Thursday, 21 November 2019
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.


One of the most famous and respected gastronomic icons is the white truffle. This underground mushroom really enjoys a special respect and that's seen on their price, as it is one of the most expensive mushrooms in the world. This year there was an interesting collaboration between two Istrian brands – Karlic Truffles and Aura Distillery, producing gin with macerated white truffle. This is the first gin in the world which is made this way – reports. 

Since gin is a very popular drink, especially lately, they decided to unite these two loves, and that's how White Truffle Gin came into being.

The white truffle harvest season starts around September and can extend all the way through the New Year and they are just working on a second edition of the product. As writes, zhe first one came out two months ago and they have made 222 bottles, each numbered since they have collected 222 truffles, and can be purchased at a price of 750 kuna at the Aura distillery and Karlic Truffles. They have already shipped them all around the world.

If you were reading about weather in Dubrovnik yesterday and thought that people were overreacting, than it’s good to know that the strongest wind strike was measured in Dubrovnik at 142 km/h.

The storm is linked to a deep cyclone centered over southern Italy and moving in an unusual northward direction. It’s expected to enter the Adriatic today. This storm is one of the strongest ones in years!

Storm south wind will also blow in the first part of Wednesday, but without strong strikes. In the second part of the day, the wind will temporarily weaken. On Thursday south wind will be moderate, on Friday and Saturday it will blow heavily again, and on Sunday it will again hit more than 100 kilometers per hour.

The City of Dubrovnik warned all the citizens and current Dubrovnik guests about the weather.

- Dear fellow citizens, The State Hydrometeorological Institute issued an orange warning for the Dubrovnik area for today, Tuesday, November 12th. The mentioned warning refers to the possibility of damage to structures, the risk of injuries due to broken trees, broken branches and flying debris. Also, because of the large amount of precipitation that is predicted, there is a possibility of flooding. Because all of the above, all the services of the City of Dubrovnik are placed on standby. This way, we ask that you be aware of the dangers and pay attention to the latest weather reports – the City of Dubrovnik wrote.

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Taron Egerton, one of the rising stars of the acting world, has recently done an interview for “The Big Ticket”, Variety and iHeart’s movie podcast, where he talked about becoming Elton John, singing for Joni Mitchell and the most interesting thing for us - how he really feels about his failed “Robin Hood” movie.

Egerton was the main star of the Otto Bathurs's 2018 version of this well-known story. On this occasion, Dubrovnik acted as Nottingham and Sherwood Forest, so the famous actor could be seen all over the Old City, filming scenes with co-stars such as Jamie Foxx, Jamie Dornan and Eve Hewson. 

It all seemed ideal during the filming, but sadly, the movie turned out to be a real flop. In the latest interview Egerton reveals that it was not all that perfect.

- It was absolutely not the movie that I signed up to make. It was pitched to me in a different way. I think it was made by committee and I think it lost its vision. I wasn’t very happy on set. I didn’t have a very happy time making it - Egerton explains. 

Hopefully the young star will visit Dubrovnik again and enjoy it more than when it was Nottingham! 

A rep for Lionsgate nor Bathurst commented on Egerton’s remarks.

You can read and listen the full interview here.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board presented sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival in Zagreb and Ljubljana. The promotion of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival, organized by the City of Dubrovnik, the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board for the sixth consecutive year, took place on Saturday, November 9th at Flower Square in Zagreb. With the performance of the vocal group Kase and the traditional Dubrovnik kolenda and prikle, arancini and almonds, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board introduced many visitors to the diverse and rich program of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival.

On Saturday, November 9th, Dubrovnik evening was held in Ljubljana, organized by the representative office of the Croatian National Tourist Board in Slovenia and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. With the performance of vocal group Kase, numerous media and travel agents who attended this evening enjoyed traditional Dubrovnik dishes and the presentation of the sixth Dubrovnik Winter Festival, which this year also offers a rich and varied gastronomic, cultural and musical program.

This year's edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival will open on November 30th, by lighting of the first Advent candle and turning on decorative holiday lighting, followed by a concert by the band The Frajle. Part of the rich program is the concert of Gibonni, Zorica Kondza, Novi Fosili, Urban and others. The youngest will also be cheered by the humanitarian Cake Party with the performance of Croatian singer Domenica and the already traditional Christmas fairy tale. 

On December 31st, Dubrovnik audience will be entertained by one of the most popular and longest-running Croatian bands, Parni valjak, while Mia Dimsic will perform for the children’s New Year. The rich gastronomic offer at the stands in several city locations is a necessary part of the winter festival tour, and on the weekends locals and their guests will be able to enjoy vocal group concerts.

On the first day of 2020, the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra will hold a traditional concert at noon on Stradun with oysters and sparkling wine, and in the evening Klapa Iskon will perform as the festival's finale.

In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 11 traffic accidents, in which three persons got heavily injured, one person got light injuries, while there were seven traffic accidents with material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 757 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 436 measures taken due to speeding, 73 measures due to improper overtaking, 26 measures for improper stop and parking, 52 measures because of non-use of the seat belt, 30 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and 24 measures because of using mobile phone while driving.

The National Park Mljet, the only national park in the Dubrovnik – Neretva County and Croatia’s first marine protected area in the Mediterranean, is today celebrating its 59th birthday. The National Park Mljet was founded on this day, the 11th of November 1960.

Situated on the island of the same name, Mljet National Park is the most important protected area of the Dalmatian south. It is the oldest National Park at the Adriatic. The park covers the western part of the island, which many regard as the most alluring in the Adriatic, full of lush and varied Mediterranean vegetation.

The park includes two deep bays which, due to their extremely narrow links with the sea, are regarded as and indeed named lakes: the Great Lake and the Small Lake. Mljet is also very rich in cultural heritage, the most prominent example being the complex of the 12th century Benedictine monastery. The monastery is located on a small island in the middle of the Great Lake and is set in a lush park. Over the course of centuries, numerous chronicles, dissertations and other literary works have been written here.

The Dubrovnik Tourist Board is organizing "Saturday Winter Morning in the City" for visitors staying in Dubrovnik for the sixth consecutive year, with a goal of increasing the number of visitors during the winter. 

Every Saturday, starting from November 9nt, 2019 until March 28th, 2020, a free guided tour of the Old Town will be organized with an English-language guide, beginning at 10 am in front of Tourist Board Office Pile, Brsalje 5. In order to attend this free the tour, you must register the day before (Friday) by 6 pm at the office at Pile (tel: +38520312011; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The offer is for individual visitors and does not apply to group arrangements.

After a tour of the City with an expert guide, at 11.30 am in front of the church of Saint Blaise, Dubrovnik Tourist Board gives amazing gift to all visitors: the performance of the Lindo Folklore Ensemble which will not be held in case of bad weather.

This free program will enrich and contribute to a diverse range of entertainment programs during the winter months.

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