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Back From Malta

The summer holiday ended last week, after a fabulous 2-week trip to Malta. Since the kids were along for the ride we spent quite a few days in the hotel pool, but we still had plenty of time left for trips around the country.

Malta has three inhabited islands: Malta, Gozo, and Comino, and we visited all three during our stay. Especially Gozo had some great sights of nature, like the Azure Window.

Azure Window
Azure Window on Gozo

Saltpans on Gozo
The saltpans where the Gozoans have made salt for ... well, when's the last time humans didn't need salt?
ETA: The picture above was taken from a road about 30-40 meters above the saltpans. This one shows the scale a little better. 1-2 meters per side is my best guess.
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Yours truly, enjoying a boat trip to Comino. With only 4 inhabitants and a nature preserve in the interior, Comino is rather unspoiled... so of course tourists swarm to the place. We had a great barbeque (prepared by the captain's mother) in the Blue Lagoon.


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Being a certified history buff, I'd have loved to visit more of the historical sites on the islands. Everyone who was anything in the Mediterranean have occupied or defended Malta at one time or another, but the kids weren't inclined to see the old stuff. Nature sights were a good compromise. I guess I'll be back. 

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asakiyume
Aug. 5th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Those salt pans are amazing! I've never seen such a thing. What's the scale? (Are those the size of a human foot, say? Or are we looking down at them from a height, in which case maybe they're quite large?)
jakobdrud
Aug. 7th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
We snapped this photo from a road that ran along a cliff above the salt pans. I'd say they're 1-2 meters on each side. For you I also added a snapshot from the ground that shows the scale a little better.

They scoop the salt out every morning, by hand and shovel and aching back.
asakiyume
Aug. 7th, 2012 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh thank you for that second photo! And yes, aching back, I'm sure.
threeoutside
Aug. 5th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
Welcome back, Jakob! Oh my, that looks like one fried Dane there. Glad you and your family had a wonderful time! Hope the sunburn isn't too bad...
jakobdrud
Aug. 7th, 2012 04:27 am (UTC)
Thanks! The ol' paleface did indeed get a lot of sun, but no sunburns (my cheeks tend towards red on even the cloudiest days). We used sunscreen by the bucketload since we hardly even saw a cloud while we were there.
threeoutside
Aug. 7th, 2012 11:06 am (UTC)
Oh, good, I'm glad you didn't suffer! I, too, turn bright red the minute I get the tiniest bit warm. I took a very hilly 2-mile hike in the woods in 90 degree temps yesterday and by the time I got back to my car, my face could have been used for a stop light! But I recuperated just fine.
acwise
Aug. 6th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
Lovely pictures! My grandparents raved about their trip to Malta when they went years ago. Perhaps I should add it to my list of must-see places.
jakobdrud
Aug. 7th, 2012 04:30 am (UTC)
It's a nice place for a vacation, and it was perfect for the kids. High on my list for revisits, but if the choice was between Rome and Malta, I'd go to Italy.
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