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.


After numerous days full of sunshine, rain has come alongside with south wind. In Dubrovnik, that is usually connected with light headache and low energy. However, there is a nice side to it – high waves and dark clouds that bring that special beauty to the Old City. You can see it for yourself in the photo gallery below made by Tonci Plazibat.

And learn something new here: From the Archives – south wind stops Senate

The number of deaths on Croatian roads is finally lower than last year. According to the data to November 2nd, 238 people were killed in traffic – 24 sata+ writes. In the same period last year, we there were 274 dead, which means that the black number has decreased.

By 2023, Croatian Roads plan to repair 23 more dangerous places on state roads, the so-called "black spots". The total value of the project is 68.5 million kuna and the eligible financing costs are 55.4 million kuna. Part of funds were provided through the European Regional Development Fund, according to Croatian Roads. They plan to fully implement the project by June 2023.

Since 2001, they have fixed more than 280 dangerous sites, for which they have invested over 270 million kuna of their own funds and funds from the National Road Traffic Safety Program.

Dubrovnik Jazz Outbreak is the newest event in Dubrovnik for all the music lovers that will take place in the historic quarantine: Lazareti. The first edition will last for three days, from November 8th to November 10th but hopefully in the future it will last much longer and it will extend to several countries. 

The performers are: Cockoo Rack Quintet - Felipe Sequiera Quartet - Vilkka Wahl’s KAIHO feat. Sebastian Gille and Severi Pyysalo - Luis Diego Bonilla Quintet - Ivan Bonacic Quartet - Filip Pavic Quintet - Howard Curtis Trio.

-WARNING: Once you catch the jazz bug, it is almost impossible to get rid of it!
You don’t have to report the outbreak to the public health department - it's only harmful to doom and gloom! – the organizers wrote.

The jazz festival is organized by Dubrovacka bastina d.o.o. and the City of Dubrovni and sponsored by the Dubrovnik Tourist Bord.

Emilia Clarke, famous British actress, well known as Daenerys Targaryen or Mother of Dragons from the Game of Thrones, remembered beautiful Dubrovnik moments while promoting her newest movie: Last Christmas. In the exclusive interview for Gloria, when asked what she loved the most of her Croatian stay, she answered: 

- Dubrovnik, which is a magical place. I especially remember one day when I and several colleagues rented a boat and set sail for the open sea. We spent all day swimming and enjoying the sun, and in the evening we went to the tavern and enjoyed homemade food. I will never forget that day, and Dubrovnik will stay in my heart forever.

It's interesting that in her newest movie Clarke plays Katarina, who is Croatian! But in the interview she admits that she doesn't know a word of Croatian anymore. However, we are sure that she will come back in the country that fascinates her and learn it again.

Nothing says that winter is just around the corner like the fact that you need to turn on daytime running lights on your motor vehicles! This is mandatory all over Croatia from yesterday, accordding to the new Road Traffic Safety Act from July this year. 

Motorcyclists, however, know that they must have lights on for the rides on their motorcycles throughout the year.

It's time of fog, wet and slippery roads, do not forget a few basic rules that will make it easier for us to navigate the fall pavements:

- Wiper blades and tires should be checked;
-Be sure to switch on the daytime running lights, regardless of visibility;
-Keep the required safety clearance between vehicles, especially when driving in a convoy;
-Avoid sudden braking;
Drive more cautiously.

As the winter gets closer, Lokrum boat schedule gets shorter! One of the first stops for all the tourists in Dubrovnik, just a short boat ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik is still well worth a visit. Peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature will make you feel like you are in heaven.

The boat will operate from 10 am to 4 pm and the new schedule started yesterday, on Friday, November 1st. However, you need to know that in case of bad weather the boat doesn't operate.


Works on the recovery of the sidewalk in front of St. Blaise's chruch on the area of 300-square-meters began in September and are now well underway.

The works are coordinated by the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik, which, based on the recommendation of the Conservation Department, included recovery of the part of the sidewalk in front of the north facade of the Church of St. Blaise in the 2019 reconstruction program.

The value of the investment is 845,312 kuna (VAT included), and the estimated duration of the works is 90 calendar days.

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Photos by Ahmet Kalajdzic

The first meeting of the ‘Cruise 2030 Call for Action’ was held in Venice on 18th of October and was attended by representatives of seven European cruise ports; Amsterdam, Palma de Mallorca, Bergen, Cannes, Dubrovnik, Malaga and Marseille Fos. Assistant Director for Operations, Development and Maintenance, Hrvoje Kulusic, attended as a representative of the Dubrovnik Port Authority.

The initiative was initiated by Pino Mussolino, President of the Autorita di Sistema Portuale del Mare Adriatico Settentrionale (AdSP - Port Authority of the Northern Adriatic, Venice) to discuss and launch joint strategies aimed at increasing compatibility between the cruise sector and European urban areas. The main objective of the initiative is to identify a common platform of tailored strategies to support the development of the cruise industry in a sustainable way, with the aim of aligning the needs of the cruising industry more closely with the needs of cities and areas.

The delegations recognized the economic and professional importance of this project, but at the same time agreed on the need to intervene in a coordinated manner in order to contain and eliminate the external negative factors associated with this form of tourism. During the meeting, each port emphasized its own different specifics and therefore different critical challenges to be addressed.

Some of the issues depend primarily on the external constraints that characterize European ports, which, unlike for example Caribbean ports, are positioned in an urban context, of great historical and artistic interest and attractive to a large number of visitors and at the same time very sensitive.
Nevertheless, the attendees emphasized that the true proportions and relative impact of the sector, which is often subject to mystification, need to be strongly emphasized. For example, the cruise industry generates tourist flows that are only a fraction of those that reach different destinations of interest and, however, bring great and economic profits to a particular area.

Sensitivity, or more precisely the environmental sustainability is another characteristic shared by all involved participants. The European ports involved are trying to reduce the environmental impact of cruise ships, while seeking to sustain and relaunch work that has enormous beneficial economic effects for reference areas. The attendees confirmed their interest in finding solutions in new technologies to further reduce the negative impact of cruising on the environment. 

The next meeting will be held in January 2020 at the port of Palma de Mallorca. In the meantime, the representatives decided to work on an action plan with the aim of achieving and creating a common plan.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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