Saturday, 23 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Fancy a cheap weekend break to a European destination, well according to the popular UK newspaper; The Independent the place to go is Dubrovnik! The UK Post Office “City Costs Barometer,” which measures the most affordable cities in Europe for a city break has been recently released and Dubrovnik is on the list.

For the eighth year in a row the UK Post Office has studied 35 European cities and ranked them, their value for money, by using twelve key factors. Accommodation, sightseeing, travel, meals and drinks were all included in the survey. According to the survey the most affordable European city for a break is Warsaw in Poland.

Dubrovnik was ranked as the seventh most affordable holiday break in Europe with a two-night stay coming in at £137.

The full cost index from the UK Post Office for Dubrovnik based on a two-night stay was as follows.

Two-night stay for two adults in a three-star hotel: £41
Return bus/train transfer (from airport to city centre): £7.61
48-hour travel card: £6.52
Top tourist heritage attraction: Dubrovnik City Walls — £10.87
Three-course meal for two with a bottle of wine: £35.01
Coffee: £0.87
Beer: £1.63
Cola: £1.63
Wine: £3.26

Making a grand total of £137 for a two-night city break in Dubrovnik. Lisbon came in at sixth, Krakow in fifth, Riga in fourth, with the top three being Budapest, Vilnius and Warsaw.

We will all have an hour less in bed as from this Sunday the 27th of March the clocks go forward an hour. Spring – Forward, Fall – Back...for all those who can’t remember which way the clocks go in the seasons.

On Sunday the 27th of March, Easter Sunday, the clocks move forward one hour from 2 o’clock in the morning, move them forward to 3 o’clock. Don’t be surprised when you wake up in the morning and see your mobiles and smart phones showing an extra hour, you didn’t oversleep, they automatically updated their clocks.

Dubrovnik in 4K is the name of the latest video about Dubrovnik to appear on YouTube. The video was produced by the website Cities in 4K, which presents many of the world’s cities in the highest video standard 4K resolution.

The crew from Cities 4K recently visited Dubrovnik after the filming of the eighth episode of Star Wars was completed and their video provides a unique insight into the city before the summer season. “Dubrovnik is always worth a trip. That´s what the crew of Cities in 4K thought, too,” commented the website. We agree with them.

The new video features, along with 4K resolution, many time-lapse photography which when all combined produces amazing effects. “The idea behind this is to represent as many cities as possible in the newest 4K resolution. That’s not all. The footages will also be filmed in the popular time-lapse photography technique combined with standard 4K scenes,” writes the website Cities 4K.

Apart from Dubrovnik the crew has also filmed Istanbul, Salzburg, Hvar and Budapest, and they already have almost 10,000 subscribers to the Youtube channel.

Check out this stunning new video.

The power of Facebook is really unbelievable sometimes! Anne Mikaela Levine from Finland posted an old memory from Dubrovnik, trying to find a little girl that was with her on a photo. Thirty-years ago Anne had obviously spent a family holiday in Dubrovnik and sat for a minute on the stone base on a statute in a square. Just as the camera clicked to record the family holiday a young, local girl joined in, for a moment they were friends.

''Testing the power of Facebook. Dubrovnik, old town, 1984. Who is the girl (to the right), who became my best friend for a moment in time? Can you help me find her? Please share!'', Levine wrote on her Facebook profile and soon this post had gone viral and was all over the Facebook.

After more than hundred shares the girl, now a lady, appeared in comments.

''Lovely photo, it’s taken near my home, so nice memory from Dubrovnik market (Placa) in a front of Ivan Gundulic monument, I’m so happy!!!'', wrote Zore Vukanović, who recognised herself on the photo after the local website shared this post. Adding that “Next time when you come to Dubrovnik hope we will take photo at the same place.”

Strangely it also appears that Levine had visited Dubrovnik in 2012, and had sat in the same place, and had had her photo taken again. “We where there in June 2012, sitting at the monument, taking photos and remembering you. This is quite unbelievable,” commented Levine.

