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    A Day Trip to Gozo – Exploring Malta’s Sister Island

    Gozo is one of the three islands that make up the European island nation of Malta. Gozo – sometimes called Malta’s sister island – is smaller and more rural than the bigger main island, but it’s still filled with interesting sites.  Spending time on Gozo is an essential part of any Malta travel itinerary.  While Gozo does offer plenty of lodging options, many Gozo visitors experience this island while on…

  • The courtyard at Talbot and Bons - a great alternative to a Malta airport Hotel
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    Better Than a Malta Airport Hotel – Talbot & Bons

    Whenever we have an early morning flight home from Europe, I will usually seek out an airport hotel for that last night.  Long travel days are exhausting.  I’m all for doing anything I can to minimize that first-thing-in-the-morning stress of getting to the airport for an early flight. Staying nearby helps.  So when I discovered that our air itinerary home from Malta started with a 7am flight, I reflexively looked…

  • Sunset over Marsaskala Malta
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    Marsaskala Malta – Relaxing on Malta’s Southeast Coast

    Marsaskala Malta is not one of Malta’s top tourist destinations.  It’s a bit off the beaten path and it boasts no major sites. So why I am writing about it?  Because we spent a wonderful week in Marsaskala while traveling in Malta, and I think anyone looking for less touristy, more authentic Maltese experience should absolutely give it a look.  Let me show you why we loved Marsaskala Malta.  Some…

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    A Thorough Guide to Traveling in Malta

    Malta is not a common European destination for Americans.  In fact, I witnessed many blank faces when I told people that we would be traveling in Malta – followed by an explanation about its location.  Malta can certainly get passed over by US travelers to Europe in favor of tourist hotspots like Paris and Rome and London.   But that’s a shame.  A small European island nation located in the…

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    The Historic Three Cities of Malta – Taking in the Little Things

    The remarkable Maltese city of Senglea was our home for almost two weeks during a recent trip to the small European island nation of Malta.   Senglea is one of the Three Cities of Malta –  three historic neighborhoods, located directly across Malta’s spectacular Grand Harbour from Valletta, Malta’s small capital city.  Malta as we know it today was founded by a group of homeless Knights seeking a base in…

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    Searching for The Best Alhambra Viewpoints

    The Alhambra is Granada Spain’s most famous and important site. This complex of fortresses, palaces, churches, and gardens sits atop a hill looking out across the city. Not only is The Alhambra spectacular to witness from the inside, but its hilltop setting offers many striking images from throughout the city. During our recent weeklong stay in Granada, I went out one evening for a brief walk. But as often happens…