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Sharing Maltesers ... again !

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Towards the end of our week in Malta, we hired a car for two days and set off to catch the ferry over to Gozo. Firstly, the car was more ‘scratch and dent’ than car, secondly, I swear Maltese drivers pass their driving test and are then told to forget everything they were just taught! Also, their cars appear not to come with working indicators, it really was an unpleasant experience, not to mention the choppy sea we were sailing upon . . .

We headed off to the craft village, disappointingly though, many workshops were closed until March. We found a lovely Gozitan lady making lace, when I asked if she would pass this tradition on, she shrugged and said “I have four sons” … lol !
We did, however see some beautiful Hibiscus on our walk round . . .

and a huge Rubber plant and Poinsettia . . .

Having purchased a ‘runner’ embroidered with the Maltese cross design we headed off to Xlendi Bay for lunch … the wind was strengthening and the normally clear and calm turquoise water looked like this . . .

The drive back, after a very good lunch, was interrupted when I asked OH to pull in for me to photograph this Ipomea . . .

The following day was sunny and warm … seas were quite high still … as you will see from this photo taken in Sliema … the promenade has ‘overflow outlets’ beneath it … when the water is really high it simply flows beneath the prom. on to the main road . . .

and, yes, that tree was leaning a lot, not a dodgy camera angle! . . . we weren’t impressed with Sliema … a suburb with more than 600 shopping outlets … including M&S amongst other UK stores.

Time to visit Ta’Qali craft village … located on an old British military airfield with Second World War Nissen huts for workshops … pottery/glass-blowing/wood crafts etc. . . .

This mirror is surrounded with glass in many colours and styles … the price was way beyond my reach . . .

Quite an enjoyable day … OH very pleased not to be driving the car tomorrow … safer by bus! We went for another walk around the hotel gardens . . .

Not a bad selection of colour for mid December . . .

One last sunset before we returned to the very cold UK … hope this has taken your mind off the wintry weather out there …

Stay safe … keep warm everyone.

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Thanks Shirley that was lovely, really enjoyed that. We havent got snow yet, although we did have a flurry this morning. Tomorrow, Sat, its going to be here with a vengeance I believe.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks for sharing your trip with us Shirley...Some lovely photo's......

17 Dec, 2010

 

No snow yet ... East Sussex & Gatwick have snow once again! I am expecting to wake up to a white garden in the morning ..... : o (((((

17 Dec, 2010

 

The first time we went to Gozo there were no road signs to tell you how to get from place to place because everyone knew where they were going. You could also see the church, which every village had, at a distance and just aim for it. This was not so easy at night!!!

18 Dec, 2010

 

Yes it did - but now I'm looking out of the window again ........ ugh! Black clouds! :o(

18 Dec, 2010

 

Wonderful, interesting pics ...
no regrets if you couldn't afford that amazing glass-edged mirror ... looks like it would have been a devil to dust ;o)

18 Dec, 2010

 

lovely blog and Photo's Shirley..your hire car sounds like the ones in Italy.!..lol.You managed to see a lot,while you were there,anyway.The glassware is lovely.I had a glass ornament bought as a gift from Malta,a long time ago..may be worth a few bob !!.may check it out....Still haven't got round to sending you a PM,but will do later...:o))

18 Dec, 2010

 

Nice photos Shirley. I love the sea when it's rough - as long as I can look at it from terra firma lol.
Wouldn't it be nice if our plants continued to grow through the winter. Maybe I'd think snow looked pretty with some colour mixed in with it.
Glad you had a nice time.

18 Dec, 2010

 

Shirley thankyou very much for the lovely blog and photos.

18 Dec, 2010

 

Linda, all roads lead to Victoria, a dreadful place to drive through with so many side streets! ... Tt, that mirror was fantastic, I stood and gazed at it for a while, you're right about it being hard to dust! ... Bloomer, if your glass is Mdina glass, it may be worth something, but you wouldn't part with it, would you? ... Hywel, I love to view the sea when it's rough, not so much fun on the ferry though! ... Pleased you like the pics, Cinders, Milky & Clarice. : o )))

18 Dec, 2010

 

I have a small vase from Ta'Quali, Shirley! The two things I remember about Gozo were that OH bought a couple of bottles of local wine there (in Victoria) for the HUGE price of 50p each. LOL. Even better - he drank them when we got home, and pronounced them delicious! :-)))

The other thing was a church, that had had a direct hit from a bomb in the 2nd WW, but didn't explode - so everyone goes there on a sort of pilgrimage and they tie letters and cards and mementoes on the wall to ask for blessings.

