his 30 albums ended up being the No 1 on world charts.  

The fact that Rieu is the world calibre musician confirms data that his live open-air concert from Maastricht in 2015 was shown live in 460 British cinemas, and exceeded a million pounds of earnings at the box office on the first day of screening. This way he surpassed cinema concerts of the mega popular bands such as One Direction and Take That. Rieu has definitely shown that he is truly one of the greatest stars of today.

‘’The King of the Waltz’’ or ‘’Mel Gibson of the violin’’, as people nicknamed him,  has been happily married for 40 years, he has two sons and five grandchildren, and apart from his family, he is most proud of his 300-year old Stradivari violin, which is one of only 400 Stradivari violins in the world.

André Rieu and his orchestra will hold a concert at the Zagreb Arena on the 15th of June.

Travel+Leisure, a travel magazine based in New York City, recently published a list of 16 best beach cities in Europe and one of them is Dubrovnik!

- Some travelers want to have it all — rich cultural experiences, fine dining, upscale shopping — and lazy hours spent sunning, swimming, or strolling along the beach. Many of Europe’s finest cities aren’t just popular for their art museums or raging nightlife scenes: They’re also home to some of the most beautiful beaches on Earth – it’s explained in the article.

The Travel+Leisure team gathered up and took a close look of the European cities that travelers loved the most, according to their World’s Best Awards survey. They discovered that many of the cities have knockout beaches.

Our beautiful city is on the 11th place of the list, especially because of Banje Beach.

- One of the best beaches in all of Croatia, Dubrovnik’s popular Banje Beach is close to the city’s Old Town, and boasts plenty of beach clubs – it’s said in the article.

The first three cities on the list are Barcelona, San Sebastian and Istanbul.

Beans, vocal groups, climbing the Srd – these were some of the ways to spend Labour Day in Dubrovnik. Since the local elections are just around the corner, these events were mostly organized by different political parties, but we’d like to focus on the social, and prettier, side of it.

People enjoyed themselves and had a great time hanging out, eating beans and listening traditional Dalmatian songs on this public holiday. Beans were eaten in Uvala Lapad and in Park of Luj Soletic in Gruz and also in Cavtat, but one part of locals decided to have an active vacation so they climbed to the mountain of Srd.  

Those that didn’t go to organized social gatherings decided to enjoy this sunny day the best way possible – with barbecue, walk, or just relaxing and enjoying their time off work. Is there any better way to start your week?

Weekend edition of The Times brought a list of 50 best secret beaches in Europe.  Croatia found its place on the list (well, no surprise) and made us really proud. ‘’The chosen one’’ is beautiful Saplunara, located on paradise on Earth, more commonly known as island of Mljet.

- A wonderfully unspoilt beach, Saplunara is a kilometre- long cove split into two pine-backed sweeps of sand – the only non-pebble beaches on Mljet. Edged by a swathe of botanically rich natural park, Saplunara’s location on the southeastern tip of the island means it remains peaceful for most of the season. It is quite a drive from most of the places to stay in Mljet, but roads are quiet and the scenery is beautiful – it’s written in the article.  

Saplunara is just one of the things that Mljet can offer. This nature’s masterpiece is a must visit when you’re in Dubrovnik.

saplunara kolaz

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