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Issue 14

FEBRUARY 14

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Bay Street • Gozo • Malta InternatIonal aIrport • St JulianS • SlieMa SeaFront


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Contents Local

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

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Malta life – Take the quickest route into Valletta with the recently opened Barrakka lift.

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Gozo Life – The Nadur Carnival offers an alternative celebration of Carnival.

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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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Fashion – Local leading stylist Carina Camilleri highlights this seasons fashion must have.

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

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Air Malta News – The lastest news as well as general flight information about Malta's national airline.

Places

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Around The Globe – From London’s annual fashion week to the colourful carnival there is so much to see and do.

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Travel Hot Spots – History and culture define the magnificent Vienna.

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Destination – Prague has always been considered one of the most beautiful of cities in the world.

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Events Culture – Just a few metres off the Gzira seafront lies a gem of a building that is today being given a new lease of life.

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

p. 66

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

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

FEATURES PlaceS FOOD

Cover – Traditional Carnival sweet - The Prinjolata Photo by Sarah Bugeja Kissaun www.sarah-bk.deviantart.com

FOOD p. 14

Food – February is all about romance so what better way to show it than with chocolate.

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Valentine's Food p. 34-36

Features p. 22 St Pauls – Malta’s history would not be the same without the Shipwreck of St Paul.

p. 26 - 29

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Carnival – February brings carnival week with extravagantly coloured parades and celebration.

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Winter Walking – Winter in Malta is generally mild with very few really cold days which makes for great walking opportunities.

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Valentine's Food – The age-old tradition of gifting chocolate to a loved one combined with a love of Mediterranean food results in a spectacular Valentine’s offering.

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Local Culture – Mike Bennett gives an insider’s perspective of Rabat; that village of hidden charms and friendly people.

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Valletta with Kids – With so many different things to offer Valletta could easily qualify as the European city for children.

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Local Crafts – The ancient craft of making intricate jewelry pieces of precious metals.

Property p. 52

Property – Perry Real Estate’s letting department continues to produce some excellent results for both private and corporate clients.

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 Profile – Business growth and with all its complexities is the focus of the fifth highly anticipated BLM Annual Conference to be held this month.


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BEAUTIFUL SKY VILLA THAT IS UNDOUBTEDLY A PRIME PROPERTY IN ONE OF MALTA’S TOP DEVELOPMENTS REF: 912333

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Undoubtedly a prime property, in one of Malta’s most sought after localities and within a top development comes this SKY VILLA/ PENTHOUSE located on the 9th floor and finished with top quality finishes. Property is complemented by a lovely pool and terrace area with excellent views over the yacht marina and the historical fortifications of Valletta. The property (which has marble flooring throughout) comprises an entrance hall, fully fitted and accessorized kitchen/breakfast area, living room (both leading out onto terrace area and heated swimming pool with water jet and air jacuzzi facilities) with large working fireplace, dining area, three bedrooms, three bathrooms, utility room, cloakroom/storeroom, front and back terraces, cellar, airspace, and two pull down garages. Property has many additional extras and is definitely a must see.

BRAND NEW, FULLY DETACHED, DESIGNER FINISHED BUNGALOW WITH BREATH-TAKING SEA VIEWS REF: 912388

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Only a two minute walk from the sea, set on a hill side is this beautiful bungalow. Property comprises a large entrance hall, formal sitting and dining room, brand new kitchen complete with state of the art appliances and island, breakfast area, dining area, living room - all rooms have sea views. The villa has 3 large double bedrooms all of which have bathrooms en suite and 2 with walk in closets. There are a further 2 guest bathrooms, 2 utility rooms, one laundry room with private courtyard for clothes hanging, 6 car garage, gym, games room, cinema room, a very large well. One can also have a separate flatlet, comprising a very large sitting/dining/ kitchen, 2 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. Built on over a tumolo with surrounding garden, huge overflow swimming pool with two cascades, spacious deck and lounge areas, BBQ area with outside kitchen, good sized showers and toilets for guests using the pool. Finishings include air conditioning/central heating throughout, solar water heater, as well outside terraces incorporating led lighting and Hi-Fi speakers and floor to ceiling glass apertures for maximum sea views and an in-out effect. A must see property.

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!

Grahame Salt Director

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Around the world

Around the world in...

FEBRUARY Berlinale - International Film Festival 6th - 16th February Berlin, Germany The Berlinale is the city’s largest cultural and most glamorous event. With 400 films shown the festival attracts the film industry as well as the largest audience of any film festival in the world. Berlin is famous for being a cosmopolitan, exciting capital with international appeal.More than 19,000 film professionals from 120 countries, including 4,000 journalists, are accredited for the Berlin International Film Festival every year. At the same time, it is a festival of encounters and discussions. With more than 200,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale enjoys by far the largest audience of any

Vodafone London Fashion Awards 20 February - 23 February 2014 London, UK Cutting edge glamour arrives in the capital as the London Fashion Weekend gets underway at Somerset House. For four days the historic venue is transformed into a fashion paradise as big names from the beauty and style industries show off their creative work. The ultimate fashion and designer shopping experience, the show is bursting with catwalk shows, pop-up shops, hair and beauty products and even educational panels from leading fashion experts. Style savvy glamour fans can get their winter wardrobe sorted for the year as over 100 of the nation’s best loved designer brands dazzle with their designs.

film festival in the world. For two weeks, art, glamour, parties and business meet at the Berlinale.

The Ball Season 21th & 27th February (respectively)

Carnevale

Vienna, Austria

12th February

The Coffee-house Owners' Ball is one of the most atmospheric. Each

Rome, Italy Carnevale and Lent can be one of the most exciting times to be in Rome, as both the pre-Lenten festivities (Carnevale) and the religious processions, which begin on Ash Wednesday, are part of the tradition in capital and the Vatican City. Carnevale events in Rome start 10 days before the actual Carnevale date, with many events taking place in Piazza del Popolo.

year it brings about 5,000 visitors to Vienna's Imperial Palace and into the Redoutensäle. Many of the guests end the night at Café Landtmann, to which they are transported in a fiaker shuttle, true to style. The Opera Ball at the Vienna State Opera is legendary. On this one day, visitors have the unique opportunity to see the famous opera house on Ringstrasse not only from the spectators' seats but actually experience it "backstage" surrounded by many music celebrities.

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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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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.


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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

Carnival in

MALTA & GOZO

February brings along carnival week, which takes on a traditional pattern; extravagantly coloured floats are perched on lorries ready for the procession, children running around in fancy costumes and Malta’s main nightlife centre, Paceville, catching the late night carnival goers who pile into the clubs and bars, still wearing their outrageous outfits. The heart of the

action takes place in Valletta, though various towns and villages across the Island have their own version of festivities. The origin of the name Carnival derives from the Italian phrase ‘Carne vale', which means literally ‘meat is allowed' due to the fact that during the forty days of lent, the consumption of meat was forbidden according to Roman Catholic religion. Maltese folk used to celebrate Carnival as did the Knights of St. John as from one week prior and up to Ash Wednesday. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts organise the official Carnival festivities that take place in Valletta from Friday until the following Tuesday. On the last day, a big Carnival defile ends in the main street of Floriana with a fireworks display. Some of the events are held inside an enclosure and may be attended against a nominal fee.

Ministry for Gozo Gozo Carnival 2013 Victoria For a particular interpretation, visit Nadur, Gozo, where carnival takes on a more macabre and funny mood. Informaiton provided by www.visitmalta.com

Going up and going down The Upper Barrakka lift links the Grand Harbour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens and Valletta city centre. It is located on the original site where its predecessor, which was dismantled in 1983, operated between 1905 and 1973. The lift is 58 metres high and can carry twenty-one people at a time, for a total of 800 per hour. The journey takes around twentyfive seconds, making it the quickest

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way into the city from the Valletta Waterfront. The lift offers a practical alternative for the thousands of cruise ship passengers who disembark at the Valletta Passenger Terminal to reach the city with its shops, restaurants, churches and museums. One can also combine combine the ticket with the ferry crossing across Grand Harbour to or from, The Three Cities.

http://www.visitmalta.com/ en/upperbarrakkalift


How RE/MAX Simplifies the Buying Procedure Kevin Buttigieg CEO RE/MAX Malta

For many of us, the start of a New Year means new resolutions and a better spirit towards what the year may have in store for us. For others, a New Year brings with it new beginnings and new opportunities. For Malta, it also means that the latest budget measures are officially in effect - not the least of which includes the removal of stamp duty for any Maltese purchasing their first immovable property in Malta. This was done to encourage First Time Buyers to take their first steps towards buying their home. Understandably, this is a big step because it means stepping into a world they don’t know much about, and making quite a sizeable investment. The thing is – buying property doesn’t need to be as difficult as it sounds. The main reason for people to perceive “buying property” as a risky step is because many of them are doing this without guidance. Buying property without the knowledge or understanding is, in fact, risky business. Would you start taking medication unless it was specifically prescribed by your doctor? Then why would you invest thousands of euros in a property you’re not sure is worth the investment? This is exactly why we have a team of over 120 professional real estate agents who are on hand to help you. At RE/MAX, we don’t

recommend our agents to sell any property. Each agents specialises in different markets – specialising in certain areas of Malta and Gozo, specific localities, different types of property, while some even focus on certain buyer types such as investors. The property agents allow our clients the comfort of knowing that the advice given to them is based on fact, and several years of experience – and not unfounded statements made to push you towards a sale. We assist our clients through the process of scheduling of appointments, short-listing properties for second viewings, handling negotiations for a win-win outcome, accompanying them and advising them during the signing of promise of sale, following-up with any queries they may have between promise of sale and contract, signing of contract, and even putting them in touch with the right people that will help them convert their new property into a home. One of the advantages of working with a large team is that if your agent doesn’t have the answers at hand, s/he knows where to look. Our network of agents work hand in hand and are always sharing advice and information between them. Each agent also makes use of the largest property database on the islands so, whatever property you’re looking for, the

chances are we have it on the books. And we can give you information that will enable you to know whether the property you’re after is worth the investment or not, based on other available properties as well as past sales. Our team receive on-going training from the moment they join - starting with being mentored by experts in real estate right up to attending induction courses and several other on-going courses that we organise to make sure our agents remain at the top of their league. And we don’t just handle clients until they’ve signed a promise of sale. Apart from putting clients in touch with a notary (if you need), we can let you know whether the property you’re interested in buying is in line with MEPA regulations and, if not, guide you through the process of regularising it. Even after you’ve signed your final contract, we can put you in touch with anyone you may need to help you design, convert, or furnish new home – or any home related service, for that matter. So if you’re looking to make a great investment in an efficient manner, please get in touch with us. We would be more than happy to take the hassle out of your hands and make your purchase a professional and stress-free experience.

