Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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.


Travelling opens you up to a new place, its people, different food, allow you to learn from different culture, tradition, and history. It is about knowing your boundaries and capacities by pushing you outside your comfort zone. The idea of vacation brings along an adrenaline rush, thinking of all the new experiences.

But we cannot detach exhaustion from traveling. Day-Long sightseeing, trekking or indulging in adventure sports can leave you fatigued. The difference in the environment (food, air, water) is added on to which our body reacts. Nevertheless, there are ways to help you keep your energy levels pumping high and prevent you from diseases throughout the experience.

1. The EHR Rule

It is obvious for the tempting new cuisine to lure your taste buds while traveling. Staying healthy might be a challenging task in such a scenario. You need to know the tips for smart traveling. Healthy food or clean water cannot be guaranteed at every stop of your travel. To ensure a healthy body, follow the EHR rule below that can do a lot of difference to your traveling.

Eat well: A safer and healthy way is to pack home-cooked snacks to munch to help sustain your energy levels throughout. One of the healthy snacks is berries which have amazing health benefits. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries all contain a decent amount of fiber and vitamins to balance out all the junk you might be taking in. It contains high levels of phytochemicals which helps protect our cells from getting damaged. So, make sure you know one healthy berries recipe to take along for your next travel.

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Think berries - Photo Pixabay 

Hydrate well: Detoxing is a necessity in our regular lives to maintain a healthy body. It cleanses our body and nurtures the vital organs helping get rid of impurities. When traveling, you might need to double the amount of water intake. The heat, dust, long journeys, hindrance in daily routine is sure to leave you dehydrated while traveling. Besides water, there are other sources as well. You can have a sufficient amount of salads or fruits to maintain the balance.


Keep hydrated - Photo Pixabay 

Rest well: A happy mind is in a healthy body. Do not plan a tight schedule. It is not necessary to have a fixed itinerary daily. Pamper yourself with some hot shower. Save some time to chill and relax and get good sleep. Start afresh the next day.

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Stay rested - Photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan

2. Ensure Safety

Going on a road trip with family or friends? Ensure you are loaded with enough resources not only for yourself but your vehicle as well. Unfamiliar roads can bring unforeseen circumstances. Have a good understanding of your machine to be able to do basic repair works yourself. Carry the right tool bags having a good amount of space and good durability to sustain its rough usage. When it is in our control, we can make the best out of the journey.

While talking about road trips, deciding upon a right conveyance is also imperative. Be it a short trip or long you need to know what suits best for the travel. This depends on the road conditions. For ones who love traveling around the world in bikes, a Honda CRF can be the most enduring and apt for a tar road, gravel road or even mud and sand. It is a light-weighed motorcycle with mechanism needing no intricacy to understand and can withstand the harsh journey.


Now, the least we can anticipate while traveling is getting robbed or getting attacked. To make certain that does not happen, know the place through travel experiences shared by tourists. Besides knowing what to do or where to eat also know those streets you need to avoid.

3. Know What to Carry

Air travel or railway travel timings are not under your control. A long dragged travel means a longer duration of immobility. Do you know what can help? Chocolates! Yes, read it right. Chocolates, especially dark chocolates, have proven to be beneficial for travelers as it contains flavonoids which are also found in fruits, tea, and red wine. Flavonoids have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which can support your cardiovascular and nervous system. Nonmoving may lead to a blood clot or vein dysfunction in legs. And we thought chocolates are only to pamper someone. Do carry a chocolate box now when you know your travel is going to last for hours.

You need to carry a first aid box beside packing all other fancy items. Medicines for any common ailments like cold, cough, stomach ailments, acidity, band-aids, and ointments to prevent from bug bites could all be initial aids before you see a professional.

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Have a to-do list of vacations this year? You know what to do now. Travelling can be a lot more fun provided we are healthy and are ready for a precarious situation we may encounter. Know your health, do checkups, pack smart, research extensively before planning, know your food, keep a checklist, and learn more tips.



