16.2.18

Marsalforn


When we planned the trip of Malta, we chose between Xlendi and Marsalforn for our accommodation. Both are very touristic and filled with resorts. Xlendi is smaller and the buildings are more scattered. It is more charming. Besides, it is both the starting and ending points of two hiking trails.  Marsalforn is more developed and packed with clusters of resorts and buildings. Not difficult choice.  We picked Xlendi to stay but made a trip to Marsalforn after visiting the Citadel in Victoria in the morning.


Bus service to Marsalforn is hourly, from both Victoria and Ir-Rabat Ghawdex. We took bus 307 from a temple site to Marsalforn. The bay is full of restaurants and always busy. The place looks nice. We went further along the coast.


First nice spot is the saltpans, directly situated at the sea.  It is 350 years old and stays throughout the centuries. You can see saltpans from different spots in Gozo.

 

We did not research much about Marsalforn. Scenery is quite nice though.  Along the coastal walk, we saw an old battery as coastal fortification dated 18th century.  It was converted to a disco at late 1970s but now abandoned.


We were amazed by Il-Qolla I-Bajda, the White Qolla (odd shaped hillocks / buttes).  It is formed with a layer of white grey clay topped with a yellow layer of limestone.  The Qolla is unique in Gozo.





Somewhere around looking to the far, the Risen Christ statue (Tas-Salvatore - the Redeemer). came into my eyesight.  It stands high at Tal-Merzug Hill and can be seen from different spots on Gozo.  I saw it here in Marsalforn and from the Citadel in Victoria.





27.1.18

Malta Archaeology Museum


Isn't it amazing? Civilisation in Malta has existed since 5200 BC!  We are at the time of 2017 AD.  5200 BC is more than double of AD 0 to 2017.  Here shows the different stages within the Neolithic Period (New Stone Age) that Maltese underwent. This period probably started 10000B.C.  Men raised crops and animals which allowed them to stay in a more permanent dwelling. They made stone tools by grinding and polishing hard rock versus clipping softer ones down to the desired shapes in the period before, Palaeolithic Period (Old Stone Age).


It is best to visit the Archaeology Museum to understand the history a bit better. When we entered we saw a poster showcase two embracing figures and named Love of 5000 Years. Wow! Romance for thousand years. I was looking for it but couldn't.  Until the last moment, the ancient art piece was identified.  It is tiny and attention easily skipped.

5000 years of love

Out of the many display items, the most impressive is the Sleeping Beauty shown upfront.  It was made around 3000 B.C.  The beautiful rendered figure of a reclining lady was discovered in a pit in one of the painted galleries of the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum (cemetery).  The sleeping Mother Goddess may well be an eloquent representation of death or the eternal sleep.  The craftsmanship is amazing.  Look at the back.  It's full of details too.


Fat woman is a typical theme of art in that period.

Venus of Malta
 

 


The Archaeology Museum has many to offer.  I just introduce the most special things (in my opinion).  If you are interested in archaeology, pay a visit.

Malta Archaeology Museum Lying Woman

Malta Archaeology Museum Magar Qim

Malta Archaeology Museum Magar Qim Altar
 

Double amulet Egyptian Gods Horus & Anubis

11.1.18

Marsaxlokk and St Peter's Pool


It was a gloomy day when we visited Marsaxlokk, after the magnificent St. John's Cathedral. Bus from Valletta to Marsaxlokk took about 40 minutes.  81 or 85 will take you there.  Journey times are pretty much the same. The bus did not stop at the sea side but a street tuck away.  No worry, it's not far.

  

The harbour is lined with numerous restaurants. Loads of tourists ate there.  We walked across but did not stop to eat as our plan was to swim at St. Peters' Pool. And we took the least money with us. Boats close to the shore were colourful but they did not seem to shine under the big grey clouds. 

 

My friend insisted to take the big street to reach St. Peter's Pool. If you face the sea, go to the far left where a church stands at a square. Pass through the church and reach the big street.  Go to the right.  From time to time you will see signs of St. Peter's Pool.  Simply follow it.  When you are high up, see the right hand side. It's the harbour with boats.  Somewhere are big nets for fishing.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Most people reached the pool by car.  We only met a single man returning from the pool on foot.  He did not swim as it was very rough that day. Don't believe me?  Check out the video. How long is the walk?  Oh well, around 50 minutes, including taking photos all along the way.  The return was quicker.




 

The waves were high.  No one was in the water but stayed at the shore or laid on the big rocks to enjoy the nature, the music and wind.


21.12.17

Xlendi Tower


After shopping at the mini-market at Xlendi, we headed to the bay and searched for the walking trail to the Azure Window.  We got some ideas, went home, waited for the grocery delivery and then explored the Xlendi Tower. It's nice that my companion often researched all the sightseeing points. Our trips are always enjoyable and memorable.


We just went back to the main street, headed down to the bus station and turned right to find a path. If you come from Xlendi Bay, just leave it through walking the coastal path, turn right and go straight.  You will find a path to go down and see a stone bridge made during the Knight's period which connects the cliffs to the rest of Xlendi.







Just follow the path, you will come to the coast and have gorgeous views of the dramatic cliffs.  Walk towards the tower to enjoy the building itself, salt pans and spectacular rocks in the surrounding.







 

If you walk from Mgarr to Xlendi, you will arrive at Xlendi Tower, don't forget to walk around the surrounding. Preview a video here to have an impression.  If you have time, stay a while to enjoy the sunset.