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Price: €595,000


gozo life

Nadur,

HERE COMES THE CARNIVAL Miranda Brown

Whether you love it or not, Carnival is the time to step out from everyday life and get the chance to be crazy for one night or more. If you choose to, go to Nadur, on the Maltese island of Gozo, where you can party for five days in a row, from Friday the 28th of February till the next Shrove Tuesday (or Mardi Gras)! Photo: www.viewingmalta.com

A decade or so, the Nadur Carnival was a well kept local secret, but now its reputation has grown by word of mouth (and online too), and it has become the event to attend, especially for those who dislike the traditional, family size feast in Valletta, and are searching for something alternative and “edgier”. The game was and still is about grotesque disguise, hiding behind masks and make-up, wigs and costumes, makeshift and colourful parades- in a sort of bizarre pilgrimage between past and present. It is said to be spontaneous –and it is, there is no organising committee to plot out its course-and it is said to be macabre because it includes the darker sides of Carnival’s history and masquerade, but most of all it is a big, raw theatrical happening which involves the population and more and more visitors who come to the village of Nadur (5000 inhabitants) to merge and roam the streets with masked and hooded creatures, dance, play music, make merry, drink and eat… the typical prinjolata, a gleaming towering white cake that marks

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a feast before the (now defunct) tradition of Lenten frugality. Carnival has always been a time for extravagance throughout the centuries, and in Gozo is still Zmien ta’ bluha (“a time of foolishness”), characterised by all sorts of excesses, to forget for a while, the burdens of everyday life and feel free to restart with new energies and hopes. So, be sure to gather on both sides of December 13th Street and get ready to experience the most fascinating and unconstrained revelry of the Maltese archipelago, enjoy the manoeuvres and lively jests of the masquerades parading up and down, join the special spectacle of creativity of the masks made out of cloth, rags, bed sheets, broken prams and pushcarts, farming implements, and bedraggled mattresses. The effect is a tremendous sense of humour, action, fun and the teasing anonymity of the disguise. More information on www.nadur.gov.mt and www.visitmalta.com


Belair Head Office: 48, Msida Road, Gzira Seafront, Gzira GZR 1400 Belair St Julians: 3/4, St George’s Road, St Julians STJ 3208 Tel: (+356) 2011 8000; 2014 8000 Fax: (+356) 2131 9404 E-mail: info@belair.com.mt

FOR SALE

ST JULIANS SOLE AGENTS

(REF 16190)

€965,000 A unique DUPLEX PENTHOUSE having an internal area of 240sqm, situated in the heart of Balluta Bay enjoying picturesque sea, valley, and stunning architectural views finished to impeccable standards hosting excellent accommodation on two levels complimented by an extensive 60sqm terrace ideal for entertaining and al-fresco dining. Retracted from traffic, the location enjoys close proximity to the sea and all amenities whilst retaining a sense of peace and tranquility. With private lift access on the upper level, one finds an open plan fully fitted kitchen and spacious dining area leading onto the large terrace creating a perfect indoor/outdoor entertainment area, laundry room and guest toilet. On the lower level, lies a large study/library area, a separate living room, three bedrooms (main with en-suite) and a main bathroom. A separate car space further compliments this amazing property that needs to be viewed to be fully appreciated.

TO LET

FOR SALE

NAXXAR SOLE AGENTS

(REF 17656)

TIGNE POINT

(REF 13289)

TO LET

B’KARA

(REF 16844)

€380,000

€3500 / MONTH

€145 / SQM / ANNUM

A 400 year old HOUSE OF CHARACTER retaining exceptional features, tucked away in a charming covered alley situated in this prime area close to the village square and all amenities. Most attractive layout comprises of a welcoming entrance hall leading to a cozy sitting room with fireplace, fitted kitchen/dining room includes wide apertures to a spacious secluded garden having mature trees and authentic shrubs, guest bedroom with shower room en suite and a guest toilet also compliments the ground floor which can be further extended by opening a door onto an existing garden room, ideal as an additional bedroom. Upstairs includes a main bedroom with large bath / shower room en suite and an additional family room / bedroom leading to a charming sun terrace enjoying exceptional garden vistas and also ideal for entertaining. Property is new on the market. Viewing is an absolute must!

A beautifully finished brand new 5th floor SEAFRONT APARTMENT forming part of an exclusive development located in the heart of Sliema enjoying numerous features including communal swimming pool and beach club, all round security, large shopping mall hosting retails best shops, landscaped walkways, exclusive restaurants and piazza café’s. Property enjoys a lovely square layout, measures approximately 180 sqm and enjoys fantastic sea-views from an extensive terrace that is equipped with lovely garden furniture and is ideal for alfresco dining or simply to enjoy the exceptional views.. Accommodation comprises an entrance hall, fully fitted state of the art, modern kitchen/b’fast, dining area, large sitting room leading to the terrace, 3 double bedrooms (main including balcony and enjoying exceptional views), 2 luxurious shower rooms, and 2 car spaces located in the underlying garage complex. Furnishings and fixtures are of top specifications with designer input throughout. Viewing highly recommended.

A large and prominent, highly finished OFFICE BLOCK in this very sought after commercial area just 50 meters away from a bus stop having a total rentable area of 2781 sqm spread over 4 floors and hosting various size configurations. This office block is finished to very high specs throughout and is being offered as set up, as an open plan layout with VRF air-conditioning, ventilation / extraction system, fire detection system, electrical power and lighting installations, connections to the automatic standby generator and with underground / outdoor parking spaces. Rates also include:- Maintenance of all systems and equipment in common areas including:- Air-conditioning using VRF systems, ventilation / extraction, firefighting & smoke detection installations, Plumbing system, sewage / surface water installations, electrical power & lighting installations, automatic standby generator, lift, building insurance; cleaning of common areas and external windows; building management and administration services.

www.belair.com.mt


FOOD

I Love

THIS Just coming out of winter and into spring, my taste buds are reluctant to leave the 'stick to the ribs' food the colder months afford us, yet aren't quite ready for lighter, acidic desserts the warmer weather demands. I'm still not quite ready to cut back on indulging, cosy nights as a couple and as February is all about romance, what better way to show it than with chocolate? (darling wife, diamonds aren't edible and I am a Chef.....) Chocolate is such a versatile ingredient; it makes the perfect mousse, forms into any mold, is divine mixed with cream or as the filling in a tart. Perhaps I can make a mountain of profiteroles, full fat fudge or a bunds cake. Where do I go with this? I create a melt in (your partner's) mouth brownie with walnut flour, and lace it

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with walnut nibs. As you dive in, the centre erupts a molten chocolate which is pure and sensuous. The crisp nuts in the cake add another level to this sensation. The brownie is served in fact, as a portion big enough for two, and while one spoon is in the pudding, the other is shaving off some home made vanilla ice cream which has been infused with chilli to warm it, if you know what I mean? The combination is a twist on the classic, but a move we are proud to have made. Come and see what you think, we have a great location buried under the magnificent Fort St Angelo; you can arrive by watertaxi and walk along the Vittoriosa waterfront, where millionaires and billionaires moor their yachts and dream about living aboard, as well as our dessert of course.

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.


ESTATE AGENTS SINCE 1981

CALL (+356)

21 31 0800

FOR SALE

FOR SALE

SAN PAWL TAT-TARGA ▪ €1,295,000 ▪ VILLA

SWIEQI ▪ €390,000 ▪ APARTMENT

DETACHED BUNGALOW set on a large plot ▪ Grand & spacious accommodation throughout ▪ Entrance ▪ Formal sitting / dining room ▪ Fitted kitchen / living / dining room ▪ 3 double bedrooms, 2 bathrooms (1 en suite) ▪ Laundry room ▪ 1 bedroom flatlet with independent entrance ▪ 2 bedroom flatlet with independent entrance ▪ Study ▪ Storage rooms ▪ Spacious 8 car garage ▪ Swimming pool with sun deck area ▪ Large surrounding garden ▪ Freehold ▪ Internal size 700m2 ▪ External size 900m2 ▪ Ref: DV01170

APARTMENT ▪ Immaculately presented ▪ Modern design & layout ▪ Luxuriously finished throughout ▪ Sought after residential location ▪ Hallway ▪ Open plan fully fitted kitchen ▪ Sitting room ▪ Dining room ▪ 3 bedrooms ▪ 3 bathrooms (2 en suite) ▪ Front & back balconies ▪ 2 car garage is included ▪ Freehold ▪ Internal size 235m2 ▪ External size 10m2 ▪ Ref: FA07765

FOR SALE

FOR SALE S.P.T.TARGA - FOR SALE - €985,000 - Ref: SD/1103

NAXXAR ▪ €370,000 ▪ HOUSE OF CHARACTER

SLIEMA ▪ €575,000 ▪ SEAFRONT APARTMENT

HOUSE OF CHARACTER ■ Beautifully converted ■ Being sold fully furnished ■ Set in a popular residential area ■ Walking distance to all amenities ■ Entrance hall ■ Sitting room ■ Study ■ Fully fitted Kitchen / breakfast area ■ Dining room ■ Spacious courtyard ■ Guest toilet ■ 3 bedrooms (all with bathroom/shower en-suite) ■ Laundry ■ Freehold ▪ Ownership of roof & airspace ■ Internal size 240 m2 ■ External size 22m2 ■ Ref: HC03045

SEAFRONT APARTMENT on Tigne Seafront ■ Beautifully appointed ■ Fantastic views of Valletta, Sliema Creek & Manoel Island from the front balcony ■ Close to Malta’s largest shopping centre ■ Hallway ■ Sitting / dining room ■ Fitted kitchen / breakfast ■ 3 bedrooms ■ 2 bathrooms (shower en suite) ■ Utility room ■ Underlying garage space ▪ Freehold ▪ Internal size 110m2 ▪ External size 15m2 ▪ Ref: FA07864

TO LET

TO LET

SLIEMA ▪ €3200 monthly ▪ SEAFRONT APARTMENT

SEAFRONT APARTMENT on Tower Road ■ 6th floor ■ Breath taking sea views ■ Exceptional renovation ■ Large front terrace ■ Entrance hall ■ Split level sitting / dining room, ■ Living room ■ Fully fitted kitchen / breakfast area ■ 3 bedrooms ■ 2 bathrooms ■ Guest toilet ■ Utility room ■ Underlying car space included ■ Double glazing throughout ■ Internal size 180 m2 ■ External size 12m2 ■ Ref: FA07847

MELLIEHA ▪ €3500 monthly ▪ DETACHED VILLA

DETACHED BUNGALOW ■ Santa Maria Estate ■ Magnificent sea views ■ Elevated position ■ Spacious layout ■ Entrance hall ■ Sitting room ■ Dining room ■ Conservatory-style living room ■ Fitted kitchen / breakfast ■ 3 double bedrooms ■ Main bathroom ■ 3 shower rooms (en suite) ■ Laundry room ■ Basement ■ Games room ■ Sauna ■ Large garden ■ Swimming pool ■ 6-car garage ■ Fully air conditioned ■ Fully furnished ■ Internal size 500 m2 ■ External size 750m2 ■ Also For Sale at €1,100,000 ■ Ref: DV01271

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TRAVEL HOT SPOTS

Spell binding

Vienna Adam Jacot de Boinod

Vienna is renowned for its amazing museums and my favourite, a pilgrimage of sorts, is the Kunsthistorisches which houses some of the finest Old Masters in Europe. Most interesting, for all its oddity, is the portrait by Giuseppe Arcimboldo composed of fruit and vegetables! The Opera House or Staatsoper was the first of the grand Ringstrasse buildings to be completed. It opened with Mozart’s Don Giovanni and I was fortunate enough to see inside. All the immense historical canon of Austrian composers came to mind and the grand staircase is truly humbling. There are also some impressive churches. There is the baroque Peterskirche, the Karlskirche and the city’s oldest church the Ruprechtskirche, which has a delightful Romanesque nave and bell tower. There is also the magnificent cathedral of

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History and culture define this magnificent city. Situated on the site of a Roman garrison, Vienna developed strongly through the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras and under Maria Theresa it was a time of serenity, wealth and prudent administration.

Stephansdom, which took centuries to build and is rich in medieval and renaissance monuments. My favourite part is the Pilgrim’s Pulpit, a wonderfully ornate Gothic creation. For a bit of fresh air and an outing, I chose and recommend the Palaces and Gardens of the Belvedere. Built as a summer residence for one of the princes, it has been beautifully designed, from the putti on the steps and the statues of the Sphinxes to the upper cascade in the centre of the gardens and the Orangery. The Upper Belvedere is where to get a proper understanding of the works of Gustav Klimt. His collection is spectacular and still vibrant. Much of the glory of the early 1900s is still intact and I strongly recommend the Wagner Apartments, decorated with Jugendstil motifs and the Secession Building where Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze

is exhibited and the Kirche Am Steinhof, which is an amazing church, designed by Otto Wagner and decorated by Kolo Moser. Elsewhere Sigmund Freud has a museum dedicated to him, made from the rooms where he first developed his theory of psycho-analysis. But let’s not forget the amazing coffee houses that have been an essential part of Viennese life for centuries. Here I managed to sample both the Schlagobers, a strong black coffee with whipped cream and a Kaisermelange, a black coffee added to an egg yolk and some brandy!

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.


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

Go and see the Malta Experience, for an audiovisual overview of the island’s incredible history.

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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Free wifi hotspots

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

The Malta Communications Authority, in collaboration with other entities manages a total of 185 free Wi-Fi spots across Malta and Gozo. Over 180 Wi-Fi spots are available in public places such as town and village squares, public gardens and libraries across Malta and Gozo for free use by the general public. Look out for a sign which will let you know that free wifi is available in that area.

