The narrow streets of the Collachio – the ancient part of the city – in Vittoriosa, which is full of charming houses and auberges, framed in colourful bougainvillea, oleander and jacaranda. Photograph: Getty Images
Finding a different Malta
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  • September 16, 2017, 06:00

I fell in love with Maltese stone on my first visit in 2012. The buttery tones of Valletta’s sculptural edifices warmed my heart; I had never realised(...)

Furuzamani Beach, Zamami Island, Kerama Islands, Okinawa, Japan
52 Places to Go in 2017
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  • January 11, 2017, 12:30

1. Canada: A world to explore. Canada has cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. Canada is huge — the s(...)

Spain’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas, like many modern airports, is impressive to look at but neglects the comfort of travellers.
Airports in terminal decline
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  • April 16, 2016, 03:13

One morning in 1977 Brian Eno, electronica pioneer and former synthesiser player for Roxy Music, was sitting in an airport in Cologne, in what was th(...)

In the low late January sunshine, uniform rows of bare vines roll out towards the distant Luberon mountains. By summer this landscape will be ablaze (...)

An artistic retreat from ‘Cabins’ by Taschen

The early weeks of January are special. Whether you’re a resolution-maker or not, the new year hasn’t yet had a chance to disappoint you, or you to d(...)

 Irish architects Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey, at home in Rathmines, Dublin. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey are having a moment: they have just been awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal – one of world architecture’s top prizes, (...)

Planet Business

Image of the week: The ‘anti-selfie’ This is Tani Currin, marketing events manager for computer security software and hardware developer Sophos(...)

The Centre Pompidou, in Paris, which Peter Rice helped to design. Photograph:  Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images

In January 1977, a few days after the Pompidou Centre, in Paris, opened to the public, Peter Rice, an Irish engineer working on the construction, noti(...)

Silvio Berlusconi after delivering a speech to his supporters outside Palazzo Grazioli, his private residence, in Rome yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Guido Montani

Is this the end, or it is just another beginning-of-the-end moment? That is the question after yet another dramatic day in the Italian parliament yest(...)

Video: Peter Rice, the man and his legacy

Peter Rice, a structural engineer from Dundalk, Co Louth, is responsible for helping to construct some of the world’s most famous buildings, including(...)