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The 2018 European Capitals of Culture

By Linda Tancs

Malta and Leeuwarden (Netherlands) share strong agricultural ties in the nature of potatoes. Maltese farmers grow potatoes from Leeuwarden seeds and send those crops to Leeuwarden. How appropriate, then, that Leeuwarden and Valletta (Malta) are the European Union’s 2018 Capitals of Culture. In a unique display of solidarity, the locales have joined in an effort called Poetry in Potato Bags. This initiative involves the sending of local poetry with the exchange of seeds and potatoes, enriching poetic dialogue between the two cultures. Look for many events to be held throughout the year in each city highlighting their social, cultural and economic assets.

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Positively Mythic

By Linda Tancs

In Malta, 7000 years of history echo through such storied attractions as a medievel dungeon, Megalithic temples, palaces, underground catacombs and remains of Roman villas.  That’s a lot of sightseeing, and all the while the azure waters of the Mediterranean beckon.  June is best for sun and sea escapes amidst the secluded coves or sandy beaches.  Lest you think that the island is just another haven for sun worshippers, the late summer rains give way to verdant pastures rife with wildflowers for nature lovers.  Just a few hours’ flying time from most mainland European cities via Air Malta or other carriers, your kingdom awaits.

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