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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.

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.

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

The link below also provides access to the WiFi App which people can download free of charge. ttp://www.mca.org.mt/wifi-hotspots

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ST PAULS

St Paul the root of Malta’s Catholic faith Ingrid Zerafa

Malta’s history would never be the same were it not for Apostle St Paul who is believed to have been shipwrecked on the island in 60 AD. The experience is recorded in the Bible's New Testament in the Acts of the Apostles. Only since that episode can the Maltese claim that the rest is history, at least so far as their Roman Catholic faith is concerned.

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with other feast goers congregating even outside the church to follow the rites. Following Mass, a procession with the statue of the saint leaves the church and passes through the capital city’s main streets before it goes back to the church. Fireworks displays also enhance the festive experience. The feast is part of the island’s cultural calendar and as such it is expected with anticipation both by locals as well as tourists who get to know about it. In a way, it celebrates the Maltese identity and apart from the Catholic conversion from paganism, it represents another cause for street celebration the Maltese are renownd for, with band marches, singing and those who cross the line drinking and making merry in the name of their patron saint. It is to be mentioned that people from all over the island travel to Valletta for the feast which is not just celebrated by parishioners.

The story goes that St Paul was shipwrecked in Malta following a storm. He was originally headed to Rome, where he was to be trialled for practising Catholicism. It is believed that St Paul's stay in Malta spanned three months, when he ordered the first Maltese Bishop St Publius. Once he returned to Rome, he was executed as a martyr. In his short stay in Malta he managed to convert several of the inhabitants to Catholicism and had a great impact on the future beliefs of the island. Today, the feast of St Paul Shipwreck (San Pawl Nawfragu) is celebrated mainly in Valletta on February 10, a national public holiday. It is the first of the year's major feasts and is celebrated in the Parish Church of St Paul Shipwreck in Valletta and in the streets of Malta's capital city. The church hosting the celebrations is also named after the saint and was built in 1570. Given its religious and traditional significance, the celebration usually kicks off with a Mass attended by the President of Malta, the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition, together with other members of parliament. The church is usually brimming to the seams

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The locality of St Paul's Bay and St Paul’s Islands across the bay also take their name from the event. They are said to be the place where St Paul and his ship crew actually crashed when they reached the Maltese islands. St Paul’s Islands are interconnected, not too small in size, probably around 2km in circumference. There is a statue of St Paul on the larger Island, plus a broken structure, probably an old chapel just next to it. The islands are quite barren with salt resistant shrubs covering most of the surface. Also, away from the hustle and bustle of the celebrations in the capital city, at San Pawl Milqi in Burmarrad, a Roman villa site, is where according to tradition St Paul was given hospitality following his shipwreck in Malta. The chapel standing there dates back to 1616. Archaeological excavations carried out in the 1960s uncovered a large agricultural area dating from the 2nd to 3rd centuries BC. It has yielded evidence of extensive olive farming and has provided further insight into Roman agricultural settlement of Malta. Usually, Malta’s national agency Heritage Malta opens San Pawl Milqi to the public during the afternoon on February 10.


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CARNIVAL

Carnival approaches Whipping possible! Read at your own risk

Victor Calleja depicts a man who hates carnival time in Malta

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“No sooner are the festive days of Christmas over than we find ourselves gearing up for more fun. Carnival will soon be upon us. What humbug! What boredom—what a pure pile of beastliness. The thought of carnival—the mere thought—is enough to paralyse my mind. The colour, the revelry, the lasciviousness: how could anyone accept such nonsense? And yet we do and we revel in it too. Take the words connected to this season— and your heart will stop too. Perlini (sugar-covered almonds), defilé (floats parading down the streets), prinjolata (a multi-coloured sweet made of biscuits, pine nuts, cherries and other sweet things) and parata (a dance re-enactment of when the Knights of Malta fought the Ottomans). Add to these the floats themselves— peopled with many men, women and children in brightly-coloured costumes, dances set to rhythmic music with a beat to defeat any man’s sanity, and then more noise and even more gaiety. Roads are thronged with people having a good time, people behind masks with toy hammers that make a popping noise when they make contact with wood, stone or— the horror—my face or head. And then, whistles, bands playing and more colour everywhere you look. The scrooge in me makes me want to go away but I can’t escape it—for 5 interminable days (from 28th February to 4th March) the streets of Valletta will revel in colour and fun. I run off to placid Gozo and there in the heart of Victoria, in Nadur and other villages I find more and more fun-filled events. Carnival is everywhere, even in some villages in Malta. I cry myself to sleep willing Carnival to be over in a jiffy. I cling to some moments of sanity by reading history books—why oh why did Grandmaster Piero del Ponte introduce this vile thing called Carnival way back in 1535? He did this so that the populace, and his knights who were meant to lead a monastic life, could indulge in meat-eating and other fun things before the onset of Lent. During Lent no meat was allowed to be ingested and no fun was

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allowed back then. And the introduction of carnival was pure old humbug to make me feel lousy and long for the forlorn, fun-deprived days of Lent. Another Grandmaster must surely rank as my biggest hero—a man after my heart called Giovanni Paolo Lascaris. Now he was a Grand man! In1639, this old and austere Grandmaster issued a proclamation prohibiting women from wearing masks or participating in balls organised at the knights' auberges on penalty of being publicly whipped. Bring it back say I—whip all who participate in this carnival, this fun and games, this happiness all around. The Maltese describe anyone with a sad, forlorn look as having wiċċ Laskri (Lascaris’ face). Let’s throw a proper and long-lasting celebration of this fundeprived, fun-hating king of knights. But be warned I will not allow any fun and colour in my celebrations. Otherwise I might ask the dour old man to order a few whippings.”

Carnival: some facts Carnival was introduced in Malta in the 16th century by the Knights of the Order of St John. Some contend that carnival in Malta was already organised before this time at least way back in the 15th Century pre-dating the Knights’ arrival but there is no verifiable data. The word Carnival most probably derives from the Italian words carne and vale, meaning meat is allowed. Carnival was held prior to the 40 days of Lent when meat and other worldy delights were not allowed in the Christian, strict times of old. Fasting was prevalent and followed by nearly all so for a few days preceding the deprivation of Lent people and the Knights themselves were allowed to make merry and descend into rather licentious ways. The true nature of carnival is lost nowadays when fasting is not so strict. Masks were widely used, providing anonymity and therefore less inhibition. Carnival today can be enjoyed in Valletta, Floriana, Paceville, various villages and in Victoria, Nadur and other localities in Gozo.

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WINTER WALKING

The sea, a hallowed isle and a summer palace Steven Bonello

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Winters in Malta are generally mild with very few really cold days. The sun mercifully makes a welcome appearance on most days as well. Such days make for great walking in the countryside away from the bustling, busy towns. The Selmun promontory lying just to the east of the town of Mellieha is one such prime rambling area, offering diverse features and curiosities, and a rich variety of land and seascapes. Starting from the roundabout at the entrance to Mellieha take the road marked Selmun. It’s an open country road with a few houses which make up the hamlet of Selmun strung along one side while the other side is constructionfree with open views southwards. One soon comes upon Selmun Palace, the main building of note in the area sitting majestically on high ground. Though this fine building, built by the Knights in 1783, gives the impression of a fortified residence in reality its purpose was as a summer residence and glorified hunting lodge. Take the road to the right of the palace and at the first bend in the road (about 100 meters past the palace) take the trek that suddenly appears to your right. The trek soon starts dipping steeply down the side of Mistra valley towards the bay. It’s a very scenic trek which winds its way between open fields on both sides. On the lower ground to the right is the site where most of the huge blocks for the Valletta breakwater were quarried by the British late in the nineteenth century, but you will be hard pressed to notice anything resembling degradation as the rehabilitation of the area after the quarrying was done is almost miraculous. At the very bottom of the trek a road opens up. Taking a left turn gets you to Mistra Bay in a couple of minutes. Mistra is

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a small horseshoe shaped inlet, thronged by the locals in summer but blissfully deserted in the winter months. The road circles the shallow inlet and heads towards the head of the bay where a coastal battery dating back to 1761 stands guards. The battery (access is not possible at time of writing) was restored in recent times by its present tenants, an aquaculture company. From this point the road becomes a stony path which roughly follows the coastline along the cliffs of Rdum il-Bies. The small islet of St.Paul comes into view here. It is still hallowed ground for many, being reputedly the place where the saint was shipwrecked on his way to Rome to stand trial in AD.60. The 10th of February is marked in the local calendar as the presumed date of the shipwreck and is a public holiday. The day also marks the only major festa celebrated in winter – that of the parish of St.Paul Shipwrecked in Valletta. An annual pilgrimage to the islet still takes place every summer. A statue of the saint, a ruined farmhouse and a few rubble walls are the only signs of human intrusion – the last inhabitants of the islet being a farmer’s family residing in happy seclusion until the early days of the twentieth century. Past the islet the coastline becomes a gentler limestone shelf with some disused salt pans pockmarked in the smooth rock face. The salt pans continue around this last

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headland but it’s a dead end that way so the better option is to start trekking uphill along a dirt road running parallel with the clay slope. It’s the only rough track on this walk really – a trek hewn out of the clay throughout various years of abusive offroading in the area – a practice that is now illegal. At the top of the hill and to your left there is a long low wall and you should head that way. The wall is in fact the outer perimeter of Fort Campbell. Fort Campbell’s real interest lies in the fact that it was the last major fortification to be built by the British in Malta. Built in the late 1930’s, its main function was to challenge enemy vessels approaching Grand Harbour. Its novel design which includes a very low profile and the rustic perimeter wall was primarily dictated by the need to avoid detection from the air. Sadly the wall is the only thing that is well preserved here, otherwise the fort (which one can enter freely) has been the victim of long years of neglect, pillaging and vandalism. The barracks around the fort are sadly in an equally dilapidated state. Making your way out of this somewhat forlorn site you can follow the road back to Selmun Palace. It’s a gentle one kilometer or so to the palace and an immensely scenic road too as it hugs the edge of Mistra valley to its left and borders various fields and vineyards to its right. Two hours should be ample time to cover this relatively easy walk.


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VALENTINES FOOD

The month of

love

in the heart of the Mediterranean Lea Hogg Photography: Norbert Vella

The month of February is with us and we all think of Valentine's day and love is on our minds. Why do people all over the world love a Mediterranean diet ?

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After spending a lifetime traveling around the world, cooking and eating an eclectic mix of cuisines, I am now on a island in the heart of the Mediterranean where nature works its magic on crops, vegetables and produce and everything tastes better than anywhere else. Like many others, I have fallen in love with this island and the very earth and sunshine that nurtures our food.

Living here has stirred new feelings in me; a city girl at heart, I truly cannot wait until I go on my next foraging adventure in the open countryside searching for ingredients that have long been forgotten. What can be better than fresh produce cooked on the same day it is picked from the tree ? I am convinced that the flavors found in Mediterranean food are like no other.

Every season brings anticipation, a new ingredient, a very old herb rediscovered or a new combination of Mediterranean flavors concocted in my kitchen that is going to lead me into temptation and make me unable to resist. I think of the apple and Adam and Eve and the local produce that has been kissed and nurtured by long days and months of sunshine that will stimulate my taste buds to a point where they will explode with pleasure.

