Peter Bargh

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January 15th, 2016

Timing!

Today fly back to East Midlands on FR2472. Screwed up with timings and got to airport 3 hours too early. I didn’t need to get up so early and rush breakfast…idiot! Leaving Malta with sun, but clouds and not looking forward to returning to the cold and damp of England.

January 14th, 2016

Relax inn

Stayed on roof terrace of the Relax Inn and sun bathed-  very hot and topped up tan. Met William Forrest a regular traveller to Malta who was about to rent a property out there and had a good chat. Then first 30 min run up to St. Paul’s bay and back.

January 13th, 2016

Dingli cliffs

Another attempt at walking Dingli cliffs, this time by catching a couple of buses to get to the cliff tops. The 48 to Birkirkara, and 201 from there. I got off in Dingle village and walked up to the cliffs and followed the track south along the edge with a plan to walk along the coast to the Blue Grotto. I managed but many times ended up losing the direction and wandering away from the cliffs. I did manage to find my way down to Ghar Lapsi and walked along the cliffs under the Hagar Qim temples. From the Blue Grotto I walked over to Zurrieq and caught a bus to Valetta from Kirkop.

Dingli Cliffs

 

January 9th, 2016

North Malta

I decided to do the north tip of the island so I caught a bus up to Mellieha heights and walked down to the bay, then up to the red castle (The Red Tower or Fort St. Agatha), and did the tourist visit to get a view from the top. On the way up I passed through some ruins. Totally graffiti covered wall. I spoke to a couple later who actually had one of these properties several years earlier. Time Share that went wrong. Superb vantage point, but now in ruin.

Graffiti

From the tower I walked towards the coast at Ghadira and then clockwise around the top passing a large cave where people were camping,  Paradise Bay and the Gozo ferry. I then walked around the north east coast line including Armier Bay.  And then completed my daily run 25 minutes using Couch to 5k and back to St Pauls Bay.

Red Tower

 

January 8th, 2016

Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park

Walked from Bugibba around the coast to St Pauls Bay, I liked the look of properties at Xemxijm so walked around the back streets. From here I spotted a sign for the heritage trail and decided to follow it west towards the coast. It brought me to Il-Majjistral Nature & History Park which has a lovely walk following the coast north to Anchor Bay and Popeye Village. From here I walked down to Mellieha Bay and then followed the coast clockwise back round to St Pauls Bay. On the way there were several difficult parts to pass, but also got to see the lovely secluded Imgiebah Bay.

View below is Il-Majjistral with the island of Gozo in the distance.

Il-Majjistral

 

January 7th, 2016

Bugibba

Check out of Gallipoli and train to Lecce, then Bari and flight FR9874 to Malta. Then X3 bus to Bugibba staying in Relax Inn hotel, triq halal. Budget hotel – smells of old people…lots of coughing and smoke and piss. But roof top terrace and great breakfast – hot and cold buffet style. Didnt enjoy the typical British old person conversation at breakfast, so kept head down.

Apartment was just a short walk from main square. Luckily fairly quiet but the area gets rammed in Summer. Was a good spot for me to explore the north which I hadn’t done previously.

December 18th, 2015

Raffael rabbit

Flight FR2411 from East Midlands to Malta – car parked in long stay 2
Arrived in Malta and went over to stay in Swieqi. Had lunch at Raffael restaurant – Spaghetti con Coniglio Spaghetti with rabbit cooked in garlic, bayleaf, celery, white wine, parsley and aromatic herbs – 10.80 euro

Raffael

 

August 14th, 2015

Malta

East Midlands flight LS649 to Malta MLA on Jet2. Saw Jessica Bates working in cabin crew, last time I saw her was in Aslackby when she was 9 or 10.

Stayed in Swieqi for a night ready for trip out to Sicily.

March 3rd, 2015

Week in Malta

A week relaxing in Malta where I stayed for a week at Cavalieri Art Hotel, Spinola Road, St Julians

Some memorabilia

malta