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Malta National Aquarium

Malta’s national aquarium opened in 2013, so it really shouldn’t have taken us this long to pay a visit.However another grey and rainy day provided the excuse for a weekend visit to look at fish.

I should start by saying that I am a fan of aquariums, having visited the Australian, Malaysian and Portuguese versions, among others.  Those three set the bar pretty high though, and the Maltese aquarium is operating on a much smaller scale.

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Restaurant Review: Gandhi Tandoori (St Paul’s Bay)

 It’s a little taste of India in the North of Malta.
Except that I am obliged to report that in fact it’s a pretty Giant taste of India, although you will hear no complaints from me on that score.

It was low season when we visited, and so the place was sparsely populated and service accordingly prompt and courteous.
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San Anton Palace and Gardens

San Anton Gardens and Palace

The San Anton palace began life way back in the 1620’s, when a French knight called Antoine de Paule was elected Grand Master of the Order of St John and decided to build himself a nice country retreat in Attard.  Despite being variously described as “a man of loose life and conversation” and having “bought his dignity with money” he was celebrated enough for the town of Paola to be named after him.
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Questionnaire for the Guest of Popeye Village

Popeye the movie was a live-action vehicle for the sadly departed Robin Williams, which opened to a “mixed” response from the critics and a big ‘no thanks’ from the (non-)viewing public, who stayed away in droves.  It was filmed in Malta on a custom designed set, and rather than sell this off to unscrupulous property developers like a regular country, Malta decided to keep “Sweethaven” village and turn it into a tourist attraction. Continue reading