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Europe » Malta » Gozo April 7th 2014

The brochures state Gozo is an island of mystery, history and faith. It also moves to a strikingly different, more leisurely pace then its sister island. This we found to be true! How did we come to be here? While this adventure was in the planning stage I must have spent the majority of my spare time "googling". Through that I came across a slightly more unique way of seeing the island of Gozo then just by a coach - Gozo by jeep! The day started a little slow, in that we were very late to be picked up and we still had more stops at two hotels after ours and with a ferry to catch the van driver was struggling to control his temper over the amount of traffic. The ferry ride across to Gozo ... read more
Approaching the island of Gozo.
Our jeep.
The fabulous four.

Europe » Malta » Gozo January 16th 2014

Hello there, I'll be in Gozo in August. I'm planing my hollyday. I would like explore Gozo with the bicycle. I'll stay in Marsaforn. All tours should be start here. Who can me tell me, what is the best way from Marsaforn to Kecem? It is possible to ride outside the road?... read more

Europe » Malta » Gozo » Xaghra October 9th 2013

Top of our list of places to go during this year was Gozo, and it was great to be back! It turns out a lot can change in 5 years. On Malta, we noticed everything looks new and improved. The airport has change a lot since we were last here. There are now air conditioned express buses that go from the airport to the ferry terminal, just in time for the ferry. What a treat! On Gozo, the pace of change was not quite as noticeable. But there is a hop on hop off bus there now, which means that tourism must be picking up. And rightly so. We rented a car and 'farmhouse' for the week. For those that have not been to Gozo, farmhouses are really just any house. Ours had a full kitchen, ... read more
Arrival in Gozo!
Sunset at our Bella Vista farmhouse
Dreams of Oleander's

Europe » Malta » Gozo » Xlendi October 19th 2012

While Richard is slaving away at work each day and Catherine has gone off to Sweden for work - I decided a little side trip to the smaller island of Gozo would be just the ticket - so a hasty search on Booking.com came up with a real bargain ...how could £18 a night including brekki be anything but a miracle for me - as you know always looking for value for money on my travels. This time I manged to pack my stuff for 3 days into my little rucsac - I must be getting better at this packing lark!!! and off I went to get the bus to the ferry . A word here about Malta busses - yes they run all over the islands but I have to say the timtetabling is not ... read more
Comino Boat trip (2)
Comino Boat trip (4)
Copy of Xlendi Bay

Europe » Malta » Gozo July 15th 2012

Yesterday we spent more time just relaxing, swimming, eating and at the waterpark. Today has been quite different and wow its been hot, 42 degrees apparently! We caught a boat first thing over to a small island called Comino, where we spent a little while swimming in an area of the sea called the 'blue lagoon'. It was beautiful, clear blue water where I saw lots of little fish swimming. Unfortunately I also saw hundreds of other tourists and their boats in this small patch of water and on the rock face next to it :-( apparently there is a small beach, but I couldn't see this with all the deck chairs! Anyway, I loved the swimming and I got to watch mummy and daddy jump off the boat into the sea. It looked really fun ... read more
Bugibba
Yummy dinner
Bugibba

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Europe » Malta » Gozo » Victoria May 27th 2012

My last day in Malta called for more sightseeing. Over the day,I spent 6.5 hours on buses, 1 hour on ferries, and countless hours on my feet. And I only spend $9.10 euros for all. 8:00 am: I caught the bus to Marsaxlokk, a traditional fishing village, dating from the Phoenicians. It was about 45 minutes away, and has a weekly Sunday market. The market had the usual stuff, veggies, clothes, electronics, etc. A nice man was eating fuzzy green things off a bushy plant, and when I asked him what they were, he gave me a handful. The texture of a mushy nut, with out much flavor… they were garbanzo beans!!! &l... read more
1st Communion
Ramla Bay Beach
Harbor View

Europe » Malta » Gozo April 21st 2012

For our last full day in Malta we had committed to trekking to the island of Gozo, one of Malta’s two sister islands, along with Comino. Gozo is more than a third the size of Malta, but it has less than one-tenth of its population and is seen as the more laid-back, green, relaxing island one can escape to. To get there we first had to take a bus to the northwest corner of the island, Ċirkewwa, where a 20-minute ferry would take us to the Gozitan port city of Mġarr. Given that we were on island time, this took maybe an hour and a half, but luckily the ferry was leaving soon after we arrived, so we didn’t have to wait too long. The ride was short but scenic, and we couldn’t have asked for ... read more
Walking up to the Citadel
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Looking down from the Citadel toward St. George's Basilica

Europe » Malta » Gozo April 9th 2012

Last buffet breakie today! :( And as I got to the waffle maker I see that someone has made wayyyyy more of a mess than I did yest!! And the lil girl was there so i could point out that it wasnt just me that overdid the mixture! we enjoyed our last breakfast and then got dressed for our trip across to gozo for the day. We were gutted cos Karla had got us excited about going to Camino where the blue lagoon was but unfortunately cos it was so windy they werent sending boats across so we settled for a day in gozo and just looked at blue lagoon postcards!! We hopped on the ferry and omg it was so rockywith the wind. Apparantley it was force 8 out of 10! I felt really sick ... read more
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Europe » Malta » Gozo » Victoria April 4th 2012

.Portugal to Malta I have had a cold the last week and haven’t done any writing since the Portuguese sailors left. We did not dock in Portimao, Portugal because of the weather. This port is known as the fair weather port, and the weather was not at all fair. So, instead, we headed for Cadiz, Spain, the port with access to Seville. We took a Cruise Critic Tour to Seville with 16 people on a 30 passenger bus and plenty of room to spread out. Our guide was excellent as we walked to the Alcazar or palace still used by the Queen of Spain when she and the children are in Seville. The building is beautiful and very large. We did not go to the second story, but only to the more public rooms. We then ... read more

Europe » Malta » Gozo April 18th 2011

Il grand finale, zoals ze het in het Maltees zeggen! we begonnen de dag vandaag met het stralende, warme zonlicht. vanmorgen namen we vroeger dan gewoonlijk de bus naar Mgarr. daar aangekomen, namen we direct de ferry naar het eiland Gozo. toen we daar aankwamen, kwam er een kudde taxichauffeurs op ons afgelopen! met allemaal aanbiedingen om ons mee te krijgen in hun taxi! van 60 euro naar 10 euro! jammer voor hen! de mama had namelijk een bus in de planning! en dit voor de meer dan schappelijke prijs van 0,49 euro! en dit dan vlak naast de taxichauffeurs! maar zelfs toen we op de bus zaten, waanden we ons in een zombie apocalyps! de taxizombies/parasieten kwamen er praktisch tegen het raam hangen om ons uit de bus te sleuren! na een geweldige babbel met ... read more
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