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During my four weeks in April/May 2015 at Maltalingua I joined a lot of school activities organized by Julian, the coordinator. The activities I liked most where the English guided tours with Mariella a school teacher and licensed guide. We were small groups and every week we went with a private bus to different places of interest. We visited the old town Mdina, with its small narrow streets and the fabulous view across the whole island. The stop at Fontanella Tea Garden, with the famous chocolate cake was an obligation!
The Lascaris War Rooms Trip in Valletta was one of the most surprising tours I took part. The way the tourist guide from the museum talked about “the part of Malta during the second world war” was very interesting and he was extremely enthusiastic. After the museum we walked with Mariella around the city and to the Upper Barrakka Garden with its panoramic view. Later we made a stop at one of the best ice-cream parlour in Valletta.
I was there again and again…. 🙂
The three city tour and the megalithic Temples tour were also very interesting and informative. Only the 4D film at the temples museum was not very informative and meaningful. Whatever, on the other hand the museum and the temples were great to visit! For me it is a must! Mariella knew a lot of history and she also told stories from the present age of Malta. Her English was clear and easy to understand….also for me, perfect.
There were other not English guided tours also organized by Julian I liked too. We were always a nice group of students with Julian and we had a lot of fun. Sometimes it was a little chaotic, the bus rides needed a long time for every distance because of the incredible traffic on this island. But at the end everything worked! 😀
The Beach trip to a sandy beach called Ghajn Tuffieha was lovely for relaxing, swimming and playing beach ball. The Boat trip to the Blue Grotto was one of the worse tours I made. Eight euro for that short boating was really expensive but anyway to see blue grotto was nice and I would do it again. The wine tasting was truly really interesting, to see a wine cellar in another country and to taste a wine directly from a winemaker it’s always a nice experience. The canoeing tour in the lovely Gnejna bay I also enjoyed a lot. We were around 20 canoes paddling around. Some of us good other better!
The evening tours with the school were …… what should I say? Now I know that Malta has good wines and excellent cocktails.
At the weekend I made with other students together (sometimes organized by Julian and sometimes only recommended by him) a trip to Gozo and the sightseeing highlights like the Azure Window or a Boat trip around Comino with it’s lovely caves and the beautiful Blue Lagoon or a trip to Marsaxlokk to see the famous fish market. To travel around Malta is easy. With the public transport you can go to nearly every point on the island for little money but you need really a lot of time and even more patience. As I told you before, the traffic on Malta is a mess.
I ´ll recommend every school activity! I loved it. It was an easy way to see and hear a lot of this beautiful island and to stay together with other students and to practice my English.
Like the school motto: Learn English under the sun!
By the way, I enjoyed your lessons and I want to say thanks for this time, I attended a course B1+.
Greetings from cold Vienna
Our recommendation of the week this week was a visit to Malta’s Three Cities. The Three Cities offer an intriguing insight into Malta and its history. Left largely untouched, these cities are a slice of authentic life as well as a glimpse into Malta’s colourful history.
The Three Cities, namely Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, have provided a home and fortress to almost every nationality whom decided to settle on the Islands throughout history.
We started off our guided tour with a visit to the first city, Senglea. Our tour guide explained to us the history behind this city and the fact that it was first fortified in 1551 by Grand Master Claude de la Sengle wherein we get the name of the city – Senglea.
After, we walked over to the second and my personal favourite city in Malta, Vittoriosa – also known as Il-Birgu. Some say this city is often referred to as ‘the cradle of Maltese history’.
Unfortunately we were strapped for time so we decide to settle in and take in the scenes in Vittoriosa at one of the many beautiful waterfront restaurants for an ice cream and a drink.
These cities truly are the pinnacle of beauty.
November is the month of change. On some days you can witness some amazing thunder storms and on others you can be at the beach in mid-20’s degrees. Either-way this creates the best opportunity to go outdoors and enjoy the Maltese country side. If you are thinking of visiting Malta this coming November, here is what you could be getting up to.
As the temperature drops and the rain starts to fall more often, the Maltese country side blossoms into life. The autumn sun in Malta can still be pretty strong creating the perfect weather conditions for walking in the countryside or even cycling. The west side of Malta has breath taking landscapes which are ideal for mountain biking.
