Friday, 27 February 2015

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.

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Caravaggio in Malta

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.

After a disputed tennis match in Rome, (or because he was into the other man's wife, or possibly because of an unpaid debt) Caravaggio got himself involved in street brawl and killed a gent called Tomassoni, reputed to be a pimp with powerful familial connections.  The threat of these connections inspired Caravaggio to flee Rome and he ended up in Malta in 1607.

Monday, 16 February 2015

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.

If anybody knows of a worse movie to have inspired a theme park, then please let me know.

Now I have not yet managed a visit to Popeye Village, but fortunately my glamorous assistant Danya has, so who better to give us the lowdown?  I came across a questionnaire from another famous theme park (to remain nameless), and despite the fact that the English is a little quirky in places, I reckon it will allow us to find out more about this famous Maltese attraction.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Restaurant Review: Aphrodite Taverna, (St Paul's Bay)

It is fair to say that Aphrodite did not manage to grab a primo piece of real estate on which to open their restaurant.

Rather than trying to describe it's location, probably easier to just show you on this map:

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

What's a Good Salary in Malta? - Updated

money tree malta howtomalta doesn't grow on trees here in Malta!

It is always difficult to discover exactly how much people pay or get paid in wages.  Potentially embarrassing dinner party conversation, don't you know.  But I have done some digging around on the internet to try to come up with an answer for you.   A lot of sites ask people to enter their own wage and job type and work on estimates that way, but I'm guessing this attracts the type of person with a better salary, not to mention encouraging them to exaggerate a little, so I will try to stick to more reliable sources.