Thursday, 22 January 2015

Chinese Garden of Serenity (Santa Lucija)



The Chinese Garden of Serenity is a tranquil haven in which you can contemplate life, the universe and everything as you walk past bubbling fountains and ornate buildings.

Every account of this place features the word 'tranquil' somewhere, so I figured I should go with the crowd in my intro.  And generally speaking I would agree with this description, although the presence of a large and boisterous primary school group while we were there detracted somewhat from the spiritual aspects of the garden.

Friday, 16 January 2015

Another Secret Bookshop in Malta.


You remember the Secret Bookshop don't you?  No?  Well it's this one.  Now go back and read everything I wrote between December 2011 and February 2012 as punishment.

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Best English Breakfast in Malta?: Tal Pjazza, Bugibba

English Breakfast Bugibba Malta

This is what the good folk at Tal Pjazza in Bugibba refer to as a Jumbo Breakfast.

I call it... pause for drumroll... the Best Breakfast in Bugibba.  No mean feat given the considerable competition in this seaside town, but Pjazza gets the award for me. 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

How to Survive the Cold of Malta


Every year between the months of December and March, airplanes disgorge unwitting tourists onto the tarmac at Luqa, their bags crammed with bikinis, beach towels and sun cream.  They soon discover that the beach is off the agenda, and that it actually gets pretty chilly this time of year (in fact the week after Christmas this year featured temperatures plummeting to close to zero degrees celcius, which is almost unheard of).

Fortunately for the tourists, all but the most miserly of hotels will feature some sort of heating for their guests.  

However, this is not necessarily the case for many of the residents on the island.  Homes are made of porous limestone, often featuring large windows and high ceilings over stone tiled floors.  Perfect for summer, but not so much for those pesky winter months.  

So how best to keep warm?

Saturday, 27 December 2014

Malta Falconry Centre




This week, on our journey down some of Malta's less well-travelled tourist tracks, we made our way to the Malta Falconry Centre in Siggiewi.

The tourist hop-on/off buses come here via the Limestone centre, so it's not completely off the beaten track.