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  • 5 reasons Istanbul rocks

    5 reasons Istanbul rocks

    From a political perspective, these are certainly not the happiest of times for the people of Turkey. Tourism has taken somewhat of a hit in the past months – rather unfairly, if truth be told, given that in these dark times trouble can hit...

  • Sir Elton John’s collection at the Tate Modern in London

    Sir Elton John’s collection at the Tate Modern in London

    Seminal figures like Man Ray, André Kertész, Berenice Abbot, Alexandr Rodchenko and Edward Steichen are being included in one of the world’s greatest private collection of modernist images. Tate Modern in London, the UK, will be opening a major...

  • Fly to Dubai from €499

    Emirates is offering three-night packages to Dubai starting from €499. The touring operating arm of Emirates is offering the sale on packages to Dubai, inclusive of passenger taxes. Travellers can choose from 3, 4, and 5-star luxury hotel packages...

  • Ice ice baby

    Ice ice baby

    The regulars at the IceHotel in Jukkasajarvi, 100 miles into Swedish Lapland and 150 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, tend to be spruce business types. Spruce trees are big business in northern Sweden and travel-ling spruce salesmen need somewhere...

  • A journey to discovery

    A journey to discovery

    Three months into our backpacking trip around South America and a depleting bank account, my travel buddy Jess and I decided to go our separate ways... her to do voluntary work in Peru and me to (more selfishly) tick the Galápagos Islands off my...

  • NCL back in Malta

    NCL back in Malta

    Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) will next year be deploying one of its vessels back in Malta following an absence of eight years. Cruises by the newly-refurbished Norwegian Spirit will start and end in Malta. The Norwegian Spirit offers four...

  • Myanmar – The Golden Land

    Myanmar – The Golden Land

    For a country that was practically closed to foreigners until as recently as five years ago, Myanmar has undergone considerable modernisation. This transformation is due solely to the stewardship of President Aung Sang Suu Kyi, whose fragile...

  • Oxford University – the real Hogwarts

    Oxford University – the real Hogwarts

    Have you ever found yourself in a particular place and suddenly felt completely at home? Melisande Aquilina couldn’t identify this pervading feeling at first, but when she visited the University of Oxford in Oxfordshire, England, a couple of years...

  • So much Barcelona, so little time

    So much Barcelona, so little time

    With a weekend to spare you can wander around Barcelona, see the best museums and monuments, snap a photo of the Sagrada Familia and even stroll along La Rambla to see how the city ticks. Simonne Pace says this itinerary demands a fast pace but...

  • The crypts and catacombs of underground Rome

    The crypts and  catacombs of underground Rome

    Not all the wonders of Rome are so apparent. Not all of its artistic and historical wealth resides in the open. Melisande Aquilina says that a visit to Rome would be incomplete without adventuring within its catacombs and crypts. Rome – a symbol...

  • Sicily, spoiling our tastebuds

    Sicily, spoiling our tastebuds

    Ramona Depares spends a Sicilian weekend with InCampagna Malta, discovering gorgeous organic produce at luxury boutique hotel Eremo della Giubiliana and experiencing the best dishes cooked up in the Ragusa region. It’s 10am, green fields surround...

  • 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...

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