Sunday, 14 September 2014

Shark Sightings in Malta in 2014

Unusually, a couple of sharks have been spotted off Maltese waters this summer, although one of them was a slightly suspicious sighting...

Not much doubt about this one, seen by Maltese fishermen about 8KM off the coast of Gozo in early June:

  From my extensive research on the subject, it appears that blue sharks are relatively common in the shark world.  Also, there are no known cases of them ever having attacked a human, so you'll be alright unless you bump into one in a really bad mood.  

But then, you probably weren't planning on going for an eight kilometre swim, so I wouldn't worry about them.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Best Full English in Malta?: Bognor Restaurant, Bugibba

I feel kind of bad for that sausage on the right.

There's his buddy, bronzed and delectable, and next to him this deformed and charred creature, curled up in embarrassment next to his good-looking friend.

Monday, 8 September 2014

This Week in Malta: Tsunami Warnings and Floriana Facelift

Monday (Sept 1st):  A massive tsunami could hit Malta any day!  At least that's how the newspapers are trying to spin a rather more mundane news item.  In fact it was discovered that there was a tsunami about 350 years ago which hit the north east of the island, and thus it is technically possible that there could be another one.  Despite the fact that I live in the North East of the island, I am not losing any sleep.

Tuesday:  Floriana is due to get a big of a facelift, which to be quite honest it could do with.  At the moment it's a dusty, traffic-clogged main street adjacent to a big square and some government buildings.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

What it feels like when a car crashes into your bus

The arrow marks the spot where I was sitting when the silver car slammed into the side of our bus.  So I got a great view.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

The Less Visited Towns of Malta

Gardens at Palazzo Parisio, Naxxar
Most tourists visiting Malta will find themselves drawn to the beaches, the Blue Lagoon and the tiny city of Valletta.  There are also popular visitor magnets like Mosta, Mdina and Marsaslokk, among others.  But I've tried to come up with a list of those inland towns and cities that are often overlooked and passed through on the way to more glamorous destinations.

So here it is, a list from Attard to Zejtun:

Attard - Here you can wander about the lavish public gardens of the San Anton Palace

Birkikara - This is the largest city in Malta, and probably the best place to go shopping for clothes and household goods if you are here for more than a couple of weeks.  Tourists can also visit the old railway station, which is now situated in a small park.