Tuesday, 22 May 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

For 21 consecutive years, Croatian Post has been implementing the selection of the most beautiful edition of the postage stamps of the Republic of Croatia. This year, the stamp entitled Puma the 7thGuards Brigade won the first place.

In addition to Croatia, votes for the most beautiful stamp also came from Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Spain, Italy, Macedonia and the USA.

Out of the 41 editions last year, the highest number of votes went to the stamp with the motif of the emblem of the Puma 7th Guards Brigade designed by Zivko Skuhala and formatted for the stamp by Dean Roksandic, a designer from Zagreb.


The stamp entitled Olive Trees in Lun authored by Natasa Odak presenting an olive tree from the famous olive grove on the Island of Pag won the second place.


The stamp from the series entitled Bridges and Viaducts authored by Dean Roksandic with the motif of the bridge in Kosinj and viaduct in Limska draga won the third place.


Antonija Sandric, ex Misura, has been spotted in Dubrovnik yesterday! The most beautiful Croatian professional basketball player has drawn attention on Stradun, looking sharp in pink trousers and interesting t-shirt with tv show 'Dynasty' on it. She also had white sunglasses and Louis Vuitton bag. Her looks made a buzz all over the Old City – most of the people didn't recognize her, but everybody were commenting that she must be a model, fashion blogger or a celebrity.

This is not the first time that she attracts attention because of her looks! Sandric is often described as the most beautiful sportswoman of Croatia. She was named Miss Mediterranean Games in 2009 by a poll of 80 accredited photographers from 23 countries.

The American sports website Bleacher Report named her the most beautiful female competitor at the 2012 Summer Olympics, The American Entertainment and Lifestyle Magazine Muze featured her as one of the 2012 Olympics most amazing athletes and her appearance in London attracted coverage in a similar vein from Russia Today, the New England Sports Network and Serbian newspaper Blic.

Croatian media also noted a tweet by the NBA player Nate Robinson, who, after watching Sandric in the Croatia vs. Czech Republic game, commented that she "might be the most beautiful woman basketball player ever to lace up some sneakers".

However, Sandric was just one of the amazing-looking ladies spotted yesterday. See the other beauties in our Dubrovnik Divas photogallery.

The favourite program of film, Latin and pop-rock music that locals and their guests always love to hear will be held tomorrow, May 22nd, by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra on the terrace of MOMA Dubrovnik. The start of the concert is at 9 pm.

The orchestra will be conducted by Slobodan Begic, while Dzemal Cakic, the trumpeter of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, will perform as a soloist.

Some of the works that the audience will have a chance to hear are "Perfidia", "Mahna de Carnival", "New York New York", "Sway", music from Star Wars, "The Scent of a Woman," "Memories of a Geisha" then the music of the eternal Beatles, Queens, Elvis Presley, ABBA, as well as Coldplay. Arrangements for individual works were made by Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra trumpeter Damir Butigan.

In Croatian seaports, in the first three months of this year, there was a somewhat lower turnover of ships, passengers and goods than in the same period last year, while passenger traffic was 19.7 percent higher in airports and there was 52.3 percent increase in cargo traffic - The Central Bureau of Statistics reports. 

In seaports, in the first quarter of this year, there were 50.4 thousand ships or 3.3 percent less than last year, while with a total of 2.8 million passengers there was a slight decrease of 0.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Most passengers, 455.6 thousand, passed through the Split port, which recorded an increase of 2.7 percent, followed by Zadar port, which with 324.6 thousand passengers was down 3.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2017.

In the first three months of the year, there was the most significat increase in the number of passengers in the ports of Cres and Krk.

The total number of cargoes in seaports in the first quarter was 4.4 million tonnes or 7.5 percent less than in the same months last year, and about 54 percent of total cargo traffic was recorded in the ports of Omisalj and Rijeka.
Luka Omisalj with 1.7 million tons of cargo is in a plus of 6 percent, while 662 thousand tons of cargo in Port of Rijeka show the growth by 7.1 percent. Other ports that were included in the survey in the first three months of this year, Ploce, Bakar and Split received and dispatched less cargo than in the first three months of last year.


Airports, on the other hand, continued to grow in the first three months of this year, so in all nine, there were almost 14 thousand aircraft operations or 8.4 percent more than last year, and a total of 824 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 19 ,7 percent.

Almost half the number of passengers or 343,000 passengers in the airports arrived in March this year, which is 27.4 percent more than in March last year, with all ports except Mali Losinj rising in March.

The largest number of passengers in March, 223 thousand or 16.1 percent more, came to Zagreb Airport, with 51.3 thousand passengers or 61 percent more followed by Split Airport, and with 47.3 thousand passengers or 40 percent more in the Dubrovnik Airport.

The number of passengers in March increased by 30 percent in Zadar, while in Pula is more than 113 percent, while Osijek and Rijeka airports are definitely recorders with passenger numbers rising in March for 525.4 percent, or 310.1 percent, but on small bases of about 3,800 and 2,500 passengers.

