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  • 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...

  • A city like no other in the world

    A city like no other in the world

    To commemorate Emirates Airline’s 20th anniversary of flying to Malta, Rachel Vella, Rocs Group director and recipient of Malta’s top entrepreneur award, travelled to Dubai with a seven-member crew of professionals to share first hand her...

  • MIA welcomes first direct flight from Nice

    MIA welcomes first direct flight from Nice

    Holidaymakers who have been eyeing the French Riviera for a summer getaway can now make it to France's Côte d'Azur in just two hours.  The first Volotea flight between Nice and Malta landed at Malta International Airport on Thursday, marking the...

  • An endless scrollof experiences

    An endless scrollof experiences

    From climbing the Great Wall of China, to marvelling at the Forbidden City and soaking in the Summer Palace’s serenity, Beijing left Veronica Stivala enthralled. China is like several countries rolled into one. Even though I was aware of this...

  • New livery for ships in Costa Cruises fleet

    New livery for ships in Costa Cruises fleet

    In its 70th anniversary year, ships in the Costa Cruises fleet will feature a new livery that pays tribute to Italy, the company’s homeland since its foundation. The Costa Mediterranea is the first ship to feature the new graphic design with the...

  • QE2 to open as hotel a decade after last cruise

    QE2 to open as hotel a decade after last cruise

    The famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai, nearly a decade after completing its last ocean voyage. It has been another long trip for the ship known as the QE2 to even open to the public,...

  • Tea with the Queen

    Tea with the Queen

    Well, not quite, as French decadence takes on London’s traditional tea ritual at the quirky Sketch. Ramona Depares steps into what looks like a Wes Anderson set to savour a decidedly unBritish experience. Nothing quite prepares you for the first...

  • Air Malta Celebrates TripAdvisor’s ranking with a 72 Hour sale

    Air Malta Celebrates TripAdvisor’s ranking with a 72 Hour sale

    Air Malta is celebrating TripAdvisor’s announcement with a 72-hour saleon 19 routes with Go-Light prices starting from just €28 one-way,including taxes and charges. Air Malta was yesterday recognised as a winner in the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’...

  • Murder on the Pride of Africa

    Murder on the Pride of Africa

    “The little grey cells they are hard at working amid le clackety-clack,” I reflect, tapping my right sideburn. Africa rumbles under us. Botswana rattles by. We are in Matabeleland-Bechuanaland. We have passed Bulawayo, the former kraal of the...

  • Air Malta to start services to Kiev

    Air Malta to start services to Kiev

    Air Malta will start operating a weekly (Tuesday) flight to Kiev, the cital city of Ukraine, from June 19. This new scheduled service, announced during a State visit to the Ukrainian capital by President Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca last October,...

  • Highly acclaimed singer, actress to christen Seabourn Ovation in Malta

    Highly acclaimed singer, actress to christen Seabourn Ovation in Malta

    One of the world’s best-loved actresses and singers, Elaine Paige, will serve as godmother to Seabourn’s new all-suite ship, the Seabourn Ovation. The naming ceremony will take place on May 11 at the Grand Harbour, Valletta, during a spectacular...

  • Philippines island closed for six months due to overcrowding

    Philippines island closed for six months due to overcrowding

    Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has approved the closure of the tourist destination of Boracay for up to six months, after saying the waters off its famed beaches had become a "cesspool" due to overcrowding. Mr Duterte approved the total...

  • Madrid, la hermosa

    Madrid, la hermosa

    Food, art, nature and a buzzing nightlife. Few cities have it all, but Madrid is one of them. Ramona Depares samples a bit of everything. I have always had a soft spot for Spanish cuisine, the Mediterranean touch making it so similar to ours and...