Friday, October 31, 2008

Mosta parish church

Mosta parish church, also known as Rotunda because of its round shape. It is really big as you can see on the next picture where we are entering the church. See how small we are next to those pillars.Inside it is really beautiful with all paintings made by Maltese artists. Take a closer look at one of the paintings carried and overlooked by an angel. You can visit the sacrista of this church to see the replica of a bomb. According to the people of Mosta this bomb fell through the dome without exploding during the 2nd World War while the church was filled with people.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Mdina

Mdina: the old capital of MaltaThe entrance gate into Mdina. Narrow streets in Mdina. Here we are approaching the walls of Mdina. From the walls you overlook the island of Malta. Wonderful! If you look carefully you can see the sea in the distance and in the middle somewhere you might see the round parish church of Mosta.
On walking back to the main gate we passed Mdina Cathedral.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Away for work

Have been away two days for my work and we stayed in the above hotel. We were busy inside both days so I hardly spent any time outside but yesterday morning at around 8 a.m. I seemed to be the only one awake of our group so I went for a little walk before breakfast. It was lovely outside and autumn leaves looked like gold in the morning sun.

Wordless Wednesday - Eyes of Osiris


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Monday, October 27, 2008

Lower Barracca Gardens Valletta

The Alexandre Ball MausoleumThe Siege Bell Memorial In memory of the dead of World War IIView from Lower Barracca Gardens over Grand Harbour

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Fountains in Valletta

This is the most famous fountain in Valletta: the Triton fountain in the middle of the bus terminus. Here is another shot taken in the evening.
Don't know if the following 2 fountains have names, I just like them so I took a photo. The water is not for drinking but they are good for rinsing your hands.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Valletta

After my skating post it's back to Malta again. When I was in Malta last week I saw things I never noticed before. When you live somewhere you take everything for granted I guess. It must have been more than 20 years ago that I was in Valletta and on the whole it didn't change that much. On the above picture Fort St Elmo is on the right and on the left hand side used to be St Elmo exams centre where I did my O levels. Some things never change for it still is an exams centre as I noted by the sign on one of the barred windows. The next picture shows Republic Street, the street we walked down on our way to Fort St Elmo.On the way down there was a man pointing up and that's when I noticed this sculpture. Here is a closer look. Must say it is a quaint sculpture. Didn't notice that before. LOL

Photo hunter - scary

Though I like to skate when there is a a possibility to do so, for me it is also a very scary activity as I am always afraid to fall. Lucky me for a few years ago when we went to skate indoor at the Sportiom in Den Bosch there were rollators nearby with which I could fly over the ice. What a delight!January 2006 was the last time outdoor skating was possible in our part of Holland. Outdoor skating is even more scary for me for there are no sides which you can skate to besides that there are no rollators either. So what better thing to take along but a broom so at least it will feel less scary in a way when on the ice.
Oh.... and who cares about laughing kids who when on seeing me going around the skaterink with a broom will jokingly ask if I might be sweeping the icerink. Haha!!

Even though I hate winter it would be great if the icerink would be open for a few days this year to go skating.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Maltese food

Kinnie is a typical Maltese drink and whenever I am in Malta I always drink this drink. Nice and cool it is really delicious. It has a bitter sweet flavour and is a very good thirst quencher.

Besides kinnie Malta has some special things that I like eating. First of all there is timpana, a pastry covered baked macaroni. On our first evening in Malta we had a piece and it tasted really good. When we used to live in Gozo my mum never baked it herself but Gozitan friends of ours would bake it for us if we asked them to. We never could make it like the Maltese do.
Another Maltese snack I had when in Malta is this pastry filled with dates. I will never forget that sweet smell for it will always bring back memories of having to wait for the bus on my way back to Gozo. In Valletta near the bus terminus there used to be a little street vendor selling it. When in Valletta I didn't have to look very hard to see if they still sell them for I just had to follow my nose. Mmmmmmm it tasted so good!
Also cheesecakes (pastry filled with ricotta) are one of my favourites when in Malta. We had one nearly every afternoon and even my family liked them.
There is much more typical Maltese food that I love to eat when back in Malta. This holiday I didn't eat Lampuki but I did eat Swordfish. What better place to eat fish then near the sea.

We also had Twistees (baked crisp savoury snack made from rice and corn grits), treacle ring shaped pastries (a light pastry with a filling made of treacle, semolina, citrus zest, cinnamon and cloves), Krustini (typical Maltese bicuits) and Galetti (Maltese water crackers) that taste so good with a little butter. To make the holiday last a little longer we brought back home these last mentioned things though I can say they taste much better when in Malta.

There is much more delicious typical Maltese food to eat so if you read this and ever go to Malta try the Maltese dish and enjoy it as much as I do.


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Wignacourt-aquaduct

From St Monica School it is a short walk to Wignacourt-aquaduct where we took the bus to Rabat. I remember this aquaduct but I never recalled it beeing so long while for about 6 months I must have passed this aquaduct daily on my way to school when I lived with a family in Attard and went to school in Hamrun.

Am I getting old or is this what memories do with you? LOL

Monday, October 20, 2008

St. Monica School

This is St. Monica School in Malta. I was a boarder and went to school here for about 3 years. My kids really wanted to see it.
When you enter the school you come into the above hall. I remember having to line up here in the morning to sing the national anthem and pray before we went into class.
This is the little chapel in the school where the catholic girls could attend mass early in the morning.
I was so glad to see Sr. Nancy again. She used to take care of the boarders. On the above picture we are near the toilets, showers and washing tabels. Each boarder had one of those cupboards on the right for putting away clothing and other personal stuff.
This is the main entrance of the school. Here we are taking just one more picture before leaving.