First warm and sunny day
Depart: 10:00-ish GMT
At which point the battery died
Journey’s end: 12:30-ish GMT
(Ghawdex) – Malta
Think I took this one and Steve took the movies we’ve got of the ceiling. He wisely went for the moving image as it seemed to capture light better and, although lower res, is less grainy than this still image. Ghawdex I believe is an ordinary western alpha representation of the Maltese name for the island of Gozo.
Many of the Maltese we met in Valletta who were working with the tourists, seem to be able to speak in a combo of their own language, Arabic, Italian, French, English, Spanish, German and Greek with the odd Scandinavian language thrown in. Eavesdropping on them serving in shops and restaurants is an awe-inspiring experience as they switch from customer to customer or table to table always remembering who speaks what; and then, when the next client comes along, rewriting that memory with the appropriate language for the new conversation.
Have you ever been to Malta? We’d never been before but selected it because of the history and, of course, the archaeology.
Yup, more piles of rocks. But these you have to see to believe. Here are a few images of a couple of Malta’s cliff top temples.
The two, on a cliff on the main island, are under ‘canvas’.
And then there’s the Tarxien Temple, and Ggantija too, not to mention the Hypogeum (said to be the only prehistoric underground temple in the world) and all the finds in each of these. Quite an eye opener for those of us who’ve only trawled the shallow end of the available ancient archeological info that floats around for the public.