Malta and Tunis

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Chazza

Malta and Tunis

Gist certainly got, Bazzer. Sounds quite like Greece, both the taxis and the restaurants.

Pauline, I'd love to go to Gozo too but that's in the hands of the Gods aka the Cap'n.

I expect Tunis to be exactly as your description of Tangier. What I found most distressing was that the beggars were on average 4 years old.

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Expat Badger

malta

can't believe you got punched James - talk about can't handle rejection!!

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JAMES

Expat.

It was actually quite scary. I was there with Mum who always wants to get up at 6am and be in bed at 8pm, and at 21, that did not suit me, so I'd go off out on my own in the evening. Found a lovely friendly bar, but also this place. Did not even realise it was a gay bar, was certainly not looking for one.

The bloke was quite determined, and I was very polite, but the owner, who Im guessing was his friend locked the door so I could not even get out........

I was shouting at the door, "OPEN THE DOOR" etc, with a few choice words thrown in too :)

And after a couple of mins they did open the door. Those who have met me can tell you, Im a delicate thing. I'd never been hit before, and I've never hit anyone either.

Was shaking when I got outside. But, Im sure it was an isolated incident, and it would not stop me from going back to Malta again, beautiful place, and the people are, generally, really lovely.

I stuck to the friendly bar from then on! :)

XX

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Expat Badger

malta

Oh my god that sounds terrifying!

Jeez i'd have been a right state after that.

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Merrie

Chazza ...

How did you like Malta ? We had a great time although weather could have been better - very windy and rained on our last day. However didn't stop us enjoying it. Loved the people, very friendly, loved the buses - some old and some new, but did NOT have rabbit, somehow can't bring myself to eat it. Did the strong winds affect your sailing, it stopped some of the ferries.

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Chazza

Malta and Tunis

Hello Merrie, I fell in love with Malta. Secretly I was a bit concerned as Anthony Burgess, a fave author of mine had some problems there that found their way into many of his later works and he gave the place bad press, but he had good reason.

We experienced the big storm in the Med while miles from land, apparently a force 10, as strong as they get there, and it certainly was very frightening, there were waves as high as tall buildings kicking us about in the middle of the night. In a way it was pretty good to get focus on the idea that you really really might be dead in the next 10 minutes, especially as we lived. A timely reminder that good things come on plates right now, not in three years or so.

I didn't think anyone heard about it in the UK, when I phoned nobody knew a thing.

So, Malta. The sun came out as we arrived and my first impression was that all the buildings were just right, not oversized business concerns or desperately small skin of the teeth affairs. There were castles and forts to be seen, also solid looking hotels at a respectable distance with an air about them that said "come here if you're in trouble". That was good to.

I found a new friend quickly and he immediately pointed out that a seaplane was taking off out of the harbour, something I'd only seen on TV before, it was like watching a condor or a pterodactyl for real.

New friend was very happy to have a chat (and a glass), and fill me with history and ambitions. One of which was to see the very old things. I'd warned Mrs. that they were small and she thanked as indeedy they were, but hardly the point, we were soon with real carvings made 1500 years before Stonehenge and another 1000 years before the pyramids by people exactly like us.

Anyway, before I win the prize for the longest post ever, yes we had a great time, the weather was consistently ideal, the people were all very kind and not once attempted a hard sell, even in the markets, I didn't come across the recommended beers but found several other local stars, I drank liqueur made from cactus which is *well* worth a go (and yes, legal), did not even see a bus, didn't come across a rabbit though I was looking forward to it, and ate on fish fish squid and fish.

Now find myself with a problem - should I move there for the miserable months of the UK (November and March) only to find that it's not what I thought, or never go back and let it remain a wonderful memory?

Go, I think.

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Sue G

Malta

Hi,

Sounds like you had a nice time.

Maybe there was a bus strike and that was why no buses.

Hubby and i went for two very long weeks once, we really didn't like the place for a holiday.
Hired a car drove around the whole place as the weather was crap.

One of those places we wouldn't go back to.

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Chazza

Malta

Sue G

"... didn't like the place for a holiday ... weather was crap ... wouldn't go back"

Obviously not what you're foreverlooking4, though it's certainly no disco, but then if someone came to London today for a day they may think that the UK was paradise.

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Sue G

Malta

"Sue G

"... didn't like the place for a holiday ... weather was crap ... wouldn't go back"

Obviously not what you're foreverlooking4, though it's certainly no disco, but then if someone came to London today for a day they may think that the UK was paradise."


I lived in central London for 18 years and it was not paradise.

PARADISE
Mexico Yes, London ok, full of life,but hard work.
Malta is ok for the over 70's

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SonyaK

Malta

'PARADISE
Mexico Yes, London ok, full of life,but hard work.
Malta is ok for the over 70's'

Sue G
I haven't been to Malta myself, but I remember my parents going there, in their seventies. Found it boring and wouldn't go back, although they usually loved quiet places.
London - I was glad to leave but OK to visit, with plenty of money.
Mexico - spent a few weeks there, which was interesting but not my idea of Paradise!

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Merrie

Chazza ...

we saw the seaplane land and take off too. Were you there for firing of the midday gun - extremely loud ! We are now hooked on Maltese coffees - a floater made with a honey liquer, yum. We visited places that our grandfather mentioned in his diary when he was convalescing there in 1916.

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Chazza

Malta and Tunis

"we saw the seaplane land and take off too. Were you there for firing of the midday gun - extremely loud !"
Didn't understand that the seaplane was a regular feature, but the gun couldn't be missed.

"Maltese coffees - a floater made with a honey liquer, yum."
Yes, there were a few local liqueurs of interest, as mentioned I loved the cactus one. There were cherry and grenadine as well.

 
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