Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Bake Sale in Dubrovnik

The International Bake Sale will take place on Saturday, 31 October 2009 at Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik’s Old Town. It is sponsored and run by The Dubrovnik Foreign Circle, an organization of foreigners living (either full-time or part-time) in Dubrovnik. The bake sale will be open from 10 am until 2 pm and will sell baked goods made and donated by members of the Foreign Circle. 100% of the proceeds of the sale will go to the International Children’s Library Project, a charity established to purchase books and materials for local children. If you’re in town on Saturday and need to satisfy your sweet tooth, please stop by the bake sale and help raise money for a good cause.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Dubrovnik Travel Info on Twitter

Dubrovnik Apartment Source will now be tweeting daily under the name TravelDubrovnik. Tweets will include general information on Dubrovnik, current happenings around town, and special offers on the Dubrovnik Apartment Source website. Twitter is a great way to get bits of useful information without spending a lot of time searching or reading articles. We encourage you to follow our tweets by visiting our page at www.Twitter.com/TravelDubrovnik and logging into your Twitter account or signing up for a new one.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Freedom of Expression Threatened in Croatia

A recent news story has made many Croatians question where their government stands on freedom of expression (Croatian Times, 8 October 2009). Vukovar resident Damir Fintic has been sentenced to 20 days in prison for comments someone else wrote on his blog in 2005. The comments were critical of the former Vukovar Mayor Vladimir Stengl and his wife. Fintic will be the first Croatian, and likely the first European, to be sent to prison for comments made on a blog. The Croatian Journalists Association (HND) strongly opposes the prison sentence and is concerned that it will hurt Croatia’s reputation as a country that respects freedom of expression. The sentence is particularly worrisome as Croatia moves forward with its European Union accession talks. At a minimum, all EU nations must respect basic freedoms such as freedom of the press and freedom of expression. While the court’s decision is not necessarily indicative of Croatia’s stance on freedom of expression as a country, it is significant enough to keep this blogger from being too critical of the local government.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Three Winds

Life in Dubrovnik is very much affected by the three winds that blow through the city: Bura, Jugo, and Maestral. Each of these winds has its own unique characteristics and its own influence on local life:

1.) Bura: This is an unpredictable wind that blows from the mainland towards the sea. It often blows in strong gushes and brings clear, cold air from continental Europe. Dubrovnik locals generally like the Bura as it cleans the air and improves visibility. It can, however, be dangerous for small craft on the sea with powerful wind gusts and a low mist that makes breathing difficult. A strong Bura often results in the closing of the Dubrovnik airport as the winds are too unpredictable to risk taking off and landing.

2.) Jugo: This is a moderate wind that blows from the sea towards the coast. It is generally accompanied by rain and a pressure that affects the health of anyone susceptible to it. Common symptoms include heart palpitations, dizziness, and fatigue. It is said that in the days of the Dubrovnik Republic the government would refrain from making important decisions during the Jugo as the wind often made people irrational. Since the wind blows off of Africa’s Sahara desert, it often brings with it a dry, reddish dust that settles on anything left out in the rain.

3.) Maestral: This is a calm summer wind that blows from the sea towards the coast. It generally brings beautiful and stable weather, with only a light breeze to provide respite from the afternoon heat. The Maestral is a pleasant wind and is great for sunbathing, swimming, boating, and other water sports.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dubrovnik Accommodation

Visitors to Dubrovnik have many options when choosing their accommodation. There are a few beautiful 4 & 5-star hotels in town and several average 3-star hotels. In addition, there is a large selection of private accommodations, which vary greatly in quality and price.

The selection of hotels in Dubrovnik is somewhat limited but is improving every year. For those with a large budget, I recommend any of the following:

- The Pucic Palace - This 5-star boutique hotel is centrally located on Gunduliceva Square in the center of Old Town. It is housed in an old stone building and offers a selection of upscale restaurants and bars.

- Hilton Imperial - Situated in a beautiful historic building, this 5-star hotel sits on a hill just outside of the Old Town. The sea-facing rooms offer great views and the hotel provides guests with many amenities including an excellent restaurant and bar.

- Hotel Excelsior - This popular fixture in Dubrovnik history has been recently updated and still offers the best views of the Old Town from its newly renovated bar. One of this 5-star hotel’s best features is its concrete “beach” which allows guests to swim in the Adriatic directly from hotel property.

- Dubrovnik Palace - Lapad’s finest 5-star hotel and the most-beautifully positioned hotel in Dubrovnik. The views from the restaurant, pool area, and lobby bar are spectacular as is the direct access to the Adriatic sea for swimming.

- Hotel Bellevue - This sleek, stylish 4-star hotel is perfectly located on a beautiful beach just 800 meters from the Old Town. The hotel’s restaurant (Vapor) is one of Dubrovnik’s most creative and offers stunning views of the sea.

For those with a more limited budget, I recommend private accommodation over a 3-star hotel. Private apartments and villas are often more comfortable and better appointed than a 3-star hotel and are generally priced lower. They also offer a unique “local” experience and extras such as a kitchen or private terrace. Our website, www.DubrovnikApartmentSource.com offers a wide range of high-quality, upscale apartments and villas in many locations including Old Town, walking distance to Old Town, Lapad, Cavtat, and other areas on the Dubrovnik Riveria.