The Mayor of the City of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, received an inaugural visit from the Ambassador of the Republic of Italy to the Republic of Croatia, Adriano Chiodi Cianfarani, and the honorary Italian consul in Dubrovnik, Frano Bongi, yesterday.

Mayor Frankovic wanted to welcome Ambassador Chiodo, pointing out that in Dubrovnik there is a small but very influential Italian minority. Italians have had a lot of influence on the Dubrovnik area in history, and today Italian tourists have a significant role in the tourist traffic of the city, emphasized Mayor Franković. He expressed satisfaction with the excellent cooperation of the city administration with honorary consul Bongi for many years.


Ambassador Chiodi expressed the desire to deepen cooperation, primarily on the cultural and economic agenda, for which there is great potential. The two countries are geographically positioned close offering many opportunities, but the key is to raise the level of mobility that is currently over-complicated, he noted. Certainly, a better inter-regional transport link with fast catamaran lines is needed, which would open new opportunities for additional tourism development and investment.

The steady and not so slow decline of the population inside the historic Old City walls of Dubrovnik has meant that over the past years fewer and fewer citizens call the ancient city home. From its heyday when over 6,000 people had an address inside the walls to today when that number is nearer 800 the falling population has brought a range of problems.

In 1961 there were around 5,500 people living in the city, but forty years later that number had halved, meaning that in 2001 only around 2,700 citizens lived behind the stone facades. Of course it must be taken into account that during those forty years the Homeland War of the early nineties meant that people were forced to leave their homes. However, a mere five years later, in 2006, that number had halved again to around 1,300.

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Today the number is believed to be around 800, but whether this actual number is bolstered by people who are registered inside the Old City but actually live in Lapad, Gruž or another suburb is open for debate. With the city almost turning into a museum in the winter months, before the millions of tourists arrive, it is heartening to see at least some signs of life in the UNSECO World Heritage Site.

And what better way to spot the last citizens than to catch their full washing lines on a sunny day. In fact, these very washing lines are a source of attraction and interest to the international visitors that arrive every year. They clearly show that there is still life and that the city is indeed a city and not a museum.

So we have decided to celebrate the washing lines of Dubrovnik. We don’t see them as a white flag of surrender but as a multi-coloured sign of life.   



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The popular Dubrovnik eatery “Bistro Tavulin” has once again opened its doors for the new season and as ever the creative staff have been busy preparing new dishes and experiences. Located in the heart of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik, directly behind the iconic St. Blaise Church, Bistro Tavulin is always a magnet for locals and tourists and due to its unique location, away from the hustle and bustle of the main streets, is both central and charming.

And with the coming of a new season so Bistro Tavulin reopened its doors on the 1st of March with all of the old favourites on the menu that guests have tried and recommended as well as a couple of new beauties. This year you’ll be able to taste baby-beef carpaccio (with pine seeds, rocket, cheese marinated in olive oil, honey and mustard dressing) and cuttlefish ragout (with baked Roman gnocchi and onion jam) and homemade tortellini filled with Adriatic shrimps (beurre blanc, cheese from Pag, rock samphire and thyme.)

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And for the International Women’s Day this Michelin listed Dubrovnik restaurant has prepared two special menus for the big day.

International Women's Day is celebrated on the 8th of March every year and is a focal point in the movement for women's rights. International Women's Day is a public holiday in many countries and largely celebrates womanhood.

Bistro Tavulin has prepared a meat and a fish menu for International Women’s Day at a special price of 190,00 Kuna per person!

