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Issue 18

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Contents

Issue 18

JUNE 14

Local

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p. 8

Maltese Infographica – Interesting quirky facts about Malta that you may not have known.

p. 10

Malta Life – Escape the summer sun and enjoy a proper tea at The Townhouse in Naxxar and join the Maltese as they commemorate the 7th of June.

p. 12

Gozo Life – The picturesque tower Ta’ Kenuna in Nadur is well worth a visit.

p. 18

Things To Do In Malta – With so much to choose from, Il-Bizzilla rounds up a few essential things to see and do when visiting the islands.

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Made in Malta – A glance at products that are part of the islands' heritage.

p. 94

Air Malta News – General flight information about Malta's national airline.

Places

p. 54

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Around the world – The UK gets ready for a busy season with Ascot to look forward to and celebrations for the Queen’s birthday this month.

p. 21

Travel Hot Spots – Adam Jacot de Boinod walks us through some of his favourite haunts in beautiful Istanbul.

p. 56

Destination – The City of Water, la Serenissima the floating city – Venice has more nicknames than street names.

p. 69

Events – Enrich your stay in Malta with just a few of the most happening events on the island.

p. 74

Map – An island with a character as colourful and busy as its people, Malta is dotted with landmarks and must see places.

p. 77

Places to Visit – A long and rich history has left its mark on the Maltese islands and each site has a story to tell.

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Food – Salmon is a wonderfully versatile fish and our resident chef offers up a variety of dishes for the summer season.

p. 54

Jubilant June – June brings an abundancy of fruit, fish and gorgeous vegetables.

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Restaurant Guide – Malta has countless great restaurants catering to every taste. We've listed just some of the best ones.

LOCAL FEATURES PlaceS FOOD

Cover – The festa season is in full swing this month.

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Boat Ride by Barklor p. 33 - 37

Features

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Malta's Philately – MaltaPost’s Philatelic Bureau mementos reflect Malta’s rich and varied history.

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Mediterranean Summers in Malta – Sacha Staples writes about the pleasurable experience of summers in Malta.

p. 28

Festival Fever – Whether you’re looking for beats by the beach or jazzy blues belted out beneath the bastions, June kicks off the festival season just as the heat kicks in.

p. 33 Boat Ride by Barklor – For a completely different perspective and holiday experience to take a boat ride of one of these delightfully traditional boats. p. 38

In the Footsteps of a Hero – Robert Carry visits Malta for the first time and retraces his grandfather’s time here during World War II.

p. 45

Festa Season – June is when the festa season really starts getting into top gear and Mnarja, celebrated this month, is one of the most colourful and popular ones.

p. 50

Sweet Sweet Nougat – The production of nougat is a practice that has remained relatively unchanged throughout the centuries and is traditionally found right across the Mediterranean.

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Getting to Gozo – Mike Bennett drives to Gozo and offers a humorous and interesting view on what he sees on his way there.

Property

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Homes of Quality – Malta offers a number of attractive residence programmes aimed at bringing more international investment to the local property scene.

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Spinola Development – The property arm of Tumas Group is close to completing two major luxury lifestyle developments.

Business

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Medical Tourism – Malta is fast becoming a popular destination for those seeking high quality well priced dental services.

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Business Round up – A glance at what’s going happening on the local business scene.


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Through Homes of Quality, we find great satisfaction in providing a uniquely personal property service to clients, both local and overseas. As part of Frank Salt Real Estate Group we have access to perhaps the largest property and client database in the Maltese Islands, while operating independently to facilitate the extremely high level of personal interface with clients. At Homes of Quality we are equally proud of the smallest designer apartment as a grand palazzo… the defining factor which ensures that a property is to be found on our listings is quite simply… quality!

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AROUND THE WORLD

Around the world in...

JUNE

Carnival of Cultures 6th to 9th June Berlin, Germany Every summer, Berlin celebrates its own unique carnival, called the Carnival of Cultures and more than 1,5 million visitors flock to the district of Kreuzberg to celebrate the multicultural spirit of Germany’s capital. The Carnival of Cultures pays tribute to Berlin’s ethnic diversity and the peaceful coexistence of its different cultures with this fun summer festival.

Trooping the Colour: The Queen’s birthday parade 14th June London, UK

Midsummer Fireworks 24th June Ils Saint Louis, Paris Paris celebrates summer with the Midsummer Fireworks, a spectacular display set off from the Ile Saint Louis on the evening of June 24th each year. Whether you’re celebrating the shortest night of the year or

London celebrates The Queen's official birthday in June each year

St. John the Baptist or simply a perfect summer evening in Paris, the

with Trooping the Colour, a fantastic military parade that has taken

Midsummer Fireworks are not to be missed! The display can be enjoyed

place in London since 1820. This is an annual event that takes place on

from the Quai Saint Bernard along the Seine or any spot with a view in

Horse Guards Parade in London's St James's Park in June, marking The

Paris. A popular spot with Parisians and visitors alike is at Sacre-Coeur

Queen's official birthday. The ceremony of Trooping the Colour is full

atop the Butte in Montmartre.

of military pomp and pageantry as The Queen carries out an inspection of the troops from the Household Division.

Iron Man Austria Horse Racing at Royal Ascot 17th to 21st June Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, UK

29th June Austria Europe’s largest triathlon, The Iron Man will take place in the beautiful region of Carinthia which provides a spectacular backdrop for this

It's all about fast horses and fancy hats at Royal Ascot, the world's

ultimate challenging sport. Over 2000 athletes from 50 countries take

most famous race meeting, and the most glamorous event in London's

part is this grueling challenge. Athletes will swim in the crystal-clear

sporting calendar. This is Britain's most popular race meeting and

lake, bike through the scenic landscape of Carinthia from Klagenfurt

the the place to see and be seen for high society, royal watchers,

to Villach to Lake Faaker See, and run from the transition area to

fun seekers and horse racing enthusiasts alike! Steeped in tradition,

Krumpendorf. The bike course, which has a "Tour de France" atmosphere,

heritage and pageantry, Royal Ascot dates back 300 years and is

contains two steep climbs during each loop, the "Rupertiberg" and the

attended by the Royal Family, including Her Majesty the Queen.

"Riebnig" are the most popular spectator spots on the course.

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MALTESE Infographica

Interesting facts

ABOUT MALTA 01

A predominantly Roman Catholic country, Malta has over 360 churches – that’s roughly one for every 1,000 residents.

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316

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sq km Size of Malta

04 A traditional form of Maltese music is known as Għana. It is comprised of folk guitar music, usually men, taking it in turns to debate in a sing-song voice. The lyrics are improvised, and debates are usually friendly yet challenging.

05 The earliest evidence of human habitation in Malta was found in the Għar Dalam Cave.

Malta's capital city, Valletta, is named after Jean Parisot de La Valette, a Grand Master of the Order of Knights of St John.

The beautiful and elegant Pharaoh Hound Dog is Malta's National Dog. In Maltese, the breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek.

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Malta was earlier known as Melita, meaning the island of honey, by ancient Greeks and Romans.

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In 2008, the Euro became the Maltese currency, following the island's accession in the E.U. in 2004.

The Temples at Gġantija trace back their foundations to a time period before the Egyptian pyramids.

07 The flag of Malta is a simple red and white flag with the George Cross in the top left hand corner.

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If you're looking for some interesting books with the Maltese Islands as a backdrop, consider reading the following... - The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat. - The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball. - The Jew of Malta by Christopher Marlowe.

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13 In 1942 Malta was awarded with the George Cross, by King George VI (UK) for bravery.

14 Malta's Grand Harbour boasts of being one of the best natural deep-water harbour in the world.

The two main symbols that are synonymous with Malta and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat. The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.


MALTA...TRULY MEDITERRANEAN M A L T A ’ S

L E A D I N G

P R O P E R T Y

D E V E L O P E R S

LUXURY LIVING

ON THE MALTESE ISLANDS Tumas Developments proudly offer Malta’s most exclusive, standard setting lifestyle addresses. All three award winning projects boast the most spectacular waterfront views on the island and offer Special Designated Area benefits, which means that property can be purchased under the same conditions as locals. Being a member of the EU with growing business incentives and voted as having “The Best Climate on Earth”, Malta is the ideal destination.

Tumas Developments,1052 Portomaso, St Julian’s, STJ 4011, Malta Mob : (+356) 79 497 504 Tel : (+356) 21 386 802 Email : info@tumasdevelopments.com Web : www.tumasdevelopments.com


MALTA LIFE

Commemorating

SETTE GIUGNO On 7th June every year, Malta commemorates the tragic events of 7-6-1919 known as the 'Sette Giugno'. This is in remembrance of the riots of 1919 when the Maltese people revolted against the British administration and demanded some form of representative

Home away from home

Centrally located in Naxxar’s Victory Square, The Townhouse Café is housed in an elegant, 17th Century house. Open every day this welcoming café aims to recreate the comfort of one’s own home. Its much-appreciated while-you-wait freshly baked rich scones are a firm favourite, and its high-tea assortments are available at any time of the day. The Townhouse has already become a popular destination for the lunch-time crowd or those seeking a place to chill out over a platter and wine or simply in search of a good cup of tea. Summer sees the introduction of several new meal-sized snacks including quiches, tasty salads and vol-au-vents with novel ingredients. So whether it is a lunchtime snack or or meeting up with old friends … when you step into The Townhouse you immediately feel at home.

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government for the island. Four people died on that fateful day. A commemorative ceremony is usually held at St. George's Square Valletta, Malta organised by the National Festivities Committee with a similar commemoration taking place in Xagħra, Gozo.

Dinner HOSTED FOR RA1SE Team Heading off to Zambia Hilton Malta has pledged to increase awareness about the charity RA1SE in all its upcoming campaigns, in a bid to raise funds for this NGO. Last April, Hilton Malta hosted a dinner at Bottega del Vino as a send off for the team of 13 Raise volunteers heading off to Lusaka, Zambia to help in the construction of an orphanage. The new advertising campaign, features Julian Azzopardi, the man behind the charitable organisation RA1SE, taking us

through a culinary tour of Hilton Malta restaurants. Taking its inspiration from Food Trekker on the Food Channel, the scope is to present the diverse culinary world of Hilton Malta, where one can get a taste of Thailand at the Blue Elephant, sample cuisine from France and Italy at Bottega del Vino or experience the Mediterranean at its best at both Oceana and Quarterdeck. RA1SE is an NGO established to Raise Awareness, Interest, Support and Engagement in NGO work in Malta and abroad.


Malta’ Safe Haven, Not Just for Real Estate Apparently, according to International Living, Malta is not only just a safe place to live but is also a safe bet for your real estate dollars. in a recent article posted this April on their portal they explained how Malta has come out of the crisis untouched. There is much more to Malta than just a safe real estate investment, which makes it the ideal destination in the Med to think of, if you’re considering making the move. Most people who travel to Malta for the first time are always surprised by a considerable number of things. Top of the list is the level of safety felt when walking around the island, even during late evenings and nighttime. For the locals this comes as a given, but for foreigners, who are also seasoned travellers and get warned time and again to protect themselves in certain countries, this is an added boon, especially when travelling with children and family in tow. There are other factors which make Malta such a popular destination. Consider for instance the vibrancy of the surroundings, the different architectural gems, the historic sites, the close proximity of every locality so that it takes very little time to travel around the island from one point to another. The fact that the island covers an area of merely 316 square km means that in a day one can walk around Valletta, go swimming, have a siesta, visit a museum, dine, and go to a nightspot to enjoy the late evening. All in just one day? indeed, yes. it is important to note that Malta is a member of the european union and in this sense takes its social and legal responsibilities

Kevin Buttigieg CEO RE/MAX Malta

very seriously. Several people from all over europe, and indeed from various parts of the world, come to Malta for further training which is officially recognised and provided in safe and respectable establishments. in a bid to enhance skills, increase knowhow and exposure, ameliorate their profession and status, foreigners often seek temporary employment in this small cosmopolitan niche. With very specific expertise being required to work in highly intensive employment and specialisation segments such as tourism, finance, yachting, hospitality, iT, and gaming, to name just a few, there are plenty of opportunities to be found. And the fact that language fluency in english is high, with fluency in italian and French in hot pursuit, means that being understood is simply a matter of talking one’s way into the system. Once in Malta, many foreigners seek choice albeit long-term opportunities, and often eagerly search for real estate investment opportunities. These are very easily found especially via respectable and trustworthy real estate agencies. Malta provides a portfolio of property investments that are definitely worth their while. Such investment is available through a seamless process whether you are a european or non-european. Some restrictions do apply however when one weighs up the opportunities available, it has proven to make commercial sense. Today, there are a handful of residency schemes that are advantageous and worth exploring – all schemes have a criteria that requires one to rent or purchase a property.

As inbound tourist numbers have continued to increase over the recent three-year period, Malta has continued to flourish in more ways than one. even whilst the rest of europe is still tottering under the weight of an economic depression that has been lingering for several years, Malta’s minute economy seems to be able to stay afloat and remain virtually intact. This also bodes well for foreign investors including foreign banks and corporations which consider Malta as being one of the few european countries in which to test their grounds in peace of mind. not for nothing does one find a majority of high profile international and european companies set up in Malta. There are key locations to be tapped into when considering making a real estate investment. Some of the best spots to invest in are the capital city of Valletta, the town of St Julian’s, Sliema, the varied small villages of Gozo, and there are some central and other coastal areas that also attract a sound investment. Key development projects which elicit interest include portomaso, Tigne point, Fort Cambridge, pender Gardens, of which are incidentally located in the vicinity of St Julian’s and Sliema. if you are looking for rental return on investment you may purchase a property in one of the Special Designated Areas. One may reap from 5% - 8% rental return depending on the way their investment is managed. if you are seriously considering a real estate investment, be sure to contact us for more information and professional real estate advice.

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GOZO LIFE

The ta’ Kenuna

Tower Veronica Stivala

If you are looking for a piece of history, nature and fantastic views all rolled into one then Ta’ Kenuna Tower in Nadur is the place to go. Situated on a hill at the top of a beautiful garden, this picturesque tower was originally built by the British in 1848 as a telegraph point. Its purpose was to pass on signals to ships and other posts by means of a telegraphy link between the two main islands. In fact, it is believed that smoke signals were the first form of telegraphs sent from the tower. The word ‘kenun’ from which the name of the tower originates, is Maltese for ‘stove’ – a fire was built inside such stoves and the flames were fanned in order to keep the fire burning. Perched 130m above sea level, the tower

is built out of typical Maltese stone - the gorgeous, creamy limestone - and has a few small windows. On the top is a beacon to warn ships that are nearing land, as well as a number of communication antennas that were recently installed on the roof. It is interesting to note that this historical gem was only recently restored (1998) to its former glory having fallen into disarray and having even had a number of stones stolen from it. The botanical garden in which Ta’ Kenuna tower is found is a treasure in itself since it is home to a number of indigenous plants. Stroll along the winding paths to discover a pretty pond, walk further and look out for the Maltese national plant, that is, Maltese Rock-Centaury (‘Widnet il-Baħar’), the Sea Daffodil (‘Pan Krazju’) which, apart from here, only grows in

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Ramla l-Ħamra and the rare Almond-Leaf Pear (‘Lanġas Salvaġġ’). You can ask permission to climb the tower from where you will enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the island, Comino, Għajnsielem and if you look carefully, even catch a glimpse of the village of Xagħra and the Citadel. Better still, turn your trip to the Ta’ Kenuna Tower into an explorative walk, starting from the parish centre in Nadur. Stop at Gozo’s only maritime museum (Kelinu Grima Maritime Museum) which is home to some rare and priceless items such as authenticated pieces of timber from Lord nelson’s flagship HMS Victory, together with one of Lord Luis Mantbatten’s gold epaulettes. It is only a 20-minute walk from Nadur Square to the tower. Enjoy!


FOOD

How do you

LIKE YOURS?

Salmon has travelled quite a way to reach your plate. Though salmon are native to tributaries of the North Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, they are exported and enjoyed across the globe. They are from an extended family which include trout, char, grayling and whitefish, but are so much more versatile and nutritionally rich. Typically, salmon is born in fresh water, migrate to the ocean, then return to fresh water to reproduce. Folklore has it that the fish return to the exact spot where they were born to spawn; tracking studies have shown this to be true, and this homing behaviour has been shown to depend on olfactory memory. The benefits of this fish include the amazing omega-3, substantial protein and

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amino acid content; indeed, recent studies have found that salmon may provide special support for joint cartilage, insulin effectiveness, and control of inflammation in the digestive tract. From a chef's perspective, salmon is wonderfully versatile and can be served raw in sushi and sashimi, finely sliced and cured and served 'carpaccio' with lemon or lime juice - or even gin with juniper berries or beetroot, giving it a pretty pink edge. It is wonderful as fleshy chunks in pies, pasta often combined with vodka and takes very well to flavouring from lemongrass, coconut and other Thai influences and of course is delicious barbecued or lightly steamed.Without little bones to put kids off, the colour and delicate flavour also means this is a great fish to get the little ones on.

Lupanara is set in the cave under the bastions of Malta’s iconic Fort St Angelo in Birgu (aka Vittoriosa) in the Three Cities. The perfect location for those seeking somewhere special, slightly off the beaten track with a relaxed atmosphere. Lupanara serves quality food which is generally inspired by Italian flavours, but always with a twist and platters with a well thought out wine selection for patrons wishing to relax on the terrace. Reservations: T. 2180 3086 M. 9952 6500 / 9944 9086 Open for Sunday Lunches.


