Malta & Gozo – Instagram Highlights. #MaltaisMore
My recent trip to the serene and tranquil Gozo (at the same time Brad and Angelina were hosting their lavish honeymoon and filming Under the Sea, we were told), and the bigger sister-big city island Malta, had many highlights.
Balmy weather with sultry nights for terrace dining, aquamarine waters, gorgeous architecture with the loveliest of honey-coloured stone, ancient temples and quaint seaside villages, arid sandy land that miraculously produces good grapes, tomatoes, olives (no surprise), pomegranates and marrows, the range of sheep and goat’s cheese, seafood and warm, friendly people are some of them. I had a wonderfully packed two weeks, and will be sharing more soon.
Here are some of my favourite Instagram and Facebook image posts:
…Give the pages some love, will you? 🙂
Sunset at the Tiki Bar, Excelsior Hotel, Malta
Beautiful doors in Gozo and Malta
An obvious answer…seen in Valetta, Malta
Barren streets by midday light. Today, alone.
Without a sound, a step, a stirring,
No brisk hooves, nor the clank of valiant armour,
Of the men who built this city.
They have departed. Silent knights with heavy hearts.
Somewhere, a sound.
A stirring. *taken in Vittoriosa (Birgu), Malta. The remaining Knights of St John now have exclusive use of the Fort Saint Angelo in Birgu*
Blogger brunch essentials at Tatita’s in San Lawrenz, “our” village in Gozo
Look up! Prickly pears – they’re in season now in Gozo & Malta. Pity it isn’t easy to pluck them off the branch without the discomfort of the prickly bits – scattered all over the roadsides and perfect for foraging #foodpics #maltaismore #gozo
Azure window, another view #Gozo #loveMalta #travel
The Azure window. Everyone wants to make a record that they were there. Pictures are a sort of graffiti, the etchings appear in Facebook albums and digital books instead of on rock and stone these days. You may recognise the window from Game of Thrones? #Gozo #maltaismore #travel
Local’s fave cafe in Gozo
Gozo platter, after the dramatic and sudden hurricane on the Island. All fine in the end!
From the top of the stairs at the citadel in Victoria, capital city of Gozo #maltaismore #architecture #travel
The Ta’Pinu basilica in Gozo as seen from the green tourist bus. Always enjoy a bus ride through a town for orientation. #maltaismore
Pick a boat, any boat. Galley Creek with Senglea and Valetta across #malta #maltaismore
Doors of Gozo. Wee selection #maltaismore #doors #architecture
The eye of Horus or Osiris, a protector against evil, an ancient Egyptian custom said to bring luck too. They say the eyes are stuck prominently on the front of the luzzu (fishing boats) in the village of Marsaxlokk but we couldn’t find them on many. Boats are covered in blankets and sheets too (sun protection, I imagine) and we started to lift the blankets up looking for the eyes. Discreetly, of course. Nada. At the little market in the harbour a young man took his time selecting one. “I hope this brings me luck,” he said to the vendor who advised he placed it at the front of the house. Won’t say I wasn’t tempted to ask him a few questions 🙂 #loveMalta #maltaismore
Perching on my haunches in lovely Marsaxlokk – ten points if you can pronounce is right the first time! #Malta
Xwenji Bay in Gozo. Arrived here by Segway. With @budgettraveller & @voyageavecnous #maltaismore #travel #seaside
Hard to believe this isn’t fake. Anchor’s bay at the Popeye village movie set in #Malta #maltaismore
Delightful Popeye Village and Anchor’s Bay. Set of the 1980’s movie with Robin Williams – he insisted they keep it intact #Malta #maltaismore
In Mdina, as the sun sets and the outsiders exit, we enter through the gates of splendour
Within the fortress, latte stone and doorways in shadow
Voices hushed and corridors narrow.
We dine with candles, flickering softly on walls of gold.
Last goodbyes, new friends and old
Sunset in San Lawrenz, Gozo
Disclaimer: This project is part of the Blog Island Malta campaign in partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority and the support of Air Malta. I’m not getting paid for this series, but will receive assistance with flights, accommodation and tours.
Special thanks to Carina, Alexia and fantastic tour guide Nicolette