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CULTURE: Island of Gozo

Written by Ben Kesp
I welcomed the chance of spending some time in Gozo the neighbouring island to the North of Malta. Gozo is the second largest island of the Maltese archipelago and has a population of just over 31,000 inhabitants, called Gozitans. 
Regular ferry boats travel between Gozo and Malta and it only takes about twenty minutes to complete the journey. As soon as I arrived in Gozo I could instantly feel the difference between the two islands. It oozed with a relaxing and calming energy, revealing a much slower pace of life. It has a less dense population, more scenic rural green landscapes, rugged rock coast lines added with fresher air and it certainly has a charm about it. 

Gozo first became inhabited about 5,000 BC and like its neighbouring island of Malta, has a rich history of occupation over the centuries. It contains early prehistoric temples, many churches – 46 in total and the famous Azure window – a natural sea arch that has been used as a film location for many…

CULTURE: Malta's Fine Cities - Mdina

Written by Ben Kesp
Continuing with Malta’s fine cities I want to conclude with Mdina, a uniquely beautiful city situated on a high view point over looking the island on all sides. The city dates back thousands of years and is immersed in history. It was the original capital of the island during the Arab occupation and has had different names over the centuries depending on who was ruling. One of its many names was Citta Notabile which means the Noble City and it best sums it up. Its narrow streets are lined with beautiful palaces of Malta’s noble families who made Mdina their home from the 12th century. 

It is a fine example of a walled city with impressive mixture of architecture to include medieval and baroque with an imposing and elegant city gate entrance. It is truly a great experience to roam the old narrow streets and soak up the atmosphere of this old city that stands from an ancient time untouched by any modern architecture and industry. If you decide not to walk a grea…