Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Emma, Olivia and Ava are the most popular girl’s names, and Liam, Noah and Logan are the most popular male names given to boys throughout the world in 2017.

However, at the beginning of 2017, the most popular name for girls in the world was Olivia, but at the end of the same year, Olivia was the 'vice champion' and Emma took the top spot. At the beginning of this year, the most popular name for boys was Asher, and in late 2017 the most popular name was Liam.

Here are the most popular names for girls and boys in 2017:

1. Emma
2. Olivia
3. Ava
4. Sofia
5. Isabela
6. Mia
7. Amelia
8. Sharlota
9. Harper
10. Aria

The most popular names for boys during 2017 was:

1. Liam
2. Noa
3. Logan
4. Lukas
5. Mason
6. Ethan
7. Oliver
8. Elias
9. Adam
10. James



The weather was perfect, the Old City pristine and the happy, smiling faces made Christmas in Dubrovnik a special day.

Families strolled along the Stradun, children played, the café bars were full and, of course, the Dubrovnik Teddy Bear proved a hotspot for portraits.

Check out this Christmas Day in Dubrovnik gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic

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This festive season is so much more than Christmas parties and gift giving. May your Christmas be filled with the true miracles and meaning of this beautiful time.

From all of the team at Dubrovnik Times we wish you a peaceful and fulfilling festive season.

Merry Christmas

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Dubrovnik certainly had a festive mood this Christmas Eve and it wasn’t only the ladies that shone in the winter sunshine.

Sharp suits, ties, bowties, waistcoats…it was a day for the gents to be suited and booted as the traditional Christmas Eve carols and fun on the Stradun reached new heights. The gents certainly looked the part and made a smart start to the festive period in the city.

You can check out the beautiful Dubrovnik Divas here

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After a few days of near minus temperatures in Dubrovnik the sun really came out on Christmas Eve and warmed the city. Temperatures today reached 14 degrees and the Adriatic Sea is also the same temperature.

The forecast for Christmas Day in Dubrovnik is similar as today, so no chance of a white Christmas, with highs to hit 16 degrees. And then the region is in for some rain and clouds, from Tuesday until Thursday highs of 14 degrees are predicted as well as a good chance of rain.

At least the Christmas period will be sunny and warm, as you can see from these photos taken today.

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Christmas Eve in Dubrovnik is traditionally a time to walk the Stradun, meet old friends, pass on Christmas greetings and of course join in the Christmas carols.

The Old City truly came alive today as thousands of people revealed in the festive spirit. And for the fairer sex it is also a time to get out the glad rags and parade on the main street, yes the city was even more beautiful than normal today.

The city not only came to life but it also resembled a Paris catwalk (and the guys looked just as stunning.)

Check out our gallery from a beautiful Christmas Eve in Dubrovnik

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Almost every home in the Dubrovnik region has a nativity scene near their Christmas tree this festive season and in Vela Luka on the island of Korcula yesterday there was a truly unique live nativity scene.

At this prehistoric archaeological site above Vela Luka some thirty actors along with animals and numerous props recreated the nativity scene in spectacular fashion. With authentic costumes and sitting around a fire the huge cave had a mystical and magical feeling. Guests made their way to the cave above Vela Luka at 130 metres above sea-level at 3.00pm and were greeted by the church choir from Smokvica as well as the vocal group of Smokvica when they arrived at the nativity scene.

The oval shape of the prehistoric hall and cave has particularly influenced the authentic ambience of the living crib. It is the largest cave facility in this part of the world that is easily accessible, open to the south, dry enough, full of light and airy.

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Dear citizens of Dubrovnik,

Ahead of us are the Christmas and New Year holidays, a time that fills us with hope, faith and optimism, and also reminds us of the important role of family, friends and unity.

The Christmas holidays remind us that in the celebration of joy and expectation we should be humble and encourage ourselves and our loved ones to be better towards other people.

Empathy, tolerance, and mutual respect should be a way of creating a community that will restore the measure and harmony of our city.

With plenty of health, joy and happiness I congratulate you on the coming Christmas and New Year holidays!

