Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.
It looked like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had arrived in Dubrovnik yesterday with this eye-catching hybrid car-motorbike.
With its retro sci-fi design this vehicle had travelled from Dubai to arrive in Dubrovnik and was spotted parked just outside of the Old City.
On the A 1 highway, that leads from Zagreb in the north to near Dubrovnik in the south, a British driver was caught by police doing breakneck speeds.
Police officers of the Metkovic Police Station stopped the 26-year-old British driver who was clocked doing an incredible 238 km/h through a motorway tunnel. The speed limit where the British Mercedes was stopped is 100 km/h meaning he was flying along at more than twice the speed limit.
The driver, who was travelling towards Dubrovnik, was fined 3,000 Kuna and is prohibited from using his foreign driving license in the Republic of Croatia for a fixed period of time.
Croatia awoke with a sore head and a smile this morning. It was a long, long night of celebrations as Croatia beat Denmark on penalties and move into the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup where they will face the hosts Russia.
Dubrovnik hardly slept as the celebrations went on well into the early morning hours. Fireworks, car horns, singing and one or two glasses of beer marked a long night in the city.
Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat from last night
What a night in the World Cup. Croatia are into the quarter finals of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a dramatic penalty shoot-out. Croatia are in the last eight teams in the world and will face the hosts Russia in the quarter finals.
After Denmark took the lead in only the second minute of the match through Mathias Jorgensen Croatia immediately replied through Mario Mandzukic in the fourth minute. After a tough 90 minutes in which both sides had chances to take the lead the game went into extra time.
Dubrovnik explodes - Photo - Tonci Plazibat
And then the drama. In the last few minutes of the second half of extra time Croatia were awarded a penalty after striker Ante Rebic rounded Schmeichel and was brought down. However, the Croatian captain, Luka Modric, saw his penalty saved and the game headed into penalties.
The drama continued in the penalty shoot-out. The Croatian goalkeeper Subasic saved three penalties from five and when Ivan Rakitic slotted in the last penalty the country exploded and celebrated a 3 – 2 win and progress into the last eight national teams in the world.
Fireworks, song and joy fill the Dubrovnik night sky as Croatia’s World Cup adventure continues with a quarter final game against the hosts.
WELL DONE CROATIA
During the visit of the President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, to the Mljet National Park on Friday the Park presented the first of its three electric boats that will carry visitors on the lake.
The first of these three new electric vessels was named "Niko Nodilo" in memory of one of the three sailors killed on the boat “Perast” in the Homeland War. And the other two vessels, when they arrive will be named after the two other sailors, Antun Matić and Pero Sršen.
These three ecologically sensitive ships will replace the older fleet that operated as ferries around the larger lake in the middle of the Mljet National Park.
The first works on the construction of the largest infrastructure project in Croatia for decades will begin in the next couple of weeks but already it would appear that the project has hit a bump in the road.
The Chinese company, China Road and Bridge Corporation, who won the public tender to build the Peljesac Bridge published an advert looking for 11 construction engineers to work on the planned bridge but so far haven’t been able to find anyone.
At the beginning of June the Chinese company advertised for 11 highly qualified engineers, this was the first steps in the whole project, however there isn’t one engineer registered with the unemployment bureau and it would appear that they will have to cast their net further to find suitable applicants.
In 2018 the Croatian government granted 9,000 work visas to the construction industry to import foreign workers, and as all of these visas are yet to be applied for it would seem that China Road and Bridge Corporation might be tempted to import more foreign assistance.
Domagoj Ferdebar, the general secretary of the Croatian Construction Union, commented that the country is missing around 1,000 builders, making it even harder for the Chinese company to locate enough qualified workers. And it would appear from reports in the local media that construction workers from neighbouring countries, such as Montenegro, Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina could be called in to assist building the Peljesac Bridge.
Croatia’s impressive start to the 2018 tourism season continued with news from the Ministry of Tourism that revenues from tourism are well up on last year’s figures. In the first quarter of 2018 direct revenue from tourism amounted to 450.2 million Euros, which is an increase of a healthy 14 percent when compared to the same period from last year.
"It's also proof that, by creating new, quality offers and, thereby, reasons for tourists to arrive outside the summer months, excellent results can be achieved quickly. This year almost €1 billion is being invested in tourism, which will certainly add momentum to destination development and, thereby, Croatia's economic growth," commented the Croatian Minister of Tourism, Gari Cappelli.
Tourism is one of the most important branches for the country’s economic situation and the income from the first quarter made up 4 percent of the country’s GDP for the first quarter.
Fashion experts had predicted that these rather revealing lacy and racy summer trousers would be a hit this season, however we aren’t really sure if they are compliant with the strict Old City dress code.
This tourist turned quite a few heads this morning as she entered the ancient Old City of Dubrovnik in these see-through black trousers. In 2016 the City Council introduced a dress code for the Old City, commonly known as the “bikini ban.” Amongst other points it states that ladies aren’t allowed to wear bikinis, and for guys – no torso showing.
Showing your skin could cost you 1000 Kuna, or around 133 euro or 146 dollars. However, since its introduction the regulation hasn’t been enforced aggressively at all. But it would be interesting to hear what the inspectors think about today’s creation…well it isn’t a bikini after all.