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1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#50

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…

#50 Find out how to make real homemade Pršut (Prosciutto)

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World’s Best Stopper Holidaying on Croatian Coast

CroatiaThe best goalkeeper currently in the world, German World Cup winner Manuel Neuer, has chosen Croatia as his holiday destination…

Neuer, who won the Golden Glove award at the recent World Cup in Brazil, is chilling out after a long season in Brela on the Makarska Riviera. According to daily Slobodna Dalmacija, who have published exclusive photographs of Neuer in Brela posing with locals, the German stopper is spending his days on board a boat in a number of stunning coves, before heading back to Brela in the late afternoon. Neuer posted the above photo on Twitter yesterday to say he is enjoying his holiday before heading back to training with Bayern Munich. By the looks of the photo he is not lying. (pic: Twitter)

Japanese Shoot Latest Mazda Advert in Zagreb

CroatiaIt is not just series such as HBO’s Game of Thrones that want to use Croatia’s stunning scenery as a backdrop…

Japanese car maker Mazda are the latest to select Croatia as a filming location. This time it is not the stunning Croatian coast, but the capital Zagreb that the car giants have chosen to shoot their latest promotional video for their new Mazda2.

The new Mazda2, which will be available with a range of three different engines, dependant on the market, including SkyActiv-G 1.5 and 1.3-litre petrol engines, or a SkyActiv-D 1.5-litre diesel engine, was filmed cruising the around Zagreb’s ban Jelačić square, Ilica, the old upper town, and Radićeva street in the advert. The world premiere of the car is set take place in Paris in the autumn.

CNN: Best Romantic Getaway – Rovinj

CroatiaOne of the most read webistes in the world has rated the Istrian town of Rovinj on top of its 15 Best Romantic Summer Getaways list..

Dubrovnik gets lots of love, but we’re smitten with the lesser-known city of Rovinj to the north. The terracotta rooftops, church steeples and winding cobblestoned streets of the medieval old city are set on a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic Sea, which provides the focus for the many alfresco cafés lining the waterfront. Shop for wild asparagus, truffle and just-off-the-boat seafood at the St. Euphemia farmers’ market, held daily, then take your picnic to Golden Cape Forest, a short bike ride or walk from the old town. The striking Hotel Lone overlooks the edge of the forest and offers chic, design-conscious rooms with private infinity pools on each balcony. Dine at the top of the hill, near the cathedral, at Monte, where molecular cuisine meets farm-to-table fine dining. – wrote CNN.

Making up the top 5 behind Rovnij were Mendoza in Argentina, Helsinki in Finland, Jamaica, Riga in Latvia and Beaver Creek in Colorado.

MOTOVUN FILM FESTIVAL INTERVIEW: Dean Leon Anderson

Croatia111One of the most popular film festival’s in Croatia – Motovun Film Festival – gets underway this weekend in the beautiful Istrian town of Motovun, and Croatia Week caught up with filmmaker Dean Leon Anderson, whose short film “Grace” will be making its international premiere there…

Hello Dean, if you could tell our readers a bit about yourself, and how you got into filmmaking?

I was born and raised in London, England. I became a director by buying a camera, and filming small projects on top of my work, like music videos and performances for friends and bands I knew. I eventually focused my attention on making fiction films. After graduating from University, I was lucky enough to get an internship at MTV for 9 months. I stayed at the company for many years after. I eventually decided I would follow my initial dream, which was to make movies, so I sat down and started writing.

Dean Leon Anderson (photo credit: Ernest Simons)

Dean Leon Anderson (photo credit: Ernest Simons)

What interests you as a director?

I grew up watching a lot of films, but I had no idea what a director actually did until I studied Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ in college. I realised the visual decisions and the way the story unfolded on-screen were made by Hitchcock and directors in general. Even subtle things, such as Janet Leigh’s character in ‘Psycho’ wearing black in the hotel room when she has the stolen money, and white when she has decided to bring the stolen money back, were little things I’d notice more when I actually started studying films. I loved the idea of having a creative job too. I also enjoy collaborating. I’ve collaborated with pretty much the same crew on the last couple of short films. Cinematographer Steven Heycock, and my producer Shereen Billings to name a few. The crew have all grown together from our experiences throughout the films.

Any particular influences on your work?

I’m enjoying a lot of coming-of-age films at the moment, so a few of these have influenced me. Boaz Yakin’s film ‘Fresh’ has influenced my last two short films. Also ‘Submarine’ by Richard Ayoade is a film I’ve watched repeatedly. Some directors who have influenced me in general are Alfred Hitchcock, Spike Lee, Luca Guadagnino with ‘I Am Love’, and more recently, Clio Barnard with ‘The Selfish Giant’.

