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.
There is no doubt that the winter face of Dubrovnik is the polar opposite of the summer one.
The cobbled streets of the historic Old City core are buzzing with life in the warmer months and now they are resting, silent in the chilly February air.
The few locals and tourists who visited the city this morning at least had the chance to drink coffee al fresco whilst most of the rest of Europe was scratching frost from the windows. Temperatures are expected to remain seasonal cold for the rest of the weekend with scattered showers predicted.
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It seems that tourists enjoying swimming on the Banje Beach in Dubrovnik whatever the weather.
Even though temperatures dipped to around 13 degrees today, constant overcast skies and showers, this tourist enjoyed a quick dip in the Adriatic Sea today. The sea temperature is around 14 degrees in Dubrovnik so we imagine it was a very “refreshing” swim.
But on the bright side at least he had the beach to himself, which throughout the warmer months is absolutely impossible.
Photos - Zeljko Tutnjevic
When is a butchers not a butchers? When it is a meat boutique! Taj Butcheraj is a butchers with a difference. We are all used to scratching our heads in front of a row of meat in a standard butchers, not knowing what is good for roasting, can this go on the BBQ and most importantly will I get another fatty piece of meat that resembles the sole of a shoe. And finding that perfect topside of roast beef is pretty much impossible, goodbye Sunday roast. But now there is a solution – Taj Butcheraj.
Located in Lapad this relatively freshly opened meat boutique brings a completely new concept to buying meat products in Dubrovnik. For those looking to prepare the perfect meat dish, however complicated, look no further. "Taj Butcheraj is a kind of meat boutique, a butchers that is distinct from all the other objects of this kind in the county because we offer only free-range meat breed exclusively on Croatian farms and mostly from small family farms,” commented the co-owner of Taj Butcheraj, Edina Macanović.
“Finest meat and good stuff” is the simple and descriptive slogan of Taj Butcheraj and it seems to suit perfectly. They have got funky with meat and meat products. Free range pork belly rolled with cajun, garlic, thyme or homemade burgers or sausages with red cabbage or yummy pršut…we could go on and on. Yes, it isn’t only pieces of meat that Taj Butcheraj offers they also have creative products.
They will even go that extra mile to treat customers with tailor-made dishes. “We prepare dishes for clients in advance, so they take the finished product ready for preparation. For example, we prepare ready-to-cook roast meats. We also receive the ideas and suggestions of our customers, and try our best to save them time at home by preparing dishes for them,” added Macanović.
Taj Butcheraj (the name comes from Butcher and Raj which means heaven in Croatian) is your one-stop-shop for all your meat dreams.
Address - Dalmatinska 40, 20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel - +385 (0)20 416 151
Open from – 7am to 8pm
It isn’t summer yet and already luxury mega yachts are docking in Dubrovnik. Golden Odyssey, the plaything of the Saudi Prince Khaled al Saud, dropped anchor in the Port of Dubrovnik yesterday.
Sailing under the flag of Bermuda the yacht is an impressive 124 metres long and set the Prince back a massive $300 million, which is a drop in the ocean compared to his estimated net wealth of $10 billion. In fact, this huge yacht is just one of the four that the Prince owns, although it is the largest.
Launched in 2015 the yacht has 16 luxurious cabins and has a crew of 60. Presumably the Saudi Prince isn’t on-board, and the yacht is on route to a warmer destination.
Golden Odyssey under the Dubrovnik Bridge - Photo Zeljko Tutnjevic
Another international airline has announced new flights to Dubrovnik for this summer season. The German airline Germania will connect Dresden with Dubrovnik this summer with one flight a week, on Wednesdays, until the 10th of October.
Germania is a privately owned German airline with its headquarters in Berlin. Germania operates scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from several German bases.
Speculation about the latest James Bond movie has been rife over the past week, with release dates, cast members and plot details beginning to become apparent. Daniel Craig has confirmed that he will return to the role, for the fifth time, after previous announcements that he would not continue as 007.
The 25th movie in the long-running franchise will be released in the US on the 8th of November 2019 and it is believed that the UK release date will be earlier than that, possibly a week before the US. The last Bond film, Spectre, which was released in 2015 took a massive 100 million Euros at box offices.
Dubrovnik is still believed to be one of the many locations in the future Bond movie, which officially has the name as James Bond 25, although the name Shatterhand has been rumoured. Rumours suggest that Daniel Craig will film the 25th Bond movie in Dubrovnik with a host of expensive cars, encounters with old acquaintances from previous films and a near escape from drowning in the Adriatic Sea. Sources have suggested that the producers will apply to the City of Dubrovnik for filming permits before the end of March, with possible filming dates in April. However, this is still speculation as the producers are keeping their cards close to their chest and were particularly annoyed that the former Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahusic, broke the news of filming in the city before them.
And these filming dates in Dubrovnik tie in with Daniel Craig’s answer to an interviewer in the US when he said that he would be playing 007 again in a “couple of months.”
There are also rumours that the 25th movie will see Bond take on a new lifestyle, with one American website suggesting that Bond will “Quit the secret service, fall in love and get married.”
Will James Bond join the long list of productions in Dubrovnik, such as Game of Thrones, Robin Hood and Star Wars, will become clearer this spring.
The future of the golf course in Dubrovnik took another turn for the worse as the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, commented that “this project will not happen.”
Speaking at a press conference the Mayor of Dubrovnik brought up the Dubrovnik Golf course project on the Srđ Mountain.
“In my opinion this project will not happen. The City of Dubrovnik, in the future, will be the owners of this area on Srđ and we will plan what will be up there,” commented the mayor adding that the legal process that is currently taking place will offer the final solution.
The developer of the Dubrovnik Golf course has sued the Croatian Government in the arbitral tribunal in Washington and is seeking 500 million Euros in compensation.
One Suite Hotel in Župa has won yet another international award. The hotel, which opened in June 2017, has already picked up a number of recognitions and now, in Kiev, it has won the International Hospitality Award for the best newly opened hotel in Eastern and Central Europe.
The International Hospitality Awards have been awarding leading hotels since 2011 and recognising the best hotels according to their annual results. The nominees were judged by a specialized jury, as well as guest ratings on Booking.com and Trust.You.com. Out of a total of 315 hotels in 21 countries, One Suite Hotel, won the best newly opened hotel.
One Suite Hotel was an investment of 34.5 million Kuna, of which 9.38 million came through EU funds. The hotel has 18 accommodation units, 16 apartments and two premium rooms with a total capacity of 64 people, and unlike many hotels in Dubrovnik is open all year round.