Wednesday, 22 January 2020
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.


There are many theories about the mega popular HBO TV series ''Game of Thrones’’; however, one of them, that relates the series with the region of the former Yugoslavia, is becoming more and more popular every day.

Numerous fans of ''Game of Thrones'' have managed to establish the relation between the scenario of G.R.R.Martin and the fall of the former Balkan country of Yugoslavia, thus they have made some very interesting conclusions.

According to their theory, Lannisters are like Slovenians because they have blond hair and are very rich people who think that they are much better than others are. Tyrells are like Slavonians (from the continental Croatian region of Slavonia) who have an abundant and fertile land and are always the deciding factor, but never in the lead.

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As far as Greyjoys are concerned, fans compare them with Dalmatians (from the coastal Croatian region of Dalmatia) and describe them as people who only respect each other, whilst they consider others weak. Masters of Hawk's Nest are compared with Montenegrins due to a practically unconquerable mountain country. The family is full of strange family relationships, whilst an eagle adorns their coat of arms.

Dorne, the homeland of Prince Oberyn, is compared with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia because it is a country situated in the south, whose national flag contains a Sun. They always separated from others, and it is a land of handsome dark-haired people who differ from others in the kingdom.

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Furthermore, Baratheons represent Bosnians because they are tall and cheerful people who are always in the mood for food and drinks, and are considered as brave and strong men. The popular Stark family living in the north is compared with Serbians because they are proud people, however, some consider them wild and cruel.

Behind the wall live savages who, according to some, represent Kosovo or Russia. Riverrun, the home of Tully family, would be Vojvodina, a neutral land similar to Slavonia, which is somehow always caught in wars.

It is interesting to note that this theory was backed up by George R.R. Martin’s statement that he had been intrigued by the fall of Yugoslavia.



The latest statistics on the number of foreign nationals and individuals of foreign origin with German citizenship show that around 441,000 Croats were living in Germany at the end of 2016.

However, these statistics include not only people with Croatian citizenship, but also Croatian citizens who, in the meantime, obtained a German passport or whose parents are of Croatian origin.

The average age of Croatian nationals living in Germany is 38 years. As far as educational status is concerned, out of 441,000 Croatians, 57 of them have a high school diploma, whilst 34,000 of them have a university degree.

According to earlier data on foreign newcomers, around 55,000 Croatian citizens moved to Germany last year which only indicates on a continuous trend of increased emigration of Croatian citizens to Germany, which began with Croatia's accession to the European Union in 2013.

An individual who has migrated from abroad or has at least one parent, who was born as a citizen of another country, is considered as a person with a migrant background. This also includes ethnic Germans living outside the territory of Germany, such as the Danube Swabians or the Volga Germans.

This Friday Dubrovnik will play host to a three-day electronic music festival – WTF Dubrovnik. For all fans of electronic music this year is a real treat.

The first festival night, August 4, will feature a guest appearance from the Berlin Mobilee Records - one of the most eminent publishing houses of electronic music in Europe. The Lazareti Club will play host to the opening night and one the leading players of modern music Rodriguez Jr. Also on stage through the night will be Ralf Kollmann, Kevin Over and

The second evening will be rather special as it will be held on the top of the Srd Mountain overlooking Dubrovnik. The well-known pioneer of electronic music Funk D'void and the great star of the Italian techno - Paride Saraceni will perform. In addition to these international performers, the stage will also be open to local DJs Audiometric Lane, Torres and Maroje.

On the third and final of the festival, August 6th, the destination is the Adriatic Sea as a boat will sail around Dubrovnik carrying all the requisites for a great party.

The price of the festival ticket for all three nights is 350 Kuna, and it is also possible to buy one-day tickets for a price of 150 Kuna. The program starts each evening at 22:00.

Find more details at the festivals website

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In July 2017 there were 404,531 arrivals in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which is 11.7 percent more than in July 2016 and 2,047,164 overnight stays, which is 9.5 percent more than in July 2016.

In the first seven months of 2017, 1,045,540 arrivals were recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County with  4,389,042 overnight stays. Compared with 2016, overnight stays have risen by 15.7 percent.

The largest number of overnight stays was made by tourists from the United Kingdom, Germany, Croatia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France and the United States of America.

For the past eleven years, the World Economic Forum has engaged leaders in travel and tourism to carry out an in-depth analysis of the Travel and Tourism competitiveness of 136 economies across the world. The Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index measures “the set of factors and policies that enable the sustainable development of the travel and tourism sector, which in turn, contributes to the development and competitiveness of a country”.

According to all the relevant segments such as the availability of accommodation facilities, hospitality infrastructure, the development of a rent-a-car service and even the number of ATM machines per resident, the World Economic Forum (WEF) selected the best countries to visit in 2017.

Therefore, the WEF’s list is topped by Austria, which has the highest rank in all segments. Not only that seven major rental companies operate in the country, but also it is the third European country in terms of quality of tourism infrastructure and the fifth in the number of hotel rooms in relation to the number of residents.

Spain has placed as the second most accessible country in the world for tourists in 2017 because it offers everything a guest needs. Due to its natural and cultural beauty, Spain stands out as a great holiday destination.

The top three countries also include the United States, which is considered an excellent global example of a country with developed tourism.

As far as Croatia is concerned, the country has placed as the fifth in terms of the number of hotel rooms and ATM machines per number of residents as well as due to its natural beauty and environmental sustainability. Therefore, Croatia left behind several world leading countries such as Switzerland, Great Britain and Germany.

Here are the Top 10 most accessible countries for tourists in 2017:

1. Austria
2. Spain
3. The United States
4. Portugal
5. Croatia
6. Switzerland
7. Great Britain
8. Australia
9. Germany
10. Canada.

The Memorial Bicycle Ultramarathon Vukovar-Knin-Dubrovnik will be held for the 8th time.

The Ultramarathon has seven stages and started on July 30th and will last until August 5th, when it will end in Dubrovnik. Cyclists, mostly recreational, will ride around 150 kilometers a day.

The idea is to pass through the cities that suffered the most damage in the Homeland War and light up candles in order to pay tribute to the young Croatian soldiers who were ready to give life for their country.

The event is organized by the association Slavonsko-brodski biciklist and is supported by the President of the Republic of Croatia.

If you are fan of hiking or adventure in general, a moonlight hiking trip may be a perfect thing for you. On Monday, August 7th, you can explore the beauty of the Konavle region at night under a full moon – for free.

Hikers meet at Zvekovica (in front of Pemo Market) where you can buy everything you need for hiking at 7:45 pm. Zvekovica is 25 minutes by car from Dubrovnik, 7 minutes from Cavtat and 7 minutes from Čilipi.

The hike will take place at the old railway route known locally as „Ćiro“, from Vojski do to Mihanići and back.  This railway trail joined the numerous places and peoples of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Montenegro and Croatia. It was built by the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy at the turn of the 20th century. Along the route you will enjoy the beautiful landscapes of Konavle field and pass through the tunnels pierced into the rocks.

- Wear layers, sturdy shoes, bring a flashlight / headlamp, snacks, camera as needed and a minimum of 1 litre of water. The full moon hike is 9 kilometers (5.5 miles) long. The hike can take a few hours so we recommend it for hikers over the age of 12.  Hiking is at your own risk! – the organizers wrote.

After the meeting at Zvekovica, hikers will continue driving with cars for approximately 15 minutes to the starting point of hiking.  Hiking begins at 8:15pm and ends at 11pm in Vojski Do and is led by licensed mountain guides.

Due to weather conditions the hike can be canceled at the last minute, so the organizers of the event advise you to check it periodically for last minute hike schedule changes. You can do that on this link.

If you are looking for a great pizza in Dubrovnik then Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa should be on your radar. Lovers of good pizza are after a good crunchy base, fresh toppings and a great choice – make the right choice and head for Tutto Bene in Lapad as well as on Ulica od Puca in the Old City and Mea Culpa in the Old City of Dubrovnik.

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Tutto Bene in Lapad 

Eat where the locals eat. Once discovered these two restaurants are often returned to. Offering a wide selection of pizzas they have a faithful group of local patrons who keep coming back – always a good sign that the food is good. Often the sentence “everything is good without mistakes” can be heard.

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It would take you a long time to list all the ingredients, combinations and types of pizzas that are on offer at Tutto Bene and Mea Culpa. But it isn’t all about pizza. Delicious hamburgers, kebabs, tortillas, salads, pastas and much, much more.

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More than pizza 

Both Mea Culpa and Tutto Bene pay respect to the preparation of the meals, particularly to the strict hygiene standards and the use of fresh and high quality produce. Both eateries have set a high quality in terms of service, constantly developing business modernization and following world trends.

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And not only do they serve great food they also look after your pocket. Even if you pay with a credit card you’ll get a 5% discount on your meal, automatically calculated into the final price.

Tutto Bene in the bay of Lapad as well as in the Old City and Mea Culpa in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik are your destinations for great food and friendly service.


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