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  • Grand designs with hall’s Laura Ashley connection

    Grand designs with hall’s Laura Ashley connection

    At Llangoed Hall I slept like a queen – and ended up smelling and shod like one too. The luxurious British country house hotel in the Wye River valley among the Black Mountains in Wales has hosted the Clintons and the Clooneys, as well as...

  • Vienna airport reopens its pier

    Vienna airport reopens its pier

    Vienna Airport last week opened a modernised version of its Pier West and C-gates area. More than 9,500 square metres were refurbished and floors, walls, ceiling, lighting and furnishings were newly designed. The result is a more open, continuous...

  • Ryanair offers ‘snow fares’ sale from Malta

    Ryanair offers ‘snow fares’ sale from Malta

    Irish budget airline Ryanair has launched a New Year ski sale from Malta to Milan Bergamo, at fares starting from €22.99 for travel between January and March. There are dozens of ski resorts within a three-hour transfer of the north Italy city, as...

  • Guests ‘fined’ for bad review

    Guests ‘fined’ for bad review

    A couple ‘fined’ by a British hotel after they wrote a damning review about it are to be given a refund, a council has said. Tony and Jan Jenkinson said they were charged an extra €125 after describing the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool as a “filthy,...

  • It’s Sydney the best!

    It’s Sydney the best!

    Backpackers, sunseekers, business travellers and globetrotters will all feel at home in Sydney – a city so diverse that it is worth the long-haul flight. With its superb climate, wonderful beaches, excellent dining establishments, lively nightlife...

  • Daily flights Down Under from Dubai with Emirates

    Daily flights Down Under from Dubai with Emirates

    Emirates operates three daily flights to Sydney from its Dubai hub, using a state-of-the-art fleet including its flagship A380. The airline is currently offering up to 20 per cent discounts on fares to travellers travelling from Malta to...

  • Holding out hope

    Holding out hope

    Africa is a continent of profound diversity and mesmerising culture. Bound together by a sobering soulfulness, yet with an overarching brutality where mother nature is visible in her extremes of beauty and cruelty. As anyone who has travelled to...

  • Gentleman prefers blondes

    Gentleman prefers blondes

    Her sweet scent led me though a narrow Belgian alley and, holding her by the hand, I felt her shy chill slowly warm to mine. We paused. Slowly I found my face tilting towards hers, and the bar fell silent. Melodies from an old-school juke box were...

  • It’s a ski-for-all

    It’s a ski-for-all

    Not so long ago, ski holidays were largely considered affordable only by the rich and famous. Since the millennium, however, times – and ski resorts – have changed. The advent of quick and inexpensive flights to top ski destinations in France,...

  • Time travel in Transylvania

    Time travel in Transylvania

    I had always wanted to visit Transylvania in Romania to record its amazing history, architecture and people, particularly its northern region of Maramures. My husband and I flew from Luton directly to Cluj Napoli, commonly known as Cluj, a...

  • No double trouble in Grand Harbour

    No double trouble in Grand Harbour

    Malta will welcome 510,000 cruise passengers by the end of 2014, with 269 cruise calls by December, according to the tourism minister. Next year is set to beat that number with an expected 525,000 passengers from 270 calls from all cruise...

  • Free Wi-Fi on planes will be ‘standard’

    Free Wi-Fi on planes will be ‘standard’

    Free Wi-Fi on-board planes will become standard practice for future air travel, according to Emirates. More than half a million passengers have connected to the internet on its planes since the airline launched the in-flight service three years...

  • Manchester tops list of UK airports

    Manchester Airport has been crowned UK Airport of the Year. The airport beat competition from Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham to win the category for best airport with more than six million passengers a year. The industry award was given at the...

  • MSC Armonia back in action

    One of the ships in the MSC fleet will leave a shipyard bigger and better tomorrow after spending 11 weeks being refitted ahead of a one-off inaugural cruise. The MSC Armonia will sail out Fincantieri shipyard in Italy as the first vessel to...

  • Bridging tower gap with glass

    Bridging tower gap with glass

    Visitors to one of Britain’s most famous bridges, in London, will get a better view of the attraction thanks to a €1.268 million improvement. The money has been spent on a new glass floor across Tower Bridge’s high-level walkways 138ft above the...

  • Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    Few Russian skiers chill Alpine hosts

    A sharp drop in Russian visitors is sending an icy chill through Alpine ski resorts that have previously profited from free-spending eastern tourists. Moscow’s standoff with the West over Ukraine and a weakening economy, which has seen the rouble...

  • Bizarre queries for hotel workers

    Can I borrow your socks, is the beach new or old and is Brighton where the tunnel to France starts? are just some of the odd questions customers have asked hotel staff. More unusual requests by people staying at Brighton’s two Travelodge hotels...

  • German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    German nuclear bunker may be visitor attraction

    Hidden away in a forest near Berlin lies a huge, abandoned Cold War-era bunker, built to withstand a nuclear attack, which enthusiasts hope can become a new magnet for tourists visiting former East Germany. The 7,750-square-metre, three-storey...

  • Thailand prepared for heavy tourist dip

    Thailand expects to receive around 25 million tourists this year, down a million on 2013, the government said last week, thanks in part to months of street protests in the capital that ended with a coup. Two unsolved murders of two young British...

  • Living the simple life

    Living the simple life

    Pokhara is one of the main tourist hot spots in Nepal. Budget travellers and more upscale visitors gather before and after treks and adventures to soak up the sun, relax by the lake and plan their next trip. Joined by my three best friends...

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