Sunday, 20 October 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Weekend ahead of us brings great experiences for all those that are lucky enough to be in Dubrovnik. Folklore performances of the great Croatian folklore ensembles will be held in the heart of historical centre on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday, May 13th, you’ll be able to enjoy the performance of Folklore Societies Slavonija and  Sv. Juraj in front of St. Blaise church at 11 am.

On Sunday, May 14th, another great performance will be held by Folklore Societies Matija Gubec and Seljacka sloga in front of St. Blaise church at 10.30 am.

Don’t miss this weekend full of tradition in Dubrovnik, organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. 

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Jacques Houdek performed on the second semi-final night of Eurovision as a Croatian representative with the song 'My Friend' and got into the finals of the most popular European music competition that will be held on Saturday in Kiev.

 - Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for voting for Croatia and me tonight! We entered the finals!!!! I can not be happier - Jacques wrote on Twitter after hearing the happy news.

Reactions on his performance on the social media were divided. Some were admiring his vocal skills, some were surprised with the concept of the song, while others were pulling jokes.  

Last night, along with Croatia, the other nine countries that passed to the finals were: Bulgaria, Belarus, Hungary, Denmark, Israel, Romania, Norway, Netherlands and Austria. In the first semi-final night Moldova, Azerbaijan, Greece and Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Armenia, Australia, Cyprus and Belgium were placed into the finals.

Now we just have to wait and see what happens on Saturday. Croatian representative will perform 13th, which will hopefully turn out to be a happy number for Jacques!

Millions of dollars worth of high-end sports cars has blasted into Dubrovnik. Gran Turismo Adriatica 2017 has arrived this year in Dubrovnik bringing Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Porsches, McLarens amongst others. The tour started four days ago in Prague, and these expensive toys have visited Salzburg, Zadar and Mostar before rumbling into the pearl of the Adriatic.

This is not a tour for the most frugal, with two tickets costing a staggering 3,800 Euros. A total of eight nights in five-star hotels all along the Adriatic coastline down to Montenegro, as the organisers state “a good story to tell your grandchildren.” It had been rumoured that Jeremy Clarkson was to be in the rally after he was spotted two days ago in Zadar filming for “The Grand Tour” along with Richard Hammond and James May, however this turned out to be only a rumour. 

- Seen a show called Game of Thrones? We bet you have. There is a reason why they shoot it in Dubrovnik. You will understand when you get here. Kings Landing. This night we stay in Hilton hotel and have dinner in Dubrovnik old town – wrote the organisers of Gran Turismo Adriatica on the official website.

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gran turismo adriatica

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Even though Dubrovnik is gripped in unusually chilly weather for this time of the year it obviously hasn't stopped some people from baring the winds.

The best views of the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik are from the top of the Srd Mountain, which rise to 432 metres above sea level, and what better location for a bikini photo shoot.

Rio Soul Beachwear featured this photo today on their social media site and it certainly caught our attention, we just love the view from Srd! These handmade bikinis are crocheted, yes probably not the best choice for diving into the Adriatic Sea.

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Looking for the ideal beach in May in the Dubrovnik County – look no further! The best time to enjoy in warm temperatures is usually in July and August. However, the summer heat brings many people to the beaches as well; towels are all over the place that can be very annoying. But there is a solution, if you are one of those who like lower temperatures of sea and air; it is a good idea to soak up the sun in May.

Good Old Europe offers a handful of beautiful beaches with sea and air temperatures around and slightly above 20 degrees, you can enjoy in the pre-season period. Thus if you want to avoid crowded spaces this summer, here is the list of just the right places for you that also includes one of many Croatian beaches.

The Teresitas beach, Tenerife

The Ksamil beach, Albania

The Velika beach, Ulcinj, Montenegro

The Petani beach, Kefalonia, Greece

The Amado beach, Algarve, Portugal

The Cala Llombards beach, Mallorca

The Ramla Bay, Malta

The Monsul beach, Andalusia, Spain

The island of Porquerolles, Cote d'Azur, France

The islet of Proizd, near the island of Korcula, Croatia

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The island of Proizd

After ten long years of obtaining the necessary documentation and construction permits, the Croatian capital of Zagreb will soon be on the list of the world's best cable car destinations. The opening of the new Sljeme cable car is scheduled for August 2018.