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Santa Maria Estate - Elevated seafront position ▪ Fully DETACHED BUNGALOW on a plot of 1,500 m2 ▪ Highly sought after area ▪ Unobstructed panoramic sea views ▪ Swimming pool with surrounding terraces & entertaining area ▪ Large landscaped gardens ▪ Hallway ▪ Sitting room ▪ Dining room ▪ Fully fitted kitchen / breakfast ▪ 5 bedrooms ▪ 3 Bathrooms (2 en suite) ▪ Large basement ▪ Games room ▪ Utility & laundry rooms ▪ 8 car garage ▪ Internal size 341m2 ▪ External size 1160m2 ▪ Ref: BD00004 ▪ SOLE AGENTS

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

SLIEMA ▪ €450,000 ▪ SEAFRONT APARTMENT

ZEBBUG ▪ €750,000 ▪ HOUSE OF CHARACTER

Tower Road - Seafront APARTMENT ▪ Prime location by the promenade ■ Incredible sea views ▪ Open & closed balconies ▪ Spacious rooms throughout ■ Entrance hall ▪ Sitting room / dining room ▪ Study ▪ All living areas lead to large terrace ▪ Fully fitted kitchen / breakfast ▪ 3 bedrooms (master en suite) ▪ 2 bathrooms ▪ Optional garage ▪ Internal size 150m2 ▪ External size 6m2 ▪ Ref: FA02381 ▪ SOLE AGENTS

Converted HOUSE OF CHARACTER ▪ Sought after village location ▪ Wonderful large garden with lots of privacy ▪ Space for a swimming pool ▪ Accommodation on one floor ▪ All rooms surrounding a central courtyard ▪ Hallway ▪ Sitting room ▪ Dining room ▪ Fitted kitchen / breakfast ▪ 4 bedrooms (master with walk in wardrobe) ▪ 2 bathrooms (master en suite) ▪ Laundry room ▪ 1-car garage ▪ Also offered to rent at €2,100 monthly ▪ Internal size 250m2 ▪ External size 300m2 Ref: HC02728

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RABAT ▪ €4200 monthly ▪ HOUSE OF CHARACTER Fully modernised family home ▪ Finished to an outstanding specification ▪ Traditional village location ▪ Walking distance to all amenities ▪ Lots of original features ▪ Beautiful large private garden with lawn & swimming pool ▪ Hallway ▪ Large open plan sitting / dining room with glass doors leading onto the garden ▪ Paved courtyard ideal for al fresco dining ▪ Family room ▪ Superb kitchen / breakfast room ▪ 4 bedrooms (master en suite) ▪ 3 bathrooms ▪ 2 car garage ▪ Ref: HC03115

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QUALITY MATTERS At McDonald’s™ we are committed to serving high quality food, using only the best ingredients and working with trusted suppliers in order to ensure consistency throughout our preparation standards. Our menu is based on simple ingredients such as meat, fish, potatoes and grain. As a family restaurant serving around 10,000 customers in Malta every day, our highest priorities are food safety and unparalleled quality. Our team of dedicated professionals work closely with our trusted suppliers and partners to develop and maintain the highest possible standards of food quality, safety, and traceability at every stage. For instance, all of our cattle are marked with an individual ID number and we are able to trace a beef patty to its origins in around three hours!

What about our leafy greens? Iceberg lettuce was selected as the perfect accompaniment for our main sandwiches due to its sweet flavour and crisp texture. Apart from that, Iceberg lettuce has a high heat resistance and remains crispy despite elevated temperatures. In order to produce high quality lettuce, our seedlings are planted in a small fertile peat block and nurtured for around 50 days. During the harvesting period it is important to cool the lettuce to 2°C - 6°C in order to ensure its crispiness and freshness. It is then cut and washed thoroughly in chilled potable ice-water, and then carefully dried in a centrifuge. Lettuce is imported and distributed to all our McDonald’s™ restaurants twice a week. We feel passionate about delivering quality and consistency by only using the freshest and finest ingredients in our kitchens. Why? Well it’s simple; good quality food tastes better.

All our hamburger products are made from prime cuts of 100% beef. Individual beef burgers are prepared and packaged at McDonald’s™ approved meat suppliers who undertake thorough quality checks on every batch. Nothing is added or taken away from the beef – preservatives, additives, binders or fillers are never used. Additionally, all our patties are always grilled and never fried. We use a clamshell grill to cook the beef from both sides simultaneously, and all patties are sprinkled with salt and pepper prior to serving. As far as potatoes go, it is only the best that guarantee that we are able to serve fries that are golden and crispy on the outside, and warm and fluffy inside every time. Our fries are known for their unique shape and size, which leads to their characteristically good length of our fries. No flavours or additives are added to our fries apart from a sprinkling of salt prior to serving. We select only the highest grades of Russet Burbank and Shepody potato varieties cultivated in European McDonald’s™ approved Flagship Farms in order to ensure that our fries are always as great as you remember them.

Want to discover more about what goes on in the back scenes of your McMenu™ Meal? Click on www.mcdonalds.com.mt/ quality or check out our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/ McDonaldsMT.


Malta’s Philately

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reflecting Malta's rich and varied history Nestled in the centre of the Mediterranean, Malta's strategic geographic position serves as a political and economic hub bridging North Africa to the European Union. This is reflected through the archipelago's history, culture, tradition and language, which all are a living account of Malta's unique identity. With a history spanning over 7000 years, and at the crossroads of strategic maritime routes, Malta has been a home, stronghold, trading post and refuge to many civilisations who have endowed the country with a mosaic of diverse cultures and architectural treasures. The islands have been described as a melting pot of cultures: Neolithic temple builders, seafaring Phoenicians, the traveller Apostle Paul, the Knights of St. John, Napoleon and the British royalty – who all have left their indelible mark. Malta is now an independent sovereign nation and a member of both the Commonwealth and the European Union. This year Malta celebrates a number of historical anniversaries namely 50 years since gaining Independence, 40 years since becoming a Republic, 35 years since the end of the Military

Facilities Agreement and 10 years since becoming a full member of the European Union. To commemorate these events, MaltaPost’s Philatelic Bureau issued a number of mementos. Malta’s philatelic history goes back to 1860 and most of its stamps reflect Malta’s important milestones. They give a perfect glimpse into the country’s identity and history, and are renowned for their unique depiction of a wide variety of popular themes: history, architecture, art, maritime, flora and fauna to name but a few. On 21 September 1964, Malta became an independent state as a constitutional monarchy with Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state. On 1 December 1964, Malta was admitted to the United Nations. Ten years later, on 13 December 1974, the Constitution of Malta was amended so as to make Malta a republic state, and

Sir Anthony Mamo became the country’s first President. To commemorate these two anniversaries, the Philatelic Bureau published a miniature sheet of previously printed stamps which are related to these events. In addition the Philatelic Bureau issued an Independence silver stamp ingot and coin set which will include a stamp reproduction originally designed by Maltese artist Emvin Cremona as well as a depiction of Malta’s former Prime Minister George Borg Olivier. Together with this, this year Malta also marks 35 years since the end of the Military Facilities Agreement and 10 years since its accession to the EU. The latter was marked by a spectacular ‘son et lumiere’ show and fireworks display on the eve of May 1 2004 amidst cheering crowds. To celebrate these historical anniversaries, the Malta Philatelic Bureau also issued two stamp sets.

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THINGS TO DO IN MALTA

Things to do in MALTA there is so much to do on this small island of ours that visitors often fee l like they must be missing out on something. We’ve rounded up a few of the things to do and see that are such an intrinsic part of our daily life. 04

Organise a 'Fenkata' and sample the very traditional dish of fried rabbit.

09 Explore Valletta, one of the most historic cities in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site and wonder at the magnificent St John’s co-Cathedral.

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Take a walk along the Sliema and St Julian’s seafront and enjoy a wonderful Mediterranean meal at one of the many restaurants along the way.

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Visit the Ggantija temples – said to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

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Browse for traditional delicacies and local crafts at the Victoria Market in Gozo.

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Organize a boat trip, and enjoy the views of the islands rugged coastline from out at sea.

Buy Maltese pastizzi – a local pastry delicacy and eat them in the sun.

06 Explore the tiny island of Comino and swim in the stunning Blue Lagoon.

11 Explore the nightlife in Paceville

07 Go swimming at Golden Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in Malta.

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Take in the view from Calypso’s Cave above Ramla Bay in Gozo.

12 Catch a play at the Manoel Theatre, one of the oldest working theatres in Europe.


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The Malta Experience

13 Pay a visit to the Mosta Church, famous for having one of the largest domes in the world.

Located in Malta’s Capital City, Valletta, housed within what was once the Sacra Infermeria of the Knights of Malta is “The Malta Experience”. This audio-visual spectacular is one of the largest attractions in Europe in terms of duration, system and language commentaries. It is also the only show that retraces seven thousand years of Maltese history. The forty-five minute presentation can be listened to in one of seventeen languages.

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Take in the views of the breathtaking Grand Harbour from the Upper Barrakka Gardens.

Go to Marsaxlokk quaint fishing village for markets, fresh fish and authentic fishing.

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15 Look out for village Festas ( the season begins in May), when the whole town organises parades and fireworks extravaganzas and a good time is had by all.

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Visit the atmospheric underground chambers at the Hypogeum, which were created thousands of years ago.

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Hop onto a ferry to Gozo and head to Dwejra to admire the Azure Window which is undoubtedly one of Malta’s highlights. Malta is one of the best places in the world to go scuba diving offering fantastic diving courses and the opportunity to see some incredible underwater wildlife during your holiday.

In a purposely built auditorium, with a panoramic screen, sensational vision and a gripping commentary, The Malta Experience brings 7000 years of history back to life. The show is undoubtedly worth a visit for anyone interested in Malta’s unique history. Moreover it is an ideal reference guide to the island’s places of interest. So why not make it your first stop and let Malta’s treasures unfold before your eyes.

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20 Trek along the rugged coastline which provides a backdrop to Malta’s beautiful beaches and crystal clear seas.

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TRAVEL HOT SPOT

ISTANBUL Adam Jacot de Boinod

Known previously as Byzantium and Constantinople, this wonderful city truly has the unique feel of being both European and Asian. SPICE MARKET

Boat trip on the bosphorus Divided by the Bosphorus, it is nice to appreciate this fascinating point fully by taking a boat trip up the strait and admire the amazing old palatial homes on the Asian before returning back on European land.

Nearby the terminus is the famous Spice Market, a L-shaped building rich in colour and produce. Displays in heaps or open sacks include sandalwood, benzoin, ambergris, mastic, henna, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pistachios. Along with the Grand Bazaar it is highly redolent of the exotic allure that caught the attention of western merchants across the centuries. Bartering is essential and it is all too easy to end up buying things that prove arduous to export!

Hammans/turkish baths THE BLUE MOSQUE As for the stunning architecture, nearby the old hippodrome, there is no place more beautiful in its symmetry and ceramics than the Blue Mosque. Unique in Istanbul for its six minarets, this magnificent edifice is most to be admired from the inside where little cupolas add to the spherical formation.

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One thing I strongly recommend is a visit to one of the traditional hammans or Turkish baths, which though they might appear rather rudimentary and unloved in their décor nonetheless exhibit both a historic custom and highly skilled masseur practitioners. These can be found dotted all over the city but my favourite is the Gedik Pasa, the oldest one dating from 1475. Unlike others it is ornate with a monumental dome-vaulted space flanked by alcoves and cubicles and numerous carved stalactites.

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THE haghia sophia As for a building to be appreciated from the exterior the Haghia Sophia, rather like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, looms proud from all directions. Built in the mid sixth century, this basilica is the third church to stand on its site and is what the Greeks called a “great church”.

The Topkapi Palace is my final recommendation, nowadays a museum to the Ottoman Empire, with its four courts and a harem with quarters both for the women and for the eunuchs. Alongside the impressive display of weapons are the more peaceful Ottoman Miniatures of maps of the city and wild animals. If time is pressing, then devote yourself to the dining room of Ahmet the Third, which is distinguished by the motifs assimilated from the European Renaissance but also demonstrates the Oriental passion for geometry.

Adam Jacot de Boinod is the author of The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from around the World, published by Penguin Books, and the creator of the iPhone App Tingo, a quiz on Interesting Words.

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SUMMER

Mediterranean Summers in Malta

“Green was the silence, wet was the light, the month of June trembled like a butterfly.”—Pablo Neruda, Chilean Poet Sacha Staples

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t least once in a lifetime, one should have the pleasure of experiencing a Mediterranean summer. In my home country, summer is a brief repose nestled between the harrowing winters of cold and ice. Here in Malta, summer is the predominant season, beginning as early as April and lasting well into October (last summer we even swam into November).

Malta summers are hot. I once wrote that you cannot start any story about a summer in Malta without describing the heat — it begins slowly at first, a pleasant warmth in the springtime which rises suddenly to unimaginable temperatures and permeates June until September. The distinct Riħ Isfel wind that comes from the south brings humidity that dampens the skin, the bedsheets, and brings moisture to the air.

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Luckily on a small island you are never far from the sea. Immersing yourself in the cool clear water brings immediate relief from the warm sun and air while the salt cleanses your body. In summer, life happens before and after midday, when the sun is at its highest and hottest. Midday is for shade and for staying inside cool limestone houses. Midday is for a meal of pasta with local ricotta and fresh ripe tomatoes, summer fruits, water with lemon, and a hunk of crusty Maltese bread, bought from the bread van earlier that morning. Midday is for a tepid shower, rinsing off the sunshine and revealing a darker shade of skin; for resting in a bed of white sheets, curtains drawn, the hum of the fan dancing in your dreams.

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Whether you are a proud resident of our little Mediterranean jewel or are lucky enough to visit, a Maltese summer is unparalleled and positively Epicurean. This year will be my sixth summer in Malta and the allure of these months still holds true. If you are holidaying on the island, you will easily fill your days with activities and experiences to write home about, and if you are working here, you will relish the reduced working hours awarded only in summer months. Days are spent relaxing at seaside cafĂŠs and restaurants, sipping local ale and cold drinks, beneath large white umbrellas. Walking the Sliema promenade late in the evening, savouring the moment when the heat breaks and the fresh salt air comes up from the sea. Gather a group of friends and charter a traditional luzzu boat to tour you around the island for the day; bring your own snacks and wine and enjoy the colourful stories of your sun-kissed captain. Visit the organic vegetable farm at Villa Bologna and chat with the lovely farmer, Manuela, about her love for the tender fruits and veg; bring home a box and taste the flavours of the island, picked straight from the vine. Make friends with someone who owns a sailboat and beg for a ride; sail over to the Blue Lagoon between Comino and Cominotto, throw your anchor over, and dive into the turquoise waters.

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01. Maltese Bread 02. A selection of Summer fruits 03. Water with lemon 04. Couple on a Maltese Luzzu, boat ride

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SUMMER

"Enjoy the weekly festas in various villages across Malta and Gozo"

If you find yourself in Gozo, navigate your way to San Blas Bay via the village of Nadur. The beach is accessible by a long descent of stairs, making it one of the lesser populated swimming spots on the island. Boasting clear water and red sand, San Blas is just as beautiful as Ramla (if not more so), but with a more peaceful atmosphere. Enjoy the weekly festas in various villages across Malta and Gozo — celebrate the patron saint, enjoy the red and gold bunting decorating the main streets, and watch as the village competes for the loudest and most spectacular firework displays. If sporting is your taste, immerse yourself in the most vibrant displays of team affiliation during a water polo match at the outdoor

National Pool (who knew that men in briefs could inspire such enthusiasm). Indulge in the most sinfully delicious gelato on the island, just off the Buggiba seafront, at the corner of Spring and Saint Anthony Streets. If you are looking to acquire some unique treasures, make your way to Birgu — one of the Three Cities — and troll through the well-stocked stands at the antique market on early Sunday morning. Go on an afternoon swimming adventure on the western side of the island at Fomm ir-Riħ or Għajn Tuffieħa; bring a picnic dinner and stay for a perfect view of a breathtaking summer sunset.

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Festival fever

The Sounds of Summer Melanie Vella

Guaranteed sunshine. Chilled-out crowds. Sparkling sea. Beautiful beaches. Discerning DJs. World-class musicians. Music-loving locals and experienced organisers - all the ingredients ofBros Bar the finest Mediterranean lifestyle.

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alta is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s hottest music festival destinations. Whether you’re looking for beats by the beach or jazzy blues belted out beneath the bastions, Malta is turning up the volume as the heat kicks in. There’s barely a weekend this summer when a festival, party or event, brought to life by music, isn’t happening somewhere along the country’s sun-kissed coastline.

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Music festivals have become essential performing platforms for local artisans to share their talent. The Earth Garden festival held on June 6th to 8th in the lush, green surroundings of the Ta’ Qali National Park brings together top local musicians, artists and craftsmen, as well as emerging talent. Malta’s green fingers are flexed far and wide during this festival as it is a lead promoter of

green and eco-friendly activities and awareness initiatives. There’s nothing like an ice cold beer while bouncing to some breezy summer tunes. The Farsons Great Beer Festival is a ten day event that brews local bands and musicians and a variety of food stalls offering international cuisine, washed down with the best in local and international award-winning beers. This year’s event begins in the peak of the summer season from July 27th to August 5th and opens at 8pm every night featuring bands like Skar, Fakawi and Dolls for Idols. The small village of Ta’ Qali plays host to one of Malta’s largest outdoor events and everyone is welcome to join in the fun free of charge. This festival attracts thousands of eager attendees, both Maltese and tourists, who flock to the park for an entertaining family-outing or a great night out with friends.


