Why Malta??

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Why Malta??

Posted by in Blog | April 30, 2012

My name is Lisa Wells Foote and for as long as I can remember, I have been passionate about Europe.  Since high school (which trust me, was a few years ago…) I have wanted to visit, explore, and live in every country in Europe.

However, I didn’t actually get to Europe until I was 40.  Life just didn’t take me on the European tour until that time.

Two years after my first trip to Europe, I married a Brit.  And no, I didn’t meet him in Europe, rather, I met him in New York and we have traveled a lot; he has the same travel bug as I do.

About a year and a half ago, Tony (the Brit) started to pester me about Malta.  Now, much as I love Europe, Malta hadn’t been high on my priority list to get to, I really wanted to go to Italy.  The reason that Tony wanted so badly to go was because as a young boy, he had lived in Malta for a few years while his dad had a Navy posting there and he’s always wanted to go back.  So we went.

And we both fell in love with Malta and the Maltese.  And – we moved here 6 weeks ago!  Yep, my dream is finally coming true.

Malta is a tiny island nation south of Italy (60 miles south of Sicily to be precise), with 3 main islands – Malta, Gozo, and Comino.  I think Comino has about 6 people living there and Gozo is rather small as well.  So we live on Malta.

Malta is a small island; you can drive around it in approximately 45 minutes depending on traffic.  And yes, even on Malta the traffic is terrible.  But it doesn’t seem that small, you can’t see across to the other side, it’s similar to saying that Manhattan is a small island – it is small, but you really can’t tell.

So why Malta?  Why did we choose Malta?

Pretty simple…according to International Living Magazine, it has the best climate in the world.  Also, it is very affordable, it’s beautiful, the people are incredibly friendly, taxes are low, health care is free, and it is filled with culture and history.  The first evidence of humans on earth have been found on Malta and Cyprus, we have visited ruins from 5,000 B.C.!  And, as a bonus – everyone speaks English.  There is a Maltese language, but English is the first language in the constitution so everyone is fluent.  In summary, it is paradise.

So I am starting this blog so that our friends can keep up with our adventure and so that I can lure them to come and visit—and maybe even stay?

Please join me as the journey begins.

Life could not be better!

Posted by in Blog,Our House | April 30, 2012

This blog is from the cats…

From Connecticut to Malta – life is good!

Our journey was not exactly fun – we have never flown before (nor have we ever been in crates!!).  Our dad said it would be better when we arrived. We din’t believe him, but now we do.

Click the more button, and see if you agree . . .

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Valletta Harbour Fireworks

Posted by in Blog,History,Towns | April 30, 2012

The Malta International Fireworks Festival is an annual event organised by the Parliamentary Secretariat for Tourism and the Malta Tourism Authority.

The Grand Harbour provides the perfect setting for this spectacular event, which takes place on April 29th and 30th. The festival includes fireworks displays designed by foreign pyrotechnic companies as well as some of the best local fireworks factories.

Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the spectacle free of charge. The best locations for viewing the displays are Ta’ Liesse / Barriera Wharf, Valletta.

The festival also serves to commemorate Malta’s accession into the European Union that took place on 1st May 2004.

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Easter in Malta

Posted by in Blog,History,Religious | April 12, 2012

As the celebrations of Holy Week and Easter are of a religious character, people flock to Mass in big numbers to commemorate the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

Holy Week commences on the Friday preceding Good Friday, when the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows is carried in a procession through the streets of Valletta and many other towns and villages. During this time, the Maltese flock to the churches in great numbers. On Maundy Thursday, the ‘seven visits’ take place, which are the visits to seven different churches, to pay homage to the Altars of Repose.

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