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Underwater Malta

By Linda Tancs

Usually, underwater archaeological wonders are the province of scuba divers and submarine explorers. But thanks to Underwater Malta, a virtual museum, sites on the seabed off both Malta and Gozo can be viewed by anyone. What you’ll see ranges from a 2,700-year-old Phoenician shipwreck to surface craft, submarines and aircraft from both world wars. Go ahead and explore the archipelago’s underwater cultural heritage without getting wet!


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Hitting the Wall in Malta

By Linda Tancs

It might be hard to imagine, but there’s a counterpart to China’s Great Wall sitting unobtrusively on an island archipelago in the Mediterranean. The wall in question is across the northern portion of Malta, a defensive line built by the British army in the 19th century to patrol its interests in the region. Known as the Victoria Lines (commemorating Queen Victoria), it runs the width of the country (at seven and one-half miles) and offers breathtaking panoramic views from its bastions. Go now for pleasant temperatures and a chance to enjoy Malta’s brief blooming season.

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.

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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