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The Maltese Islands have also become a hub for the clubbing scene, mingling music with Mediterranean madness. Picture partying with a sun, sand and music cocktail to internationally renowned DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Paul Kalkbrenner and Tiesto . The venues vary as widely as the acts, from large clubs to more intimate affairs in bars and beach clubs, excellent entertainment and admission is often free. Ditch your heels and strap on your flip-flops for the ultimate hot tunes. The Malta Music Week is a week long build up to the massive Isle of MTV event and is held between the June 20th to 25th. Festival fans travel to Malta from all over Europe to indulge in a week’s worth of beach parties, mini street concerts and club nights. The week ends with the notorious Isle of MTV festival which attracts over 50,000 festival goers to the Granaries Square in Valletta. Chart toppers like Rita Ora, Rudimental will light up the stage for another music-infused summer extravaganza. Make sure you prolong your stay to explore and discover Malta beyond the speakers and the glittery stars. Look out for posters plastered all over walls and bus stops inviting you to anything from Reggae boat parties hosted by Juuls, to Sunday summer afternoon pool parties at top clubs

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like La Grotta in Gozo. Cafe Del Mar is a sophisticated sunset spot in St Paul’s Bay. Their Wednesday Chillout Sessions are not to be missed. Chill out to breezy beats by the blissful sea views in a luxurious ambience, while sipping on a cocktail. The music-maniac Maltese embrace any reason to party. Familiarise yourself with the Maltese public holidays calendar as this usually means a party is happening the day before. Creamfields Malta is an internationally renowned festival returning this year on August 14th, eve of Santa Marija festa. Eric Prydz, Pete Tong and Dave Clarke have graced the stage since its inception in 2008. The expansive space at Gianpula Fields opens up its outdoor dancefloor for summer hits and colourful visual displays. International music magazine Mix Mag usually announces the line-up by July, so join the crowds and bump and grind to this year’s top international DJs. For those with a consuming passion for the arts and classical music, hop over to the sister island of Gozo for a brush with music, poetry and drama. The 17th edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival spans over five-weeks, starting from June 11 and closing on July 14. This high culture event is packed with 30 events, fielding upwards of 600 performers representing over 16 countries. This year, artistic director Prof. Joseph Vella and his


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team, have worked to put on a number of concerts, to include orchestras, choirs, big bands, chamber ensembles and soloists featuring the highest-ranking musicians on the international scene. Ferry trips from Malta to Gozo are very regular and all roads lead to Victoria, literally. Walk around Victoria and enjoy great musicmaking without paying a single cent. Jazz fans are in for a three-night Mediterranean treat with the Malta International Jazz Festival on the sizzling summer evenings of July 17th to 19th. Ta’ Liesse in Valletta is situated beneath the bastions surrounding the World Heritage City with views of the Grand Harbour and the Three Cities. The festival is an eclectic mix of contemporary jazz styles, set off by the historical surroundings. Expect high-calibre performances from jazz musicians who blend other styles of music. Mehliana, featuring pianist and multiple Grammy nominee Brad Mehldau and drummer extraordinaire

Mark Guiliana mix jazz with electronica to create a trance-laden music. Local talent, represented by Paul Abela Quintet, Joseph Camillieri Trio and Francesca Galea, will swoon jazz music aficionados and lay persons alike. Experience anything from open-air concerts to masterclasses and from intimate performances to jazz contests, Malta will be alive with the sound of jazz this summer. Other festivals focus on culture and arts with a side splash of music. The Notte Bianca festival, held at the end of the summer, is a spectacular nocturnal celebration of culture in Malta’s capital. The cityscape lights up as cultural venues, state palaces and museums open their doors almost all night, displaying exhibitions, dance and theatre performances, while cafes and restaurants serve up tantalising treats. Sway to the smooth sounds of summer from sun up to sun down under a starry night and leave your headphones at home.

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A Boat ride by Barklor Charlotte Stafrace Photos by Pierre stafrace

Being an island, Malta has a long and diversified coastline made up of cliffs, coves, sandy beaches, natural harbours and seaside resorts. In fact, one of the best ways to explore the island is to view its coast from the sea, getting a completely different perspective of areas which may become familiar during your stay. A spectacular part of the coast is actually a combination of natural and man-made beauty – this is the area around the Grand Harbour. Viewed in the warm hues of the setting sun, its marvellous architecture will feel like it has just been chiselled.

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here are readily available ferry crossings and harbour cruises in the harbour but a little, special trip I like to go on every summer is one in a traditional dghajsa (boat) steered by the long-standing group of oarsmen who are called ‘ Barklori’. These were the original taxis in the harbour, ferrying people back and forth to the ships berthed away from the shore.

The best place to organise this trip is at the Birgu Waterfront. Birgu, together with Bormla and Isla, make up the Three Cities - three fortified towns which are a must see as they offer a slice of some of Malta’s best architectural beauties as well as an insight into Malta’s rich maritime past. Their harbour inlets have been in use since Phoenician times. Birgu was the maritime centre for medieval Malta. The docks then provided a living for its inhabitants, but they were also vulnerable to the woes of war. Birgu sustained intense bombardment, as well as deprivation, during the Great Siege of 1565. If you are interested in history, you will be pleased to know that the Three Cities' palaces, churches, forts and bastions are actually far older than Valletta's. I like to set out for this boat trip, which takes around 20 to25 minutes, at around 6:00 to 6:30 in the evening, when the light of the setting sun is at its best. You can

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usually negotiate the duration, and the cost of the trip. These traditional, beautifully-coloured boats hold some 6 to 8 persons each and, for a minimal fee, you will get a close look at some pretty inlets and some of the most imposing facades on the island. One of the first sights you will see as you leave Birgu’s waterfront is Fort St. Angelo, which has been undergoing extensive renovation works over the past few years. The fort itself or 'Castrum Maris'(Fort by the Sea) is well chronicled in the early thirteenth century. In the second world war, Fort Saint Angelo played a role mainly as a naval base. However, anti-aircraft defences were sited there to defend the most important harbour in Malta. Thus, as in the 'Great Siege' of four centuries earlier, the oldest sea fortress in Malta was at the forefront of action against the enemy. Do look up at its imposing stature of the bastion of Fort St. Angelo and imagine all the battles it has withstood.

Further on, you will come upon Villa Bighi. Also restored, the impressive building cites back to 1650. It was constructed as a large villa facing the entrance of the Grand Harbour by Giovanni Bighi. Historically, during the plague of 1813 the villa was used as a hospital, however, it was then pulled down to build a Naval Hospital instead which was used extensively during the British rule. I remember being treated there as a child and watching my parents arriving on the small ferry service from Valletta in the afternoon sun. On your boat trip, you can see this promontory that juts into the Grand Harbour between Rinella Bay and Kalkara Creek. Today, it houses the Council for Science and Technology. Depending on time, your Barklor might take you round Kalkara Creek which looks over the Grand Harbour. The town gets its name from the word Calce, lime in Italian, since there was a lime kiln present there during the Roman times. Historians believe that the Kalkara area was the first to be inhabited

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when the first people came to Malta from Sicily. It is here that the Maltese dgħajsa and Barklori originated and the locals still participate very actively in traditional boat races, known as the regattas, which are held on 8th September and on 31st March. At the mouth of the harbour, you will pass by the solid breakwater, which has withstood many a storm and numerous attacks during wartime. The wooden bridge which was destroyed during a torpedo attack by the Italian navy during WWII, was recently reconstructed. Turning back into the harbour, you can admire the beautiful walls of Fort St. Elmo, which had played a crucial role in thwarting the Turks during the Great Siege of 1565. Your boat trip could also include a detour into the Valletta Waterfront, which, all spruced up, is interesting and very colourful to see from the sea, with

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its buzzing early evening business. On a particular trip a few years back, whilst crossing the harbour from Valletta back to Birgu, we encountered a huge cruise liner slowly making its way out of the Harbour. It was slightly nerve-wrecking as we sidled close to the ‘monster’ beside us, but our experienced Barklor was completely unruffled, obviously having done it all before. I must say I felt like Pinocchio meeting the giant whale ‘Monstro’! Albeit a little trip, a boat trip around the Three Cities is memorable and will certainly be something to take away. You will be rewarded by some unique photographic opportunities as the shifting light of the rapidly setting sun creates an ever-changing interplay of honeyed hues and shadows across the bastions around the harbour. And you will definitely return to shore with a heartfelt glow.

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alta was bathed in a gentle spring sunshine when I touched down for a short weekend trip in March of this year. The crowds of visitors that disembark each summer in search of hot weather, fascinating historical sites and a slice of the island's relaxed Mediterranean lifestyle were still to come. Even the most central tourist hotspots were still calm. It was my first visit to Malta but a family member had once spent three and a half years here. But the culture-rich holiday island I found was a very different place to the one he left. During World War II, Malta's position in the middle of the supply route between Europe and North Africa, where Rommel

was facing off against the Allied forces, made it strategically vital. But being just minutes from Mussolini's Italy made the British-governed territory difficult to defend. Confident of an easy success, the Axis powers decided to blitz the tiny nation into submission. Malta, stretching to just 122 square miles, was hammered by over 3,000 air raids and earned the unenviable title of the most bombed place on the planet. With supplies cut off and its brutalised population starving, the British concluded early on that Malta was most probably undefendable. Churchill left just a handful of unfortunate soldiers to defend the stricken island. When the air raid sirens wailed and civilians dived into cellars and shelters, these

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men had to run in the other direction to man horribly out-gunned anti-aircraft weapons in a desperate attempt to fend off wave after wave of both Italian and German aircraft. Among those chosen by the British for the seemingly doomed enterprise, was a regiment of Irish volunteers. And among the ranks of the Royal Irish Fusiliers stood Private William Rushby – my grandfather. Carnival was in full swing when I arrived. Giddy Maltese children with painted faces and wearing fancy dress funnelled through the capital Valletta's labyrinthine streets towards colourful dance performances bursting into life in the city's open plazas. Relaxed elderly gents sipped cappuccinos outside century-old

cafĂŠs while super yachts drifted in and out of the nearby Grand harbour. Scars from the war were still visible. Many landmark buildings had been damaged beyond repair and whole streets, particularly near the central harbour, had needed to be rebuilt. The Maltese people, too, had their scars. Most locals I spoke to about the nation's fabled second siege reported that their fathers or grandfathers had become part of the machinery that defended the country from what looked like annihilation. Malta was blockaded, supplies and reinforcements couldn't get through and the planes defending the island

from the Luftwaffe and the Regia Aeronautica were all but wiped out. For much of the war it was virtually impossible to get on or off the island and many lives both civilian and military were lost. Somehow, though, Malta and its meagre defences had held out. Despite being starved, bombed and brutalised, the brave Maltese and their defenders stubbornly refused to raise the white flag the Axis powers had expected to see within weeks. The siege was finally lifted when the tide in the campaign around the Mediterranean swung in favour of the Allies and the battered remnants of a convoy limped into port carrying vital supplies. The against-the-odds heroism

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shown on Malta was recognised when the British awarded the entire island its highest honour; the George's Cross for valour. For their part, the Irish Fusiliers suffered severe casualties during the campaign and while his release papers make mention of heavy scarring on his legs, my grandfather managed to survive. After serving a further tour of duty in Palestine, he returned home to Ireland. Standing in front of the island's memorial to those lost in the conflict, the sacrifices my grandfather was forced to make during his time here came to mind. Sadly, his loses were worse than most. While he

was at his post on Malta, his own father – my great-grandfather – was working in the engine room of a lifeboat tender in the Irish Sea. It was torpedoed by a German U-boat and all the souls on board were lost. Worse still, the young wife he had left at home died of TB. At the time of the deaths, there was no getting off Malta and my grandfather never made it to the funerals. It was a heavy toll to pay, but one that is remembered here – and not just in stone memorials. The colour, the life and the bright future the Maltese people are heading into is a living testament to those who led this island out of the darkness.

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Local feasts

Fun & solemnity during festa time Victor Calleja

Bizzilla is a beautiful word which resonates in the mind with its beautiful sound. The meaning of the word—beyond the Air Malta inflight magazine you are reading—truly captures all that is Malta, Gozo and the inhabitants of these islands. The word means lace, the real thing not the machinemanufactured substitute, lace lovingly designed and delicately executed. This is pure Malta, small but big on detail, and to most outsiders hard to fathom and pinpoint. And on the whole the country portrays itself just like bizzilla, beautiful, well executed and desirable.

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owever, although as a nation we resemble lace, the last thing we are is truly delicate. We are more Baroque and find it hard to restrain ourselves—we love all things loud, we love fun and colour is everywhere. We even have a religion which we celebrate and pay homage to in the most extravagant of ways. Colour and fun make us whole. June is when the festa season really starts getting into top gear. And get geared up for a real show of colour, sounds, music, food and drink and, yes, quite a bit of solemnity too. This is the intricate us working hard—celebrating noise, pomp and circumstance but still with a sense of solemnity and in awe of

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our heavenly bodies. To many Maltese one of the most important days of the year is the date of the village/town saint’s commemoration. And all sorts of preparation is made to make the day, and the days preceding the festa, a real memorable one. Festa time is when the whole of Malta and Gozo light up. This is all to pay homage to the village, town or city saint or saints. And what a panoply of attractions festa time is. The village or town square and even streets are all covered with lights, festoons are a-flutter, and saints and angels in papier-mâché seem to greet and exhort everyone to enjoy those days of commemoration.


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The days leading to the festa are also full of activities which remind the whole world— especially the devout—of the particular saint’s life. And then there are fireworks, petards, colour and stalls selling all sorts of knick knacks, food and drink. The sellers of qubbajt (nougat) shout out that their wares are best and offer passersby a nibble of their sweet delicacies. Bands lead marches in even more boisterous commemoration of the saints. People follow and, although the local church authorities do try hard to put in a

modicum of decency, some youngsters still go overboard in their revelling, gyrating and dancing. Throughout all this public display, the truly solemn still goes on inside the local church, with masses and other religious activities being celebrated. This is where the intricate us takes over—we might seem hedonistic and only interested in having fun but we are at the same time one of Europe’s most religious and solemn people. We take fun seriously but we also take our spiritual part seriously.

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Keep an eye open for all festas in all their diverse facets. One of the most colourful and popular festas is Mnarja which is commemorated on 29th June. On this day we remember the joint martyrdom of two of the Catholic Church’s most important saints, St Peter and St Paul. One was the first Pope the other was one of the most important and vociferous exponents of the then new religion of Christianity.

and attending mass. But they do not hold back from enjoying some good, usually wholesome fun especially on the eve of the actual holiday.

Legend has it that both were executed in Rome by the Romans who felt threatened by the incredible rise of Christianity. One was beheaded and the other crucified upside-down. To most Maltese this day is a solemn holiday and a good reason to solemnly revere the saints by prayer

The contradictory love and commemoration of our saints and other heavenly beings with solemnity together with our seemingly pagan enjoyment is hard to explain. But it is us through and through, contradictory, small in size but big in spirit and beautifully unique.

Mnarja is usually celebrated at Buskett where several festivities are held with the main dish cooked being rabbit. Rabbit stew, spaghetti with rabbit and fried rabbit are the usual staple of this day with copious wine and beer to wash it all down.

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NOugat

Nougat Sweet sweet

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ith approximately ninety religious feasts celebrated every year in Malta and Gozo between May and September the festa season is a busy time for stall holders. Today the village feasts offer many traditional delicacies such as the delicious “Mqaret” pastry stuffed with a concoction of dates and fried in oil along with the more modern addition of mobile kiosks selling hot dogs, ice creams, burgers, kebabs, chips and all sorts of fast food. The production of nougat, however, is a practice that has remained relatively unchanged throughout the centuries and is traditionally found right across the Mediterranean. Its origins in Malta date back to the Knights of St. John where Nougat or Maltese “qubbajt” is culturally bound to the festa tradition. Many of Malta’s nougat producers are family run businesses. The recipes are no state secret - a mixture of egg white, sugar, water, candid fruits and glucose - but as is often the case, there will also be a secret ingredient that has been passed down from one generation to another. The more traditional nougat is generally the soft type and comes in vanilla, strawberry, chocolate, mint, banana and orange flavour with either almonds (which are the more traditional ingredient) or peanuts. The second type is the brittle nut nougat which certainly keeps the dentist busy and is a combination of almonds, hazelnuts, cashews and sesame seeds with added toffee and caramel.

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"nougat making in Malta has become

a lucrative market."


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However, far from being some old practice from the past nougat making in Malta has become a lucrative market. With constant visitors to the islands, it is seen by many as a perfect gift to take home with them and the demand is constantly growing with many gift and tourist shops now selling it along with selected supermarkets. Despite the influx of fast food outlets into the typical festa scenario, the Maltese love for nougat has also remained undiminished and this, coupled with the tourist demand, can see suppliers working up to 12 hours a day during the busiest months. There is a general pattern with tourists coming along to watch the fireworks and buying on the Saturday whilst the local population tend to leave it until the Sunday to make their purchase during feast days.

A useful tip, according to a local producer, is not to store it in a fridge otherwise it will dry out in a matter of weeks and become hard and unpalatable. Rather, storing it at room temperature, ideally in a plastic bag, will keep it fresh and tasty for up to a year. The cultural aspect, however, is not to be overlooked and in a number of recent historical re-enactments the brittle toffee /nut variety was actually cooked over a fire just as would have been done during the time of the Knights with people having the rare opportunity to buy it whilst still hot – The queues for this were apparently endless with local people along with tourists alike clamouring to get a taste of one of our island’s sweetest traditions!

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GETTING TO GOZO

Didn't go to Gozo though. Mike Bennett

Australian friends of mine recently visited Malta for the first time. They loved it.

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hey strolled around in Valetta. Took a day to shop in Sliema. In Paceville they partied.

In Mdina they meandered and later cliff-walked at Dingli. A Grand Harbour cruise really appealed. They liked a bar in Imgarr. Somehow they got lost in Siggiewi. They swam in Slugs Bay near Mellieha. Played slot machines in Bugibba. Dined out in St Julians and raved about Rabat. They didn’t go to Gozo though.