What’s your latest short film ‘Grace’ about?

‘Grace’ is a coming-of-age story, about an isolated 17-year-old girl, played by Natasha Kendall. Grace has a brief sexual encounter with an older stranger, who is equally a very lost individual. She finds the man’s lost wallet with a home address on his driving licence. She then decides she wants to see him once again, by visiting his address and returning the lost wallet. Her idea doesn’t go to plan. The rest, you’ll have to see!

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We see you also work as a producer. On your Vimeo channel there is info that you produced a Q Mag promo with Lilly Allen, what was it like working with her?

Yes, I produce promos and videos for a few companies. I’ve worked with Lily Allen in the past, and she’s always great to work with. You never know what she’s going to say, and she is always in a good mood (around me anyway). I should be posting more work on my vimeo soon.

Do you plan to make a feature film?

Yes, I am. Currently my fourth short film is in production, but I spent the first half of this year writing a feature film. The first draft is done, so I’m going to crack on with it after this new short is finished. The feature film is similar to a short I made recently called ‘Jasper’. I’m looking forward to making feature-length movies in the near future.

Will you be in Motovun presenting your film?

I certainly hope to be in Motovun. I’ve always wanted to travel to Croatia, so this would be a great opportunity to see the country. I can’t wait!

Grace is screening at Motovun Film Festival on Sunday 27th July.

Duchess of York ‘Fergie’ Enjoying Dubrovnik with her Croatian BFF

CroatiaThe ex-wife of Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone is back for a holiday in her homeland, and she has bought a high-profile friend with her…

Slavica Ecclestone has arrived in Dubrovnik with close friend Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York and former wife of Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. Slavica and Fergie met with Dubrovnik Mayor Andro Vlahušić as they strolled around the popular tourist destination.

“She does more than the Minister of Tourism, she always comes back to her country, she is a real ambassador,” Fergie said about her good friend, before adding that what she had seen so far in Dubrovnik was ‘beautiful’. (screenshot)

1,000 Things to do in Croatia…#54

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…

#54 Enjoy some of the delights served up on plates all around the country…including the famous palačinka (pancake) with the topping of your choice

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Catherine Zeta-Jones Spotted in Croatia

CroatiaKeira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Ellen DeGeneres and Serena Williams are just a few celebrities who have been spotted already this summer enjoying Croatia’s beautiful coastline, and now Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones has been seen relaxing on the Adriatic coast…

The 44-year-old star was spotted on board a mega yacht near the islands of Ilovik, which are situated south of the island of Lošinj on the northern Adriatic coast, on Thursday by a Croatia Week reader. It is not the first time that Zeta-Jones has holidayed in Croatia, the former Darling Buds of May Welsh star has cruised Croatia’s coast with husband Michael Douglas on more than one occasion.

Serena Williams in Croatia

CroatiaThe best women’s tennis player currently in the world, and one of the best of all time, Serena Williams, is taking some time away from the spotlight in Croatia…

Williams, who pulled out of her Wimbledon doubles match earlier this month due to a mystery illness, is spending seven days in the Istrian town of Novigrad, the town’s official website reported. Williams is using the Croatian holiday as a chance to relax and also to start preparing for the next Grand Slam – the US Open.

According to Novigrad town, the 17-time Grand Slam winner is in the pretty seaside town thanks to her long-time friend and hitting partner Saša Bajin, who spent a lot of time there as that is where his family lived.

“Saša doesn’t often come to Novigrad, he just spends part of his holiday’s here, and this time he bought Serena with him, to show her first hand the natural beauty and all the other attributes which Novigrad and Istria are renowned for.” said the site.

DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb Awards Selfie

Croatia11DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb, part of Hilton Worldwide hotels, has at the begging of July started selfie contests on Instagram & Facebook for the guests of the hotel and OXBO Urban Bar & Grill restaurant…

The award for 2 winners is a weekend for 2 at this top Zagreb hotel and winners will be chosen by a jury of 3 from the hotel. Guests can find out about the contest from customized post-it notes on bathroom mirrors or from adverts on the hotel’s displays in elevators, in the lobby, and other public areas. To enter is easy: just by using hashtag #dtzagreb on Instgram or posting a picture on hotel’s Facebook page. Detailed Terms & Conditions can be found in room or on web and this way DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb is joining the brand as a leader in social media trends.

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“Our wish is to offer fun activity and raise a smile from our guests since we noticed they are very active on social media. Judging by present entries we have suceeded in doing just that and I am delighted that by this initiative, we’re bringin additional content for visitors of Zagreb. Our guests photgraph their selves, rooms or food aynway so selfie was the next logical choice and its popularity is still high.“, said Karin van den Berg, General Manager of DoubleTree by Hilton Zagreb.