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Author: Melisande Aquilina

Amazing Picnic Spots in Malta

Spring is officially here, and summer is on the way. This is the perfect time for picnics, hikes, walks and excursions around the Maltese countryside. Nature is flourishing as the temperatures rise, gremxul (ghekkos) and nanna koli (ladybirds) can be admired sunbathing along walls and on plants, while bees, mosquitos and other flying fauna permeate through our days and evenings. Malta is chock-full of natural places were one can enjoy and experience spring to his heart’s content. Apart from the obvious, that is, the ‘usual’ spots, like Buskett and Ta’ Qali, where extended families, teenagers, and dog-owners tend to...

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The Village of Fontana in Gozo

Fontana, with its population of almost 1,000 inhabitants, originally grew as a suburb of Victoria, or Rabat, the capital city of Gozo. It was officially established as a Parish in March 1911 under Bishop Giovanni Maria Camilleri, and its parish is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The village feast is celebrated each year on the second or third Sunday of June. Fontana rises along the hillside which from the south of the town of Victoria slopes down in the direction of Wied Siekel, that is, Siekel Valley, on the eastern side, and Wied il-Lunzjata, Lunzjata Valley, on...

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Ta’ Kola Windmill in Xagħra, Gozo

Ta’ Kola Windmill (‘il-mitħna ta’ Kola’ in Maltese), found in Xagħra, one of the largest villages on the island of Gozo, was originally built in 1787, at the expense of Grand Master Manuel de Vilhena Foundation. This windmill is one of the few complete surviving windmills on the Maltese islands dating back to the period of the Order of the Knights of Saint John. Originally, Ta’ Kola Windmill had been built in a different location within the village, however it had to be dismantled and reconstructed again during the 1780s, due to the fact that the original construction seems...

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European Capital of Culture for 2018

Valletta, Malta’s capital city, was selected to be the European Capital of Culture (ECoC) in 2012, and will be hosting this title in 2018, together with the partner Dutch city of Leeuwarden. The name of the Foundation responsible for the implementation of the relevant cultural programme is Valletta 2018, and its aim is to promote a European dimension, while valuing Maltese traditional customs and heritage. The annually-appointed European Capital for Culture initiative was first launched in 1985, and it was set up with the aim of evolving the chosen city’s cultural output, while also increasing tourism for the region....

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A Comedian’s View of Malta

It really happened! Michael McIntyre, the 41-year old British stand-up comedian and actor, finally came to Malta! Reported in 2012 to be the highest-grossing comedian in the world, McIntyre had been a long-time favourite of many Maltese satire and comedy fans, and finally these were pleasantly surprised to learn that yes, their idol was performing in Malta as part of his world tour. The response of the Maltese was impressive. Tickets for the comedian’s one and only performance, which was to take place on Saturday 22nd April at the Malta Fairs and Conventions Centre in Ta’ Qali, sold out...

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