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  • Unexpected pleasures

    Unexpected pleasures

    Ryanair might call the airport Milan-Bergamo but Milan is a good 60 kilometres away. Bergamo, on the other hand, elevated on a hill, is visible from the airport. It’s an ancient town where terracotta-tiled roofs form shields above the defensive...

  • Dom Pérignon’s on the Emirates menu

    Dom Pérignon’s on the Emirates menu

    Customers travelling on Emirates’ first class can enjoy the recently released Dom Pérignon Vintage 2005, and the Dom Pérignon Vintage Rosé 2003 on several of the airline’s routes. Emirates has also introduced a pairing menu developed by its team...

  • China eyes new cruise link to disputed islands

    Chinese authorities plan to start a second cruise ship link to the disputed Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, state media reported on last week, in a move that may irk Vietnam, which also claims the islets. China started organising cruises...

  • Scotland movie map aimsfor ‘set-jetting’ movie fans

    Scotland movie map aimsfor ‘set-jetting’ movie fans

    A map highlighting locations from films such as Skyfall, Harry Potter and Braveheart has been launched to attract ‘set-jetting’ movie fans. The Highlands & Skye movie map highlights about 50 filming locations and features everything from Hollywood...

  • Disneyland Paris faces a pricing probe

    British holidaymakers are being charged more to go to Disneyland Paris than their French counterparts, the European Commission has said. EC sources say complaints against the theme park are just the tip of the iceberg, with claims of...

  • Dead Sea’s sinking future

    Dead Sea’s sinking future

    A neglected grove of date palms, their leaves long fallen, trunks drooping in the searing heat at the lowest point on earth, is the latest casualty of a dramatic rise in sinkholes wreaking havoc along the Dead Sea’s coast. Workers had stopped...

  • Ryanair predicts drop in airfares

    Ryanair predicts drop in airfares

    Budget airline Ryanair boosted profits in the first three months of its year and said it expected fares to fall in the winter as it adds new routes and bases. The Irish no-frills carrier, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, said lower oil...

  • ‘We’ll never know exactly what happened out here’

    ‘We’ll never know exactly what happened out here’

    A thousand rags hang on the wooden beams of a disused church, scraps of mud-splattered colour draped above shelves of bones. A fetid smell floats above the cracked skulls and shattered femurs. Along the church’s wall I can still make out faded...

  • Managing to live a good life far, far Down Under

    Managing to live a good life far, far Down Under

    There was a time, not all that long ago, when the remote island of Tasmania off Australia’s southern coast was the most feared destination in the British Empire. But that was before all the sparkling wine, artisanal cheese and rare breed...

  • How to get back in sync with life after travelling

    How to get back in sync with life after travelling

    While you can never completely dodge the beast that is jet lag, there are a number of tactics to ease the pain. Veronica Stivala offers her timely advice I have been jet lagged twice in my life. Once as child and the other time a few weeks...

  • Savouring the slammer

    Savouring the slammer

    Traipsing through hallways that once housed thieves, murderers and fraudsters was not Veronica Stivala’s idea of fun. Yet, she found her trip to Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia surprisingly satisfying... Going to prison, even if you...

  • Fitness holidays take step up in popularity

    Fitness holidays take step up in popularity

    Holidaymakers seem as keen to work out as chill out when away on breaks, according to a poll. As many as 47 per cent of Britons would be keen to head off on a fitness holiday, the survey by foreign exchange company Travelex showed. More than a...

  • Expedia’s three-year deal with Tourism Australia

    Tourism Australia and the Expedia group have signed a multi-million-dollar, three-year marketing partnership aimed at developing campaigns and content to increase international travel to Australia. The memorandum of understanding represents the...

  • Aquarium ‘honoured’ by TripAdvisor ranking

    Aquarium ‘honoured’ by TripAdvisor ranking

    Malta’s National Aquarium is the 16th best in Europe, according to TripAdvisor. The Qawra attraction came between Oltremare in Riccione, Italy, in 15th place and 17th-placed The Deep in Hull in the UK. “The Malta National Aquarium team was very...

  • London Bridge plans have cyclists in mind

    London Bridge plans have cyclists in mind

    Designs have been unveiled for a new bridge across the Thames in London – thought to be the first in a major city centre to incorporate the needs of both cyclists and pedestrians. Four proposals for the bridge, which will link Pimlico with Nine...

  • ‘Dronecode’ released to prevent air accidents

    A British authority has issued a safety warning after a “number of recent incidents” involving drones being flown dangerously close to passenger planes. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said some of the devices were being flown as high as...

  • Pacific rowers struggle to find their land legs again

    Pacific rowers struggle to find their land legs again

    A group of adventurers who are rowing almost 8,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean have set foot on land for the first time in more than two months after reaching Hawaii. The women, dubbed the Coxless Crew, arrived at Honolulu early last week, 68...

  • See the whole of Iceland on a shoestring budget

    See the whole of Iceland on a shoestring budget

    Dramatic scenery, plentiful wildlife and quirky activities means there is plenty to entertain travellers. Here, Helen Raine explains how to explore it on the cheap If you’re a diehard, €20-a-day backpacker, you might want to stop reading right now...

  • Grab chance to chill out in these cool destinations

    Grab chance to chill out in these cool destinations

    Another year, another hot, sweltering Maltese summer. Year on year, it’s always the same as we resign ourselves to the hot season with no respite from the heat – not on this island, in any case. But, wait! We’re not limited to our little rock, no...

  • Counting cost of peace

    Counting cost of peace

    Mrs Nakata gave me a peace sign and handed me one of her 100-yen (73 cents) ice creams in a cone. With her friend, Mrs Fujitani, she runs the only ice cream stall in the Atomic Peace Park in Nagasaki. The ice cream ladies sell out every day. Peace...

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