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in Gozo. A twenty minute crossing, you'll love it. Easy!” They didn’t believe me – went to have lunch at Ghar Lapsi instead.

being transformed into a landscaped park. Despite extensive roadworks the traffic flowed freely. On the sea to my right a lone sailboarder jumped waves, dangerously close to the shoreline.

Could it be I was wrong? Is it a difficult trip these days? It's been quite a while since I went there.

As I passed by Salina, which used to reek of the smell of the salt pans, I saw Kennedy Grove.

A couple of days before Easter I decided to go and see for myself.

It's a rare green Maltese oasis, named after President Kennedy. This favourite weekend picnic spot was empty, quietly waiting, calm and serene.

“It's too difficult to get there” they said, “a hassle. Tricky journey, it takes too long”. (And this from a couple who once drove a hundred miles to a mate's barbecue.)

Within minutes of setting off from St Julians I was driving down the hill on the Regional Road by Madliena. The view was sensational. The sea ahead of me sparkled in the sun. The island of Gozo beckoned, far off in the distance.

“Nonsense” I said, “ Jump in your car and follow the signs on the Regional Road. Get the ferry, drive on in Malta - drive-off

I passed the Waterpark “Swim with Dolphins” and Maghtab. The once huge, ugly rubbish mountain is now

On the St Paul's Bay by-pass I drove past the Marsovin winery and the Wardija Chapel. I glanced up at the amazing building that dominates the hillside. A turreted folly that was once rumoured by friends from Qawra to be owned by Michael Jackson. I drove carefully through the S-bends that lead down the hill to Xemxija


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Bay (pronounced Shem-shia). About a hundred children, in blue tracksuits and yellow tops, held up the traffic as they crossed the road. Three teachers did their best to shepherd them along as the column straggled up the hill. I waved as I drove off and several excited kids waved back, smiles beaming in the sun. Along the narrow stretch of winding road towards Mellieha the car climbed steeply. I by-passed Mellieha by following Triq Louis Wettenger. Still climbing as the road straightens I had a fabulous view of il-Majjistral Nature and History Park, with a glimpse of Manikata hiding behind the hills that fringe the valley below. Some say this is the highest point of the Islands, just where Anchor Bay comes into view, before the descent to Mellieha Bay. This road also twists and turns but has recently been rebuilt. I enjoyed the ride down and the view. Anchor Bay was unusually calm, at the edge of verdant countryside. I caught a glimpse of the Popeye Village, which was built in 1980 as the film set for the movie “Popeye”. Back down to sea-level and driving along the promenade by Mellieha Beach I saw a group of middle-aged people. They were striding along with ski-poles in both hands, wearing waterproof outfits and huge backpacks. They looked odd against the backdrop of an azure sea, golden sands and girls in bikinis. The car climbed now to the top of the hill, the beach in the rear-view mirror. Passing the red tower, “Torri ta Sant' Agata”, I headed down again towards Paradise Bay. This road has also been completely re-built since last I was here. The islands of Comino and Gozo shimmered in the sea before me. Two ferry boats passed each other in the middle of the Gozo Channel. Driving slowly past Paradise Bay Hotel I arrived at the Cirkewwa Terminal. There was an orderly queue of cars and trucks for the ferry to Gozo. It had been thirty fascinating minutes since I left St Julians, not difficult at all. The ferry “Melita” sailed into the dock, its bow doors opened upwards as it approached, like some giant predatory fish about

to swallow it's prey. Bow thrusters churned the water as the huge craft glided gently sideways alongside the quay. A banner on its superstructure proclaimed “Lidl Welcomes you to Gozo”. I drove into the gaping mouth of the boat and was directed by the crew to park near stairwell “C”. Music blared out from a parked white van, it's driver asleep. I opted for the stairs instead of the lift to get to the passenger deck and the cafeteria. Usually my treat on a trip to Gozo was a bottle of Heineken and a bag of Twisties. Now they only have Heineken in cans. It's not the same. I set off for the top deck, to savour the fresh air and the view. On my way I met a group of French tourists clutching maps, gesticulating wildly, talking loudly and looking very lost. From Cirkewwa to Gozo the starboard side of the ferry is best because you will see Comino, the Blue Lagoon and the small Marina at the entrance to Mgarr harbour. The top deck was packed with people. There was not an empty seat or a place by the railings to be found. People of many nationalities crowded around me. It was a cacophony of Polish, Italian, French, Russian, Japanese. An elderly couple talked loudly in a mix of Maltese and English. A large party of middle-aged Germans were dressed in the same kind of clothing, complete with ski-poles and back-packs, that I had seen in Mellieha. Unlike Anchor Bay, the water in the Channel was not calm and the wind came up strongly, without warning but invigorating. I managed only a glimpse of the Blue Lagoon as we passed by. All vantage points were filled with people taking pictures on their phones and iPads.Some even had cameras. The slowing of the ferry as it turned into the harbour was the signal for me to return to my car. The ferry jaws opened wide and I drove ashore. Easy. I can't believe they didn’t go to Gozo.

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Local Food

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Jubilant June Julian Sammut

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une is possibly the best time to visit the Maltese Islands. The weather is fine with bright blue skies, cool sea breezes from the prevailing Majjistral - north west wind – and the sea clear, clean and at a pleasant 20 to 21 degrees. An added bonus is that at this time of the year most students are swotting away at their exams and therefore the beaches are generally pretty quiet. June is a busy season for both fishermen and farmers in Malta with the traditional tuna season in full swing and fields abundant with fruit and vegetables. We

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enjoy the first of the figs towards the end of June with the Bajtar ta’ San Gwann, as St. John’s feast falls on the 24th of this month. The Knights of St. John hold a solemn procession in Valletta on this feast of their patron saint, whilst the village of Xewkija in Gozo is en fete for an entire week with traditional band marches, spectacular firework displays and of course the traditional procession when the statue of St. John is carried shoulder high through the village streets. Tuna fishing in the Mediterranean is an age old practise recorded on classic Greek pottery and in Roman frescoes. The

traditional Tunnara method of fishing, now still in use in Favignana off Sicily, where the fast moving shoals of tuna are channelled through an elaborate system of nets into a final chamber from where there is no escape and the Mattanza or slaughter takes place, was until the early 1960s practised in Malta too. Tuna remains a prize catch and cherished food and in recent years due to improved refrigeration, cooking methods have changed considerably. Cooked “well done” tuna meat dries out and this is why the traditional zalza pikkanti was served with it. Tuna steaks are generally favoured cooked rare and even raw these days as


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a carpaccio or tartare. Throughout June, Gululu, the popular Maltese casual diner in pretty St. Julian’s bay holds a Festa tat-Tonn and for four weeks presents its customers with an additional menu including antipasti, pasta dishes and grills all featuring fresh local Bluefin Tuna as the star ingredient. Possibly the favourite snack amongst the Maltese is ħobż biż-żejt, bread and oil. The basic ħobż biż-żejt is slices of fresh Maltese bread – in our totally unbiased opinion, Maltese bread is the best in the world - smeared with the flesh of deep red crinkly beef tomatoes, tadam miċ-ċatt, then dabbed into a plate with olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper, and further flavoured with capers and fresh mint leaves. Of course many more ingredients ranging from canned tuna and anchovies to beans and olives may be added to it until it becomes a full meal. The basic and simple recipe mentioned above is unbeatable though, especially when eaten on the beach after a refreshing early evening swim. ħobż biż-żejt embraces the very best summer ingredients and is the one taste of Malta which you mustn’t miss out on.

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If you are arriving at the end of June you will, be in time to join in the festa ta’ l-Imnarja activities held in Mdina and in the outlying little woodland of Buskett by the Grand Master’s summer palace of Verdala, on the 28th and 29th of the month. Families and friends still gather below the shady trees to fry rabbit, drink wine and make merry. An agricultural show is held on the morning of the 29th and bands play in and around the old capital. Fenek, rabbit, is considered to be Malta’s national dish, much loved by us locals and now popular with visitors too. Where traditionally it was cooked as a fenkata – spaghetti with rabbit sauce followed by fried or stewed rabbit with fried chips – in rural bars and restaurants outside the main tourist areas today it is available in places like St. Julians too.

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DESTINATION

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The City of Water, La Serenissima (“the most serene one”), the Floating City – Venice has more nicknames than street names. But is Venice destined to sink beneath the waves, to become a ‘Diver’s Paradise’?

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n Italy, a land of extravagant architecture and embellished beings, the Venetian crisis is the crown-jewel. Perched on the murky waters, Venice lifts like a mirage from a lagoon at the head of the Adriatic Sea. For centuries, the city has threatened to vanish under the waves of the aqua alta, the increasingly regular flooding caused by rising tides and the sinking foundations. For 1500 years, Venice has been the impossible city, standing bravely defying time and tides. Its will to survive is a monument to mankind as it struggles against the forces of nature. The early Venetians overcame great hurdles as they were forced to find new ways to build on the flimsy foundations of 117 muddy islands, marshland and rivers. They figured out ways to survive despite limited land resources on which to grow food. They didn’t just build a city to survive in, they changed a swamp settlement of huts into a city that eventually dominated Europe, with an empire of enormous wealth. Venetian engineers created a strong foundation by driving thousands of long wooden poles deep into the soft spongy settlement until they hit firmer earth and covered it with a foundation of water-resistant marble. In 639AD, the first cathedral was built on mud the island of Torcello and Venice became a permanent residence.

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Gothic and Byzantin palazzos appear to float on the canals and lagoon. Venice is a theatre. Every aspect of life is dominated by water. The San Marco Basin - with its lazy flotilla of gondolas and vaporetti or water-buses - deliver guests through the palace-lined Canale Grande, to approach the Doge's Palace with its tracery of arches and columns, to the epicentre of Venetian tourism, Piazza San Marco. Live the lavish aristocrat lifestyle by renting an apartment in one of the 17th century palazzos complete with servants and breath-taking views. Much of the allure of the city comes from the fact that it appears to be disappearing. For tourists traipsing through a flooded Piazza San Marco may be a unique photo opportunity, but for the Venetians the frequent flooding is a sign of the trouble ahead. The tide inundates the streets and squares, menaces the historic architecture, and forces residents to don their boots and walk on the passarelle an elevated boardwalk - put in place on such occasions. It’s a balancing act. Yet, for them, daily life continues as usual. The lagoon is as artificial as the moat of a medieval castle, and without man’s intervention, its delicate ecosystem would have long ago disappeared. In the past, it was so effective at keeping out the enemy that towers would have been a waste of money. But now the tide has turned, and the sea that once protected

Venice from foreign invaders now threatens it. In 1900s, acqua alta occurred ten times per year. Now it happens more than 60 times per year. Venice is sinking. The question remains, how long will it last before it turns from the floating jewel of Western civilization into the next Atlantis? Please take your seats. In this play, Venice assumes a mysterious role. How many years can it withstand before it gives way under the feet of the 20 million annual tourists that visit each year?


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Lighting, sets, masks and costumes are so intricately adorned that the heart races with excitement, but the plot is full of twists and turns, the ending is unclear. According to research by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, Venice is sinking at a rate of up to two millimetres per year. However, this study contrasts with the evidence brought forward by Consorzio Venezia Nuova, the group responsible for safeguarding Venice and its lagoon. They calculated that Venice is sinking three to four centimeters per century. That’s five times less than the Scripps Institution research results. The plot thickens. Recent studies also found that Venice was tilting about a millimetre or two eastward per year. This means the western part where the city of Venice is higher than the eastern sections causing buildings to lean. For the romantic globe trotter, this could mean buying a ticket right away to see Venice before it vanishes, but for the Venetian resident it begs the question: what is being done to save Venice from this ill-fated plight? The Italian government’s multi-billion dollar machine, MOSE, is a major engineering project designed to combat the sea water invasion. Though the acronym stands for Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico (Experimental Electromechanical Module) the name alludes to the parting of the Red Sea by Moses. Flood-protection walls are being installed to block incoming tides that are coming in higher as overall sea levels are rising in response to climate change. Operators plan to have the MOSE system fully functional by 2016.

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While reality threatens, romance triumphs. Venice is a seductively attractive city, and though its beauty is under pressure, it survives. We long for the perfect ending, but as the curtain falls, the cloud of mystery descends. Will Venice really vanish? I think not!

01. Grand Canal and Basilica Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy | 02. view of San Giorgio island, Venice, Italy

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MEDICAL TOURISM

High-Flying Dentistry

Lack of teeth

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he cause of edentulism or toothless, can be multifaceted. While the extraction of unrestorable heavily broken down teeth does contribute to some degree of edentulism, the predominant cause of tooth loss in developed countries is periodontal disease. While the teeth may remain completely decay-free, the bone surrounding and providing support to the teeth may reabsorb and disappear, giving rise to tooth mobility and eventual tooth loss. For people, the relevance and functionality of teeth can easily be taken for granted, but a closer examination of their considerable significance will demonstrate how they are actually very important. 1. Facial support and aesthetics: support the lips and cheeks, providing for a fuller, more aesthetically pleasing appearance 2. Vertical dimension of occlusion: maintaining an individual's vertical height 3. Pronunciation: along with the tongue and lips, allow for the proper pronunciation of various sounds 4. Preservation of alveolar ridge height: preserve and maintain the height of the alveolar ridge 5. Masticatory efficiency: cut, grind, and otherwise chew food

Treatment options

The acrylic resin will help to restore the lost gums and bone, which would have deteriorated over the years restoring the dento-facial aesthetics to their original beauty. Removable Overdenture: An overdenture is a conventional denture with additional attachment devices allowing it to attach itself to dental implants embedded in the jaw. The attachment devices come in several forms including ball-attachments, bar attachments, locators amongst others. These attachment devices provide a form of retention to a mobile denture stabilizing it and allowing comfort and security to the patient. The number of implants required varies from 2-6. This depends on the size of the jaw, the curvature of the jaw as well as the attachment system chosen. This treatment modality is a very good option for patients who wish the added security of a very stable denture but who also wish to be able to remove the denture enabling them to clean it thoroughly. Implant-Retained Fixed Prosthesis: A fixed prosthesis by definition is a non-removable tooth-borne dental prosthesis, which is solidly attached to implants. This type of prosthesis is the most stable type of prostheses. Normally supported by 4-6 implants the prosthesis may be constructed of a metal or zirconium superstructure mounted with conventional resin or porcelain teeth. The above three options display varying degrees of stability, comfort and function. Find out the pros and cons of each option. Weigh out their differences and ask your dentist to help you choose the most ideally suited option for you.

Conventional Removable Denture: An acrylic resin denture with or without a metal framework may be used to replace a full arch of missing teeth. This option is a removable option and replaces both soft tissue and hard tissue.

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Dr Jean Paul Demajo Dental and Implant Surgeon Trained in London working in private practice in Malta.


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PROPERTY

Making Malta Your Home

Enjoy Condominium Lifestyle Developments People always want to improve their way of life and when approaching retirement age particularly, want to settle in a country where their lifestyle is of a higher quality and enjoy the fruits of their hard work. In fact, the trend today is to not wait till retirement. Many countries have realized that the benefits gained from this type of foreign investment are vast coming up with their own residence programmes in order to try to position themselves in the market. Malta offers a number of such programmes targeting both EU and non EU nationals. Most of these allow residency and also offer a Schengen Visa coupled with an advantageous tax status. Malta has also recently introduced a citizenship programme. All of these compare extremely well with offerings by other countries. However, we believe that this is not the only competitive advantage that Malta has. We feel that the lifestyle offered by Malta as well as the quality of real estate on offer puts Malta head and shoulders ahead of the competition. So where does Malta stand out? We enjoy an excellent climate all year

round. Malta is centrally located in the Mediterranean, making it easily accessible to all major European and North African airports. There is no political unrest, no threats of war and no religious rivalry. The Maltese are renowned for their friendliness and the Islands have a very low crime rate. The cost of living is reasonable and although a small country, Malta offers within relative proximity all that any other European country has on offer – theatre, night life, a great selection of restaurants, a lovely coast line with crystal clear sea, high street shopping, countryside and so much more. The education and health care systems in Malta are amongst the best in Europe. All things considered, Malta is a great place to live in, even if just as a base to call home and spend a few months of the year. To top this off, Malta’s real estate market is extremely healthy and

Words: Grahame Salt- Director of Homes of Quality | www.homesofquality.com.mt

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has consistently enjoyed medium to long term capital appreciation. In the last decade or so, we have seen the development of a number of top class condominium residential complexes around Malta and Gozo – generally in top seafront locations. These lifestyle developments offer onsite facilities like private gardens, marinas, communal pools, shopping complexes and security. These properties offer luxurious accommodation and the ability to lock up and leave at short notice. They can be managed easily in one’s absence allowing peace of mind. This kind of flexibility, coupled with the lifestyle and the various residence or citizenship programmes and their respective fiscal advantages makes Malta’s offering a very interesting one -one that should be explored and taken advantage of.


