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10 Portrait of an artist: Ray Piscopo.
30 Wave of change: Neil Agius.
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30 6 GETTING TO KNOW ĦAŻ-ŻEBBUĠ Expat Colin Backhouse gives us the lowdown on this charming rural village.
10 PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST Our monthly portrait of an artist explores the intricate works of Ray Piscopo.
18 AIR MALTA DESTINATION: BRUSSELS
WAVE OF CHANGE: NEIL AGIUS We meet our cover star Neil Agius, to learn more about his world record achievement.
CONFESSIONS OF AN ITALIAN SOMMELIER Christine Cassar caught up with Gianluca Natalino, to discuss his passion for wine.
SIX TOP SIGHTS This month’s top sights round up takes us around St Julian’s.
This month’s Air Malta destination ventures to the vibrant capital of Belgium.
Here’s what not to miss when exploring the Maltese islands.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK: ON THE TRAIL OF FOOD IN VALLETTA Tour guide Matthew Camilleri, delves into the city’s rich food history.
MUSINGS FROM PALAZZO FALSON
100 DAYS Find out what happened when Il-Bizzila editor met world-renowned chef, Alex Dilling.
OUR MONTHLY RECIPE
Palazzo Falson, Mdina dig deep into their photographic archives.
Chef Marco Lo Cascio is back and this time with a mouthwatering arancini recipe.
SAVING VALLETTA’S SKYLINE Laura Bonnici discovers one local appeal, with an exceptionally great cause.
Feeling hungry? Here’s where to head in August.
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76 AIR MALTA NEWS
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This month Il-Bizzilla celebrates the achievements of Maltese Olympian Neil Agius who broke the world record for the longest unsupported non-stop ocean swim from Italy to Malta, this summer. Photo credit: Kurt Arrigo
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When I recall summer memories, they include six-yearold sticky chins from overindulging in Nutella ice cream, picking blackberries with my father and rural caravan holidays with my family. Later came the adolescent years spent full-body sweating on the London underground on the way to a festival.
At a time when airlines are competing to fill up as many seats as possible, the quality of our service to our customers is what can differentiate us from our competitors. Over the past year we have been working hard on the transformation of our digital ecosystem. I am pleased to inform you that we will shortly be launching our new website and native booking engine that will use advanced technologies which will in turn give us increased capabilities and functionalities. The launch of our new website is part of a new digital ecosystem that we are deploying at all our customer touch points to be able to provide an exceptional customer journey.
We still need to make a living; work doesn’t wholly halt for most of us, but we prioritise life, and now more than ever. So we are pulled to the grassy outdoors and sandy coastlines, we loosen our schedules and cannonball into a Vitamin-D state of ethereal happiness. And fortunately, with over 3000 hours of sunshine a year in the Maltese Islands, there’s plenty of that! So this Editor’s Letter is succint, like summer – a reminder to take a breath, get some sun (while wearing sunscreen, of course) and peel away the layers of what makes you tick before you have to bundle up again.
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This month we are taking you on a historic food tour of Valletta and to a not so obvious destination, the village of Ħaż-Żebbuġ. Whilst the latter may not jump to the front of any guidebook, it’s here you’ll catch a real glimpse of Maltese life. Do spend a few hours meandering the narrow back streets, and as Colin Backhouse shows us in his account, be sure to stop for a drink with the locals.
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Elsewhere, as you have come to expect by now, this issue is filled with artists, artisans, local stories, plenty of top food destinations and even an exclusive interview with a renowned sommelier. Enjoy August on our islands, and whatever makes your summer flow, we hope you embrace it.
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GET TI NG TO KNOW H AZ-ZEBBUG EXPAT COLIN BACKHOUSE SHARES HIS LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE RURAL VILLAGE OF ĦAŻ-ŻEBBUĠ.
Also known by its title Città Rohan, Ħaż-Żebbuġ sits in the Northern Region of Malta. It is one of the oldest towns in the country, and its population is around 11,000. The Church is dedicated to Philip of Agira and the feast is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of June, although the actual feast day falls on the 12th day of May. The name of the town literally means "olives" in Maltese; it derives from the large olive groves that stood in and around the current location of the church and the centre of the town. The town was bestowed with the title of Città Rohan by Emmanuel de Rohan-Polduc, the Grand Master of the Order of St. John on 21st June 1777. As was the custom in such events, the people of Ħaż-Żebbuġ built an archway known as the De Rohan Arch at the entrance to their hometown by way of marking the incipiency of its status as a city. The gateway, also known by the locals as Il-Bieb il-Ġdid (Maltese for, The New Gateway,) still stands today. The town's coat-of-arms is also based on that of the House of Rohan. When Malta was an independent principality under the sovereign Order of St John, Ħaż-Żebbuġ was among the chief towns after Valletta and Mdina,
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first because of the presence of leading corsairs among its inhabitants, subsequently due to its major role in the cotton industry. The locals, or Żebbuġin as they are known in Malta, are renowned for their business acumen amongst others, and there is a local saying to this end. Due to the Żebbuġin's Francophile past, the town was regarded as a friendly community when the Revolutionary French took Malta. During their rule in Malta (1798-1800), the local churches were plundered for their riches in order to fund Napoleon's campaign. The Ħaż-Żebbuġ locals opened the main door to the church when they heard the French were coming and hastily hid the gold and silver religious iconography. When the French saw the open doors of the church they kept on going and the Żebbuġin retained their religious riches.
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It is well worth a visit to discover how the locals live… apart from
Malta is very rich in archaeological remains and Ħaż-Żebbuġ is
that, on a Saturday there is a market that you may want to visit.
no exception. It gave its name to an era of prehistoric time when
They sell locally produced fruit and vegetables. For the record, the
pottery of a kind not known as yet was found in tombs in the
green plastic containers in the market are local produce only. I am
area known as Ta’ Trapna. Later archaeological finds constructed
often in Ħaż-Żebbuġ for a evening out, there are many bars and
at around the same time were subsequently known as the
restaurants that are all reasonably priced. Please also call into one
"Żebbuġ phase" remains. A scattering of Punic and Phoenician
of the small local bars, you are guaranteed that the locals will give
tombs were also found together with a small number of cart ruts
you a friendly welcome. While here, trying the local brew is a must.
and other remains.
Before or after dinner be sure to walk around the small narrow streets and admire the beautiful houses.
MALTESE BAND CLUBS There are three band clubs in Ħaż-Żebbuġ, all of which have
HOW TO GET THERE…
respective fireworks factories: De Rohan Band Club (established in
From Valletta bus station take the number 61 bus. There are also
1860), St Philip's Band Club (established in 1851) and the 12th May
now plenty of taxi companies operating via an application available
Band and Social Club (established in 1961). Band clubs are the source
on most phones.
of entertainment for the locals and often offer free appetisers for locals and tourists, in the form of local bread (Ħobz in Maltese)
For more local tips, Colin runs a popular Facebook group called
covered in tomato paste and olive oil.
“Malta Holiday Experiences”.
WORDS IGGY FENECH
PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST R AY P I S C O P O
FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS, MARSA-BORN ARTIST RAY PISCOPO HAS BEEN USING BOLD AND BRIGHT COLOURS TO PAINT SUBJECTS RANGING FROM SOCIAL THEMES TO STRIKING ABSTRACTS. HIS LATEST EXHIBITION AT THE CAVALIERI ART HOTEL IN ST JULIAN’S, HOWEVER, USES BEIGES AND BROWNS TO EXPLORE THE IMPACT THE PANDEMIC HAS HAD ON SOCIETY. Ray Piscopo has never been much of a nine-to-five kind of man.
This would not have been so surprising for an artist like Ray, who
Indeed, from the moment he wakes up all the way to dinnertime,
has always found the outside world – especially its injustices – a
he can be found in his studio working on large format canvasses
main source of inspiration. But this almost melancholic retreat
with ideas for the next painting already formed in his mind before
into painting, which had begun before the pandemic hit, was
signing the painting he is currently working on. This has become a
accentuated to the point it saw him momentarily ditch his
way of life for Ray, but as COVID-19 raged on, he quickly realised
signature, vivid colour palette, and start painting practically
that while before painting for long hours was a choice, it had by
then become his only way of exploring the world. “My paintings have become my only means of communicating with the “Painting has become a need rather than a passion,” he explains.
public,” he says. “What I wish for is that any viewer of my art manages
“In fact, I consider the pandemic as being an unwanted external
to understand the message that lies beneath the layers of paint.”
force, much like a world war, that has constrained my, and many other people’s, movement and liberty.”
One idea Ray always floats around in his writings and interviews is that he believes that art cannot be created for art’s sake, but rather
Spending up to 18 hours a day in his studio, Ray’s momentum
that it must have moral justification. In other words, art needs to
increased significantly, but each piece of art he was creating was
impart something to the viewer, and what it imparts has to be
based on emotions that he was finding difficult to deal with. Among
rooted in the morality of the artist.
the pieces that will be on display in his new exhibition is All for One, a reflection on mutual support in a time of need and on collective
“I have become more sensitive to the anguish of people who are
support to achieve a common goal; and The Thinker 3, which is an
disadvantaged, victimised, oppressed,” he continues. “In fact, one
exercise in reminiscing about past what-ifs and what-could-have-beens.
of the largest paintings going on display at Cavalieri is called
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[Due to the pandemic] my paintings have become my only means of communicating with the public.
Banished from Syria, and portrays the suffering of families as they
Now, through a long-standing partnership with the Cavalieri Art Hotel,
are made to leave their homes.”
pieces Ray has created over the past three years will finally find a semi-permanent home at the St Julian’s hotel. Visitors to the hotel
This monumental piece aptly describes Ray’s sentiment at the
can now take the time to view the evocative art he has worked on
situation in the Middle-Eastern nation, and he used its creation to
during the pandemic, but even though their subject is not an easy
come to terms with both what was happening and his feelings of
one, there is still a lot of hope emanating from them thanks to the
helplessness. Such is his emotional connection to the piece that he
small bursts of colour that accompany the beiges and browns.
is looking to donate it to a refugee organisation, so that it may be viewed and understood in the context it was meant to.
“Aesthetics give you a certain pleasure and they are important to any piece of art, but it’s only through digging deeper in our souls
Speaking to Ray, it quickly becomes apparent that the biggest
and in the art we consume that we can understand the world
hardship he had to face as an artist over the past 15 months has been
better,” Ray concludes.
the lack of possibility to exhibit his work. In a way, he says, his voice has been stifled; censored, almost. But he has never been one to stand on his laurels, and apart from sharing his art on his social media portals, in 2020, Ray created a virtual gallery called Opus 20XX, where digital renditions of his art were hung on cyber walls, which people could
For more information, visit www.piscopoart.com
explore at their leisure. “But art is best viewed in real life,” he adds.
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GOZO, AN IDEAL FAMILY HOLIDAY HOTSPOT
GOZO IS A PERFECT FAMILY-FRIENDLY HOLIDAY DESTINATION WITH STUNNING BEACHES, CLEAR SEAS AND A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUNGSTERS TO ROAM FREELY. ALTHOUGH THE ECLECTIC ISLAND SPANS JUST 67 KM² IT REALLY DOES PACK A LOT IN. Celebrated for its raw, untamed, natural
can be sure of a great mix of watersports
skirting the shores, there’s plenty to keep
beauty and with an interesting mix of
to participate in with expert instructors on
families of all ages enthralled. Whereas,
beaches, bays and dynamic coastal valleys,
hand to guide you.
Marsalforn and Xlendi Bay’s coastal
Gozo is ideal for hassle-free family fun
resorts are picturesque bays with smaller
whether swimming, snorkeling, canoeing,
Swimmers, canoers, divers and snorkelers
beaches nestled amongst dramatic
windsurfing, diving or simply chilling on the
enjoy seeking out coastal scenery and marine
coastal scenery - and are both popular
beach, making sandcastles and long-lasting
life along our bays, beaches and caves. If you
with families because of the multiple
memories by the shore.
have kids that like getting soaked in the surf
restaurants lining their promenades, serving
while accomplishing new skills, then stand-up
up superb Mediterranean cuisine.
When considering accommodation;
paddle-boarding or canoeing may appeal.
Gozo’s vast selection of characterful
Or how about scuba-diving? Gozo has an
If your family crave quieter coastal
farmhouses for hire suit families yearning
outdoor pursuit company offering underwater
experiences off the beaten track, then why
to relax, unwind in a home away from
‘Mini B’ scuba kits specifically for youngsters
not visit Ħondoq Bay, Mġarr ix-Xini, Daħlet
home environment. Alternatively there are
aged from twelve upwards giving them the
Qorrot or Wied il-Għasri. The beauty of
child-friendly hotels, apartments and guest
chance to scuba-dive for real in our seas.
Gozo is that there’s so many unique bays
houses in abundance on the island.
and beaches to choose from once you Ramla Bay, known locally as “Ramla
know where to find them!
