Saturday, October 11, 2014
Gozo, Malta's magical sister island
As we approached the north of the island, the landscape changed: hills with arid vegetation, rocks, olive trees and some fields that had been ploughed leaving huge furrows and mounds of clay. We passed through St. Paul's Bay. I don't think I have ever seen a bay so full of boats. Finally, we reached the ferry terminal.
On the approach to Ramla Bay we saw Odysseus' Cave, where legend has it he lived for seven years, seduced and enchanted by Calypso. Below the cave are the remains of a Roman Villa. Ramla Bay lies below a tabletop plateau, which could be seen for miles around.
We stopped at a crafts centre that was filled with the usual ‘crafty’ things but also food items. Since we hadn't eaten since breakfast and it was now mid afternoon we were more than happy to sample the olives, sun-dried tomatoes, pecorino cheese with black pepper and sun-dried fig chutney on crackers. All the food came from Gozo. We bought some crackers, cheese and the tasty chutney.
Our hope was to eat in the capital of Gozo, Victoria, so we hopped off the bus, but all we found were small bars. What to do? Finally, we found a take away restaurant with a Maltese specialty, pastizzi, flaky pastry filled with mushy green peas. Delicious.
Once back in our apartment, we sampled our crackers, cheese and sun-dried fig chutney while watching another cruise ship head out to sea.