Tuesday, 16 October 2018
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

Third day of the Good Food festival was really spicy with the presentation of the tourism and gastronomy of India, with the support of the Embassy of India in Croatia. The event took place in the Lenga Restaurant, Hotel Palace and was a real treat for all those who like the taste of international cuisine.

A guest chef was Stephan Lobo, an established Indian chef with German address. He was friendly, introduced himself to the visitors and then took them trough his interesting experience from India, Dubai and Germany.

-Don't ask me if it's spicy! – joked Lobo about the served dishes, adding that all the chefs that have been working with him last couple of days needed time to adapt themselves to the spices. Every meal was different, with different spices, so the visitors had a real Indian journey.
Sandeep Kumar, ambassador of India in Croatia, also came to the event and got an applause because of his well spoken Croatian. He invited all the visitors to be ambassadors to connect Goa and Dubrovnik, two towns that share the same patron saint – Saint Blasius.

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The Croatian Tourist Board has reported on a project ''Uzivaj – une odyseée dalmateé'', which has been carried out by a French nautical expedition along the Adriatic coastline.

The main goal of this eight-member expedition which started on the 15th of October and will last to the 27th of this month is to discover the charms of the Croatian Adriatic, its coast and numerous Dalmatian islands. The project was initiated by the French association Expe2m which is aimed at deepening of the relationship between humans and nature by respecting and preserving the nature.

The course of the expedition has been followed on social networks as well as through reports of the members of the expedition team on French television and radio channels.
Eight members of the French nautical crew are true enthusiasts, nature and sports lovers, including an adventure film director, a journalist, a photographer, a scientist, a diver and a world paragliding champion. All of them are unique in their assessment that Croatia is just a perfect combination of authenticity and diversity of destinations and natural preservation.

This unique nautical expedition is 250 nautical miles long, and within two weeks' time the team will visit islands of Vis, Hvar, Brac, Kornati, Dugi Otok and many other islands of the Croatian Adriatic. The members of the team will discover sports and activities that can be practiced on these islands thus except sailing and walking through the nature there will be lots of windsurfing, kite surfing, paragliding, rowing and many other sports in the open.

Aquatika, the first freshwater aquarium in the region will open its doors to visitors in Karlovac in the Karlovac County on the 22nd of October.

The freshwater aquarium which has 25 pools with 5,000 fish from hundred species from Croatian rivers is an investment worth around 37 million Kunas and was financed with 98 percent from the operational program ''Regional competitiveness'' co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

On the eve of the opening Damir Jelic, the mayor of the city of Karlovac, visited the aquarium and said that it would be a unique institution in Croatia which would present the richness of flora and fauna of Croatian and European rivers and lakes, a project that had never been seen in the region before.

''This is not surprising considering the fact that no European country has such diverse and preserved rivers as Croatia. In addition, Karlovac as the city of four rivers – Korana, Kupa, Mreznica and Dobra – is the right place for the presentation of the water resources and richness we have'', said Jelic, adding that the city and the Karlovac County had lived for a long time for this project through its construction worth almost 37 million Kunas.

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A sixty-five year old German tourist was rescued from crashing waves in front of the Hotel Bellevue. She was saved by the ship 'Dance' owned by Dubrovnik Port Autorithy, which whisked her to the Old Port from where she was rushed to the Dubrovnik General Hospital. 

Hotel Rixos Libertas staff had noticed the Geramn swimmer struggling and immediately called help.

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Reader's photo (William Stock - UK) 

Autumn is here and the weather is far from nice – grey skies everywhere accompanied with the boring rain. If anything, it's the perfect time to dream about the summer that has passed. Those how have visited Croatia this summer have perfect memories to remember, just like the couple that has published video on Youtube channel DIANO MAYA, showing moments from their vacation filmed with GoPro camera. Beautiful shots of the clear blue sea and scenery of Dubrovnik, Split, Sibenik, Trogir, Krka, Lastovo, Vis, Island Scedro, Solta and Brac make this short video captivating. Take a look and dream about summer with us.