Museums/National Aquarium: Many of the finest museums in Malta could be found in Valletta, some of which are the National Museum of Archaeology and the National Museum of Fine Arts. The National Aquarium, located in the north of the island is also an ideal place to visit at this time of the year.
For those who fancy a little active leisure we also have this covered for you. If you ever find yourself in Malta during this time of the year you could sign yourself up for some horse riding, wine tasting, paint balling and also badger karting. All ideal for solo or group activities.
Throughout the autumn-winter months it could also be a good idea to book yourself on one of the Hop on Hop off buses, a perfect way of discovering the islands. You can choose from four different tours; the north tour, south tour, night tour and also the Gozo tour, which is ideal for a weekend break.
Malta and its islands are full of history. If you are given the chance, you can very easily join a guided tour with one of our teachers on a historical trip to Valletta, the three cities situated just opposite Valletta, Mdina and also the Temples which are older than the pyramids or even Stonehenge.
Giuseppe 15.15 pm Tuesday 7th is our meeting point today. We will visit the capital of Malta, Valletta. We began our walk of 10 minutes to get to Sliema where we took the ferry to go to Valletta, very short but very funny our little trip. We got off and walked to Malta 5D, a very cute movie with special effects telling the story as Malta was attacked on many occasions and also some images of the beautiful islands. We then walked through the streets of Valletta where we saw the theatre which was destroyed in the war, which is now an open air theatre. Every corner has a little history with beautiful buildings like the Grand Master’s Palace & Armory, where we took a group photo. Inside we visited the garden with a beautiful aroma of flowers, a very big sundial and a music box which plays the Maltese national anthem. We went through the market where in the past you could buy all the fresh produce like fruits, vegetables, fish etc and also buy sweets in a typical Maltese pastry shop.
We reached St.James Cavalier where the Prime Minister’s office is located, then walked to the Upper Barrakka gardens with a beautiful view of the Grand harbour and the three cities. After we returned by different streets to the ferry to return to Sliema.
What I liked the most is how proud Maltese people are of their country. 😀
Jorgelina Cirulli, 38, Spain.
Now that September has begun the temperature has finally dropped slightly, with cool breezy winds sweeping over the islands. We took this opportunity to visit the three cities situated opposite Valletta as in the summer months it is too hot.
With a good turnout of 48 students we all met up at our usual meeting point and with our bus already waiting for us we jumped in and hit the road. Mariella, our licensed tour guide, started off by introducing herself for those students who didn’t know her yet and gave some information about where we were going. She also got the students involved by asking simple questions about Malta and its history.
The three cities being Birgu, Bormla and Isla are situated just across the harbour of Valletta, so 20 minutes later we arrived at our destination. We stopped just outside the entrance of the Birgu waterfront situated next to the Freedom monument just outside the church. Mariella explained that this monument was made for the memorial of when the last of the British troops and Royal Navy left Malta in 1979.
We walked through the narrow streets whilst Mariella continuously talked about different subjects, such as churches, boulders and even signs in the walls made during the second world war. We walked from city to city, as each are touching each other so makes it fairly easy getting across. Stopping for a quick ice-cream and a dink, we then walked over the new bridge which we used to get across from one side of Bormla to another.
With just a few minutes to spare we walked across to Isla where we finished our walk with a spectacular view of the grand harbour in Valletta and also the enormous yachts that stop over in Malta on their voyages, such as the Maltese Falcon. (see the picture below 😉 )
Article written by: Danilo Plüss (Maltalingua Student)
On Wednesday, June the 11th, we visited Valletta. The activity was organized by Mariella our English teacher and tour guide. We met up at Giuseppe in St. Julians and while we waited for the bus we had a cold beer 🙂
The driver arrived at 15:15 at Giuseppe and full of expectations of Valletta, we get on the bus. The driver will bring us safely through the traffic to Valletta. As we arrived Mariella showed us the first building while talking about the history of Malta. This was the palace of the Prime Minister. Then she led us to the fortress town and explaining various buildings – of course in English!
Malta’s capital city: a living, working city, the administrative and economic heart of the islands. Valletta was named after its founder, the Grand Master of the Order of St John, Jean Parisot de la Valette and it is situated near the two deep harbours Marsamxett and the Grand Harbour. It only took 15 years to build all of Valletta with all the forts and cathedrals.
The most impressive for me was the view of the ports of Birgu, Bormla and Isla.
