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  • Floating on the abyss

    Floating on the abyss

    The subterranean Punkva River, being almost 30 kilometres in length, is the longest underground river in the Czech Republic. It is thanks to the erosion, fluctuation and twisting flows of its many tributaries that an extensive system of...

  • My hunt for Rome’s forgotten jewels

    My hunt for Rome’s forgotten jewels

    December 23, 2018: Our late afternoon taxi ride from Ciampino Airport has not left us much time to invent anything special for this evening except to head for a good dinner. Now, as every buongustaio knows, when in Rome, the place to go for a...

  • Raising a toast

    Raising a toast

    Richard Dodderidge Blackmore’s classic romance Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor is celebrating its 150th anniversary. What better way to find out more about the author and his romantic world than by visiting the famous literary north...

  • Roman holiday

    Roman holiday

    The wonders of Rome are legendary. I have yet to meet someone who has never heard about the majestic Coliseum, the Roman Pantheon or the Catholic bastion that is the Vatican City. Perhaps it is this notoriety which tends to generate a sense of...

  • Lavish South Africa

    Lavish  South Africa

    Re-purposing is on-trend. China’s Alila Yangshuo Hotel was a sugar mill. Amsterdam’s Conservatorium was a bank. The Inn at Cuckolds, in Maine, US, used to be a fog signal station and lighthouse keeper’s home. Stockholm’s bijou Art Nouveau Miss...

  • Solarino – Sicilian city linked to St Paul

    Solarino – Sicilian city linked to St Paul

    A number of Sicilian towns have claimed that they were paid a visit by St Paul after he left Malta but it is difficult to verify this. Our only written source is the Bible, which says that after Malta St Paul and St Luke landed in Sicily and...

  • Oh my Prague!

    Oh my Prague!

    Having heard for a long time that Prague is the most Gothic city in Europe, last year I finally decided to ignore the nagging feeling that I would be disappointed, and took the plunge. To give you an idea of the architectural richness of Prague,...

  • 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...