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    Xlendi - Gozo

    by IreneMcKay Updated Dec 13, 2014

    Xlendi is a village in south west Gozo. It is a beautiful place to swim. We sat on a rocky ledge with cliffs behind us and leapt into the clear blue seas. It was heavenly. I would rate here as one of the most beautiful places I have ever swum in my life.

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    Gozo -Mgarr

    by IreneMcKay Updated Dec 13, 2014

    Gozo is a beautiful island and I strongly recommend a visit here. It is quieter, more peaceful and greener than Malta. You can get to Gozo by ferry from Ċirkewwa on the north-west coast of Malta. That will take you to the port of Mġarr on Gozo.

    Mgarr is a lovely port with beautiful churches and a fine harbour. The beautiful Church of Our Lady of Lourdes and a second lovely church, the name of which I do not know, stand high up on Mgarr's hillside dominating its skyline. Mgarr's harbour is filled with colourful wooden boats. It is a very picturesque place.

    Gozo according to legend was home to the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey. Calypso used her magical powers to keep Odysseus captive here for many years after she fell in love with him.

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    Gozo - Victoria

    by IreneMcKay Updated Dec 13, 2014

    Victoria is the capital of Gozo. It is also called Rabat.

    In the centre of Victoria, on top of its highest hill stands the Citadel. This is visible from almost anywhere on Gozo.

    The Citadel was strongly fortified. It was built as a place of safety from the attacks of the Barbary corsairs and Saracens. These raiders made frequent attacks on Gozo and kidnapped the local people then sold them as slaves.

    Until 1637 the inhabitants of Gozo were required by law to spend their nights within the Citadel for their own safety. After that date life grew more peaceful and people began to live below the citadel walls forming the city of Victoria.

    During our visit Victoria was all decorated for an approaching religious festa.

    Victoria. Victoria. Victoria. Victoria. Victoria.
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    Comino

    by IreneMcKay Written Dec 13, 2014

    Comino is a small island located between Malta and Gozo. It is only about 3.5 square kilometers,

    We went here for the day to swim and were foolish enough to bring no water with us. As the island is practically uninhabited, there was nowhere to buy any. Just as we were beginning to feel we would die of dehydration into the beautiful clear blue bay came an ice-cream boat. I feel it saved our lives.

    This is a lovely place to come for a peaceful day spent swimming or snorkling. Bring lots of water with you, though.

    We also went for a walk round the island. It was quite dry and barren though it used to have lots of wild animals and be used as hunting grounds in the past.

    The ice-cream boat that saved our lives. Walking round Comino. The bay in Comino. Walking around Comino. Comino
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  • Dingli Cliffs - wow

    by reenby Updated Aug 20, 2007

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    To get to the cliffs you have to catch a bus to Rabat, then follow a 2km pathway through lovely Buskett Gardens to reach Dingli cliffs - the highest point on the island.

    Walk along the cliff so high above the sea and feel the wind as it sweeps over. The cliffs are probaby caused by Africa scrunching up to Europe. It has been suggested that this is where Atlantis dropped off into the sea - and who knows.

    There are no cafes etc so take your own eats. When you have had enough of the solitude and views walk back down the little hill to the town and catch the bus at the church.

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    front garden in Valletta

    by alusru Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    If you lived somewhere with large, verdant, spacious gardens, you might understand the smile on my face and my feelings when I saw that front garden in Valletta.

    Plants need a lot of water to grow but Malta has little. Ground in Valetta is rare. However, you can always find enough inspiration to make your imaginations come true. To be so creative with so little, I adore.

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    crucifix - tree

    by alusru Updated Sep 7, 2004

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    Going up the hill for Mdina there are trees on both sides of the street. One of these trees is very special. If you look close it turns into a crucifix.

    The tree is on the right side when you travel up the hill and it is after about 3 quaters of the way up.

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