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  • An English corner in Rome

    An English corner in   Rome

    Before Babington’s Tea Rooms opened in 1893 in the Eternal City, the only place where you could get tea in Italy was from a chemist. Kevin Pilley reports. When in Rome you must do what more Romans are doing. And have some ‘White Passion’, a very...

  • Sicilia Outlet Village – gorgeous oasis of shopping nirvana

    Sicilia Outlet Village – gorgeous     oasis of shopping nirvana

    There are few places in the world more unreservedly beautiful than Sicily. Blessed with sun, sea, glorious food and the tang of lemon-scented air, it’s little wonder that its people are so proud of their beautiful land. For many Maltese, Sicily...

  • Portrait of Syracuse

    Portrait of Syracuse

    Piazza Duomo is the place to dunk. Surrounded by baroque showpiece masterpieces, Tina showed me how to dip my brioche in my granita. Tina Santacroce studied ‘Behavioural Sciences’ at Melbourne’s Lafogue University before emigrating with her...

  • Pulsating with energy

    Pulsating with energy

    Thinking ahead to your next family holiday? Planning an escape from the bleak European winter? Wondering if it is really possible to travel long haul with small kids? Thailand can tick all these boxes, says Alannah Eames Thailand is always great...

  • 12th Kilimanjaro Challenge launched

    12th Kilimanjaro Challenge launched

    The 12th Kilimanjaro Challenge, which will see 17 people climbing the highest, free-standing mountain in the world at the end of this year in a bid to raise money to help an Ethiopian community, was launched recently. Over the past 11 years, more...

  • Birthplace of afternoon tea

    Birthplace of afternoon tea

    Butterflies melt in the mouth. They flutter on the tongue and glide down the throat. The ones that perch on perfect butter shortbread do anyway. London’s 1865 Langham Hotel at the end of Regent Street and opposite BBC Broadcasting House at...

  • Cannoli, crema e caffè

    Cannoli, crema e caffè

    Sicily is the go-to destination for most of us when in need of a quick break. Yet, somehow, few of us manage to go beyond the obvious sightseeing and shopping points to discover the more hidden attributes. Think tranquil resorts, a wealth of...

  • Down the culinary trail

    Down the culinary trail

    Just like a woman can make a man fall in love with her by cooking him good meals, Germany is putting all its exquisite traditional and regional food and drink on the table to lure visitors. Ray Bugeja had a good taste of it. The baroque church of...

  • Exploring Paris in four days

    Exploring Paris in four days

    When you’ve been hearing praises and stories about somewhere your whole life, actually visiting that said spot seems not only unreal, but also undoable. The pervasive feeling that there is so much to see, do and experience takes over your entire...

  • A sinful obsession

    A sinful obsession

    The late J. S. Wilkin was fascinated by preservation. For some, his was a sinful and unhealthy obsession. For others, it was an important historical mission. And all in the cause of conservation. ‘Big John’ began hoarding jam and everything to do...

  • ‘The most scenic short drive in the US’

    ‘The most scenic short drive in the US’

    It’s easy to get lost on Lookout Mountain, so you have to constantly be on the lookout for a bandy-legged man to ask the way. You can always trust a bandy man down south; he’s usually a local and knows where places are or, at least, once were. We...

  • Exploring England’s fatal foliage

    Exploring England’s fatal foliage

    Have you ever fantasised about poisoning someone? Be honest. Well, if you have, you will, perhaps, feel a little less ashamed in knowing that you are not the only one. Testament to this is the notorious ‘Poison Garden’ sprawling, beautiful and...

  • Stargazer

    Stargazer

    The Ministry of Transport made history in South Africa in 2017 when one of its employees Rowan Joachim became the first firewoman at The Stars of Sandstone heavy metal festival. “My friends at the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway suggested I...

  • Sicily – love and The Godfather

    Sicily – love and The Godfather

    In 1972, the first instalment of The Godfather trilogy, starring Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, blazed on screens across the world. Those who have watched it know that it is not just a mob-movie, and it is not only just another epic about a...

  • Capital of 'kul'

    Capital of 'kul'

    There was a far-off time when I firmly believed that London nosh equalled fish and chips, takeout Chinese from Camden and waffles from the stands in Oxford Street. Which was pretty much all I could afford. This was a point of view shared by many...

  • May Day!

    May Day!

    Firetrucks and firemen, tracht and dirndl, beers and pretzels, and a few thieves, Veronica Stivala was a witness to the eventful raising of the 35-metre-high Maypole in the centre of Munich. The ominous grey clouds and nippy weather did nothing to...

  • Air Malta grows while passengers save

    This year Air Malta has successfully increased its sales by 30 per cent and to celebrate this milestone the Maltese airline launched a discount of up to 30 per cent on fares for its Go Smart product. The offer is open on 23 routes for a week until...

  • Emirates marks 20 years of operations in Malta

    Emirates marks 20 years of operations in Malta

    Since its first flight to Malta from Dubai in 1998, Emirates has carried nearly 900,000 passengers between Dubai and Malta. Paul Fleri Soler, Emirates Country Manager in Malta, talks about the airline’s 20-year presence on the island. Malta was...

  • All-inclusive concept for a plain-sailing cruise

    All-inclusive concept for a plain-sailing cruise

    Orange Travel Group has launched special pre-sale prices which include the ultra all-inclusive concept that covers just about everything – all meals, drinks, tipping, five excursions, spa and onboard entertainment on TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff fleet...

  • Hidden gems of Sicily: Scicli

    Hidden gems of Sicily: Scicli

    This year I was asked to preside over the jury to choose the most beautifully flower-covered horse in the Cavalcata di San Giuseppe in Scicli, a town which got its World Heritage status in 2002, a process I was pleased to be involved in. I was...