Stairways of Valletta

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#MaltaisMore by Mrs Easy Hiker Perhaps it is because we are under the charms of Liguria (the nearest Italian region neighbouring Menton where we now reside) and lived along the stairways of Montmartre for more than 20 years, that the sight of the stairways of Valletta gave us a tug of familiarity.

There is definitely an Italianate feel to Malta’s capital city. Its narrow cobblestoned alleyways certainly remind us of many found in

Stairways of Valletta

After the Solitude, Hope for Two Hours in Valletta

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Break within a break Counterpoint is king for any “break within a break” – and the busy street life of Malta’s capital city was the right antidote after the solitude of Gozo Sometimes, even a break needs a break. During a trip of, say, four days or more, about half-way in you will long for a day with something else to do – if only to avoid your holiday from descending into mere routine.

After the Solitude, Hope for Two Hours in Valletta

Believe It Or Not in Gozo

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Seven outstanding facts about the church of St John the Baptist in Xewkija On our last day in Gozo, we simply had to make the trip to the church we had dubbed the “Sacre Coeur”, a large rotunda a couple of kilometres behind the ferry port: after all, we had lived in the shadow of the “original” for 20 years and were eager to find out whether their close resemblance was mere coincidence or not.

Believe It Or Not in Gozo

A Hiker’s Way of the Cross of Blood Sweat and Sunburn

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A pilgrimage to the Ta’ Pinu Church and the Way of the Cross may help you acquire a deeper understanding of Gozo’s profound religiosity One thing that no visitor of Gozo can fail to notice is the native Gozitans’ love for sculpture – and their refreshing lack of respect for (or even fear of) the Taste Police. The front door of nearly every Gozitan home is decorated by one or several small statues that range

A Hiker’s Way of the Cross of Blood Sweat and Sunburn

Easy Hiking on Land and Sea: Go for It in Gozo!

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#MaltaisMore There is more than one way of experiencing Gozo’s gorgeous coastline The main feature of Gozo’s landscape is, of course, its coastline – Gozo is an island, after all, and not a very big one at that, so the Mediterranean Sea is not only all around it but can also be seen from almost anywhere: church steeples, hills, and – if you are lucky – the balcony of your holiday let. But no matter

Easy Hiking on Land and Sea: Go for It in Gozo!

Gozo’s Magnificent Seven …

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… and what to expect from them: quaint country lanes, magnificent churches and majestic views over the Mediterranean Sea. Hikers can experience the island of Gozo on seven hiking trails that have been laid out and marked (fairly efficiently) by the Malta Tourism Authority. All walks come with a dedicated leaflet (featuring a map, photos and notes) that is available from any local Tourism Office. (The main such office is located on Independent Square in

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Gozo: First Impressions

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#MaltaisMore We arrived late in the day in Gozo and barely had the time to familiarize ourselves with the island, but after our first half day, one thing is already clear: it is not at all what I had imagined.

From what I had read, I had expected to find a throwback to the Mediterranean world of the 1950s, an island full of dirt roads with a agricultural delivery

Gozo: First Impressions

Pomskizillious and Gromphiberous …

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… is how Edward Lear described the Maltese island of Gozo. But that’s not the whole story. #MaltaisMore!!! In our last post, we gave you a few tips for your autumn city break. Today’s post is all about our own, which will take us to Malta – and not to Malta at the same time.

Admittedly, this is not much of a riddle, considering I pretty much let the cat out of the

Pomskizillious and Gromphiberous …