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a cool climate that's hot on the qualityof-life index It's official - Malta has the best climate on earth. Malta was one of two countries that tied for first place for the title of Best Climate, according to the Quality of Life Index issued by the International Living magazine last year. Zimbabwe was the other country. Yet a Mediterranean climate (over 5 hours of sunshine a day) isn't all that Malta has to offer. Malta's many other virtues in the 9 categories of the IL index combined to secure 3rd place overall in the index, pipped to the post by the U.S. and New Zealand. That ranking speaks volumes for the size of Malta's quality offering relative to the island's land mass of just 122 square miles. How about a stable government, economy and a modern health service? These factors carry a lot of weight for wealthy English and Europeans looking to get away from their frosty climates. In fact, frost and snow are unknown in Malta with shirt sleeve order and temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit (21 degrees C) in November. Flights to many European capitals are just 3 hours away. Crime is low, education levels high, the locals hospitable and English-speaking with 48 English language schools. As a result, homes and apartments here have now attracted the international set. So has the historic harbours, 5-star hotels, restaurants and summer nightlife. But overseas domestic buyers aren't the only ones to recognise the reputation of the island's property potential. Malta's success in attracting city hedge fund managers to redomicile to the island as a result of a well regulated and cost-competitive jurisdiction has spurred more demand for high quality homes in the sun. Back in 2000, it was a rather different story. Sure, the island had a loyal following of repeat overseas visitors but nothing that one could call gold standard. Despite its geographic

location and abundance of sun and sea, Malta's lifestyle as an up-market destination had little relevance for the aspiring overseas home buyer. That was until Portomaso was built. George Fenech, the Tumas Group's Chairman, pioneered the lifestyle concept in Malta. He had a multi million Euro dream. He wanted to enhance the quality of life for those buyers who could make the right investment decision. His vision of the Portomaso marina would bring Malta to the attention of the international property market with an Oscar of the property world - Gold Award in the Best Marina Development Category in the 2005 International Property Awards. As a result, Portomaso was acclaimed the most exclusive address in Malta and became home to the well-heeled, international celebrities and footballers. Those that bought in 2000 have seen the value of their property rise by over 300%. Rental income has also risen, in many cases giving a return of up to 06%. Out of the Portomaso mould have been cast two more luxury developments in the north and south of the island, both a stone's throw from the Med. They are already reaching completion, thanks to Tumas Developments, the Group's property arm. As both properties websites rather prosaically state, these two new residencies 'offer lifestyle choices of the highest standards'. More to the point, poured into these two moulds are all the expectations of luxury, safety, tranquility and, you've guessed it, lifestyle. Tas Sellum and Ta' Monita have been designed to suit most pockets. Tas-Sellum offers a one-bedroom apartment of 97 square meters starting at â‚Ź215,000 going up to a million plus for larger apartments whilst Ta' Monita offers apartments of 73m2 starting at â‚Ź104,000 going up to a million plus. Both residences are termed Specially Designated Area, allowing the buyer to purchase more than one property in Malta and Gozo for private use or for business.

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Destination Malta

An intimate wedding in an antique Maltese Palazzo in Sliema Our story began, not on Malta but on another island, Liberty Island in New York City. Ruairí and I had been together for two years and we were holidaying in the Big Apple. It was at the foot of the Lady Liberty, on a sunny Autumn afternoon, that Ruairí asked me to marry him and be his wife.

things from acquaintances who had visited the island. We became more and more impressed by what Malta could offer; a wealth of beautiful architecture, fascinating history and places to visit, combined with the sort of bustling night-life, music and cuisine that would please all our guests.

On our return to Ireland we began the daunting task of organising our wedding. With so many factors to take into account and a world of possibilities out there, we decided on a handful of 'must haves'. We wanted an intimate ceremony with our immediate family and friends, a beautiful, exotic location and being from Ireland, an island famous for rainy days, we wanted guaranteed sunshine!

As it turned out none of the travel agents we approached were able to help us make our wedding in Malta a reality, so we went online. Sarah Young's website was one of the top results and came with high recommendations from a host of happy newlyweds who had used her services. We contacted Sarah who came back quickly with some fantastic options to suit our budget and from this point we put all the planning, organising and stress in Sarah's hands.

We had come across Malta before as a holiday destination and heard great

Six months later we arrived in Malta with our guests and after meeting with Sarah and her team we were sure that our special day would go perfectly. Confident in that knowledge we set about enjoying all that Malta had to offer. We took a day trip by catamaran to Sicily, visited Gozo, took a bus tour to explore the Hagar Qim temple complex and stopped at the fishing town of Marsaxlokk. That Sunday, in a gorgeous Palazzo in Sliema, Ruairí and I exchanged rings. The day of the wedding was every bit as special as we had hoped. Sarah and her team are perfectionists and it showed in the meticulous planning ensuring the day ran very smoothly. Everyone had a brilliant day, the Palazzo was the perfect venue. Our experience in Malta will definitely see us return.

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A new partnership between aviation and surgery

Surgery has often been compared to aviation as both involve teams of highly trained professionals interacting with advanced technology in high-risk situations. The recent application of aviation-based strategies to surgical disciplines has focused on improving technical skills and the role of training in aviation and surgery. These advanced modern technologies are able to reduce workload and to assist and to control human reaction. Computerized control systems have been part of aviation for a long time allowing the industry to become the safest transportation system, while surgery is still behind in terms of technical assistance and implementing safety and quality procedures. The development of computer assisted surgery 20 years ago was an important step forward to more safety in surgery by using advanced computer technology.

This navigation system in orthopaedic surgery means more precision and higher quality of the surgical procedure for better functional results and increased longevity of the implants. While not necessarily reducing the overall workload for the surgeon, it provides a clear workflow comparable to checklists in aviation and provides superior technical assistance in a complicated procedure. Malta has recently taken a step forward with the new International Knee and Hip Centre Malta Ltd, a German centre of excellence for knee and hip surgery , introducing a German Brainlab navigation system for advanced Total Knee Replacements. Patients from Europe, Russia and North Africa looking for most advanced technical solutions for their Total Knee Replacements can now opt for Malta as a medical tourism destinaion.

Air Malta and the International Knee and Hip Centre Malta have teamed up to offer this new partnership that further highlights Malta’s position as a leader in medical tourism. The International Knee and Hip Center Ltd. was opend in December 2013 through the Auxillary bisohp H.E. Mons. Charles Scicluna to Malta and the German Ambassador to Malta Klaus Peter Brandes as a German centre of excellence. The centre offers the latest technology in knee and hip surgery as navigated Total Knee Replacements, 3D technics for Total Hip Replacement and Custom made Joint Replacements for Knee and Hip.

More information: www.knee-hip.eu Photo : Auxillary bisohp H.E. Mons. Charles Scicluna Dr. med. Ulrich Rebers, Medical Director, Louis Giordimaina, CEO Air Malta, and Xenia Lorenz-Rebers, CEO, International Knee and Hip Center Malta ( IKC-M) 63


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Approaches to Industrial Heritage: What works A collection of researched contributions relating to aspects of Malta’s industrial past has been published as a book entitled Approaches to Industrial Heritage: What works? The papers were presented and discussed during a conference held in February 2013 at Simonds Farsons Cisk Brewery. Considered as the first initiative in Malta to tackle this complex subject in an open forum, Approaches to Industrial Heritage: What works? was jointly launched by the Farsons Foundation, the University of Malta and Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. 03

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Co-edited by Professor JoAnn Cassar, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of the Built Heritage and

Dr Reuben Grima, lecturer from the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta, the illustrated publication features 15 contributions by professionals in the field of built heritage and management. Among the many interesting topics, the publication features Timothy Ambrose’s paper, who was the keynote speaker at last year’s conference. An international specialist in cultural destination development and cultural heritage management Mr Ambrose outlined a range of factors that create value from industrial heritage assets for cultural tourism and what these assets mean for the future. ‘Industrial heritage’ as a term means different things to different people. He said that a major industrial complex like Farsons Brewery or a simple product like a can of Kinnie can be seen at many different levels through the different perspectives of people. Telling stories through such perspectives helps industrial heritage as well as contemporary industrial history ‘come alive’ for audiences. Mr Michael Farrugia, Director of Simonds Farsons Cisk plc, in his illustrated paper recalled the legacy of the Farsons story since it started the brewing business in 1928. He revealed how Farsons is now in the process of preparing for the transformation of its iconic 1950s brewhouse into a unique visitor experience that celebrates its heritage, while projecting a fresh and contemporary vision of the future.

Other contributors of note include: Dr Ing. John C. Betts, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Malta, The Hon. Dr Mario de Marco, opposition spokesperson for Economy, Investment and Small Business, Mr Louis A Farrugia, Chairman of Farsons Group, Mr Bryan A Gera, Chairman of the Farsons Foundation, Professor Robert Ghirlando, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy of the University of Malta, The Hon. Dr José A Herrera, Parliamentary Secretary for Competiveness and Growth, Mr James Licari, conservatorrestorer/lecturer at the Institute for Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage, Mr Joseph Magro Conti, Manager of the Heritage Planning Unit within MEPA, Mr Ray Polidano, Director General of the Malta Aviation Museum Foundation, Professor Alex Torpiano, Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment and Mr Godwin Vella, Chief Curator at Heritage Malta. On 1st February 2013, The Farsons Foundation in collaboration with the University’s Department of the Built Heritage within the Faculty for the Built Environment, hosted a one-day conference focusing on the diverse approaches which could guide the preservation and presentation of industrial heritage in Malta, and more particularly those held by Simonds Farsons Cisk plc. The publication is available on request through an email to sfc@farsons.com against a donation of €7.

1. Aerial shot of Mriehel brewery | 2. The opening ceremony of the Mriehel brewery, June 1950 | 3. (from left) Simonds Farsons Cisk plc Director Michael Farrugia, international heritage and museums advisor Mr Tim Ambrose, Simonds Farsons Cisk plc Chairman, Mr Louis A. Farrugia, and the Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment at the University of Malta Professor Alex Torpiano during a visit to the old brewhouse, built in 1950 | 4. An old poster of one of Farsons icononic brand – Cisk Lager 64


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Zeinab Badawi, Sudanese Sudanese TV and radio presenter and currently presenter of The World Today on BBC4 and BBC World News was in Malta last month. Ms Badawi was brought over by LeadingTalks, as guest of the Tumas Fenech Foundation to speak about the BBC today. Ms. Badawi is pictured here at The Chophouse restaurant in Sliema, with restaurant management and staff.

DELICATA WINE

A FAMILY AFFAIR

Throughout the world of wine, it is common knowledge that family run winemakers, have an unrivalled passion about the wines they create, which they then so proudly exhibit their family name on. To many a discerning wine drinker their creations are recognized as being so much more than just a wine, they are an actual representation of not only the family members who make them, but of their history and traditions, their intimacy with the land, and more often than not, their very long, very warm, very human story. The Maltese family of Delicata is no exception and over 100 years since it all began, three generations are still engaged in the family business of winemaking. Emmanuel Delicata,

whose father Eduardo started the company in 1907 is in his 96th year and is the retired patriarch of the Delicata family. V.George Delicata his son, is the Managing Director and has been at the helm since the early 1970’s and he’s recently been joined by his three sons Mario, Michael and Matthew, all now playing significant roles in the business of making their family’s award winning quality Maltese wine. Over the years Delicata have received a number of tributes from respected wine critics coming from all over the world and they have won over 86 international awards and medals from competitions in Bordeaux, Burgundy, Paris, London and Verona for their wines.

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Sentiment Art Exhibition by Gabrielle Agius Exclusive Interiors, Qormi 24 April - 24 June A Sentiment Art Exhibitions is a collection of paintings consisting of vibrant, naturalistic portraits and lively abstracted works by artist Ms Gabrielle Agius. The twenty-one year old artist is a student at the University of Malta, currently in her final year studying History of Art. Gabrielle seeks to combine her diverse interests and passions through her work. The main inspiration behind the majority of the paintings is an innate fascination with the human figure and colour, and these are merged with other motifs in a vibrant explosion of colourful art. Gabrielle styles and subjects vary as she adapts her method according to her mood. For more information vsit www.exclusiveinteriorsonline.com

In Guardia Parade Birgu 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th June A perfect reason to add the old town of Birgu to your travel agenda, the In Guardia Parade is the re-enactment of an authentic military drill that took place regularly inside important military fortifications across Malta and Gozo. Go back in time to the infamous Knights of St.John and witness the 55-man garrison of Maltese soldiers and knights as they demonstrate a state of readiness in the event of a military threat to the Grand Bailiff in charge of military affairs. The event takes place outside St. John’s Cavalier fort which can be visited prior or following the reenactment. We suggest you check the weather forecast before making you plan, as bad weather could lead to cancellation of the event without prior notice. For more information please visit http://www.hrgm.org/

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Earth Garden National Park, Ta’ Qali 6th,7th & 8th June A festival that brings together top local artisans, providing a performing platform for musicians, artists and craftsmen, in a natural, wellorganised set-up. The stages are brought to life with Malta’s upcoming and established local talents as well as foreign artists. This weekend promises to be a fun, educational experience with entertainment for all ages. Earth Garden has gained the reputation for being Malta’s leading festival in the promotion of all things Green and eco-friendly voicing care for the environment through Arts, Music and Culture in a familyfriendly festival environment.

G7 Fridays Gianpula 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th June

For more information visit www.facebook.com/EarthGardenEvent/info Definitely Malta's most popular outdoor clubbing experience. Fridays at Gianpula is the highlight of Malta' summer clubbing season. A mix of Malta’s top DJs, new young talent and some guest international artists

Gay Pride Malta Razzett L-Ahmar 7th June Gay Pride Malta are doning their hoola skirts in welcoming you to Hawaiian Pride 2014. Embrace the exotic and enjoy shows by Hawaiian Team and The Coco girl. Take a walk on the pride side this summer and bounce to the tunes of Cris Brown, Cathy K aka Unknown Destiny and Dj Andy Luca.

have been confirmed to grace the dancefloor with top tunes and biggest dance floor hits. Time: 11pm to 4.00am | Entrance: €6.00 at the door.

G7 Wednesdays Chillout Sessions Café del Mar 11th & 18th June After the great success of Summer 2013, the Wednesday night chillout sessions at Café del mar are back. With stunning sunsets, funky tunes,

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deep house and chillout music, G7 promises to bring life to your Wednesday night.

King Lear St James Cavalier 8th June St James Cavalier pays tribute to the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare and proudly presents King Lear, a great masterpiece of love and deceit. Academy Award winner Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) returns to the National Theatre to direct Simon Russell Beale (Timon of Athens, Collaborators) in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy. Kindly visit St James Cavalier website www.sjcav.org/page. asp?n=Eventdetails&i=5318&z=3 for more information.

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Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Malta Youth Orchestra in Concert Pjazza San Gorg, Valletta 26th June The third edition of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Malta Youth Orchestra collaboration is presented in full energetic glory in the beautiful backdrop of one of Malta’s most enchanting open-air venues, Pjazza San Gorg, in Valletta. Enjoy an evening of well-loved classics as American conductor Kelly Kuo directs the 100-strong orchestra. Free entrance. For more information please visit

We’re Jamming Ta’ Fra Ben Reggae Bar, Qawra 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th June Summer is here and that means the reopening of Fra Ben Reggae Bar in Qawra, situated on the coast of Buggiba just to the right of the Fra Ben Tower. The reggae bar hosts an open-mic-night on selected days, which invites all local and foreign musicians to get up on stage and have fun. This also means a line-up of perfect summer nights overlooking a sensational sea view. This Reggae Bar is open all day and night and is quickly becoming a local Maltese hot spot offering up an amazing ‘chilled’ atmosphere, along with fantastic food, live music and delicious fresh Mojiitos. With those long summer days, there’s no better place to unwind and have fun at Ta’ Fra Ben Reggae Bar.

Marrakech Saturdays MARRAKECH Club, Gianpula complex, Rabat 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th June Marrakech club ticks all the boxes when it comes to classifying a sophisticated open-air nightclub:

Bedouin Friday’s Bedouin Bar, The Westin Dragonara Reef Club-St. Julian’s 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th June

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The Gianpula Complex Gianpula complex is Malta’s biggest open air entertainment destination. A firm favourite with both locals and the thousands of tourists who visit the Maltese islands, this is the essence of Maltese nightlife. The ideal Mediterranean climate allows for this open air complex to be enjoyed during the extended summer months and, with a Complex capacity of 7,000 people, the party masses certainly take advantage of this. The whole complex is a combination of Five different venues – The Gianpula Main room, Groove Gardens, Marrakech The Roof Top, and Gianpula Fields. The original building is an old farmhouse with extensive grounds spread over 30,000 square metres of land. Features include gardens with rich vegetation, swimming pool, 22 bars, elevated VIP areas, champagne huts, seating areas, parking facilities, restaurants and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems. The complex is in the limits of Rabat situated in the valley below Malta’s old capital and the medieval town of Mdina. Gianpula Main Room and Groove Gardens are open every Friday and Saturday. On Fridays the music policy is RnB, commercial and House Music. Entrance is €6. On Saturdays the entrance fee depends on the event. Checkwww.gianpula.com for exact prices Marrakech club which opens up on Saturdays and Sundays ticks all the boxes when it comes to classifying a sophisticated open-air nightclub: besides being immersed in an idyllic luxury garden and surroundings, Marrakech is blessed by a cool summer breeze (even in the peak of August).All in all Marrakech is a true VIP destination offering supreme tunes by carefully selected DJs, luxury VIP Table huts, flawless service and an exclusive crowd (both local and visiting) . All key elements which we believe will enhance your nights out in order to let your hair down and have that great clubbing experience until the early summer hours. Saturday nights – Vocal House; entrance fee before midnight €6 and after midnight €10. Sunday Night – music policy is Tech House; entrance fee €5. The Roof Top is a lounge club which is is used both by day and by night. Opens on fridays Saturdays and Sundays day/night. Sunday afternoons Pool Parties The roof top during the evening opens up from 21 hrs onwards and on Sunday afternoon opens up from 16hrs onwards. Gianpula Fields which takes place once a year this year is happening on the 14th August and will be hosting Creamfields For VIP tables or any queries email info@gianpula.com or 9947 2133.

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The new BOSS Hugo Boss Collection is available at the BOSS Stores Malta of St Julians and the Departures Lounge, Malta International Airport. This season, the BOSS man sets off on a major expedition, namely crossing the entire African continent – from the colorful coast of Kenya through the sands of the Savannah to the modern metropolitan centers of South Africa. For the looks, this means the richest possible array of wearable luxury.

