Sunday, 25 August 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.


Luka Modric has become a Hollywood star! Even though the Croatian midfielder has been one of the leading stars in Real Madrid for years, it seems that he also has fans in Hollywood.

In a new Hollywood comedy ‘’Sandy Wexler’’ with Adam Sandler, a famous actor and comedian plays a talent manager working in Los Angeles in the 1990s. In the film, Sandy ''meets'' Modric. Actually, in one scene Sandler enters a cafe bar in Los Angeles, and finds himself standing in front of a wall with a framed Modric' jersey on it. Modric' famous number 10 jersey is from the Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine with autographs of players, with the United jersey of Ryan Giggs right next to it.

It is interesting to note that this scene, of which Modric is part, is actually a producers' mistake because the jersey should not be there at all. And why? Because Sandler plays a role of a show business manager Sandy Wexler in the early 1990s, and Luka Modric was just a little boy at that time.

Croatia's tourist offer has recently been enriched for one more attraction – the first underwater winery!

An hour drive from Dubrovnik, at Drace on the Peljesac peninsula a group of enthusiastic Croatian entrepreneurs took their wine story under the sea surface.

The idea came to the owners five years ago and they believe that the sea provides natural cooling in ideal conditions and the perfect silence underwater improves the quality.

''Five years ago we came up with an idea of launching this project, although the story began by chance twelve years ago, when we got a bottle of wine as a gift that had leftovers of an old amphora on top'', said Edivo Vina.

Apart from placing bottles of wine under water, they also provide visitors with the opportunity of diving in by themselves and witness the whole process. As a bonus, visitors can also dive to the shipwreck of an ancient ship.

The whole process, however, begins on the surface. After being aged for three months, wine is then stored in amphorae, special clay jugs with a narrow neck and two handles. After that, it is kept under the sea surface for a year or two. ''This unique way of wine storage gives it a special pinewood aroma'', says Lonely Planet.

In order to prevent any kind of contamination, the owners have taken every precaution; all bottles are corked, and two layers of rubber are added to prevent saltwater from leaking in, and wine from leaking out. The amphorae are then packaged in cages and locked to prevent any unwanted divers from taking this unique brand of alcohol with them.

It is interesting to note that Condé Nast Traveler, the world popular luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, praised Edivo Vina as ''Wines you can find if you dive in the sea near Dubrovnik!''

The Croatian Tourist Board (HTZ) has recently launched a new promotional campaign ''Epic Week in Croatia'' with a goal of encouraging ''fans'' on social networks and other potential tourists to create their dream vacation in Croatia.

The campaign will be active until the 30th of April on Facebook and Twitter; the HTZ wants to additionally position Croatia as a tourist destination with a rich and wide offer where everyone can find something for themselves, whether it is cultural and active tourism, entertainment or quality vacation and enjoyment in nature.

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''Our campaign ''Epic Week in Croatia'' is an addition to the highly successful campaign/project ''Croatia Feeds'', with which we invite all to create their ideal vacation in a way that on a specially designed campaign website they choose the top seven among 101 activities that would make their dream vacation. Participants can choose locations, the sights, cities, as well as tastes they would like to experience while in Croatia. They can also participate in a prize game and win a trip for two and experience the exact seven activities they chose for their dream vacation'', explained Ratomir Ivcic, the director of the HTZ.

In addition, the HTZ also emphasizes that they have launched a nautical promotion and a brand campaign on the key markets of Germany, the UK, Austria, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and Poland, which will be active until the 10th of May.

Dubrovnik's Musical Spring, the musical cycle of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra held from 18 to 28 April, started with the performances of excellent Croatian pianist Aljosa Jurinic. Tomorrow, April 21st, you will have a chance to listen to a concert that Dubrovnik audience has not yet had a chance to hear - Concert for violia and orchestra by Béla Bartók. Young Croat violist of Ethiopian origin Hiwote Tadesse will play along with the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra conducted by Tomislav Facini in Dubrovnik Cathedral at 8:30 pm.

In 2011, Hiwote began studying at the Royal Conservatory in Gent and the Maastricht Conservatory in the class of one of the world's best violists, Michael Kugel, where in 2016 she graduated as the best student of the generation. Hiwote is currently trained at the Belgian prestigious Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and since August 2016 has been conducting violias at the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. She is the winner of many awards: the Grand Prix at the International Youth Music Competition in Moscow (2014), the first prize at the Citta di Barletta International Competition in Italy (2013), the first prize at 46th and 48th Croatian music and dance student Competition (2008. , 2010).

