A POSTCARD FROM MALTA

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A POSTCARD FROM MALTA
Every year, as a family, it is tradition that we take a break from our hectic lives at work, school and home to go somewhere special and spend quality time with each other, something that is becoming harder and harder to do. This Christmas break we ventured off to the beautiful mediterranean island of Malta, for a week of relaxing, recharging and exploring.

This small but beautiful place is not a well-frequented tourist destination of many, however we have visited before, way back in 2007, so were eager to return to find out what had changed and if it was still as good as we remembered. We were not disappointed. With the winter sun beating down on us everyday, reaching 22 degrees on some days (amazing for December), it was the perfect weather for us to retrace the steps we made 10 years ago, exploring the history of the island and all its attractions.

The capital city of Malta, Valetta, is absolutely stunning with its amazing historic architecture dating back to the Crusades of the 16th Century and the then residents, the Knights of St John. It was fascinating to find out about the architecture and culture, especially after studying the Crusades in detail at A-Level. The beautiful promenades allowed for great walks along the coast, with amazing views out across the sea and across the Grand Harbour, an impressive feature containing hundreds of boats and ships.

Traditional Maltese cuisine comes in the form of tiny pasties, something not unfamiliar to me considering I am from the North of England, but also ironically work part-time in a bakery. These delicacies, known as pastizzis, can be found on almost every street corner in the city and are so cheap it is actually unbelievable. At only 30 cents each they are an absolute bargain and taste incredible, so much so we ate them almost everyday! (Not recommended if you are eating healthily)

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It was lovely to spend Christmas in such a wonderful place, albeit slightly strange because of the warm climate, something we aren’t used to in England, but amazing nonetheless. Unfortunately I am back home now and getting ready to head back to uni, however we already have another family holiday booked which I am massively looking forward to. Roll on Summer!

Francesca x


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Kartolina minn Malta
Kull sena, bħala familja, huwa tradizzjoni li nieħdu pawża mill-ħajja hectic tagħna fuq ix-xogħol, l-iskola u l-dar biex tmur x’imkien speċjali u jqattgħu ħin ta ‘kwalità ma’ xulxin, xi ħaġa li qed issir aktar diffiċli u aktar diffiċli li tagħmel. Din il-waqfa tal-Milied aħna Schritt barra lejn il-gżira Mediterranja sabiħa ta ‘Malta, għal ġimgħa ta’ illaxkar, rikariku u l-esplorazzjoni.

Dan il-post żgħir iżda sbieħ mhix destinazzjoni turistika tajjeb iffrekwentati minn ħafna, iżda aħna għandna żaru qabel, mod lura fl-2007, hekk kienu ħerqana li jirritornaw biex issir taf liema kienu nbidlu u jekk kien għadu tajjeb daqs aħna mfakkar. Aħna ma kinux diżappuntat. Bl-xemx fix-xitwa swat isfel fuqna kuljum, u laħaq 22 gradi fuq xi jiem (aqwa għal Diċembru), kien il-temp perfett għalina biex rintraċċati l-passi li għamilna 10 sena ilu, l-esplorazzjoni l-istorja tal-gżira u attrazzjonijiet kollha tagħha.

Il-belt kapitali ta ‘Malta, Valletta, huwa assolutament stordament ma arkitettura storika tagħha aqwa li jmorru lura għall-Kruċjati tas-Seklu 16 u l-mbagħad residenti, il-Kavallieri ta’ San Ġwann. Kien affaxxinanti biex issir taf dwar l-arkitettura u l-kultura, speċjalment wara l-istudju l-Kruċjati fid-dettall fil-livell A-Level. Il promenades sbieħ permessi għal mixjiet kbira tul il-kosta, bl-opinjonijiet aqwa barra madwar il-baħar u madwar il-Port il-Kbir, karatteristika impressjonanti fih mijiet ta ‘dgħajjes u bastimenti.

kċina tradizzjonali Maltija jidħol fil-forma ta ‘pasties ċkejkna, xi ħaġa mhux familjari lili tikkunsidra I am mit-Tramuntana tal-Ingilterra, iżda wkoll Ironikament jaħdmu part-time fi forn. Dawn il delicacies, magħrufa bħala pastizzis, jistgħu jinstabu fuq kważi kull kantuniera tat-triq fil-belt u huma tant cheap huwa attwalment unbelievable. Fil biss 30 ċenteżmu kull dawn huma bargain assoluta u t-togħma inkredibbli, tant aħna ate minnhom kważi kuljum! (Mhux rakkomandat jekk inti tiekol b’saħħitha)

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Kien sabiħ li jonfqu Milied f’tali post mill-isbaħ, għalkemm kemmxejn stramba minħabba l-klima sħuna, xi ħaġa li aħna ma jintużawx fl-Ingilterra, iżda aqwa xorta. Sfortunatament I am lura d-dar issa u jkollna lest biex ras lura lill uni, madankollu diġà għandna festa ieħor tal-familja ammonit li jiena bil-kbir bil-ħerqa li. Roll fuq Sajf!

Francesca x


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‘N poskaart VAN MALTA
Elke jaar, as ‘n familie, is dit tradisie dat ons ‘n onderbreking van ons gejaagde lewens by die werk, skool en huis toe te neem iewers spesiale te gaan en kwaliteit tyd saam met mekaar, iets wat steeds harder en moeiliker om te doen. Dit breek Kersfees ons gewaag af na die pragtige Mediterreense eiland Malta, vir ‘n week van ontspan, herlaai en verken.

Hierdie klein, maar mooi plek is nie ‘n goed wat gereeld toeristebestemming van baie, maar ons het voor besoek, pad terug in 2007, so was gretig om terug te keer om uit te vind wat verander het en of dit nog so goed soos ons onthou word. Ons is nie teleurgestel nie. Met die winter son klop op ons alledaagse, die bereiking van 22 grade op ‘n paar dae (ongelooflike vir Desember), was dit die perfekte weer vir ons om die stappe wat ons 10 jaar gelede gemaak ingegaan, die verkenning van die geskiedenis van die eiland en al sy toerisme-aantreklikhede.

Die hoofstad van Malta, Valetta, is absoluut stunning met sy ongelooflike historiese argitektuur dateer terug na die Kruistogte van die 16de eeu en die destydse inwoners, die Ridders van St John. Dit was fassinerend om uit te vind oor die argitektuur en kultuur, veral ná die bestudering van die Kruistogte in detail op A-vlak. Die pragtige promenades toegelaat vir groot stap langs die kus, met pragtige uitsig uit oor die see en oor die Grand Harbour, ‘n indrukwekkende funksie met honderde bote en skepe.

Tradisionele Maltese kombuis kom in die vorm van klein pasteien, iets wat nie vertroud is met my oorweging ek uit die noorde van Engeland, maar ook ironies werk deeltyds in ‘n bakkery. Hierdie lekkernye, bekend as pastizzis, kan gevind word op byna elke straathoek in die stad en is so goedkoop dit is eintlik ongelooflik. Op slegs 30 sent elk hulle is ‘n absolute winskoop en smaak ongelooflik, soveel so ons geëet het hulle byna elke dag! (Nie aanbeveel as jy gesond eet)

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Dit was lekker om Kersfees te spandeer op so ‘n wonderlike plek, al is dit effens vreemd as gevolg van die warm klimaat, iets wat ons is nie gewoond aan in Engeland, maar ongelooflike nietemin. Ongelukkig is ek terug by die huis af en maak gereed om terug te uni kop, maar ons het reeds ‘n ander familie vakansie bespreek wat ek op groot skaal uitsien na. Rol op somer!

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