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  • 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...

  • Flughafen Wien Group handles 2.7 million passengers

    Flughafen Wien Group handles 2.7 million passengers

    Flughafen Wien AG, including its strategic foreign investments in Malta Airport and Kosice Airport, reports a stable passenger development in June, showing a slight rise of 0.1 per cent from the comparable level in June 2015 to 2.7 million...

  • Stepping into a fairytale

    Stepping into a fairytale

    Handsome knights braving a moat-bridge on clip-clopping horses. Peasants selling their wares loudly at market, while the smell of incense and the echoes of Gregorian chants waft over from the Gothic Cathedral. All this and more is what goes...

  • A Ghana diary

    A Ghana diary

    During the past months, a team from HSBC Malta visited the Northern Region of Ghana to see WaterAid’s projects first-hand. Astrid Micallef Saliba shares the team’s diary for readers. Day 1 Kawula (Hello) We started the journey this morning at...

  • A vibrant hub

    A vibrant hub

    I recently visited Marina di Ragusa in Sicily. At about 15 minutes’ drive from Pozzallo harbour, this beautiful seaside resort in the province of Ragusa, is a vibrant hub. It has about 2,500 inhabitants, its own marina, and numerous accommodation...

  • Minted Morocco

    Minted Morocco

    Why is Moroccan tea so shudderingly sweet? To take the edge off the gunpowder? To bring out the flavour? According to a lady from Bridlingto, yes. But there is much more to a glass of north African tea than that. In Morocco, the tea drinking...

  • From crinoline to corsets

    From crinoline to corsets

    From Vivienne Westwood to Jean Paul Gaultier creations, Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear, covers everything there is to know about the most intimate of clothing. The exhibition is currently running at the Victoria & Albert in London, the...

  • Just for the laughs

    Just for the laughs

    Uncontrollable, convulsive laughter came out of the confessional box. “What do you want?” asked the barman. “What do you recommend?” “Something to make you funnier.” Crypts aren’t usually very amusing places. You don’t normally hear much laughter...

  • Events that shaped the world

    Events that shaped the world

    A new exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970, explores the era-defining significance and impact of the late 1960s upon life today. From global civil rights, multiculturalism,...

  • Secluded Albanian bay steeped in legend, full of promise

    Secluded Albanian bay steeped in legend, full of promise

    Benet Koleka In 1984, when Albania was an isolated communist state in the same mould as today’s North Korea, a Mercedes in a convoy carrying a visiting German official overheated on Mt Llogara, overlooking a bay on Albania‘s rugged Ionian...

  • Visiting the home of Wedgwood

    Visiting the home of Wedgwood

    Clay is in Dave Barker’s blood. So is infinite patience. And tact. He became quickly obsessed with my bottom. He was afraid I was losing it. “Watch your bottom now! Apply constant pressure to your bottom! Your bottom is far too big! Compress your...

  • The wonder of Europe

    The wonder of Europe

    ‘Europe. Wonder is all Around’ is the title of the new tourism communication campaign recently launched by the European Commission. It aims to entice European citizens to discover the hidden wonders of Europe and to motivate them to travel to the...

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