The benefits of Gozo being small is that
il-Ħamra” is Gozo’s most popular beach.
you’re never more than 15 minutes away
Famous for its vivid red sands this long
Wied il-Għasri is a little known gem, it’s a
from the coast, and as one of Europe’s
sandy beach attracts visiting and local
coastal valley popular with thrill seeking
leading dive resorts lauded for its crystal
families throughout the summer. With its
snorkelers and divers who enjoy exploring the
blue waters and marvelous marine life, you
beach-based restaurants and watersports
wonders of its amazing underwater caves.
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If you prefer seeking your thrills up high, rather than leagues below
If your youngsters are not yet of riding age or ability and
then there are companies on the island that offer abseiling and
would prefer petting the horses, then makes sure you factor in
rock-climbing activities; giving you the chance to get up close
a visit to the Dreams of Horses Farm in Ix-Xagħra. This multi-
and personal to our stunning rocks as you ascend up it or abseil
purpose farm and therapy centre is home to many rescued and
down it. Qualified instructors will teach you the basics before
rehabilitated animals, where children can pet and even feed
coaching you on your journey.
some of the creatures. It is simply a must for young families.
Talking of journeys, interested in some land-based active
Gozo’s unique 7,000 year history is the stuff of bedtime stories;
sightseeing, outdoor pursuits to get your family active and
interweaving goddesses, knights and military battles with
animated? Gozo’s mix of coastal and country trails reward visitors
legendary tales to delight and inspire any young history buff.
with breathtaking scenery en-route, whatever the season. Plus, with internationally significant historical sites like Ġgantija Why not go eco-friendly in Gozo? Hire bicycles, e-bikes or
Temples - a Megalithic site older than Egypt’s Pyramids and,
segways to travel the island at your own pace, accessing our
our ancient imposing fortified city, The Cittadella, once home
unique landscapes, setting your pulses racing and making
to the famous Knights of St John - there’s certainly enough
memories along the way.
distinct history to fire up their imagination.
Or alternatively, take the reins, saddle-up and book a
Not forgetting of course, our historic windmills, legendary
horse-riding tour. The island offers thrilling instructor-led
caves and ancient rock formations. Young history and geology
horse-riding tours giving visitors an unforgettable experience;
fans who adore exploring the very real kind of history you can
with horses suitable for inexperienced riders right through to
touch, smell and feel will amaze in wonder, unlocking tales from
WORDS VISITGOZO / MINISTRY FOR GOZO
FIRST TIME VISITOR TO THE ISLAND OF GOZO? MUST SEE, MUST DO.
NEVER BEEN TO THE ISLAND OF GOZO? IT’S ONLY A 25-MINUTE FERRY RIDE AWAY FROM MALTA AND IT OFFERS MANY THINGS TO DO! DO ALLOCATE A FEW DAYS FOR EXPLORING MALTA’S GORGEOUS SISTER ISLAND AND MAKE SURE YOU ENGAGE IN THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES. ENTER THE CITADEL
fascinating place. In times gone by, the Inland Sea, a lagoon that’s
In medieval times, when the people lived scattered in little hamlets
linked with the sea via a cave, was a typical fishermen’s cove as can
in the countryside, the walls of the Citadel were the major defence
be seen from the huts surrounding the Inland Sea. Today this area is
system and the inhabitants rushed to shelter every time the pirates
a favourite diving and water sports location.
landed on the island. Explore the narrow cobbled streets, discover the Gozo Cathedral and the interesting silos all within the walls.
DISCOVER GOZO’S OWN LITTLE FJORD – WIED IL-GĦASRI
And naturally take in the view from the ramparts.
Another breath-taking inlet to visit is Wied il-Għasri. This ravine with the cliffs on both sides forms a narrow and secluded pebbly
ENJOY THE MANY BAYS, BEACHES AND COVES
bay that can only be reached via a steep staircase chiselled out of
Now that we’re well into summer, the call of the sea is difficult to
the face in the rock.
resist - there are many beaches to discover and all are unique in their own way. We suggest you indulge in some of the water sports
BE AWED AT ĠGANTIJA TEMPLES
available. From diving to kayaking, snorkelling and thrilling jet-skis,
Hungry for some ancient history? Then you need to visit Ġgantija
there is a world for those who love the adventure.
Temples. Older than the pyramids and Stonehenge, these prehistoric temples constructed from gigantic boulders are truly impressive.
EXPLORE THE INLAND SEA AND TUNNEL AT DWEJRA Without doubt the coastal area of Dwejra and the Inland Sea is a
More information on www.visitgozo.com
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B R U S S E L S:
A T O U R I S T D E S T I N AT I O N T H AT ' S B LO O M I N G WHEN BRUSSELS COMES UP ON THE NEWS OR IN GENERAL CONVERSATION, THE SUBJECT MATTER IS INVARIABLY THE CITY’S ROLE AS THE CENTRE OF THE EU, ESPECIALLY IN THE CURRENT CLIMATE! But after a visit, I’ve realised that tourism needs to be added to the
The Grand Place framed by the Town Hall and opulent guildhalls is
agenda, especially as spring and summer loom on the horizon.
lined with restaurants and lively cafes. It is at the heart of city life and was once a market, bombarded in the 17th century (and then rebuilt).
Spring is one of the best seasons to visit Belgium. As days get longer,
Today it is a major convening point of Brussels tourists and a ‘must-
it’s never too cold or too warm. It is also the time when nature awakes
stroll’. In 2010 it was voted the world’s most beautiful square, ahead of
after its long winter sleep, bursting with colour and fragrance.
Moscow’s Red Square and Place Stanislas in Nancy.
While many tourists head to the Netherlands to admire the tulip fields,
Having highlighted the city as an alternative to Amsterdam
few know that Belgium is a flower lover’s paradise as well and that Brussels
in the floral stakes, the city can also challenge France in the food stakes.
is one of the greenest European capitals, with a multitude of parks, each one with its own history, architecture, trees, plants and flowers.
The standard of cooking in Belgian restaurants is very high with some commentators saying you can eat better here than over the nearby
First to show off its glory is Floralia Brussels from 2nd April to 3rd May
border – even though the style of cuisine is essentially French.
2022, at the Groot-Bijgaarden Castle and Gardens. This is an amazing flower exhibition, which takes place in the park and in the greenhouses
The Belgians themselves have a highly developed nose for good food:
of the 12th-century castle. Wander in the 14-hectare park, admire a sea
they like it to be seasonal, based on good-quality ingredients, cooked
of colourful blossoms and get lost in the labyrinth of tulips.
with fine judgement, and good value for money – and they won’t stomach pretension.
Just outside the city, at the same time, you can find Hallerbos, where millions of bluebells blossom to create a magical blue carpet that covers
But all said and done the country still offers its classic indulgences.
the floor of this beech forest. To best experience it, pay a visit early in the
Clichéd maybe but… waffles, frites and chocolate.
morning or at night when the smell of the blossoms is at its strongest. Regardless of whether you have a sweet tooth or not, Belgian waffles In a slightly different vein Hasselt’s is the largest Japanese garden in
are so good that they will make you consider not just travelling to
Europe. It is an ideal place to walk around, meditate and contemplate
Brussels but maybe even moving permanently! When you breathe in,
nature. In the spring, the garden takes on a magical feel thanks to its
the air smells like waffles all around the city centre, so it is practically
250 cherry trees in bloom.
impossible not to give in. Make sure to look out for the little yellow waffle trucks or head directly to Maison Dandoy for the best gaufres in town.
Spring is also the time to visit the Royal Greenhouses, which are open to the public only for few weeks every year (mid-April to early May).
Just like Belgian waffles, the famous frites are almost as addictive.
An outstanding example of 19th-century architecture, they occupy an
Sure, they’re not the healthiest or fanciest snack there but they’re
area of 2.5 hectares.
crispy, tasty and indeed cheap like chips! Sold in small stalls around the city, they’re fried twice in beef tallow and come with different sauces.
There are countless other parks to admire including Parc du
Spotting the best frites is a serious affair in Brussels and everyone has
Cinquantenaire, Parc Léopold, Bois de la Cambre, Parc de la Woluwé,
their favourite “fritkot”. Be prepared to wait in a line as there’s always a
Parc de Tervueren and Parc of Laeken.
queue, but it’s part of the charm!
Beauty though is not only confined to nature’s offering. Brussels
If waffles and frites don’t tempt you, then I’m sure you won’t be able to
arguably contains the world's most beautiful square.
avoid Belgian chocolate. Almost everywhere you turn the enticement
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will be confronting you from the windows of countless chocolate shops.
The city has a wealth of museums, but the Musée de la Ville de
Your’re on holiday, so go ahead and indulge.
Bruxelles, on the Grand Place, should be visited to lay eyes on early versions of Brussels’ mascot, the Manneken Pis - the statue of the little
Browse too through the creations of famous chocolatiers (Laurent
boy doing what his name suggests, which lies a short walk away, to
Gerbaud, Pierre Marcolini and Frederic Blondeel. Having let yourself go
with the food (and you will give in), never shy away from a tipple in Brussels.
You can also visit the spot where Napoleon was vanquished. The site of his final defeat in 1815 is about nine miles south of Brussels, three miles
Belgian enthusiasm for the amber nectar is no secret, so a visit to the
south of the small town of Waterloo. The battle site has a number
capital must in some way pay homage to the hops, weiss, Flemish or
of interpretive exhibitions and museums. With a little background
otherwise. Many of the city’s best beers are brewed by Trappist monks.
research you can make much more sense of the landscape and people
There’s a beer for every taste and countless bars around town where
with your imagination. Once brought to life in this way, it becomes a
you can get a pint.
compelling place to visit.
Try Moeder Lambic on Place Fontainas, a ‘kind of shrine to beer’ or
From serious to wacky, another ‘must visit’ place is the Atomium, a
Delirium Cafe which offers some 30 beers on tap and more than 2,000
weird and wonderful building that was constructed for the 1958 World’s
from the bottle. Or you can also go directly to the source and visit
Fair in the city. Standing proud at 102 metres in height, the nine 18
some of the local breweries like the Brussels Beer Project, Brasserie
metre diameter stainless steel balls are connected in such a way that
Cantillon, En Stoemelings.
the shape, as a whole, is the same as the unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. (Impress your friends at a dinner party with
Aside from food, drink and flowers there’s also a lot more to Brussels.
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Each sphere hosts an exhibit or public space, while the top ball is home
the Chatelain market on Wednesdays) and then there are those that
to a restaurant with panoramic views over Brussels.
are simply a foodie’s (e.g. the Flagey market or the gourmet market in the Sablon) or vintage lovers heaven (e.g. the flea market in Place du
While the Grand Place is ‘classic’ and the Atomium is wacky, Brussels
Jeu de Balle).
doesn’t stop there, for it is also the capital of Art Nouveau. This is where architects Victor Horta and Paul Hankar designed the first Art Nouveau
At these flea markets you are sure to find lots of comics as comics in
buildings in the world: Hotel Tassel and the Maison Hankar. Besides visiting
Belgium are serious business. With hundreds of comic book authors
the Horta Museum, you can also admire many beautiful Art Nouveau
and famous characters like Tintin and the Smurfs, the country has a
buildings like the Maison Cauchie and MIM just walking around the
rich tradition when it comes to the so-called ‘bandes dessinées’.
city. What is perhaps lesser known is the Art Deco heritage of Brussels. Luckily, the Van Buuren Museum, the Flagey building and Villa Empain
You can get your fix from the flea market, at specialised shops and the
are vivid reminders. And if you have a thing with architectural details
Belgian Comic Strip Centre or why not try the comic strip route, a great
make sure to pay attention to Brussels’ beautiful doors.
way to see the city while admiring beautiful murals. The project started back in 1991 and is still being enriched with new paintings.
They say that visiting a flea market is the best way to get a local flavour of a city and this is very true in the case of Brussels. There are
In summary Brussels is so much more than the sum of its diplomats
many great markets organised around the city, so no matter the day
and in many respects – culinary, cultural, architectural – it remains
or area your chances are there will be one to explore. Some are noisier
one of Europe’s most underrated places to visit. Small and compact,
(e.g. the Marché du Midi on Sundays), others younger and livelier (e.g.
with an incredibly decadent centre, a visit won’t disappoint .
Air Malta operates regular flights to Brussels. More information on www.airmalta.com Please follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines with regards to travel.
