Saturday, 20 December 2014

Best English Breakfast in Malta?: Vinnies, Bugibba

Vinnies breakfast Malta

Very good service in Vinnie's restaurant.  Friendly people.

Let's start with that, because it's an important thing when you go out to eat something, puts you in a more positive frame of mind.

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Best Full English in Malta? The Ordnance Pub (Valletta)

The heart sinks just a little bit when you order an English breakfast only to be told that “The kitchen is not completely open at the moment”.  

In fairness it didn’t take them too long to open it ‘completely’ (as opposed to whatever stage of openness it had been in previously) and after about 10 minutes breakfast was served.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Best Gyms in Malta - Updated!

Malta Gym
Looking for a gym or fitness centre in Malta? Well look no further.

Malta is not known for it's healthy lifestyle, what with everyone getting into the car when they need to go to the shop down the end of the street, not to mention all that nice Italian food and pastizzi.  But don't worry, a couple of sessions down your local neighbourhood gym will wipe away all those guilty feelings, and make you feel like a better human.

I'm going to try and make the search a little easier by giving you a few suggestions.  I've listed as many gyms and fitness centres as I could find, but please add your suggestions below.  As you know, gyms are notoriously tricky when it comes to prices.  There are all sorts of deals and discounts which they don't necessarily like to advertise, so I will  give you an idea of how much money we are talking about here, even though all prices are subject to change:

Here's my list, alphabetically arranged by location from Bugibba to Zebbug:

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Scorpions in Malta!

Yes indeed, there is a Maltese scorpion.

It is about 5 centimetres long, but the only way this creature is going to kill you is by suddenly strolling into view and causing you to leap backwards off a precipice.  

Don't do that though.  

This scorpion doesn't have enough venom to do us humans any harm, so no need for you to leap anywhere.

One of the earliest mentions of scorpions on the island was back in 1536 in a book called 'Insulae Melitae', the first published account of Malta, written by a gent by the name of Mr Jean Quintinus d'Autumn.  He writes that: "Scorpions, fearful animals elsewhere, are seen here innocuous in the hands of boys playing with them;  I myself saw one eating them"

If this is to be believed then the young boys of Malta at that time were considerably more fearsome than the poor scorpions.

The only species on the island is called Euscorpius Sicanus, and is a fairly innocuous beast as scorpions go.  They generally skulk around under rocks and in dark places, trying to stay out of trouble, so you are unlikely to meet one.

If you are unlucky enough to get stung by one of these things - and you would have to be incredibly unlucky - then it will feel similar to a bee or a mosquito bite.

If you have been in Malta for any length of time, you will be extremely familiar with that sensation.


Sunday, 30 November 2014

Top 10 Things to Do in Mdina & Rabat (and what to avoid)

The Silent City of Mdina is less famous than Valletta, but certainly equally worth visiting, and adjacent Rabat contains a few notable attractions too.   See how many of these you have been to:

10. The Mdina Experience
A video presentation taking you through a history of the city

9. Knights of Malta
Waxwork exhibitions telling the tale of the knights in Malta

8. Palazzo de Piro
This 17th century Palazzo is now a centre for arts and theatre in Mdina