Wednesday, 03 June 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.


It might still be November but Dubrovnik is well and truly getting into the Christmas spirit.

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival opens on the 2nd of December and the decorations and festive lights are being installed around the city. The historic centre will have more than one Christmas tree this year and various lights across the Stradun.

Check out our photo gallery of the decorations in Dubrovnik so far…it is going to be a merry Christmas.

xmas decorations 2017 dbk

xmas 2017 fixing decorations

xmas tress 2017 on pile entrance

xmas tree catherdral

stradun 2017 xmas lights

traditional croatian christmas decorations

pile entrance 2017 christmas decorations

xmas comes to dubrovnik

xmas dubrovnik cat


rectors palace decorations


The Japanese air carrier All Nippon Airways (ANA) has introduced the Croatian capital of Zagreb as its new code-share destination.

In its current winter schedule from the 29th of October 2017 to the 24th of March 2018, ANA extended its code-share cooperation with the German national air carrier Lufthansa. Both airlines are members of one of the world’s largest airline associations - Star Alliance.

Through the extended code-share cooperation, the Japanese air carrier introduced Zagreb as its new destination, from Tokyo and Osaka with a transfer in Frankfurt and Munich on Lufthansa flights to Zagreb.

It is interesting to note that this summer the Japanese airline ANA operated charter flights from Japan to Dubrovnik for the second year in a row.

Who do you call when you need to reach extraordinary heights? The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade lent a helping hand today to decorate the historic Old City of Dubrovnik for the festive season. With the help of their pulleys, ropes and abseiling skills the fireman hung Christmas lights on the iconic Bell Tower in the centre of the city.

bell tower dubrovnik lights
At 31 metres high the Bell Tower is one the most visible landmarks of the city and the work today certainly looked hair-raising and not for those who suffer from acrophobia. These very lights are sure to appear on thousands of photos on social media when the festivities begin.

bell tower festive lights dubrovnik fireman

festive fireman dubrovnik

abseiling fireman

dubrovnik fireman hanging

Situated in the Franciscan Monastery the Old Pharmacy is the third oldest pharmacy in the world, and is argued the oldest pharmacy still working today. It was established in 1317 in order to work for the monastery; however over time the pharmacy was then opened to all the citizens of the Republic. For seven hundred years the pharmacy has been serving the citizens of Dubrovnik and even today you can find cures for your ailments inside.

pharmacy old dubrovnik
With many stone bowls, medical books and historic lab equipment now displayed in the monastery museum the pharmacy still holds some reminders of times gone by. A real treasure trove of 15th century artefacts can be found inside the pharmacy. The monastery museum is located in the cloisters of the Franciscan Monastery and is well worth a visit.

old pharmacy tools dubrovnik

old pharmacy museum dubrovnik

book old pharmacy dubrovnik

Five world countries are currently competing for the title of the world’s most religious country.

According to WIN/Gallup International, the leading association in market research and polling, around 99 percent of respondents in the countries of Ethiopia, Malawi, Niger, Sri Lanka and Yemen declared they are religious.

On the other hand, the least religious country in the world is China with only 7 percent religious respondents, followed by Japan (13%), Estonia (16%), Sweden (19%) and Norway with 21 percent of respondents who declared they are religious.

As far as Croatia and the countries in the region are concerned, the most religious country is Macedonia with 88 percent religious respondents, whilst barely 70 percent of Croats who participated in the Gallup’s survey declared they are religious.

The popular American musician David Byrne is coming to Croatia next year.

The founding member, principal songwriter, and lead singer and guitarist of the former American new wave band Talking Heads will perform at the 13th edition of the INmusic festival, which will be held in Zagreb from the 25th to the 27th of June 2018.

After leaving Talking Heads in 1988, David Byrne started his solo career. Well known for his distinctive voice, Byrne has released his own solo recordings and worked with various media including film, photography, opera, fiction and non-fiction.
Byrne has received Oscar, Grammy, and Golden Globe awards and been introduced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Even though mass emigration from Croatia to other Western countries in search of a better life is a well known problem, obviously nothing has changed in the country because a new wave of Croatian emigrants is on the horizon.

Since the last census in 2011, more than 200,000 people emigrated from Croatia, out of which 30 percent from Slavonia, or 70,000 people. The black statistics of the country's foreign migrations show that around 57,000 people moved to Germany, whilst 80,000 people immigrated to Ireland.

However, apart from Slavonia, there are regions in Croatia that are in such a bad demographic situation and yet nobody even bothers to mention them. For example, the Croatian regions of Kordun, Lika and Banija are also losing a large number of their population on a daily basis and could be completely abandoned in a very short period, let’s say within 10 to 15 years.
According to data, entire families have been moving out from Croatia, whilst the largest emigration wave ever can be expected from the 1st of January 2018.

The exhibition "Photo club Marin Getaldic - 70 years" on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Dubrovnik photo club will be opened on Friday 24th at 8 pm at Sponza Palace.The exhibition will show photographs of 53 authors, mostly active members of the club, as well as those who made an impact in the club over the past decade.

After the Second World War, in 1947, as part of the then Croatian National Technique, now known as the Croatian Community of Technical Culture, photo club Marin Getaldic was founded. At the beginning it had modest equipment and number of members, but quickly grew in a respectable club on the territory of the former state, both in the number of members and in the successes that these members achieved in the photographic salons. During the period, numerous photographers who left a trace in Croatian photography were in the club, such as Zeljko Soletić, Miso Sevelj, Zeljko Tutnjevic, Najka Mirkovic, Ljubo Gamulin, Pavo Urban and many others. After the Homeland War, and due to the loss of space for work, the club was only ‘’alive’’ on paper until 2009, when the group, led by Eugen Miljan, resumed with the activities.

This year, marking 70 years since the foundation of photo club Marin Getaldic, the club rounds off a decade of activities, numerous domestic and international exhibitions, lectures, workshops, social gatherings and photo excursions with special emphasis on working with Dubrovnik primary and secondary school students as a pledge for the future and guaranteeing the longevity of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik.

In addition to the 70th anniversary of this special Dubrovnik photo club, ninety years of photo-amateurism in Dubrovnik are marked in Dubrovnik, since 1927 when a photo-section was established in our town.

The exhibition will be open until December 15th every day from 9am to 3 pm, besides Sundays, when you can visit it from 10am to 4 pm. 


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