Monday, 14 October 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.


Well this is something you don’t see every day, wilds boars in Dubrovnik. The photo, of what appears to be a family of wild boars, was published on the Facebook page “Live from the Streets of Dubrovnik” this morning.

Whilst wild boars are not unusual in the countryside surrounding Dubrovnik the sight of them on the main road into Dubrovnik is rare.

wild boars dbk

Dubrovnik has many people visiting it all the time and every one of them has an interesting story. Some we discover and some stay yet undiscovered – just like this with the interesting car parked in Dubrovnik that was sent by one of our readers. 

Car is full of stickers, letters and words that we can't really understand, but it's easy to recognize the flag on the hood – South Korea. Also, there is a sign saying ''Seoul –> Morrocco'', so we can only guess that the car and its owner have been on the journey of the lifetime. We wish them a safe trip, wherever they're going next!

Honda and the Croatian city of Rijeka definitely love each other. The famous Japanese car and motorcycle manufacturer has already filmed several commercials in the Croatian city. One of them was Honda's excellent commercial for its Civic Type R car which achieved huge success around the globe.

A video that was filmed in Rijeka for the latest Lexus car was released recently, and these days Honda announced another one that was shot in the streets of Rijeka again as well as at the Grobnik race track. In addition, this summer Honda filmed a video for its new version of NSX car also in Rijeka.

The latest motorcycle commercial is renewed version of the Honda's motorcycle CBR1000RR Fireblade which will be presented on the market next year.

Loris Majcan, the young Croatian motorcyclist and national champion in the 1000 SST class stars in the latest advert as he rides the Honda Fireblade around Rijeka.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is a Japanese public multinational conglomerate corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles, aircraft, motorcycles, and power equipment. It has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, whilst in 2011 it was the eighth largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Toyota, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, Nissan, and PSA Peugeot Citroën.

Check out this stunning new Honda commercial 

With temperatures in the twenties and warm sunshine all day in Dubrovnik some people took to the Adriatic Sea to “cool down.” The sea temperature in Dubrovnik was around 18 degrees today; however it was easy to warm up in the endless sunshine. And with the swimming and diving also came a rather unusual delicacy from the sea, Sea Eggs.

“Come and try one of these,” commented a group of swimmers on the Porporela Beach, pointing down at a plate full of fresh Sea Eggs. These sea urchin type crustaceans may look a little unpleasant; however we jumped in and tried them. Apparently they are nature’s version of Viagra and aphrodisiac in one. Washed down with a glass of wine they certainly hit the spot.

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sea eggs dubrovnik

At the 20th World Cheese Awards held in San Sebastián in Spain last week a Croatian cheese producer from Pag won the gold medal for The Best Hard Sheep-Milk Cheese.

From the 16th to the 18th of November at the Euskadi-Basque Country International Cheese festival 2016, the World Cheese Awards organization awarded the best cheese of the world at this most important championship and gastronomic event of this type.

In the competition of over 3,000 cheeses from 31 countries from all over the world the cheese producer Paska sirana from the island of Pag known for its world famous Paski sir (Pag cheese) was awarded the Super Gold Medal for The Best Hard Sheep-Milk Cheese in Central and Eastern Europe. Only 66 Super Gold Medals were awarded in all categories thus it put Paski sir among the best 66 cheeses in the world.

‘’This is the best present for our 70th anniversary. Once again our Paski sir proved that is worthy to be in the best of the best group, whilst the Pag cheese makers reaffirmed their top quality and skills in the cheese production. The island of Pag is truly the Croatian cheese Mecca’’, said the cheese makers from Pag.

The competition was very strong and many renowned cheese experts from Australia, France, Mexico, Spain, the US and the UK judged at this cheese festival of the year.

The symbol, some would say mascot, of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival is obviously feeling the cold at night. The keep out the chilly evenings the Teddy Bear now has a rather natty new accessory, a red scarf. The Teddy Bear must be the most photographed decoration in the whole of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

And he isn’t the only one to have updated his wardrobe; Orlando also has a funky red scarf. Everyone is getting into the festive spirit.

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scarf orlando

The Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has announced its new airline connection from Denmark to the Croatian city of Zadar for its summer schedule in 2017.

