Following are pictures of some of our best moments this summer.
'Arbour 'arbour - Malta, May 2014
The Upper Barrakka gardens next to the newly reconstructed lift, that connects the port disembarkation area to Valletta:
A 'gardjola', a lookout post, adorns the outer extremity of Senglea (L-Isla):
Fort St Angelo, which guards the old city of Vittoriosa (Il-Birgu):
This is a rocky area next to the coastline, with views of 3 sandy beaches towards the south - Golden Bay, Għajn Tuffieħa and Ġnejna, further north Anchor Bay and across the sea the island of Gozo. The ground was rough, dry and barren. It's a typical landscape for Malta called 'garigue' (xagħri), consisting of hard rock with pockets of red soil where hardy plants grow. Some lizards and assorted bees and insects complete the picture. Again, wonderful views...
Back in Belgium, we managed to squeeze in a couple of walks, starting at nodes number 31 and 32. Both are close to a path with lakes on one side and a road on the other. Clearly, we were more interested in the lake:
We concluded that dirt roads are made up of crushed material from broken down buildings. We saw various bits and pieces in the gravel as we walked. Looking up, we were rewarded with such lovely scenery.