Tuesday, 16 April 2024
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.

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After the afforestation of Žarkovica, employees of the company Vrtlar Dubrovnik Ltd. carried out the first phase of planting seasonal flowers on public green areas in the wider Dubrovnik city area.

On the green areas near the Health Centre, in Pile, Iza Grada, in the park in Pile, the park near the Atlant centre, at the Solska baza, in the park Luja Šoletića, and on the Šetalište kralja Zvonimira, about 4000 carnation (Dianthus) and anemone seedlings were planted.

In some locations (Lapad, Pile), tulips have started to bloom. Namely, at the beginning of the year, about 4500 tulip bulbs were planted in various locations around the city. Additionally, 15 new chestnut and mulberry trees were planted.

The second phase of planting seasonal flowers, planned for mid-April, will cover other locations such as the park below the Revelin fortress, the Park of the city of Bad Homburg, the park in Žrtava s Dakse Street, the loop at Ilijina glavica, green and park areas in Mokošica, in Zaton, and others. It will involve planting 6500 pieces of large begonias, water lilies, pansies, and other types of flowers and ornamental plants.

Furthermore, by the end of April, the reconstruction of certain green areas is planned, such as the areas near the Minčeta department store, part of the Park of the city of Bad Homburg, at the Lapad Post Office - near the intersection of Miljenka Bratoša Street and Kneza Domagoja Street, and elsewhere.

Traditionally during Holy Week, the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, and Deputy Mayor Jelka Tepšić met with the Bishop of Dubrovnik, Roko Glasnović, and the Vicar General of the Diocese of Dubrovnik, Monsignor Ivica Pervan.

At the Episcopal Palace in the City, on the eve of the greatest Christian holiday, they exchanged best wishes for Easter, hoping that it would pass in all families with abundance of peace and divine blessing.

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The Mayor informed the bishop about the City's measures to assist young families and families with multiple children, particularly regarding housing solutions, which this city administration pays special attention to.

Food and wine connoisseurs are being told of the best cities across Europe to visit for luxury cuisine and exquisite drinks. Travel experts at StressFreeCarRental.com have named the top seven unsung destinations for trips to experience stunning food and wines.

Dubrovnik in Croatia is one of Europe’s top foodie scenes and is ideal for those looking to combine history, culture, sun and fine dining.

The city of Eger in Hungary offers dazzling blankets of vineyards to sample gorgeous red wines.

Travellers should also head to San Sebastian in Spain to sample food from Michelin-star restaurants and some of the finest dry, white wines.

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John Charnock, CEO of StressFreeCarRental.com said: “There are several cities all over Europe which are underrated when it comes to fine dining and exquisite wine tastings. “Food and wine connoisseurs should head to Sifnos in Greece to taste a selection of delicious seafood against the backdrop of the crystal blue waters. “The Portugese city of Porto is a perfect destination for those looking for a huge selection of delicious cuisines from top-rated restaurants, whilst Verona in Italy combines beautiful architecture with award-winning restaurants and luxury wines.”

Here are the top unsung destinations for food and wine holidays:

1. Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of Europe’s top foodie scenes, Dubrovnik offers visitors an incredible food scene with top restaurants overlooking stunning views. The historic city is ideal for those wanting to soak up the sun and experience a magical trip abroad with fine dining.

2. Porto, Portugal

A perfect destination for foodies, Porto offers several cultural, architectural, food and wine tours. The Portugese city offers stunning landscapes and views alongside a huge selection of cuisine and exquisite drinks.

3. Verona, Italy

Head away from the crowds of Rome and Venice and head to the gorgeous Italian city of Verona. Known for being the home of Romeo and Juliet, Verona also offers excellent award-winning restaurants and luxury wine tastings.

4. Eger, Hungary

A unsung city break for wine connoisseurs, the dazzling blankets of vineyards should be on the top of the list for visitors. Known for glass of delectable red, the Eger region is at the heart of the wine region in Hungary.