According to the Irish air carrier the new flight from Zadar to Copenhagen will operate twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays from the 3rd of July to the 28th of August 2017. Previously Ryanair operated flights from Zadar to Denmark on the line Zadar to Billund in central Denmark, but the line was cancelled. With this new line Zadar will be connected with Copenhagen for the first time with a regular service. So far only charter flights have operated from Copenhagen to Zadar.

In addition, Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, has announced that airline tickets for their flights could be free of charge by 2026. He substantiated his ambitious plan with figures and his calculation was quite clear. Ryanair would generate its income from increased financial offer that they recieve from airports from which their aircraft take off. ''I have this vision that in the next five to ten years, the air fares on Ryanair will be free, in which case the flights will be full, and we will be making money out of sharing the airport revenues, of all the people who will be running through the airports, and getting a share of the shopping and retail revenues’’, explained O’Leary.

Go hard or go home! Kate O’Malley and Mark Williams haven’t gone home yet. This Australian pair took a leap of faith, but if you never take a risk life would be boring. They were at a crossroads in their lives, they sold everything they had in Australia and set out across the globe, a brave move that has paid off. On their journeys they have started a travel and photo blog entitled “Vagrants of the World.” We caught up with these intrepid explorers to discover their “wow” moment in Dubrovnik, what is house-sitting and why a bottle opener is so important.

You describe yourselves as “Vagrants of the World.” What were your motivations for upping sticks and spreading your wings around the world?
Three years ago we had an extended trip to Morocco and Europe booked. Before our departure, our work situation suddenly changed. With no real obligations to return to, we decided to make it a very extended holiday. Within a month we had sold everything in Australia and condensed our lives into a couple of bags. We have been travelling ever since! We discovered house-sitting, caring for people's houses and pets around the world. While this is a great opportunity to live in different countries for extended periods of time, much like vagrants in the traditional sense, we have no fixed address and no set itinerary. Life is pretty good for us.

You have recently been to Dubrovnik. What were your first impressions when you entered the historic Old City?
No amount of pictures will prepare you for how impressive Dubrovnik is. Entering the Ploce Gate for the first time was one of those "Wow" moments for us. We described Dubrovnik as one of the best photography locations in the world because it is so unique and offers so much. The incredible architecture inside the wall of the historic city. The stunning beaches and vistas of the Adriatic coast and of course, the striking scene of the old city from afar. A mosaic of iconic red roofs set against the most striking blue sea - Spectacular.

interview dubrovnik 23.11

Had you heard much about Dubrovnik before you arrived and did the destination live up to your expectations?
Dubrovnik has been on our list for some time. Mark had been there 20 years ago and loved it. We had been hearing more and more about Dubrovnik as it was regaining popularity as a "must see" destination so thought it was time to return. We are so glad we did, it really exceeded our expectations and Mark's memory of it.

How would you compare Dubrovnik to other European destinations that you have visited?
Europe is full of amazing destinations but Dubrovnik is unique. Where else can you slip through a hole in an ancient wall to find a bar perched precariously on the rock face on the edge of the Adriatic? It's so much more than just a beautiful walled city. It's the ambience within the walls, the breathtaking natural beauty of the Adriatic, the lovely climate, the list goes on.

interview 23.11

If you could only take three items in your rucksack what would they be?
With only a bag each, we now have so few belongings we figure everything we have is essential. If we had to choose, it would be our passports, so we could keep moving, Kate's camera and our bottle opener - Croatian wines are just amazing!

Which destination will you remember with a smile on your faces?
We spent over a month in Croatia and just fell in love with the landscape, cuisine and lifestyle. Dubrovnik was the biggest motivation for visiting Croatia and remains the highlight of our time there. We know we will be back.

What will be your lasting memories of Dubrovnik?
Walking the walls of the old city with the contrasting views. Looking inward over the maze of medieval streets, then turning to see the stunning Adriatic. It is quite spectacular. We also enjoyed strolling the old city at night. The polished limestone streets literally shine under the night lights making everything so much prettier.

 interview 23.11.2016


You can follow the adventures of Kate O’Malley and Mark Williams on their great travel blog - or on their social media sites Facebook and Twitter


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