Friday, 23 March 2018

In spite of the thunder and lightning today in Dubrovnik with the occasional downpour the weather forecast for the rest of the week is for sunshine and temperatures in the low thirties.

The early morning and rain and thunderstorms in Dubrovnik today will be the last rain we will see in the region for the next seven days. According to the mid-term weather forecast Dubrovnik can expect a stabilisation of weather and clear blue skies.

Temperatures tomorrow will again be in the low thirties with 31 degrees predicted and that pattern will continue until at least Saturday.

And according to the specialised website Dubrovnik could well be in for an Indian Summer. “Surges of warmth from Africa and the Mediterranean will be frequent throughout the autumn season, leading to above-normal temperatures across southern Spain, southern and central Italy and the southern Balkans,” states the website. They add that northern Europe will be wet and windy in autumn.

Temperatures in Dubrovnik are expected to remain stable, at around 30 degrees, until the middle of September.

In its five years of existence on the world festival scene the Dimensions Festival in Pula has become an ultimate destination for insightful music lovers from all around the world. Uncompromising selection of performers, stunning Adriatic scenery and friendly atmosphere make this festival known as one of the most influential electro-funk music events in the world.

This year the British trip hop cult group Massive Attack will open the 5th Dimensions Festival on one of the most beautiful world stages in the open - Pula Arena - on the 24th of August.

After five years of a 'discographic silence', this year the musicians from Bristol have been pretty active in the musical and visual field. At the beginning of the year they released the EP Ritual Spirit which gathered a large number of former associates led by Tricky, whilst by the end of July they released three new songs as an announcement for their new album. Almost all songs are accompanied by exceptional video works produced by eminent producers featuring the Oscar winning actress Cate Blanchett, Rosamund Pike, the supermodel Kate Moss etc.

As the group is well known for its performances that are both visual spectacles and politically and socially conscious events, Massive Attack will arrive in Pula with their own large production support, an impressive video wall and visual effects. Around 27 technicians and managers will accompany nine musicians of the world famous British group.

The festival will also feature some of the biggest names as well as young talented performers of the international techno, house, disco, bass, jazz, funk and soul music scene.

After the opening the Dimensions festival will take place at the Monte Christo fortress and will last until the 28th of August.

These British tourists to Dubrovnik proved that Brexit and political correctness come a poor second to humour, well poking fun at the Germans to be more precise.

This painted van was seen parked in Lapad after having been driven from England; we can only presume that their journey took them through Germany as well! The camper van also advertises camping with a website address, but again we presume that the German market isn’t their main point of call.

The message on the back of the van “Where would we be without a sense of humour? – Germany.

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One of the natural symbols of Mlini, near Dubrovnik, a plane tree dating back to 1743 was damaged in the recent high winds. A large branch broke off and was left swinging dangerously in the wind, reports the news site The branch broke on Friday night and due to the risk to the public the Zupa fire brigade have cordoned off the area.

The plane tree, which is located next to the St. Roko Church, is one of the main attractions of Mlini and is the focal point of countless photos from tourists every year. The branch that broke was eight metres above the ground. Unfortunately due to the number of cars in this small side road that have almost blocked the road the fire brigade were unable to immediately react and cut the branch off completely. Another problem is that the Zupa fire brigade don’t have platforms that can reach the branch so they will call in help from another local fire brigade. Until the branch is cut off members of the public have been asked to be careful and keep their distance.

Celebrites have been coming to Croatia for years but this summer has turned our country into the real celebrity magnet! After Bono Vox, Reese Witherspoon, The Black Eyed Peas and many more, the new celebrity is cruising the Adriatic – MC Hammer. He has published many photos and videos from the yacht on the social media, showing his fans that he's having a great time.

- Loving and Living Life. Adriatic Sea. Worlds Fastest Yacht and my friends. We good. Salute – it's written in the caption of one photo.

