Wednesday, 21 March 2018
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.


Marijuana packages made a fuss on Saturday, when they floated around Dubrovnik. That day, from the early morning hours police boats have been circling the waters around, trying to locate the marijuana that has floated into Dubrovnik and found some, but apparently – not all. 

Today, three days later, two packages were found at the island of Hvar – reports and adds that they weighted 160 kilos!

It is assumed that the packages have been thrown into the sea from their sailboats while transporting it from Albania or Montenegro to Italy.

As writes, the price of so called Marijuana bricks in Albania can be purchased for 100 to 200 euros, depending on the quality and quantity of the purchase, while in small amounts in the summer season people can earn around 5000 euros for one kilo.


In Brazil, in Sao Paulo, a fashion collection by world-renowned designer Fabiana Milazzo was presented, titled 'Croatia collection', inspired by Croatia, Dubrovnik and paintings by the famous Croatian artist Lena Kramaric, who has a Dubrovnik address.

The event was attended by a number of Brazilian film and TV stars, such as Pathy Dejesus, actress and model, Marina Bernardes, digital influencer, Cacá Filippini, digital influencer, as well people from the world of fashion and art and media: among other Vogue and Elle magazines. The event was also visited by Croatian Honorary Consul Oswaldo J.M da Silva while President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic is supposed to visit the exhibition today.


Artist Lena Kramaric explained how this interesting cooperation started.
-Fabiana visited Croatia with her husband last summer, Trogir, Hvar and Dubrovnik. She was thrilled with the beauties of Croatia and in Dubrovnik, at Prijeko Palace, with my works and suggested cooperation – says Lena, who is currently getting inspired in Brazil.


Croatia collection will surely attract much attention, since it brings some novelty into designer and art world.

-The collection combines my works and Fabiana's design with the collection pieces I do not only experience as a garment that carries my image. Thanks to Fabiana's thinking about the way I work, techniques and approaches, unique garments were created that I liked in the pictures but I was incomparably more enthusiastic and in love with them when I saw them live – Lena explaines.

This is surely a great compliment to her work that has been admired by the locals for quite some time and now will, hopefully, be well known around the world.

-In my work and development I need changes, challenges and cooperation with other artists through which my work changes, in this case transforms. I am happy to see what my work is recognized at the other end of the world and from a completely different audience. It’s a compliment, confirmation and great motivation for future – Lena says.





This is not only a big thing for Lena Kramaric, but also for Croatia and Dubrovnik.

-Prior to the trip to Sao Paulo, I was hoping that Croatia's collection would promote Croatia in the world and, after her presentation, I realized that it really is. Only on the very day of exhibition, a great many people learned about Croatia and its beauty. A catalog that promotes both the Fabiana's collection and my works, as well as Croatia and Dubrovnik, will be received by each of the Cro collection clothing buyers in Brazil: Sao Paulo and Uberlandia, and Merlose Place in Los Angeles, where Fabiana also has a boutique – Lena commented.

It will be great to see what this artist will make next – maybe a collection inspired by Brazil?


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were seven traffic accidents, of which there were four with injured persons in which two persons was seriously injured and four had light injuries while three traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 438 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 97 measures taken due to speeding, 38 measures due to improper stop and parking, 130 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 12 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Dubrovnik is well-known for its high property prices. In January, it was noted that Dubrovnik was a leader when it comes property prices in 2017 in Croatia. It seems that Dubrovnik is aiming to be on top in 2018 too. 

According to SEEbiz, average demand for flat in Dubrovnik in February averaged 3714 euros per square meter, which is 1.3 percent higher than the previous month, and 9.5 percent higher than last year.

Apart from the real estate prices, Dubrovnik is also interesting because of the fact that, unlike most other cities, the prices of flats are lower than house prices, and in February the difference was as high as 449 euros per square meter.

Data from, specialised Croatian property website, shows that the square meter of house, in February, had an average price of 4163 euros, which is 0.5 percent less than a month before, but compared to the same month last year, 8.6 percent higher, as well as 10.6 percent higher compared to February 2016.

Dubrovnik-Neretva County dominates when it comes to the land prices too. The highest prices demanded for construction land on during February were advertised in our county: 177 euros per square meter, which is 18.8 percent higher than last year. showed that during the month of February in Dubrovnik people mostly browsed for apartments for sale, followed by rental apartments and then houses for sale.

