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  • Munich's Oktoberfest is here

    Munich's Oktoberfest is here

    Munich's 183rd Oktoberfest kicked off with the traditional tapping of the first beer from the first keg - and the clinking of glasses.   This is the world's largest, rowdiest and most famous beer festival. But before visitors from around the world...

  • Fairytale castles, eat your heart out

    Fairytale castles, eat your heart out

    One of the most beautiful, and largest castles in all of Europe, Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna is a feast for the senses and even has a zoo that houses pandas, emus and, well, vultures. Veronica Stivala played princess for a day. I admit, I have...

  • City of angels, city of glam

    City of angels, city of glam

    As we travelled down the West Coast of the US towards Los Angeles, we found out the hard way that the rumors are true - the traffic is heavy, and the heat and humidity are high. Being from an overpopulated island, I was somewhat used to both these...

  • Coins, sweets… and fruitfulness

    Coins, sweets… and fruitfulness

    A marriage that brought together Turkish tradition and the contemporary equalled a fun and unusual wedding. Veronica Stivala raises her glass to the happy couple as she looks back on this Turkish-Cypriotic/German wedding, with a hint of...

  • One breath with a world record free diver

    One breath with a  world record free diver

    Free diving world record holder Brank Petrovic travels the world seeking underwater thrills by practising static apnoea. He shares his experiences with Mark Strijbosch. The sun sets on the bay and Branko Petrovic stokes the charcoal. Tiny orange...

  • Le Méridien named Malta’s leading spa resort in World Travel Awards

    Le Méridien named Malta’s leading spa resort  in World Travel Awards

    Le Méridien St Julian's Hotel & Spa has clinched the prestigious World Travel Award as Malta’s Leading Spa Resort for 2016. Presented last night during a gala ceremony in Sardinia, Italy, the awards were voted for by travel and tourism...

  • The jewel of southern Leon

    The jewel of southern Leon

    One bright November morning, during a visit to Madrid, I set off by train and headed for Palencia, 235km to the north-west of the capital. Pretty soon the atmosphere changed and there was a thin mist at first, later developing into a thick fog...

  • Experiencing the Olympics

    Experiencing the Olympics

    Just back from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after winning a trip for two through the Visa Malta national competition, Bernard Cefai shares his experiences with The Sunday Times of Malta. Bernard Cefai, winner of the recent Visa Malta national...

  • An astronomer’s dream

    An astronomer’s dream

    It is said to be the world’s first weather station, to date back more than 2,000 years, and to have been used by merchants to tell the time – even in darkness. The Tower of the Winds, still standing on a slope on Athens’s ancient Acropolis hill...

  • The hidden art of Munich

    The hidden art of Munich

    Family trips – especially those where young children are involved – risk sending parents’ blood pressure rocketing if the wrong destination is chosen. Going somewhere where they will find plenty to do suddenly becomes the main criterion that needs...

  • Tampering with Tampere

    Tampering with Tampere

    Veronica Stivala found the Finnish town Tampere gorgeous this summer. The sun didn’t set. She enjoyed endless walks around their endless lakes and thick forests, while, of course, eating liquorice Tampere is a quaint little town in the middle of...

  • Extra 150,000 passengers expected through new MSC cruise liner

    Extra 150,000 passengers expected through new MSC cruise liner

    MSC Cruises have announced that next year, the MSC Meraviglia, one of ­­ the newest, largest and most luxurious five-star cruise liners will grace Malta’s Grand Harbour on a weekly basis between June and November bringing over to Malta over...

  • The city by the bay

    The city by the bay

    Driving into San Francisco, I built up an image of the city in my head. Two things that the city is known for came to my mind – hippies, and hills. Although both these elements are true, the city proved to have a lot more to offer. Our first stop...

  • Contrasting towns in South Tenerife

    Contrasting towns in South Tenerife

    Each year, always travel to a place you’ve never been before. Even if you are going on vacation to a destination you repeatedly visit, you will be surprised to always find a new town or village if you look out for it and ask locals for some...

  • Extended Middle Ages

    Extended Middle Ages

    From cotton weaving to lute and lyre players, cooking on an open fire, medieval dancing, crossbow shooting, pottery and, of course, mead, Veronica Stivala got up close with the middle ages at the longest castle in the world. A horse-headed man...

  • Paradise found

    Paradise found

    No tarmacked roads in sight, no cars, no concrete houses, no telephone cables, no traffic noise-pollution. Just pure unmitigated peace, small pristine beaches amidst rugged countryside, spectacular seaviews, lush hiking trails, florid plants...

  • Guest house at Graceland would be dream come true for Elvis Presley

    Guest house at Graceland would be dream come true for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley's dream of building a guest house at his Graceland property is about to come true. The Guest House at Graceland is a six-storey, 450-room hotel which will open on October 27 just steps from Presley's former home in Memphis. The...

  • Trip tips: Singapore

    Trip tips: Singapore

    Among the ranks of Asia’s powerhouse players, Singapore is often depicted as the squeaky clean poster girl for gleaming glass modernity, priggish protocol and no-fuss efficiency. But don’t judge this slick city-state by its cover: it also boasts...

  • Unique prehistoric art

    Unique prehistoric art

    Although the Grotto of Addaura in Sicily remains closed to the public, its prehistoric cave art is a source of fascination to many. Bernard Vassallo delves into recent archaeological findings. The grotto of Addaura is a complex of three natural...

  • London homage to Cuban modernist

    London homage to Cuban modernist

    In September Tate Modern will present a retrospective of the Cuban modernist painter, Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), the first museum exhibition in London since 1952. Including over 200 paintings, drawings, photographs and prints, the exhibition will...

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