And now comes Valentines Day and menu planning with my good friend Reuben Grixti who is an inspiration to me. We chat and discuss endless possibilities. I ask Reuben to think about what edible delight will ignite sparks for his beautiful wife Lorita and what he thinks will make Valentine's Day special for her. We finally both agree to stick to the age-old tradition of gifting chocolate to capture the heart of a loved one. Most of us get excited

when we see chocolate. It conjures up a sense of well-being when we eat it and we decide that we must lace in other local ingredients to give our chocolates a Mediterranean twist. I devote a day to truffle-making, over 1000 of them, a record for me with a variety of flavors and colours, and looking at them on silver platters, these are decadent, to-die-for truffles. The smell of chocolate is making me nearly delirious. I somehow found it comforting to roll all that soft gooey chocolate in my hands and a bad start to the day ended being a happy truffle-making day. I wore latex gloves but discarded them after 15 minutes. There is an enjoyment about feeling all that chocolate in your bare hands; it is nearly like giving each mouthful a personal touch. It has been a pleasurable journey, the thought process, the flavor planning, the sourcing of ingredients, the touch and feel and the gazing, admiring and appreciation. Then the gift, and again there is something so satisfying about giving and sharing. Then comes the longing and air of expectancy‌ the taste. Will it disappoint or will it be something memorable with sparks and fireworks ? Today I have fallen in love with my truffles, merely just looking at them is enough. We ended up with a variety of wonderful Valentine flavors. I cut chilli from Mum's garden and added a hint to pure cacao

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by artisan chocolate farmer Willie Harcourt Cooze. He messaged me recently to agree that it made sense to pair Mediterranean bee pollen with Baracoa chocolate because the honey notes in his Cuban chocolate compliment bee pollen. So thanks to Willie's suggestion, we made Bee Pollen Truffles using a Mediterranean pollen and I have not seen these anywhere else but must say they looked stunning. We managed to find some pomegranates from a late harvest in the North of the Island and we mixed the seeds with white chocolate. These were also vibrant but they need to be consumed on the same day they are prepared. Another visually alluring new truffle was made with RosĂŠ Peppercorns using the berries from the Baies rose plant (Euonymus phellomanus) that grows prolifically here. They are slightly peppery but sweet at the same time and the combination was delightful. I squeezed open fresh and dry figs until the yellow seeds oozed and then split the rosy rinds of more pomegranates. The fleshly crimson seeds fell out and I stuffed them into the figs and dipped the base in dark chocolate, a mouthful of colored seeds with different textures.... We also stuffed figs and medjool dates with pistachios and added orange blossom water and rose water to chocolate. We coated little bundles of nuts to make bite-size chocolates and added gold leaf, edible flowers and rose petals to decorate plates. Was this going to grab Lorita's attention and bring on a Valentine mood to make her feel special? The display was both exotic and romantic and how will a loved one be able to resist? With my eyes closed,

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the aroma alone of the purest chocolate, rose petals and juicy perfumed flesh of the fruit made me dizzy. It promised to make anyone hungry and tempt them to have a taste of the surprise ingredients and forbidden fruit. We tried more and more combinations with local carob, thyme honey, cardamon, zucchini flowers dipped in chocolate and different textures to create mysterious mouthfuls with elusive flavors. And I was thrilled when Professor Oliver Friggieri, wrote this poem at my request last month and translated it into English. Poetry and love go together and this verse so vividly describes the love he feels for his country and the providence of the land and it is published here for the first time in English to celebrate the month of love. Exquisite is your fruit, my Malta, and exquisite your bread, and your honey and your olive oil, and your grapes, exquisite like your heart whatever you generate. The Southern Sun nourishes you all the year long, benevolent land, blessed from the very beginning, and equally blessed today, fruit of my heart. And on an little island of romance in the heart of the Mediterranean where love sparks and feelings ignite, an island where love stories begin and never end, Reuben adoringly declares his love to Lorita and presents her with a feast of chocolatey happiness.........


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Local Culture

An Englishman in Rabat Mike Bennet

Sting sang: “I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien, I'm an Englishman in New York.� I'm also an alien (it says so on my ID card), an Englishman in Rabat. I lived in that village of hidden charms and friendly people for two years, before moving to Spinola Bay.

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Lots of visitors go to Rabat to explore the Catacombs. Others chug merrily around the streets in a little tourist train, waving at the locals. Getting off at the Roman Villa they take a myriad of pictures before straggling along in unruly groups to Mdina. They follow umbrellas or flags held aloft by garrulous guides, wending their way around the narrow streets, lanes and alleyways. Eventually they emerge from the silent city and go back to Rabat to take pictures of St Paul's Church. But for me, there are far more interesting things to do in Rabat. Sit on the doorstep of St Paul's Church and chat with the old locals who sit there every day. Wherever in the world you are from one of them will have a cousin living near you. Guaranteed. Stroll across the road, passing the rolling ball fountain (how does it work?) and the Post Office (with the most helpful assistants in Malta), and turn left at Charlie's Cellar (incidentally Charlie has a great selection of wines..). Here you will find a hidden Piazza and the Beer Belly rock bar, which opens most evenings and is the last thing you would expect to find in this sleepy hamlet. L'Agape Restaurant sits in harmony next door, catering to an entirely different clientele. On the opposite corner patrons of the Dura Bar sit at tables out in the street at lunchtimes. Join them and enjoy locally grown olives, dips, bigilla and fresh baked bread with Maltese wines. Keep heading left and re-enter the Piazza with the rolling ball. This is Piazza Tal Parrocca. Take a good look at the shops, cafes, bars, sweetshops and restaurants around you. King George V bar, La Piazza restaurant, Parruccian (famous for it's cakes and nougat) and the Vince Bar to name but a few, are worthy of note. Go explore them. Local businesses run by local people. Variety, quality, charm. Feel like a coffee and a cake? My favourite place is Santa Lucia on the corner of Triq San Pawl (near the Church) where the very nice Paula finally gave up trying to teach me Maltese on my

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frequent visits. Arguably the best coffee, cappuccino and expresso in Malta. Cakes, pastries, pies, eclairs, tarts, locally grown capers, peppers, “Gbejneit” in jars (medallions of goats cheese with a firm, peppered skin) and a variety of spirits made from the “Prickly Pear” fruit of the wild cactus that is indigenous to Malta. You may also buy chocolates, sweets, savories, pastizzi, baguettes and slices of Pizza to enjoy there or take away. Yum. Stroll along the High Street, (Triq Il Kabara), browsing its quaint shops and boutiques and you will find “Romans Den”. Legendary restaurant in Rabat, a local treasure. Don't let the steep flight of stairs down put you off. The Chef/ Patron Daniel will greet you. His smile, warm welcome and wonderful food will make it worthwhile. Many more restaurants are hidden away in Rabat's secret streets and lanes. Seek and ye shall find. Go to Il Veduta restaurant and sit on the terrace. Enjoy the view with a cold beer and a plate of pasta. You can see Valetta from there. Magic. Walk it off with a stroll around Howard Gardens, an oasis of quiet, a haven of tranquility that is shaded by more than three hundred trees, just outside the

Mdina gates. No Dogs, No Balls, No Bikes, No Skateboards – by order of Mdina Council. Admire the landscaped terraces below in Mdina's former moat. Sit for a while and enjoy a cup of tea at the kiosk.

Pierre Muscat street, perhaps three hundred yards. The traders arrive early and are ready for business by eight am. By one pm they are all gone. Practiced and professional.

For a real treat join the throngs of people from all over Malta who flock to Rabat's famous Sunday morning market to browse, bargain and buy. It's an impressive, amazing and amusing weekly event.

Amazing: The variety of stalls and goods for sale. A card table on folding legs displays costume jewelry. Next to it a huge Bedouin-like tent is full of jeans and t-shirts “Walk through sir, try them on, there's a mirror in the corner.” Take your time, see the clothes, shoes, local wines, powdered herbs in kilo bags, handbags, kid's outfits, fruit and veg, haberdasheries, glasswares, potted plants and cut flowers. One stall sells pet products and hot soup. Door mats adorn another. White mushrooms are on display near a man in a van selling Donuts. You will find toiletries, towels, bed linens, detergents in gigantic boxes,CD's, DVD's, beans, pots and pans, black and green olives from Malta, Gozo and Greece, toys, nuts, pasta, tools, bread, filled baguettes if you fancy a bite, tupperware boxes, greeting cards, biscuits in tins, kitchen knives and utensils, rolls of cloth and a sad, solitary garden gnome with a green hat. Another alien.

Impressive: Over a hundred stalls are crammed along Triq Santa Maria from the Police Station to the Chapel at

Amusing: What's so amusing? Go see for yourself. Tell them the Englishman sent you.

Take a walk down the steep lane behind the Roman Villa and discover the viaduct that stands tall and proud in the centre of the valley. A sweeping panorama of olive groves, cultivated fields, lazy streams, Mdina's Cathedral, Mosta's Dome and the Mediterranean sea awaits. It will please you. Steam trains once puffed over this bridge and the ghostly, forlorn Museum Station still sits there, waiting. Once also a restaurant in another time, “Stazzjon” is now abandoned. Yet somehow a certain proud dignity remains, despite the boarded up windows and dusty, cracked doors.

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VALLETTA WITH KIDS

A city built by gentlemen for kids Kristina Chetcuti

In every video advert about Valletta you’re bound to come across the tag line – in a booming Hollywoodian voiceover – saying: “Valletta: a city built by gentlemen, for gentlemen.” Benjamin Disraeli, the British Prime Minister, really knew how to give a sound bite, even way back in 1830 when he visited Malta. It’s a pompous utterance really, but it quite captures the spirit of the city. Valletta is, after all, nothing but pomp. The minute you step across Renzo Piano’s awe-inspiring city gate, and you’re past the bastions, you immediately conjure up images of knights in fine livery, strolling up and down the main streets, dashing over from one Auberge to the next, a multitude of languages crossing the air. But I am biased. I love Valletta so much that I sort of spun my work-life around it. And when you’re so choosy with the location, then you can’t be choosy with the job. Which means I’ve worked, amongst others, at McDonalds which swore me off junk food forever; in a jewellery shop selling 18-carat Maltese crosses and heavyweight gold chains; at a travel agency down in St. Paul Street

selling trips to impoverished students when Ryan air still had to be invented; I worked in a century-old tiny bookshop in Republic Street; I taught English in a school down at St. Barbara’s Bastions where I used to stop mid-lesson and get my students to please admire the view of the harbour; and these days I’m parked at the Times of Malta, just round the corner from Upper Barrakka gardens. Were it not for my love of Valletta, I would probably be celebrating my twentieth anniversary working for a very established firm and would be given a clock as a token of appreciation for my loyalty to the company. I am glad though for all the random job experiences - mostly because for most of my life, my walk to work means I can stop to admire the Grand Harbour, every day, unfailingly, with a sharp intake of breath.

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The truth is that Valletta could easily qualify as the European city for children. I am now on a mission to make my daughter love the capital city as much as I do. Forget whatever reviews you’ll read online: that Valletta is not ideal for kids, that it’s better to take them to Popeye’s village, that it’s boring and tiring, yawn this, snooze that. It’s all utter spinach. The truth is that Valletta could easily qualify as the European city for children. First of all because of Malta’s size and because everyone knows practically each other, the city is one of the safest in Europe. Secondly, there’s the layout. It’s all on a grid square, with the streets parallel so there are no chances of anyone getting lost really. Valletta is safe enough to kit your children with a scooter and let them loose - the two principal roads are pedestrianised, so there’s no danger. To get down to the coast side of Valletta, the kids will enjoy

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the downhill ride. On the way up, unless you want to tow them up on the scooter (excellent training for those biceps), opt to go back to the centre via streets which have steps on the side. Children love these. You carry the scooter (more bicep exercise) and get them to imagine they’re knights in heavy armour clomping up and make them count each step. I promise, you won’t hear an ounce of complaint. Always make sure to enter Valletta through the main gate – that’s the best way for children, or anyone really, to grasp the grandiosity of the city which also served as a fort. With a bit of prep reading, and a touch of drama, you tell the story of Great Seige as you are making your way to Valetta. Then you can explain how the knights didn’t want to go through all the hassle of a gruesome battle again, which is why they built Valletta.


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No child can resist a swash buckling story, and by the time you’re there – they’ll be all geared up. Head to the ‘Malta in 5D’ cinematic experience in Old Bakery Street. It’s short, so perfect for childrens concentration span and it’s fun. Be warned: you might not be too keen on that snake slithering past your ankles – but oh, how the kids will laugh when you jump in your seat. After that, you’ll need to go straight to St. John’s Cathedral. In the 5D movie they would have seen the golden falcon on display there come to life, so they’ll be excited to spot it there. Once there they have to see Caravaggio’s imposing ‘The Beheading of St. John the Baptist’. It’s about a man’s head being sawn off, there’s blood, and it’s the ultimate gory scene, but there’s nothing like a bloodsoaked scene to capture the attention of children. Plus it’s such a perfect lesson in chiaro scuro. From the hushed whispers of the cathedral, head to the Upper Barrakka gardens and let the children loose, chasing pigeons. At noon every day there’s a small re-enactment with a loud, heart-attack inducing gun-firing ceremony. Kids love it. And if they’re into canons and warfare, then you’d do well to take them to the Armoury Museum at the President’s Palace – lots of canons on display there too. If you’re lucky there might be a Toi Toi workshop pencilled in at the Manoel Theatre. These are little events organised especially for children to instil in them a love of arts and culture – and they get to meet real orchestra musicians. Time for a spot of lunch: there’s quite a few healthy places these days. Piadina on St Lucy Street will serve lovely quinoa salads, soups and focaccias and the you can sit outside on big cushions out on the street steps. There’s also Soul Food or Elia, the Greek dive on Merchant’s street. Food here is nutritious and comes with a guarantee of no sugar rushes.

