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  • 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...

  • 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...