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  • City trades on past culture to delight modern-day visitors

    City trades on past culture to delight modern-day visitors

    When we travel to places that are radically different to Malta, both visually and culturally, we gasp in delight at our new surroundings, feeling like we’ve landed someplace special and almost mysterious. In recent years the beautiful Czech...

  • Looking fabulous in Paris

    Looking fabulous in Paris

    Never mind the Big Four. Any fashionista worth her Céline Trapeze will tell you that for timeless elegance and faultless craftsmanship there’s only one true fashion capital: the original, the fabulous, the motherlode of mode, Paris. And there’s no...

  • Facing the festival frenzy

    Facing the festival frenzy

    Tackling the tent issue Going to festivals is great fun, until you find yourself on day three, completely lacking in sleep because of overzealous festival-goers who stay up all night to party, only to return at six in the morning, drunk with a bit...

  • Forth Bridge becomes heritage site

    Forth Bridge becomes heritage site

    The Forth Bridge has been awarded Unesco World Heritage status. The 125-year-old construction spanning the Firth of Forth is Scotland’s sixth World Heritage Site. It joins Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, New Lanark,...

  • Build up your inner child at Legoland

    Build up your inner child at Legoland

    At Easter, I ventured to Denmark with my husband for a five-day break, travelling from Malta to Aarhus via Luton. Although I had previously visited Aarhus, Denmark’s second-largest city, in winter, Legoland was closed as it is only open from April...

  • Munich satellite terminal open date

    Munich satellite terminal open date

    Three years and two months after breaking ground for the satellite terminal, Munich Airport has announced the time frame for its opening. The official opening date will be April 2016, with the exact day to be announced at the start of next...

  • White House lifts its 40-year camera ban

    White House lifts its 40-year camera ban

    The White House has lifted a 40-year-old ban on taking photos during public tours of the executive mansion, delighting tourists who immediately began posting pictures on social media. First Lady Michelle Obama announced the change in a video on...

  • Emirates wins 11th award for inflight system

    Emirates wins 11th award for inflight system

    Emirates’s ice entertainment system has been awarded the World’s Best Airline In-flight Entertainment at the 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards for the 11th consecutive year. The awards polled more than 18 million business and leisure air...

  • Heathrow closes T1

    Heathrow closes T1

    Britain’s Heathrow Terminal 1, opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1969, has said goodbye to its final passengers. One by one, airlines have stopped flying from T1 and transferred to other terminals. Recently it has played host to just a handful of...

  • Muslim-friendly app for Thailand

    Muslim-friendly app for Thailand

    Thailand has launched a smartphone app to attract Muslim visitors, something which could help further boost an industry that has been steadily recovering since a 2014 coup. Thailand is predominantly Buddhist but parts of the south are majority...

  • ‘Iconic’ G8 and Ryder Cup hotel Gleneagles sold

    ‘Iconic’ G8 and Ryder Cup hotel Gleneagles sold

    An “iconic” Scottish hotel that hosted the G8 summit and the Ryder Cup has been sold by the drinks giant that owned it for more than 30 years. Diageo announced it has sold Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, and its associated facilities to a private...

  • ‘If tourists do not come back to Tunisia, it’s over’

    ‘If tourists do not come back to Tunisia, it’s over’

    Tunisian shopkeeper Aghmi Bubaker does not need to be told that he is experiencing the worst threat yet to his 40-year career in tourism – the bullet hole in his battered green Mercedes Benz is a daily reminder. On the day a gunman attacked the...

  • Heading down south for this summer’s ski season

    Heading down south for this summer’s ski season

    The Chilean and Argentine Andes are a long way to go for a ski holiday, but for those desperate to hit the slopes, they offer a summer hit before the European slopes reopen for the winter. Although not on the scale of the Alps or Rockies, an...

  • Top tips to beat the heat

    Top tips to beat the heat

    Malta’s sweltering summers mean many of us have favourite tricks for trying to keep cool, but travelling abroad can bring changes in heat and humidity that can leave tourists desperate for some respite. Yet health experts have warned that many...

  • A world tour of the best Michelin stars can offer

    A world tour of the best Michelin stars can offer

    The woman at the next table shot me a sneer of withering contempt, as if she suspected that the Vaucluse asparagus and crushed black truffles would be wasted on me and the turbot and caramelised endives would go over my head. Haughty courtesans...

  • Getting a premium in economy

    Getting a premium in economy

    Travel agents had the opportunity to view a newly refitted Airbus A340-600 aircraft at Lufthansa Technik facility in Ħal Farruġ. The wide-body airliner was about to leave Malta for Munich and the agents inspected Lufthansa’s first, business,...

  • A tale of two cities

    A tale of two cities

    Like a twisting kaleidoscope, Budapest dazzled me with its colours and attractions. Upon my arrival I was keen to dump my bags in my friend’s living room and head straight out, following the flowing Danube to take in the city’s charm, and Budapest...

  • Diverting plane over ‘nuts’ man may cost €490k

    Diverting plane over ‘nuts’ man may cost €490k

    The cost of diverting a transatlantic flight due to the alleged threatening behaviour of a passenger who repeatedly demanded nuts could be €490,000, a court has heard. The United Airlines plane was en route from Rome to Chicago when the captain...

  • Keep fully charged on the go with Emirates

    Keep fully charged on the go with Emirates

    Emirates customers can now stay fully charged with the launch of 30 wireless charging trays for most smartphones in its first class and business class lounges in Concourse A, B and C in Dubai. The airline already offers free Wi-Fi in all its...

  • Video aims to warn of ‘passport hustles’

    Video aims to warn of ‘passport hustles’

    A set of videos have been released to help holidaymakers stop pickpockets pilfering their passports. More than 20,000 British passports were reported lost or stolen last year, according to the Foreign Office who has launched the Know Before You Go...

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