New York Times Frugal Traveler visits Gozo
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The New York Times Frugal Traveler series featured Gozo and Malta in its Wednesday edition, the article was accompanied by a slideshow and video.
The full text of this interesting article relating directly to Gozo is quoted below and at the bottom of the page is a link to the full article, slideshow and video.
“My first day, for example, I walked out of Number 43 and into the heart of Qala (pronounced A-la), which like all Maltese villages centers on a magnificent Catholic church. Across from the church was Ta’ Vestru (5, St. Joseph’s Square, 356-2156-4589), where I ate rabbit stew, a Gozo specialty made from the meatiest bunny I’ve ever encountered, larded with carrots and peas, braised in red wine and served with a whole roast head of cauliflower and sweet peppers sautéed with fennel seeds. I washed it down with a half-liter of the house white and paid the ridiculously modest bill: 12.75 euros. I didn’t need to eat again all day.
Stuffed, I barely made it past Qala’s beige stone houses and endless stands of yellow-flowering wild fennel, to Hondoq Bay, the closest beach, where I roasted my distended belly amid vacationing Brits and local kids who dove effortlessly into the warm, blue water from a high pier. Sailboats and a Jet Ski sent ripples across the calm waters.
To see Malta and Gozo, I needed to be mobile, so I rented a 50cc Piaggio from On Two Wheels (36, Rabat Road, Marsalforn, 356-2156-1503, www.on2wheelsgozo.com) at 19 euros a day. I first visited the Ggantija Temples (www.heritagemalta.org; admission 3.49 euros), erected between 3600 and 3000 B.C. and believed to be the oldest free-standing buildings in the world. The back story was more impressive than its appearance – crumbling walls of beige brick supported by scaffolding. Angkor Wat this was not. The luncheonette Gesther’s.
With the heat getting to me, I skipped nearby Calypso’s Cave – where legend has it Ulysses was detained for seven years as a love slave – in favor of a long, slow, well-shaded lunch at Gesther’s (8th September Avenue, Xaghra, 356-2155-6621), a charming luncheonette recommended by Time Out Malta & Gozo. My fish soup, spaghetti with rabbit sauce and red wine cost 10.10 euros, and brought that day’s Grand Tourism to an end.”
The full New York Times article, together with slideshow and video, can be viewed on the following link – http://frugaltraveler.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/06/25/mopeds-horsemeat-and-pynchon-on-malta/