Both of the ladies seemed delighted by this happy ending and also showed interest to recreate the photo when they meet again. We sure hope they will!

two girls dubrovnik

The original photo taken in 1984 in Dubrovnik

A reader of The Dubrovnik Times has sent us this rather interesting new addition to the garbage scene in Dubrovnik. As far as we know this is the first dog waste bin of its kind in the Dubrovnik region.

The metal bin has been recently installed in front of the Post Office in the Lapad suburb of Dubrovnik. It appears from the photo that not only can you dispose of your pets waste but also there is a nylon bag dispenser to make sure that pet owners can avoid any unpleasant smells.

Let’s only hope the citizens and tourists use the new bin in Lapad and clean up after their pets.

pet bin lapad

New dog waste bin in Dubrovnik 

Starting on the 1st of April, and no it isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke, the Croatian city of Osijek will have twice weekly connections to London with the largest budget airline in the world. The popular Irish airline Ryanair will start flights to Osijek on Friday the 1st of April and operate a twice weekly service, on Mondays and Fridays, through the whole year.

Tickets for the low-cost flights are available online on Ryanair’s website and prices start at around 25 Euros for a one-way ticket. Osijek was connected to London last year by Ryanair but this is the first time that flights will continue all year round. In fact this is the first time that a Croatian destination has had all year round flights from Ryanair.

And the European Capital of Culture for 2020 is...Rijeka! Last night in the Mimara Museum in Zagreb a committee of independent experts decided that Rijeka will be the European Capital of Culture for 2020.

Dubrovnik was in the running to be the European Capital of Culture, in fact there were four Croatian cities with Pula and Osijek on the short list, but there hopes and dreams were dashed last night as Rijeka won the vote.

Each city made a 45-minute presentation before the commission after which members of the committee asked questions of the city representatives. The committee was formed of experts from four European institutions and two national institutions, and the president was Steve Green from the European Commission.

Looking at some of the images on television in the past few days makes me feel like the world is going backwards through history rather than forwards. We are constantly being scared by “strange people”, different from us, coming to our countries, threatening our way of life. It seems so funny to me. I’ve been watching “strange people” around me my whole life.

Growing up in a small town in this part of the world can mean growing up cut off from many global trends and multiculturalism. However, this was not the case in Dubrovnik. Even though the city only had around 50,000 inhabitants for most of its recent past, Dubrovnik has a long history of being a popular travel destination for people from all over the globe. Growing up here meant we got the idea of how diverse and interesting the human race is even without leaving Dubrovnik. It was normal to see people of different religion, race and culture walking our streets and that was a powerful thing for a child like me to get accustomed to. It made me want to travel and explore the world.

Isn’t that what travelling for leisure is all about? It’s going beyond your borders to strange lands meeting people from different backgrounds and getting to know their culture and way of life. For fun, relaxation, and expansion of our intellectual horizons. Not war or conquering. The mere fact that us humans thought of travelling for fun has to mean we truly want to get to know each other, and if we do, it’s going to be much harder to wage wars. When you meet a person different from you, share a laugh and a few words, you can't help but feel instantly connected to them. There is a universal kindness to us humans, regardless of how well it's masked sometimes.

Our hate towards people we haven’t met is only as strong as our lack of understanding for them. Those who profit from war and destruction thrive on our alienation from one another and fear mongering. Don't let them win.

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Bozidar Jukic is a Dubrovnik local with too many interests to name them all, with writing being at the very top of the list. He is a lover of good food, music and film, and a firm believer in the healing power of laughter. His professional orientation is towards tourism and travel so it comes as no surprise he spends most of his time alongside Mrs. Jukic running their own local tour company. Their goal is helping travellers from all over the world get a more intimate experience of Dubrovnik and what it has to offer. To find out more about their work, visit their website or Facebook page.
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