Tuesday, 19 June 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.

Email: ivana@thedubrovniktimes.com

After a successful Croatia collection, presented in Sao Paulo, Brazil in March this year Croatian artist with Dubrovnik adress Lena Kramaric was invited to exhibit her works at the European Capital of Culture Valletta – Culturenet.hr writes.

At the invitation of Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia to Malta, Juliana Scerri Ferrante, Lena Kramaric exhibits her works as part of the 'National Day of Croatia' in Malta, celebrated on June 19th this year, at Fortress Builders in Valletta, capital of culture.

The exhibition will show artworks by this amazing painter and will consist of 10 paintings made with different techniques and in different dimensions, all created from 2014 until today.

It is an exhibition of artworks by author Lena Kramarić. A choice of 10 images in a combination art on canvas, of different dimensions, created from 2014 until today.

Website Amazing cakes ideas that works as online cake catalog has published an interesting competition – that for the Super Astonishing Cake in the World. 

And what a delight is to know that amazing 'Konavocica' by Dubravka Falkoni Matic, showing tradition of Konavle in the sweetest way, won the first place!!

-Congratulations to the Champion, Dubravka Falkoni Matić! Her "Cake Masterpiece" captured the tastes of many people in the world and because of that it was crowned as the "Super Astonishing Cake In The World". She is now part of our Wall of Fame (page 19) and shall receive an amazing certificate – Amazing cakes wrote.

Congratulations to Dubravka Falkoni Matic, who is truly an artist!

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Folklore ensemble Lindo will host a concert in Sponza Palace named ’Gift to the City – a musical walk through Croatia’ on Wednesday, June 20th, to celebrate World Music Day. The concert will start at 8:30 pm and the entrance is free. 

The repertoire of Lindo orchestra, male, mixed and female vocal groups and female choir will consist of songs from various parts of Croatia.

-We want to remind everybody that we called the concert ‘A musical walk through Croatia’ for a reason, because we will take you through Croatia in a special way. Lindo is a folklore dance ensemble, but also a folklore choir. Musicians of the ensemble, except the tambourines, play classic and numerous traditional instruments and you will have the opportunity to see and hear some at the concert. We are very pleased to announce that the visitors of the concert will have a chance to hear the musical parts of the Podravski svati choreography, which we are preparing for the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – it was announced from folklore ensemble Lindo.

It seems that June is 'bizarre car accidents month' in Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Just five days after the one in Zupa, when car was standing vertically against the wall, new weird car accident happened on the island of Korcula.

Volkswagen Up, clearly a rent-a-car, ended up in the sea, where it actually stayed floating. It seems that, just like Zupa, it all happened because car brake went off, or it wasn't pulled to begin with.

On the videos from Peljesac.hr, it can be seen how they are trying to pull the car out of the sea with a rope. Luckily, no one wasn't in the car and no one was hurt.

Watch the video below, but make sure to click - full screen! 


In the past week in the area of Police Administration of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County there were 15 traffic accidents, in one of which one person was killed and eight had injured persons, where three persons were heavily injured, eight had light injuries while six traffic accidents had material damage.

By carrying out traffic control measures, police officers have taken 511 repressive measures against the perpetrators of traffic offenses, out of which 253 measures taken due to speeding, 32 due to improper overtaking, 48 measures due to improper stop and parking, 34 measures because of non-use of the seat belt and 22 measures against drivers who were driving the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Will the proper animal shelter finally be built in Dubrovnik? The City of Dubrovnik announced a Public Call for Expression of Interest for Sale of the land for the Construction of Animal Shelter.

The property must meet numerous conditions and it’s even better if it’s visually and sound-isolated from the environment.

Just a small reminder - as a result of the attempts to secure the land for the animal shelter, the City of Dubrovnik faced the unwillingness of the surrounding population to accept shelter in their vicinity. However, any fears are unfounded, because asylum will not be built in a residential area – it’s said from the City of Dubrovnik.

Future shelter will be built and equipped in accordance with legal regulations where abandoned animals will be provided with adequate care in adequate conditions, as it is now, despite the unselfish work of valuable volunteers, lacking.