Finding a suitable rental apartment in this area is sometimes a mission impossible, but foreign visitors to were optimistic and during February, along with those in Zagreb, they mostly searched for the rental apartments in Dubrovnik.

Mediterranean Fair of Healthy Food, Medicinal Herbs and Green Entrepreneurship is coming to Dubrovnik for the 15th time. It will be held in the hotel Tirena on Babin kuk from 22nd to 25th of March, or more precisely from Thrusday to Sunday. 

All these years Mediterranean Fair is gathering exhibitors, experts, sponsors and enthusiasts to make joint efforts in order to present much of the ecological and traditional products which Croatia is full of.

This specialized manifestation has become one of the most important fairs in the Republic of Croatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the area of ecological and traditional agriculture as well as other green business.

-This year fair is aimed at the expansion with new products, (hybrid, electric vehicles, eco-furniture and clothing made of natural materials), the manifestation of the Days of Honey in Dubrovnik-neretva County, raising the quality of exhibitors performance, as well as raising the quality of environmental and traditionally grown products. Of course, this year we shall continue with the promotion of the marks "Originally Croatian" and "Croatian quality" aiming to present high-quality local products and we are preparing a series of educational roundtables, lectures, presentations, attractive cultural, entertaining and culinary attractions - it's stated on the Mediterranean Fair official website.


Julius Meinl found a great way to combine poetry and coffee – from 2015, every year, on March 21st, they celebrate World Poetry Day in hundreds of locations around the globe. 'Pay with a poem' is their special project that offers you an opportunity to write a poem and get free cup of coffee or tea for your masterpiece.

If you want to discover coffee shops where you can find your inner poet, go to their official web page and use a simple locator. In Dubrovnik you can 'pay with a poem' only at one place, at Caffe Bar Brazil Dvori (Masarykov put 3/B).

This fun idea was a real hit from the beginning – in 2015 more than 100 thousand people participated and we are sure that in 2018 it will be even more popular. Julius Meinel brought some changes this year.

-This year, we took this movement one step further, as we wanted to prove that poetry is the soul of music. Poetry has not always felt accessible, but music is an universal language and has the ability to help people engage with poetry in unexpected ways. This is why we joined forces with the critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter JP Cooper, who will create a song to celebrate poets from around the world – it's written on their official website.

So don't forget – on March 21st you can find your inner poet and your free cup of coffee or tea. Maybe you'll discover that you're talented.

World Happiness Report 2018 has been published yesterday and it ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels. This landmark survey of the state of global happiness is published every year around International Day of Happiness, which is marked on March 20th. This report measures subjective well-being - how happy the people are and why.

This years report discovered that Croatia gets sadder every year: it's been placed 82nd, which is 5 places lower than last year, 8 places lower than 2016 and whooping 20 places lower than 2015.

When it comes to neighborhood countries, only Bosnia and Herzegovina was placed lower in the 2018 World Happiness Report, on the 93rd place.

When it comes to the happiest countries, Finland is the winner! It was placed right before last years happiest country – Norway and 2016 happiest country – Denmark. The rest of the top ten happiest countries are Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

The saddest countries in the world are Burundi, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen, Rwanda, Syria, Liberia, Haiti and Malawi.

This years World Happiness Report is special because also included a list of 117 countries, ranked by the happinest of their immigrants.

The Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik is the winner of the international award ‘Plautilla’, bronze plaque for the project ‘Reconstruction of the Rector’s Palace atrium, given by International Historic Cities Congress.

The award is given to cities, institutions and localities that were especially active when it comes to significant activities of protection and restoration of cultural heritage. By the decision of the jury, the International Cultural Tourism Award ‘Plautilla’ is awarded in three categories: best cultural tourist product, historical city/locality/institutions and best cultural tourist itinerary.

When it comes to best cultural tourist product, the award relates to those tourist boards, institutions, etc. for the best tourist product that is characterized by the quality and creative interpretation of the cultural and historical heritage.

When it comes to historical city/locality/institutions category, the award goes to those cities or institutions that have significant achievements in the protection and conservation of cultural heritage.
Best cultural tourist itinerary goes to those itineraries that present the cultural and historical heritage of the city or area in a high quality and interpretative way.

International Historic Cities Congress will be held for the fourth time from March 20th to March 23rd in the Hotel President Solin. Iva Carevic Pekovic, the Director of the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik, will recieve the award.




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