Wednesday, 29 January 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Police officers from Slovenia, Hungary and Italy are in Zagreb to assist, for the first time, their Croatian colleagues during the Advent season, when the capital city is swarmed by foreign visitors.

Slovenian, Hungarian and Italian police will be patrolling Zagreb streets with their Croatian colleagues from 18 December to 8 January.

The head of the Zagreb Police Department, Marko Rasic, said on Wednesday that the engagement of foreign police officers would help foreign guests feel even more comfortable and safe during their stay in Zagreb.

This summer the "Safe Tourist Season 2019" campaign involved 95 police officers from 19 countries who helped their Croatian counterparts in destinations popular among their respective compatriots.

Dubrovnik will be connected to Doha next year as Qatar Airways have announced flights starting on the 20th of April. Initially with three flights a week and then from the 18th of May five times every week, with the last flight at the end of September.

“We are pleased to announce that Santorini, Greece and Dubrovnik, Croatia will be joining our global network in 2020. We are committed to offering our passengers as many seamless one-stop connection choices as possible. With the addition of these new routes, our network will expand to 170 passenger destinations, further consolidating our position as one of the world’s most connected airlines,” said the CEO of Qatar Airways, Akbar Al Baker.

Dubrovnik will become only the second Croatian city to receive flights from Doha with Qatar Airways, after the Croatian capital, Zagreb. And this is certainly interesting news for the city’s tourism industry with a whole new market opening.

“These new flights are being added in response to market demand and are testament to our hard-working team at Qatar Airways who continue to set the benchmark in the industry,” added Al Baker

The Santa Bikers always traditionally visit the kindergarten in Župa Dubrovačka and this festive season was no different as they delighted the children yesterday.

All the children of the kindergarten eagerly awaited the arrival of the Santa Bikers in front of their building yesterday, and they could certainly hear them coming.

Song, laughter and dance followed as the Santa Bikers handed out Christmas presents to all the children.

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British actor, Tim Roth, has experienced a life changing moment in the Croatian capital after suffering with eye problems for years. “This is about as close to a miracle as you can get,” explained the London born actor after the eye procedure.

Roth had the eye operation at the Zagreb clinic “Svjetlost” and revealed afterwards that for the first time in 40 years he is able to read without glasses and generally able to see normally. “I found myself doing entire films and TV shows completely fuzzy, not even being able to see the actors that I was working with,” commented the award winning actor.

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Professor Gabric and his team operated on Roth and his wife, Nikki, and installed the latest generation of extended focus multifocal lenses, Synergy, which have been on the market for less than half a year and are available exclusively at the Svjetlost Light Clinic.

“All my life I have believed that my left eye was visually impaired, indeed, I thought I saw less than 30 percent. I had many doctors in California and England who assured me that there was no hope for that eye, after two hours spent in the Svjetlost, I see with that eye for the first time in my life! It's just incredible. I can see perfectly at all distances, with both eyes,” commented Roth.

Roth isn’t the only celebrity to have visited this Zagreb clinic, it all really started with Armando Assante, who underwent surgery last year. He was followed by Ivana Trump and now Tim Roth is the latest successful patient.

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“This is a confirmation that Svjetlost is a well-known and recognized ophthalmic institution, imagine that someone living in California and filming all over the world needs eye surgery, every doctor would be proud that he or she is a patient, and I am most proud that Tim Roth and his wife chose me and my clinic,” said Professor Gabric.

After the operation both Roth and his wide enjoyed the Christmas feel in Zagreb at the Advent in Zagreb.

The UK low-cost airline easyJet has announced further expansion into the Croatian market with four new flight routes for 2020.

Pula will be connected with two UK cities, Glasgow and Luton, for next summer season. Easyjet will operate three flights a week from Luton to Pula and two flights a week from Glasgow. These two new destinations will mean that Pula is connected to ten different European cities with easyJet.

And Pula isn’t the only Croatian coastal town to look forward to new easyJet flights in 2020, the Dalmatian city of Zadar will also receive new flights. From the middle of June both Amsterdam and Basel will have direct flights to Zadar with easyJet.

 

So this is Christmas and what have you done? Well it’s time to take our Christmas quiz. Let’s see if you are a festive sinner or winner. 30 questions that will test even the nuttiest Chrimpo fans. From traditions to music and films we have it all in our big Christmas quiz.

Let us know how you get on…and good luck…let’s hear those bells jingle!

 

One of the sweetest events on the Dubrovnik calendar is without doubt the traditional Cake Party. Yesterday the Cake Party was a colourful and tasty event, held right in the centre of the historic Old City of Dubrovnik. Organized by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, in front of St. Blaise Church, the twelfth humanitarian “Cake Party” once again proved a hit with the public.

Visitors enjoyed delicious and sweet snacks and an excellent entertainment program, which included the Lazareti Dance Studio and the popular singer Domenica, who entertained all those present at Stradun. The symbolic price of a cake voucher was 15 Kuna, and a total of 11,515 Kuna was raised for the Children and Youth Mental Health Clinic of Dubrovnik General Hospital, which will use the donation to collect diagnostic materials and didactic equipment.

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About 50 cakes were donated by various media outlets, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and other organisations for this event.

Aware of the importance of environmental protection and the sustainable use of natural resources, this year the Dubrovnik Tourist Board organized the Cake Party in an ecological tone by rejecting the use of plastic plates and cutlery and turning towards environmentally friendly and biodegradable materials.

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival has installed a new decoration in the Old City of Dubrovnik. The initials to the Dubrovnik Winter festival in Croatian (ZDF), are shining out over the Trg Oruzja in the historic city core.

There is a square frame installed for people do take selfies in the day and of course a bright star at night to light up the square.

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