WORDS MATTHEW CAMILLERI
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WALKING AROUND THE STREETS OF MALTA’S CAPITAL, ONE CONSTANTLY COMES ACROSS REMINDERS OF FOOD, AND THE IMPORTANT ROLE IT HAS PL AYED IN THE CITY’S HISTORY: THE INDOOR MARKET, WHICH TRACES ITS ORIGINS TO THE KNIGHTS OF ST. JOHN; THE MONUMENT COMMEMORATING THE VICTIMS OF THE SETTE GIUGNO RIOTS, WHICH WERE PRIMARILY MOTIVATED BY HUNGER AND THE EXORBITANT PRICE OF BREAD; THE FORMER CASTELL ANIA, WHERE SIR TEMI ZAMMIT DISCOVERED THAT UNPASTEURISED MILK WAS THE SOURCE OF UNDUL ANT FEVER; AND EVEN PL ACE NAMES, SUCH AS OLD BAKERY STREET AND WINDMILL STREET. BUT OTHERS ARE PERHAPS MUCH LESS OBVIOUS …
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GRANARIES Although Malta always produced some grain, this was never enough to satisfy the demands of the population, and the island depended on importation from Sicily. It was vital to have an abundant storage of grain at all times, due to the constant threat of sieges or plague outbreaks, when all imports were halted. This necessitated the provision of safe, long-term storages to protect this precious commodity from damage caused by insects, rodents, and mould. In Valletta, the Knights of St. John opted for the use of underground silos - reservoirs hollowed out of the solid rock which were filled with grain, before being sealed off to stop water from getting in. A single silo could hold up to 80 tons of grain for as long as 3 or 4 years. Although the most well-known granaries today are those in Floriana, which were built by the British in the 19th century, other granaries had already been built by the Knights themselves within the walls of Valletta. Many of them have since been obliterated due to development, but directly in front of Fort St. Elmo, one can still see a number of circular stones, which are actually the lids of 39 surviving grain silos out of the 70 that were excavated here in the mid-17th century.
IL-KUKKANJA During the repaving of St. George’s Square a few years ago, workers discovered an old stone block with a circular hole in it. This is believed to be related to the centuries-old tradition of the kukkanja - a game that for many years was held on this same square during carnival festivities. Based on a Neapolitan tradition, the kukkanja was brought to Malta by the Italian Grand Master Marc’Antonio Zondadari in 1721. It involved a greased pole, at the top of which foodstuffs would be tied. Competitors would attempt to climb to the top and claim these prizes, a feat that was both difficult and amusing to watch. Contemporary descriptions explain how crowds used to assemble on St. George’s Square, and at a given signal, they would attack the hams, sausages and even live animals dangling from the top. The annual event came to an end when the Knights left Malta, but the tradition was brought back to life in the 20th century, and is still occasionally held in modern times.
VICTORY KITCHENS Due to Malta’s reliance on importing most of its foodstuffs from abroad, the biggest threat to the island’s survival during World War Two was the Axis blockade intended to starve the defenders. As food shortages started to be experienced, rationing was introduced, and with time, the lack of proper nutrition started to cause serious health problems for the population, encouraging the spread of disease, and leading to an increased death-rate among the vulnerable. To control the situation, Victory Kitchens were opened all over Malta. Subscribers would give up a percentage of their rations, but in return they received cooked food, consisting of the surrendered rations, together with unrationed items. People were entitled to one meal a day, and the food was very plain and repetitive. But despite frequent complaints about these things, people had no option but to use them, and the Victory Kitchens remained in operation until improved conditions led to their closure. A few years ago, restoration works on a shop façade in Melita Street led to the discovery of a wartime sign indicating the location of a Victory Kitchen. It has since been restored and preserved as yet another reminder of a time when food played a huge role in the history of Valletta. Matthew Camilleri is Tours Manager at Colour My Travel, Malta. For more information please visit www.colourmytravel.com
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MUSINGS FROM PALAZZO FALSON
THE INSIGHTS OF PAL AZZO FALSON HISTORIC MUSEUM VOLUNTEER, HANNEKE JANSEN. At Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum in Mdina I am a volunteer
Olof Gollcher (1889-1964), who lived in Mdina at the palazzo was an
for everything related to photography. One of my jobs is scanning
artist, avid collector and philanthropist, was also very fond of taking
old photo prints taken by Olof F. Gollcher. With a good photo
photographs. In his personal archives, there are a number of photo
scanner I scan the old photo prints in high resolution and later resize
albums that have been well preserved and conserved at the historic
them to manageable digital size.
house museum, Palazzo Falson. As a research volunteer, I have the opportunity to work on the photography collection. Among the
Nowadays, it pretty easy to take photos with our smartphones and
many photographs I spotted one that depicted an unclear structure
capture the image immediately. Yet back in early 1900’s, it took
on what looked like a ship deck. I was curious to discover more and
much longer to see the end result of a photo. An analogue camera
after zooming into the photo with my own camera, I noticed a man
would be loaded with a negative film and taking pictures meant
in uniform standing in front. In proportion to the man the structure
that those images stayed “in the dark” in the camera until the film
next to him was huge. So, what was it? The “rib” like rows and
was full and the camera was taken to a photography shop where
the double support rods were actually the pair of wings of an
the film was taken out of the camera in a so called “dark room” to
aircraft folded backwards beside the fuselage. The rudder is seen
be developed into prints. Then one got to see the results.
just above the soldier’s head.
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I sought the help of experts at the Malta Aviation Museum in Ta’ Qali to help identify the aircraft. They confirmed that it was a Short Type 184 Sea Plane, a two seater folding wing seaplane designed by Short Brothers that could carry a torpedo. The flying boat was first flown in 1915 and mostly likely, the one in the photo was a similar seaplane damaged during the battle in the Gallipoli Campaign (April 1915-January 1916) in the Dardanelles in Turkey, close to the Greek Islands. Further investigation with fellow research volunteers led to a high probability that the photograph was taken on a voyage Olof Gollcher made from Valletta, Malta, to England near the end of December 1915. It is fascinating to read through old photos and place in a historical context. Volunteering at Palazzo Falson has been very rewarding, and it is a unique place that should be on the visitors list of must see in Malta.
Hannek Jansen is a research volunteer at Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum, Mdina. The Museum is open for visitors from Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00am to 4:00pm (last entry at 3:00pm). Audio guided tours in various languages are available for not more than 6 people at a time. The daily guided tour at 12.00pm is available for a small group of 5 visitors only, in English or Maltese. Pre-booking is recommended. Please contact us on +356 21454512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We recommend that you visit our website and read our health and safety guidelines before visiting the museum - http://www.palazzofalson.com/ Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is managed by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti, a non-profit heritage foundation aiming to spread awareness about our heritage through museums, publications.
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WORDS LAURA BONNICI
SAVING VALLETTA’S SKYLINE FOR CENTURIES, ST PAUL’S ANGLICAN PRO-CATHEDRAL HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO VALLETTA’S SKYLINE – YET THIS ICONIC STRUCTURE IS NOW AT RISK. YET THROUGH THE SAVE THE VALLETTA SKYLINE APPEAL, ONE OF MALTA’S MOST BELOVED LANDMARKS IS TO BE SAVED, AS LAURA BONNICI FINDS OUT. When admiring Valletta from across Marsamxett Harbour, most
with a committee composed of like-minded, distinguished Maltese and
people reach for their camera to capture the capital’s magnificent
foreign citizens who are passionate about Malta’s cultural heritage and
skyline. Apart from the unique architecture, distinct against a blue
believe in the preservation of this outstanding structure. To imagine
sea and sky, it is one of the skyline’s main features that truly makes
Valletta’s skyline without the tower of the Pro-Cathedral is just as
this an instantly recognisable image of Malta.
inconceivable as imagining St Mark’s Square in Venice – another World Heritage City – without its historic campanile.”
Much like London’s Big Ben or the Eiffel Tower in Paris, St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral has served as the backdrop of many a
And, in just four years, the Appeal has gathered both international
postcard. Towering 200 feet above the ground, the Cathedral is one
interest and momentum. The impressive list of personalities who have
of only three of the Anglican Diocese of Europe and pays homage
contributed or participated in a fundraising event includes historian
to St Paul who was shipwrecked in Malta in AD 60. Dowager Queen
and author James Holland, novelist and round-the-world yachtwoman
Adelaide personally laid the foundation stone in 1830, having
Claire Francis, Surgeon Rear Admiral Lionel Jarvis and historian and
commissioned this neo-classical marvel during a previous visit. With
author Sir Max Hastings, with major donations from Sir Cameron
such lineage, this is a building that was destined for greatness.
Mackintosh, Mehmet Kutman and Dato Yeoh Seok Hong.
Yet, despite its listing on the National Inventory of the Cultural
Members of the British Royal Family have also been notable
Property of the Maltese Islands, the future of St Paul’s is by no means
ambassadors of the cathedral over the years. Her Majesty the Queen,
secure. Architectural inspections found severe issues in the fabric of
then Princess Elizabeth, worshipped there with HRH Prince Philip when
the building that threaten its iconic belltower and spire, as well as the
they lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951, returning during numerous
Cathedral’s stonework. With no financial support from the government
state visits since. HRH Prince Philip, the late Duke of Edinburgh, was
or Church of England, and although the congregation cover the
Patron of The Friends of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral. HRH The Prince of
cathedral’s running costs, the estimated €8 million needed to fund
Wales has also personally contributed to the cause.
the vital restoration works seemed, initially, unreachable. To date, some €2 million has already been collected via private That is, until the launch of the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal.
resources and significant global donations. EU funding through the
“It was heart-breaking to witness those centuries of history
Europe Regional Development Fund has also been granted towards
crumbling,” explains Sir Martin Laing, Chairman of the Save the
Phase 1 of the Restoration Project – enough to ensure the safety
Valletta Skyline Appeal. “We officially launched the Appeal in 2017,
and structural stability of the landmark’s tower and spire.
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CY CMY “A UK charitable Foundation has also offered to match any money we raise through
fundraising initiatives up to €150,000,” adds Sir Martin. “However we are still short
of Euro 1.5 million to complete Phase 1 of the project which needs to be finished by summer 2022.” Like other charitable ventures worldwide, the COVID-19 pandemic nevertheless served a blow both to the Appeal’s fundraising efforts and to the start of restoration works. “The pandemic had a huge impact,” continues Sir Martin. “The packed schedule of in-person fundraising events planned for 2020 had to be postponed, while those in 2021 are still uncertain. Of course, without these events, we also lost the money they would have raised. Thankfully, we have still been able to raise funds and awareness through online means, such as the recent webinar with Sir Max Hastings and WeAreNotAShop.com.” Launched amid the pandemic, WeAreNotAShop.com is the brainchild of Sir Martin’s wife Stephanie. The quirky online site blends altruism with unique design, offering a collection of unusual new or antique items in return for donations. With every cent received donated towards the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal and St John Malta, the site marks a new way to fundraise online that has quickly captured the imagination of people worldwide. “Together with the support of those who have already contributed and new contributions we can keep St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral at the heart of the Valletta skyline for generations to come.” More information about the Save the Valletta Skyline Appeal can be found online at www.stpaulspromalta.org and at www.wearenotashop.com
WORDS BENJAMIN TABONE GRECH
WAVE OF CHANGE NEIL AGIUS ACCOMPLISHES WORLD RECORD-BREAKING FEAT, SWIMMING BETWEEN THE MEDITERRANEAN ISLANDS OF LINOSA AND MALTA
AFTER MORE THAN 52 HOURS OF SWIMMING, MALTESE SWIMMER NEIL AGIUS ARRIVED AT XLENDI BAY IN GOZO - A FEAT TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS ON PL ASTIC POLLUTION IN OUR SEAS. Another incredible challenge by Maltese swimmer Neil Agius
couple of handlers (assisted with providing meals and water), a
has been accomplished. He arrived at Xlendi Bay, in Gozo on
motivator (his now fiancé, who kept him focused), 3 rib drivers
Wednesday 30th June at 10pm, to the welcoming cheers of a large
and other team members who made sure that Neil remained
supportive crowd including his family, friends and the members of
safe throughout the swim.
the press. The official recorded swim from Linosa to Malta stands at a total of 125.7 km from point to point, of non-stop swimming. Neil
The organisers would like to thank the public for all the support they
has unofficially broke the World Record for the longest continuous,
have shown and continued to show moving forward.
unassisted, current-neutral swim along a single segment and this will be ratified by the Marathon Swimmers Federation once all
This amazing feat was recorded and documented throughout by
documentation is verified in the coming months.
photographer Kurt Arrigo and Lot 20 & WaterTight Films (directed by Jonathan Glynn Smith.
Neil braved this crossing to raise awareness on single use plastic and sea plastic pollution. Neil’s challenges have been instrumental for the setting up of the ‘Wave of Change’ movement - a movement which started as a challenge between friends - of swimming around Malta within 24 hours. Wave of Change Malta initiated an award winning organic campaign of collecting 3 pieces of plastic’ ,
Join the Wave, collect 6 pieces of plastic today and reach out to
which has been turned into double the wave this year, collecting 6
your friends to do the same. The campaign aims to collect 1 million
pieces of plastic while getting outdoors to do some physical activity.
pieces of plastic by the end of summer. Small differences made by
Wave of Change focuses on raising awareness and
everyone on a daily basis will eventually translate into cleaner seas.
educating the public on plastic pollution. Updates of new challenges will be available on During the challenge, Neil was accompanied by five sailing boats
Facebook: @neilagius.official / @waveofchangemalta
and 2 ribs with a crew of 32 members, including 3 doctors, a
Instagram: @neil.agius /@waveofchangemalta
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CONFESSIONS OF AN ITALIAN SOMMELIER LOCALS WHO ARE REGULAR GUESTS OF LA BUONA TRATTORIA DEL NONNO IN ST PAUL'S BAY, WILL MOST CERTAINLY RECOGNISE THIS FRIENDLY FACE. HAILING FROM NAPLES, ITALY, GIANLUCA NATALINO LIVES AND BREATHES WINE. Interestingly, this love affair started years
for wine. He explains that this meant that he
across the globe. Let’s face it, you don’t
ago when one of his sisters — Federica, used
had to leave the nest to discover what the
just get handed a golden opportunity
to put wine on his lips whilst they were still
world had in store for him.
like this if there isn’t something special
growing up together in their hometown.
about you. Gianluca explains that he initially found it
Federica was convinced that this career
extremely hard to leave everything he knew
Eventually, he finally made his way to
path was carved out for him from the start.
behind, including his girlfriend at the time.