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There’s other things you can do after lunch. Like Casa Rocca Piccola. It’s a four-century old palace on the lower stretch of Republic street, still lived in by descendants of the De Piros – a Maltese noble family. It’s a glimpse into the life of a wealthy patrician family over the centuries - with a fascinating costume collection. Or, you can head to the War museum, which essentially depicts the history of the island as a military station for the British. I always believe in talking to kids about war – I really think it’s the way to sow the seeds of anti-war generations. The bonus is that here they can see the original George Cross presented by King George VI to Malta and its people for heroism – and it’s now part of the national flag. If you fancy something more au courante, the children can get their fix of Disney movies at the Embassy cinema complex. Or

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else just simply stroll the streets and point out the different Auberges, the multitude of balconies and their strange shapes. Children are keen spotters and once you bring it to their attention, they will strive to find the most unusual balcony in the city. Always round up a visit to Valletta with an ice-cream from Café Cordina. Buy it take-out and enjoy eating it in the sun, on one of the benches in the nearby St. George’s square. If you stay there long enough, on the hour, the music fountain will kick off and the children can take to their scooters again to whizzing and zigzagging past the water spurts – wanting so much to get wet. And you know what? You’ll be laughing: the music, the sun, the ice cream, the surrounding historic buildings, the joy etched on your children’s faces. Where else will you find this?


Local crafts

The fine Art of filigree Andrea Christian

Local crafts work is most definitely one of them. Filigree is the ancient craft of making intricate jewellery pieces by winding together threads of precious metals, usually silver and gold. It dates back to the Egyptian times, with the first pieces of filigree said to have been found in the Pyramids. It was later perfected by the Greeks and Etruscans between the 3rd and 6th centuries BC and introduced to Malta by the Phoenicians. Filigree work (Maltese: filugranu) also flourished under the rule of the Knights.

Over the centuries the Maltese have gained the reputation for having mastered a number of crafts requiring great patience, skill and manual dexterity.

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Such is its history in Malta that there are Maltese words to describe the process which starts with melting silver or gold granules in a small furnace (furnell). After this the molten metal is poured in moulds that form ingots after cooling. A rolling mill is then used to stretch the metal after which it is passed through a draw plate (fillieria) and its thickness reduced to no more than 0.55 of a cm. Filling the outer skeleton involves a very intricate procedure in which two very fine threads are wound together in the shape of a rope and then flattened and heated. These are then cut into small pieces and hand wound to produce circular shapes which are later placed within the outer frame and soldered together using silver solder.


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Filigree is the ancient craft of making intricate jewellery pieces by winding together threads of precious metals, usually silver and gold.

Popular shapes include : Il – Ġenwiża, Għajn u Ġorn, Lewża (almond), S-shaped, and Nuċċalijiet (glasses). The semi-finished product is then dipped in a chemical solution, rinsed and burnished in a polishing machine to eliminate oxidisation. It is eventually rinsed again and left to dry. Unfortunately in recent years the trade has seen a decline and whereas just a few decades ago there were more than 300 silversmiths that number now has dwindled to little more than a handful. As a craft that was traditionally been passed down through families, competition has come in the form of imported imitation goods from the east. However, true Maltese filigree is a world apart and to be ensured of its authenticity it is hallmarked by the Malta Craft Counsil. In places such as the craft village in Ta Qali it is still possible to see filigree being made. Despite the time consuming nature of

the work it is surprisingly affordable with a small cross normally costing under ten euros. The items weight and the markets metal price also determining the price. The most frequently chosen designs are the Maltese cross and the Maltese boat (Dghajsa) although geometric designs , rosettes and flowers along with figures of animals especially butterflies and birds are also very popular. Larger pieces are also available and often take the form of carriages or figures. With such a long historical association and high level of craftsmanship whether as a personal memento or as a gift, selecting a piece of filigree is tantamount to choosing an intrinsic piece of Maltese heritage! Photos from - jade filigree Ta ' Qali Crafts village. The gentleman is Tony Attard who is a master filigree maker with over 50 years experience.

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Destination

Queen Prague Deborah Ratcliffe Prague in February is perhaps not an immediate choice for a winter break: it's winter, cold and most probably snowing…. but here lies the charm. A flurry of snow changes the whole atmosphere, and in the soft light of the evening the towers, Church spires, elegant town houses and palaces take on an almost magical air. Throughout the ages Prague has always been considered one of the most beautiful of cities in the world. Indeed, this is reflected in the numerous expressive nicknames given to the city including ‘Crown of the World’. Prague has a glory of architectural gems - priceless jewels reflecting its colourful history with many built during its days as the capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the House of Hapsburg. If pondering upon a cultural visit then check out the various web sites including www.praguewelcome.cz/en/ - the official Prague Travel and Tourist Information Guide. However to start you off - and to whet your appetite - here are a few places you just shouldn’t miss. Top of the list has to be the magnificent Prague Castle: www.hrad.cz/en/prazsky_ hrad/navsteva_hradu.shtml. It’s a vast and rambling affair topped up with history dating back to the 9th C. There’s so much to see that a day’s visit might just start to do it justice! However, if time is short do try to pencil in roughly 3 hours ….just to scratch the surface! Certainly that time alone could be spent in St Vitus Cathedral, a stunning masterpiece of Gothic extravaganza and the spiritual symbol of the Czech state. The Treasury of St. Vitus is a ‘must see’ seeing including a relic - part of the arm of St. Vitus - the amazing textiles and gold work. Other ‘must see’ places include the lovely Charles Bridge which transforms daily into a vibrant ‘shopping mall’ with hawkers and artists vying for your business! King Charles IV commissioned the bridge and laid the foundation stone in 1357. Originally conceived as a fairly simple structure with a simple wooden crucifix in the middle, today it’s adorned with countless delightful Baroque statues. The view from the bridge is superb. Also don’t miss the lovely Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock - an

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amazing sight when the clock chimes the hour. Guided tours of the Town Hall take you down to subterranean rooms. Museums and art galleries abound. At the National Museum view Van Gogh and Picasso’s masterpieces. Explore the Communist Museum and see the Czech National Music Museum with it fascinating exhibitions. Before planning a trip do check out opening times to your chosen venues as there are occasionally seasonal variations. For music lovers, Prague is a classical joy…..Listen to the Czech Philharmonic in the Dvořák Hall or, in the Smetana Hall, the Prague Symphony Orchestra. If you’re around on St. Valentine’s Day the Czech National Symphony Orchestra are performing a programme centred on the moving Romeo & Juliet. However Prague is not just a delightful echo of times gone by. It’s a vibrant modern city with a pulsating nightlife blues, jazz, pop, rock even Beatles tribute bands (there’s actually a ‘John Lennon Wall’) play to packed crowds. However a favourite pastime is relaxing in the local pub enjoying some of the finest beer in the world. The Czech’s have gained universal fame with their beers - Budweiser for example. Today microbreweries are becoming increasingly popular many with cafes or restaurants attached to them, selling ‘food to go with beer’…for example....Utopenci: sausages pickled in

vinegar and oil with onion, red pepper and spices which naturally vary from establishment to establishment. For the real beer connoisseur beer tasting tours/ pub crawls can easily be arranged. If you’re feeling a little peckish then Czech food is pretty substantial. Pork and beef dishes are favourites and usually deliciously served with a sauce and dumplings. Roast pork in particular with dumplings is very popular and seriously, don’t miss the pancakes (palacinka), loaded with fruit, cinnamon, chocolate sauce and a dollop of cream. Keep an eye out for street vendors selling scrumptious grilled sausages (Klobasy) served with dark bread and mustard or fried cheese tucked inside a roll. Shopping in Prague is, as one would expect from an international city, excellent - Wenceslas Square is one of the main areas to shop till you drop. Numerous vast shopping malls have sprung up all over the city and cater for all tastes and budgets. Naturally you can find designer shops selling everything from Versace to Ferretti and M Missoni. If you’re hunting for gifts then look out local glass, porcelain, crystal, wooden toys and Becherovka herbal liquor. For sports enthusiasts there’s lots to do football aficionado can watch an AC Sparta match. Maybe try an exhilarating bob sleigh ride, go white water rafting or try gokarting - ending the day with a therapeutic session in a Beer Spa!


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PROPERTY

EXCELLENT RESULTS for Perry Estate agents Perry Real Estate’s letting department continues to produce some excellent results as the local lifestyle remains a good draw to our charming islands for both private and corporate clients. As we enter 2014 our letting department celebrates its fifth consecutive year of growth and continues to go from strength to strength. Perry’s lettings department turnover figures increased by 20% in 2010 over 2009 results. 2011 saw a further 24% increase in turnover when compared to 2010 and a staggering 34% increase in letting turnover was registered from 2011 to 2012. Now that January is behind us we can say with confidence that 2013 was also an extremely successful year with a further satisfactory 14% increase in turnover on the record 2012 figures. We are excited about 2014 and are looking to build on our success whilst continuing to strive to produce an exemplary service for our existing clients and all new prospective clients who come into contact with us. The continuous success of our letting department is mainly attributed to our 32 years experience, making our team perfectly positioned to help with your property requirements. Whether it is finding you a new and reliable tenant as a landlord or the perfect home and reputable landlord as a prospective tenant, our in-depth knowledge of the local market and personal service means that we are able to match properties to the best possible tenant within a reasonable time. Backed by an IT infrastructure and database of quality property that is second to none, we can also provide market valuations which landlords can trust. To further support our prospective clients with the letting process in Malta, Perry Ltd has also launched a new and popular publication last year entitled: “A Guide To Renting Property In Malta”. The publication includes a brief introduction to Malta as a leading lifestyle destination, valuable tips to renting the

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ideal property and 5 simple steps to the rental process in Malta which has served as a valuable preliminary guide on what to expect during the leasing process. Within its pages there is a section dedicated to the lease agreement and what mandatory clauses one would expect to find in a local standard lease, as well as a section on renting quality office space in Malta which is a segment of the market in which the Perry Letting team specialises. From last August Perry Ltd also launched a new state-of-the-art version of its website which can be found at www.perry.com.mt. Our developers and management team have produced Malta’s most user-friendly and comprehensive property portal by significantly enhancing Perry’s real-time presence and interaction with clients. The fundamental aim behind the launch of the new website as with the launch of our letting guide is to continue to deliver the highest quality services, confidence and value to customers. Please contact us for a free copy of “A Guide To Renting Property In Malta” or for an informal discussion to see how we can help you. We would be delighted to be of service with all your property matters.

Robert Spiteri Paris B.A LLD. Is a senior associate and head of the letting and commercial department at Perry Limited one of Malta’s most reputable and longest established real estate agencies specialising in the sales and lettings of all types of quality property throughout Malta. Perry Limited value your comments, kindly log on to their new website today at www.perry.com.mt and please give the Perry team your feedback by mailing them on perry@perry.com.mt.


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MEDICAL TOURISM

High-Flying Dentistry

Emergency or Opportunity? and face to the desired cosmetic effect. Teeth may be made to look symmetrical. Colour is another area where patients have the choice to go for polar white, a natural white or any other colour the patient wishes. Uneven levels of biting may be evened out and raised to regain the loss of height due to toothwear.

