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Today we got up a bit later and got a bus to Valletta and then another to Hagar Qim and Mnajdra, two neolithic sites on the south coast. It's one of the wilder parts of the island, big cliffs and stoney fields, not the easiest place to live. Both temples, if they are that, are about 4,000 years old and resemble the multi-lobbed dwellings at Skara Brae, with more impressive carvings and statuary.

A short walk later we got on a small motorboat and went round the bottom of the cliffs to look at the Blue Grotto, a sea cave where the clear water and light combine to produce an incredible luminescent colour.

After some minor pootling round Valletta on the way back, we had kebabs out and thenn cakes annd No Country For Old Men in our roo



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Aug. 24th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Thanks for pointing me to these posts, Steve. These really give me a sense of how easy it is to get around the island. Though, if you'd been captured by secret cult or ancient order of insane knights, that would have been a big help to the research I'm doing now.

Have you been to Skara Brae? I loved it and am rapidly thinking I might enjoy Malta, as well.
Aug. 25th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
A pleasure. I haven't been to Skara Brae but I have been to Stonehenge, Avebury and a lot of the sites on Anglesea. I think the nearest we came to a secret cult was the bus drivers.

Profantasy have many of these sites in Temples, Tombs and Catacombs, including the Hal-Saflieni Hypogeum.
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