5. Wurzburg, Germany

Home to miles and miles of eclectic vineyards, Wurzburg offers visitors the chance to taste magnificent wines from the local area, and produced by the local population. Some of Germany’s most iconic and historic wineries can also be toured.

6. Sifnos, Greece

This stunning Greek island has a beautiful selection of fresh seafood dishes and colourful salads to enjoy on the beachside. Relaxed restaurants overlooking the crystal blue seat and quaint buildings makes for a stunning trip.

7. San Sebastian, Spain

This city on the beach offers visitors the chance to eat divine foods at its numerous Michelin-star restaurants, including iconic tapas bars. Tourists can also sample some of the finest Txakoli wines from the region, a beautiful dry, white variety.

Good news for all Ed Sheeran fans: the most sought-after tickets for Ed Sheeran's concert at the Zagreb Hippodrome on Saturday, August 10, 2024, are back on sale! If you don't want to miss Ed Sheeran's first spectacular performance in Croatia, hurry up and get your ticket at www.eventim.hr.

Ed Sheeran's first concert in Croatia, already announced as the regional event of the year 2024, has sparked tremendous interest in tickets, and the most sought-after tickets sold out in an instant.

Therefore, fans have a second chance to grab the best seats at the concert.

The Mathematics Tour, with which he is coming to Zagreb, is a continuation of his concerts in Europe, which have broken attendance records in North America. Ed is currently holding spectacular concerts in Japan, and he continues the tour in Asia. In May, he goes to America, and he returns to Europe at the end of June. Zagreb will host him on August 10 at the Hippodrome, a venue that has already hosted three music giants: RHCP, Metallica, and the Rolling Stones, so it is quite logical for Ed's concert to take place at the same location.

This extraordinary opportunity for the Croatian audience to see and hear Ed Sheeran live for the first time has already thrilled fans across the region with the concert announcement. Additional excitement will surely be caused by tickets for additional seats that are now on sale.

Just last year, Sheeran released two albums: '-' (Subtract) and Autumn Variations, both of which became number one worldwide. They were released to critical acclaim in May and September, and Sheeran collaborated with Aaron Dessner from The National on both LPs.

After the public procurement procedure for the construction of the Senior Center Dubrovnik - Home for the Elderly beneath the General Hospital Dubrovnik was initiated at the end of February, the City of Dubrovnik has also announced public procurement procedures for the Project Manager for construction, for expert supervision, and for the coordinator of occupational health and safety.

The Senior Centre Dubrovnik beneath the General Hospital is a key capital project in social infrastructure, the construction of which will provide Dubrovnik's retirees with a standard that has been lacking for years. Alongside the nursing home in Gruž, this is the second project related to the care and accommodation of older residents initiated by this city administration in 50 years.

In addition to single and double rooms, the Centre will be equipped with a restaurant, a medical office, spaces for physical therapy, and social rooms. Besides accommodation for 205 users and a day care centre for 75 users, the Home will also provide various services for external users such as physical therapy, food delivery, home assistance for the less mobile, aiming to enable the elderly to stay in their homes for as long as possible.

The estimated value of the public procurement for the construction works of the Senior Centre amounts to 13,687,917.96 euros (excluding VAT), and the City of Dubrovnik has previously secured 6,138,045.24 euros in non-refundable funds within the call of the Ministry of Labour, Pension System, Family, and Social Policy. The remaining funds up to the maximum eligible project costs (12,014,045.24 euros) will be secured by borrowing in the amount of 5,876,000.00 euros, as confirmed by the City Council at its last session. The total investment in the construction of the Centre with equipment amounts to 21,113,808.20 euros (including VAT).

The deadline for submitting bids for the construction of the centre expires on April 12, while the deadline for submitting bids for the Project Manager for construction, expert supervision, and coordinator of occupational health and safety is April 15. After the completion of the public procurement procedure, the start of construction is expected in June of this year.