Instagram is full of interesting photos from Dubrovnik, but some seem to stand out a bit more than the others. Two of those are for surely Just Andreas Salvesen and Elizabeth Groven – a power couple that run their own company Salvesen & Co. Recently they have visited Dubrovnik and shared some amazing photos, so we just had to discover a little bit more about them.

Can you introduce yourselves to our readers?

We´re a creative and active couple from Norway, in our mid twenties. We work with photography, videography and digital marketing, and run our own company Salvesen & Co. Elizabeth is an earlier professional ballet dancer and Just Andreas is an earlier football player.

When did you decide to travel around the world?

First of all, we are not a typical traveling couple. We´re based in Oslo, Norway, where we help different companies with creating campaigns, run their social media channels and produce their content. Most of our traveling comes from collaborations with different tourism boards (example: Visit Croatia, Visit Britain, Visit Wales).

We love to travel, but this is not our main focus. We only want to create fun and entertaining content, so when we get asked to travel somewhere that is only a bonus.

What countries have you visited for now?

As a couple we have not visited too many places yet, as we have only been doing this together for a year. We have been to the United States (Los Angeles, Hawaii), Great Britain, and now Croatia.

Is it challenging to travel as a couple, what are the benefits?

It's not challenging at all! We love traveling together and it´s amazing to get to experience the world with your better half.


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You seem to have really interesting photos, how much time does it take to make a perfect photo?

Thank you! This really depends on the photo and place. We spend a lot of time on editing and we want that every photo tells a story.

You are keen on editing too, how do you get ideas?

We get ideas from brainstorming, videos on youtube and we do find inspiration from other channels on instagram 500px.com and more. If we have an idea we just try it out and see how it looks like.

A lot of people are following you on your journey, does that make you motivated?

It is exciting that a lot of people want to follow us, but to be honest our main goal is to show our creative side to brands and future collaboration partners.


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You've just been to Dubrovnik, what are your impressions?

Dubrovnik was beautiful and it was really exciting to learn about all the history. We are also big fans of Game of Thrones, so it was exciting to see the real locations from the tv-series. We really enjoyed our stay there and we were lucky enough to spend two nights at Hotel Grand Villa Argentina.

What are your favourite places in Dubrovnik?

Oh, It´s difficult to pick a favorite place! But the view from the the cable car, which showed a panorama view of the whole city was amazing. We also enjoyed an amazing dinner at the Kopun restaurant. One of our favorite restaurant in Croatia so far!

Is it hard to make that perfect shot in our City?

It´s easy to take perfect photos in a beautiful city! The only challenge was all the tourists and the heat.


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How about Croatia in general, what is your experience?

We were lucky to see a lot of Croatia in only 5 days! We went to KRKA National park, Sibenik, Split, Makarska, Ston and Dubrovnik and we loved all of it. We would love to visit your beautiful country again.

Where are you traveling next?

We are not sure yet, but we are planning a romantic vacation to Thailand. Stay tuned and make sure to follow us on @Elizabethgroven @Justandreas and www.salvesenco.com!

Have you heard for 'sniffer bees'? It seems that they have been successfully used for the first time to find mines Croatia, according to Daily Mail.

-The honeybees led mine clearance teams to unexploded bombs in Croatia after they were trained to hone in on the smell of explosives. The bees could prove more effective than sniffer dogs in some circumstances because they can work for longer and are cheaper to use, experts say- Daily Mail reports.

It seems that attempts to rear bees that hunt explosives have been ongoing for four years and this is the first time that they have been successful!

-Dr Ross Gillander a physicist from St Andrews University helped design equipment which detects if bees are returning to the hive with tiny traces of explosives. Once confirmed, footage from drones was used to pinpoint the spot at which the bees picked up the traces – Daily Mail writes, adding that promising early results of the ongoing trials in Croatia suggest more of the millions of abandoned mines around the world could be cleared up faster, potentially sparing thousands of lives.

According to the article, real-world tests using bees from local hives started in Croatia in November last year and were funded by NATO Science for Peace and Security. Dr Gillander confirmed the bees had found mines and other explosives lost during Croatia's four-year struggle for independence from Yugoslavia which started in 1991.

If you want to learn more about 'sniffer bees', go to the original article here.

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