Thursday, 27 June 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

The super yacht Solo dropped anchor near Cavtat today and certainly caught the eye of passers-by, but before you were thinking of chartering this floating beauty you’re going to need very, very deep pockets.

Built in 2018 this 72 metres long mega yacht sleeps up to 12 guests in six rooms, including a VIP bedroom and a master suite. Solo has a crew of 18 to make sure that passengers and guests cruise in the upmost of style. With all the normal amenities, such as helipad, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and Hamman the Solo also has a baby grand piano on-board.

During the summer months Solo charters for $650,000 a week plus expenses, or around $726,000. And in the winter months drop to $595,000 a week plus expenses.

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A rather special photo exhibition will open on the island of Korcula tomorrow entitled “The forgotten people of Korcula.” The black and white photos of the very first photographer from Korcula, Jakov Perucic, will go on display and the story behind the exhibition is fascinating. This exhibition and these photos very nearly didn’t see the light of day.

A few years ago Tonci Bazdaric, a local who is in love with Korcula’s rich history, walked past an old house that was waiting to be refurbished. He noticed some boxes outside on the street and an old wooden box with the logo of AGFA written on the side. As Tonci deals with photos he recognised the name of the company as a well-known developer of film and asked the workers if he could take the box. When he opened the box he had a moment that all historians long for, a treasure trove of old black and white photos all over a hundred years old. A whole cornucopia of life in Korcula for times long past. There were over 800 negatives in the box.

And tomorrow these very images will displayed on Korcula. All the images on display have been digitally reworked and give a unique insight into life on the island all those decades ago.

The exhibition, “The forgotten people of Korcula” opens tomorrow the 12th of June at 8:00 pm in the Korcula Culture Centre.

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There is more than one way to earn from tourism. The millions of tourists who visit Dubrovnik every year aren’t just paying for accommodation, food and day-trips but also to use the public toilets.

In 2018 the Dubrovnik public cleaning company had a revenue of over 1 million Kuna from public toilets. One visit to the public toilet in the city is seven Kuna, so doing the rough maths that means that around 160,000 visitors paid to relieve themselves in the public toilets. There are three public toilets situated around the city, and the city saw a revenue of 1,122 million Kuna from these toilets, writes Dubrovacki Vjesnik.

"They are equipped with a sophisticated high-quality billing system in accordance with state-of-the-art technological solutions, fully automated. Most of the interior spaces are coated with stainless steel and a so-called “anti-vandal” system that actually prevents the breakup and destruction of the inventory,” commented the public cleaning company.

 

The average price of a litre of petrol in Croatia has once again fallen below the 10 Kuna mark.

This morning petrol prices across the country fell from an average of 10.4 Kunas per litre yesterday to 9.99 Kunas. Diesel also fell from 9.8 Kunas a litre yesterday to today’s new price of 9.5 Kuna. The price of gas was also reduced down to 4.4 Kuna.

The luxury cruise ship Norwegian Star sailed into the Port of Dubrovnik this weekend and it wasn’t just another cruise ship arrival and the captain of the ship has a connection to Dubrovnik.

The commander of the ship is Captain Teo Grbic, born and bred in Dubrovnik, and this was the first time that he had sailed into his hometown. And a special welcome was prepared for the Dubrovnik captain with the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, along the Deputy Mayor, Jelka Tepsic, both waiting to greet Grbic back to his hometown.

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And of course Grbic prepared a special welcome for all of the representatives of the city, journalists and Dubrovnik guests. A tour of the luxury Norwegian Star as well as a formal lunch with many delicacies.

After docking in Dubrovnik the Norwegian Star made its way, with around 4,000 on-board, to Venice. In a week the cruise ship will once again visit Dubrovnik.

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The future Peljesac Bridge is slowly but surely taking shape. The first stage of the construction, the installation of 148 permanent pilots was finished a full 12 days ahead of schedule, on the 11th of May, and now comes news that these pilots are being filled with concrete. In the longest and deepest bridge pilots concrete is being pumped after the mud and sludge was removed.

Concrete mixer trucks are arriving on site and then a ferry takes them to the site of the pilots where they unload. "We now filling the first pilot group with reinforced concrete," said Zhang Fei, the Construction Control Manager of China Bridges and Roads.

The concrete production plant of the Croatian co-operative is on the Peljesac side of the construction site. From now on, the plan is to fill two to three pilots a day.

 

The rains and grey skies of May are long behind us, Dubrovnik is in for a June to remember with blazing sunshine and possible record breaking high temperatures. The weather forecast for the next week, the 10th to the 17th of June, shows a week with temperatures in the high twenties to low thirties with endless blue skies and high humidity. The days of rain and storms are a thing of the past as the whole country looks set for a summer of sky-high temperatures.

Next week will see the warmest temperatures of 2019 in Croatia so far with highs on Friday predicted to hit 32 degrees. Weather experts are also warning the public to make sure they have enough water with them and to stay out of the midday sun. Of course wearing sun cream, especially on the beaches of Dubrovnik, is highly recommended.

And not only are we in for long, hot summer days but also very warm and humid nights. All next week the night time temperatures in the wider Dubrovnik won’t drop below 19 to 20 degrees Celsius.

The long-range weather forecast also shows a settled and very warm period with plenty of sunshine and very, very little rain.

 

Given the fact that the vast majority of international tourists who visit Dubrovnik arrive at the Dubrovnik Airport the arrivals figures are a good source of information as to the number of tourists in the city. So the latest news direct from the airport is very positive for the city’s tourism industry.

In May saw 315,037 pass through the Dubrovnik Airport a healthy increase of 8.1 percent compared with the same month from last year. And from the beginning of 2019 until the end of May the airport experienced a massive 19.7 percent in passengers with 643,808 passing through the doors. In total this means that an extra 106,000 passengers have used the airport so far this year when compared with the same period from last year. A truly impressive start to the year.

And with the Irish low-cost airline, Ryanair now operating flights from Dublin and American Airlines adding a route from Philadelphia to the city the figures by the end of June should be even more positive. Dubrovnik is connected to around 70 international destinations this year and there are strong hopes that more international airlines will extend their flights schedules into the winter months.

 

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