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  • Varanasi – the oldest living city in the world

    Varanasi – the oldest living city in the world

    Naked but for his Country Cotton Y-fronts, an old man bends down at the river’s edge, murmurs his prayers and then takes out his dentures and proceeds to rinse them thoroughly in the holy waters of the Ganges. Beside him, their sarees glued to...

  • Discover the colours of Barcelona

    Discover the colours of Barcelona

    Home to sprawling beaches, unique architectural masterpieces, and a lively party scene, Barcelona bursts with life, colour and fiesta all year round. With the red hot summer temperatures gradually melting into pleasantly warm ones, the city...

  • Emirates to offer first A380 Christchurch services

    Emirates to offer first A380 Christchurch services

    Emirates A380s will fly between Dubai and New Zealand five times daily from October 30 with the introduction of the airline’s double-decker flagship aircraft on Christchurch services. Emirates will be the first airline to offer regular scheduled...

  • Seva cafe

    Seva cafe

    Above the door are the words in Urdu Let’s play together, eat together, let’s do good work together. On the kitchen wall are the words Blessed Are Those Who Wash Up. Among and above all the signs around the chaos of Ahmedabad in the west Indian...

  • Reaching out to the heavens

    Reaching out to the heavens

    Beautiful sunny Greece is mostly known for its picturesque islands and classical Hellene ruins. However, there is at least one other wonder which no traveller should miss - a group of six monasteries known as Meteora, says Melisande Aquilina.

  • Polish explorer discovers 'deepest underwater cave'

    Polish explorer discovers 'deepest underwater cave'

    A team of explorers say they have discovered the world's deepest underwater cave, at least 1,325ft down, near the eastern Czech town of Hranice. Polish adventurer Krzysztof Starnawski said he felt like a "Columbus of the 21st century" after...

  • China's Dead Sea' turns red

    China's Dead Sea' turns red

    A salt lake in northern China's Shanxi province has become a new tourist attraction after a portion of it recently turned red, state media reported. Aerial footage of the lake released by China's state television CCTV showed red water on one side...

  • An island of beauty and contrasts

    An island of beauty and contrasts

    After returning from a four-day tour of Cyprus, I must admit that, possibly, not even a week is enough to visit the most important places. In Cyprus, a charming small island, one can also enjoy a genuine welcome from the local people and, with its...

  • Luxury on the high seas

    Luxury on the high seas

    First time I heard about the Harmony of The Seas, dubbed a floating city, was from a friend of mine who showed me a YouTube clip of this new, outrageously luxurious cruise liner. The liner was launched earlier this year by the US-based Royal...

  • 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...

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