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.
Croatia is still paying the price of the Homeland War. The Ministry of the Interior have announced that over the past twenty years 5.5 billion Kuna has been spent on clearing landmines throughout the country. Since the end of the war 595 people have been injured due to mines. In fact, 2017 was the first year since the end of the war in 1995 that nobody was injured by landmines.
Some 405 square kilometres of land still remains to be cleared according to the plan, and since it will not be feasible to complete this task by the previously set target date March 1, 2019, the government proposed extending the deadline by seven years, to March 1, 2026.
It is believed that there are still 447 square kilometres of land in Croatia that have unexploded mines.
Liverpool FC defender, Dejan Lovren, has moved into the Croatian hospitality business. The 28 year-old has constructed an elegant and modern four-star hotel on the island of Pag and it is set to open in the next weeks.
Hotel Joel has 17 apartments, and is situated near one of the most popular party beaches in Croatia, the Zrce beach. It is rumoured that Lovren spent around 3 million Euros on the hotel.
Lovren, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2014 for £20 million, will play in the Champion’s League Final against Real Madrid the weekend. And after the final we could well see him back in Croatia opening his new business venture.
“Remember Italy is Croatia’s neighbour, and my goodness, do you feel that in the food,” wrote Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, on her blog after a visit to Dubrovnik back in 2014. Markle had a popular travel and fashion blog called The Tig and in July 2014 she spent a vacation in the Dubrovnik, the island of Korcula, Vis and Hvar.
“Stroll the marble Stardun, taking in the magnitude of your beautiful setting – fortress walls, local cafes and restaurants line pedestrian old town and the Lindjo dance group performs folk dancing on an open-air stage in the summer,” added Markle on her travel blog.
Meghan Markle in a Dubrovnik cobbled street - Screenshot The Tig
The Tig was named after her favourite wine and she described it as “a hub for the discerning palate – those with a hunger for food, travel, fashion and beauty.” But now that she is the Duchess of Sussex and is a member of the Royal Family she has had to close down her blog, as well as all of her social media accounts. When she closed it down she wrote "To all my Tig friends: After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity.”
Quite clearly she enjoyed her time on the Dalmatian coastline and all of her blog entries during her travels were filled with praise for the culture, history and food, especially the food.
She also visited the island of Hvar, which is well-known for its jet setting lifestyle and all-night parties. Funnily enough this was the exact same island that Prince Harry visited in 2011, just three years ahead of his future wife, and had a party with his friends in a popular nightclub.
Enjoying a glass of wine with a view over Dubrovnik - Screenshot The Tig
As part of the Transnational Organised Crime Regional Workshop which will be held in Zagreb at the end of the week the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions will visit Croatia. The US Embassy have confirmed in a press release that Sessions will visit the Croatian capital to attend the meeting which will be held from the 23rd to the 25th of May.
Sessions will also take part in a Transnational Organized Crime Regional Workshop held at the Zagreb Police Academy, attended by chiefs of police and chief state prosecutors from six countries of the region.
This will be the first official visit by a US Attorney General to Croatia, in which Sessions will discuss bilateral and international law enforcement and judicial cooperation, as well as ways of further strengthening the close law enforcement relationship between the United States and Croatia.
Popular English singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is going to perform for the first time in Croatia. The audience at the Rovinj Summer Music Festival will have the chance to hear some of Ellis-Bextor’s biggest hits such as “Murder on the Dance Floor” and “It This Ain’t Lover.”
The Rovinj Festival will be held on the 9th of June in the Istrian seaside city. Commenting on her first ever performance in Croatia, Ellis-Bextor said she was really looking forward to the concert, adding that she and her band would give their best performance.
Sophie also collaborated with numerous musicians such as Freemasons, Bob Sinclair, Calvin Harris and George Michael.
Our resident "Style Guru" has been scanning the streets of Dubrovnik this week for the latest and greatest in fashion. Summer is just around the corner and the streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik are certainly warming up.
In spite of a changeable weather forecast Dubrovnik basked in sunshine and blue skies this Sunday.
The cobbled streets of the Old City were busy with a mix of tourists and locals enjoying the open-air lifestyle as temperatures touched 26 degrees.
Catch our photo gallery from today by Ivana Smilovic
The mega popular Bollywood actor Nagarjuna Akkineni has been making quite a splash in Dubrovnik.
Nagarjuna (58) is an Indian film actor and film producer and has recently uploaded a photo of his visit to Dubrovnik with the comment “Chilling in Dubrovnik...A 3000 year old living city!!!” and within a few hours the photo had received hundreds of comments and likes. Not surprising as the leading actor has over 5 million followers on Twitter alone.
During his long career he has appeared in almost fifty films and numerous TV serials. Dubrovnik was made popular as a destination for Bollywood films when Shah Rukh Khan filmed the action movie “Fan” in the city a few years ago.