In case you didn't know, MC Hammer is an American hip hop recording artist, dancer, record producer, entrepreneur, spokesman and actor. He had his greatest commercial success and popularity from the late 1980s until the late 1990s. Remembered for his rapid rise to fame, Hammer is known for hit records (such as "U Can't Touch This" and "2 Legit 2 Quit"), flashy dance movements, choreography and Hammer pants. Hammer's superstar-status and entertaining showmanship made him a household name and hip hop icon. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

The patron saint of Dubrovnik, St. Blaise, has protected the historic city for many centuries, but now it seems he has a new role in life, a beer holder.

The large stone statue of the Dubrovnik saint on the front of the Dubrovnik Cathedral now features a glass bottle of beer. As the statue is quite a way off the ground whoever gave the saint a beer had quite a climb. And as the cathedral is opposite a busy restaurant it can be presumed that the prank was carried out in the early morning hours. To make matters even worse the hand in which the bottle was jammed was damaged in the Homeland War and the three fingers were destroyed by shrapnel. These fragile three fingers are now forced open to hold a bottle of local beer.

We can only hope that the bottle of beer is removed quickly and that St. Blaise can return to protecting the city and not holding beer bottles.

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The 31st Summer Olympic Games were definitely the most successful for Croatia so far.

At the Rio Summer Olympic Games 2016 Croatia's athletes won a record breaking total of 10 medals. Three of them were in athletics (two golds and a bronze), one bronze medal in boxing, a gold and silver in rowing, a gold and silver in sailing, a gold in shooting and a silver medal in water polo.

Croatian sports now has five Olympic champions; the discus thrower Sandra Perkovic, the javelin thrower Sara Kolak, rowers Martin and Valent Sinkovic in the men's double sculls, sailors Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic in the men's 470 (dinghy) and the shooter Josip Glasnovic in the men's trap.

Three silver medals were won, by the rower Damir Martin in the men's single sculls competition, the sailor Tonci Stipanovic in the men's laser class, and by the men's national water polo team.

And female high jumper Blanka Vlasic and the boxer Filip Hrgovic in the men's super heavyweight category won bronze medals.
At the end of this Summer Olympic Games 2016 Croatia has found its place in the prestigious group of countries that won Olympic medals. Croatia ranked as the 17th among the 78 world countries, following the US, the UK, China, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, the South Korea, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, Brazil, Jamaica and Kenya. And interestingly by size of population Croatia finished third on the gold medal list behind Jamaica and the Bahamas.

At the Olympics in London in 2012 Croatia won a total of six medals, three of which were gold, one sliver and two bronzes, and placed as the 26th among the 85 country participants at the Summer Olympic Games in London.


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Every weekend our resident "Style Guru" will be scanning the streets of Dubrovnik for the latest and greatest in fashion. 

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Even though there's been quite a buzz all over the foreign media about the 'bikini ban' in Dubrovnik it seems that some of the tourists haven't heard of did or if they did – they don't care. Plenty of them walked around yesterday in bikinis or just in shorts and honestly we can't blame them since it was hot as hell.  

Just a reminder, because of the decision of the City Council showing your skin could cost you 1000 kuna, or around 133 euro or 146 dollars. If you decide to pay right on the spot you will pay half the price.

As we could see, there are still no signs that are planned to be at the entrances of the Old Town of Dubrovnik, so maybe that's a reason why tourists can walk around ''half naked'' freely still. Soon, as it will get colder, there will be no need for a 'bikini ban' because nobody will wear a bikini anymore.

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One of the icons of the world of fashion, Diane von Fürstenberg, took a walk in the Mljet woodland today. Fashion designer and formerly Princess Diane of Fürstenberg is currently on a cruise on a luxury yacht with fashion editor who currently writes for Vanity Fair.

The fashion duo went for a walk around the national park of Mljet and three photos appeared on social media, one of them clearly showing Diane von Fürstenberg with her Nordic walking sticks.

Diane von Furstenberg (DVF) is a global luxury lifestyle brand available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide, with the company's headquarters and flagship boutique located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District.







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