Malta and landed the role of restaurant
Gianluca even recalls her saying the words;
Despite the heartbreak, she still encouraged
manager at La Buona Trattoria del Nonno
“Diventerai un sommelier!” (You will become
him to follow his dreams. He tells me he
in 2019. Right now, he’s busier than ever
a sommelier!) many times. And just like
boarded that life-changing flight to London
seeing as he’s currently stocking up the
that, his fate was sealed. We’ve only just
with tears in his eyes, but deep down, he
newly opened cellar at the Trattoria with
starting chatting, but I instantly feel that
knew the most exciting adventure of his life
the very best wines as we speak!
Gianluca has quite the story to tell.
was about to begin.
LEAVING THE NEST
CLIMBING THE CAREER LADDER ONE
is that he’s not there just to take orders and
It all started with him undertaking a
MILESTONE AT A TIME
serve food - he pours his heart and soul in the
Diploma in Hospitality. Although the
Even though he couldn’t understand a word
job, whilst always putting a smile on people’s
majority of the course was carried out in
of English when he first arrived in London
faces. “Seeing guests happy with the food
Italy, Gianluca also had the opportunity
in 2014, Gianluca got a good grasp of the
and the service is my biggest win,” he says.
to broaden his horizons as a commis
language when he started working at D&D
sommelier after his school organised a two-
London’s - Le Pont de la Tour.
But what really makes Gianluca stand out
month working experience at a Michelin star
As Gianluca puts it, he believes that charm, warmth, and hospitality are three important
restaurant in Paris for the most talented
Soon enough, he became the youngest
factors that can contribute to a more
students in his year.
ever manager within the whole company
personal dining experience. “It’s all about
at just 23 years old! Without a doubt,
creating a relationship with people,” he adds.
As Gianluca grew older, so did his interest in
this was a huge milestone for Gianluca
Being a regular guest, I can most certainly
hospitality industry and of course — his love
given that D&D has over 40 restaurants
vouch for that.
Up until a few months ago, I would have never thought that I’d be
Ramla Valley Estate in Gozo. With its toasty taste and hints of
ordering red wine with a meal. This all changed thanks to Gianluca.
vanilla, Gianluca describes this Barrique-aged wine as being both
He even knows that I never leave the restaurant without ordering
elegant and complex.
my favourite dessert - the famous Pan di Stelle cake, which also happens to be one of his mother’s recipes.
Gianluca also enjoys Primus - a red wine that is a blend of Ġellewża and Shiraz that can be paired beautifully with washed and hard
FINDING YOURSELF WITH WINE
cheeses. Although he still classifies it as an off dry wine, it is slightly
So, how does a sommelier describe wine? “It’s a sense of terroir,
peppery. This is due to the fact that the harvest is carried out in
opportunity and knowledge, and a story combined with nature,”
September and because the grapes are sun-dried.
Gianluca says. “You need to close your eyes, open the senses, be perseverant, feel the wine, and let it speak to you to be able to
Needless to say, Gianluca savours other bottles of wine alongside
appreciate the experience.”
the Maltese ones. He picks Sassicaia as his all-time favourite red wine from Italy and Bâtard-Montrachet as his preferred white wine
Adding to that, he also describes wine as being sexy and a way to
from France. Spoken like a true sommelier!
understand people. More importantly, he believes we can all find ourselves with wine.
BIG HOPES, BIG DREAMS Without a doubt, Gianluca has done so well for himself. That said,
And on that note, I’m curious to know what Gianluca thinks of our
he still has big plans for the future, including opening his own
local wines. Although we’re just a tiny dot in the Mediterranean,
restaurant in Florence. Besides it being another milestone in his
Gianluca believes that this little island has a lot of potential
career, he envisions it being as a true expression of himself. He
seeing as we have Ġellewża and Girgentina as the two main
would also love to become a wine ambassador, whilst ticking more
indigenous grape varieties. “They remind me of Pinot Noir and a
countries off his bucket list.
bit of Chardonnay,” Gianluca tells me. On top of all this, he also hopes to put La Buona Trattoria del Gianluca continues to explain that since we have 300 sunny days
Nonno on the map by not only attracting more tourists and
every year, the characteristics of our wines tend to be on the off
locals to its home base in Malta, but by also branching out across
dry side. Given that the country is shaped by limestone, Gianluca
also adds that our wines display a mineral character. At this point, you may be wondering if Gianluca has any favourite local
Irrespective of what the future holds, the world has shown Gianluca
bottles. He mostly enjoys Antonin Blanc - a Chardonnay from the
that it truly is his oyster.
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WORDS THE POINT
SHOP, DINE AND ENJOY YOURSELF AT MALTA’S FAVOURITE SHOPPING MALL! AS YOU PLAN YOUR TRIP ON THE SUNNY MEDITERRANEAN ARCHIPELAGO, YOU’RE SURE TO INCLUDE BEACH DAYS, SIGHTSEEING, INDULGING IN DELICIOUS FOOD – AND OF COURSE, SHOPPING! AND WHERE BETTER TO DO THAT THAN AT MALTA’S FAVOURITE SHOPPING DESTINATION? The Point Shopping Mall is conveniently located in the heart of
The Point Shopping Mall is located mere metres from Tigné Point; a
Sliema, one of the island’s main hubs for locals and tourists alike,
small peninsula that played a big part in Malta’s history including
and offers a dynamic mix of the latest fashion, beauty, health, and
the Great Siege back in 1565 and the British Rule between 1800 -
lifestyle stores for all its visitors to enjoy.
1964. In fact, the mall itself was built on the site where the former Tigné Barracks were, and one may appreciate the remaining
Home to well over 60 brands under one roof, The Point offers
architectural structures which are the arches that run along the
an eclectic range from beloved international names to more
mall and the square. Tigné Point overlooks the stunning Valletta
exclusive ones, not to mention some local brands too! Fashion
Waterfront which is one of the island’s most beloved and iconic
outlets at The Point know no age as you can find gorgeous pieces
skylines. So if you’re fascinated by the history of the area or are on
starting from newborn sizes all the way up – and it’s not all about
a hunt for breathtaking views, you’re sure to be mesmerised upon
fashion either. Technology, homeware, entertainment, and many
your visit to The Point.
more outlets can be found, giving shoppers an incredible variety to choose from – be it for themselves, or even as souvenirs or gifts for
In summary, The Point is the perfect place to go to combine
loved ones back at home.
your love for shopping, food, gorgeous views (perfect for that #holidaymode selfie!), and a great time – not to mention that it’s
Of course, there’s more to The Point than shopping too, thanks to
fully air-conditioned, ticking all the boxes for the ultimate fun day
their awesome selection of eateries that cater for all palates and
out! A definite must for your to-do list during your stay in Malta.
lifestyles. Smoothies and salads, sandwiches, wraps, and yummy bakes, pizzas, pasta, and burgers, pancakes and milkshakes - all of these and more can be found at The Point! So whether you’re
The Point is open every day - Monday to Saturday from 10:00am till
in the mood for a great filling meal or a quick snack to keep you
7:30pm and Sundays from 11:00am till 6:00pm - and is excited to
going while you shop (healthy or not so much), you’re sure to satisfy
welcome you through its doors. We hope you’ve left some space in
Aside from offering such a fantastically versatile shopping
experience for people of all ages, lifestyles, and budgets, there are
many other note-worthy points that give this mall its unique status
as Malta’s retail jewel in the crown – and that includes its location
For more information
BUSI N ESS
WORDS AVENUE 77
AVENUE 77: THE ‘SCENIC ROUTE’ TO PRODUCTIVITY
FORGET EVERYTHING YOU KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS CENTRES - DULL CORRIDORS, STERILE WORKSPACES, AND NO SENSE OF BELONGING. AVENUE 77 MOVES TO THE FUTURE OF OFFICE SPACE WITH NATURAL LIGHT, WARM TONED MATERIALS, STATE-OF-THE-ART AUTOMATION AND TECHNOLOGY IN A COMFORTABLE, FUNCTIONAL AND SPACIOUS ENVIRONMENT. A BRAND NEW TAKE ON THE OFFICE DOMAIN. Avenue 77 is a project being undertaken by Luxembourg-based
HOSPITALITY: THE DIFFERENCE IS IN THE DETAIL
investors who operate in international financial services but who
Avenue 77 is consciously different. The focus on guest and tenant
are also involved in other sectors amongst which, the management
experience is five-star, making it truly distinctive. At Avenue 77,
of business centres in various countries. Conveniently located at
hospitality-first is the mindset. The community managers will ensure
the primary entrance to the Central Business District, Avenue 77 is a
that both guests and tenants will be hosted to the best possible
12,000m2 mixed-use development consisting of office space, retail and
services, thereby ensuring a positive experience throughout one's stay.
catering establishments, green spaces and pedestrian zones. The Avenue at ground floor covering an area of 2000m2 will be Our fundamental objective is to create a destination where all those
utilised for bars, restaurants, a fitness centre, a pharmacy and a
working or visiting Avenue 77 may enjoy a vibrant and motivating
convenience store as well as other amenities.
environment whilst finding support in their work-life balance and personal needs, all this with a clear focus on environmental aspects.
EMPLOYEE WELLBEING & COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT ARE PARAMOUNT FOR DYNAMICS AND ADDED VALUE IN ANY
Conceptualised by Soulbricks, an international well-known serviced
real estate designer and operator, Avenue 77 offers a seamless
Building a healthy community in the workplace is essential. The
combination of traditional office spaces and a fully serviced
Avenue 77 team has ensured that key aspects such as optimal
business centre. The design adopted by Sophie Top, (Soulbricks),
air quality, appropriate lighting, ergonomic designs and comfort
is focused on integrating comfort, a tranquil ambience and
are embedded into the project, significantly improving health,
technology in the workplace.
satisfaction, wellbeing, and productivity of employees.
Raf Augustinus and Sophie Top.
I N S EB RU T STI N EX ES T SH E R E
"We designed this ‘avantgarde concept’ around four pillars: employee wellbeing, technology, sustainability and hospitality. These are essential in addressing the requirements of future tenants." RAF AUGUSTINUS, DIRECTOR, AVENUE 77
Avenue 77 will build a close-knit community where people can enjoy
AVENUE 77 CONTRIBUTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT AND
collaborating surrounded by the most appropriate amenities. The
community mind set will extend post working hours with social
Avenue 77 ensures that all environmental obligations are met and
events being organised throughout the year.
respected. In fact, Avenue 77 is working towards BREEAM “very good” Certification. BREEAM is the Building Research Establishment
TECHNOLOGY AS A SERVICE AND A SOLUTION
Environmental Assessment Method, the longest established rating
A considerable amount of attention has been given to technology:
system of its kind. This will ensure that the acoustic performance,
Avenue 77 at your fingertips.
air quality and distribution of natural light within the premises is always at its optimal.
- Community and space management is facilitated through the Avenue 77 app which will allow users to book offices and/or
Access in and out of Avenue 77 is well planned so that tenants and
meeting rooms as and when required;
visitors may use alternative means of transport.
- Meeting and training rooms are well equipped with the latest equipment;
Public transport is available at our door step. Various packages will
- Access control is easily managed through the app;
be made available for e-scooters, e-bikes and car sharing. For those
- A fully redundant, high-speed secure, internet service is provided
preferring to commute using their own car, ample parking spaces
throughout the whole building, ensuring consistent connectivity.
are provided as well as chargeable points for electric cars.
The Avenue 77 app also informs you of visitor arrivals and connects
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
you to the Avenue 77 community whilst providing updates on all
or call +356 9900 4016
concierge services and events being organised.
Contactless payment on all buses. Just tap & discover
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MASTERPIECES AT MUŻA (Exhibition) MUŻA The Malta National Community Art Museum, Auberge d’Italie, Merchant Street, Valletta
Contact us on www.muza.mt
Illustrations are the artist’s impressions only and cannot be regarded as representations of facts or accurate locations.
TRUSTLY, Tagliaferro Business Centre 14, 7th floor, Gaiety Lane c/w High Street, Sliema, SLM 1549, Malta. Contact us on www.trustly.com 02
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WITH SO MANY CITIES, TOWNS AND VILLAGES ON OUR LITTLE ISLANDS, IT’S HARD TO DECIDE WHAT TO SEE AND WHERE TO GO. THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WE’LL BE HIGHLIGHTING OUR TOP LOCATIONS FOR THE SEASON. THIS MONTH IT'S ST JULIAN'S, MALTA.
