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Author: Melisande Aquilina

Places to visit in Malta for FREE

When people start thinking about going abroad, one of the first things they generally ask is whether the country they are interested in is ‘expensive’ or not. What they are referring to of course, is not the normal cost of living, since they will probably only be there for a week or two at the most, but whether tickets to interesting places and/or events are worth it, how much can dinner cost, and whether you have to break the bank every time you go out, if you really want to enjoy yourself. Fortunately, many natural attractions and amazing places...

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The National Museum of Natural History

Natural history can be defined as being ‘the study of natural objects… the study of plants, animals, and sometimes ancient human civilizations’ (Merriam Webster Dictionary). This encompasses scientific research, but is not limited to it, being an ever-evolving discipline stemming back from the studies of Aristotle and other philosophers in the ancient world, continuing during the Middle Ages, and being further defined with the onset of scientific biology and disciplines such as zoology, palaeontology, botany and geology, amongst others. In Malta, those interested in learning more about our islands’ origins and local natural history, can visit the National Museum...

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Discovering Ħasan Cave in Birżebbuġa

The cave of ‘Ħasan’ or ‘Għar Ħasan’, which, legend says, was once the hide-out of a 12th century Saracen rebel, lies within the cliff-bound coastline south of Birżebbuġa, 2 kilometres south-west of Kalafrana. Ħasan’s Cave is approximately 387 metres in length and is to be found 70 metres above sea-level. The views from the cave itself are amazingly beautiful. Situated on a narrow precipice and commanding spectacular views of sheer rock-faces and brilliant blue sea, the experience is definitely worth the effort. To enter the cave, one can leave his/her car in the nearby parking lot, and then make...

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Chellcy Reitsma’s New Single “Black Water”

Black, black water flooding my mind you don’t know what you got boy until I say goodbye Black, black water flooding my mind we were born to suffer life has not been kind A haunting stream of voices leads us to the traditional sound of the harmonica, keening a sad lullaby, as Chellcy Reitsma‘s clean vocals tell us a story about resolution, empowerment, and the will to make one’s own choices, even though these may result in someone else’s sadness and pain. This is “Black Water”, Chellcy Reitsma’s third single, released in mid-June. California-born Chellcy relocated to Malta as...

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Art Exhibition in Gozo

Anastasia Ponyatovskaya Pace, a painter and artist of Polish descent, has been living in Malta for more than 13 years. During these years, her artworks were exhibited in a number of local museums and public spaces, such as the Parliament building in Valletta, Mater Dei Hospital in Msida, Il-Ħaġar Museum in Victoria, Gozo, and Palazzo de Piro in Mdina. Previously, the artist, who originally studied at the Academy of Arts in Moldova for five years, exhibited her works in other parts of the world, including Russia, Poland and Istanbul. Anastasia, who bases her artworks on local mythology, legends and...

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