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.
Smartphones waved in the chilly night air last night as visitors snapped the atmosphere on New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik.
The fireworks display was the highlight of the night as well as the concert which started around 9.00pm. The music and dancing went on well into the early morning hours as 2019 was brought in with style.
Check out the top five Instagram photos of the New Year celebrations
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As Dubrovnik moved from 2018 into 2019 a spectacular fireworks display exploded in the night sky.
The thousands of visitors collected on the main street through the Old City, the Stradun, had a perfect view of the fireworks as the blasted into the sky behind the main bell tower. It was truly a eye-popping display and delighted the partygoers.
Check out this video shot by vigil.
The facades of the Old City of Dubrovnik rocked last night as the biggest New Year’s Party in town saw thousands countdown to 2019 on the Stradun.
Two of the most popular names in Croatian pop music, Nina Badric and Toni Cetinski, blasted out their hits and the public warmed themselves against the chilly northerly wind by dancing the night away.
Check out the New Year’s Eve gallery from Dubrovnik
As we get ready to welcome a new year we continue our look back at 2018 with your favourite photos of the past year.
Our Facebook page has grown steadily and is now one of the most popular in the country and we have dug through it to find the most popular photos of 2018. On a month by month basis we have found the photos that you, our readership, liked the most and bring them to you in our round-up of 2018 in photos.
We have received hundreds of thousands of likes over the last year and look forward to bringing more new and views in 2019.
Sophia tops the top ten list of the lost popular girl’s names in 2018 whilst for the boys Jackson comes in at number one. The figures are in for 2018 for the most popular baby names of 2018.
Sophia moves up from fourth position in 2018 to the top spot this year. According to the website parents.com the most popular baby names in 2018 across the world sees Liam drop off the top position to be replaces by Jackson.
With a royal baby on the way for 2019 this list could see changes next year. The top picks from the bookmakers for Meghan and Harry, whose baby is expected in the spring, are Victoria, Alice and Elizabeth whilst for a boy Alexander, Albert and Charles top the list.
Most Popular Girl Names of 2018
Most Popular Boy Names of 2018
If you are planning to celebrate the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019 in the open tonight you might want to wrap up with some warm clothes. It will be woolly hat, scarf and gloves weather tonight as the bell sounds midnight with the real feel temperature in Dubrovnik expected to be a freezing - 1 degrees.
Dubrovnik awoke on the last day of 2018 to a rather cloudy and chilly day with early morning temperatures around 5 degrees.
But tonight for the wildest night of the year it is going to be cold. A clear and starry sky will see strong northerly winds bring temperatures plunging. At midnight the expected temperature will be between 4 and 7 degrees but with the strong north wind the wind chill factor will take the real fell temperature down to minus 1 degrees.
2018 was a year to remember in many ways, from the jubilation of the World Cup in Russia to the Croatian connection to the Royal wedding and our own home-grown wedding of the year in Cavtat.
The Dubrovnik Times has published more than 3,000 articles in 2018 and has received thousands of your letters and photos.
So let’s look back at 2018 and to the most popular stories of this busy year. We bring you our list of the most clicked stories of this year, so in many ways this is a list chosen by you, our readership. We look forward to another busy year in 2019 when we will be covering all the new and views from Dubrovnik and Croatia, plus a few new surprises.
Here are the top ten most clicked article of 2018 in reverse order
When Croatia beat England in the semi-finals of the World Cup, everything was shaking – literally. The Geophysical Department of the Faculty of Science (PMF), University of Zagreb on its Facebook page released an interesting fact – Croatian fans shook the ground while cheering!!
On this day, 27 years ago, the 1st of October 1991 at 6.00am Dubrovnik was attacked from the land, the sea and the air by the Yugoslav National Army (JNA). It is a day etched in the memories of the citizens of the city as they were awoken by the Homeland War. The Yugoslav National Army started their offensive on the south of Croatia and Dubrovnik on this day 27 years ago
After the recent concert in Split the mega rock band Simple Minds have released a behind the scenes video of their Croatian adventure. Simple Minds played a free concert in Split on the Žnjan beach at the beginning of May and in spite of the terrible storm that hit the venue the event was extremely popular
Now you can taste the Croatian wine that is rumoured to be served at the Royal Wedding. The Croatian wine, Traminac 2015, from Iločki Podrumi is reported to have been chosen by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as one of the wine to mark their special day on the 19th of May. This very same wine was served at Queen Elizabeth II coronation 65 years ago. And to help the royal couple fans get in the festive spirit the specialised Croatian wine company “Wine and More” is offering the very same wine on their website
The Croatian team has come home to an incredible welcome! The streets and main square of the capital Zagreb were completely packed as the team bus made its way from the airport to the centre to celebrate with the fans
A forest fire broke out this morning in the town of Orebic on the Peljesac Peninsular and due to strong northerly winds quickly covered a large area of woodland. The strong winds and the inaccessible terrain have made it difficult for the firefighters to extinguish
Famous American plus-size model Lilli Luxe, followed by more than 750 thousand people on Instagram, arrived to Dubrovnik! During her journey, her luggage was lost, so she was quite disappointed. However, people in Dubrovnik cheered her up
The Croatian tennis number one, Marin Čilić, married Kristina Milković, this afternoon at the Church of St. Nicholas in Cavtat. In what was an intimate and romantic ceremony the couple drew attention, especially Milković in her elegant designer wedding dress, from the media and the numerous tourists in Cavtat. The bride even insisted on traditional earrings from Konavle to complete her look. Čilić seemed relaxed, dressed in a classic black suit and black butterfly, and was happy to pose for photos
Dubrovnik will not sleep tonight. The Old City was packed for the biggest match in the country’s history and the national team didn’t disappoint. What a night! A huge video wall was set up in the historic city and the broadcast was followed by thousands, they sat on the floor, on walls, in stands, hung from windows.
And the most read story of 2018 was…
American Airlines have confirmed that a direct connection between America and Dubrovnik will be operated in the 2019 summer season. According to information from the company the new flights will operate three times a week with the first flight starting on the 7th of June. America Airlines, the world’s largest airline, will fly direct from Philadelphia to Dubrovnik and this will be the first direct scheduled connection since the early 1990s
The wildest night of the year in Dubrovnik will see around 6,000 foreign guests celebrate New Year’s Eve in Dubrovnik. According to estimates from the Dubrovnik Tourist Board the most numerous tourists will be from neighbouring countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina,, followed by guests from Germany and Austria.
As the city is connected with seven international destinations this winter, London, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Madrid, Rome, Barcelona and Warsaw the New Year’s celebrations on the Stradun could have an international feel.
According to unofficial information the hotels that are actually open in the city have recorded a 90 percent occupancy rate, whilst private accommodation is seeing a 70 percent occupancy rate.
The average apartment rate in private accommodation is around 70 Euros a night and the Old City and the neighbouring suburbs are the most likely to be full. Many of the hotels have organised a special party for the New Year celebrations with packages starting from around 130 Euros per person.
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