SIX TOP SIGHTS
ST GEORGE’S BAY
St George’s Bay is known for its beautiful promenade and sandy beach that is certified by Blue Flag, an organisation with stringent standards for seawater and environmental standards for a beach and its surrounding area.
Surrounded by five-star resorts, cinemas, iGaming companies, casinos and clubs and pubs, by night this sleepy neighbourhood transforms into a lively party district that never sleeps. If you are a party animal don’t forget to explore what Paceville has to offer!
This statue by Richard England is quite intriguing, the letters “Love” are inverted and seem odd at first glance. That’s because it was designed to be appreciated on the reflection of the waters in the overlooking bay especially during sunsets where you appreciate the magic of this statue.
A former palace that’s more than 150 years old is located in Dragonara Point. The palace is included as part of the National Inventory of the Cultural Property of the Maltese Islands. The Maltese Government opened the first casino in the palace before Dragonara Casino Ltd acquired and renovated it.
This palace was built in 1688 by Fra Paolo Rafel Spinola, a knight of the Order of St John. The palace served as Military hospital between 1860 and 1922, as a homeless shelter during the Second World War and Museum of Modern Art and the Ministry for Tourism until 2007.
This bay in St Julian’s is just south of Paceville and is best known for its high-end restaurants that specialise in Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine offering an al fresco dining experience overlooking this quaint bay where traditional Maltese Luzzu fishing boats bob gently in the waters alongside sleek modern yachts.
WORDS GOZO FAST FERRY
A NEW ERA FOR TRAVEL BETWEEN THE MALTESE ISLANDS
IN JUNE 2021, A NEW FERRY SERVICE WAS L AUNCHED, THAT OPERATES BETWEEN GOZO (MĠARR HARBOUR) AND MALTA (GRAND HARBOUR, VALLETTA). GOZOFAST FERRY HOLDS TWO SAFE, MODERN, COMFORTABLE, CLEAN, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY, AND VERY FAST VESSELS CATERED TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF PEOPLE COMMUTING BETWEEN THESE ISL ANDS AND VISITING TOURISTS. THE VESSELS TAKE MORE THAN 300 PASSENGERS, ARE WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE AND ALLOW COMMUTERS TRAVELLING WITH THEIR BICYCLE OR ELECTRIC SCOOTER. GozoFast Ferry, in collaboration with Malta Public Transport, is
To further offer an effortless experience a full technological
a reliable, dependable, and affordable public transport service
integration with the “tallinja” payment system and bus services
which offers an end-to-end seamless connection with an increased
has been implemented. This includes a new smart-phone APP
accessibility network covering both Malta and Gozo. Passengers
and website with ticket booking, reservation of seats, real time
can travel with flexibility and efficiency in a timely manner, also
information, and mobile ticketing, together with a Tap-and-Go
by making the most of other mobility services so readily available
option at boarding.
such as cabs, car/ bike sharing options and free access to the Upper Barrakka lift.
Keeping your environment in mind, GozoFast Ferry plan on being the eco-friendly solution to travel between islands. With the state-
Passengers arriving in/departing from Sliema – St Julian’s area or
of-the-art vessels equipped with the latest green technology,
the Three Cities, can easily by travel on the sea, through the quick
increasing efficiency and keeping up to date within the new
connection of Valletta Ferry Services, a subsidiary company of Gozo
emission regulations and standards. Furthermore, GozoFast Ferry
Fast Ferry Limited. Commuters are ensured a hassle-free journey
continue to encourage green travel through the use of public
through the scheduled trips to and from Valletta, together with the
transport services, without compromising Your Time.
matching schedules of GozoFast Ferry. GozoFast Ferry are the first choice for means of transport The importance of this route and because your time matters,
between Gozo and Malta, as it offers a comfortable crossing in an
GozoFast Ferry operates a robust schedule with an hourly service,
airconditioned, modern and high-quality environment, along with
with increased trips during peak times. Trips take less than 45
great value for money. It is a seamless, fast and effective way to
minutes and will operate from early morning till late at night.
travel between the Islands.
I NSERT T EX T H ER E
ORDER KINNIE FROM AMAZON.CO.UK AND ENJOY MALTA’S OWN FAVOURITE BITTERSWEET SOFT DRINK WITH ORANGE FLAVOURING & AROMATIC HERBS FROM THE COMFORT OF YOUR HOME .
BUSI N ESS
WHATEVER YOUR REASON IN VISITING THE MALTESE ISLANDS, WE HAVE A WEALTH OF PRODUCTS OR SERVICES FOR YOU.
BUSINE SS OR PLE A SURE? GO & FUN Looking for a refreshing way to cool down in the heat? Malta’s top-selling Go&Fun Green Energy drink is the answer! If you’re seeking a boost, this popular energy drink is sure to do the trick like no other, and it tastes great to boot. This beverage offers a unique taste packed with natural flavours and free from taurine, what's more it's a local Maltese offering and one of Malta’s top-selling brands. Keep your eyes peeled for its distinctive packaging whilst you are travelling around the islands, and grab a Go&Fun!
ESCAPE ROOMS BY CAN YOU ESCAPE? - MALTA Escape the heat, play an Escape Room! Grab your team and immerse yourselves in one of our adventures to experience the most exciting 60-minutes of your day! Trapped inside a pub with a ticking bomb, lost in Emily's Motel Room late at night, or discovering the mysteries of The Forbidden Castle. Our games are sure to transport you to a parallel world of adventure, fun and adrenaline. Rated #1 Fun Activity in Malta from 2017 till 2021, our Escape Rooms are fun activities for friends, couples and families that cannot be missed during your stay in Malta! Look for clues, discover patterns, solve mysteries, unlock secret places... Time is ticking, Can you escape? Show us your flight ticket with Air Malta and get a 20% OFF your bill (August 2021)! Booking in advance. www.canyouescapemalta.com firstname.lastname@example.org + 356 9926 2473 | + 356 9981 1995 facebook.com/canyouescapemalta instagram.com/canyouescapemalta
‘MASTERPIECES AT MUŻA’ NATIONAL COMMUNITY ART MUSEUM, VALLETTA 13 Old Master paintings, from an international private collection, ranging from the late 15th- to the mid-18th centuries, will feature in a prestigious exhibition, organised by Heritage Malta, entitled ‘Masterpieces at MUŻA.’ The paintings, including autograph works from the likes of Giovanni Baglione, François Boucher, and Claude-Joseph Vernet, and others attributed to the circles of Leonardo da Vinci and the workshops of Raffaelo Sanzio and Peter Paul Rubens, have been entrusted to MUŻA - the National Community Art Museum on a long-term loan. Artworks in this exhibition have also inspired MUŻA Cafe and Restaurant for a multi-sensory ‘Masterpieces at MUŻA’ experience. From the 11th June – 31st October 2021. www.muza.mt
IN MSAEDRET ITNE M XT A LTA HERE
IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A KEEP-SAKE, A TOKEN FROM YOUR LAST MALTA HOLIDAY OR WANT TO TREAT SOMEONE LIVING OUTSIDE OUR ISLANDS, THEN WHY NOT TAKE SOME GENUINE MALTESE PRODUCTS HOME WITH YOU?
Simonds Farsons Cisk plc is synonymous with a beer brewing tradition rooted in quality. At the base of this tradition are long-established skills of selecting nature’s best ingredients coupled with the expertise of skilled and dedicated brewers that ensure that a high standard of quality is maintained at every step in the brewing process. Over the years, this dedication has contributed to creating award-winning brews that so many have grown to appreciate. Cisk Lager, launched in 1929, is a golden-coloured, bottom fermented lager with a distinctive and well-balanced character with an alcohol content of 4.2%. The range also includes Cisk Export – a smooth, well-balanced and exceptional beer with a 5% alcohol content, Cisk Excel – a low carbohydrate beer, Cisk Chill – flavoured beer available in three flavours, Cisk Pilsner – a premium pilsner with an alcohol content of 5.5% and Cisk Strong – an outstanding extra-strong premium lager with a 9% alcohol content.
Kinnie, Malta’s own favourite soft drink, is a unique tasting bitter-sweet soft drink with orange flavouring and aromatic herbs. Kinnie is best enjoyed ‘neat’, with a slice of orange and lots of ice. Highly refreshing, it is also an excellent mixer. These distinctive characteristics have made Kinnie a Mediterranean classic since 1952, loved by the local population and tourists. Over the years, in keeping with evolving trends in lifestyles and health awareness, a zero-calorie version, Diet Kinnie, was introduced, as well as Kinnie Zest – a sugar-free variant with an intense orange flavour. The Kinnie range is available online at: amazon.co.uk kinnie.com
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T O P L O C AT I ON S
DESPITE ITS DIMINUTIVE SIZE, THE MALTESE ARCHIPELAGO IS BURSTING WITH HISTORIC SITES, IDYLLIC SPOTS, CULTURE AND TRADITION. THE MALTESE ISLANDS ARE LIKE NOWHERE ELSE. HERE YOU’LL FIND FOSSIL-STUDDED GEO FORMATIONS, PREHISTORIC TEMPLES, INTRIGUING DIVING OPPORTUNITIES, AND A RICHLY WOVEN HISTORY OF REMARKABLE INTENSITY. HERE’S A HANDY GUIDE ON WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR DURING YOUR STAY.
ISL A N D H IG H LIG H T S
DRAGONARA CAVA (CORAL LAGOON), L-AHRAX POINT, MALTA One of Malta’s best kept secrets. Venture off the beaten track to discover one of Malta’s natural wonders, located in the limits of Aħrax and Little Armier Bay.
UPPER BARRAKKA AREA, VALLETTA, MALTA If you’re into architecture, this is the perfect spot to snap some pictures of some of the traditional Maltese balconies, and capture spectacular views of the Grand Harbour. 52
I NTSOEPR T L OTCEAT X TI ON H ES RE
MDINA, MALTA Interested in taking a journey through time? Mdina has it all - a long history, medieval and baroque architecture, and prestigious treasures that are part of our cultural heritage.
NADUR BELVEDERE, NADUR, GOZO One of the best spots in Nadur to experience the sun rising from the east.
XWEJNI SALT PANS, MARSALFORN, GOZO The distinct Xwejni Salt Pans are truly a must-see. Sea-salt production is one of the oldest Gozitan traditions that has been passed down from one generation to another.
TA’ PINU SANCTUARY, GHARB, GOZO An architectural masterpiece that must be seen to believe. Dedicated to Our Lady of Ta’ Pinu, the sanctuary is visited by both locals and visitors, who wish to pray or simply admire the art, architecture and magnificent designs. 53
McDONALD’S MALTA LAUNCHES LOYALTY PROGRAMME ON MOBILE APP POINTS EARNED ON McDONALD'S APP ARE REDEEMABLE FOR FREE PRODUCTS. MCDONALD’S HAS UNVEILED MYMCDONALD’S REWARDS, A LOYALTY PROGRAMME EXCLUSIVE TO ITS MOBILE APP DESIGNED TO REWARD CUSTOMERS WITH THEIR FAVOURITE PRODUCTS. CUSTOMERS CAN REDEEM POINTS FOR ICONIC REWARDS IN THE PROGRAMME – FROM THE APPLE PIE TO A BIG TASTY McMENU. With MyMcDonald’s Rewards, McDonald’s becomes the first
McDonald’s app subscribers may join the MyMcDonald’s Reward
quick service restaurant in Malta to launch a nationwide rewards
programme in one easy step on their devices.
programme. To celebrate, McDonald’s is gifting its customers with a one-time 50-point bonus as soon as they start to use the
“We are very excited to bring MyMcDonald’s Rewards to our
programme on the app between July 19 and August 19, 2021.
customers,” said Peter Hili, Managing Director of Premier Restaurants Malta Ltd., the operator of McDonald’s in Malta.
Customers can earn loyalty points on the McDonald’s App by
“Loyalty is a fundamental value for us at McDonald’s. We don’t only
scanning the QR code on the Deals page every time they visit
strive to earn it from our customers, but we seek to reward it too!
McDonald’s. The programme rewards customers with 10 points for
MyMcDonald’s Rewards is an entirely digital platform that offers our
every €1 spent. Points can be earned and redeemed at the front
customers a very straightforward way to add even more value to
counter, self-ordering kiosks in restaurants, at McDrive, and at
the McDonald’s experience.”
McCafé counters. Customers will also earn points while redeeming deals on the app.
