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  • Tea-sing the senses in the hills above Munnar

    Backpacker Mark Strijbosch bids farewell to India in the final account of his travels around the country, but danger lurks among the coffee and art... The next leg of my trip took me to the city of Kochi, the peaks of the Western Ghats and a walk...

  • Feed your festival frenzy

    With the bad weather soon properly behind us, this can only mean one thing: festival season is imminent. Be it a huge cheese, lingerie parties or a jazz train, Veronica Stivala chooses some of the best, original events across Europe this summer in...

  • Hotel with a grand story

    As Wes Anderson’s film The Grand Budapest Hotel hit cinema screens in Budapest, Corinthia’s grande dame hotel in the city basked in the publicity it earned through its similarity to the film’s setting. Victor Aquilina shares his sneak peak of the...

  • A double, double-decker delivery for luxury airline

    Who is the greater football legend – Pelé or Cristiano Ronaldo? The discussion, central to Emirates’s new publicity push, has two new onboard lounges to spill into after it received a double A380 delivery. The airline’s 46th and 47th A380 aircraft...

  • Enjoying Etna’s foothills

    At this time of year, the foothills of Mount Etna are just bursting with colour, the result of its fertile volcanic soil. Aim for the southern foothill towns of Zafferana Etnea and Nicolosi, which are under two hours’ drive along the new...

  • ROCS offers its best fares for Emirates destinations

    ROCS Travel is guaranteeing the best Emirates air fares in Malta for those who book their flights or holiday before April 14. Destinations include Larnaca, Cyprus, from €259, Dubai from €599, Bangkok from €729, Hong Kong from €879 and Melbourne...

  • Air Malta has tasty news for summer

    Malta’s national airline will start flying to the northern Italian city of Parma from June 2. Services will leave at 12.25pm on Mondays and 8.45am on Thursdays for Giuseppe Verdi Airport, one of the four Milan-area airports alongside Linate,...

  • Carrying on tourism in Crimea

    A few months ago, 2014 looked like it might shape up as a decent year for Crimean tour operator Gulzade Odamanova, who even had a few dozen overseas bookings on her calendar from Germans, Poles and the occasional Italian. But after the picturesque...

  • Battle for cultural heritage

    From the 16th century Tatar Khans’ palace in Bakhchisaray to the former tsarist residence that hosted the World War II Yalta conference, Crimea’s heritage sites have become a source of bitter contention since Russia seized the region from...

  • Penitents join pagans at Holy Week destinations

    Jerusalem Celebrating the greatest events of Catholic salvation history and of Jesus’s life at the very sites where they occurred is a moving and unforgettable experience for believers. During the end of Lent, Jerusalem fills with pilgrims from...

  • Raising a glass to a Highlands winery

    “If you suddenly start growing a thatch of thick hair, you know who to thank,” said Johnny, pouring me a glass of 2011 Moniack Castle medium-dry white silver birch wine. “It’s meant to be a cure for baldness. Although Prince Albert might...

  • Wish you were here

      We all know that packing is a bore. Even if we’re already in holiday mode, we find that making a list of what to pack and trying to fit it all in our luggage is just a waste of time. The dreaded hours of packing are also spiked with anxiety...

  • California for families that don’t ‘do Disney’

    The West Coast of the US does not have to mean Mickey Mouse ears and giant queues for monster rides; there are plenty of other fun activities for families to enjoy. It’s just a case of escaping the juggernaut cities and finding the secret spots.

  • Travel briefs

    Singapore’s Changi airport has topped a list of the world’s best compiled from views of nearly 13 million passengers. “With features like a swimming pool, jacuzzi and butterfly garden, it’s no wonder it came out on top,” said UK-based airline and...

  • Eating from the same plate

    Spread out across the table before me is an enviable feast in a display of colour any artist would be proud of. The aromas of freshly baked bread, heavily spiced couscous and a steaming hot tagine as its lid is taken off fight for my...

  • Europe from its most beautiful side

    Cruising on a river is certainly not the fastest mode of transportation. And the countless meanders of the Rhine, Danube and Rhone are not the fastest way to get from point A to B either. But that’s precisely what you need: a little time for you...

  • Do let the sun go down on me

    I was going through my holiday snaps today. More than two decades of here’s looking at me eat, drink and make merry with my savings. Walking down memory lane is a reminder that I have grown old. My skin is a little rougher around the edges, and...

  • A train in time

    The Eurostar high-speed train will take you from London to Paris in just two hours and 15 minutes and will travel at speeds of up to 300km/h. The Rovos Rails train from South Africa to Tanzania will take you an epic 14 days and the vintage train...

  • September 11 Memorial Museum to open soon

    The long-awaited 9/11 Memorial Museum dedicated to the victims of the New York terrorist attacks will open soon at the World Trade Centre site in New York. After delays caused by funding disputes, construction problems and damage caused by...

  • Adding value to currency exchange

    Outside the comfort of the eurozone are hundreds of currencies – how daunting can this be to travellers? In all there are 180 official currencies in use around the world. Many Maltese travellers, especially the older ones, might get confused when...

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