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.
It was low season when we visited, and so the place was sparsely populated and service accordingly prompt and courteous.
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.
Michelangelo Merisi Caravaggio is widely respected as one of the greatest painters of all time, and by good fortune (ours) and not so good fortune (his), he ended up living and working on the island of Malta for about 3 years whilst at the height of his powers. Continue reading
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