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Croatian Airlines offers the best deals to Dubrovnik from London. There are three flights a week direct from London Gatwrck but more choice if you go vra Zagreb from Heathrow with four to six flights a week: www.croatraairlirrescom for information. bookings 0208 563 0022.


Before yeti go check out the various tourist board websites: www.lrtzhr for general information on Croatia. dubr'ovniklaus.hr for more specific details on what to see and do and where tO stay in Dubrovnik when you get there. The site can tell you what the weather will be like and has a good selection of postcards to send when you get home. The Croatian National Tourist Office in London is also a good scurce of information: infoclcnto.freeserveco.uk. 0208 563 7979. Currency is the Kuna. wrth rougth ten to the pOund and yOu should do all your money changing in Croatia. It's also a good idea to take Deutchmarks: they're accepted in many outlets and are easier to change back to pounds in Britain than Kuna.


Just breathing the air on the Adriatic Coast is an rntoxrcating experience. The heady rnrx of scents from the lavender. jasmine. oleander and rosemary bushes and cypress trees is sensational. You can take the next best thing home Wltll you as the market in Dubrovnrk's Gundulic Sguare sells bottles of pungent lavender and rosemary oil. This is also the place to buy sun-kissed olive oil as well as fresh fruit and vegetables. Don't leave Without a few bottles of the local wrnes such as Posip or Dingac and the Croatian equivalent of whisky Lo/a. As Croatia is also the home of the cravat the Croats in\.'ented it while the Italians turned it into an art form make sure you take back a tie or two.


The Dubrovnik Summer Festival which runs from mid-July to mid-August is one of the main highlights on a packed calendar. The whole town becomes a stage for the various events mainly Outdoors. but also inside many of the historic buildings and churches. There are also art exhibitions and concerts throughout the year.

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Festivals, flights and fabulous fares

IN ONE OF ITS biggest promotions ever, STA Travel has teamed up with Virgin Atlantic to offer special fares and offers world wide. Bookings must be made by 31 May and are valid to students and under 265. The deals in question include Athens from £115 rtn, New York from £199 rtn, Las Vegas from £285 rtn and Hong Kong from £395 rtn. More details on www.statravel. co.uk or call 0131 226 7747.

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A NEW FESTIVAL HAS been announced in the north of England this summer. The Lakeside Festival in Rother Valley Country Park runs 21-22 July



and features six music stages including a 3000—capacity dance tent co-ordinated by Sheffield promoters Headcharge and an ‘urban underground‘ marquee focusing on drum & bass and underground garage. For full details log on to www.lakeside festival.com or call 0709 102 3360.

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NORDIC ARTS ARE on the menu at this year‘s Salisbury Festival, running from 25 May-10 June, with a wide-ranging programme including acclaimed Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen, composer Phillip Glass and the Bulgarian Voices ‘Angelite’. For programme details visit www.sa|isbury festiva|.co.uk.

After Yugoslavia (Lonely Planet £6.99) .00

Brain revisits Yugoslavia,

where she spent a

carefree holiday back in

1978. But things have changed since then; there’s just the small

matter of the war in what

is often referred to as

‘Former Yugoslavia’. And now things have calmed down a bit Bran attempts

to get to the root of

these conflicts and the

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What is offered is a snapshot of how real lives are affected by war. Sometimes she gets bogged down in trying to explain the long and complex history of the various regions, right back to Roman and Byzantine times, leading to some dry, confusing and unnecessary passages. However this proves that these were human beings involved, on both sides, and they all believed they were doing the right thing. This certainly puts a human face to a tragic conflict.

(Henry Northmore)

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