Saturday, 17 March 2018

How do you get a wardrobe into a 16th century building? With the help of the fire brigade!

The popular museum, the Home of Marin Drzic, had a headache when they saw the size of the wardrobe they needed to get inside the first floor. Quite clearly it was too large to squeeze through the doors and up the stairs so they called in the help of the Dubrovnik Fire Brigade.

Check out the video of the wardrobe going through the window…so don’t see this every day!

“Oh, yes, I see you connect that to a mobile or tablet and then it plays music,” thoughtfully answered the young son of one of my friends as I showed him a photo of an old cassette. “Er, no, in fact mobiles and tablets weren’t even invented when this thing was at its most popular,” I answered trying to hold back the laughter.

He looked at me in disbelief, a look that of half shock and half mistrust. “So what is it then,” he quizzed. “It’s a cassette, you could listen to music and tape songs from the radio,” I came back. “Why didn’t you just download them,” he seemed even more lost. “For two reasons, firstly there was nothing to download them to, and secondly there was nowhere to download them from,” I was trying to explain that there was no internet and no modern devices to play them on. He still really didn’t understand. “We would put them into a cassette recorder and listen to the music,” I explained. “Why didn’t you just use Bluetooth?” was his answer. Different generations live different lives.

His children, and he is only ten years old, will look back at his tablets, mobile phones and Bluetooth with a look of horror, of course he doesn’t understand this yet, but don’t worry age comes to all of us. Different generations have different views of life.

The Dubrovnik adventure in Game of Thrones ended last week, the last cameras were packed up, the catering trucks rolled out of town and the actors posted Instagram photos sitting on departing planes. The eighth and final season of the most popular TV series ever broadcast left Dubrovnik for the last time, unless the rumours of a trilogy of films come true. There can be no doubt that the series has been mutually beneficial. HBO gained a unique location that featured as the crown jewel in the series, and Dubrovnik has earned not only a financial benefit but also priceless marketing.

Even though the final series has been “wrapped” in Dubrovnik the results won’t hit the smalls screens until 2019, meaning that the Game of Thrones effect will last for a good few years yet. The life of GOT in Dubrovnik is difficult to predict, could it roll on until the next big hit arrives or will it have a more lasting, if less concentrated, effect for the next decade. And it has been quite a ride for Dubrovnik. Love it or hate it, (and I know many of you don’t even watch it) the marketing pull of this series has been enormous.

On the final day of filming I bumped into a family taking photos of the set. It was quite clear that they weren’t from Dubrovnik so I jumped in to ask them a few questions. “Yes, we have come from Brazil to see Dubrovnik, or King’s Landing,” answered the young son with a huge grin across his face. They had flown half way around the globe to see King’s Landing. “So you came to see the final filming in Dubrovnik,” I quizzed them. “No, we didn’t even know they were filming,” they answered. It was quite clearly a bonus that the cast and crew were in town for this young family, or maybe they had the impression that Game of Thrones is constantly filming in the city. The look on the boy’s face as I explained that many of the main actors were in town was priceless. Like I said you just can’t buy this kind of promotion. At the same time the boy’s parents seemed less than enthralled with Game of Thrones and more interested in the architecture. For Dubrovnik it was a classic win/win situation. Different generations have different needs.

I for one will be sad to see the end of Game of Thrones in Dubrovnik, but in a few years another series or film will come along and the GOT bandwagon will be forgotten in the fog of the past. That’s what the future is – unpredictable. Who would have ever though the cassette would ever go out of fashion, or that video cassettes would be deemed useless or that records wouldn’t spin in our homes anymore. And in ten or twenty years most of what we use today, and term as modern technology, will again will waste sites and rubbish bins. But whilst the actual technology will be history the memories we have of them will be real.

My memories of Game of Thrones (and of cassettes) will stay with me forever. And my two young friend’s memories of Bluetooth and King’s Landing will stay with them. “Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it,” once said the great George Orwell. Well said George!

This summer Croatia’s tourist offer will be enriched with a new glamorous content. The largest glamping site in the country is to be opened in Istria this June.

The small boutique camp will be located in the town of Pomer near Pula and opened by Arena Hospitality Group Pomer. The company is currently undergoing complete renovation and will be dedicated only to this form of tourism.

The first Croatian glamping site is the biggest investment of the Arena Hospitality Group this year, worth a massive 5.5 million Euros.