You have just landed on the island and are off to get a bite for lunch. As you sit comfortably overlooking a picturesque bay, you sink your teeth into a delicious Maltese ħobża. Snap! There goes your front tooth! Welcome to Malta and the most delicious bread money can buy. Don't despair however. This unfortunate turn of events, especially when on holiday, might now lead to an opportunity to finally fix your teeth. With the increasing use of digital techniques, today’s dentistry is capable of not only assessing the situation but actually providing the patient with an immediate definitive tooth replacement while offering high end professional dental services. In this typical scenario, the patient’s front broken tooth would be seen to for immediate treatment planning. If the remaining part of the tooth is still in good shape, then a dental crown is the solution. The broken tooth can be scanned using a 3D imaging device and the data may be used to create a virtual image of the tooth and the required restoration. The image of the tooth restoration, in this case a crown, is transferred to an onsite milling unit. The milling unit is used to mill or cut a pre-fabricated block of ceramic matching the colour of the broken tooth, into the exact dimensions

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of the virtual crown. The milled crown may be modified in shape and its colour stained to achieve the highest grade of aesthetics. All of this in just one hour. In a day’s work, the same technique may be used to replace a heavily restored healthy dentition having old multi-coloured crowns and bridges, into a full mouth of all-ceramic metalfree porcelain crowns. Rehabilitating the mouth in this manner gives the clinician, technician and patient a carte blanche into restoring the teeth, mouth

This treatment regime is of course neither suitable nor required by everyone. However it remains an excellent excuse to travel to a different country that caters for such innovation in medical and dental care. Online searching of ratings and reviews belonging to clinics in different countries may be that final nudge to choose to take a holiday and do what you have been postponing for a very long time…your dental work. The advantages are numerous. Highly skilled clinicians and innovative services at a fraction of the expense and time frame quoted back home. Hospitality, history and the glorious weather are only a few other bonuses Malta has to offer. There’s no harm in finding out what your options are. Ask a dentist here on the island!

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


BUSINESS ROUND UP

Growth+ Conference The Right Prescription for Business Growth

Business growth in every guise and with all its complexities is the focus of the fifth highly anticipated BLM Annual Conference at the Radisson BLU Resort and Spa, Golden Sands, on February 28. Themed ‘Growth+’, the morning event will showcase success stories and learning experiences of multinational organisations, all leaders in their sectors, as told by the people who led the expansion over the years. Growth+ will bring both organisational and personal growth under the spotlight to offer business leaders food for thought on maximising potential. A rich programme featuring keynote speakers and panel discussions will tackle innovation, mergers and acquisitions, internationalisation and personal growth. Orange founder Chris Moss, Toly Products chairman and chief executive Andy Gatesy, and EC English Language Centres executive chairman Andrew Mangion will share their remarkable stories, relating how their organisations grew across markets, regions, and continents.

HSBC Bank Malta chief executive Mark Watkinson, Alert Group managing director Claudine Cassar, Elektra managing director Gabi Cuschieri, and Micros EMEA chief operating officer Manfred Kaiser will join two panel discussions. Business Leaders Malta was founded by training and development consultancy Mdina Partnership, event manager Jugs Malta, and recruitment specialist Konnekt in 2009. Its Annual Conference is its hallmark event and is designed to bring thought leaders together in an informal setting to share experiences with peers – with three networking opportunities and some team building fun thrown in for good measure. Last year, more than 350 people attended. Business Leaders Malta’s deeply rooted connections across entire business communities allow it to identify emerging organisational trends. BLM has extended its brand to offer myriad products, services and events designed to meet the demands of modern-day corporate reality and ambitious professionals. The BLM portfolio includes innovative marketing research, remuneration studies, industry data mining, and events offering industry insight.

To learn more and to register for Growth+, visit businessleadersmalta.com/2014 or email debbie@businessleadersmalta.com

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EVENTS CULTURE EVENTS

Gzira’s hidden gem the Orpheum Theatre Victoria Galea

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EVENTS CULTURE Events

Just a few metres off the Gzira seafront where Sir Patrick Stuart Street meets Sir Charles Cameron Street, lies a gem of a building that is today being given a new lease of life – the Orpheum Theatre.

Built in the 1930s, this theatre features unique Art Deco architectural features – of which few examples survive in Malta today - and was, until recently, designated by the Planning Authority as a Grade 1 scheduled historic building. The Orpheum Theatre has a single balcony which stands unaltered and magnificent with original decor on the walls, a panelled ceiling and a painted shield in the centre. In dire need of restoration, over the years it has had a number of cosmetic changes which do not really complement the artistic panelling and the magnificent ceiling painting, said to be an original Calì. In the first quarter of the 20th century, when Gzira was a bustling little town, this building served as a popular theatre when theatre was the main large scale entertainment on the Island. Following the destruction of Valletta’s Royal Opera House in World War II, the Orpheum Theatre occasionally hosted opera productions which were very popular in Malta then and often featured celebrated and emerging international opera singers. The theatre was later transformed into a single screen cinema. With the decline of cinema’s popularity the Orpheum was again leased for a number of political rallies and community activities. In 1995 it had one last triumphant moment when it was the venue for the legendary rock band Black Sabbath. Having fallen into disuse a number of times, the Orpheum Theatre is now thankfully rising from its artistic ashes to host a number of musical events and concerts and FRINGE! PRODUCTIONS in association with the Malta Tourism Authority, will be presenting GYPSY MAMBO, the Macedonian gypsy brass band at the Orpheum Theatre for a carnival dance party this coming February.

The images were provided by Mark Peregin, Peter Carbonaro and Karl Ebejer who recently brought over the fabulous Galea Brown. Her performance at the Orpeheum theatre has helped ignite new interest in this beautiful theatre. The boys will be back with another event at the Orpheum soon

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Gypsy Mambo 'Underground' Orpheum Theatre, Gzira 28th February

FRINGE! PRODUCTIONS in association with the Malta Tourism Authority, proudly presents, GYPSY MAMBO, the Macedonian gypsy brass band who, for the second time in Malta, will be performing at the Orpheum Theatre in Gzira for a carnival dance party this coming February.. This exotic band, hailing from Kocani, are a traditional set-up of nine members with the unmistakeable sound of Balkan brass bands, typical of the area and first presented to western audiences through the films and music of Emir Kusturica and Goran Bregovic, the likes of, “Time of the Gypsies”, “Underground”, and “Black Cat White Cat”. The popularity and infectious music played by these brass bands has become a global trend due to their crowd appeal and highenergy music. This so called “Roma Oriental” is a fierce mix of powerful brass bands, incredible Balkan rhythms and oriental solos where raw virtuosity and boundless energy are the fuel that keep the crowds off their seats. Most bands would play at weddings and traditional feasts for days on end, sometimes playing 15-hour sets! Balkan brass bands have a significant gypsy character, and from western Serbia to Macedonia they are amazingly creative in changing the original rigid style of traditional brass bands.

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Gypsy Mambo was created over a decade ago, in the legendary Macedonian town of Kocani, east of Skopje. All members come from well-known gypsy musical families with a long-standing tradition and play foremost traditional Roma and Balkan music. The orchestra has participated in prominent European festivals including Khamoro in Prague and perform regularly in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro and their native Macedonia. Gypsy Mambo have released 2 CDs and are considered masters in their style. Their repertoire consists of traditional songs as well as the Bregovic classics and original tunes. Their trance inducing arrangements are unique, due to the mix of brass instruments and percussion. Their local appearance at in Malta will be a fancy-dress, theme dance-party based on Emir Kusturica’s movie Underground. The venue for the event is the stunning ex-theatre and deco cinema Orpheum, central and accessible in Gzira. Keep an eye out for this unique, one-off opportunity to party Balkan style, in the coolest of underground venues. Dress up in your fancy glad rags, get your dancing shoes on and come stomp to the unrelenting and unforgiving unza-unza style of the Roma-oriental style and brass tunes of Balkan pickle. Produced by Andrew Alamango and Alba Cauchi


Events

Nadur spontaneous Carnival (photo by Nadur Local Council)

Carnival Week is undoubtedly one of the most colourful events in the Gozitan – and Maltese – calendar. Traditionally preceding Christian Lent, Carnival provides five days of revelry with many people dressing up in colourful costumes and covering their faces with masks.

Carnival in Gozo In Gozo, the main activities take place in It-Tokk (Independence Square), the main square of Gozo's capital Rabat with other village carnivals organised all around the island, mainly in Nadur. Victoria’s celebrations are of an organised and programmed type and are quite family oriented.

children’s carnival in the morning and this year to a spectacular thematic carnival in the evening. The theme chosen for this year is ‘Gozitana’ and the creative director who will produce this first event of its kind in Gozo, is the well known choreographer Felix Busuttil. On Sunday, a manifestation along the main streets of Victoria takes place in the afternoon followed by a programme at It-Tokk (Inependence Square) with the participation of dances costumes, floats and general revelry. Such Carnival celebrations require months of preparation and involve a large number of people of all ages. Carnival in Nadur is quite different. Nadur’s carnival is deeply traditional and essentially spontaneous. There is no organising committee and there are no rules. In Nadur the purpose of costumes is disguise – quite simply not to be recognised. Sunset reveals a multitude of masked and hooded creatures thronging the streets. People wear all kinds of funny and grotesque costumes, some satirical, and most remain silent to aid their disguise, gaining the Nadur celebrations the sobriquet - the Silent Carnival.

Carnival is closely associated with Maltese folklore. It has been celebrated in Malta and Gozo since the arrival of the Knights of St. John in 1530, and some studies date the first carnival revelry back as early as 1470. Up until 1751, carnival was an activity exclusive to Valletta, Malta, but that is certainly not true today.

Carnival celebrations in Victoria are organised by the National & Regional Celebrations Committee within the Ministry for Gozo, and is spread over a period of five days with grand street manifestations taking place during this extended carnival weekend. Saturday of carnival weekend is dedicated to a

The Nadur ‘floats’ are often little more than carts released from their duties on local farms but there is an edge to the celebrations. Amongst the absurd costumes one can see placards daubed with remarks, most of them insults to public (and sometimes private) personalities. And in order to avoid libel, many are indirect or veiled references that need the knowledge of a local to interpret them!

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EVENTS

Dates to remember in...

FEBRUARY Valletta International Piano Festival Valletta and Gozo 1st - 10th February The Valletta International Piano Festival takes place once a year where young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs and piano lovers of all ages from all over the world are invited to participate in this inspiring and unique one-week festival. All are invited to become part of the festival either as an active participant or an observer. You will have the opportunity to listen performances of the best festival participants and internationally acclaimed Piano Masters. We welcome to our festival participants, faculty and guest artists from Europe and all over the world including Japan, South Korea, China, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Hungary. For more information please visit www.vallettapianofest.com

Lost Illusions Eden Century, St. Julians 2nd February Live and direct from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow is Lost Illusions, a new ballet by contemporary choreographic prodigy Alexei Ratmansky. The ballet is a stylized adaptation of Honoré de Balzac’s novel that blends thwarted love, ambition and disillusionment. With a libretto by French actor and director Guillaume Galliene and sets by French designer Jérôme Kaplan, Lost Illusions is not only French in its literary inspiration but also in its aesthetics, with 19th Century Paris as a backdrop. The ballet tells the story of Lucien, a young provincial and budding composer who sets out to conquer the Parisian scene in search for glory. Blinded by success, he goes on to betray his friends and love, Coralie. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.edenculture.com.mt

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Ejeca Liquid, San Gwann 8th February Squadron and DonDisko are proud to present rising house star Ejeca for the very first time in Malta. What an amazing way to kick-start our 2014 agenda! Ejeca may be based on the outskirts of the nu-house music mecca of Belfast, however his musical roots have been firmly planted from an early age being brought up on 90s garage house. Ejeca loves to experiment with many genres including disco, garage, deep house and techno, while his trademark vocal driven emotive sound flows in all of his releases. His music has found a home right across today’s electronic spectrum, with several hit records under his belt already, namely ‘Horizon’ & ‘Night Rays’, together with his collaboration track with compatriots Bicep ‘You’ which has taken dance floors all across the world by storm. To listen to Ejeca’s sets please visit soundcloud.com/ejeca, for more information on the event please visit Squadron and DonDisko on Facebook.