More information can be found on www.mcdonalds.com.mt/mymrewards
I N S E RL TOTCEAXLT H E R E
EXPLORE MALTA SAFELY USING CONTACTLESS PAYMENTS WITH VISA THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS HAD A MASSIVE IMPACT ON OUR LIVES IN EVERY ASPECT, INCLUDING THE EFFECT ON THE PUBLIC TRANSPORT. THE NUMBER OF JOURNEYS FELL DRASTICALLY WITH TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS FACING CHALLENGES SUCH AS IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL DISTANCING AND SANITISATION MEASURES. Contactless payments around the world skyrocketed amid the
example, in cities that have enabled contactless fare systems,
pandemic with the crisis boosting the positive perception of
consumers who tap to ride on transport systems tap more often at
contactless payments as a cleaner way to pay, as well as being
surrounding local businesses for everyday purchases, such as quick
much faster than other in-person payment methods.
service restaurants, grocery and pharmacy. Contactless transit has also improved the customer experience, making journeys across
Earlier this May, Visa in partnership with Malta Public Transport
multiple modes of transportation faster and simpler. What’s more,
and Bank of Valletta, introduced contactless payment solutions
contactless technology removes the need to plan ahead, purchase,
on all 400 route buses operated by Malta Public Transport. This
carry and keep track of a variety of passes and tickets.
has allowed bus passengers to use their contactless bank cards, smartphones or smartwatches to pay for their bus tickets, in a fully
Tourism and hospitality also stands to benefit from this initiative as
integrated system with on-board ticketing. Two months into this
language barrier or unfamiliarity with a potential complex ticketing
roll out of contactless payments on board public transport, Malta
system can often deter tourists from using public transport. By
Public Transport has confirmed that this service has already shown
bringing key players in the mobility ecosystem and coordinating
to be successful and foresee growth.
strategies between them, Visa can help public transportation function more effectively, reducing road traffic and congestion.
Implementing contactless payments can help cities get back on
This assists tourist destinations like Malta in accommodating
track and provides an opportunity for operators to remove many
actual or potential visitor numbers and flows and keep the quality
aspects of touch from the journey and rebuild customer confidence
of tourist and resident experiences high even when the numbers of
with a more seamless experience - No touching, no cash, shorter
passengers continue to increase.
lines. As cities around the world begin various stages of re-opening, public transportation will play an important role in economic since
“As cities across Europe start lifting Covid-19 restrictions, public
they are essential in serving many people who rely on them to get to
transportation will be essential to ensure economic recovery.
and from work every day.
The launch of contactless payment systems on the Malta public transport networks will make life easier, simpler and safer for
Moving people in and around cities with digital payments can also
residents and tourists. Commuters’ boarding process will speed up,
help local businesses. Small businesses are the backbone of local
as they won’t need to carry exact change. Contactless payments
economies and have been hit hard by the pandemic – facilitating
are far quicker than cash. From now on, it’s much easier- just tap
returning footfall is crucial to helping them thrive in future. For
and ride” said David Farrugia, Visa Malta Country Manager.
BUSI N ESS
WORDS SIMONDS FARSONS CISK PLC
THE STORY OF CISK
The story of Cisk, Malta’s iconic beer, is a story of courage, vision
Cisk Lager is a golden-coloured, bottom-fermented lager with a
distinctive and well-balanced character. It is brewed to the highest standards using only the choicest raw materials with its recipe
Cisk was officially launched in 1929 after Scicluna’s Bank took over
unchanged since 1929. Winner of several awards including World’s
the operations of one of its clients who was granted a temporary
Best Standard Lager in the World Beer Awards 2007, Silver Award in
exclusive licence to manufacture Pilsner and Munchener type
the International Beer Challenge in 2013 and the Silver Medal in the
beers. The company became known as The Malta Export Brewery.
Brussels Beer Challenge 2014.
The story however, started much earlier than that, when Malta’s
The Cisk range of beers has since expanded to include a wide variety
first privately-owned bank was established by Giuseppe Scicluna
of variants of the original beer, including Cisk Export Premium
Lager, a premium smooth-tasting version of the beer launched in 1997; Cisk Excel Low Carbohydrate Lager, Malta’s first low-
In those days the average businessman, as well as the ordinary
carbohydrate beer, launched in 2007, retaining both the original Cisk
man in the street, hoarded their hard-earned cash either in a
Lager taste and the same alcohol level but with 50% less carbs; Cisk
brass-bound box under the bed or concealed in various leather
Strong Premium Lager, an outstanding strong premium lager with
pouches hidden in their clothes. At most, it would be handed over
an alcoholic content of 9% launched in 2009; the Cisk Chill Lager
to the bank to be placed in a vault and to be withdrawn as the need
Beer range in Lemon, Berry and Ginger & Lime flavours, launched in
arose. Mistrusting bank notes and demanding bags of coins, the
2011; Cisk Pilsner, a premium Pilsner brewed with the finest quality
bank’s customers started to realise that they too could pay creditors
Pilsen malt and Noble hops of the Saaz variety with an alcohol
with notes, and they agreed to operate current accounts with
content of 5.5% launched in 2016; and the newly launched Cisk 0.0,
Scicluna’s Bank against which they could draw cheques.
an alcohol-free lager brewed using the same traditional and natural ingredients as Cisk, ideal for those consumers who wish to limit their
Very soon, semi-literate depositors coming in from various country
alcohol consumption but still want to enjoy a great-tasting beer.
districts, who found difficulty in pronouncing the word ‘cheques’, corrupted the word into ‘cisk’. Giuseppe Scicluna himself soon
The portfolio of Cisk beers is available nationwide in retail stores as
became known as Iċ-Ċisk (The Cisk).
well as bars and restaurants.
The Malta Export Brewery merged with Simonds Farsons Limited twenty years later to become Simonds Farsons Cisk. Cisk Lager has
For more information visit www.cisk.com or follow Cisk on Facebook:
since become a key brand in the portfolio of the company.
www.facebook.com/cisk and Instagram: www.instagram.com/cisk.
NEDXDTRHI N KE IFNOSO ED R TA T ER
SOME GO OD
FO OD FOR THOUGHT
WORDS DAYNA CAMILLERI CLARKE
A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF A CULINARY GENIUS WHAT’S THE SECRET RECIPE FOR BECOMING A 2 STAR MICHELIN STAR CHEF? WELL, BEING ALEX DILLING IS ONE OF THEM. BIZZILLA EDITOR DAYNA CAMILLERI CLARKE CAUGHT UP WITH THE WORLD-RENOWNED GASTRONOMY PRO AS HE EMBARKED UPON HIS 100-DAY RESIDENCY AT THE HELM OF THE KITCHEN AT ION, INIALA HOTEL, VALLETTA. “The day I will say to myself that I am at the top, I will stop cooking.
Brought up surrounded by traditional French cooking, Dilling owes
You need to carry on aiming for the best; that’s your energy. For
his love of fine dining to his early years working for Alain Ducasse.
you, for the young chefs who are working with you and for the
He started his career in London and then moved to New York to
clients. The future is today, and my ambitions are still the same
work for Alain Ducasse under the direction of Didier Elena and Tony
ones as when I started: To keep going...”
Esnault at Adour, NYC. He then joined Caviar Russe in Manhattan, where he gained their first Michelin star. Following, he returned
It is the complete dedication to his craft that sets Dilling apart.
to London and worked as the Executive Corporate Chef at The
He will never be happy with his success because there is always
Connaught Hotel, where he helped retain their two Michelin stars.
something new to achieve and a new goal to strive for. “I can’t
Alex then took the opportunity to become the Executive Chef at The
really say that I have a vision. I work hard in order for the clients
Greenhouse in London, also maintaining their two Michelin stars.
to have a real experience and for it to be a new one each time they come, I do not feel I have signature dishes, although
“After a challenging year, I am very excited to step back into the
many have come to be associated with me. I also like to work
kitchen in a completely new environment, and more importantly, in
with seasonal products and make the most of showcasing the
a new terroir,” Dilling said.
ingredients themselves - ultimately, it’s not about me. Let the food do the talking.”
“Meeting the local fishermen and seeing their excitement with what they have to offer is a huge inspiration to me,” he added. Just like
After spending years as one of the most respected chefs in the
any artist, Dilling is highly enthusiastic about his subject and his
business, you could be forgiven for thinking that Dilling is just being
painstakingly intricate creations.
modest. But speak to him, and you know he means every word passionately. In fact, it is the constant evolution of his art that
During these 100 days, ION – The Harbour’s evenings will feature
keeps him both relevant and at the forefront of world gastronomy.
two menus of different lengths, both with a strong focus on
seafood. A few dishes on the menu can be changed, allowing Dilling
big step forward, not just for us but also for Malta. Alex Dilling will
to adapt to what is available day by day.
bring real excellence to the scene and helps to put Malta on the culinary map. There has never been such a huge international name
His dishes begin with spontaneity and instinct before being honed
working in a Maltese restaurant. He will bring a lot of aspiration to
within his tried and trusted boundaries of careful preliminary
the local scene, which is already extremely interesting."
work, practice, then perfection. The result: A perfect harmony of creativity and well-balanced flavours.
Located on the picture-perfect rooftop of the new luxury hotel Iniala Harbour House and Residences in Valletta’s most exclusive
From creation to the final cooking process, Dilling crafts expertly
neighbourhood, ION – The Harbour overlooks the Mediterranean Sea
and shapes his dishes every step of the way. It is why people flock
and enjoys unrivalled views of the Grand Harbour and the historic
to try his food and why the restaurant’s carefully prepared menu is
Three Cities beyond. The restaurant clinched its first Michelin star
celebrated by gourmets, chefs and food enthusiasts alike. And now,
earlier this year under the remit of Maltese chef Andrew Borg.
here in Malta! Mark Weingard, the owner of Iniala Harbour House and ION The Harbour, said this was one big step forward. “Clinching a Michelin
For booking visit www. iontheharbour.com. Due to popular demand,
star so soon after we opened was a huge step for us. This is another
early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
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WE BRING YOU THE BEST THAT THE MALTESE KITCHEN HAS TO OFFER WITH RECIPES INSPIRED BY MEDITERRANEAN AND EUROPEAN CUISINE.
Marco Lo Cascio is an Executive Chef at The Neu Collective. Born and raised in Palermo, he spent most of his time in his grandmother’s kitchen, where she was constantly cooking up savoury traditional Sicilian dishes. This is where he developed the love for cooking and traditional techniques. Nowadays he gets inspiration by how food tells a story, conveys cultural ideas, and gathers people together. Marco graduated from the culinary institute of Palermo in 2004 and after several experiences around the world he moved to Malta 14 years ago delivering authentic Italian cuisine at Grana. 62
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Although originally an Italian invention, the beloved arancini are highly consumed and loved in Malta, available in all the pastizzeria (the Maltese Street Food stores) and many restaurants across the islands, rest assured, you are never far from an arancina. Every chef will give their personal twist to the flavoursome rice balls. Here’s Chef Marco’s delicious recipe.
A R A NCI NI AL SUGO INGREDIENTS FOR 8/10 PIECES 500g Roma Rice 1.5 liter of chicken broth 70g Butter 1 Bag of Saffron 50gr Grana Padano 2 Eggs ½ Onion 1 Carrot 1 Celery Olive oil 300g Minced Beef 3tbs Tomato Concentrate 200g Mozzarella Fior di Latte Bread Crumbs
METHOD Prepare a pot with 1 liter of chicken broth, add rice and bring to boil. When the rice absorbs the water, add the rest of the chicken broth with the saffron, let it cook slowly until ready. Place the rice in a bowl and let it cool down. Once ready, add the butter, one egg, the Grana Padano cheese and mix well. In a casserole, gently fry the sliced onions, carrots and the celery with olive oil for a few minutes. Once the onions become translucent, add the minced beef and tomato concentrate, and cook for another 30 minutes. When ready, let it cool down. Get the bowl of rice and using a tablespoon place a good ammount of rice in your hand. Flatten it and curve it in order to obtain some space in the middle to place the filling. Fill up the curve shaped rice with the meat mix and mozzarella and add some more rice. Use your hands to form into a ball. Dip the rice ball in a beaten egg and roll it generously in the breadcrumbs. Deep fry each of the arancini for 3-4 minutes.
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A GUIDE TO
DINING ON THE MALTE SE ISL ANDS
VINI E CAPRICCI BY ABRAHAM’S Gozitano Agricultural Village, Mġarr Road, Xewkija, Gozo Vini e Capricci by Abraham's is the answer to every gourmet’s prayers, and an experience in its own right. A truly innovative gastrodome, home to exquisite food and award-winning wine and spirits. A concept which integrates a strong educational element, where the public not only can purchase but will also experience products first-hand; a sumptuous celebration of food by young and exceptionally talented Chefs, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge, talent and a flair of excellence. A landmark in the Maltese Islands, with an aim to marry a store selling the finest ingredients with a cultural and artistic offer second to none. Constant attention to detail and a passion for the good things in life is what makes Vini e Capricci a unique culinary destination.
+356 2156 3231 www.viniecapricci.com abrahamsgozo abrahamsgozo email@example.com 64
IFNOSO ED R TA T NEDXDTRHI N ER KE
WAGYU BAR & KITCHEN
Old Theatre Street, Valletta
Triq Schreiber, San Ġiljan Hammett’s Mestizo is a vibrant Meso-South American social dining and drinking experience. The restaurant works with a plates-to-share concept, which means you order multiple dishes which are placed in the centre of the table to share between friends. This approach makes dining a social event in which you can try various dishes from the menu. And you will not only want to try the South American inspired dishes, the cocktails have also been created with ingredients that originate in the continent and there is a Latin American wine list.