‘’This is a complete renovation of the camp where all accommodation units will be dedicated to an exclusive glamping offer. Almost eight types of camp accommodation units with a capacity for two to six persons will be designed to offer a luxurious holiday in the heart of nature. The camp will also include specially designed attractive tree houses. We have ordered 196 glamping tents that will be set up by four European manufacturers of glamping tents’’, explained the Marketing and Sales director Manuela Kraljević.

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In addition, apart from the bedrooms with exclusive luxurious linen made from Egyptian cotton, all tents will be air-conditioned, equipped with a kitchenette with a microwave oven, a refrigerator with a freezer, a tea and coffee machine, the BOSE SoundDock Digital Music System, a flat screen LCD TV, a ‘’handy’’ smart phone, a free Wi-Fi internet access, as well as with a modern bathroom with all luxurious necessities one might think of.

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For all of those who like this type of camping that is more comfortable and luxurious than traditional camping, here is some more info. All additional camp offers will be adjusted to luxurious holiday in nature. A richly equipped outdoor wellness with a sauna, massages, a ‘’rain room’’ and baths, relaxation areas, a platform for yoga programs, outdoor fitness, a restaurant and beach bars with healthy food and drinks as well as organized activities for children are just some of the benefits this new and unique Croatian camp has to offer.

Good news for Croatia’s tourism! Hvar has been ranked among the Top 5 Best European Destinations for 2018 thus, the island has left behind many of the famous European capitals.

According to the online voting that lasted three weeks and included more than 320,000 online voters, the trendiest destinations in Europe for 2018 were chosen.

The Best European Destination 2018 title went to Wroclaw, the largest city in western Poland, also known as ‘’Polish Venice’’, whilst Hvar known as ‘’Croatian Saint-Tropez’’ was ranked the 4th on this prestigious list with 30,023 votes.

‘’Hvar is probably the most beautiful island in Europe. Famous people, crowned heads, artists and travellers from all over the world love it and voted overwhelmingly for this destination that combines quality of life, sumptuous landscapes, crystal clear waters, sun, gastronomy and cultural heritage’’.

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Stunning Hvar from above 

‘’Among the thousands of islands in the country we advise you to discover Hvar and its many treasures such as the fortress of Hvar and the Franciscan monastery. For lovers of crystal clear waters, enjoy a catamaran tour and discover the blue cave. If you prefer gastronomy, you will not be disappointed and will enjoy sumptuous local wines and seasonal local products.

Nature lovers will love walking along the lavender fields in the village of Brusje, on the hills of Stari Grad’’, describes European Best Destinations.

Here is the list of the 15 best European destinations for 2018:

1. Wroclaw, Poland

2. Bilbao, Spain

3. Colmar, France

4. The island of Hvar, Croatia

5. Riga, Latvia

6. Milan, Italy

7. Athens, Greece

8. Budapest, Hungary

9. Lisbon, Portugal

10. Bohinj, Slovenia

11. Prague, the Czech Republic

12. Kotor, Montenegro

13. Paris, France

14. Vienna, Austria

15. Amsterdam, the Netherlands

‘’The government is aware of how much the digital society policy is crucial to the future development of Croatia thus by the end of this year it will create the Strategy of digital Croatia for the next ten years’’, announced the Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković at the conference titled ‘’Unified digital market-challenges in the digital transformation of the business sector’’ held in Zagreb a few days ago.

Plenković also emphasized that the digital economy is growing seven times faster than the classic one, and that digital skills are necessary for the development of the digital economy in Croatia. He also revealed that according to the latest Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) of the EU member countries published by the European Commission, almost 45 percent citizens in Croatia have no basic digital skills.

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In other words, according to the European Commission, almost half of the Croatian population have no knowledge of using the internet to purchase goods and services or anything more advanced with which they could compete on the labour market.

DESI for 2017 also reveals that this indicator is often masked by the fact that Croats mostly use the internet for information and entertainment. When it comes to reading news online, around 90 percent of Croats use the internet for this purpose ranking Croatia the 2nd in the European Union.

Furthermore, the country is ranked the 8th in listening to music, watching video and playing games online (85% of Croatia’s citizens), and the 14th in using social networks (69% of citizens). All and all, out of the 28 EU member countries, Croatia is ranked as the 24th on the DESI’s list.

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Apart from the exceptionally bad position in digital public services within the DESI index, the Vice President of the European Commission for Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip criticized only one aspect of DESI.

‘’According to DESI, the fastest internet access price in Croatia is the highest in the European Union. If the EU citizens pay the average price for fixed internet access 1,2 percent of their monthly budget, then it is surprise that in Croatia they have to pay 2,9 percent’’, commented Ansip. He also added that it is not an easy task to deal with, but that connectivity for the development of the economy and the unified digital market is very important.

Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik organizes professional guidance through the current exhibition ‘Vanishing point’ on Saturday, February 17th, at 10 am with guaranteed refreshment.

After the great reactions to the new program, MOMA Dubrovnik decided to continue with this project in the next couple of months.

‘Saturday coffee at the MOMA Dubrovnik’ is a novelty with which this museum wants to reach to the locals and their guests, by giving them a different experience of a cultural institution. This kind of interaction with visitors is planned once a month.

On Saturday, February 17th, curator of the exhibition Jelena Tamindzija will take all visitors on the journey through the exhibition ‘Vanishing point’, by one of the world's most famous photographers, Ahmet Ertuğ.

The importance of this exhibition is also expressed by the fact that this exhibition was listed among the 5 most significant and most anticipated world exhibitions in the 2018 edition of Turkish Airlines magazine, along with exhibitions placed in London, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Tokyo.

For the exhibition in Dubrovnik, the Turkish photographer introduced 20 large format images (225 x 180 cm) of interior shot in Italy and Dubrovnik.

After expert guidance, all visitors will be able to refresh themselves with coffee and juices.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County Tourist Board is presenting the beauties of Dubrovnik at the Holiday World Exhibition in Prague, which is taking place from the 15th to 18th February at the Prague exhibition centre.

The first day of the fair is dedicated for tourism professionals only, while the rest of the three days are open to the public.

Approximately 30,000 visitors are expected to be present at the fair, and more than 45 countries from around the world, in 640 booths, are included in this year's fair. Also around 600 travel journalists and about 7,000 tourism professionals are expected to visit.

The Dubrovnik-Neretva County was visited by over 38,000 tourists from the Czech Republic in 2017, which was a 5 percent increase over the previous year.


‘’I don’t care that they stole my idea...I care that they don’t have any of their own’’, were the words of one of the greatest inventors of all times.

Nikola Tesla is well known for his numerous inventions without which the modern world could not exist in a way we know it today. He is an icon of the scientific world, who invented alternating current, wireless signal and energy transfer, electric motor, radio communication, remote control and many other things most people have never heard of and yet they are using them every day.

It seems that the famous inventor is an eternal inspiration for numerous films. According to the latest news from show business, a new film about Nikola Tesla is on the horizon.

After Nicholas Hoult interpreted Tesla in ‘’The Current War’’ and David Bowie in ‘’The Prestige’’, the main role of an innovator born in the Lika region in Croatia will be assigned to the American actor Ethan Hawke.

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Michael Almereyda, who will also direct the film, wrote the scenario for the film about Nikola Tesla. This biographic film will present the life and work of the famous inventor including his rivalry with Thomas Alva Edison and the construction of some of Tesla’s inventions.

The film preparations begin this spring, after which the filming will start in the northern part of the US state of New York.
It is interesting to note that the largest multimedia exhibition ever dedicated to this great man titled ‘’Nikola Tesla- Mind from the Future’’ was opened in Zagreb on the 25th of November 2017 and will remain open until the 20th of March 2018.

Looking to hide those tax-free millions, then don’t look to Croatia. The Tax Justice Network have released findings on the billions of private financial wealth that is hidden in tax havens around the world and Switzerland is the leading tax oasis with no questions asked.

There is an estimated 21,000 to 32,000 billions of dollars of private wealth in the world that is hid away in tax havens according to Tax Justice Network. And the world’s richest people look to Switzerland to avoid paying taxes. In fact, Tax Justice Network lists Switzerland as the most financially corrupt country in the world.

"Switzerland is the grandfather of tax havens in the world, one of the world's largest offshore financial centres and one of the largest jurisdictions for securing financial secrets," commented the network.

The second is America, the third is the Cayman Islands, followed by Hong Kong and Singapore.

Croatia is ranked in 79th position from the 112 countries surveyed in the report.

The State Hydro-Meteorological Institute has sent a warning about a cold front approaching and that can be health-damaging. 

The moderate threat of cold waves for the Dubrovnik region is expected on Friday, February 16th.

The weather is expected to change tomorrow, so there is a yellow warning for Thursday. Strong south wind is expected. You shoudn't only be careful about the cold – there is also a danger of debris flying around with a strong wind.

Dubrovnik rarely gets some snow, but maybe this cold front could bring some snow flakes to the city. They would make a great attraction, just like last year, when the snow covered Dubrovnik on January 11th. 

So, make sure to wear layers and dress for the upcoming cold wave, and if you can – stay inside.





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