The Nature of Collecting Mosta Technopark, Mosta 1st February – 8th March The aim of this course is to provide a better understanding and appreciation of collecting, a primordial instinct of our ancestors and how this idea developed and mutated throughout the ages. The varied nature of collecting will be analysed from a historical, psychological

The feast of St Paul's Shipwreck 10th February

and social point of view, with special attention being given, though not exclusively, to various collections and their display in Malta throughout

As is traditional, the feast is preceded by a number of band

the years. The talks shall also delve briefly on museums and the future

marches, culminating in a procession around the streets

of collecting in modern society. At the Closing there will be an open

of Valletta, with the baroque masterpiece of 17th Century

presentation/discussion with the attendees about their experiences

Maltese sculptor Melchior Gafa.

in this field and where possible, share information about their own personal collections too.

The Collegiate Parish Church of St Paul's Shipwreck, also known

For more information please visit www.prevarti.com

oldest churches.

as simply the Church of St Paul's Shipwreck, is one of Valletta's

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Forget-Me-Not MITP Theatre, St Christopher Street, Valletta 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2014 at 8pm What would life be like if humans could tap into every single memory stored in our brains at will? If we could reconnect with every single thing that has happened to us - whether it was something we liked, hated, feared or completely forgotten? And given a choice, which specific memories would you choose to revisit again? Forget-Me-Not is Danny's story. A normal, routineobsessed man whose life seems to tick all the right boxes without ruffling any feathers. But his life changes one day when he randomly spots someone on his work commute

Archaeoacoustics Conference Corinthia Palace, Attard 19th – 22nd February

that looks uncannily like someone from his past. Someone he had completely, or almost, forgotten about.

An exciting international multi-disciplinary event that welcomes; academics, researchers, musicologists and non-presenting enthusiasts. Anyone can attend.

Danny embarks on a whirlwind dangerous journey into his

Anticipated presentations include performance, discoveries, observations and

past - but the deeper he sinks into it the more he starts

science from around the world -- all focused on the Archaeology of Sound.

losing touch with the present and running the risk of

Archaeology has often focused on the visual and on physical objects, although

having no future at all.

the past was of course not silent. New technology has given us tools for identifying unusual sound behavior of the world's oldest buildings, including

2014 is Dù Theatre's 10th year anniversary and this is

Malta’s remarkable megalithic temples. The intent of this conference is to

the first of a series of projects designed to celebrate this

explore the importance of sound in antiquity. We are particularly interested

landmark birthday. Keeping collaborations at the core

in the role acoustic behavior may have had in the development and design of

of the group's ethos Forget-Me-Not is a collaboration

important architecture and ritual spaces throughout the ancient world, and its

between resident Dù members Simone Spiteri and Magda

possible biological impact on human brain activity. All presentations will be in

van Kuilenberg, dancers Elise Ellul and Yosef Farrugia and

English. Registration is required.

musicians Tim Ellis from local folk band Stalko (also Dù's music director since its inception) and Chris Galea, who needs no introduction as an amazing actor, but who is an equally talented musician. The play will run at MITP Theatre in St Christopher Street Valletta on the 15th, 16th, 21st, 22nd and 23rd February 2014 at 8pm. Opening night will be followed by a small reception with free wine and nibbles. Tickets may be bought from St James Cavalier on 21223200 or boxoffice@sjcav.org. For more information on the group and the production you can like the company’s facebook page or follow the production blog on http://dutheatre. wordpress.com/ For more information please visit http://www.otsf.org/ Conference2014.htm

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For more information please visit http://www.otsf.org/Conference2014.htm


Events

Fiddler on the Roof Manoel Theatre, Valletta 21st February – 2nd March FM Theatre Productions is proud to present the wonderful classic musical 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Manoel Theatre. This popular family musical has been a firm favorite with theatre audiences throughout the world for the last fifty years. FM Theatre productions is setting this show with a stellar cast including Edward Mercieca as Tevye, Pia Zammit as Golde, Denise Mulholland as Fruma Sarah, Julie James as Yente, Mikhail Basmadjian as Lazar Wolf amongst others. Stage direction is in the hands of Chris Gatt, choreography is in the hands on Mariza Baldacchino whilst vocal coach is Cathy Lawlor. The wonderful Kris Spiteri and his live orchestra will be providing the beautiful music. For more information please visit www.teatrumanoel.com.mt

Vodafone Malta Marathon Sliema 23rd February The Malta Marathon is back, and this year, both the marathon and the half-marathon will pass through countryside and built up areas - finishing in Sliema, a popular town promenade. A map of both routes is displayed on the Route Info page of the Malta Marathon website. The map, which shows details of all feeding stations along the routes, will also be found

The Voca People MFCC, Ta’ Qali 21st – 23rd February The Voca People is an innovative performance and one of the few acts

in the Official Race Magazine that applicants will receive at race registration. All proceeds will go towards Inspire -The Foundation for Inclusion. Join as a runner or form part of the crowd and cheer everyone on. For more information on this charity event please visit www.maltamarathon.com

in the world that combines singers and beat box performers to form an entire orchestra without musical instruments. The show will feature a number of all-time favorites including: 5th Symphony by Beethoven, The Magic Flute by Mozart, Tutti Frutti by Richard Wayne, James Bond Theme by Monty Newman, Billie Jean by Michael Jackson amongst another seventy others. This phenomenon has appeared in several countries including USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Brazil, Brasilia, Hong Kong and many other places including Malta in 2012. Now they are back due to popular demand. For more information please visit www.mfcc.com.mt

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Carnival in Malta and Gozo Valletta Malta, Nadur Gozo 28th February – 4th March Discover Malta's Carnival, which goes back hundreds of years. The origin of the name Carnival derives from the Italian phrase ‘Carne vale', which means literally ‘meat is allowed' due to the fact that during the forty days of lent, the

Bouquet Garni- Collage

Peripeteia A collection of prints by British artist exhibit

consumption of meat was forbidden according to Roman Catholic religion. Fine artist David Orme will be exhibiting a Nowadays, Carnival is celebrated in numerous towns and villages but especially

collection of prints, Peripeteia, at the newly

in Valletta, Floriana and Nadur Gozo. The Malta Council for Culture and the Arts

opened Studio 104, St Lucy Street, Valletta from

organise the official Carnival festivities that take place in Valletta. Some of the

February 8 until March 5.

events are held inside an enclosure and may be attended against a nominal fee. On the last day, a big Carnival defile ends in the main street of Floriana with

British-born Orme studied Fine Art Printmaking

a fireworks display. Some of the events are held inside an enclosure close to

at the Royal Collage of Art in London. This is his

Freedom Square in Valletta. The celebrations in Nadur Gozo are a different story

first visit to Malta. He is keen to be part of the

and experience altogether, where the youth of Malta celebrate carnival in a

journey towards Valletta as European Capital City

certain style.

of Culture in 2018 and especially interested in the two-tonne Malta Drydocks-made printing press

For more information please visit www.maltaculture.com

that will facilitate forthcoming print workshops at Studio 104. He will be giving a free, informal talk about his work on Saturday 8 February at 14.30pm. Enquires on 99282806/27280028.

Theme Park 6- Lithograph

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REGNVM BLITZ Gallery, St Lucy Street, Valletta February Exhibition An imaginary underwater kingdom – REGNVM – and its inhabitants are the subject of a photographic exhibition by Kris Micallef. A few years ago, Kris, who is an architect and self-taught photographer, became interested inunderwater photography and conducted an experimental underwater photo-shoot, entitled UNDRWTR, in a swimming pool. This inspired him to adapt his everyday observations and experiences to his concept of an imaginary underwater kingdom – REGNVM. The REGNVM project consists of a series of underwater portraits photographed over a span of two summers in various bays around the Maltese Islands. The photographs will also be published in a limited edition book in which the photographs will be woven together with the narrative thread of a story that tells of power, struggle, beauty and love around the inhabitants of the kingdom. REGNVM is partly funded by the Malta Arts Fund and has also been launched on the crowdfunding platform indiegogo, where anyone can act as a funder in return for ‘rewards’ which include Notecards, the REGNVM book or fine art prints in various sizes. For more information contact Kris Micallef at kris@krismicallef.com Website: www.krismicallef.com Crowd Funding Link: www.indiegogo.com/projects/regnvm/


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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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Places to visit

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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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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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.


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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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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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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.

MELLIEHA

Rebekah’s Restaurant 12, Triq It-Tgham, Mellieha Malta T: 2152 1145 • M: 7947 8896 • E: info@rebekahsmalta.com • W: www.rebekahsmalta.com Rebekah’s Restaurant is a converted house of character that welcomes diners to an evening of fine cosy dining any time of the year. During the colder months, diners are kept toasty thanks to fireplaces that crackle merrily throughout the evening, while when the heat descends in the hotter months diners can enjoy a relaxing evening beneath the stars, seated in the establishment’s airy internal courtyard. Only the freshest local ingredients make it into Rebekah’s typically Mediterranean cuisine – all presented in a vast array of different chef’s specialties that keep the restaurant’s clientele enthusiastic and always coming back for more. Open from Monday to Saturday between 19:00 - 22:30 hrs.

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. 81


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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.

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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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.

Waterbiscuit Intercontinental Malta, St. George’s Bay, St Julian's T: +356 2376 2225 • E: info@waterbiscuit.com.mt • W: waterbiscuit.com.mt Waterbisuit is at the forefront of the Maltese culinary experience with delicious and innovative dishes for all to enjoy. Waterbiscuit, stylishly set on two floors, offers a gastronomic experience that will delight all with healthy, delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners. It is a truly contemporary location ideal for a business rendezvous, social gathering, casual dining or a night out. Breakfast promises to provide a wakeup call with a creative à la carte menu boasting six different types of Egg Benedict, the signature dish of Waterbiscuit, ideal for those who wish to indulge in a truly unique breakfast experience. Waterbiscuit also allows patrons to lounge at the bar throughout the day and night with a variety of coffees, cocktails and wines that will tease the senses; the atmosphere is relaxed and offers a delightfully glamourous feel. For reservations, kindly give us a call.

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.

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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

Il-Bizzilla – Air Malta's new in-flight magazine

It is with great pleasure and pride, that we introduce to you our newly rebranded in-flight magazine – Il-Bizzilla It has been designed to reflect the

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airline’s new vision and identity which is that of “Flying the Pride of Malta”. We Maltese are extremely proud of our islands, people, culture, heritage, food, and language. Il-Bizzilla means lace a unique and iconic hand crafted creation, traditionally passed on from one generation to the next. Traditionally, lace is made by hand with precision and craftsmanship. We have a saying in Maltese “gietni bizzilla” which means I have done something in a precise and accurate way. Our magazine, Il-Bizzilla, will offer you a unique representation of Malta and what

the islands can offer you during your stay here. You will be presented with a variety of articles which will keep you updated on Maltese life. We will bring you to life its people, the places you may be interested to visit, local cuisine, events, new about Air Malta and much more. We invite you to take a copy of Il-Bizzilla with you as we are sure you will find it interesting and useful. For now, just sit back, relax and learn more about our wonderful islands. Enjoy your stay here.


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Summer to start early with flights to UK regional Airports Air Malta will start summer early this year by serving an array of UK regional airports from April in time for the spring and Easter period. Flights to and from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Exeter and Norwich will be begin on April 8th until October 28th. Air Malta Chief Commercial Officer Philip Saunders said this was a response to a noticeable increase in demand for shoulder and off-peak holidays. “Easter starts late this year so we decided to bring forward the start of these regional operations to April instead of May,� said Mr Saunders. He commented that these added departures and a reduction in travelling time and costs by flying

directly from/to such airports, visitors now have more opportunity to travel to and from the airport closer to their destination or their home.

Air Malta operates such regional services as a supplement to the regular scheduled services to/from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. Air Malta offers a free allowance of 20kg for checked-in baggage in the hold and also 10kg as hand-luggage per person on all its flights. Flights can be booked via the airline’s portal www.airmalta.com and the international call-centre on +356 21 66 22 11.

Photo: Cedric Galea Pirotta / Air Malta.

