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  • Emirates celebrates Australia Day in Malta

    Emirates Airlines celebrated Australia Day in Malta with local journalists at Chukkas restaurant. Right from the start in 1998, Australia was and still is an important and strategic destination for Emirates Airlines. Over the past years, the...

  • The Beatles reborn

    The Beatles reborn

    What do Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, have in common with Nicole Kidman, Kate Winslet, Oprah Winfrey and Bill Gates? They have all been to Rishikesh and probably Liverpool too. Fifty years ago, The Beatles went to India to...

  • Alleviating the suffering of hundreds of lepers

    Alleviating the suffering of hundreds of lepers

    Leprosy is often considered a disease of the past. Most probably, this notion stems from the fact that many of us heard about leprosy for the first time through readings from the Bible, in which it is mentioned more than 40 times. Leprosy, in...

  • The new soap opera

    The new soap opera

    Teacher was very strict. “Listen carefully to what I have to say, please. No open-toed shoes! No pets allowed in class. And long sleeves at all times.” She distributed the school uniform. Safety goggles, heavy-duty rubber gloves and anti-toxic...

  • Best New Uniform award for Turkish Airlines

    Best New Uniform award for Turkish Airlines

    The “Best New Uniform 2018” award has gone to Turkish Airlines’ new cabin uniforms. In the new era starting with Istanbul Airport, the cabin uniforms have brought both style and elegance of the cabin crews to a new level. Chosen as the “Best New...

  • Scenic, beautiful Lampedusa

    Scenic, beautiful Lampedusa

    Lampedusa, the largest of the three Pelagian Islands, offers crystal clear waters and lovely sandy beaches, hospitable people, attractive accommodation for visitors and a bustling town centre offering excellent gastronomy. Bernard Vassallo talks...

  • Somerset: where time loses all meaning

    Somerset: where time loses all    meaning

    The old market town of Bruton in Somerset, like the nearby town of Frome, is self-consciously cool. The epitome of the Baking Age and craze. Its sourdough baking heritage is a little too self-promoting, a little hard to swallow. Maybe, it’s not...

  • Niagara ice wine crawl

    Niagara ice wine crawl

    Every January, over three weekends, Niagara-on-the Lake, an hour from Toronto and 400 miles from New York, holds its Ice Wine Festival. Kevin Pilley reports. “You look like a cold-hearted megalomaniac to me. Bold. Audacious. Original. Maybe a...

  • Krakow’s pinball and bagel museums

    Krakow’s pinball and bagel museums

    Given a choice between Auchwitz and pinball, Kevin Pilley chooses the latter, getting the chance to relive his youth and the magical feeling of the silver ball of the game. ‘Venom!’ ‘Battle the Green Goblin!’ ‘Charge the Knight on the Hill!’ ‘Beat...

  • Have yourself a Daffy Christmas

    Have yourself a Daffy Christmas

    The UK’s small batch, artisanal gin boom has now been commemorated by the UK’s first limited edition, letter-box friendly gin. Daffy’s Gin, based at the Strathmashie Distillery in Perthshire, has just launched its unique Christmas greetings cards...

  • ’Tis the season for Emirates festive offerings

    ’Tis the season for Emirates festive offerings

    Emirates is bringing Christmas joy to the skies this December with a festive menu on select flights and nostalgic films on board. Customers travelling for the holidays in December will enjoy several specials across all cabin classes on board and...

  • 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’...