18 Dec, 2010

 

Spritz, you're talking about the Church of the Assumption in Mosta where a bomb pierced the Dome in April 1942 during a German air raid. It is considered a miracle that the bomb did not explode, none of the 300 or so people inside the church was killed as it fell to the floor! Also, some of the Mdina glass is now antique! We have some pottery from our visit 20 years ago, still out on display. I wonder how much OH would pay for a bottle of that wine now? :

18 Dec, 2010

 

Ooohh - thank for reminding me where the church is, Shirley. You obviously visited it. We were fascinated by all the objects and photos on the walls.

I hope you're not commenting on my age when you say that my vase might be an antique! LOL.

19 Dec, 2010

 

LOL, Spritz, as if I would! Apparently, both Mdina and Murano glassware are both quite collectable now.

19 Dec, 2010

 

I have a small red Murano vase, and a turquoise coloured one that came from my M.i.L. I'm keeping them all, thanks! ;-))

(P.S. Sometimes I feel VERY like an antique!) lol.

19 Dec, 2010

 

Lovely colourful flowers you found there Shirley. I agree about the drivers, we went 3 years ago and hired a car at the airport for the week. After a terrifying journey to St Juliens we left the car in the hotel car park and never used it again!! Mind you the taxi ride back to the airport was nearly as bad but at least we could both shut our eyes! We used the buses sometimes, ancient and basic though they are. We didn't see many flowers or even green space, most of the place seemed to consist of buildings either halfway up or halfway down! LOL
I have to say though that we didn't see all of the island as we were there for protracted wedding celebrations.

19 Dec, 2010

 

I agree, Spritz, we have some pottery from our visit there 20 years ago, still on display and we wouldn't part with it. : o ))
Hi, Lily, you've been quiet lately! Christmas planning, no doubt? Sounds as though the driving remains the same on the island. I really believe that once the Maltese pass their driving test, they just forget everything they were taught! We spoke to a Maltese lady at the craft village, her grand-daughter is at University in Northampton and she said the traffic is terrible there! I assume she means the volume of it, not the actual driving. I hope the wedding in Malta was lovely. Oh yes, there's a place called Bugibba, on the coast and full of souvenier shops etc. where we saw a cafe called Bognor Regis! Made us smile as we live about 10 miles from Bognor in Sussex.

19 Dec, 2010

 

Ah well Shirley, I can be quiet at times but it's not from choice where GoY is concerned!
The roads are awful too, full of holes and did you see a white line anywhere? LOL
Some of it's very home from home isn't it but in a lot of ways I like that especially that English is spoken .....and.... they like us, very friendly! Bognor Regis is going a bit too far though. The wedding was beautiful, in a very old and beautifully ornate palace somewhere in the centre of the island (can't remember the name of it). It looks nothing from the outside but is spectacular inside with small but beautiful gardens.......such a shame it rained so hard and we were unable to go outside :o((

19 Dec, 2010

 

Lily, the best tarmac roads were on Gozo, white lines too!
We looked in the window of an estate agents, some of the properties look awful from the outside, yet are very 'elegant and spacious' on the inside. In a Tardis kind of way! Pity it rained on the wedding day. : o ((

19 Dec, 2010

 

Wow, white lines!! Must be the Maltese way then, this low profile outside appearance!
The rain didn't really matter as far as the wedding was concerned as it was all held inside. This palace was built by a prince for his bride apparently but is now on hard times like a lot of places. It's now let out for weddings etc in order to maintain it. Pity it's not generally open to the public as it's nothing like I've ever seen before.

19 Dec, 2010

 

Could it have been Selmun Castle, Lily ? There is a place called the Red Tower where the 'rich and famous' stay, apparently, and while we were in Malta, helicopters were flying around for most of one day, police all around the nearby roads and we were told the following day that a very important Arab was staying there! If they hadn't drawn attention to it, nobody would have known!!

19 Dec, 2010

 

Excellent blog Shirley, such a refreshing change from all this snow stuff, enjoyed it immensely.
Lily that palace sounds magical, think I will have to go there when I get married again ! lol ( somebody pick her up of the floor) ! Hee hee.

19 Dec, 2010

 

Good to see some pics from the Mediterranean for a change, Val! Very cold and icy tonight, snow forecast throught the night. : o (((

19 Dec, 2010

 

I don't think so Shirley, I don't think we would have been classed as either rich or famous! I think the name was unpronounceable but I'll find out.
Got anyone lined up then Val? If not then you'd better get a move on and don't forget I want to be chief 'flower girl'! LOL Come to think of it, I can think of the perfect person........
It's so cold and snowing now so I think I'll go back and have another look at your lovely flowers Shirley :o)

20 Dec, 2010

 

We are counting ourselves very, very lucky down here on the coast, the rain is washing away the very light snowfall we had early this morning. Have been watching the news from around the U.K. and I am amazed at the depth of snow around! When will it ever end?

