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  • Scarf caught in Tube train door

    Scarf caught in Tube train door

    A potentially fatal incident in which a woman passenger was dragged along an Underground platform after her scarf was caught in the doors of a departing train has been described in a rail accident report. The Tube train driver was unaware that the...

  • Valletta on top 10 city list

    Valletta on top 10 city list

    Valletta is one of the top 10 cities in the world to visit next year, according to a British travel guide. Lonely Planet announced its destinations of choice in its Best in Travel 2015 book published last week. Malta’s historic capital came fifth...

  • Cruise fair to plan summer holidays

    Cruise fair to plan summer holidays

    MSC Cruises specialist Hamilton Travel is holding a dedicated cruise fair in Floriana next month to help travellers plan their 2015 summer holiday. The event at the Grand Hotel Excelsior between November 14 and 16 will showcase cruises throughout...

  • Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Scribbling out of a suitcase

    Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of spending some time on the Maltese Islands, a place that most people have heard good things about but few have had the pleasure of visiting. I was based in Valletta but also had a chance to see Gozo, which...

  • Trekking disaster shakes faith in shoestring tourism

    Trekking disaster shakes faith in shoestring tourism

    German tourist Tobias Pantel is determined to leave soon on a five-day hike in the Annapurna region, the very place where dozens were killed by a freak blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s most deadly trekking disaster. As the search for dozens...

  • A world of fright nights

    A world of fright nights

    Halloween most likely began around 2,000 years ago as a pagan harvest festival until the Church ‘borrowed’ the Celtic idea to remember the early departed. Many countries have a similar event to remember their lost relatives. Helen Raine suggests...

  • Working up an appetite at the Great Bath Feast

    Working up an appetite at the Great Bath Feast

    In the Somerset city of Bath, British food writer Mary Berry is now nearly as famous as fellow author Jane Austen. They are the ancient Roman city’s favourite daughters and Berry has another claim: her father was once mayor. Although there are as...

  • London’s red sea

    London’s red sea

    Emerging from the exit of Tower Hill underground station takes you straight to one of the most famous sights in the capital of Britain – the Tower of London. Murderous and magnificent, horrendous and heroic, it is lit on a mild, dry, low-cast...

  • Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Swap chaos for serenity high on the temple tops

    Nepal is a country surrounded by China, India, Tibet and Bhutan. The picturesque Himalayas frame its pristine natural beauty of rivers, lakes and rolling hills that capture a nature lover’s wildest dreams, on a backpacker’s budget. As the pilot...

  • Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Ryanair tweets real-time flight details to users

    Budget airline Ryanair has launched a Twitter account to provide its customers with instant information about their flight. The account @RyanairFlights provides instant real time information for 1,600 daily services. Twitter users can send their...

  • Air Malta keeps Algiers service

    Air Malta keeps Algiers service

    The national airline will continue its early-morning, weekly Thursday service to Algiers this winter, even adding flights in busy periods. Between October 27 and November 17, and again from December 22 to 29, Air Malta will also fly to the...

  • Appy days with easyJet passport scan function

    EasyJet is the first European airline to launch a passport scanning function to its mobile app. The app, which has been downloaded over 10 million times, now enables customers using an iOS or Android device to scan passport details using its...

  • Welcome to ‘Birthday Girl’

    Welcome to ‘Birthday Girl’

    Europe’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft landed in the UK last week. Virgin Atlantic Airways is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787-9 and plans to launch the aeroplane on its London Heathrow to Boston route on October...

  • Luxury train departs Budapest for Tehran

    Luxury train departs Budapest for Tehran

    A luxury train connecting the capitals of Hungary and Iran left Budapest for the first time on Wednesday, with 70 passengers set to cross the Balkans, the Bosphorus and Kurdistan on the way to Persia aboard a set of deluxe railcars. The two-week...

  • Record view ‘At the Top’

    Dubai’s Burj Khalifa has bagged another Guinness World Record with its new tourist attraction: the world’s ‘highest observation deck’. Previously the Canton Tower in Guangzhou, China, held the record for its 488-metre-high deck. But At the Top,...

  • Halfpipe set for boarders

    Snowboarders can practise their freestyle moves in Switzerland this wintersports season with the opening of the largest permanently operated halfpipe in the world. Totalling 200 metres in length and 6.9 metres in height, Swiss freeski and ...

  • Fare choice for Ryanair

    On Thursday Ryanair announced its GDS partnership with Amadeus was live, giving all Amadeus-affiliated travel agents across Europe access to the budget airline’s route network and tickets. Before the partnership, customers could only book...

  • Deadly snowstorms claim trekkers’ lives

    Deadly snowstorms claim trekkers’ lives

    Mountain rescue teams in Nepal searched for scores of missing trekkers last week after unseasonal blizzards and avalanches killed at least 25 people along the high-altitude Annapurna mountain route popular with backpackers. Army and civilian...

  • Dance to the rhythm of Buenos Aires

    Dance to the rhythm of Buenos Aires

    After an 18-hour direct flight from Dubai, I finally landed in Buenos Aires, capital city of Argentina, the country of tango, wine, Eva Peron, Maradona and – more recently – Pope Francis. Extremely tired from the travel, as soon as I reclaimed my...

  • Wall of memories

    Wall of memories

    Art professor Sheryl Oring sits at a desk outside the Berlin Wall Memorial, clacking away at a typewriter like a secretary, with thick-rimmed glasses perched on the end of her nose. A man stands before her giving a testimony that will form part of...

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