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  • Welcome to the treasure dome

    Welcome to the treasure dome

    When travelling, I only pack the when and the where. My travelling companion – the who – then completes the itinerary with the what and the why. Sometimes she forgets. Which explains why at the end of some five-hour flight, I sometimes turn to her...

  • No bridge too far

    No bridge too far

    It always happens without fail: mention Amsterdam and someone will stifle a snigger, courtesy of a mind wandering to images of women in windows showing their wares and coffee shops where the smell isn’t only that of freshly brewed coffee. Even...

  • Singing in the rail

    Singing in the rail

    There’s something undeniably romantic about rail travel: strangers dunking their minds in thoughts, the muffled rush of air through a tunnel, and the dark train stations at night, as lonely as an Edward Hopper painting. And all the while, the...

  • The famous five

    The famous five

    It’s only been a few months since I returned from the heart of renaissance and medieval art, great food and the finest wines, gorgeous architecture and stunning landscapes dotted with cypress trees and vineyards. You probably know what I’m talking...

  • New and unique experiences

    New and unique experiences

    Currently under construction at Fincantieri’s Marghera shipyard in Italy, the MS Koningsdam represents a new pinnacle class of ship for Holland America Line. When it sets sail on its premier voyage on April 8, 2016, the vessel will debut several...

  • To beer or not to beer

    To beer or not to beer

    Think about Oktoberfest in the German city of Munich and the mental images that start queuing up are of a huge gathering of people, often dressed in traditional Bavarian attire, consuming lots of beer, eating pretzels and singing, though not...

  • An excellent winter holiday destination

    An excellent winter holiday destination

    Livigno, a charming small Alpine village situated at a high altitude of 1,816m, is renowned as a top skiing resort. The mountains in this magnificent village tower on either side of the valley, reaching 3,000m. Snow is guaranteed throughout the...

  • The authentic charms of Sicily

    The authentic charms of Sicily

    Enjoy a short stay in nearby Sicily with Touring Mediterraneo, which has planned a really nice vacation for those travelling by car and have arranged a very special price too. A short four-day, three-night breakaway vacation is probably what you...

  • The distance less travelled

    The distance less travelled

    There are two sides of the same coin. Except for the actual coin, especially when it comes in the form of expenses. So there you were, busy saving away for your September weekend break when there’s a knock on the proverbial door. You weren’t...

  • A deserved break

    A deserved break

    Break free from all routines and daily stress and enjoy a short break at the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel. Surrounded by breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, the Paradise Bay Resort Hotel promises you a relaxing short break, whether with family...

  • A pilgrimage to the heart of St Pio of Pietrelcina

    A pilgrimage to the heart of St Pio of Pietrelcina

    Going to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy is like going to the heart of St Padre Pio. Born on May 25, 1887, Francesco Forgione lived in Pietrelcina till he was 15 years old. In his own words, “It all happened here”. When he was five...

  • ‘Travel keeps me sane’

    ‘Travel keeps me sane’

    Actress Elektra Anastasi loves nothing better than a Roman holiday, although she also enjoys going further afield. Here, she shares parts of her travel journal. Tell us something about yourself. I am an actress who works in theatre and foreign...

  • Dead souls

    Dead souls

    Not all travel has to be about the good times. Steve Bonello finds a lot to attract him at Staglieno, Genoa’s cemetery made famous by UK postpunk band Joy Division. La Superba – the proud one as Genoa was once called – is not among Italy’s most...

  • Exploring the Kenyan coast

    Exploring the Kenyan coast

    Elderly sex tourists ply the beach by night, even as an ancient Swahili community indulges in archaic traditions; impoverished townships fight for daily survival, even as luxury resorts thrive. Kenya has it all, as Stephen Bailey...

  • Readers’ Reviews

    Readers’ Reviews

    I have always known about the charms of Chatsworth House, as it is quite well known in England. However, I only recently realised how close it is to Manchester, while having a ‘tea discussion’ with my wonderful colleagues. I was soon to discover...

  • ‘Every country is a teacher’

    ‘Every country is a teacher’

    Pharmacist, voluntary worker in Ethiopia and – in a past life – clubbing promoter, Keith Marshall has experienced many of the colours of this world. He shares some of his wildest moment with us. Tell us something about yourself. I’m a pharmacist...

  • A city for the non-city person

    A city for the non-city person

    While Veronica Stivala is not a city person, she found herself lured into the wonderful city that is New York. She shares a few of the highlights of her itinerary. I am not a city person. But I love cities. By this I mean I prefer living away from...

  • Visiting the roof of the world

    Visiting the roof of the world

    Val d’Aosta’s Courmayeur not only offers a break from the summer heat, but also the opportunity for a wide range of outdoor activities. Habitual visitor Albert Pace gives us the lowdown. ­­­An alpine resort boasting centuries of history and world...

  • Readers’ Reviews

    Readers’ Reviews

    Having been a Queen fan forever, I had read about this little bar in Ealing, the UK, which Freddie Mercury (still know as Farrokh Bulsara there) used to frequent regularly with musician Tim Staffell while studying at Ealing College. Tim was the...

  • Meet the festival freaks

    Meet the festival freaks

    Do you attend festivals regularly? Yes, for the past four years. Which festival did you attend this year? Primavera Sound Festival at the Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain. Why did you choose this particular one and was it your first time? My...

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