20 Dec, 2010

 

Would you like some of ours if you're missing it, Shirley? It's been snowing most of the day here. :-(

20 Dec, 2010

 

I'm definitely not missing snow, Spritz! I've seen aerial shots of your area on the TV, looks horrible. The rain we now have is causing problems on the roads around Chichester! : o (((

20 Dec, 2010

 

It IS horrible! I've wrapped all the pressies for the family, but if we get there, I'll be very surprised. No post today, no chance of getting out of the village either.

Oh well. It might be a very quiet Christmas this year! I can't do anything about it, after all. :-(

20 Dec, 2010

 

I really cannot remember weather conditions like this at Christmas time ... OH has an elderly Aunt living fairly close by ... she's concerned her daughter won't make the flight down from Edinburgh on Christmas Eve ... looks as though we may have an extra guest on Christmas Day ! : o )

20 Dec, 2010

 

If we run out of anything, we'll have to put up with it. More snow is forecast for Wednesday, too.

20 Dec, 2010

 

You'll have to use your improvisational skills . . . . . . I really hope it doesn't snow too much for you.

20 Dec, 2010

 

Computor back to working order now Shirley so have just caught up with your holiday blogs. What a lovely insight to a place I haven`t been to, it seems there are lots of places of interest and I love the idea of being able to use local transport however hair raising it might seem. Love the photo of a certain lady relaxing its nice to be able to put a face to a name.

23 Dec, 2010

 

: o )))

23 Dec, 2010

 

Enjoyed this too Shirley, almost as good as being there:-)

3 Jan, 2011

 

Pleased you enjoyed it ... it certainly made me feel warmer just looking through it again on this chilly day!

3 Jan, 2011

 

Brings back some wonderful memories ShirleyT of 2008, spent a week at the quiet end of Buggiba. Travelled everywhere by bus, real boneshakers arent they? but good fun tho and better than dicing with death and Maltese drivers!
We went all over the island except for Golden Sands and took a trip to Gozo. There were 3 of us so we took a taxi around the island (someone recommended) and it was the best thing we could have done..covered a lot of ground in a short space of time..even went to some trotting races at a local track (our request). It cost us £60 for the day and we had the taxi for about 5 hours and he took us where we wanted to go.
Wonderful place, would go again. Thanks for sharing your pics, they were lovely and the weather looked gorgeous, especially as we have just come in from a bitterly cold and windy garden!

11 Jan, 2011

 

Funny how the Maltese drivers remain in the memory! I like the sound of your day on Gozo, with hindsight perhaps we should have done the same and not hired a car. We discovered, on our return, that my Uncle has friends on the island from when they were both in the Royal Navy. Apparently, the friend fell in love with the island whilst on shore leave many years ago and, true to his word, bought a Gozitan cottage and lived happily ever after ! : o )))

11 Jan, 2011

 

We were lucky someone gave us the tip ShirleyT, otherwise we wouldnt have seen much at all! For such a tiny couple of islands, Malta certain abounds with history and as its not a "beachy" place it was our kind of holiday.
Your OH's friend sounds like they chose idyllic spot..you can even hop on a ferry to go to Sicilly..if we had been there longer we would have done that.
I booked this blind on the net, ended up with triple room with kitchinette and soooo lucky it wasnt in the middle of Buggiba..which was the place I liked the least!
And talk about walk! We bussed to St Julian and walked from there through Sleima to Valetta and took a boat ride all around Valetta harbour, and walked all round the Silent City also.

12 Jan, 2011

 

Mdina, the silent city, has the most amazing views from the very top, doesn't it ? Buggiba was our least favourite place, very 'kiss-me-quick'/candy-floss/tacky gift shops kind of place! We did the Valetta harbour boat trip a few years ago, fascinating with the history commentary.

12 Jan, 2011

 

Mdina was my favourite place, the pic of the museum you included brought back wonderful memories of that day even tho we had a short cloudburst in the middle. Got a lovely pic of horse & buggy there, will post for you.

12 Jan, 2011

 

We found one of the horse and buggy men to be quite aggressive in his approach to us! We said we would consider a tour round after our visit inside Mdina, to which he said "We must go NOW, shops close at 2" to which Michael said, "That's it, we're not going anywhere with HIM, far too pushy!". We came out through a different doorway to avoid him ... lol! I'll look out for your pic, thanks Tetra. : o )

12 Jan, 2011

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