At SARTO you will find elegant, sophisticated and timeless fashion apparel combined with the finest selection of accessories, bags and shoes. The company’s long history in tailoring stands at the foreground of the Italian name, SARTO. Derived from the word ‘Sartorial’, Sarto evokes art and craft – a Sarto is both a tailor and an artist. SARTO offers supreme quality and exceptional service together with luxury brands for both men and women such as Burberry, Blumarine, Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Giuseppe Zannotti and Valentino accessories as well as the Ready-to-Wear Collection.

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VOLCANIC STONE TABLES MADE IN MALTA Whether you live here or are just visiting, take a piece of Malta home with you. Mediterranean Ceramics creates one-of-a-kind volcanic stone tables and countertops in a variety of patterns and colours inspired by the beauty and vibrancy of the island. At our open studio in the Ta’ Qali Crafts Village you will have the opportunity to meet our local artisans and learn more about our unique process of stone and ceramic making. Take some time to browse our large selection of locally-produced ceramic products — including dishware, home decor, furniture, and gifts — and then relax in our café with a cool drink and a fresh snack. If you are in Valletta, make sure to visit our gift shop at the waterfront. Local and worldwide delivery is available for all of our products. Visit www.MediterraneanCeramics.com or call +356 2010 5552 David Grima: 99201055 or Brian Grima: 99440922

mdina glass Head over to Mdina Glass in Ta’ Qali to see the glassmakers, free of charge… and check out their wide range of practical and decorative handmade glassware including a large selection of brand new Textured Sented Candleholders that look as good as they smell. You can choose from a range of enticing fragrances and a variety of shapes and colours. Starting at €19.50 and available in all Mdina Glass outlets throughout Malta & Gozo and online at www.mdinaglass.com.mt (with shipping worldwide available). For more info tel: 2141 5786

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Places to visit

Places to isit ...the best way to describe what you can discover while strolling down any of the charming lanes of Malta and Gozo’s towns and villages. Here’s a look at what you’re likely to find... For a more comprehensive look at places to visit and for opening times, go to www.visitmalta.com As opening times may vary, phoning ahead of scheduled visit is advisable.

Valletta

Located on the northeastern shore of Malta, Valletta was built by the Order of St John, after the Turks of the Ottoman Empire invaded the island during the 1565 Siege of Malta. With its old world splendour and magnificent baroque architecture, it is no wonder that Valletta is a Unesco World Heritage Site. Valletta got its name in 1566 from the Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette, the year the city was founded. It was one of the first cities in Europe to use a grid street system. After the war, much of the economic development occurred in the suburbs, leading to a population drain that has left Valletta with a population of around 7,000 today. The small city remains the capital and administrative centre of the island.

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St John’s Co-Cathedral The simple, sober façade of St John’s gives no hint of its lavish interior. It was built as the conventual church of the Order and the Knights spent enormous sums of money embellishing the chapels of their langues. The Co-Cathedral was built between 1572 and 1581 by Geralomo Cassar, and his training as a military engineer accounts for the sober exterior. Nearly a century later, the prolific Italian artist, Mattia Preti, transformed Cassar’s severe interior into a glowing showpiece of Baroque art. His greatest task, which occupied him for five years, was the decoration of the vault. St John’s Co-Cathedral Museum and Oratory Of all the artistic treasures in the church, the piece-de-resistance is generally considered to be Caravaggio’s painting of The Beheading of St John. This huge, vigorous work of art dominates the oratory.

Auberge de Castille The Auberge de Castille was the official seat of the Knights of the langue of Castille, Leon and Portugal. Today it serves as the office of the Prime Minister.

Palazzo Ferreria Palazzo Ferreria is found opposite the ruins of the Royal Opera House. Its façade resembles that of a Venetian St John’s palace.

Auberge D’Italie The Auberges of the Knights are the inns (or officers’ quarters) where knights of a particular ‘langue’ used to reside.

Sacra Infermeria Valletta’s Sacra Infermeria, built in 1574, was the best-equipped hospital of the Order. In its day, it counted among the finest hospitals in Europe. The Infermeria had six wards; the largest measured 161 metres and is still the longest, and one of the most impressive halls in Europe.

Casa Rocca Piccola This small palazzo, built in 1580, was the private home of the 9th Marquis de Piro. It contains over 40 rooms and a delightful courtyard giving you the opportunity to see how a patrician household lived. Fort St Elmo Fort St Elmo guards the entrances to both Grand and Marsamxett Harbours. It was the scene of a heroic defence during the Great Siege of 1565. Hastings Gardens Hastings Gardens, in Windmill Street, has splendid views of Manoel Island and Msida Creek. Lower Barrakka Gardens This garden commands a superb viewpoint of the harbour mouth, and over to Fort Ricasoli, Bighi Palace, Fort St Angelo and the creeks of Vittoriosa and Kalkara.

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St James Cavalier As a millennium project, St James Cavalier was transformed into a Centre for Creativity, adapting internal spaces for modern use, providing a backdrop for numerous exhibitions, recitals, concerts, festivals and cinema shows. The Casino Maltese Originally used ad the Treasury of the Knights of St John, today the exclusive Casino Maltese retains most of its original 16th century features. A truly outstanding venue with a history of noble visitors.

National Museum of Archaeology Housed in the Auberge de Provence - the museum contains the more important finds from the many prehistoric sites across the islands.

The Great Siege of Malta This walk-through show is an irresistible, entertaining spectacular on the four month long Ottoman siege of Malta in 1565, a siege that shaped and changed Malta for ever. This 30-minutes audio-visual journey, quality assured by MTA, is located at Republic Square (Piazza Regina).

National War Museum Located at Fort St Elmo this museum has a permanent exhibition of relics and personal memorabilia of World War II including Gloster Gladiator - christened Faith - and the George Cross.

The Manoel Theatre and Museum The Manoel Theatre, built for the `honest entertainment of the people’, by Grand Master Manoel de Vilhena in 1731, is one of the oldest theatres in Europe, still in use.

The National Museum of Fine Arts This splendid palace, known as Admiralty House during the British period, was originally erected in 1570 and restored in the 1960s. The Saluting Battery The old Saluting Battery, at Upper Barrakka, was originally established to provide in-depth defence of the Grand Harbour. It is also doubled as a ceremonial platform providing artillery salutes to visiting dignitaries and shipping. A noon-day gun is still fired daily, recreating the age-old tradition. The Siege Bell Memorial Inaugurated in 1992 by Queen Elizabeth II, the Siege Bell Memorial is a monument to the fallen of World War II. The bell is rung each day at midday. The Upper Barrakka Gardens The Upper Barrakka Gardens are situated near Auberge de Castille offering visitors unrivalled views across one of the world’s largest and deepest natural harbours, Grand Harbour, and over to the Three Cities. Toy Museum Located in Republic Street, it showcases toys from the 1950s onward. Valletta Living History This innovative 35 minute audiovisual show, at The Embassy Complex in Valletta, chronicles Valletta’s major milestones taking you on a journey through time and history revealing the facts and figures about Malta’s capital city.


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Valletta Waterfront The Valletta Waterfront is an award-winning landmark on the Island of Malta. There are nineteen beautifully restored 18th century warehouses built during the Baroque period, stretching along the water’s edge with a backdrop of historic bastions and fortifications. The gemstone buildings were originally constructed by Grandmaster Pinto to be used as stores by the Knights of St. John. Today, ushering in a modern era, the iconic doors have been revived with an artistic impression of colour, representing the storage of goods from days past, with blue for fish, green for produce, yellow for wheat and red for wine. The heritage buildings have been transformed into a variety of lively restaurants, retail outlets and office space as well as a host of services ranging from banks to tax-free shopping, Wi-Fi connection to a tourist information service and various transport services.

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The Three

Cities On the other side of the Grand Harbour, opposite Valletta, lie the historical fortified towns referred to as the three cities. Vittoriosa, Cospicua and Senglea, built by the Grandmaster Fra Nicholas Cottoner, have a unique charm and character that distinguish them from all other towns in Malta, including Mdina and Valletta. Older than Valletta, the three cities were home to the first knights. Fort St Angelo, which was built around 12th century AD, was the headquarters of the Knights until Valletta was built.

Fort Rinella Kalkara

Maritime Museum Vittoriosa

The fort was built by the British in 1878 to

The museum is housed in the former British na­val

protect the eastern flank of the Grand Harbour.

bakery, built in 1842 over the site of a slipway

It is home to the world’s largest cannon – the

where the Order of St John repaired their war

monstrous Armstrong 100-ton. The fort was

galleys. On show are exhibits of expertly-made

built very low to protect it from bombardment

model ships, paintings, nautical instruments,

The Malta at War Museum Vittoriosa

from sea. It consists of many underground

weapons and traditional Maltese boats.

The Malta at War Museum entails a rich exhibition of original war time artefacts and

chambers and galleries all of which are Fort St Angelo Vittoriosa

memorabilia from a civilian perspective, a 40

Fort St Angelo is the jewel in the crown of Malta’s

feet deep wartime underground air raid shelter

Inquisitor’s Palace Vittoriosa

military heritage. According to tradition, it stands

and an interesting wartime documentary –

The Inquisitor’s Palace was erected in the 1530’s

on the site of a fortified Roman settlement. In

‘Malta G.C’ completes the visit.

as the civil law courts of the Order of St John. This

medieval times, the fort was occupied by the

architectural gem is now home to the museum of

Aragonese and the Angevins. In 1530, when the

Safe Haven Gardens Senglea

Ethnography. Careful historical reconstructions

Knights arrived on the islands, the fort became

Safe Haven Gardens are at the tip of the

of the palace display areas such as the tribunal

the seat of the Grand Master of the Order. It was

peninsula of Senglea. From here one can enjoy

room and the prison complex, as well as a

to play a heroic role in the Great Siege of 1565,

wonder­f ul views of Valletta and the Grand

permanent exhibition on the impact of the

when, against all odds, it managed to repel a

Harbour. The watchtower in the gardens is

Inquisition on Maltese society.

formidable Ottoman army.

known as the Gardjola.

accessible for the public to see daily.

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Places to visit

Northern

MALTA

Malta Classic Car

The Sanctuary of Our Lady Mellieha

Selmun Palace Mellieha

Collection Museum Qawra

This is considered to be the oldest

The majestic 18th century Selmun Palace is the

A museum featuring a ‘living’ collection

sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady. According

largest and the last castle built by the Knights

of a large selection of automobiles

to tradition the apostles Paul and Luke

of St John, in 1783.

spanning over 50 manufacturing years.

visited this sanctuary.

The Red Tower Mellieha

Sweethaven Village Mellieha

Wignacourt Tower St. Paul’s Bay

Grand Master Jean Paul Lascaris built St

This is where the musical Popeye, the story of

Wignacourt Tower, serves as a small

Agatha’s Tower, popularly known as the Red

the much-loved sailor starring Robin Williams,

museum dedicated to Malta’s rich military-

Tower, in 1647. It served as a signal post for

was filmed in 1980.

architectural heritage.

communication with Gozo.

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Places to visit

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum Previously known as ‘The Norman House’, Palazzo Falson is one of the very oldest medieval buildings in Mdina dating back to the 13th century. It contains a remarkable collection of antiques, including paintings, furniture, jewellery, armour and much more and is open for public viewing.

Mdina Mdina is one of the few great architectural treats in Malta that did not result from the activities of the Knights of St John. The oldest city on the island, going back to pre-historic times, the word Mdina derives from the Arabic word ‘medina’ which means ‘city’. Mdina was fortified in medieval times, but its protection in early times must have been its high location on a rocky crag. It is certain that either during the Byzantine or during the Arab occupation of Malta, the fortifications were retracted to the present proportions, perhaps for better defensibility. It is during this time, when the city was refered to as the ‘medina’, that Mdina got its name. The Arab legacy continued even though the Arabs were officially expelled from Malta in 1250, when the islands were under Christian rule. Thus the name ‘Mdina’ survived even though the city was referred to as Civitas (city in Latin) or Citta Notabile.

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Vilhena Palace Vilhena Palace has a fine Baroque façade and an impressive entrance courtyard, both of which one notices on the right when entering Mdina, through Notabile Gate. In 1973 this beautiful palace was converted to host the Natural History Museum. The most interesting of the exhibits is a chip of the moon given to Malta by President Nixon in 1979. Casa Testaferrata This house was the seat of the old noble family Testaferrata. Historians believe that in Roman times on the site of this building there was a temple dedicated to Apollo. Carmelite Church and Priory Museum The Carmelite Church and Priory Museum offers a unique and innovative experience as the only monastery in Malta that has opened its doors to the general public. This 17th century priory has recently been restored back to its former glory. Walking around the cloister, one is led into the different areas of the priory, which now form part of the museum.


Places to visit

Xara Palace The Xara Palace is a small Relais & Chateaux hotel. The history of the late 17th century Xara Palace is inextricably linked to that of Mdina, its walls forming part of the city walls that make up its impressive bastions. PALAZZO DE PIRO The magnificent 18th century Palazzo de Piro, located in Malta’s silent city, Mdina, has been restored to create a unique venue of cross-cultural, artistic and social dialogue. Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre, operated by Infinitely Xara, features a program of various collections held by the

Mdina Cathedral Museum

Metropolitan Cathedral Museum, offering an outstanding setting to

Originally a seminary, the museum today is one of the most outstanding religious museums in Europe. A small chapel is found on the second floor exhibiting church vestments. It also exhibits an impressive cross-section of sacred art, famous paintings, a coin collection, Roman antiquities and original documents from the time of the Inquisition.

with panoramic views over Malta, also includes the Xpresso Cafe by Infinitely Xara which works with local producers to provide visitors with local dishes. Cathedral of St Paul

Palazzo Gatto Murina Palazzo Gatto Murina, one of the earliest ‘Siculo-Norman’ structures (i.e. built between 1100 and 1530), was erected during the latter part of the 14th century. An audiovisual show “ Tales of the Silent City” is housed inside the Palazzo.

showcase, promote and sell independent contemporary art. The venue,

The skyline of Mdina, with its Baroque cathedral, bastions and palaces, is an imposing landmark visible throughout central Malta. The Cathedral is the archi­t ectural heart of this elegant, walled city, and lies on the site of a much earlier Norman church destroyed by a violent earthquake in 1693.

Rabat Howard Gardens Howard Gardens are one of the biggest public gardens in Malta. These gardens form a natural border between Rabat and neighbouring Mdina.

St Paul’s Catacombs The Maltese islands are rich in late Roman and Byzantine burial sites. St Paul’s Catacombs are a typical complex of interconnected, underground Roman cemeteries that were in use up to the 4th century AD. St Paul’s Catacombs represent the earliest archaeological evidence of Christianity in Malta.

Casa Bernard in St. Paul's Street A late 16th Century historical Maltese Palazzino, a hidden gem recently restored to its former grandeur now open for guided tours daily Monday to Saturday from 10.00a.m. to 16.00p.m. Step into the past and enjoy the experience of visiting this Europa Nostra award-winning house still lived-in today. The Roman Domus The mosaic pavements in the `Roman house’, rank among the finest and oldest mosaic compositions from the western Mediterranean, alongside those of Pompeii and Sicily. They were discovered in 1881 just outside Mdina in the remains of a rich and sumptuously decorated town house of the Roman period.

Attard

Villa Bologna Attard Situated in the heart of Attard, across the street from the grand San Anton Presidential Palace, Villa Bologna is a Grade 1 Listed National Monument. It has known many distinguished residents, foremost among which, Prime Minister Sir Gerald Strickland, the only Maltese politician to have been a member of the House of Commons and later the House of Lords. Positioned within a large working estate, Villa Bologna offers its visitors a number of small distinctive ‘secret’ gardens with enchanting characteristics and provides a feeling of a calm and welcoming Mediterranean oasis as they stroll through vast expanses of flowering beds into shady niches around tinkling fountains or sparkling ponds. Opening hours 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday and 9am - 1pm Saturday.

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Places to visit

Gozo &

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Places to visit

Comino

With a coastline of 43km, Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago. Forever immortalised as The Island of Calypso, this name originated from the Greek mythological location of Ogygia referred to in Homer’s Odyssey. In this epic poem, the fabled island was controlled by the nymph Calypso, who had detained the Greek hero Odysseus for seven long years as a prisoner of love. Gozo’s history is entwined up in the general story of its sister island of Malta. As a result, Gozo shared the same influences of cultures bestowed on by the number of dominators and events that touched the Maltese islands during the last seven thousand years.

The Blue Lagoon Comino The Blue Lagoon, a sheltered inlet of shimmering aquamarine water, is the main attraction on the tiny island of Comino and popular for day trips. The Lagoon and the isle’s other bays with their crystal clear waters, make Comino the ideal choice for most kinds of water sports, especially diving and snorkelling.

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Gozo & Comino

Dwejra Dwejra is perhaps the archipelago’s most spectacular natural landmark. Here, geology, time and sea have worked together to produce some of the most remarkable scenery on the islands - The Azure Window, the Inland Sea, Fungus Rock, sheer cliffs and a rocky coastline yielding fossilised remains of sea creatures dating from the Miocene period. The Citadel Victoria Gozo’s Citadel rises steeply above the surrounding countryside, its impressive bastions commanding a superb view of the island. The Citadel owes its roots to the late medieval era.

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Museum of Archaeology Victoria Housed in Palazzo Bondi, this museum showcases archaeological finds from the 11 phases of prehistoric Gozo, as well as the Classical World to the Middle Ages. A section of the museum includes items discovered at sea, off the Gozitan coastline. Ggantija Temples Xaghra The Ggantija Temples (“place of giants”) are thought to be the oldest free-standing structures in the world. They are among the best-preserved temples on the Maltese islands. A Unesco World Heritage Site, the complex comprises two Neolithic temples dat­ing from the third millennium B.C (3600 to 3000 B.C.).