Meat Menu

Steak tartare

Beef cheeks in sauce – cauliflower puree, semolina and pancetta croquettes

Crêpes Suzette – with white chocolate

Fish menu

Tuna confit – cream of chickpeas, green beans and dried tomatoes

Homemade tortellini filled with Adriatic shrimps - beurre blanc, cheese from Pag, rock samphire and thyme

Kaiserschmarren from apple and blueberry – vanilla ice-cream and mango

Reserve your table at Bistro Tavulin today and celebrate International Women’s Day

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The Croatian capital’s airport is predicting an increase of passenger numbers for this year of 5 percent. Zagreb Airport, which is the busiest airport in the country, handled 3.33 million passengers in 2018 and in January this year welcomed just over 190,000 passengers sees 2019 as another growth year.

In a statement to the media a spokesperson at Zagreb Airport stated that "We are in talks with a number of airlines over the introduction of new routes, however, as the negotiations are ongoing and confidential, we are unable to provide further information at this time. Over the past five years, a total of fifteen new carriers have launched operations to Zagreb."

Zagreb Airport this year will, apart from flights from European destinations, have direct connections with a number of more far flung destinations. Korean Air will operate three times a week from Seoul to Zagreb throughout the summer and there will also be direct flights from Toronto.

Will Croatia’s Eurovision dream become a reality? According to one of the most popular Eurovision based websites “wiwibloggs” Croatia’s entry is the people’s choice to win the contest in Tel Aviv.

Roko Blažević, the 18-year-old singer, will represent Croatia at this year’s Eurovision with his song “The Dream.” And it would appear that the fans of Eurovision absolutely love the song. In their online poll for the favourite Eurovision song of 2019 just over 14,000 people cast a vote and 20 percent voted that Roko and his dream wwas their favourite song.

According to the website “Croatia’s Roko is your favourite Eurovision 2019 act so far. The Dora winner’s fanbase is proving resilient, and once more answered the call. Of the 14,098 votes cast, “The Dream” singer secured 2,937 votes (20.83%). That’s a drop from last week’s 4,624, but enough to see him rise from second to first.”

Croatia: Roko with “The Dream” 20.83% (2,937 votes)

Italy: Mahmood with “Soldi” 18.76% (2,645 votes)

Spain: Miki with “La Venda” 8.41% (1,186 votes)

Slovenia: Zala Kralj & Gašper Šantl with “Sebi” 7.45% (1,050 votes)

Romania: Ester Peony with “On A Sunday” 5.51% (777 votes)

France: Bilal Hassani with “Roi” 5.49% (774 votes)

Albania: Jonida Maliqi with “Ktheju Tokës” 4.97% (701 votes)

Australia: Kate Miller-Heidke with “Zero Gravity” 4.36% (614 votes)

Estonia: Victor Crone with “Storm” 4.24% (598 votes)

United Kingdom: Michael Rice with “Bigger Than Us” 3.82% (538 votes)

The slogan of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board certainly came true today – Dubrovnik a City for all Seasons! Bright sunshine, blue skies and temperatures in the high teens brought locals and tourists sightseeing in the historic Old City and what a day they all had. Away from the crowded summer season visiting Dubrovnik in the off season is an absolute joy.

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Yes, you can’t dip in the Adriatic, even though there were a couple of bikini-clad sunbathers on the Banje Beach today, but you have the freedom and space to explore and discover the wealth of history that the city offers. The majority of tourists were either on coach tours or had arrived in Dubrovnik on the handful of international flights.

“It is such a beautiful city, you are so lucky to live here,” commented a Spanish couple. It really is an ideal time of the year to visit the pearl of the Adriatic.  

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The hurricane force winds that battered Dubrovnik back at the end of February have left a scar on the skyline of the Old City of Dubrovnik. Record breaking winds rushed through the Old City and reached 158 km/h on the 21st and 22nd of February and apart from ripping up trees and causing havoc with the transport system in the city they also damaged many roofs.

The domed roof of the Dubrovnik Cathedral still bears the scars of those hurricane force 12 winds with several tiles still missing from the famous rooftop. On the south side of the doomed roof the damage can be clearly seen and is a sad reminder of those terrible north winds. Work has already begun to repair the roof.

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