The results of Croatia in the recent major competitions have earned sympathies from fans worldwide. A small country that has shown itself on the big stage, against highly favored opponents. The world has fallen in love with Croatian football, and echoes of success have even been heard in distant China, reports Slobodna Dalmacija

The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) is active on all major social media platforms, and while for the average person that means Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, HNS also has a profile on the Weibo network.

Weibo is the most popular social media platform in China, their version of Facebook and Twitter, and the official HNS profile has almost half a million followers (precisely, 477 thousand).

Regular posts are made, so fans in China can follow all the news about the national team. Pictures of the new national team jersey have also been posted on Weibo, and even the Chinese didn't take well to the "home" one.

Comments can be found in the comments such as: "it looks strange", "the previous ones were better", "I like the smaller squares", "at least the players are handsome", and there are more direct ones who simply say that the jersey is "ugly". Of course, conveying the opinion of fans from China is possible only as much as Google Translate allows.

Somewhat surprisingly, the passion of Chinese fans for the Croatian national team is great, messages of support for the players and the team are frequent. Of course, most of the affection is directed towards Luka Modrić, for whom the Chinese even have nicknames. Google translates the nickname as "Mommy Mo", who knows what exactly that means, but let it be, there is no doubt that it's affectionate.

This year, Croatian hoteliers are raising prices for rooms, food, and drinks, but the increases will be smaller than last year, according to a survey conducted by the Croatian Tourism Association (HUT) and the Association of Employers in Croatian Hospitality (UPUHH) among their members in February and March, reports Jutarnji List.

Of the 165 surveyed establishments, hotels, and campsites that participated in the survey, 56 percent revealed that they plan to increase the average daily room rate (ADR) by up to five percent. Thirty-eight percent of them plan to raise prices by more than five percent, while only six percent do not plan to adjust prices compared to last year.


Prices for food and drinks in hotels will be raised by more than five percent by 29 percent of the establishments, while the rest will see increases of less than five percent. For comparison, in their survey last year, two-thirds of the establishments reported price increases of up to 10 percent, and 26 percent planned to raise prices by more than 10 percent. Last season, we saw that some establishments increased prices by up to 40 or 50 percent, causing some to have empty rooms in the middle of August. It is certain that these establishments have decided to rein in prices this year and are among the few percent that will not adjust prices.

"Based on reservation status and announcements, we see that we have completely emerged from the COVID crisis and have returned to standard operations, and the announced price increases are in line with rising costs and inflation. It should be emphasized that each company makes its own decisions regarding price determination. Price management is a complex process that depends on many factors," explained HUT director Veljko Ostojić when presenting the survey results.

Easter, a time of renewal and rebirth, brings with it a rich tapestry of traditions across the globe. Among these traditions is the art of weaving palm leaves, a practice deeply rooted in symbolism and cultural heritage. From the Mediterranean to Central Europe, communities celebrate this age-old custom with reverence and skill. In Croatia, the weaving of palm leaves holds a special place in the hearts of its people, serving as a vibrant link to their past and a symbol of hope for the future.

Preserving Tradition Weaving Palm Leaves for Easter a Croatian

Dating back centuries, the weaving of palm leaves has been associated with Easter celebrations in Croatia. Known locally as " pletenja pomica," this tradition involves meticulously crafting intricate palm leaf designs, often resembling crosses, spirals, or intricate patterns. The palm leaves, typically harvested from local palm trees or other native plants, are woven together with precision and care, creating stunning works of art that adorn churches, homes, and processions during the Easter season.

The significance of palm leaves in Croatian Easter traditions extends beyond mere decoration. These intricately woven palms carry deep religious symbolism, representing the triumph of life over death, faith over despair. According to Christian tradition, palm branches were laid on the path of Jesus Christ as he entered Jerusalem, symbolizing his victory over sin and death. Thus, the weaving of palm leaves at Easter serves as a powerful reminder of the spiritual journey towards redemption and salvation.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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