Situated right in the heart of the capital city, Valletta, Wagyu offers an Asian Fusion experience, ideal for those who seek casual yet tasty evenings. The Menu offers a variety of Asian dishes, namely Sushi, Ramen & Wok, along with an equipped bar for Cocktails, Japanese Whiskey, Wine amongst others. Dedicated Chef, Host and Owner, Daniel, has an impeccable eye for detail to ensure quality and high standards to the experience of each esteemed guest. Advance bookings are well recommended.
+356 2779 5099 www.hammettsmestizo.com hammettsmestizo hammettsmestizo
+356 7942 5123 Wagyu Bar & Kitchen wagyu.mt
TA' KRIS RESTAURANT & MALTESE BISTRO
80, Fawwara Lane, Sliema
Set in one of Sliema’s oldest bakeries, Ta’ Kris is all about providing a genuine mix of affordable Maltese and Mediterranean dishes in a homely fashion and rustic surroundings. Ta’ Kris offers a varied menu of traditional Maltese food such as braġioli, rabbit, octopus stew, bebbux (snails), balbuljata (corned beef hash), baked lamb, daily specials, pasta dishes, a selection of fresh fish on a daily basis and mouth-watering steaks. Ta’ Kris also offers take away & delivery service and set menus can be designed for special occasions. Advance booking is recommended and may be done through our website, via email, by phone, or on Facebook. Ta’ Kris is open from Monday to Sunday, from 12:30pm till 11pm.
Where Maltese gastronomy defines a way of life. Where culinary tradition is met with a contemporary twist. Where passion for authentic cooking is proven and happiness is created by a feast of delicious Maltese food. Maldonado Bistro was born out of a passion for cooking. Discover more behind the scenes, upstairs within the walls of our private open kitchen where we host weekly cooking classes and wine tastings.
+356 9901 9270 www.maldonado.com.mt firstname.lastname@example.org
+356 21 337 367 | +356 79 337 367 www.takrisrestaurant.com email@example.com
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InterContinental Malta, Saint Julian’s
Żewwieqa Street, Mġarr, Gozo
Summer is in the air! SKYBEACH bar and restaurant provides refined sophistication with colourful upscale poolside snacks, served during the day and delicious grill dishes served as the sunsets. Highly professional staff are hands-on to attend to your every need. After an entire day of exploring the island, wind down with an evening rooftop dinner, serving a selection of dishes, prepared and grilled to perfection on a state-of-theart barbecue. With a range of flavours and premium spirits, cocktails and fine wines available from the bar, the evening is yours to make the most of it.
Perched on a cliff top in Mġarr, Gozo, Country Terrace provides panoramic views over the yachting marina and the Malta/ Comino channel. With ferries hypnotically passing by, and being secluded from view by surrounding trees, it’s the perfect spot to while away the time. Joseph, the owner, is a big character and great host, taking care of front of house so that guests feel welcome, whilst his eye for detail ensures high standards. The menu here is primarily Mediterranean, with a large range of pasta dishes including gluten free, as well as many vegetarian choices, and fish and meat options in classic combinations. Get in touch for opening hours and reservations.
+356 2137 7600 SKYBEACH skybeachmalta
+ 356 2155 0248 | + 356 2755 0248 www.country-terrace.com firstname.lastname@example.org
SINGITA MIRACLE BEACH MALTA
Triq Għajn Tuffieħa, Mġarr
Triq Misraħ Għonoq, Mosta, Malta Triq Tobruk, Pembroke, Malta
Nestled in completely natural surroundings, Singita Miracle Beach philosophy is all about positivity and wellness. Mediterranean pasta, fresh salads, local and exotic fruits, seasonal vegetables, Italian pizza, evening barbecues, and a lot more can be experienced in our sea view terrace. Waiting for the sun to set straight into the sea sipping our fresh fruit cocktails, it is now considered as one of Malta’s top experiences.
EAT has combined a passion for smoked food and vintage trucks since 2015. They are famous for making smoked BBQ street-food classics within reach of the avid foodie. Popular among these are the brisket, pastrami, philly cheesesteak and pulled pork. EAT operate from two locations in Malta, Mosta and Pembroke. Their trademark foodtrucks with hand-built smokers in tow are an attraction in themselves. Both locations offer a relaxing lunch with outdoor seating under the trees. Mosta is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 3pm, whilst Pembroke is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 3pm.
+356 2157 8586 www.singita.it/en/malta/ singitamalta
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IF NOSO ED R TA T NEDXD TRHI E NRKE Open Waters Advert.pdf
ANDREW’S BAR St. George’s Bay, St. Julian’s Andrew's Bar is a freshly re-opened venue where fun is not optional, good food is compulsory, and building great memories is essential! Steeped in legacy, this is, in fact, Malta's oldest bar! The place is a go-to, and you're simply going to love indulging in the extensive menu with a great local cuisine focus with traditional Maltese dishes and modern dishes such as pizza or pasta. Ideal for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or also for a quiet drink or two!
+356 2138 8031 email@example.com C
TA' KOLINA 151, Tower Road, Sliema Ta’ Kolina is a quaint, family run restaurant on Tower Road (one of Sliema’s most popular spots) and has been open since 1974. Ta’ Kolina is a typical Maltese restaurant with it traditional Maltese interior and décor. A set menu comprising of traditional Maltese food offers a choice of starter, main dish, dessert, and coffee for €24 per person. There is also a vibrant a la carte menu and daily display of fresh local fish. Dining here is a true Maltese experience for a reasonable price. We are open for both lunch and dinner from 12:00hrs – 22:30hrs.
+356 2133 5106 www.takolina.mt
+356 2010 5590 firstname.lastname@example.org Beach Garden Hotel, St. George's Bay, St Julian's, STJ 3302, Malta
Welcome on board! FOOD, BEVERAGE AND BOUTIQUE MENU DEALS INSIDE
Choose from our selection of sweet and savoury options and enjoy a range of hot beverages, beer, wines, spirits and mixers, or opt for our deals for amazing value.
BAR MEAL DEAL
Buy a Muffin and any Hot Beverage for
Buy any Main Meal with any Alcoholic Beverage for
SAVE UP TO €4.50
your Meal, Fragrances, Beauty Products and more, before your flight, in 4 easy steps:
1. Visit www.airmalta.com
and click on Pre-Order Menu
2. Enter your flight details 3. Select and pay 4. Sit back, relax, and get it delivered to your seat Ask any crew member for more information! Orders close 48 hours before departure. Other T&Cs apply.
Wine Deal Choose any Wine and Pringles, Salted Peanuts or Hummus Tomato & Basil Chips for ONLY €8
SAVE UP TO €2.00
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AT €10.00 ONLY
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Allergen information: ingredients and allergens may vary depending on country of origin. Please refer to product labels before consuming. Images may differ from actual products. Some products may be unavailable on certain flights, please ask your cabin crew member for more information.
ANY HOT BEVERAGE
Main Meals Beef Lasagne
Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice A taste of Asia and a worldwide favourite, served hot! €7.00
Vegan Lasagne Lactose free, gluten free, vegan and served hot! €7.00
Ham and Cheese Brioche *
A Mediterranean classic, served hot! €7.00
Smoked Ham and Cheddar Cheese in a brioche Bun and served hot! €7.00
* Ham and Cheese available on selected flights. For a guaranteed onboard meal please visit our pre-order section on airmalta.com. Ask any cabin crew member for more information.
SAVOURY SNACKS Twistees 50g €1.50
Hummus Chips Tomato and Basil 45g €2.50
San Carlo Salted Crisps 25g €2.00
Maretti Bruschette Chips 85g €3.50
Pringles Sour Cream 40g €2.50
Salamini and Taralli 60g €4.50
Pellito Salted Peanuts 50g €2.50
Pot Pasta Mozzarella and Tomato 61g €4.50
SWEET SNACKS Bauli Chocolate Croissant 50g €2.00 Nestlé KitKat 40g €2.00
Haribo Goldbears 200g €4.00
Aunt Mabel's Blueberry Muffin 105g €3.50
Cadbury Nibbly Fingers Share Bag 125g €4.50
Fruitshoot Apple and Blackcurrant 200ml
Coca Cola 330ml
Coca Cola Zero 330ml
San Benedetto Still Water 500ml
Cappy Orange Juice 200ml
Don Simon Tomato Juice 200ml
Diet Kinnie 330ml
FuzeTea Peach Hibiscus 500ml
San Pellegrino Limonata 330ml
Pokka Chilled Cappuccino Coffee 240ml
Hot Beverages Douwe Egberts Black Coffee €3.50
Nescafé Cappucino €3.50
Pukka English Breakfast Tea €3.50
Douwe Egberts Hot Chocolate €3.50
Allergen information: ingredients and allergens may vary depending on country of origin. Please refer to product labels before consuming. Images may differ from actual products. Some products may be unavailable on certain flights, please ask your cabin crew member for more information.
Wines & Beers Spirits & Mixers
Cisk Lager Beer 330ml
Bulmers Red Berries and Lime Cider 330ml
Verdala Rose Wine 187ml
Caravaggio Merlot Red Wine 187ml
Caravaggio Chardonnay White Wine 187ml
Martini Prosecco 200ml
Schweppes Tonic Water 150ml
Whitley Neill Rhubarb & Ginger Gin 50ml
Bombay Sapphire Gin 50ml
Absolut Vodka 50ml
Bacardi Rum 50ml
Ballantines Whiskey 50ml
Hendrick's Gin 50ml
Allergen information: ingredients and allergens may vary depending on country of origin. Please refer to product labels before consuming. Images may differ from actual products. Some products may be unavailable on certain flights, please ask your cabin crew member for more information.
PLEASE TELL US WHAT YOU THINK: Customer satisfaction is of utmost importance at Air Malta and we are always looking for ways to improve your experience. Visit our website to answer a few short questions and enter our monthly draw to win a free flight. www.airmalta.com/wearelistening. PAYMENT OPTIONS: We do not accept cash. You can pay by credit and debit card. We accept VISA and Mastercard for purchases up to €200. If you spend more than €50 you may be asked for identification. PRODUCTS: Items from this catalogue are offered to our guests in the name and on behalf of Versilia Solutions and its affiliates, who are the solo responsible contractual partners for the service. All prices are correct at time of printing. They may change during the length of magazine. All products are subject to availability. www.versiliasolutions.com
Air Malta Collectables Air Malta Retro Model Aircraft A320 €20.00 George, The Air Malta Pilot Bear €15.00
Beauty YSL Touché Eclat Radiant Touch €29.50 €23.50 SAVE €6.00
Instant Effects 3D Lip Plumping Treatment €24.00 €19.00 SAVE €5.00
Wunder2 Brow Travel Set €25.50 €20.00 SAVE €5.50
Glov Make Up Remover €13.00 €10.00 SAVE €3.00
Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette €45.50 €35.50 SAVE €10.00
Feet Friend Healthy Socks €49.00 €34.00 SAVE €15.00
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray €13.00 €10.00 SAVE €3.00
Buff Body Gift Set €37.00
Seascape Island Apothecary Soothe Sleep Oil €12.00 €10.00 SAVE €2.00
Alpha H Liquid Gold €26.50 €21.50 SAVE €5.00
Perricone MD No Makeup Foundation €43.50 €33.50 SAVE €10.00
Alpha H Absolute Lip Perfector €15.50 €12.00 SAVE €3.50
L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Laser Duo €25.00 €20.00 SAVE €5.00
Ultrasun 30SPF Sports Gel €16.00 €12.00 SAVE €4.00
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WOMEN'S FRANGRANCES Estee Lauder Modern Muse 50ml (Eau de parfum) €40.00 €30.00 SAVE €10.00 Boss Orange Woman 30ml (Eau de toilette) €20.00 MEN'S FRANGRANCES Paco Rabanne Paco 100ml (Eau de toilette) €20.00 Hugo Dark Blue 75ml (Eau de toilette) €30.00 €25.00 SAVE €5.00
Sunglasses Superdry Sunglasses €38.00 €25.00 SAVE €13.00
Granite Ladies Sunglasses €21.00 €16.00 SAVE €5.00
Jewellery Estella Bartlett Stars So Bright Bracelet €22.00 €15.00 SAVE €7.00
Estella Bartlett 'Live As You Dream' Bracelet €20.00 €10.00 SAVE €10.00
Estella Bartlett Star Necklace €29.00 €15.00 SAVE €14.00
Estella Bartlett Bracelet Duo €15.00 €13.00 SAVE €2.00
Sprout Seed Pencil €20.00 €18.00 Marine Plush €8.50 €7.00
Sekonda Rose Gold Plated Watch €29.00 €21.00 SAVE €8.00
SAVE €2.00 SAVE €1.50
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Sekonda Metal Strap Blue Face Watch €49.00 €34.00 SAVE €15.00 Lily and Stone Rose Gold Watch €35.00 €25.00 SAVE €10.00
Skross Universal Travel Adapter €39.00 €28.00 SAVE €11.00
Hippie Chic Watch €12.00 €10.00
Ögon Carbon Wallet €35.00 €25.00 SAVE €10.00
ChocoMoon Geometric Watch €49.00 €34.00 SAVE €15.00 Aviator World Cities Watch €75.00 €55.00 SAVE €20.00 75
EVENTS & NEWS THE FOLLOWING PAGES WILL GIVE YOU AN INSIGHT ON WHAT’S GOING ON AT AIR MALTA. THE BEHINDTHE-SCENES AND HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST MONTHS AND FORTHCOMING ONES. MALTA’S NATIONAL AIRLINE TELLS IT LIKE IT IS, ENSURING ALL AIR MALTA CUSTOMERS ARE WELL-INFORMED WHILE SOARING HIGH IN THE SKY.
