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1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#204

There are plenty things to do in Croatia, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#204 Enter the crystal clear waters of Sveti Ivan beach crowned by the stunningly beautiful village of Lubenice high up on the rocks – No Stress on Cres



Antonija Gogić Crowned Miss Croatia 2014


CroatiaAntonija Gogić (23) from Zagreb was crowned Miss Croatia in Split last night at the 22nd Miss Croatia for Miss World pageant…

Gogić beat 12 other finalists to be crowned Miss Croatia last night at Split’s Diocletian Palace, and will now represent Croatia at the Miss World pageant in London, England later this year. The first runner-up was Ivana Mandarić, whilst Hana Bašić was second runner-up. Miss Photogenic went to Antonija Anković. (pic: Jakov Prkić / CROPIX)

Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock to Perform in Croatia for the First Time

CroatiaAmerican jazz legend Herbie Hancock will perform in Croatia for the very first time later this year…

The 14-time Grammy and 1-time Oscar award winner will perform a the Vatroslav Lisinski concert hall in Zagreb on 26 November. As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound.

Hancock’s best-known solo works include “Cantaloupe Island”, “Watermelon Man”, “Maiden Voyage”, “Chameleon”, and the singles “I Thought It Was You” and “Rockit”. His 2007 tribute album River: The Joni Letters won the 2008 Grammy Award for Album of the Year, only the second jazz album ever to win the award, after Getz/Gilberto in 1965. In 2013 Hancock joined the University of California, Los Angeles faculty as a professor in the UCLA music department where he will teach jazz music.

Lara Stone and Mario Testino Shoot Vogue Editorial in Dubrovnik

VogueCroatia will once again feature in the ‘fashion bible’ Vogue after it was revealed that famous photographer Mario Testino and model Lara Stone were in Dubrovnik doing a shoot…

Testino was spotted on the Croatian coast this summer, after Vougue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour reportedly advised him to check out Dubrovnik as a potential location. Close to two months later and Testino was back in town, this time equipped with his camera and accompanied by model Lara Stone. The pair began shooting for the editorial just a stones throw from the sea. Check out photos from the shoot in Dubrovnik, which will be seen all over the world, here.

Ana Draganja in Top 10 at Fashion TV Model Awards

CroatiaCroatian model Ana Draganja has finished in the top 10 at the Fashion TV Model Awards in Cyprus…

The 22-year-old from Split is the sister of Olympic silver medalist swimmer Duje Draganja.

“I finished in the top 10 from the whole world, but I did not win. But, I feel like a winner because I have a calm conscience and people who love me,” said Ana after the awards.

Draganja has only been in the modelling game for 6 months, and says that she has got a lot of motivation and confidence from her champion elder brother. The Fashion TV Model Awards have produced some fairly famous winners, including Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Adriana Lima and Irina Shayk. This year’s winner was Lithuanian’s Karolina Toleikyte, with the runner-up Martyna Nakielska from Poland. (Facebook)

Miss Croatia for Miss World Finalists Get Ready for Their Big Night

Croatia1Miss Croatia will be crowned this Thursday in the Dalmatian city of Split, with the winner going on to represent Croatia at the Miss World pageant held on December 14 at ExCeL London in London, England…

The finalists have their way from all corners of the country this weekend to Split, and caught the attention on Sunday of locals and tourist as they gathered to take some official photographs around town.

“There is not a lot of time for the girls to relax during preparations, they must practice dance choreographs, and on Tuesday they will meet the Mayor Ivo Baldasar and have a look around the town,” said organiser Iva Loparić Kontek.

Miss Croatia for Miss World will take place on 18 September at 21:00 in Split.


Great Promotion for Dubrovnik with 3-Page Spread in Vogue Magazine

CroatiaGreat bit of free promotion for the Croatian tourist destination of Dubrovnik in the September issue of one of the most recognisable magazines in the world…

This month’s edition of Vogue magazine has a 3-page feature on the wedding of multimillionaire socialite Fabiola Beracasa, who is the granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst, and British investment banker Jason Beckman, which took place in the southern Dalmatian city this summer. Photographs of a stunning Dubrovnik seen by millions of readers around the world, all at no cost to the Dubrovnik Tourist Board. (Instagram)


1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#203

Croatia is not just about the beaches. There are plenty things to do in the spectacular country, well at least 1,000 things, according to photographer Tim Ertl, who explains with the help of his camera via his popular blog ‘1000 Things to do in Croatia – A journey through Croatia in 1,000 pictures‘. Each week we will feature one of Tim’s suggestions, accompanied by one of his stunning photographs…

#203 Climb up the 40m high lighthouse tower of Veli Rat on Dugi Otok. The lighthouse, surrounded by pine trees, beautiful bays and pebble beaches, is considered one of the most beautiful on the Adriatic. It was built in 1849 on the southwestern cape of the island of Dugi otok, 35 km west of the city of Zadar. Find more info about lighthouses in Croatia here


Google Translates Marin Čilić to….

This YouTube video has been doing the rounds as Google translate seems to think the simplest way to translate the name Marin Čilić  from Croatian to English is to just spit out who he reminded them of this week after his astonishing US Open win in New York…

[VIDEO] Japanese Choir Famous for ‘U Boj, U Boj’ to Perform in Zagreb

CroatiaMembers from the well-known Japanese choir Shingetsu-kai from the Kwansei Gakuin University will perform today in the Croatian capital their anthem – the famous aria ‘U boj, u boj’, which they have sung in the Croatian language for more than 80 years…

The choir version of the song, which translated means “To the battle, to the battle”, is a Croatian patriotic song and was written by Franjo Marković and composed by Ivan Zajc in 1866, who later incorporated it as an aria into his 1876 opera Nikola Šubić Zrinski. The song now enjoys a wide popularity in Japan. At the end of World War I soldiers transmitted the tune to the members of the oldest and the most renowned Japanese male choir of the Kwansei Gakuin University, which established in 1899. Their repertoire still hosts the song today, which they do not in Japanese, but in genuine Croatia, and the group ends with it after each public performance they do.

The choir have arrived in Croatia with Jelena Yamasaki, the honorary Croatian Console advisor in Osaka, who has for the past 19 years promoted Croatian culture and its beauty to the people of Japan. With Croatia being the land of the neck tie, the group will perform today in Zagreb in the Oktogon which connects Ilica and flower square at 2pm, wearing ties specially made to commemorate their 80th anniversary.