The concert that Hiwote will play is not performed frequently. Violist W. Primrose ordered a viola concert from the Hungarian composer Béla Bartok in 1945. Bartok then lived in the United States, sick and poor. He accepted the order, but the concert remained unfinished due to the death of the composer. T. Serly, Bartok's student and assistant, is one of those who took on the task and worked out four confusing bifols in a concert that will be played tomorrow. With the use of modern composing techniques, we hear Bartok's recognizable in the use of the folk motifs of Transylvania and Scotland (the homeland of W. Primrose).

In addition to this concert, the orchestra will also perform Mozart's Serenade for Cello Puffers and Idyl by Blagoje Bersa.

Croatian Kinological Association in cooperation with the Kinological Association Libertas Dubrovnik organizes international dog show CACIB Dubrovnik 2017, which will be held on 25th and 26th of April. Dog show will be held in the Solitudo autocamp.

Exhibitors come from 31 countries and 3 different continents. In two days, 800 dogs will be shown, and will be evaluated by international experts.

Program of the show:
Tuesday, 25 April
 09.45 Opening of the show
 10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

Wednesday, 26 April
10.00 Evaluation of dogs
15.00 - 16.30 Selection of the most beautiful dog

Even though the works are still in progress and the hotel has not been officially opened yet, one of the coolest hotels in Croatia received its first guests before Easter.

According to the British newspaper The Times, Salona Palace is one of the thirty coolest hotels in Croatia, which is located in the ancient Dalmatian town of Solin in the Split-Dalmatia County. It is a four-star hotel just 30 metres from the entrance in the ancient Roman city Salona, one of the largest archaeological sites in Croatia nowadays.

‘’A perfect place to feel the history and explore where Julius Caesar once walked. Hotel Salona Palace is a newly built small luxury resort offering you everything you need whether you are coming for business or pleasure’’, says the hotel.

Salona Palace is designed in the shape of a cross; it has four floors and spreads over 4200 square metres. It has 44 rooms and three suites (Standard & Superior Rooms and Caesar Suite & Junior Suite) as well as spa & wellness centre, swimming pools, a conference room, a banquet hall, and restaurants.

It is interesting to note that each room is decorated with Salona motifs, and each has a smart system for light and temperature regulation. The hotel will also open Joe’s Beach Lounge and Bar on nearby Kasjuni beach, with paddle boarding and kayaking on offer.

City of Dubrovnik joins the largest global environmental and voluntary movement ‘Let’s do it’ for the sixth time! This event is organized on Earth Day, with the aim of regulating illegal dumping and encourage environmental awareness inside the local community.

Department of Urban Planning, Spatial Planning and Environment of the City of Dubrovnik organizes Green and Blue cleaning in several locations, in collaboration with the numerous organizations, associates, partners, volunteers and local residents.

Program of the event:
-    Public Institution the Lokrum Reserve in collaboration with students of the Department of Aquaculture Dubrovnik
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, and Tuesday, 25 April, with the boat at 10 am
Students will clean up the marine waste and also create a map with micro localities of the marine waste
-    Association DART
Departing on Lokrum on Saturday, April 22, at 10 am

Sipan – cleaning up paths and streams, April 26 and 27
- Youth Association Orlando
April 22, starting at 9 am at the location of "Old Hospital’’. After the action of collecting waste, eco- workshops are planned, as well as the screening of the documentary and amateur table tennis tournament.

-    Croatian Mountaineering Association Dubrovnik
April 22, cleaning footpaths Nuncijata-Sumet.
Gathering at the playground Nuncijata at 9 am.

-     Eco Center Zeleno Sunce, Mokosica, Dubrovnik
26 April, decorating eco-park in Mokošica and planting new seedlings, starting at 9:30 am.

- Volunteer Fire Department Rijeka Dubrovacka
As part of the campaign they will clean up illegal dumps in the City.

- Diving club "Nautilus"
Within the Blue cleaning, they will make examinations and analysis of heavy sediments in Rijeka Dubrovacka.
Everyone is welcome to join this action – protecting our planet starts with you!

According to the latest data from the eVisitor system, 117,288 arrivals and 399,921 overnight stays were recorded during the Easter period in Croatia, or 68 percent more arrivals and 94 percent overnight stays in comparison to the same period last year.

''For the first half of April the results are excellent and we believe such trend will continue in the rest of the month. These figures indicate that Croatia has plenty to offer even in the pre-season period, and that it becomes more recognizable as a year-round destination'', commented Gari Cappelli, the Croatian Minister of Tourism.

The data show that most overnights stays were recorded in the Istria County (134,000), in the Kvarner region (70,000) and in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (57,000). The most numerous guests were from Germany (90,000 overnight stays), Italy (41,000), Austria (41,000), France (16,000) and Slovenia (15,000). The domestic guests realized 46,000 overnight stays in the Easter period.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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