Saturday, 22 September 2018
Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović

Ivana Smilović – a senior journalist at The Dubrovnik Times. Born and raised in Dubrovnik, Ivana (or Smile as she is known to all) graduated Media Studies from the University of Dubrovnik. A book worm, coffee addict and want-to-be world traveller Ivana brings her unique local insight, connections and general optimistic and well smiley feel to the Times.


If you browse through Instagram photos with #dubrovnik, Angelina Cox will surely catch your eye! This beautiful 25 year-old American girl has a passion to see the world and capture it through her lens! She shares her experiences at her blog The Lovely Escapist and also at her Instagram profile, where she's followed by more than 75 thousand fans. Recently she visited Dubrovnik with her husband, so we just had to meet her – Angie was more than willing to talk to us. Now you can meet her too! 

When and why did you decide to become a travel blogger?

I started travel blogging in 2017 as a way to document my travels and share my photography.

Is it a dream job?

Absolutely! As a child, people used to ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up and my answer would always be, 'Travel'. Of course that isn't the kind of answer they were looking for but it was the honest truth. Like any job, being a travel blogger and photographer has its challenges but I wouldn't do anything else.

How many countries have you visited?

As of September 2018, I've visited 25 countries!

How do you pick countries to visit?

Many times I choose to visit certain places based off the airfare price. I subscribe to a few different flight deal services so if they send out a great flight deal to a place I'm interested in, I'll book the flight and plan everything else out later.

What can we find on your blog?

On my blog, The Lovely Escapist, I provide readers with destination guides, travel tips, hotel reviews, photography inspirations, Instagram tips and tricks, and Lightroom tutorials. My goal is to inspire, motivate, and help people see the world the best possible way.


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You are followed by great number of followers on Instagram, is it hard to attract them?

Yes, and no. When I started my Instagram account a year and a half ago, it was easier to gain followers. However, the new Instagram algorithm is constantly changing, making growth more difficult. The best way to attract followers is posting interesting content regularly and engaging with your audience. It's not enough to just post a pretty picture. You have to show your followers you care and are interested in what they have to say, so replying to their comments and DM's is very important in cultivating a good relationship.

Why did you decide to come to Dubrovnik?

This summer, my husband and I embarked on a 24-day Mediterranean cruise with Holland America. Since we are huge Game of Thrones fans, we actually picked this specific cruise route because it stopped in Dubrovnik.

What did you like the most about our city?

I really enjoyed the views of the city from the walls. The numerous red terracotta roofs were truly an incredible site to see.

What was your favorite place?

Fort Lovrjenac was my favorite place because of the picturesque, cliffside views of Dubrovnik Old Town and the Mediterranean Sea.


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Do you have some special memories?

Wandering around Dubrovnik Old Town in the morning was beautiful. Since there were hardly any tourists that early, my husband and I felt like we had the entire city to ourselves.

You are also a photographer; did you get many photo opportunities in Dubrovnik?

There were so many photo opportunities, I barely put my camera down! My favorites were street shots and the views from the city walls.


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Would you like to come back?

I would love to come back someday. But next time, I want to stay for more than just one day.

Have you been to some other Croatian cities?

Sadly, no. Dubrovnik was the only stop in Croatia for the cruise but I'd love to see Split, Zagreb, Zadar, Paula, Cavtat, and many more.

What is your next destination?

I'll be going to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for a fun beach getaway! Be sure to follow along on Instagram at @thelovelyescapist!

In 2017, a total of 53,477 in Croatia, and the most common cause of death were the circulatory system diseases, of which 23 and a half thousand people died, while malignant diseases were the second most common cause of death, of which around 14 thousand people died – Tportal reports.

The third most common cause of death were respiratory diseases (3139) followed by injuries and poisoning (2694) and digestive system diseases (2255), data from the Croatian Public Health Institute shows.

Most people died of ischemic heart disease (11,069) and cerebrovascular disease (6147) followed by bronchi and lung cancer (2994) and diabetes (2331). Compared to 2016, the place on the list for diabetes has changed, which is now the fourth cause of death, while fifth is the colon cancer.

The incidence of heart failure, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis also increased, while death from hypertension or high pressure is at tenth place. Compared with 2016, pneumonia is an addition to the top ten causes of death.

In 2017, no woman died of complications in pregnancy or birth.

When it comes to sex, the data from 2017 shows that women are more represented in the total number of deaths, especially in the age group over 65, while men die more in the age of 64 years and less.

Last year there were 2694 violent deaths, including 1962 unfortunate deaths, and 635 suicides and 51 murders.

Deputy Mayor of Dubrovnik Jelka Tepsic participated in the panel on "Making a cruise tourism welcome: How to find the balance between the economic impact of cruise tourism and the viability of the destination", in the Seatrade Cruise Med fair, held on September 19nd and 20th in Lisbon.

