Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Ten things to do in Malta in Spring

Spring is probably the best time to visit Malta. The weather is still mild and not unbearably hot and most of the stormy weather will be over. In Spring the countryside is at its best as all the wild flowers burst into bloom, painting the landscape in a plethora of pretty hues. It is a great time to be out in the open and most of the activities I will be sharing take place outdoors. So, if anybody is planning a visit to Malta and wondering what to do during the Spring months, here are my recommendations:

1. Experience the Spring equinox at  Mnajdra temples
This annual event is organised (weather permitting) by Heritage Malta  at one of Malta's oldest neolithic temples: Mnajdra (pronounced Imniydra). Nobody knows the exact reason for the orientation of the temples with the sun and other celestial bodies and it has not been determined whether this relationship was intentional. However, the alignment of the temples with the sun on specific days of the year, most notably the spring and autumn equinoxes and the winter and summer solstices, is so precise that it is thought that this is highly probable.
Guided tours start early, at 5.30 am, and this year will take place on the 19th and 20th of March. Only a limited number of tickets are available for each tour.
More information may be find on the website of Heritage Malta.
Although I've lived here all my life, I've still to experience the equinox or solstice at this very magical  and special place but  it's on my bucket list.
You may learn more about the Mnajdra temples in a post I had written some time ago on one of my old blogs:  Neolithic Malta: Mnajdra Temples.

Mnajdra Temples  - Sincerely Loree

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Blogs by women over 40 that I love to read

Perhaps you're wondering why I'm advertising the fact that these blogs I am sharing today are written by women who are over 40 years old. Perhaps you're thinking it's a bit rude of me to disclose their age. But I find that, although the internet is flooded with blogs and articles written by younger women, the rest of us tend to get a bit side-lined. So, although I  try not to let the age of the writer deter me from reading a particular blog, truth be told, we're always going to have much more in common with people in our own age group. In reality, I will read any blog that has something interesting to say but I have no intention of spending my time reading lists of 'must-haves' that change with the seasons that some person I don't even know thinks I should buy. Nor will I read posts by condescending bloggers telling me what I should or should not be wearing 'at my age'. But before I get side-tracked and go off on a rant about one of my pet peeves, here are 5 blogs that are always a joy to read:

The Vintage Contessa
One woman and her pig - Elizabeth & Banksy.
Photographed by Ari Seth Cohen

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Life, lately - sunsets, open spaces and the flu

It's been a strange winter - very mild with hardly a drop of rain. The last time it rained properly, aside from a sprinkling or two, was on December 13th. I remember it distinctly because my son was camping and I was worried that he and his friends would get cold and wet. It's been, mostly, a very mild winter all over Europe, until storm Ciara wreaked havoc across a number of countries yesterday. But the forecast for Malta remains fair.
Blue hour in Valletta's  Merchants' Street - Sincerely Loree

Leaving the disappointingly mild and dry weather aside, here's a little of what I've been up to lately.

My Instagram

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