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Air Malta collects €4,250 for breast cancer Air Malta raised €4,250 for the Breast Care Support Group Europa Donna Malta throughout the month of October, breast cancer awareness month. These funds were raised through a joint initiative with Sky Gourmet, when Air Malta’s cabin crew distributed pink ribbons in return for donations on selected flights. These donations added up to €3,800 and another €450 were collected by Air Malta staff members through a bake sale. The funds collected were presented by Chief Commercial Officer Philip Saunders to Gertrude Abela, president of Europa Donna Malta. “We are thrilled to be partners for such a great cause while increasing awareness among our passengers about

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the importance of early detection and treatment of breast cancer,” he said. Ms Abela thanked the company for its constant support every year especially throughout the month of October. The donations collected will go towards the printing of communication material to encourage women to choose healthy food and to practice some form of exercise – two important factors to lower the risk of having breast cancer. The Breast Care Support Group Europa Donna Malta is a voluntary non profit making NGO and has been active since 1989. Its mission is to raise awareness and support patients and families passing through the trauma of breast cancer. Throughout the year the group works very hard to organise awareness campaigns and holds talks in schools and

in different places of work. The group operates a 24 X 7 support line (which can be reached by dialing 9999 4666) which handles a large number of calls throughout the year and also offers a one to one counseling service. All services and materials are free of charge. This campaign also forms part of Air Malta’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives whereby the airline supports organisations that work hard in the Maltese community. No other airline operating to Malta provides continued support to voluntary and nongovernmental organisations like Air Malta.

Photo: Philip Saunders, Chief Commercial Officer (2nd left) presenting Ms Gertrude Abela the funds collected in the presence of Ms Anne Micallef and staff from Air Malta cabin crew.


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Air Malta ranked sixth best airline in the world! Air Malta has ranked sixth best short-haul airline in the world by a Which? survey based on 12,750 member experiences about 22 airlines.

all our staff members who put customers first and daily fly The Pride of Malta,” said Air Malta’s chief commercial officer Philip Saunders.

Malta’s national airline was given four out of five stars in all

“Which? is recognised for its objectivity and quality of methodology and such ratings encourage us to perform better,” he added.

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lanning to jet off on holiday this year? If you want your flight to be memorable for all the right reasons, then check out the winners and losers of our annual long- and short-haul airline surveys. For those considering a trip to far-flung shores, it may be worth seeing if Air New Zealand, Singapore Airlines or Emirates operate flights to there. They sit at the top of the long-haul league table and all three have retained their Which? Recommended Provider (WRP) status (see table, p23). When it comes to legroom, both Air New Zealand and Emirates score the maximum five out of five stars, with Singapore Airlines receiving four stars. All three airlines score four out of five stars for seat comfort, while all except Singapore Airlines receive the maximum five stars for their hold and hand

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luggage allowances. Singapore Airlines is, however, increasing its checked-in baggage allowances by 10kg across all cabin classes. At the bottom of the table, three carriers – American Airlines, Thomas Cook Airlines and Iberia – fail to achieve above two stars for legroom and seat comfort, with Thomas Cook scoring just one star in both categories.

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If you’ve never flown to the Channel Islands, it’s possible that the name Aurigny Air Services is an unfamiliar one. The small airline has landed at the top spot of our short-haul survey, with a customer score of 87%. Swiss, Norwegian and Turkish Airlines make up the rest of our remaining top four short-haul airlines. All three score well for legroom, seat comfort and luggage allowances.

So who appears down at the bottom of our table? It won’t surprise many of you to see Ryanair receiving a customer score of just 32%. It’s possible that the results could change next year, though. Our survey covers people’s flying experiences for the 12 months up to October 2013. But since then, Ryanair has announced a programme of changes, including a move to allocated seating and a reduction in baggage fees from 5 January 2014. Only time will tell whether we will see rather different results in our 2015 airline survey.

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A Toast To Local Travel Agents Air Malta celebrated the end of the year by thanking travel agents for their support and hard work throughout 2013. The event was a good opportunity for the local travel trade and Air Malta representatives to exchange views and get the latest updates on the initiatives the airline is working on and which will be announced in 2014. “Agents remain a key part of the travel business and this is why Air Malta believes in showing gratitude to all involved. Air Malta is facing a lot of challenges and has to continue adapt quickly to an ever changing market. To face such challenges the airline needs constant support by all stakeholders and local travel agents have been at the forefront in supporting the airline in the not so easy changes that had

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to be implemented,” said Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer Philip Saunders, during a well-attended reception at the Intercontinental Hotel. He added that the airline has managed to reach its targets according to the restructuring plan thanks to the work of all staff and stakeholders. Still a lot more work needs to be done. The get-together was held at the Carissa restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel. During the reception, Air Malta named Britannia Services, the Top Travel Agent for 2012/2013. Compared to all local travel agencies, Britannia Services Ltd generated the highest overall score in Air Malta sales for individual, group and charter bookings.

Top Left Photo: Air Malta celebrates with local travel agents. Bottom Left Photo: (from left to right) Melissa Depasquale, Diane Depasquale, Michelle Bonnici, Alexia Fenech, Sephora Marie Mifsud. Bottom Right Top Photo: (from left to right) Joseph Calleja, Stephen Gauci, Roderick Aquilina Front row – Fleur Spiteri, Denise Pisani. Bottom Right Bottom Photo: The Air Malta Sales and Regions team. (From left to right) Charles Cilia, Sephora Marie Mifsud, Robert Borg, Philip Saunders, Michelle Bonnici.


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Air Malta Staff Assist the Island Sanctuary

Last month Air Malta staff raised €630 for Island Sanctuary which will go towards the food and medication of 110 dogs. The money was donated during a visit to the sanctuary by Air Malta staff. The staff were welcomed by the hard working volunteers at the sanctuary who gave them a tour of the premises. Yvette Camenzuli, one of Air Malta’s staff members who helped with collecting the funds, said: “People should be reminded that when they adopt an animal companion they must remember that it is a big responsibility, one that means a lifetime commitment.” ‘The Island Sanctuary Association’ is a voluntary and non-profit making association responsible for the running of Island Sanctuary, a no-kill dog shelter located in Malta. More information can be found on Island Sanctuary’s website at www.islandsanctuary.com.mt and on their Facebook page – The Island Sanctuary Malta. This assistance forms part of Air Malta’s Corporate Social responsibility initiatives through which the airline supports organisations that work hard to assist the local community.

Photo: Air Malta staff members presenting vouchers to Volunteers from Island Sanctuary (from left) Erica Cassar, Maria Victoria Naudi, Yvette Camenzuli, Yvonne Aquilina, Alex Gaffiero, Claire Gafa and Timmy.

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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO David and Marisa Borg Marisa and David met whilst working with Air Malta 14 years ago. They have been married for 5 years How long have you been working with Air Malta? David - I was recruited by the company way back in 1987 after 2 years with a major travel agency. The time I spent with the travel agency gave me an insight of the tourism industry which step by step brought me to my present post. Since 1987, I have been lucky enough to serve in many departments, mainly Operations, through which I have gained invaluable experience. One of most recent challenging tasks was my deployment in Libya, on re-commencement of Air Malta’s operations after the Libyan revolt. They were tough and challenging times, but at the same time rewarding. My present post is in the Corporate Security Department of the airline, where I admit, there’s never a dull moment. Marisa - My carrier with the airline commenced 20 years ago. My first duty was at the Chairman’s office. After 5 years I was then transferred to Passenger Handling Services for 13 years. Presently I form part of the Audit, Manuals, Quality and Training team within the Ground Services Division. What is the best thing about your job? David - I try to be a fair and motivating leader, and appreciate any goodwill invested in achieving our goals. I derive part of my job satisfaction from the respect I receive from others besides the acknowledgment from my superiors. Marisa - Training is the most preferred task I am responsible for. I engage in training all new recruits within the Passenger Handling Services, together with pursuing refresher courses within Ground Services. Getting acquainted with new intakes and working with employees from different sections is exciting. Three words that describe your job David - Oh forget this question. However I will quote a good career advice I have been given to survive in my job: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer”. Apparently this was originally cited by a Chinese General and military strategist. Wise words indeed! Marisa – Exciting, hectic, personal development

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What is the biggest challenge of your job? David - As I said, there is never a dull moment. The intricacy of regulations versus the operations timeline is the most challenging. I work long hours which ultimately compromises the time I should be spending with my family. Consequently time management is crucial. Marisa - Time – although I am training myself in good time management, I still find it hard to fit all my duties in one day. There is an urgent need for better work / life balance. Do you have any hobbies? Both - Oh yes, this is a good one. We love food, and anything that it entails. We love cooking and we love entertaining. Food is a culture and a way of expression. It may sound strange, but we relax and can be creative in the kitchen. No wonder our size! Lol. Which is your favourite destination and why? David - My soft spot is Asia. I love the people, the food and the whole lot. However on a shorter range and in the European Union, I would feel Greece would be my next preference. My wife and I have been postponing this trip for ages and I look forward to visit this country, in particular the picturesque island of Santorini. It brings us memories of the romantic movie which we endlessly enjoy watching, Mamma Mia starring Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan. Once again, I am visualizing having a seafood candlelit dinner under a Bougainvillea canopy…. What are your favourite spots or tips for anyone visiting Malta? Both - Any town on the Maltese islands is accessible by a 45 mins drive max. So there is no excuse for not visiting anywhere that a good travel guide book suggests. Since working for an airline necessitates meeting a lot of people, we tend to enjoy more quiet time than social gatherings. This usually takes us to Mdina (the Silent City), the medieval walled city confining beautiful dwellings and scattered cafeterias. When we feel that we need fresh air and open spaces, our usual destination would be the small town of Dingli or our sister island of Gozo.


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INFO Flight and Company information

Alcohol consumption

Electronic devices

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.

All electronic devices must be switched off for take-off and landing.

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.

Electronic devices such as laptops, electronic games, video cameras, DVDs, etc. can be used only from the time the ‘Fasten Seat Belt’ sign is switched off after take-off until advised by the crew before landing. Mobile phones and other devices able to transmit and receive signals must be set to Flight Mode for use in-flight. You may ask the cabin crew for more information should you wish to use your electronic device during the flight.

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.

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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: Delicata Red Label

4.00

3.00

5.00 5.00

Delicata Green Label

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

2.00 2.00

Bitter Lemon

2.00

1.50

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 SWEDEN • Oslo

Arlanda Stockholm

RUSSIA ESTONIA

LATVIA DENMARK

UNITED KINGDOM REP. OF IRELAND

• Moscow Sheremetyevo

LITHUANIA

• Copenhagen

• Moscow Domodedovo

• Manchester

BELARUS • Bremen • Hamburg

London Heathrow • • London Gatwick

• Amsterdam HOLLAND

• Brussels BELGIUM

• Berlin • Hannover GERMANY

• Düsseldorf • Frankfurt

Paris Orly •

• Dresden

UKRAINE

CZECH REPUBLIC SLOVAKIA

• Munich FRANCE

• Warsaw POLAND

• Zurich SWITZERLAND Linate Milan •

• Turin

• Vienna HUNGARY

ROMANIA

SLOVENIA CROATIA

• Otopani

• Verona

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA

• Bologna

SERBIA

• Istanbul F.Y.O.M.

• Rome • Olbia

SPAIN

BULGARIA • Sofia

MONTENEGRO

ITALY PORTUGAL

MOLDOVA

AUSTRIA

ALBANIA

• Naples

TURKEY

GREECE • Cagliari • Athens SICILY • Catania

MOROCCO

ALGERIA

CYPRUS

• Larnaca

Malta

TUNISIA

• Tripoli

• Benghazi

LIBYA

EGYPT

VT

NH

MA

Airport Weekly Flights Amsterdam 4 Athens 2 Benghazi 2 Berlin 2 Brussels 7 Catania 9 Düsseldorf 3 Frankfurt 5 Hamburg 2 Istanbul 2 London Gatwick 7 London Heathrow 14

Airport Weekly Flights Manchester 4 Milan Linate 5 Moscow Domodedovo 1 Moscow Sheremetyevo 2 Munich 7 Sofia 2 Paris Orly 4 Rome 7 Tripoli 7 Vienna 3 Zurich 5

NY

IRAN

CT

PA New York (Newark) • NJ wv

• Abu Dhabi

MD DE VA

SAUDI ARABIA

Intra-European Flights operated by Air Malta: Athens-Sofia-Athens (2 weekly flights) Amsterdam-Brussels (3 weekly flights) Brussels-Amsterdam (1 weekly flight) Flights code-shared: Meridiana Lufthansa Austrian Airlines

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

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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


Il-Bizzilla - February 2014  

Air Malta’s in-flight magazine

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