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  • Sparkling aperitifs

    Sparkling aperitifs

    Le Meridien hotels and resorts worldwide are offering a variety of sparkling aperitifs inspired by different destinations. As part of this initiative, photographer Khaled Youssef was commissioned to capture selected perspectives in Europe through...

  • Australian wine exports rebound as China chooses cheaper tipples

    Australian wine exports to China rebounded last year as sales of cheaper wines gained traction, bucking a regional shift towards high-end tipples. Australian government data shows total wine exports to China rose eight per cent last year to 40...

  • Valley climbers go above and beyond

    Valley climbers go above and beyond

    After a pair of free climbers inspired the world with their ascent up El Capitan in Yosemite, Simon Alden recalls Malta Climbing Club’s trip to conquer the crags of Verdon. Choosing a holiday destination can be an arduous task of juggling...

  • Microbrewer aims to tap S. Africa’s ‘black diamonds’

    Microbrewer aims to tap S. Africa’s ‘black diamonds’

    At just 30,000 litres a month, Ndumiso Madlala’s brewery produces as much beer as his biggest rival pumps out every six minutes. But that may be just enough to cause ripples in SABMiller’s long domination of the South African beer...

  • TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015: Guests pick top hotels in Malta

    TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2015: Guests pick top hotels in Malta

    A boutique, bayside hotel has been named the best on the island after receiving top ratings from visitors over the past year. Hotel Juliani in Spinola Bay, St Julian’s, came top in the 2015 Travellers’ Choice Awards, compiled by travel website...

  • McDonald’s Aussie experiment is to look less like McDonald’s

    McDonald’s Aussie experiment is to look less like McDonald’s

    The Corner, a new cafe in Sydney’s trendy inner west, looks a lot like its peers – white frontage, rustic wooden seating, potted plants on the counter, quinoa on the menu and servers wearing hemp aprons. But look a little closer at the black name...

  • Mum wins Oz flights contest

    Mum wins Oz flights contest

    Josephine Farrugia of Mosta has won the trip of a lifetime to Australia. The 65-year-old will get to visit her many cousins Down Under thanks to Emirates and The Sunday Times of Malta. Farrugia was the luckiest of hundreds of readers who took part...

  • Cake Boss shop to get new look but stay true to roots

    Cake Boss shop to get new look but stay true to roots

    By spring, the little New Jersey shop where the ‘Cake Boss’ got his start will have a different look, but Buddy Valastro, the self-taught master baker behind the hit reality TV show, vows the renovated store will still have “icing in the...

  • Emirates cuts long-haul fares

    Emirates cuts long-haul fares

    Emirates has an early-bird offer of special economy class fares to cities across the Far East, Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Indian subcontinent. All-inclusive economy return fares from Malta start at €190 to Cyprus; €617 to...

  • Valletta up for tourist accolade

    Valletta up for tourist accolade

    Voting has opened for the title of European Best Destination 2015 ­– and Valletta is among the 20 nominees. Members of the public can vote for their favourite city before February 10. Even if Malta’s capital does not win the award, it still stands...

  • Ċikku’s fuel envy

    Today, Ċikku will have to spend €30 to fill his fuel tank every week with 20 litres of unleaded fuel, while Stanislav in Poland will get €10 change from €30 for the same amount of litres of unleaded fuel, which he can spend on two bottles of vodka...

  • Strong dollar threatens impact on tourists to US

    Strong dollar threatens impact on tourists to US

    New York restaurant owner Jeremy Merrin has seen business droop in recent weeks at his Havana Central eatery in Times Square. The reason: not enough international tourists. “We're fighting a double-whammy,” said Merrin, who owns three restaurants...

  • Charity fashion show of fine pieces

    Charity fashion show of fine pieces

    A celebration of fashion, colour and sleek design, Hana Plzakova’s collection for spring 2015, was unveiled at Palazzo Nobile, Naxxar. The collection featured elegant designs, from flirty cocktail dresses to chic evening wear and wedding gowns...

  • Inverted right-of-way illogical

    Travelling down December 13 Road from Valletta in the direction of Marsa, on the second turning on the left there is a junction that leads motorists up onto a flyover to the road that leads to Mrieħel Bypass and the Santa Venera tunnels. Traffic...

  • Living on the highway

    Living on the highway

    North America is such a huge continent, there is no chance of seeing it all in one trip – but you can still make the airfare worthwhile. Helen Raine looks at three RV road trips that would take you its length and breadth. Taking a motorhome for a...

  • Russian designer’s spring fashion show after-party at Palazzo Nobile

  • Black tape across road signs

    Black tape across road signs

    It’s with great pleasure that I realise that Transport Malta has placed the correct No Entry signs, albeit without the obligatory No Right Turn sign to stop vehicles from going north uphill along Kennedy Drive (the turn adjacent to the entrance to...

  • Amid ancient temples, golf grows in Myanmar

    Amid ancient temples, golf grows in Myanmar

    Two Buddhist temples act as bookends to the small waterway where my golf ball has just landed, instead of dropping as it should have on to the 12th fairway. Despite my gestures of protest, my caddie rolls up her lime-green uniform and wades in to...

  • Inspired by the world of daisies

    Inspired by the world of daisies

    Inspired by the boundless spirit of daisies and blue sky, Daisy Dream is the latest fragrance by Marc Jacobs. Daisy Dream reflects the designer’s irresistible mix of intricate details, elegance and femininity for a fresh interpretation of the...

  • Innovative, exciting and fun

    Innovative, exciting and fun

    I had seen pictures of the stunning Cactus and was particularly looking forward to testing this vehicle, so I thought of a suitable route to take this car tbrough its paces. Waiting for me was a mustard yellow Cactus, a colour that added to this...

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