The cargo at airports in the first three months of this year was a bit more than 2,600 tonnes, which is also a major increase, up from 52.3 percent in relation to the first three months of last year.

Emergency center 112 Dubrovnik was informed about outdoor fire on Sunday at 5.48am at Podgradina below Fortica - Municipality of Slivno, which is placed in Dubrovnik-Neretva County.

Seven firefighters by volunteer Fire Department Slivno and five firefighters from volunteer Fire Departmen Opuzen came out on the field. For now, the burned surface is estimated at 4.5 hectares of pine forest, macaque and low vegetation.

At 6 pm the fire was localized, but the location is still monitored.

The number of abortions in health care facilities in Croatia is decreasing, but the number of births as well – Vijesti.hr reports. 

Last year, there were 36,481 live-born children in Croatia, which is 1012 less than a year earlier, and almost 3,500 babies less compared to the same data five years earlier.

The last year rate of abortion has been lowest since 1995. The total number was 6145, which is 759 less compared to last year. Most often, women are between the ages of 30 and 39, without children, or with one or two children.

However, the number of live births per thousand women of reproductive age is also decreasing, it is clear from the newly published data of the Croatian Institute of Public Health.

Furthermore, the same data show that the highest number of abortions is recorded in KB Merkur, Split, Rijeka, Osijek KBC and in Pula Hospital.

On the other hand, at a hospital in Vinkovci, Nasice and Nova Gradiska hospital last year, one legally induced abortion was recorded. Some hospitals have more doctors that won’t do abortions – so called invocation of conscience - that doctors are entitled to under these procedure.

According to the decision of the Constitutional Court, the Government must reach the first Croatian law on pregnancy termination by February. This first 'law on abortion' should inherit the current, inherited from the former state, and finally arrange all the questions about abortion, and thus an invocation of conscience – website Vijesti.hr reports.

Blanca Ojeda and Albert Serratacó from Barcelona are a young couple that is traveling around the world together under the name Los Traveleros. They started their travel blog while they were studying journalism and now that’s their full time job! They try to travel as much as possible and recently they visited Dubrovnik. As soon as we saw their beautiful photos on their Instagram account, we wanted to meet them – and now you can get to know them too.

When did you decide to travel around the world and why?

It’s a long story! I (Blanca) was about to leave for 5 days to New York alone about a month after starting our degree. It has been my favorite city since I first visited it when I was 13. I had a crush on Albert and felt like he liked me too, so I told him to come to NY with me. He accepted, paid for his flight with some savings and our love story officially started there. Since that day we share a passion for traveling and try to do it as much as we can. After a year or taking trips together we decided to share it with the world creating our blog. We’ve worked so hard on it and feel incredibly blessed it has become our work.


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How many countries have you visited so far?

35 countries and counting!

Is it challenging to travel as a couple? How is it affecting your relationship?

We think traveling is so positive for couples. Many say the hardest test for a couple is starting to live together. Traveling acts as that test. You get the other person much better in a shorter time. Everything is more intense while traveling. We have been through some good and bad situations that wouldn’t have happened at home. Good things are better and bad things are easier than if we were alone.


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How did you like Dubrovnik?

We loved Dubrovnik. To be honest, when we first arrived to the historic part of the city we thought it was too crowded, but the charm of the city makes you forget about the people. Getting lost in the little streets of the old town is magical.

What was your favorite place in Dubrovnik?

Pretty typical, but we loved the views of the city from Mount Srđ. Watching the sunset from there was a beautiful and relaxing experience.

What would you recommend to couples visiting Dubrovnik?

Everything! If they have time, a day trip to Lokrum is so nice. The water is incredibly clear there and there are so many beautiful spots around the island.


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Would you like to come back?

Absolutely! We actually stayed in a gorgeous hotel in Babin Kuk but didn’t have the time to enjoy the pool or beaches as we were so busy visiting the city and surroundings. So we’d love to come back for a more relaxed visit.

What are your future plans? Where will you travel? 

We are currently doing a road trip around the Balkans. We’ve visited Montenegro and Bosnia and are now heading to discover Slovenia and the rest of Croatia. Then we’ll be home for a few days and go to Greece.

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The island of Lokrum, just a short ferry ride away from the Old City of Dubrovnik, is a must-visit. Dreamy island of peacocks, rabbits and beautiful nature awaits for you! 

Since the weather is getting warmer and days are longer, you will be happy to know that from tomorrow, May 19th, you will have more time to explore this amazing island. The ferry will operate from 9 am to 7 pm. That means – an extra hour in the morning and one more hour in the afternoon compared to the last ferry schedule. More than enough time to have fun on Lokrum!


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When it comes to ticket prices, this year Lokrum has new price list. In 2018 tickets are 150 kuna (about 20 euro) instead of 120 kuna like last year. The price for groups (through agency) is also bigger – it increased from 100 to 120 kuna per person, while the ticket for children (from 5 to 15 years) stayed at the price of 25 kuna.

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