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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Former Member ·
It does not seem fair that one place should have so much going on. Worse, it is less fair that I am not there ! Thanks for the great pics and a bit of history. What are the good months to visit for water sports like paragliding ? Is it winder or the surf stronger some months than others ?
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Thanks for your comments TatToo. Summer is the best time for water sports,from May to October. Most operators usually shut down over winter. There isn't much surf to speak of unless there is an exceptionally stormy day, but the northern parts of the island are more suited for windsurfing and paragliding as the winds from the northern Mediterranean tend to have more strength in them
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

DrFumblefinger ·
That's a great piece about a great destination most of us have not heard a lot about. Would you know if there are direct flights between Malta and Sicily, Islandman? How would you recommend connecting these two. I think a great way to spend two or three weeks would be to combine stops at Sicily and Malta.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

Travel Rob ·
Thanks IslandMan! Your history insights and photos do make it look like an ideal travel destination.
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Re: The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
Hello DrF, there are direct flights from Sicily to Malta and also a daily ferry. Yes, many visitors take in Sicily when coming to Malta, or they combine it with other European destinations. There also regular cruises around the Mediterranean which stop in the Grand Harbour for a day.
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Re: Mandolin Aegean Bistro The Mediterranean Gem

Travel Luver ·
I love Greek food. This place looks great!
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Re: Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 2, 2014: Boats at Cassis, France

GarryRF ·
Just like the Cornish Riviera - with French rural architecture. Once you have a taste for living by the sea - its hard to be drawn away.
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Re: Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Former Member ·
The pictures are so nice. We never thought that Marseilles looked like this. We thought it was a dreary port town. This makes us rethink any trips to the south of France. If we were to go hiking, how many days would be good there ? 2 ? 3 ? Thanks.
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Priority Boarding: your chance at being first onto 2 new cruisers

PHeymont ·
For those who like to be a bit ahead of the curve, here are two opportunities!   Holland America has announced it's taking reservations for the first cruises on its new flagship, MS Koningsdam, which will sail in February 2016. It's assigned to...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, December 2, 2014: Boats at Cassis, France

IslandMan ·
    We had a day to spare on a recent trip to Marseilles . The B'n' B we were staying at recommended a visit to Cassis (French pronunciation:kasi). We took a local train there, about 40 minutes journey from Marseilles. The town is situated...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Dec 16, 2014: Golden Bay, Malta

IslandMan ·
    Golden Bay is located on the north-west coast of Malta , and is one of only a handful of sandy beaches around the coast. Although Malta is surrounded by water, most beaches are just rocky outcrops, and the few beaches that do have sand...
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Capital of Culture Series: Marseilles

Travel Rob ·
 Marseille Cathedral, near the Vieux Port I was lucky enough to spend a few days in Marseilles this past June and was very impressed. It really is an excellent example of what the Capital of Culture designation can do for a city. Have a walk...
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Cruise to set sail with unknown itinerary

PHeymont ·
One of the great perks of a good road trip is not knowing where you'll stop along the way...just where you start and where you end (and sometimes, not even that!) So how about a 10-day cruise on a luxury ship where all you know is where it sales from...
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Istanbul: Cruising the Bosphorus

PHeymont ·
One of the classics for visitors to Istanbul—and for quite a few Istanbulis as well—is a cruise up the Bosphorus, the 19-mile strait that connects the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara, and ultimately the Mediterranean. The Bosphorus is more...
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But the GPS said...Alps-bound bus visits the Riviera

PHeymont ·
A couple of weeks ago, we published a News Link about a couple who followed their GPS off the road and into the water...now we've got one about a tour bus driver who set the wrong town on the device.   The driver of the ski-tour bus, organized...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Oct. 6: Chateau D'If, France's Alcatraz

PHeymont ·
The storied Chateau D’If sits on the small island of If,  just a short ferry ride from Marseille’s Vieux Port. Built originally (depending on your view) to defend Marseille from invasion or to keep Marseille under the king’s...
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Mandolin Aegean Bistro The Mediterranean Gem

Katy ·
Mandolin is truly a hidden gem in the middle of Midtown Miami. When you walk through the blue double doors you find yourself in an enchanted outside patio with wood tables and chairs that are covered with blue accents. The restaurants owners have made...
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Gumbo's Pic of the Day, Aug 19th, 2014: Limestone Caves, Malta

IslandMan ·
    The Maltese islands are made up of natural limestone and have been called a geological paradise by those with an interest. They are also ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling . There are many inlets, bays and rock formations where...
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The Maltese Islands – Underrated gems or best kept secret ?

IslandMan ·
    I have an affinity with the Maltese islands. The fact that I was born there may have something to do it, but, as I have lived most of my life in Australia, the distance between the 2 countries has made this affinity...
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Apr. 20, 2016: Waterfront fish sellers, Marseille

PHeymont ·
Marseille's traditional waterfront fish market, selling right off the boat, has survived gentrification of the Vieux Port area.
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Feb. 15, 2016: San Antonio, Ibiza, the party place

GarryRF ·
GarryRF shows us why Ibiza, Spain is the party place for Europeans.
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