Saturday, September 25, 2010

Splash & Fun Waterpark, Malta

A fun place to visit during the summer months in Malta is the Splash & Fun Waterpark situated in Bahar ic-Caghak, north of the island. There are plenty of different slides to go down, as well as a lazy river where one can enjoy floating around on a large inflatable tyre and a wave pool where simulated waves are used to make swimming that little bit more fun. A kids swim area is available so noone is left out from having a great day out.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Changing of the Guard

The Armed Forces of Malta will be re-introducing the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Valletta’s Palace Square after a near 40-year absence.

The ceremony, which will be held twice monthly, is symbolic of the formal handing over of responsibility from one guard to another at the Palace in Valletta. (taken from Times of Malta)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Birzebbuga Sailing Club

Yesterday, my son took part in a sailing race organised by the Birzebbuga Sailing Club. This race was in aid of INSPIRE, a foundation which helps disabled persons integrate in our society. All of the proceeds went to help buy a special designed sailing boat for the use of the foundation.

(photos courtesy of Mario Brincat, a club member)

Dinghy sailing at Birzebbuga Bay goes back to the early fifties. The spectacular wooden Latini boats heralding from the three Cities of Malta and from Birzebbuga raced in the limits of the bay at St. Georges and Marsaxlokk area. Since then Birzebbuga Bay has been known as the centre for the development of high level competitive dinghy sailing. Birzebbuga Sailing Club was initiated by ex Latini sailors in 1969. Since then BSC achieved the highest national honours of 'Champions' and "Helmsmen of the Year", many times over. Club sailors raced on various classes of dinghies, especially on Marauders, Mirrors, Miracles, Sordfish and currently on Lasers. They represented Malta in major international games and won medals for Malta at the Small Nations of Europe Games. At BSC sailing for children on Mirrors and Optimists is a regular activity all the year round. Club's sailors range in ages from 7- 60 plus. It includes male and female sailors of all ages. Sailing Courses and day sailing tasters for adult beginners are offered every year for groups or individuals on demand. The Club participates in activities organised by the Malta Sports Council under the auspices of the Ministry of Education. BSC runs courses for children through SkolaSajf and SkolaSport. It collaborates with the Malta Sailing Federation and with other sailing clubs. BSC also runs an annual five day sailing course for Physical Education student teachers of the University of Malta. (taken from

The Services and Programmes of INSPIRE address the educational, therapeutic, social and recreational needs of the people we help, with a focus on ability and potential. Our vision is to see complete inclusion of people with disabilities living in the community, in schools, the workplace and in recreation. (taken

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Il-Karozzin (Maltese Horse & Cab)

Il-Karozzin” or “The Horsedrawn Carriage” was a popular means of transport in the Maltese islands in olden days. This means of transport was a common scene and one could see and hear the sound of hooves beating and clicking on the ground as the horsedrawn carriage passed through villages and towns, through the countryside and also along coast roads of the Maltese islands. The poor people depended on the horsedrawn carriage to take them on errands outside their village. The Horse Drawn Carriage was also used on special feasts and occasions such as Carnival or a wedding ceremony. Today the horsedrawn carriage is popular among tourists who would like to go round our magnificent and silent old capital city Imdina and today’s capital city Valletta.