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This blog is dedicated to Malta - my island home. My aim is not to bore you with history but to share my thoughts and a few facts together with a photo or two. For a more in -depth background of the island please go here. The purpose of this blog is not to point out the short-comings of the island. There are plenty that do that already. My wish is to show you the beauty of an island at the cross roads of the Mediterranean, a melting pot of history; a place where fact and fiction are sometimes fused to create unique myths and legends; a country that has been conquered so many times that our culture is a mish mesh of the lands that surround us and of lands far away. I confess that my greatest desire is to make you fall in love with this tiny enchanting island.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Snapshots of … Strait Street

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Strait Street, the narrowest street in Valletta, flanked on either side by tall buildings, a street with a shady reputation. In former times it was the favourite haunt of soldiers, sailors and candlestick makers who sought a night of fun and games with the bar maids and dancers of the many establishments that thrived in this street.

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The British nicknamed it ‘The Gut’, which is a good indication of its shady character. Drunken fights, prostitution, dance halls and bordellos were a common sight along this infamous street. It was once a noisy, bustling place. Today, the only sounds you will hear are the echoes of your own footsteps and, perhaps, the sigh of a disappointed ghost or two because the place is just a shadow of its former self, decaying slowly, and yet, frozen in time.

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Rehabilitation of some buildings has started in the last couple of years and a number of restaurants and bistros have opened for business in what is still one of the most famous streets in Valletta.

Location: Strait Street (Strada Stretta), Valletta

November 2012

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Badass Burgers – Probably the Best Burgers in Malta

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I had been hearing rave reviews about Badass Cafe and their  burgers for almost a year. My burger expectations are always high and, more often than not, I have been disappointed with over-cooked meat that tastes like cardboard that many local restaurants tend to serve up. But this time, I was not let down. The burgers were moist, juicy and tasted just right. The accompanying fries were crispy and very tasty. Unfortunately, I was too busy eating my Aunt Elsie burger to remember to take any photos. This burger came with a Greek twist with a topping of tomatoes, black olives and feta cheese. Another plus is that the staff is friendly and efficient.  I can safely say that I have finally found my favourite burger restaurant on the island. I think that I am going to get addicted.

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Badass Café

46 Old Theatre Street

Valletta

Opening Times

Mon - Thur: 18:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sun: 12:00 - 00:00

Phone: 2122 8347

This is not a paid review and all opinions expressed are my own.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Snapshots of … The Courtyards at the Grand Master’s Palace

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The Grand Master’s Palace was built in 1571. It was designed by Girolamo Cassar and is built around two courtyards. The smaller courtyard is known as Prince Alfred’s Courtyard and was so named to commemorate the visit of Prince Alfred in 1851. Adorning this courtyard is Pinto’s Clock which was created in 1745.

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The other, larger courtyard is dominated by a bronze statue of the god Neptune and it is commonly called Neptune’s Courtyard.

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Location: The Grand Master’s Palace Courtyards, St George’s Square, Valletta

November 2012

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