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.
HBO have released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming seventh season of Game of Thrones. This penultimate season of the most popular series of all time was only briefly recorded in Dubrovnik, with three days of filming back in December 2016. Dubrovnik acts as the centre for the whole series as King’s Landing and has featured since season 2. The new seventh season of Game of Thrones is set to be released on the 16th of July this year and then filming will begin for the eighth and final season.
The first season averaged a gross audience of 9.3 million viewers per episode. For its second season, the series had an average gross audience of 11.6 million viewers. The third season was seen by 14.2 million viewers, making Game of Thrones the second-most-viewed HBO series (after The Sopranos). For the fourth season, HBO said that its average gross audience of 18.4 million viewers had passed The Sopranos for the record. By the sixth season the average per-episode gross viewing figure had increased to over 25 million.
Due to a road traffic accident the main coastal road over Dubrovnik has been closed in both directions since 17.30. The accident occurred at Nuncijata and has caused kilometres of traffic jams in both directions.
The police are on the scene but the official cause of the accident still hasn't been revealed. Unofficially eye witnesses commented that an Opel slipped on the side of the street and collided head on with a Renault coming in the opposite direction.
According to the latest Best in Europe 2017 list from Lonely Planet, the Croatian capital is a winner among the Top 10 European destinations!
The world's largest travel guide book publisher made a list of the top ten most exciting destinations in Europe to visit in 2017, and Zagreb was ranked as the number one European destination.
“For Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe 2017 we’ve compiled our hotlist of destinations across the continent to visit this summer, all offering something new, exciting or undiscovered that make them worth exploring right now’’, commented Tom Hall, the editorial director at Lonely Planet.
Hall also explained why they chose Zagreb as the number one destination in 2017. “Zagreb tops our list because it ticks all of these boxes. Croatia is one of Europe’s hottest destinations right now but many people head straight to the coast, meaning they miss out on visiting a city that has a dynamic cultural offering, a thriving food and drink scene, and is now easier to reach than ever before.”
Here is the list of the top ten Lonely Planet’s European destinations to visit in 2017:
1. Zagreb (Croatia)
2. Gotland (Sweden)
3. Galicia (Spain)
4. Northern Montenegro
5. Leeds (UK)
6. Alentejo (Portugal)
7. Northern Germany
9. Paphos (Cyprus)
10. Le Havre (France)
Today could see some scattered clouds and there is a chance of rain tomorrow and then Dubrovnik is in for sunshine all the way. Scorching temperatures, blue skies and a warm Adriatic Sea – summer is coming to Dubrovnik.
From Friday over the weekend to the end of next week temperatures will average a pleasant 26 degrees every day. And with only 28 days left till summer officially starts we look like starting on the right foot with warm and sunny weather. The Adriatic Sea is currently a rather refreshing 20 degrees Celsius, however in the warmer weather on the way for Dubrovnik it will soon reach a balmy 25 degrees.
The ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ which connects the port of Italy with the port of Dubrovnik will also connect Montenegro and Italy this summer.
Upon agreement on cooperation recently signed by representatives of the maritime company ‘’Barska plovidba’’ from neighbouring Montenegro and Jadrolinija from Croatia, the ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ will set sail on its maiden voyage from the port of Bar (Montenegro) to Bari on the 26th of May.
The ferry will operate on the route Bar-Bari-Bar once a week during May, September, October and November, and twice a week during the summer months of June, July and August.
In a press release for the Montenegrin media, ‘’Barska plovidba’’ commented that Jadrolinija’s offer was the most favourable one, and that the company would only benefit from the business cooperation with the renowned and oldest ferry company on the Adriatic.
The ferry ‘’Dubrovnik’’ is 122.06 metres long, 18.82 metres wide, and 12.55 metres in height, whilst the ferry’s top speed is 20 knots. It has 149 cabins with 457 beds, and has a maximum capacity for 1,300 passengers and around 300 cars.
The actor Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89, his family have announced. Sir Roger was a huge fan of Dubrovnik and visited the city on several occasions with his wife Kristina.
The couple were first introduced to the city by the Austria violinist Julian Rachlin and Sir Roger even made a special appearance in the Rector’s Palace as part of Rachlin’s classical festival. It was announced that he died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
During his long career Sir Roger appeared as the iconic British spy, James Bond, in seven movies including A View to a Kill and Live and Let Die. Sir Roger was an ambassador for Unicef, and it was it that role that he met Rachlin and consequently greatly assisted in raising funds for the organisation with charity events in Dubrovnik. He was even once involved in a charity football match in Dubrovnik along with John Malkovich.
"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated," commented the family on Twitter.
“Dubrovnik is an insanely gorgeous city and it gets crazy, crazy crowded,” commented an American couple on a travel video they published on their YouTube channel. Anna and Derek Morris are currently travelling around the world and on a stop to Dubrovnik they made a short travel tips video.
The pair, who run a blog named “We Play Everywhere,” strongly recommended visiting the historic Old City of Dubrovnik in the morning hours and in the evenings, basically when the day-trippers and cruise ship passengers have left. “Dubrovnik is amazing early in the morning and late in the evening we recommend day-tripping out of here as it gets a little crazy in the day,” commented Derek Morris.
The travelling couple also praise the food and service as well as kayaking on the island of Lopud.
Check out the video
Croatia's national air carrier Croatia Airlines launched its first official flight on the regular line between Zagreb and Bucharest on the 22nd of May.
Recently the air carrier announced its new services to Scandinavian destinations of Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo, and for the first time in the company's history, to the Romanian capital of Bucharest.
The service between Zagreb and Bucharest and vice versa will be operated three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of October.
At a press conference that followed the landing of the first Croatia Airlines’ plane on the ''Bucharest Henri Coanda'' airport, Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines, commented that he hoped that the new service would contribute to the discovery of natural, historical and cultural beauties of Zagreb and Bucharest, and to the more intensive cooperation between the two countries.
In addition, Davor Vidis, the Croatian ambassador to Romania, explained that the direct service of Croatia Airlines would encourage a larger number of tourist arrivals, business trips and visits of cultural workers and athletes. Vidis also hoped that the service would continue after October and become regular.
It is interesting to note that around 14,000 passengers travelled between Zagreb and Bucharest in 2016, with a continuous growth year after year.
Photo by Romeo Manciu