AIR MALTA AND EMIRATES RENEW THEIR CODESHARE AGREEMENT
Air Malta and Emirates have renewed their long-standing
pleased to collaborate with the Maltese national airline
agreement by which they will codeshare flights between Malta
for the benefit of Malta’s increased connectivity to the east
and Larnaca, Cyprus. As from the 14th July 2021, Emirates,
of the world.”
the operating airline, re started operations between Malta and Larnaca with a three times a week schedule, with flights
The route is operated three times weekly every Wednesday,
connecting on to Emirates’ home base in Dubai.
Friday and Sunday. Flight numbers EK109 / KM2107 will leave Larnaca at 1220hrs, arriving in Malta at 1405hrs. The return flight,
Commenting on this agreement Roy Kinnear, Air Malta’s Chief
EK110 / KM2108 leaves Malta at 1535hrs, arriving in Larnaca at
Commercial Officer said, “The reinstatement of this code-share
1900hrs. Customers also have seamless access between Larnaca
arrangement comes at a particular important time for us and
and a number of European cities connecting onto Air Malta’s
the airline industry when we are rebuilding our flight networks.
flights via Malta.
We are happy to note the willingness of both Airlines to continue working with each other and restore connectivity for the benefit
The flights are operated with Emirates two-class Boeing
of customers. Both Emirates and Air Malta share the same
777-300ER, offering 42 lie-flat seats in Business and 386
quality service commitment towards their clients, and we are
ergonomically designed seats in Economy class.
excited to work again with Emirates.” Emirates and Air Malta commenced their code-sharing Emirates Chief Commercial Officer Adnan Kazim added: “As more
agreement on this route in October 2005.
international destinations begin easing their travel restrictions, Emirates has been expanding its services to provide more choice
Flights can be booked through:
and convenience for customers who can now plan travel to a
growing list of countries across the Emirates network. Emirates is
the airlines call centres or any travel agent.
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AIR MALTA OPERATES ITS FIRST FLIGHT TO LIBYA SINCE 2014
On the 1st of July, Air Malta operated a flight to Tripoli’s Mitiga
Air Malta’s Executive Chairman added: "Resuming scheduled
Airport carrying a Maltese delegation led by Finance and
services between Malta and Tripoli is seen by Air Malta as an
Employment Minister Clyde Caruana and Air Malta’s Executive
important step. Libya was always a very important market for
Chairperson David G Curmi.
the Airline, and we are happy to have had the opportunity to discuss commercial operations to the country with our Libyan
The delegation, which included aviation safety experts of both
counterparts. Such flight services will increase cooperation
countries, discussed the eventual resumption of scheduled flight
between the two countries on several aspects be they
services between the two countries.
economic, social, or cultural. We are eager to resume our services subject to careful assessments to conduct a safe and
Following the one-day visit, Minister Clyde Caruana said: “Seeing
viable commercial operation and reconnect both countries for
the Air Malta plane on Libyan soil in years is a certainly a positive
the benefit of both nations.”
sign. We must continue working together to see progress in aviation. Malta and Libya supported each other on many fronts
Air Malta operated its last scheduled service to Tripoli International
over the past decades and we will continue strengthening this
Airport in July 2014. Flights to Benghazi were also suspended
strong relationship between the two peoples.”
following the closure of the airport in May of that year.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION As part of our stated commitment to Health and Safety, we have made a few changes to your travel experience. During these unprecedented times we have reviewed our processes and upgraded cleaning measures to protect you and your loved ones. We have been working with industry partners and are following best practice guidance to ensure the highest standards of health and safety, not only onboard but throughout the customer journey. Following is a list of changes and recommendations to keep you safe from the time you enter the airport, whilst onboard and upon arrival at your destination.
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IL-BIZZILLA TALKS TO C AP TAIN JOSEPH MANISC ALCO CHIEF PILOT FLEET
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING WITH AIR MALTA? I have been the Chief Pilot Fleet for the past three years but my journey with Air Malta started 42 years ago as a clerk in Ground Operations. After 7 years, I started pilot training in Perth, Scotland. My first jet flying experience back in the 80s was on Boeing 737 but spent most of my career on Airbus 320. WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE OF YOUR JOB? A pilot job offers many continuous challenges such as weather, air traffic, aircraft issues, ground handling and passengers. I believe that the more knowledge and awareness I acquire, the more prepared I am to face these challenges. Being prepared will reduce surprises. My preferred learning technique is mental visualisation. IS THERE A PARTICULAR EVENT OR MOMENT DURING YOUR CAREER WITH AIR MALTA WHICH YOU ARE PROUD OR FOND OF AND WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH OUR READERS? 22nd June 1995 was my first flight as Commander, a milestone in my career. Each flight is different, yet it always gives me great pleasure to see our customers with happy faces and satisfied with the journey. WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME? I enjoy hobbies such as cycling with friends, both locally and abroad, walking and photography. I also enjoy doing DIY engineering projects whilst researching new technologies and innovations. WHAT IS YOUR PREFERRED MALTESE DISH? Stuffat tal-fenek - slow cooked rabbit stew, Patata il-forn - Maltese roasted potatoes, Soppa ta l-armla - vegetable soup with cheese and ricotta and my daughter’s, Kusksu - broad bean soup. It is difficult to choose just one dish. WHAT KIND OF MUSIC DO YOU LIKE TO FOLLOW? I listen to a variety of musical genres depending on location and my mood. In general, I listen to the latest music hits along with dance and 70 and 80s music. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE SPOTS AND TIPS FOR ANYONE VISITING MALTA? I love the south west part of the island as there are many quiet country lanes which are also ideal for cycling. For swimming, I enjoy Wied Iż-Żurrieq, Golden bay, Comino and many of the beaches in Gozo. WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE DESTINATION AND WHY? Thailand, as it offers a variety of distinct locations, good food, culture and great hospitality.
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A I R M A LTA D I R E C T F L I G H T S The flight schedule is subject to change without notice. For further information, kindly visit airmalta.com for the latest updates.
Amsterdam 6 Berlin 2 Brussels 4 Catania 9 Dusseldorf 2 Frankfurt 4 Geneva 1 London LHR 10 Lisbon 2 Lyon 4 Milan Linate 4 Munich 7 Palermo 2 Paris CDG 7 Paris ORY 8 Prague 2 Rome FCO 6 Vienna 6 Zurich 5 91 1. Freq. number denotes maximum number of flight operating by the end of July. 2. Not all days apply throughout the whole month.
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QUANTITY: 4 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 168/180 ENGINES: CFM56-5B4/P MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT: 75.5 / 77 METRIC TONS OVERALL LENGTH: 37.57M WINGSPAN: 34.1M CRUISING SPEED: MACH 0.78 (450KNOTS, 833 KM/HR) RANGE: 5,200 KM, 2,800 NMI, 3,250 SMI
QUANTITY: 4 IN FLEET NUMBER OF SEATS: 180 ENGINES: CFM LEAP-1A MAXIMUM TAKE OFF WEIGHT: 77 METRIC TONS OVERALL LENGTH: 37.57M WINGSPAN: 35.8M CRUISING SPEED: MACH 0.78 (450KNOTS, 833 KM/HR) RANGE: 6,500 KM, 3,500 NMI, 4,025 SMI
Alcohol consumed at high altitude can have a stronger effect than usual. Cabin crew are legally empowered to refuse to serve any alcohol to an intoxicated passenger and anyone under the age of 18. In extreme cases, crew may also temporarily confiscate the passenger‘s own drinks so that the passenger does not become a nuisance to the other passengers and crew. Furthermore, Air Malta is bound by international regulations which prohibit the embarkation or the carriage of drunken passengers. However, since 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 inflight goes against Air Malta policy.
Smoking is prohibited from when you leave the departure terminal building until you reach the arrival terminal building. Smoking is allowed in designated areas only. Smoking is not allowed during any phase of the flight and in any area of the aircraft. Should you be aware of a passenger who has smoked in the toilet during the flight, please inform the cabin crew immediately so that they can check for any undetected fires. The use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) is not allowed on board Air Malta flights. Similarly, the use of naked flames on and around the aircraft is also prohibited.
FACE MASKS The Airline requires all passengers to wear an approved medical or cloth face mask at all times, starting from boarding, for the duration of the flight, through to disembarkation. Passengers will not be allowed to board without a facemask. Masks should also be worn within the airport building, before and during check-in, upon arrival, when collecting baggage, and up to the point that a passenger leaves the airport building. As per the Government of Malta Legal Notice 402 of 2020, children under three (3) years of age and persons with severe cognitive, physical, mental, or respiratory impairments who have difficulties tolerating a mask as certified by a licensed medical practitioner are exempted from wearing masks. Certified individuals shall always carry the relevant medical certificate exempting them from wearing a mask. Passengers risk fines if they fail to comply.
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JOIN OUR BUSINESS CLASS Upgrade to Air Malta’s Business Class for priority service. Members can make use of the special check-in counters for more leisurely and efficient boarding, enjoy access to the La Valette Lounge at Malta International Airport, and get more privacy with a separate inflight cabin area.
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. Visit www.airmalta.com/excess-baggage-en-gb
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. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/services-by-air-malta/seat-selection
GET SPORTY Are you passionate about a sport? We make it easy to travel and take your specialised equipment with you at a very minimal cost. Visit www.airmalta.com/excess-baggage-en-gb
GROUPS We also cater for large groups who want to travel together. If your group is larger than 10 adults, contact our Group Bookings team for special rates that you can’t get anywhere else. Email email@example.com
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 one hour before your flight. Visit www.airmalta.com/information/check-in
ELEC T RON IC DEV IC ES
U S E O F P O RTA B L E E L E C T RO N I C D E V I C E S O N B OA R D
TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)
NON-TRANSMITTING PORTABLE ELECTRONIC DEVICES (PEDS)
Devices that can send or receive data by wireless means, such as mobile-phones and tablets, may be used during all phases of the flight provided their transmit/receive capabilities such as GSM & Wi-fi are switched off. Devices working on Bluetooth wireless connectivity are allowed. If the device has ‘Flight Mode’ capability, this must be enabled. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices (e.g. laptops) shall be switched off and stowed away safely during taxi, takeoff and landing. Accessories, such as headphones, must not obstruct access to the aisle. If the data transmission capability cannot be switched off (whilst the device is operating), the device itself must be switched off for the duration of the flight.
These could include, but are not limited to, items such as DVD players, electronic games, music players and personal cameras. Such devices shall be safely secured in the customers’ hand (handheld) or a pocket during taxi, take-off and landing. Larger devices shall be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing.
LAPTOPS AND NOTEBOOKS Such devices may be used during boarding and during flight but not during taxi, take-off and landing. Any built-in data connectivity such as Bluetooth or Wi-Fi must be disabled. These devices must be stowed away safely during taxi, take-off and landing since they could hinder an emergency evacuation.
ARE THERE TIMES WHEN I CANNOT USE MY ELECTRONIC DEVICES?
CAN I USE HEADPHONES? Personal headphones can be used during all phases of the flight. However, we ask you to remove your headphones during the safety briefing. For safety reasons, customers sitting in an emergency exit row must refrain from using headphones during taxi, take-off and landing.
Under certain circumstances, your Flight Crew or Cabin Crew may ask you to switch off all Personal Electronic Devices. This may happen during automatic landings, low visibility takeoff or landing, or during emergency situations.
I SHOULD INFORM THE CABIN CREW WHEN … Your portable electronic device is damaged, becomes hot, produces smoke, is lost, or falls into the seat structure. If safe to do so, the device must be switched off immediately.
If you require more information, please refer to the table below which includes a list of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) which can be used onboard Air Malta flights by phase of flight. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our cabin crew if you have any further questions.
HAND HELD PEDS
(e.g. smart phones and tablets)
(e.g. laptops and notebooks)
WI-FI, TEXT & PHONE CALL FUNCTIONS
(when instructed by Flight Crew or Cabin Crew)
Taxi-out for Take-Off
During Safety Briefing Demonstration
(Cabin Crew PA)
Taxi to Stand
Extended Ground Delay
Circa 10 minutes to landing
Safety Notice: The carriage of damaged, defective or recalled lithium batteries or devices is prohibited on-board Air Malta aircraft. 84
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