The deputy spoke about the measures the city is working to achieve balance and sustainability at the destination in order to optimize the balance between tourism and life in the city, adding that the emphasis is placed on satisfied citizens, which will result in satisfied guests. In this sense, Dubrovnik has shown itself as an example to other cruise destinations, especially because of the initiative of the City towards cruise companies. It was also pointed out that joint efforts to achieve better organization on the ground helped the image of the cruise companies because of their willingness to cooperate.

The Tourism Strategy of the City of Dubrovnik, recently adopted, then the project "Respect the City" and numerous measures already implemented as well as those planned in the forthcoming period, are some of the emphasis in the presentation of the deputy Tepsic in this panel.

All the desirable cruise destinations in the Mediterranean and beyond are currently facing the same challenges, and numerous calls to the City to attend such conferences show that Dubrovnik compared to others made a step forward in the management of the destination.

Dubrovnik Museums and Ethnographic Museum Split will open an exhibition on olive and olive oil culture on Friday, September in the Rupe Etnographic Museum, starting at 8 pm. The name of the exhibition is ‘Sweet but Not Honey, Bitter but Not Wormwood’.

All the works covered in this exhibition include an overview of basic sorts of olives, including harvesting, transport and storage of olives to their processing in small amounts and in oil refineries, as well as the olive related beliefs and costums.

The emphasis is placed on once well-known olive and oil practices, which are largely different from the contemporary ones, but the tradition of olive growing and processing is based on them.

Through the millennium of olive growing along the Dalmatian coast and on the islands, the periods of prosperity of olive growing and its overthrow have changed, depending on the given social conditions. But this durable, modest and long-lasting fruit was permanently available to man as a source of food, heat, and light. Since ancient times its fruit has been used in nutrition, wood for buildings and fire, leaf as a animal food, and oil for food, spice, medicine and illumination. Olive branches and oil play an important role in various civic beliefs and customs as well as in Christian rituals.

The exhibition will remain open until October 22nd 2018.

European Day Without A Road Death or project EDWARD was marked yesterday at the area of the Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

During the action, police traffic police officers have been stepping up control of all traffic offenses, with particular attention being paid to driving offenses including alcohol, improper speed, non-use of the seat belt and the use of mobile phones during driving.

A total of 129 traffic offenses were identified, of which 50 offenses were improper speed, 23 offenses due to non-use of the seat belt, 14 improper overtaking and seven offenses due to the use of mobile phones during the ride.

During the duration of the action there were no road deaths.

Croatian Mountain Rescue Service – Station Dubrovnik had numerous interventions this summer, but the latest one may be the most interesting. The rescue mission included a brave team from the Dubrovnik Mountain Rescue Service and – a goat!

-The rescue action of goat that was stuck on the rocks in Zupa has been successfully completed. The goat was happily returned to her home after the members of Dubrovnik Mountain Rescue Service climbed the rock and pushed the goat into the sea, where she was greeted with the boat and safe transport to the shore. Another proof that you can count on HGSS always and everywhere – Dubrovnik Mountain Rescue Service published on their official Facebook page.

Great job guys!!!

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Photos by HGSS Stanica Dubrovnik Facebook page

Whether you are a tough marathon runner in search of a new challenge or recreationist going over his limits and running for pleasure, Ston Wall Marathon is the race for you! You can still apply for this unique experience that will be held in four days, on September 23rd.

You can choose your own challenge: 4 km, 15 km, or 42 km – in each of them you will find yourselves in front of the wall – and not just any, the longest fortified walls in Europe.

This unforgettable race will make you climbing on steep steps from Mali Ston to crenelated stone towers and fortresses, jumping while descending towards packed Ston roofs, at the same time enjoying the views which literally take the breath away: to the reflecting surface of the oldest European salt works, to the fertile green fields and the bluest sea on the planet.

The shortest race ends in Ston, and those more courageous will run along the slim dam between the salt works and the sea to the South, the very heel of Pelješac, into the wild realm of the Mediterranean forest and jackals. Their finish is on the way back to Ston, while marathon runners continue farther, through the fertile Ston fields to the coasts of Mali Ston bay.

Accept the challenge and run this saucy marathon with a grain of salt. You may forget the result, but you will remember Ston forever! Details are avaliable here.

David Skoko, known as the sexiest Croatian chef, will also be the first Croatian chef who will have his show at 24Kitchen channel – it's published by

- This is the culmination of my television career and the accomplishment of the craziest dreams. In the region there are already several shows with chefs from Serbia and Slovenia, and I think it is now the right time for the Croatian show. We've been cooking this for a while, now we're ready for serving – Skoko said for the exclusive interview for Story.

This good looking chef is well-known to the Croatian audience and is also active on his official Instagram profile, where his fans enjoy his chef skills as well as his good looks. He's now followed by almost 6000 people, but we are pretty sure that that number will go up as soon his show is aired on one of the most famous food channels.

24Kitchen is the lifestyle channel dedicated to food that goes beyond cooking. Developed by Fox International Channels Europe, the channel targets an audience from all ages, interested in improving their cooking skills at an easy way. Through an inspired and entertaining local and international food programming, committed to encourage people to enjoy healthy recipes and responsible eating, 24Kitchen shows the best international chefs but also empowers the local production and the local talents.




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