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.
The high south winds that battered Dubrovnik yesterday caused a rather unfortunate accident in the parking of the Dubrovnik General Hospital yesterday.
A huge pine tree crashed down on two parked cars in the hospital grounds and inside one of the vehicles was a female passenger. The Dubrovnik Fire Brigade were called and three emergency vehicles arrived on the scene. The firemen managed to rescue the lady from her car and fortunately she didn’t suffer any injuries.
A German film crew has shocked Dubrovnik by filming half-naked erotic photos in a church in the centre of the historic Old City. According to reports the camera crew entered the open church and used the sacral building without authorisation.
A topless model then sexily posed in the middle of the church with holy monuments as her backdrop. Deutche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin, the German Academy of Film and Television, was recording a student documentary film 'The Color Nude' in the city, and their team included the Dubrovnik photographer Stijepo Brbora.
Photo - Zeljko Tutnjevic
“Shame of all shames. And after this our children will go to this church,” was one just one of the thousands of comments that the erotic photo shoot has attracted. The Bishop of Dubrovnik, Mate Uzinic, has also formally reacted, “I am deeply disappointed with the fact that today the openness of the Dubrovnik churches has been abused to capture inappropriate photographs under the guise of art, we will have to respond to this matter through legal channels.” And he added “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they are doing.”
As well as the church the crew also used locations in the Old City centre and on the Dubrovnik City Walls.
The Croatian film “The Constitution” will hit cinema screens in the USA this May. The drama, which has won more than 32 international awards, follows the life of a professor in the centre of Zagreb, who by lives a double life, by day he is a respected professor and by night a transvestite.
The US premier of the film was shown in the SVA Theatre in New York and was dedicated to the leading actor, Nebojša Glogovac, who died this year from lung cancer.
The Constitution will start to be shown to a wider American audience at the end of May this year at around thirty cinemas, reports the Croatian Audio-visual Centre.
The film is a story of four people who live in the same apartment building in Zagreb, but are wary of each other because they don't share the same ethnic and religious backgrounds and sexual preferences. Vjeko Kralj (Nebojša Glogovac), a high school professor and a transvestite, is beaten in the street by a group of hooligans. In the hospital, he accidentally meets his neighbour Maja Samardžić (Ksenija Marinković), who works there as a nurse. After Vjeko is released, she continues to look after him and his dying father. She then asks Vjeko to help her husband Ante (Dejan Aćimović), who is a police officer, to pass the Croatian Constitution exam. Problems soon arise because Ante is an ethnic Serb, while Vjeko is an ardent Croatian nationalist. Slowly and painfully, they begin to open and recognize each other as human beings.
From the international premiere of the film in Montreal in 2016, where it won the Grand Prize of the Americas, The Constitution has won 32 international awards.
And the top tourist attraction in Croatia is…the Dubrovnik Old City Walls. The website Vouchercloud has collected all of the rankings from TripAdvisor to create a world map of the top tourist attractions.
Using the “Things To Do” section on TripAdvisor the website has made a map of each country’s top attraction, basically a map created by travellers and people who leave reviews on TripAdvisor. By far the most popular tourist attraction in Croatia was the ancient city walls in Dubrovnik which were reviewed by over 18,000 people and rather impressively they received a five star ranking for 76 percent of visitors.
Some familiar names and places appear on the map, the top attraction in the US was Central Park, in Canada Niagara Falls, in Australia Sydney Harbour and in Italy the Colosseum. However, there are a few unusual ones, the top attraction in the UK was the Harry Potter Studio Tour and in Germany the Miniatur Wunderland. See the full map in close up here
A combination of the high tides and the heavy rain has once again brought floods to the Lapad coastline. This is unfortunately a fairly regular occurrence on this stretch of Dubrovnik coastline.
Projects to solve the infrastructure have come and gone over the years like the tides, yet still the residents are left worrying will the water reach their doorsteps.
From the Batala suburb to the petrol station the whole section of road is under water. Cars can still pass but pedestrians need a pair of sturdy boats to wade through the flood water.
On Thursday the 8th of March the whole world celebrates International Women’s Day, it’s time to spoil that special lady in your life. And what better way to enjoy yourself than a meal that you’ll never forget.
The iconic Dubrovnik restaurant, Orka, has created a menu for the big day that is sure to leave a great impression. Located on the Lapad coast this waterfront eatery has been serving amazing food for years and a recent facelift means now you can eat in style. Simple and genuine flavours were the two things we aimed at when creating our menu. Restaurant Orka have tried to present you a modern interpretation of fresh, local ingredients. Even their bread is freshly baked every day. Their fish is fresh and the meat is of high quality.
For this International Women’s Day the chef has certainly pulled out all the stops, with a special meat menu and fish menu.
Check out the meat menu
Pork fillet on a bed of rosemary
Dessert of your choice
We love the sound of the all of that and especially the pork fillet. And all guests receive a welcome aperitif and a tasty starter.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
And for all those lovers of seafood and fish check out the fish menu
White fish fillet on a bed of pumpkin
Dessert of your choice
Again a creative and interesting menu for those fish lovers.
Price per person – 180.00 Kuna
Address - Restaurant Orka, Lapadska obala 11a, 20000 Dubrovnik
Telephone for reservations - +385 99 690 3334
Website - http://orka-restaurant.com
The year has certainly started on the right foot for Dubrovnik’s tourism industry with both January and February showing an increase in tourists. The county traditionally struggles to attract tourists throughout the winter months, mostly due to poor flight connections, however there has been a slight increase in the first two months of 2018.
According to figures just released by the Dubrovnik – Neretva County Tourist Board the number of tourists who visited the county in February was up on 2017. A total of 18,913 tourists arrived in the county in February 2018 which is a one percent increase over the same month for 2017, and just over 54,000 overnight stays were recorded.
In the first two months of 2018, 33,710 tourists arrived in the county, which is 4 percent up on the same period from last year.
Spring was in the air in Dubrovnik on Sunday with plenty of sunshine and blue skies over the region. Whilst the rest of Croatia is still stuck in overcoats, umbrellas and in some cases skis, Dubrovnik has managed to avoid most of the arctic weather and yesterday was perfect chance to enjoy some sun and fill up on vitamin D.
At exactly midday every day in the Gundulic Square in the historic Old City of Dubrovnik the city’s pigeons have feeding time, and the flock also brought interest from the cats of the city.
From walking the dog on the Stradun to stroking a cat, or feeding the pigeons, check out our Dubrovnik pet gallery by Zeljko Tutnjevic.