Mayor of Dubrovnik

Mato Franković

The fourth and final Advent candle on the Advent wreath in Dubrovnik was lit last night.

The fourth candle, which symbolizes love, was lit by the President of the Dubrovnik City Council, Marko Potrebica.

A service, held by the vicar of St. Michael, Marinko Šljivić, was attended by over a hundred people and prayers to mark the upcoming Christmas period were accompanied by Christmas carols.

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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful, once wrote a man much cleverer than I. And nowhere in Croatia has that magic wand been waved with such success as the capital. Luckily, and thanks mostly to the British Embassy, I traditionally have an opportunity to visit Zagreb over the Advent period.

I can genuinely say that it is world class in every aspect. There are more festive houses than spectators at a Manchester United home game, more lights than in Las Vegas and more decorations than in a Harrods window over Christmas.

“Where are you guys from?” I asked a group of mid-twenties admiring the ice park. “We’ve driven down from Graz for a few days,” they answered between sips of steaming mulled wine. From Austria to Croatia at Christmas? That would be like traveling from the Seychelles to London in summer to get some sunshine! “We heard a lot about this fair and that it won an award for the third year in a row,” the colourful group added. I nodded approval and wished them a pleasant stay.

On a rainy (and pretty chilly) Thursday evening Zagreb was absolutely packed. Massive queues formed just to cross the street at a zebra crossing. Houses emptied onto the streets as a mixture of Zagreb locals and tourists from all over the world, it was fascinating to simply “people watch.” And the hit this year is “sarma to go.” Tiny, piping hot sarma are just the thing to keep out the cold.

The journey to Zagreb started in the usual manner. Croatia Airlines cancelled the plane ten minutes after it was supposed to take-off giving low cloud as an excuse. The fragility of Dubrovnik in the winter was brought home as a plane full of passengers were sent to find another solution to visit the doctors, friends, family, the business partner, etc. in the far off capital. Sometimes it helps having a familiar face, so I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the man behind the desk at Croatia Airlines who booked me on the flight in the morning without me even asking. I didn’t get his name but if he reads this “Merry Christmas!” And Merry Christmas to the taxi driver who drove me home after my cancelled flight and charged me half price, because as he said “it’s Christmas.”

However, I have a little festive complaint to Croatia Airlines, and yes I know they are public enemy number one in Dubrovnik anyway. It would seem that they have packed so many seats into their new planes that you have to be a contortionist to get in them. I am not the biggest of humans on the planet, in fact in Dubrovnik terms of height I am a virtual midget, but squeezing into the leg room was nearly impossible.

After I had dislocated both my knees and elbows and packed the rest of my body in the seat I had the bad fortune to drop my glasses. Without them I am basically a poorly-sighted mole! As the landed on the floor I realised I would need to need the long neck of an emu to pick them up. Try as I might (and I tried for ten minutes) to pick them up I was not even close. I pushed them with my foot to the side of the plane and then attempted to slide them up the plastic interior wall. And yes, before you start thinking that I was molesting the lady in the next seat I was sitting next to the window.

With my knee at a 45 degree angle I had the glasses balanced on my boot. I them took the opposite arm and, with more luck than judgement, managed to grab them. The lady next to me probably thought I was desperately trying to scratch my arse! Not my proudest moment ever. And then when I thought I was “home and dry” my mobile plopped out of my pocket due to my excess stretching and landed on the graveyard floor. “Oh blimey, that can wait until we land,” I muttered in disgust to myself.

Of course Murphy’s Law was waiting around the corner and just about as the wheels of our plane were touching down the mobile rang. I kicked at it hoping to hit the mute button, and yes I know I should have put it on flight mode. Passengers around me were looking at me in abhorrence. I put my foot on it to soften the screaking ring tone (I really need to change that ring tone.) The plane and taxied in front of the terminal and it finally went to answerphone. After the plane had emptied and the flight attendants and tutted in my direction I rolled down to pick it up. The screen read one missed call from my mother-in-law!

A very merry and peaceful Christmas to you all!






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