After nearly three hours walking through Valletta and another cold beer in a street café we left satisfied and with a lot of historical knowledge and beautiful memories to take home with me.
In all, a perfect day with Maltalingua!
A predominantly Roman Catholic country,
Malta has over 360 churches, that’s roughly one for every 1,000 residents.
A traditional form of Maltese music is known as Ghana. It is comprised of folk guitar music,
usually men, taking it in turns to debate in a sing-song voice.
The lyrics are improvised and debates are usually friendly yet challenging.
Did you know that Malta is 316 km squared
If you’re looking for some interesting books
with the Maltese Islands as a backdrop,
consider reading the following;
The Kappillan of Malta by Nicholas Monsarrat
The Sword and the Scimitar by David Ball
The Jew of Malta by Chrisopher Marlowe
The earliest evidence of human habitation in Malta
was found in the Ghar Dalam Cave.
Malta’s capital city Valletta,
is named after Jean Parisot de La Valette,
a Grand Master of the Order of Knights of St.John.
The flag of Malta is a simple red and white flag
with the George Cross in the top left hand corner.
In 2008, the Euro became the Maltese currency,
following the island’s accession in E.U in 2004.
The temples of Ggantija trace
back their foundations
to atime period before
the Egyptian pyramids.
The beautiful and elegant Pharoah Hound Dog
is Malta’s National Dog.
In Maltese the breed is called Kelb tal-Fenek.
Malta was earlier known as Melita,
meaning the island of honey,
by ancient Greeks and Romans.
Malta’s Grand Harbour boasts of being
one of the best natural deep –water harbour in the world.
In 1942 Malta was awarded with the George Cross,
by King George VI for bravery.
The two main symbols that are synonymous with Malta
and its people are the Maltese Cross and the Maltese boat.
The Maltese cross was used by the Knights of Malta.
With plenty of opportunities to use your English outside of the classroom and a range of activities to keep you occupied in your free-time, we guarantee that you’ll never be bored in Malta. Here are some of November’s highlights.
Learn about milestones throughout Malta’s past at the Mixta ta Poplu (until 5th November) which guides you through Malta’s history, explaining some of the island’s key dates and eras. Throughout November, an exhibition at Fort St. Angelo marks the history of the fortification including memorabilia showcasing the fort as one of Malta’s most iconic sights and celebrates it being the site of one of the first naval cinemas in Malta.
To celebrate being named as Capital of Culture for 2018, Valletta is hosting ‘A Tale of a City’ (until 21st November), an exhibition featuring work from eleven local artists highlighting the history and culture of Malta’s capital.
Kenneth Ross’s new play, ‘The Lockerbie Bomber’ is a real-life drama exploring events which followed the tragic bombing of Pan Am flight 103 in 1988 killing 270 people. The play, which debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, runs from 1st to 10th November at the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity.
On 30th November the Orpheum Theatre is host to a live music concert with performances by the talented French artist Gaela Brown with her band from Paris and Tel Aviv. She will be joined by two of Malta’s best-known bands, Stalko and The New Victorians for a night of unforgettable live music.
Malta has much to offer visitors all year round and September is no exception with loads of events going on to keep you busy between classes.
Learn more about the history of this splendid island by taking part in the Bormla 2013 Heritage Trail (1st September) – a three hour walking tour giving an insight into Bormla, and surroundings. Football fans can discover 75 years of the sport in Malta with a journey from the first known football team in Mdina to the town’s current team – Mdina Knights FC. The audiovisual and interactive exhibition is being held at the Corte Capitanale from 2nd to 9th September and entry is free.
If September is the month to detox after an over-indulgent summer then Malta is the place to be! A hypnotherapy session with Alan Bates DHP Acc. Hyp (3rd September) can help to ease any stress or anxiety and his hypnosis can also help you stop smoking (1st September).
Fans of contemporary photography can enjoy en exhibition by Richard Powers (5th September – 20th October) who specialises in images printed onto Brushed Aluminium. Malta is also host to US singer/songwriter and comic-book artist Jeffrey Lewis who is performing his humorous brand of music on the 11th at Hamrun Band Club. For something a little more ‘cultured’, the Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season begins at Eden Cinemas with Puccini’s Turandot (17th September).
Football enthusiasts can take in Malta’s World Cup qualifiers against Denmark (6th September) and Bulgaria (10th September) at the Ta’ Qali National Stadium and cheer on your host nation!