Malta ??

malta

#1

My wife and I are thinking about visiting Malta in April. Does anyone have any suggestions about where to eat or what to visit? One place that friends have recommended is Guzé in Valletta. Any other suggestions would be very welcome.


(John Hartley) #2

It’s more years than I care to think about since my only trip to Malta. Must be getting on for 40, so absolutely no eating reccs. I do remember that rabbit often appears on menus and they did it well. There’s a strong Italian influence on the food - no surprise due to its location

It’s a very small island so easy to get about and see pretty much everything worth seeing in a few days. We had gone mainly as a beach holiday but managed the sights as well.


#3

The local language is also a mix of Italian and Arabic. I speak Italian, and at one time I spoke some Arabic. So the logical conclusion is that in Malta I will communicate in English.


( :@)) :@)) ) #4

It’s on the news here, every year or so, rankings of European countries and their proficiency in English. Scandinavians always take the top spots (which the Dutch don’t find amusing). Malta is not on this list because English is 1 of its official languages. Maltese also have highest English fluency.

You could communicate in Italian of course. Over 60% speak Italian. The Swiss I have met in my travels are amazing. They switch between languages with such ease. Speaking German, French, Italian, Spanish and English with high fluency like a piece of cake. (Although I don’t understand most of what they say in Swiss German :smiley: )

Unfortunately it’s been 20 years, things must have gotten better now in the food scene.


#5

Well, of course I’ll speak English there. I was just connecting the Italian influence in the food to the Italian influence in the language.


(John Hartley) #6

It’s that colonial legacy again.


#7

At least some of us can profit from it.


(John Hartley) #8

My sense is that the Scandis also speak it with less accent than the Cloggies.

By the by, Manchester United Football Club currently has a Norwegian manager. He used to play for United. His English is perfect and his accent, such as it is, is just like mine! Which, of course, means he has no accent.


(Geoffrey) #9

Hi bcc. Trip Advisor would be a good search engine for food suggestions in Malta.


#10

Thanks, but I’m afraid I don’t much trust tripadvisor. On the other hand, we visited Amsterdam a few years ago and I found 4 or 5 excellent suggestions on tripadvisor! So I guess I’ll take a look.


(John Hartley) #11

Me neither. But sometimes it can provide the starting point - if for nothing else than throwing up some names to investigate further. It’s been a saviour when we’ve travelled in America. That said, if I look at the Top 20 for the city at the centre of metro area, there’s only three places I’ve even heard of - and of those, there’s only one that is “food worthy”.


(Geoffrey) #12

Agree that it is a good starting point as it gives one a better idea of what is available in the neighborhood of where one is looking.


#13

Not remotely food related, but I would hit ALL of the neolithic sites in Malta.

I love that stuff.


#14

Thanks, we do too. But you say “all” of them. Last year in Sardinia there were lots of nuraghi, but the guided tour of Su Nuraxi di Barumini made it all make sense.