Postcards from Malta

Malta is ideally located just below the Italian island of Sicily, within close proximity to the north-east tip of Africa. The island has an abundance of World Heritage Sites, modest stilled beaches and a satisfying culture revolving around food. Some of our favourite times on the island included losing ourselves in timeworn backstreets in chronicled old cities and eating at some of the best restaurants the island has to offer. Through this experience, we mingled with the locals, tasted some goodies for ourselves and got a genuine feel for the island's lifestyle.

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MaltaJeremy J.
All Those Market - Christmas Edition

Nothing marks the arrival of Christmas more than a dreamy artisan market, with great food and top company. We are happy to share that  All Those market the culinary bonanza, returns on the 2nd and 3rd December in Barcelona. The local market continues to raise awareness for artisan brands and companies alike from different parts of Spain, and this year they will be based at the Museu Marítim de Barcelona. Previous editions have taken place at Barcelona University, so we are sure that the new venue will bring with it new energy and excitement.

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Three reasons to visit Cape Verde islands

On the westernmost point of Africa lies an archipelagos of 10 volcanic islands in the midst of the Atlantic ocean. With an alluring cultural mix between Creole Portuguese-African heritage, the Cape Verde islands are one of the world’s most underrated destinations. Somewhere in between the western and the developing world, the region has evolved from the dark past of slave trade history, making it a very poignant place to visit.

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Cape VerdeCharleen Parkes
World Atlas of Street Food

Most of our loyal readers and Instagram fans will know that team Travel & Lust love gastronomy and confess to having a soft spot for street food. Whether it's an outdoor in the middle of a vineyard in the hilly landscapes of Tuscany, grabbing a bite from a hole in the wall in Morocco or admitting to salivating crazily over some souvlaki in Athens, we quite like the culture that entails around street food. This is why we were more than honoured to have been asked to contribute to the cookbook World Atlas of Street Food by authors Carol Wilson and Sue Quinn. T

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Topo Chiado - Lisbon

Topo Chiado arises following the revitalisation project of Martim Moniz, with the help of Lisboner José Rebelo Pinto, the mentor behind OutJazz festival and pioneer who revitalised Cais do Sodré and LX Factory. Together the duo have broken all stigmas associated with the cosmopolitan centre of Lisbon and decided that Topo Chiado be built on the top floor of the Martim Moniz Shopping Center. For this they have invited architects João Botelho and Miguel Oliveira to engage in the building and revamping of Topo Chiado.

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Ultimate Private Safari at Singita Serengeti House

The slopes of Sasakwa Hill in Tanzania’s western Serengeti are perfectly positioned for uninterrupted views of the grassy plains below, and the huge numbers of game that traverse this pristine wilderness all year round. Perched in this idyllic location is Singita Serengeti House; an exclusive-use retreat that offers family and friends a taste of sophisticated safari living in one of Africa’s most iconic conservation areas.

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Postcards from Puglia

This region at the southern heel of Italy has sheer natural beauty, authenticity, charm and substance. Whether it's visiting the whitewashed trullo houses in Alberobello, visiting olive groves and orchards or swimming in seas with the deepest shade of blue, this Italian region has something special. It borders the Adriatic Sea to the east, the Ionian Sea ...Puglia's coastline is one of the longest in Italy, making it a hit destination for Italians. 

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ItalyCharleen Parkes
The Lust Series - Shop Nordico, Spain

You may have noticed that Nordic or Scandinavian design just seems to be everywhere these days. The purist approach commonly associated with natural elements and pared down sophisticated design features, is something that is not only applied to shops, restaurants and hotels but homes too. Shop Nordico is an online store 100% dedicated to selling Nordic brands to those in Spain.

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The Three Cities in Malta

The Three Cities is a unified narrative of the fortified cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua and Senglea (Isla). To get an idea of where the three cities are located in Malta, it is imperative to have a bird's eye view from the Upper Barrakka Gardens in the capital city Valletta. From there you can spot Birgu in an inverted 'U' shape, with Senglea on the exact opposite side in the shape of a lower-case 'L' and the 'U' shaped Copiscua just behind both cities. 

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MaltaJeremy J.
Brighton & Hove - London-by-the-sea

Rarely does a seaside town receive such a great amount of scrutiny for its comparison to the country's capital. Brighton in its zen-like calmness and sheer natural beauty has an abundance of worldly ethical restaurants, fashionable outlets and dozens of independent shops that can put your favorite market to shame. 

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UKJeremy J.Brighton
Frieze Sculpture 2017 - London

For the first time, London's Regent's Park has been the elegant backdrop for contemporary sculptures, as part of the outdoor art display Frieze Sculpture 2017. Visitors can view marvels by artists such as Magdalena Abakanowicz, Rasheed Araeen and Urs Fischer at the pop up showcase for free.

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REJ deli at Nolinski

Paris's luxury hotel Nolinski, introduces REJ delicatessen and takeaway - a foodie spot for both locals and those travelling. Whether you want to grab a bite for lunch, need to top up on bits for home or want to get items for a picnic, there are traditional and vegan sandwiches, homemade lasagne, chilled gazpacho, classic and creative salads. Expect authentic flavours and to stop by more than once.

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FranceCharleen Parkes
Top Rooftops in Barcelona

Barcelona is famed for its decorative modernism, night scene, Catalan cuisine and that fine balance it has between the city and beach. These are just a few of the reasons as to why visitors flock to this melting pot of happenings. The hotel game has stepped up dramatically, with Barcelona now hosting a fair share of boutique hotels throughout the city - where many are topped off with... a rooftop.

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72hrs in Nice

Nice often gets overlooked in the French Riviera, having to compete with the likes of Cannes and Monaco. This fun city has lots to offer and is strategically located - perfect for visiting others charming seaside towns such as Villefranche-su-Mer. One key spot that must be visited is the picturesque Baie des Anges which is cuddled by the Promenade de Anglais.

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3 Reasons to Visit Chianti

Tuscany is spoilt with an abundance of luscious green and scenic places to visit. Many don't know where to start and often take advantage by visiting several places in the region. Chianti is a wine village just 25 minutes from Florence by car and boasts arts and crafts, impressive history, olive groves and of course...wine. 

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ItalyCharleen Parkes