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  • Istanbul in a hurry

    Istanbul in a hurry

    Istanbul has been on Maltese travellers’ radar for some time now, and not without reason. No other destination, perhaps, offers to take you so far from home so close to home, to draw you in with its familiarity and excite you with its...

  • Affordable Dubai

    Affordable Dubai

    While I’ve never had any reservations about visiting Dubai, it’s never really been high on my list. Surprisingly, the forward-looking city built on sand won me over in less than 48 hours. Here’s why. A trip to Dubai starts with an Emirates flight...

  • Fly to discover Turkey

    Fly to discover Turkey

    If you are ready to meet with a rich culture accompanied by enchanting sceneries, one can fly with Turkish Airlines from Malta to Istanbul between January 7 and March 31, 2019 by purchasing tickets until December 7, 2018, with prices starting from...

  • Baubles, baubles… and more baubles

    Baubles, baubles… and more   baubles

    Basel, which has suburbs in France and Germany but is mostly in northwest Switzerland, has far more than a munster (cathedral), a rathaus (town hall), a river (the Rhine), a medieval town centre, fortified walls and the country’s largest...

  • Laughing and learning

    Laughing and learning

    Next year marks the 130th anniversary of Charlie Chaplin’s birth. Chaplin – who believed that a day without laughter was a day wasted, is still providing pleasure through his museum in his old home in Corsier-sur-Vevey overlooking Lake Geneva.

  • Air Malta aims for winter passenger record

    Air Malta aims for winter passenger record

    Air Malta is setting its sights on extending its record passenger growth numbers into the winter season with the start of its winter flight schedule. On the back of unprecedented passenger traffic during the summer months, the airline’s strategy...

  • My brilliant Naples

    My brilliant Naples

    I’m seated in the foyer of the Grand Hotel Vesuvio, located bang in the middle of Via Partenope, overlooking Castel dell’Ovo, with the Vesuvio itself (no spoiler alerts there, given the hotel name) as stunning backdrop. There’s an air of quiet,...

  • Jersey: the big apple Tennerfest

    Jersey, the nine-by-five-mile island a hundred miles off the southern coast of England and 15 from the coast of northwest France, is well known as a tax haven. The UK crown dependency boasts nearly 3,000 millionaires out of a population of...

  • Dracula’s Romania

    Dracula’s Romania

    Our coffin was booked for one but we were late, having been caught in a bottleneck of bullock-drawn hay-carts in the Carpathian mountains. We took a right towards ‘The lands of the forest’ and, having driven on the edge of ‘many deep precipices’...

  • ‘Fly better’ with Emirates

    ‘Fly better’ with Emirates

    Emirates, one of the world’s most awarded airlines for its industry-leading services, invites global travellers to ‘Fly Better’ with the launch of its bold new brand promise. “On this day in 1985, Emirates flew its first customers from Dubai to...

  • Escargots. My way!

    Escargots. My way!

    September 20: This afternoon’s two-hour drive north on the A6 Autoroute du Soleil from Lyon airport was quite unremarkable – corn and wheat fields everywhere – until we passed Chalon-sur-Saône. However, as soon as we entered the so-called Côte...

  • Air Malta carries 35 per cent more passengers in August

    Air Malta carries 35 per cent more passengers in August

    Air Malta registered a 35 per cent increase in passengers on its Malta-based routes during August, its busiest month of the year, compared to last year. It carried a total of 244,799 passengers to and from Malta. Air Malta was one of the main...

  • Majestic Princess lands on world’s first floating runway in Sydney Harbour

    Majestic Princess lands on world’s first floating runway in Sydney Harbour

    Majestic Princess sailed into Sydney on the world’s first floating runway. The spectacular celebration was held to mark the maiden arrival of the ship, the largest Princess Cruises vessel ever to visit Australia. The 3,560-guest Majestic Princess...

  • Thumbs up for down under!

    Thumbs up for down under!

    One of my recent contacts with the vast continent that is Australia was via the television series Outback Truckers, customarily screened here in Malta on Discovery Channel. The series basically looks at the Australian outback road-transport...

  • Taking the biscuit

    Taking the biscuit

    A small village, once called Skirdustan and still called “Obar Lobhair” in Gaelic, and named after a noisy burn flowing into the river Spey, is the unsung centre of traditional Scottish cuisine. Moray is one of the most more-ish places on...

  • One of the great train journeys of the world

    One of the great train journeys of the world

    The Reunification Express links north Vietnam to the south. After spending 19 hours on it just to get half way to Danang, sometimes you’re glad to get off just to be reunited with various items of your personal anatomy. Your luggage is of...

  • Kentucky – the cradle of fast food

    Kentucky – the cradle of fast food

    There were no members of the Buckethead Army changing the guard.  I was the only tourist in the queue and the only one not wearing a tool belt, drill holster or nail and hammer pouch. Or hard hat. We stared up at the menu. As up at a...

  • IBB Hotel Ingelheim clinches Best of Wine Tourism Award

    IBB Hotel Ingelheim clinches Best of Wine Tourism Award

    The IBB Hotel Ingelheim is the winner of the Best of Wine Tourism Award. The coveted prize was awarded by international network Great Wine Capitals. IBB Hotel Ingelheim forms part of the IBB Hotel Collection, a company of the Von der Heyden Group,...

  • Golf safari is a great way to see India

    Golf safari is a great way to see India

    A golf safari is a great way to see India, meet its people and understand its history. There are now over 250 golf courses. Bombay (Mumbai) Presidency has a bunker which is an ex-elephant trapping pit. The club’s President’s Putter was first...

  • Air Malta carried 230,000 passengers on Malta routes in July

    Air Malta carried 230,000 passengers on Malta routes in July

    Air Malta was last month one of the main contributors to the growth registered by Malta International Airport. During July the Maltese airline carried over 8,000 passengers on its Catania-Vienna, Catania-London Southend and Cagliari-London...