Gozo - a tiny, happy chunk of coral
12.03.2016 - 16.03.2016 14 °C
We landed in Malta on Sunday and made a bee-line for the northern-most island of Gozo. It's a short ferry ride across the channel and past the tiny island of Comino (the home of the famous Blue Lagoon and some goats). It was windy!
The house we have rented here is unlike anything we have experienced before. These are apparently quite common here, and people come here from all around the world to retire. There are Aussies, Canadians, Americans, Brits and various EU ex-pats who have homes with names like "Kangaroo Valley" and "God Bless Australia" - well, OK, those are Australian examples, but you get the idea. Our place, located in Xaghra (pronounced Sha-rah) is a renovated 300 year old farm house with a pool and front court yard designed by Escher:
We have sampled some local cuisine, including pizza with egg on it. This is an entirely new experience:
The Mediterranean is too cold for swimming. However, the upside is that you virtually get the beach to yourself. This is the most popular beach on Gozo - it's called Ramla and has the coolest red sand, with clay cliffs:
There are Neolithic temple ruins scattered about Malta. One of the most significant is Ggantija. It dates from 3000 to 2500 BC and is the oldest free-standing structure in the world. Jamie thinks it doesn't really count as free-standing, given all the supporting scaffolding holding it up. Semantics, I say... It is a very cool place - a perfect spot to learn how to use the panorama feature on my new camera:
The streets are narrow and twisty. It pays to look over your shoulder, as you never know when a right-hand drive Fiat (OK, maybe not a Fiat, probably a Peugot, the Fiat will be in the shop) will come barreling down on you: