Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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.


On the occasion of the presentation of his latest novel ''The Lady from Zagreb'' in Spain, the British writer Philip Kerr described Croatia as ''a small and irrelevant country that nobody is interested in''.

''Croatia is a good example of what can happen if you are a small country that is totally irrelevant. All of those who seek independence in Scotland should visit Croatia or Bosnia and Herzegovina. Maybe they would like to spend some time there, but shops there are empty'', commented Kerr in his latest interview for the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

While he was in Zagreb, Kerr collected the data for his latest novel where he spent ''horrible days'', quoted El Pais.

Philip Kerr gave the interview in the coastal Spanish city of Valencia during the Crime literature festival ''VCL Negra''. His latest novel ''The Lady from Zagreb'' is the tenth book of a series of novels about the detective Bernie Gunther who lives and works in Germany during The Second World War. Kerr has also presented his novel in the US this month.

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The Lady from Zagreb - Philip Kerr

According to the latest report from the Thomas Cook Group, this season Croatia is among the top four most desirable destinations in Europe.

This year one of the leading British tour operators has recorded a 12 percent increase in bookings for summer holidays in Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, and Bulgaria in comparison to the same period last year.

The tour operator also pointed out to the recovery in bookings for Turkey and Egypt, whilst travellers' demand for most popular Spanish destinations stagnates.

“Thomas Cook has delivered a good performance in the first six months. The progress we’ve made on our strategy helped achieve a 3 percent increase in revenues, with strong customer demand for our holidays despite the competitive environment,” commented the CEO of Thomas Cook Peter Fankhauser.

One of the things that Croatia can really brag about is its islands - one more beautiful than the other. If we had to make a list of the best Croatian islands we would really have a hard time (and probably give up), but luckily the renowned British newspaper The Telegraph recently did just that.

- The popularity of Croatia among the British has soared in recent years, in the most part thanks to its unrivalled array of picture-perfect islands, of which there are more than a thousand snuggled up to the country's Adriatic coast. From the party hotspots of Hvar and Pag to the immense calm of Dugi Otok and Mljet, we run through our favourites - whatever holiday you're after - is explained in the article that brings the list of 15 best Croatian islands, sorted in categories.

This is the list, as chosen by The Telegraph team:

Best for nightlife: Hvar

Best for history: Krk

Best for beaches: Rab

Best for eco-warriors: Kornati

Best for festivals: Pag

Best for nature: Mljet

Best for hiking: Cres

Best for water sports: Brac

Best for wine: Korcula

Best for food: Vis

Best for families: Losinj

Best for escaping Dubrovnik: Elaphiti Islands

Best for peace and quiet: Dugi Otok

Best for diving: Krapanj

Best for alternatives: Lastovo

For more details visit the original article – here

The largest sailing ship ever built will soon be launched and Croatia will have a special reason to be proud as she was built on the Dalmatian coastline in Split. 

At the end of September 2015, the Croatian shipyard Brodosplit from Split signed a contract with Star Clippers Ltd from Monaco on building the largest sailing ship in the world.

According to Brodosplit, the ''Flying Clipper'' is to be launched in two weeks and will not only be the line's fourth and largest sailing ship but the largest square-rigged sailing ship ever built.

flying clipper

The newest member of the Star Clippers fleet has five masts and 35 sails and totals an impressive 6,350 square metres. She is 162 metres long, and 18.5 metres wide, with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes. The construction is made of steel, whilst the deck is completely covered with the highest quality teak. The ship has five decks and can accommodate 450 people, out of which 300 passengers will be accommodated in 150 luxury cabins, whilst 150 crew members will occupy 74 cabins. The ship will be powered by ecologically sound, high-tech engines, however, it will rely on wind power and its sails wherever possible, which will surely be a real treat for her passengers.

Star Clippers Ltd. has been present on the European and American market since 1991 when Mikael Krafft founded his cruise company, which is well known for ships that are faithful replicas of classic sailing ships.

The ‘’Flying Clipper’’ was largely inspired by the ‘’France II’’ from 1911, which was at the time, the world’s largest square-rigged sailing ship.

The company’s fleet already consists of the Royal Clipper, the Star Clipper, and the Star Flyer.

At the latest international design contest IDA International design awards held in Los Angeles, Croatia has achieved great success.

Among 1,000 applied projects from 52 world countries, the Croatian designer Ivan Dilberovic won four awards. He swept up his rivals by winning the silver prize in the category of ‘‘Print-Self Promotion'' for his project ''Play It!'', i.e. a vinyl business card that he made for the Croatian Discography Association. The same project also received a special jury award in the category of ''Self Promotion''.

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Vinyl business cards 

It all started with the idea of recycling old music records. Dilberovic's slogan in designing a vinyl business card was ''Reduce-Reuse-Recycle''.

''As soon as the Croatian Discography Association invited me to design business cards for them, I came up with a brilliant idea. I suggested them to use old music records that were resting peacefully in their warehouse, and my concept was accepted'', explained young Dilberovic.

Out of each record, he made ten business cards by a technology of laser cutting, whilst data about a person and the association was later added on each copy. All business cards are unique, and each card contains a different sound recording. ''I tried them all and they can still play music!'', commented Ivan Dilberovic.

The originality and innovation of Ivan's idea has been proven by more than 30 articles about this project published by the major world design portals such as Fubiz, Design Week, Mixmag, and many others.

Dubrovnik was awash with strawberries yesterday as the “Day of Ston Strawberries” brought thousands of strawberries into the historic city centre. Punnets of ruby red strawberries were available for the promotional price of 10 Kuna and long queues formed as locals and tourists took advantage.

This traditional event was organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board and local strawberry growers from Ston, which is regarded as one of the best locations for strawberry cultivation in the region.

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''The whole of Croatia is beautiful'', commented Ashley Colburn during her visit to the town of Cakovec in the Medjimurje Countya few days ago.

The popular American video blogger and producer, the winner of two Emmy awards and travel specialist Ashley Colburn is currently filming a new film about the most beautiful tourist cities in Croatia.

Among continental cities, including the Croatian capital of Zagreb, she chose the town of Cakovec because it was love at first sight during her last visit.

''I'm thrilled with Cakovec. The whole of Croatia is wonderful and I want to give an opportunity to as many people as I can to see this beauty by watching my film'', emphasized Colburn, who became popular with a series of tourist films called WOW.

Colburn produced her first travel show ”WOW Croatia!” which was awarded Croatia’s Golden Pen award and won an Emmy in 2010. Following her success with the Croatia show, Ashley created “TAKEOFF with Ashley Colburn” a travel series that premiered in 2010 on Wealth TV and took her to over 25 countries on six continents over two seasons.
The famous video blogger and produceralso met with Stjepan Kovac, the mayor of Cakovec and with Boska Ban Vlahek, the head of the Cakovec Tourist Board.

On this occasion Colburn commented, ''Do not take for granted wonderful things you are surrounded with. The richness of culture and tradition deserve to be enjoyed every day, these beauties are rarelyseen. This goes for Cakovec, as well as for the whole of Croatia''.

The international brand of Dubrovnik just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. This photo was sent to us by a reader of The Dubrovnik Times and shows a branded bottle of Coca-Cola with “Dubrovnik” and a palm tree.

We have seen these specially labelled bottles before but when you bear in mind that this photo was taken in a supermarket in a small rural village with a population of less than 3,000 in the middle of a south-west England then the reach of Dubrovnik is even more impressive.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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