The Xewkija Rotuna Xewkija Xewkija village is dominated by a huge rotunda church built in 1971. It is Gozo’s answer to Malta’s Mosta Rotunda. The dome is larger than that of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. The church has capacity for a congregation of 3000 - the entire population of Xewkija. Gharb Folklore Musuem Gharb This privately-owned museum in the village’s main square depicts depicts the past daily life in Gozo. This museum is a showcase of traditional life and includes the printing press used for Gozo’s first newspaper plus a collection of old tools and clothes.


Places to visit

Gozo Cathedral Museum Victoria This museum has more than 2,000 items on display including the Cathedral’s archives, some magnificent paintings, clerical vestments and a silver vault. Among the paintings are several by well-known local artists Giuseppe Hyzler, Michele Busuttil and Tommaso Madiona. Ta’ Pinu Sanctuary Gharb The origins of the Basilica of Ta’ Pinu go back to a day in June 1883, when a peasant woman heard the voice of the Virgin Mary in an old chapel. In 1931, the church (as it is today), was consecrated and a year later Pope Pius XI raised it to the status of Basilica. The original 16th century chapel was fully integrated into the new church. Gozo Cathedral Victoria The Cathedral, built early in the 17th century, is small but graceful. Its floor is made up of a mosaic of marble tomb­stones and ecclesiastical emblems, while its ceiling has a remarkable trompe l’oeil painting depicting the interior of a dome that was never built. Folklore Museum Victoria The museum, housed within the Citadel, contains a wide range of exhibits depicting the domestic, rural and traditional ways of life in the agrarian economy of the Maltese and Gozitans. Pomskizillious Museum of Toys Xaghra This museum of toys is an Aladdin’s cave full of whimsical treasures. Some toys on display are 200 years old.

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Restaurant Guide

In the best Mediterranean tradition, the Maltese Islands are packed with fabulous restaurants. With everything from Maltese traditional fare to Japanese sushi, from Italian pizza to Korean kimchee, served in a variety of beautiful settings, dining out in Malta is an experience not to be missed. BUGIBBA

Granny’s Fusion Triq il-Korp tal-Pijunieri, Bugibba T: 2157 5501 Situated in Bugibba’s main square, Granny’s Fusion is a quaint, family run restaurant that focuses on continental and Maltese traditional dishes. Granny’s Fusion offers a truly authentic experience with original Maltese cuisine, served by friendly hospitable staff in a warm atmosphere. Some of the traditional dishes are rabbit, bragioli, stuffed calamari, fresh fish and charcoal grilled prime cuts of fillet, all fresh and prepared by our local Maltese chef. This accompanied by a crisp bottle of local wine creates a wonderful dining experience at a great price. We serve fresh fish daily. Granny’s Fusion also offers Indian dishes prepared to perfection by our Indian chef. Both exterior and interior dining available.

Paulus Restaurant Plajjet Bognor, Bugibba M: 7755 1102 • E: info@paulusdining.com • W: www.paulusdining.com A fish-lover’s haven, Paulus is situated in the most picturesque area of Bugibba. At Paulus, we believe that “if you give love to the food, you will get it back”. This is certainly evident in our choice of only the freshest catches, prepared exclusively using seasonal ingredients. Boasting a menu dedicated to the freshest seasonal offerings, we offer typical local favourites with a twist – look out for the likes of the Cioppino, a Tuscan version of our fish soup, our Calamari Fritti, and especially the chef’s take on the daily fresh catch of fish. Meat-lovers need not worry, as they will find something to suit their tastes too. Paulus prides itself on its Mediterranean-style cuisine that gives more than a nod to Malta, with your local hosts, Luke and Byron making sure your dining experience is a memorable one.

MDINA

Ciappetti Restaurant 5, St Agatha’s Esplanade, Mdina T: 2145 9987 Grapevine covered courtyards, home-grown herbs, multi-coloured lights and myriad chimes give a flirtatious wink of what’s to come. Your hosts, Peter and Mary Louise, have created a “classic with a twist” menu of intense flavours and textures which hint at their sublime ingredients, yet are still based on traditional local dishes. Dining beneath the orange trees to the sound of running water transports clients to a peaceful place – something that we easily forget still exists in Malta. As for costs, they are very reasonable. Ciappetti’s motto is “Quality, Character, Consistency”. Definitely worth a visit! We cater for a gluten-free diet. Booking recommended.

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Restaurant Guide

MDINA

de Mondion Restaurant The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina T: 2145 0560 • E: info@xarapalace.com.mt • W: www.xarapalace.com.mt or www.demondion.com Set atop Mdina's centuries-old bastions, within the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, awarded the runner-up for the best boutique dining hotel in the world, the de Mondion offers a unique fine dining experience, enhanced by truly spectacular panoramic views of the island from the terraces and charming features served in elegant surroundings. Consistently rated amongst the top restaurants in Malta for its cuisine, refinement and excellence, the de Mondion promises discreet yet impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time and privacy to savour the cuisine, the company and the view. With an exquisite cuisine combining the finest seasonal produce with innovation and expertise to create tantalizing dishes, the ‘award winning’ Kitchen Brigade have and continue to delight the palate of a multinational clientele. Group Lunches are available on request. We also welcome enquires for Private Functions and Special Celebrations. Bookings recommended.

Palazzo De Piro – Xpresso Café And Bistro Address: Palazzo de Piro, 3 Triq is-Sur, Mdina MDN 1131 T: 2010 0560 • E: events@palazzodepiro.com • W: www.palazzodepiro.com Set within the magnificent 18th century Palazzo de Piro Cultural Centre, located in Malta’s Silent City, Mdina, Xpresso Café and Bistro is an elegant spot for casual dining, snacks , coffee, afternoon tea or simply a get together with friends. Our talented Brigade of Chefs makes use of the fresh produce from nearby valleys and slopes when producing our seasonal menus. Through close co-operation with local growers and producers, Xpresso Café and Bistro seeks to showcase the freshest and best the region has to offer through a menu of healthy dishes. With magnificent views of the Maltese Islands, fine architectural heritage and a passion for culture and art, Xpresso Café is the perfect place to enjoy the history of Malta, its rich culture and its culinary delights.

Trattoria AD 1530 The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina T: 2145 0560 • E: info@xarapalace.com.mt • W: www.xarapalace.com.mt  The Trattoria AD 1530 at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux in Mdina is a charming eatery that prides itself in serving traditional and tasty food typical of the word ‘Trattoria'. Strategically situated in one of the old squares of the Silent City, with the beautiful and imposing Vilhena Palace directly opposite and the magnificent 17th Century Palazzo of The Xara Palace on the other side, the Trattoria's idyllic location is simply perfect for indoor or al fresco dining. The Trattoria AD 1530 is the ideal restaurant for every occasion and is open for coffee, lunch, dinner, snacks and afternoon tea.

MOSTA

Ta’ Marija Restaurant Constitution Street, Mosta T: 2143 4444 • F: 2141 8181 • E: info@tamarija.com • W: www.tamarija.com Ta Marija has been awarded Best Maltese Restaurant for the last 9 years. A stone’s throw away from the majestic Mosta Dome is the superb Ta’ Marija Restaurant, run by a charming family who hasn’t just got the recipes in the kitchen right, but has also succeeded in concocting and mastering a unique recipe of running a top-notch eatery. Every Friday night, Ta’ Marija organises a Maltese traditional extravaganza night. Maltese singers and musicians entertain patrons with roving mandolins and guitars, singing traditional songs and encouraging patrons to join in. After dinner, a Maltese folklore show with six dancers in traditional 18th century costumes starts. Following dinner, most evenings also offer live music by the resident DJ where one can also dance the night away on the unique dance floor. Transport from and to your holiday accommodation can be arranged directly with Ta’ Marija. By the way, the Ta’ Marija smile is infectious...you’re sure to leave Ta’ Marija with a full, satisfied stomach and a broad smile. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

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GOZO

Arzella Il-Menqa, Marsalforn T: 2155 4662 • M: 7940 9924 • E: bookings@ristorantearzella.com TASTE - A culinary fusion of Malta’s history FEEL - The warmth of an island and its people BREATHE - A pure sea breeze from the blue depths of the Mediterranean

Chez Amand Seafront Qbajjar Bay, Qbajjar T: 2156 1188 / 2155 5179 • M: 9942 3775 / 9949 2970 • E: cactus@link.net.mt • W: www.chezamand.com The renowned “CHEZ AMAND” is located in a unique spot on Qbajjar Seafront and the must seen Roman Saltpans. The restaurant lays beyond the hustle of Marsalforn. Its cosy, laissez-faire atmosphere invites you to linger on. Try a little bite of the Bistro menu or the specials of the a La Carte. During winter game platters are a must to sample. The fresh Lobster nights are a gastronomic delight, [every Friday & Saturday] booking recommended. Belgian beers available. Your Belgian Hosts Amand & Caroline look forward to spoiling you and make sure you will want to return! Official restaurant for the Alliance Francaise de Malte on the island of Gozo. Open daily for lunch & dinner [always check in the low Winter season]. Closed on Wednesday.

SLIEMA

Il Galeone Tigné Seafront, Sliema T: 2131 6420 • E: Galeone@maltanet.net Il Galeone, located on the Tigne Seafront, is tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Sliema. This quaint, family run restaurant, established in 1983, borrows its name from the ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ Galleons that proved their worth in the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588. A beautiful array of naval memorabilia together with friendly staff, helps create a wonderful and cosy dining experience. The chef is fervent about his use of only the freshest ingredients ensuring that patrons receive nothing but the highest quality dishes. The chef and proprietor, Victor Bezzina, welcomes you to IL Galeone for an unforgettable dining experience.

Ta’ Kolina 151, Tower Road Sliema T: 2133 5106 • M: 9942 4877 • E: takolina@gmail.com Ta’ Kolina is a quaint, family run restaurant on Tower Road (one of Sliema’s most popular spots) and has been opened since 1974. Ta’ Kolina is a typical Maltese restaurant with its traditional Maltese limestone interior and décor. A set menu comprising of traditional Maltese food offers a choice of local (5) starters; (5) main courses; dessert & coffee etc. for €20.00. A unique a la carte’ menu with some 20 starters from €4.50 to €7.50 & 20 main courses from €11.00 to €24.00 to choose from. Ta’ Kolina offer a variety of fresh fish, rabbit, steak and many more traditional dishes. A wide selection of best Maltese wines are available ranging from €6.50 to €25 per bottle. All in all this restaurant provides its guests with the true taste of Maltese cuisine at a reasonable price.

Ta’ Kris Restaurant & Maltese Bistro 80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema T: 2133 7367 M: 9984 7713 Tucked away in a quite narrow street of Sliema, Ta’ Kris is the perfect location for a tranquil evening, in a warm atmosphere. Specialising in Maltese dishes, Ta’ Kris offers genuine food at very reasonable prices. The menu boasts a variety of meat dishes including rabbit, pork, chicken, veal and beef, as well as authentic Maltese dishes such as ‘bragioli’ (thin slices of beef rolled and stuffed with minced pork, ham and seasoning, seared in tomato and wine sauce). Sea bass stuffed with a tuna risotto, covered in Maltese caper sauce, is yet another delicious item which Chef Kris graces his patrons with. With an excellent service, dish selection and atmosphere, Ta’ Kris Restaurant & Maltese Bistro offers a unique culinary experience.

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QAWRA

The Plum Tree Bar & Restaurant Triq l-Imhar, Qawra T: 2157 5970 • W: www.the-plumtree-malta.com Established since 1995, John and Joan Mc Bride have strived to make The Plum Tree a place where mouth-watering food, value for money and a friendly service combine into a single venue. The bar area is a cross between an old Maltese wine bar and a British pub, while a separate dining area has a Mediterranean feel to it. There is also a patio for dining al fresco, especially during the summer months. The menu contains breakfast, lunch and dinner sections so one can opt for an English breakfast or a scrumptious dinner meal. Caters for small groups. Opening hours 10:00 - 00:00 from Tuesday to Sunday October - June and from July September daily from 17:00 - 00:00.

ST JULIAN'S

The Avenue The Avenue, Gort Street, Paceville, St Julain's T: 2135 1753 / 2137 8731 • W: www.theavenuemalta.com This award-winning restaurant has been a household name for over a decade and remains a regular favourite. Its versatile menu, friendly service and well-pitched prices all contribute to The Avenue’s strong appeal. Best known for pizza, freshly prepared pasta or grill or maybe opt for succulent poultry and fresh fish – the menu is not only versatile but portions are generous. The Avenue started off 20 years ago as a snack bar and today encompasses three different sections, all with different character and décora rustic-styled room, the elegant ‘Valentino’ section and the more informal and colourful segment. This venue is popular with locals as it’s good value for money. In fact, looking through the large, glass windows, one can see the place is always bustling with people and life. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Includes two hours free parking at the Portomaso car park all week. Delivery service to the surrounding areas.

Dubliner Bar & Restaurant Gorg Borg Olivier Street, St Julian’s T: 2136 7106 This cosy, traditional Irish pub in St Julian’s, invites all to a casual and friendly atmosphere to kick back and enjoy a jovial treat straight from the green lands of Ireland. The weekday menu served on the second floor restaurant boasting exceptional views of the bay, covers everything from traditional Irish and British pub food to international cuisines. Alternatively, visit The Dubliner simply to enjoy the atmosphere of the surrounding bar whilst indulging in a hearty pint of Guinness with friends. The Dubliner provides patrons with a haven from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding area, where one can sit back and have a great meal or simply relax with friends.

Paranga Intercontinental Malta, St. George’s Bay, St Julian's T: +356 2137 7600 • E: malta@intercontinental.com.mt Paranga, the ultimate seafront dining experience at the InterContinental Beach Club on St. George’s Bay is definitely the place to wine and dine this summer. Perched idyllically above the sea, Paranga is set on teak decking with the rippling sound of the waves beneath. Open for lunch and dinner daily, serving delicious and authentic Sicilian cuisine, the focus is on the freshest of Mediterranean ingredients. The creative dishes at Paranga include a wonderful selection of delicious antipasti, mouthwatering pasta dishes and a feast of grilled fish and meats - all guaranteed to invigorate the senses. With its unique combination of good food, chic atmosphere, contemporary furniture and lighting, Paranga offers the perfect place to watch the sun go down. To wind down the evening in a stylish and relaxing atmosphere, cool cocktails can also be enjoyed at Paranga’s Bar.

Zest Hotel Juliani, 25, St George’s Road, St Julian’s T: 2138 7600 • E: Info@zestflavours.com • W: www.zestflavours.com Zest... where east meets west in both dining and décor. The chic restaurant is a point of encounter between Continental and Asian cuisine in a contemporary ambiance, oozing relaxed elegance. The menu boasts a selection of dishes from Thai curries, Indonesian noodles, Singaporean seafood laksas, continental pan fried lamb to Japanese teppanyaki. Attractive features include an open wine cellar and a sushi bar on the restaurant floor, where patrons can sit around the chef and enjoy the art of preparing Japanese sushi. Located on the first floor of the Hotel Juliani, using the transformed town house’s original entrance and external staircase, the restaurant enjoys the added bonus of an open-air, terrace bar, overlooking romantic Spinola Bay and ideal for pre-dinner drinks. 92


Bars & Nightlife

Malta is known for its vast number of bars and clubs catering to all ages and to all tastes in music. Try out one of the following for a great night out.

ST JULIAN'S

Saddles Pub & Wine Bar Main Street, St Julians W: www.saddlesmalta.com Situated in the heart of St.Julians, Saddles has been established for over 38 years. Considered as a central meeting place. Start your evening on a perfect note in a friendly atmosphere. A big screen is available for sports and enjoy an ice cold pint of GUINESS in the terrace. The first floor is a cosy wine bar popular for organised parties and enjoy a tasty cocktail or a genuine glass of wine in the balcony with views. Welcome to MALTA...Saddles always ready to PARTY! Open all day long. Wi-Fi available all day!

PORTOMASO

Club Twenty-Two Level 22, Portomaso Business Tower, Portomaso T: 2310 2222 • E: Info@22.com.mt • W: www.22.com.mt Already the mecca for Malta’s most discerning and hedonistic crowd, Twenty-Two has also managed to attract a big number of international VIP’s and celebrities from the world of music, film, television, fashion, sports and business. Twenty-Two established itself from day one as Malta’s only real exclusive venue with its stunning surroundings and breathtaking views with impeccable VIP table service found nowhere else on the island – Twenty-Two is luxury and comfort found only in the major fashion capitals around the world! Twenty-Two combines the comfort and exclusivity of a stylish wine lounge and is situated on the 22nd floor of the Portomaso Business Tower – Malta’s tallest building!Open from Wednesday to Sunday, caters for private events.

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NEWS Events and news about Malta's national airline

First Commercial flight operated with Air Malta’s retro livery aircraft On Thursday 17th April, Sephora Marie Mifsud, wearing Air Malta's first uniform, welcomed passengers on board KM102 to London Heathrow. This was the first commercial flight operated with 9H-AEI after it was freshly repainted with the airline’s original 1970s livery.

Photos: Jason Muscat / Air Malta

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The aircraft arrived the day before and prior to landing performed two low flypasts on runway 31 and flew over the Grand Harbour, Sliema, the northern coastline of Malta, Mosta, Qrendi and Birzebbugia. The aircraft’s arrival kicked off Air Malta’s 40th anniversary celebrations.


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Air Malta inaugurates flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport Air Malta has inaugurated flights to Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport after moving from Istanbul’s other airport, Atatürk.

Bosphorus strait and therefore forms part of the Asian side of the bi-continental city.

“Sabiha Gökçen Airport serves a growing and largely untapped catchment area within the Asian side of Istanbul and other cities to the south,” said Philip Saunders, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer during a visit to mark the inaugural flight.

