Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kayaking to Those Special Spots

The advantages of a small type of water craft, be it a kayak, SUP or small RIB or dinghy are limitless. One can explore all the magical places hidden behind large boulders, tiny creeks, caves etc  that line the dramatic limestone coast and cliffs of the Maltese Islands.
By far the best time is very early in the morning. It is slightly cooler (it is a scorching 35C - 40C in the sun at the moment), the sea is generally flat calm but the best part is the stillness and quiet. It's a magical time of the day.

In Gozo small dinghies can be rented from the water sports chap on the jetty down at Xlendi. There are also SUP and kayak adventures available. There are now several SUP tours being organised.  including SUP Yoga. The ones I recommend are based in Malta but also travel to Gozo :

Surfing Malta

SUP Sea Treks

SUP Tours Malta

The video clip below was taken early one morning kayaking across Mellieha Bay, Malta and into the little cove of Slugs Bay. The peace and quiet was heavenly!



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Summer Fruit

Fresh local peaches. Sweet and juicy and already very cheap. Pic: Bunty Cachia

Summer has started with a bang. The temperatures are more like the middle of July and the sea temperature is much warmer than usual for the end of June - a perfect 24C in both the sea and the pool. 
The first fig crop has been delicious and the cherry plums seem to have made a comeback after being very hard to find the past few years. Melons are in abundance and the summer tomatoes are starting. Right now it is a culinary delight!
Our lovely San Pupulju farmhouse in Gozo is receiving rave reviews from our guests. 
Nothing better than sitting by (or preferably IN the pool) sipping your favourite drink and nibbling at something - be it healthy or piggish!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dar Ghax-Xemx - Still a very special place

Sarah Dittmore - Adventurer and Blogger

The sitting room in Dar ghax-Xemx

It was with great interest that I read Sarah Dittmore's Travel Blog the other day. I came across it through a facebook link of our former rental property in Victoria. I was very pleasantly surprised to see my name, together with my husband's, mentioned in the article, but the best thing about it is the true description of the property and its location tucked away in (what I consider to be) the prettiest alley in Victoria.

The two years converting Dar ghax-Xemx was hard work but probably one of the greatest joys of our life. Besides the actual work on the house we came to love a part of  Gozo we didn't even know existed before we bought the house. We met the alley neighbours who have become friends for life and a big part of our own personal life during the time it was in our hands. After 9 seasons of  successful holiday rental we had to make the very difficult decision to sell, this  was made easier in the knowledge that it was going to end up in the hands of the very neighbours who welcomed us in to the ''Triq il-Karmnu alley family''. Now reading this Travel Blog rekindles all the great memories, not only of  the renovation but also of those many guests we hosted in the house, some of which have become more than just guests and remain in touch until today.


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