Boat to visit beautiful island of Lokrum, located just 600 meters from the Old City, will keep on transfering visitors until first of November for sure and if weather stays nice, it will keep on going for a week more – Marko Tevsic, director of the Lokrum island nature reserve confirmed for Dubrovacki vjesnik.

It's planned that one day of the weekend will be 'Open Day', so all the visitors could enjoy the beauty of Lokrum for free. You can visit this little heaven every day from 10 am to 5 pm and the boat leaves every full hour.

A presentation of the gastronomy offer of the Karlovac County and the Guinness Book of World Records strudel took place tonight in the Klarisa Restaurant in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik. In the beautiful ambient of the restaurant, the lovely hosts from the Karlovac County took care that all of the visitors felt welcome and learnt something new about that part of Croatia.

Typical food from this part of Croatia is: wild mushrooms and other fruits of the forest, game, fish from the local rivers and flour from stone mills on the Slunjcica river. Some of the most traditional meals could be tasted on this dinner that was accompanied with music and chit-chat. Guests, who were a mix of locals, foreign journalists and others, could choose what they want to try. And the offer was really great: the Frankopan platter (deer ham, bear ham, wild boar sausage), basa cheese with corn-bread, the Josipdol cheeses, the Ogulin fingers – for starters. Then it was time for porcini soup, after which the main courses arrived: stuffed cabagge rolls with white polenta, boar stew with pupmkin gnocchi, lamb under the lid, catfish in cream and wine sauce, perch in seeds and corn flour crust, stuffed trout. Deserts were: chesnut cake, plumd dumplings and strudel.

When it comes to strudel, another interesting story pops up. In September of last year in the small village of Jaskovo, near the Dobra River and the city of Ozalj, the longest strudel in the world was baked using the old recipe of the Ozalj region. Measuring 1,479 metres long, it was registered in the Guinness Book of Records. Tonight visitors were able to see how the strudel was made by the one of creators of the longest strudel Marica Vrbancic who said that she loves Dubrovnik and that she's been making strudels since her childhood.


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Recently presented maps on poverty, spatial distribution of poverty and social exclusion in Croatia, show that continental Croatia has a higher rate of poverty than the coastline region of the country.

Detailed maps were created by the Ministry of Regional Developments and EU Funds in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Policy and Youth, the Croatian Bureau of Statistics and the World Bank in order to help policymakers in better understanding the spatial distribution of poverty, especially at the level of municipalities and cities thus trying to reduce regional differences and eradicate poverty and social exclusion in Croatia.

According to results of the poverty survey for small geographic areas there is heterogeneity of poverty in Croatia with the poverty rate of 19.4 percent in the continental region and 12.6 percent in the Adriatic region.

By the income criteria, the estimated risk of poverty in Croatia in 2011 was 19.2 percent, which means that around 800,000 people had an annual income lower than 24,000 Kunas, which was the risk of poverty threshold for a single-member household. The lowest estimates of poverty rate risk were recorded in Zagreb (9.8%), in the Primorje-Gorje County (11.9%) and in the Istria County (11.9%), whilst the highest were recorded in the Brod-Posavina County (35.9%), the Virovitica-Podravina County (33.4%) and in the Vukovar-Srijem County (31.9%).

By the expenditure criteria, the estimated risk of poverty in Croatia in 2011 was 17.1 percent, which means that around 700,000 people had annual expenditures of less than 23,919 Kunas, which was the risk of poverty threshold for a single-member household. The lowest estimates of poverty rate risk were recorded in Zagreb (5.9%), in the Primorje-Gorje County (9.1%), whilst the highest were recorded in the Pozega-Slavonia County (32.5%), in the Brod-Posavina County (33.9%) and in the Karlovac County (34.3%).

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