This airport is only 40 minutes away from the city centre by taxi and is served also by a variety of efficient transport modes including dedicated Express airport buses and public transport. A shuttle bus to the metro station nearby provides access to metro lines and the Marmaray tunnel that connects the two sides of the city underneath the Bosphorus.

“The airport will provide us with more operational flexibility,” he added, before cutting a cake with the management of the airport. The airport, named after the world’s first female combat pilot Sabiha Gökçen, is the world’s fastest-growing airport serving more than 19 million passengers annually. Sabiha Gökçen airport is situated on the eastern side of the

Air Malta’s flights follow last summer’s schedule of three weekly flights every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Connections are available to other airports beyond, primarily within Turkey. The historical city of Istanbul is Turkey’s economic, cultural, and historical heart. Its attractions include towering minarets, underground Byzantine cisterns and steamy bathhouses.

Picture shows from left to right Charles Cilia, Head of Sales and Regions Air Malta, Reuben Gauci, Consul General, Philip Saunders, CCO Air Malta, Gokhan Budgay, Chief Executive Officer of ISG (Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen), Hasan Naiboglu, General Manager of HEAS (Airport Authority Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen) 95


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Federica Falzon welcomed onboard

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Picture shows Federica Falzon who was welcomed onboard KM614 by the flight captain Capt. Karen Sant, First Officer Mr Mario Zammit, In-Flight Manager Pauline Sultana and crew members Ms. Maria Gauci, Ms. Abigail Vella and Ms. Yanica Dabono on her return to Malta following her success at this year’s edition of the competition on Rai Uno, Ti Lascio Una Canzone. Federica placed first with the song Un amore cosi grande.


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Travel Arrangements for Maltese Abroad Extra Flights Announced As announced, Air Malta is making travel arrangements for eligible Maltese voters currently abroad to travel on its services to enable them to vote in the forthcoming MEP elections of the 24th May.

Apart from offering seats on its scheduled services, the airline has also announced it will be operating 4 extra flights on Luxemburg, and Brussels as per the following schedule: (All times local)

Luxemburg Day

FLIGHT Dep Arr

Thursday 22 May KM3427

Sunday 25 May KM3426

Luxemburg

0645hrs

0915hrs

Malta

Malta

0330hrs

0610hrs

Luxemburg

Brussels Day

FLIGHT Dep Arr

Wednesday 21 May KM3421 Brussels 2135hrs 0020*hrs Malta Monday 26 May KM3420 Malta 0210hrs 0505hrs Brussels * - next day

These travel arrangements are available for: (a) eligible voters, including those married to foreigners, studying, working or undergoing medical treatment abroad; and (b) their dependents. A dependent means; 1) the child or step-child of such person under the age of eighteen years; 2) the spouse of such a person.

17th May and not later than 1st June 2014. Those voting early have to apply at the electoral commission by latest noon on Friday 16th May 2014.

Persons to whom this directive applies must be eligible voters whose name appears in the Electoral Register published within five days from the publication of the General Election Writ.

Reservations may not be changed and tickets are nonrefundable. All relevant details that include names and surnames as per passport, ID card, address on ID card, email addresses, credit cards details and contact phone numbers (including mobile number) will be required at the booking stage prior authorisation of any ticket issuance. Details for dependents should include age, followed by date of birth.

Inbound travel to Malta is possible from 14th May to 24th May 2014 and return travel is from 24th May to 1st June 2014. Those persons who will opt for early voting on the 17th May can travel to Malta from 14th May and may return as of the

Reservations may be made at the Air Malta Call Centre on this specific number (+356) 2599 1230. The centre will be open between Monday to Saturday from 0800-2100hrs and on Sunday from 0800-1700hrs.

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Upgrades for Online and Mobile Check-in

Air Malta is upgrading its online and mobile check-in. Together with its service provider, this new platform aims to make check-in for Air Malta flights faster, easier, and more user friendly. Through this new upgraded service, Air Malta passengers will now be able to check-in up to one hour prior the scheduled time of departure if using their smart phones, or up to two hours if using web check-in through www.airmalta.com.

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The new system will allow smart phone users to check-in more than one person using the same device and email their boarding pass to more than one email address. Web check-in users will now be able to print boarding passes on just one A4 sheet, thus reducing paper wastage. Passengers using these services can start check-in for flights 24 hours prior departure, choose their seat on board the aircraft and receive their bar coded boarding pass immediately.

Web and mobile check-in allows passengers to save time and avoid airport queues whilst giving passengers added flexibility in being able to complete the airport formalities from the comfort of the home or office. Air Malta offers web and mobile check-in from / to, Athens, Catania, Geneva, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, Malta, Manchester, Moscow Domodedovo, Moscow Sheremetyevo, Sofia and Zurich.


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RULES FOR USE OF PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Please find below information on the portable electronic devices (PEDs) which can be used on board Air Malta flights.

Handheld devices with ‘flight safe’ mode Handheld devices, such as tablets, e-readers and mobile phones may be used during all phases of the flight provided the ‘flight safe’ mode is enabled before departure. Devices must be safely secured in the customers’ hand or a pocket during taxi, takeoff and landing. Accessories,such as headphones, must not obstruct access to the aisle.

Devices without ‘flight safe’ mode Any device which transmits or receives communication but does not have a ‘flight safe’ mode must be switched off for the duration of the flight.

Laptops and notebooks These devices may be used during boarding but not for taxi, take-off and

landing. They may be used during the flight, provided any built-in connectivity such as Wi-Fi is switched off or set to ‘flight safe’ mode. They must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.

Other devices without connectivity These will include, but are not limited to, items such as DVD players, electronic games, music players and personal cameras. Only small, handheld devices may be used during taxi, take off and landing. Larger devices must be switched off and stowed away safely during take-off and landing.

Bluetooth devices and accessories Use of bluetooth or any other transmitting function is not allowed in any phase of the flight. Are there times when I cannot use my handheld devices? Under certain circumstances, your

Flight Crew or Cabin Crew may ask you to switch off all electronic devices. This may happen during automatic landings, low visibility takeoff or landing or during emergency situations. Can I use headphones? Personal headphones can be used for all stages of the flight. However, we ask you to remove your headphones during the safety briefing. For safety reasons, customers sitting at an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing. If a customer notices that a PED is overheating, the PED must be switched off immediately and a member of the crew informed. If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of portable electronic devices which can be used onboard Air Malta flights by the phase of flight. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our cabin crew if you have any further questions.

(e.g. smart phones and tablets)

Larger PED’s

(e.g. laptops and notebooks)

HEADPHONES

Wi-fi, text and phone call functions

Boarding

YES

YES

YES

YES

Extended Ground Delay (when instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew)

YES

YES

YES

YES

Taxi-out for Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

no

During Safety Briefing Demonstration

YES

NO

NO

NO

Take-Off

YES

NO

YES

NO

Cruise

YES

YES

YES

NO

Circa 10 minutes to landing (Cabin Crew PA)

YES

no

YES

no

Landing

YES

no

YES

no

Taxi to Stand

YES

no

YES

YES

PHASE

Hand Held PED’s

More information is available at http://www.airmalta.com/information/check-in

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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO Ray Monreal Flight Operations

How long have you been working with Air Malta? I joined Air Malta on 13th May 1974 as a clerk within the ground operations department and I was one of the first male clerks to be assigned duties within the passenger handling section. What other roles did you hold within the Company? I performed duties as a check-in clerk , flight enquires and passenger escorting to and from aircraft. After about six months I was assigned duties within the loadcontrol section and tarmc despatcher. About four and a half years later I joined the flight operations department as Flight Operations Officer/Flight Despatcher ( after undergoing a six month course under PIA instructors to obtain a Flight Despatchers license ). Of course during the years the duties of a flight despatcher ( or Operations Controllers as we are called nowadays) have evolved significantly from working flight plans manually to computerised ones and from filing ATC flight plans personally with Malta ATC to filing them online directly with CFMU in Brussels. Also crew briefing used to be done face to face with the operating crew wheras nowadays this is done remotely. What is the biggest challenge of your job? Apart from flight planning and crew briefing my job also requires continuous flight watch of each Air Malta flight as well as the required changes that are required to minimise disruptions for our passengers which I feel is one of the biggest challenges of my job. Three words that describe your job? I would describe my job as Interesting, Satisfying and Challenging.

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INFO Flight and Company information

Alcohol consumption

Smoking

Alcohol consumed at high altitude can have a stronger effect than usual. Cabin crew are legally empowered to refuse serving any alcohol to an intoxicated passenger and to anyone under the age of 18. In extreme cases, crew may also temporarily confiscate the passenger‘s own drinks so that the passenger would not become a nuisance to the other passengers and crew. Furthermore, Air Malta is bound by international regulations which prohibit embarkation or the carriage of drunken passengers. But once you are reading this article, Air Malta‘s Flight Safety Committee is confident that you are a law-abiding and exemplary passenger. Indeed, the cabin crew may need your assistance to restrain another passenger in the unlikely event that he or she may act irresponsibly during the flight. The consumption of one’s own alcoholic beverages in-flight goes against Air Malta policy.

Smoking is prohibited from when you leave the terminal building until you arrive to the terminal building. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Smoking is not allowed during any phase of the flight and in any area of the aircraft. Should you be aware of a passenger who has smoked in the toilet during the flight, please inform the cabin crew immediately, so that they can check for any undetected fires. The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is also not allowed on board Air Malta flights. Similarly, the use of naked flames on and around the aircraft is also prohibited.

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In-Flight Bar Service We are pleased to offer you a great selection of soft and alcoholic drinks available on board your flight today.

£

$

CHF

Alcoholic Beverages: Teachers Whisky

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Bells Whisky

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Gordon’s Gin

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Smirnoff Vodka

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Camus Brandy

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Bacardi Rum

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Havana Club

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Campari

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Noval Port

4.00

Averna

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Baileys

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Tia Maria

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Wines: Pjazza Reġina Red

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Pjazza Reġina White

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Champagne: Drappier Carte D’Or Brut

10.00 8.50

16.00 16.00

Beer: Heineken

4.00 3.00 5.00 5.00

Cisk Lager

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Minerals and Mixers:

Bar Prices We accept bank notes in Euros, Sterling, Dollars and Swiss Currencies, Coins only accepted in Euro and Sterling. Unfortunately we are unable to accept Credit or Debit Cards. The correct change would be very much appreciated.

Safety Excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited to the extent that the bar service may be refused, thus ensuring safety and comfort to other passengers on board.

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Sprite

2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Diet Coke

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Coca Cola

2.00

1.50

2. 00 2.00

Fanta Orange

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Kinnie

2.00 1.50 2.00 2.00

Tomato Juice

2.00

1.50

Bitter Lemon

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00 2.00 2.00

Tonic Water

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Ginger Ale

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Soda Water

2.00

1.50

2.00 2.00

Sparkling Water

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Still Mineral Water

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Apple Juice

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Orange Juice

0.00

0.00

0.00 0.00

Beverages:

Charter Flights We are pleased to offer complimentary juices and water. All soft and alcoholic drinks are against a charge.

Scheduled flights We are pleased to offer you complimentary soft drinks, juices and water with your meal, all other beverages will be charged for.


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AIR MALTA Fleet

DID YOU KNOW? Facts about Malta 1. Malta might be the easiest place in the world to f ind a place of worship… there are around 365 churches in Malta, one for ever y day of the year.

Enhance your Travel experience At Air Malta, we want our passengers to get everything they need to make the travel experience comfortable in one place. Here are a number of services that we offer that you might not have known about: Join the Club Upgrade to Air Malta’s Club Class for priority service. Members can make use of the special check-in counters for a more leisurely and efficient boarding, enjoy access the La Valetta Lounge at Malta International Airport, and get more privacy with a separate in-flight cabin area. Kindly ask at the check-in desk for further details.

AIRBUS 319

AIRBUS 320

Qty: 4 in fleet Number of seats: 141 Engines: 2 CFM56-5B6/P Maximum take-off weight: 73.5 metric tons Overall length: 33.84m; Wingspan: 34.1m Cruising speed: 834 kph Range: 4,815 km

Qty: 6 in fleet Number of seats: 168/180 Engines: 2 CFM56-5B4/P Maximum take-off weight: 77.0 metric tons Overall length: 37.57m; Wingspan: 34.1m Cruising speed: 834 kph Range: 4,055 km

2. During summer, the Maltese population triples with the arrival of nearly 1 million tourists from all over the world.

from different languages such as Italian, French, Spanish and A rabic, and is the only Semitic language in the world that is written in the Latin alphabet.

3. In Malta we drive on the left side of the road like the British, so if you are planning to drive, please do keep this in mind.

5. Malta is one of the 10 smallest sovereign states in the world.

4. Malta has a unique language spoken by over 1 million people worldwide. It has evolved

Carry more with you Are you worried about not being able to fit everything you need into your suitcase? Stop stressing out and check out our extra baggage service. Simply book your extra baggage online and get the most out of your trip!

Web check in Skip the line and check-in before you get to the airport. You may check-in online before you get to the airport up to 24 hours prior to departure up until 2 hours before your flight.

Fly in comfort Enhance your comfort with extra legroom during your flight. This option gives you more space to relax in preparation for your trip!

Your Air Malta boarding pass now gives you access to great discounts Find out how to make your ticket go the extra mile by visiting our website or our Facebook page. You can use your Air Malta boarding pass to get special discounts during your stay in Malta at many hotels, museums and more. All you have to do is present your boarding pass when purchasing the services listed on airmalta. com or at Air Malta Facebook page and you will be entitled to a special discount for your Air Malta boarding card. Make sure to mention that you wish to use this discount when making a booking, and have your boarding pass with you in order to redeem these offers.

Get sportive Are you passionate about a sport? We make it easy to travel and take your specialized equipment with you at very minimal cost. Visit www.airmalta.com for more details. Groups We also cater for large groups who want to travel together. If your group is larger than ten adults, contact our Group Bookings team for special rates that you can’t get anywhere else!

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NORWAY

• St Petersburg SWEDEN

• Oslo

Arlanda Stockholm

RUSSIA ESTONIA

LATVIA

• Glasgow UNITED • New Castle KINGDOM REP. OF IRELAND

DENMARK

• Moscow Sheremetyevo

LITHUANIA

• Copenhagen

• Moscow Domodedovo

• Manchester

BELARUS

• Birmingham • Bremen • Hamburg • Cardiff • Norwich • Bristol • Berlin • Amsterdam • Hannover HOLLAND • Exeter GERMANY • Brussels BELGIUM • Düsseldorf • Dresden

London Heathrow • • London Gatwick

• Paris Charles de Gaulle Paris Orly •

• Frankfurt

UKRAINE

• Prague CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

• Munich FRANCE

• Warsaw POLAND

• Vienna

MOLDOVA

AUSTRIA

• Budapest • Zurich HUNGARY SWITZERLAND • Geneva • Lyon • Milan Parma SLOVENIA • Venice CROATIA Linate Milan • • Verona • Turin BOSNIA & • Bologna HERZEGOVINA • Marseille SERBIA

BULGARIA • Sofia • Istanbul

F.Y.O.M.

• Rome • Olbia

SPAIN

• Otopani • Bucharest

MONTENEGRO

ITALY PORTUGAL

ROMANIA

ALBANIA

• Naples

TURKEY

GREECE • Cagliari • Athens SICILY • Catania

• Algiers

MOROCCO

ALGERIA

CYPRUS

Malta

TUNISIA

• Tripoli

• Benghazi

LIBYA

EGYPT

VT

Airport

Weekly Flights

Algiers 2 Amsterdam 5 Athens 2 Benghazi 2 Berlin 3 Birmingham 2 Bristol 1 Brussels 7 Budapest 2 Bucharest 1 Catania 10 Cardiff 1 Düsseldorf 6 Exeter 1 Frankfurt 7 Glasgow 1 Geneva 1 Hamburg 2 Istanbul 2 London Gatwick 7 London Heathrow 15

Code-shared Routes Abu Dhabi Arlanda Berlin Bremen Catania Dresden Düsseldorf Frankfurt Hannover Munich New York (Newark) Oslo Stockholm Larnaca

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Airport

• Larnaca

MA

Weekly Flights

Lyon 2 Manchester 4 Marseille 2 Milan Linate 2 Milan Parma 2 Moscow Domodedovo 6 Moscow Sheremetyevo 2 Munich 8 New Castle 1 Norwich 1 Sofia 2 St Petersburg 2 Paris Charles de Gaulle 7 Paris Orly 9 Prague 2 Rome 10 Tripoli 7 Venice 3 Vienna 7 Zurich 7

NH

NY

IRAN

CT

PA New York (Newark) • NJ wv

• Abu Dhabi

MD DE VA

SAUDI ARABIA

OMAN

Intra-European Flights operated by Air Malta: Athens-Sofia-Athens (2 weekly flights) Munich-Catania-Munich (4 weekly flights) Flights code-shared: Meridiana Lufthansa Austrian Airlines

Emirates Etihad Airways SN Brussels

via Heathrow, Manchester and Brussels with Etihad Airways via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich and Frankfurt code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Lufthansa via Munich with Lufthansa code-shared via Munich with Lufthansa via Munich code-shared with Lufthansa code-shared with Emirates

Bologna Cagliari Naples Olbia Turin Verona Budapest Otopani Prague Sofia Warsaw Brussels Copenhagen

via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Rome and Milan code-shared with Meridiana via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Catania, Rome and Milan code-shared with Meridiana via Catania and Rome code-shared with Meridiana via Catania code-shared with Meridiana via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared wit Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Vienna code-shared with Austrian Airlines via Catania code-shared with Brussels Airlines via Brussels code-shared with Brussels Airlines


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