Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Best Full English in Malta? Bayside Cafe (Bugibba)

Here is the deluxe English breakfast from Bayside Cafe in Bugibba.

Can you guess what puts the deluxe into this fry?  Look carefully at the photo, there is something hidden in there that you won't usually find in your typical breakfast.

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Bus from the Airport (or, 'A Tale of Two Cities')


Your flight has landed in Dublin Airport, Ireland.

After getting your bags and going through Customs, (it shouldn't take long), you leave the terminal and see the bus zone on your left.

Walk up to the friendly man in the Aircoach uniform, who will tell you exactly where to go and which bus you need to take for your destination.

When the luxury coach arrives - right on time, as per the electronic display - the driver will help you to put your bags in the storage compartment and takes note of your destination so that he can make sure you are dropped off at the right place.

The journey takes about 45 minutes, but the padded seats are comfortable, and the free wi-fi keeps you amused.  At €13 a ticket, it's not cheap, but you are paying for a premium product.

 Premium quality & friendly, but very pricey:  Welcome to Dublin!

Malta airport busesTwo.

Your flight has landed in Luqa Airport, Malta.

After getting your bags and going through Customs, (it shouldn't take long),you leave the terminal and see the bus zone on your right.

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Best Full English in Malta?: Villa Mare, Bugibba

They offer you a choice of fry-ups in this popular Bugibba restaurant.  You can go for a Traditional English breakfast, a Vegetarian or a Deluxe breakfast.  After careful consideration and weighing up of the pros and cons, I went for the Deluxe option.

This featured all of your standards, plus some chunky mushrooms and - rare indeed on these shores - a black pudding.  Difficult to say no to that little lot.

Not the cheapest around, at about seven euros with tea or coffee an extra, but worth it I think.  D. tried the vegetarian option and had no complaints, and the deluxe version was good enough to make it probably the best breakfast I've found in these parts.  So far.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Top 10 Things to Do in Valletta

As with the Malta Top Ten list, this is a compilation of the views held by other people, books, bloggers, sites and so on, as well as my own. 

There are a lot of things to do in this tiny city, so I have narrowed it down to a Top 10 for you to try:

10.  Fortification Interpretation Centre
A new attraction and not on a lot of lists, but I think worthy of a place on this one.  This museum gives you a window into the history of the city, via the fortifications which have defended it (or tried to) over the centuries.

9.  Museum of Archaeology or Malta Experience
Two choices for a rainy day (or an escape from the heat) The first is a small museum but worth popping in to take a look at the prehistoric 'Sleeping Lady' statuette.  The second is a 45 minute film about Malta's history, which by all accounts is pretty good.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Church of Saint Paul's Shipwreck, Valletta

It has taken me quite a while to venture inside this church. Looks quite impressive from the front, saints carved from stone, but still just another building you pass by without pausing for too long.
St Paul's Shipwreck Church,  Valletta

Well here's my suggestion to you, friend:  Pop your head in the door.  Doesn't cost you anything, unless you want to contribute to the very worthy restoration efforts.  And you will find yourself inside a building created out of love, and faith, and a whole lot of money.  We are told that the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel is the greatest ceiling in the history of the world, which may well be true, but when I was there I was rapidly shuttled through in a throng of tourists which didn't leave much time for contemplation.  You can take your time in this church, which features a pretty impressive ceiling of it's own. 

Monday, 24 March 2014

Salt Flats in Malta. (This is more interesting than you think...)

Also known as 'salt pans', these squares have been hewn out of the rock at a number of places on the island.  Just in case you were wondering what they were.  Simple enough procedure:  wave comes in, water evaporates and you've got yourself a pile of sea salt. This practice goes right back to the Romans, and is still in operation today in various spots around the world (including Malta).  
If it ain't broke...  

Salt Pans, Bugibba
Okay, so I realise that for the non-geologist/historians among you, this may qualify as one of the dullest articles around.  So for that reason, I am spicing (pun absolutely intended) things up with a Fantastic Five Facts About Salt!

Fact 1:  The word Salad comes from Salted, because Romans used to sprinkle the stuff over lettuce before eating it.  Salads were less healthy at that time, although I can see that as something McDonalds might be interested in.

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Bugibba Temple

Yes, believe it or not, there is an ancient temple site in the tourist town of Bugibba.  But where?

Bugibba Temple