According to information, the Sljeme cable car will be one of the most modern cable cars in Europe with 84 gondolas per 10 passengers. The length of the cableway will be 5,012 kilometres and will be able to carry passengers from the foothills to the top in around 16.5 minutes.

However, until this project worth 142 million Kunas is completed and the new cable car starts operating, here is the list of the most attractive cable cars in the world that are of great interest to tourists.

Peak2peak Gondola (Whistler, Canada) - the only cable car in the world that connects two mountain peaks. It has the longest free span between ropeway towers (3,03km) and it is the gondola with the highest point above the ground (436m)

Titlis Rotair (Mount Titlis, Switzerland) – it is well known for the introduction of the world's first rotating gondola

Mi Teleferico (La Paz, Bolivia) - the world's highest and longest urban gondola (11km) which carries passengers from the centre of La Paz to the district of El Alto

Sugarloaf Mountain Gondola (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – it is famous for its numerous TV and film appearances (James Bond ‘’Moonraker’’)

Vanoise Express (Les Arcs, France) - the biggest cable car in the world with two double-decker cabins that can carry 200 passengers

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (California) - the world's largest rotating cable car

Ba Na Hills Cable Car (Da Nang, Vietnam) - one of the world's longest cable cars (it is more than 5km long)

Stanserhorn Cabrio (Lucerne, Switzerland) - the first cable car with a roofless upper deck

Skyline Queenstown (New Zealand) - the Southern Hemisphere's steepest cable car that carries passengers 450m above sea level

The Ngong Ping 360 (Hong Kong) – it has two classes of cabin, standard cabins and those with glass floors.

Prominent representatives of the popular motoring TV series ‘’The Grand Tour’’, as well as equally popular TV presenters of ‘’Top Gear’’ have arrived to Croatia.

The former ‘’Top Gear’’ TV hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May were caught in camera in the city of Zadar while drinking coffee on the city's waterfront and visiting the tourist attraction The Greeting to the Sun. They were more than happy to take photos with their fans and to share autographs.

According to some information, the popular trio has been working on a TV show similar to Amazon's ‘’The Grand Tour’’. Apart from Zadar, the show will be filmed at some other locations in the city's surroundings such as Sepurine barracks, on the island of Pag, and at the abandoned alumina factory in Obrovac.

''The crew came to us in search for ideal locations, we are also helping them to obtain necessary permits. They will stay in the Zadar area for a few days'', commented Ivana Zrilic, the head of the Zadar Film Office.

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The Croatian air carrier Croatia Airlines is to start with its 2017 summer schedule by launching four new seasonal routes from Zagreb.

Croatia Airlines has already recorded heavy bookings on its new services to Helsinki, Stockholm, Oslo and Bucharest, previously offering consumers promotional fares on its new routes to encourage their demand.

Therefore, from the initially announced two flights a week to Oslo, the air carrier has increased the number of flights to three.

As far as Sweden is concerned, Elizabeth Axtelius, the aviation business director at Swedavia, the operator of Arlanda Airport commented, “In general, the interest for Mediterranean countries has increased heavily among Swedish travellers. Zagreb is also a completely new direct route from Stockholm Arlanda Airport and is one of the top unserved destinations. We welcome Croatian Airlines' expansion at Stockholm, giving Swedes more opportunity to experience Croatia.”

According to the latest data, over 18,000 passengers travelled between the Croatian capital and Finland in 2016. Helsinki was surely the most popular destination, which recorded 91 percent of the traffic. ‘’We are very pleased that for the first time in Croatia Airlines’ history we have established flights between these two countries. The Finnish market has great potential, and that is why we are offering an attractive product with the best connections to Southeast Europe", said Kresimir Kucko, the CEO of Croatia Airlines.

It is interesting to note that around 14,000 passengers travelled between Zagreb and Bucharest in 2016, with a continuous growth year after year.

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