|view from our plane as we were landing|
|Gozo's Mgarr Harbor|
A tourist bus picked us up at the Hotel Intercontinental Beach Club. That ride gave us many photo opportunities of the Maltese countryside in the subtle lights of early morning. Then at Ċirkewwa on the northwest coast of Malta, we boarded a ferry. In just 25-minutes we crossed the Gozo Channel and, at the Mġarr Harbor, we took one of the 'Hop-On Hop-Off' buses to six stunning discoveries on the island! We did not know that another way we could have done it was by hiring a cab! Darn.
|inside the temple|
And we finally came close to the ubiquitous watchtower at the site of Azure Window. Malta has often been called the ‘Fortress Island’ due to the vast numbers of military structures, a direct result of the islands being frequently fought over due to their strategic location. The fortifications come from two periods: those of the Knights and those of the British era. Wherever you go in Malta, you will find remnants of war, from coastal forts and watch towers to WWII pillboxes.
TA’ PINU BASILICA
|Ta' Pinu Basilica|
|some of the testimonials|
Surrounded by hillsides on both sides, the sandy path on the eastern hill leads to the Calypso Cave. According to the legend, this is the cave Homer refers to in `The Odyssey' where Calypso, the beautiful nymph, kept Odysseus as a `prisoner of love' for seven years. Calypso had promised him immortality if he stayed with her, but he escaped when he could, and returned to his wife, Penelope.
|nice scene at dusk|