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.
Just before the summer months officially begin, most people are trying to decide where to go for their vacation.
Nowadays more and more people are looking for cheaper destinations outside their home country in order to spend their summer vacation exploring new places and nations.
For those who choose to stay in Europe, the London Evening Standard has published a list of the top 25 cheapest city breaks in Europe. It is interesting to note that two cities from Croatia, Zagreb and Zadar have also found their place on this list.
According to the British newspaper, the average spending in Zagreb per night is £32 or 260 Kunas, whilst in Zadar is £36.50 or 306 Kunas. The capital cities of the neighbouring countries of Slovenia (Ljubljana) and Serbia (Belgrade) are also on the list.
As far as other European cities are concerned, the average spending in Bratislava per night is £36 (around 300 Kunas) as much as in Athens and Riga. However, the average spending in Istanbul is much lower, around £27 (around 226 Kunas) just like in Belgrade.
The term ''nude swimming'' has a very long tradition in Croatia. However, only a smaller part of the population is willing to swim naked or to do ''things'' in front of other nudists.
It is interesting to note that one of the nudists who swam naked in the Adriatic was the British King Edward VIII. During his cruise along the Croatian coast in 1936 together with his wife-to-be Wallis Simpson, they used to take a dip in the Kandarola Bay on the island of Rab. This way they popularized this kind of swimming on the island and in the country as well.
Therefore, if you find yourself in Croatia wondering where to place your beach towel and your naked body, here is the list of the top ten most beautiful nudist beaches in Croatia. However, before you select one of them, do not ignore the rules of decent behaviour on nudist beaches or the so-called Freikorperkultur (FKK).
The top 10 nudist beaches in Croatia are:
1. Bunculuka beach on the island of Krk
2. Jelena beach on the island of Brac
3. Mekicevica beach on the island of Hvar
4. Crvena luka beach at Biograd na Moru
5. Kazela beach at Medulin, Istria
6. Podvrske beach on the island of Murter
7. Sovinje beach on the island of Pasman
8. Sabunike beach at Nin near Zadar
9. Sahara beach on the island of Rab
10. Strasko beach on the island of Pag
The Israeli police are so thrilled with the Croatian Air Force Canadair CL-415 planes that it has posted a video on its Twitter profile.
A few days ago, the Croatian Air Force fire fighters returned to Croatia after participating in joint training with members of the Israeli fire brigade. During their training, a fire broke out near the city of Bet Guvrin in central Israel thus the Croatian fire fighters were immediately redirected to the fire scene where they successfully put out the fire.
The Israeli police also posted a few more videos on joint action of the Israeli and Croatian Air Force fire brigades.
Just to remind you, upon invitation of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanjahu in November last year, Croatia sent two Canadair CL-415 planes as an air assistance in fighting forest fires that broke out in northern and central Israel.
The New York Times has recently published an article titled ‘For Summer, Five Hot Destinations’, which has Dubrovnik on its cover photo. The article emphasizes that United States residents are traveling more than they did in summer 2016.
First of five hot destinations for Americans is – Croatia!
- Indagare has a 30 percent increase in trip bookings to Croatia for travel this summer, compared with summer 2016, and Expedia.com has seen air ticket demand to the country double from last summer. Mr. Alexander of Protravel International said that he has planned several dozen private trips to Croatia for travel this summer — the most he has ever done – it’s explained in the article.
As it's said - it’s because of fantastic beaches, delicious food, culture, history and the most important thing these days – safety.
The American market is extremely important for Dubrovnik, and it keeps rising. In 2016, there were 80 961 US tourists, who made 234,994 overnight stays. From January 1st to June 10th this year, 30 372 American tourists stayed in Dubrovnik, which is 41 percent more than in the same period last year, and there were 91 128 overnight stays, which is 42 percent higher than in 2016. After the British tourists, Americans have been ranked second in the top list of visitors in Dubrovnik since the beginning of the year.
A fire broke out in the Old City of Dubrovnik today in a private home. Dubrovnik fire-fighters were immediately on the scene, with ten fire-fighters and three vehicles. They arrived on the scene at 11.22am and by 11.30am the fire had been extinguished.
According to unofficial reports it would appear that the fire broke out in the kitchen of a private home on the Sigurate Street near the busy Prijeko Street. It appears that the fire was started after a pan was forgotten on the stove and caught fire. Thankfully due to the fast intervention of the Dubrovnik fire-brigade the damage wasn’t significant.
During filming for ''The Grand Tour Season 2'' on Amazon Prime, Richard Hammond, the former TV host of the BBC popular TV show ''Top Gear'', crashed Rimac's Concept One.
A few days ago, Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson participated in a hill climb race in Switzerland. The Rimac's electric supercar was tested by the crew of The Grand Tour against two other supercars. According to the Swiss and British media, Hammond was driving the Rimac Concept One electric car and landed off the road. However, Hammond came out of the car and climbed back to the road before Concept One was devoured by the fire.
In the meantime, Mate Rimac, the founder and the CEO of Rimac Automobili, wrote on his Facebook profile, ''Just spoke to Richard. He is back home tomorrow. Can't wait until he speaks out''.
Even though ''it was the biggest crash and the most frightening one'', as Clarkson commented, fortunately, Hammond did not suffer any life-threatening injuries.
Just to remind you, Rimac Automobili is a reputable Croatian manufacturer company of high- performance electric cars. At the latest Geneva Motor Show 2017, the company introduced its refreshed model of the Concept One electric car.
The improved version of Concept One now has 1224 HP, it accelerates from 0 km/h to 100 km/h in 2,5 seconds, it has a larger battery of 90 kWh, the autonomy of 349 km and a top speed of 354 km/h.
According to data, the lowest pension is Croatia amounts to 125 Euros, whilst in the neighbouring Slovenia it is almost 400 Euros higher.
In comparison to other countries in the region, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina receive higher pension than Croatian pensioners, whilst Serbian pensioners receive 10 Euros lower pension that Croats.
''The average pension in Croatia accounts for only 37 percent of the average salary in the country thus 70 to 80 percent of Croatian pensioners do not have social conditions for life, and are below the poverty line'', commented a pensioner from Osijek.
As far as Slovenia and Macedonia are concerned, the average pension in these countries accounts for 60 percent of their salary, however, this is not the case in other countries.
Pensioners from ten European countries have pointed to their unfavourable position that is getting worse day by day.
''Croats are the poorest pensioners and I hope that we will encourage our politicians and the public that this government, as any other government that wants to function in a democratic and normal way, has to rely on elderly people and enable them a normal and dignified life'', said Jasna Petrovic, the president of the Croatian Pensioners Association.
As part of the Orlando Furioso baroque cycle organized by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, two great works have been performed so far: Four Seasons of Antonio Vivaldi and the opera Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell, both in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik.
The cycle that entertained the audience continues on Tuesday, June 13th with the concert Trio Sonatas. This concert will be held in the atrium of the Rector's Palace starting at 9 pm. Music director of the Orlando Furioso cycle and world-famous baroque violin virtuoso, Dmitry Sinkovsky, violinist Elena Davidova and cello player from Dubrovnik, Mihaela Culjak, will perform, while Franjo Bilic will follow them on harpsichord.
The concert program is as follows:
D. Castello SONATE CONCERTATE IN STILE MODERNO
M. Ucellini SONATA sopra la Bergamasca
J.-M. Leclair SONATA for two violins in B Major, Op. 12, no. 6 A.
Vivaldi TRIO SONATA in D minor, RV. 63, Op. 1. no. 2 G. F.
Handel TRIO SONATA in G minor, HWV 393