Sliema Chalet Hotel
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Armed with my pre-booked ticket I took the 11.00am tour of the Hypogeum. Due to the strictly controlled microclimate, the maximum number of visitors per tour is limited to 10 and no photos are allowed. This subterranean necropolis with it's halls, chambers and passages hewn out of the rock on 3 levels and dating from around 4000 BC, is like stepping into a mysterious and silent world. The Hypogeum covers some 500 square metres and it is thought ...
... Maltese sense of humour, so when he told us "This is the office of the Hypogeum, the Hypogeum is about an hour’s walk from here…" we all laughed! We were too early, as usual, so walked to a local café for a coffee before the tour.
The Hypogeum is a prehistoric underground temple, several levels deep. It was built at least 5000 years ago as a tomb for a strange culture. The place looked just like it had been a temple built above ground but ...
... the backstage area. I said ‘Hello, my name is Caitlin, I’m from Australia and I’m writing a blog about the MMAs. Can we come backstage please?’ There was a pause that felt like it would end in disappointment, before he said ‘Okay.’
What?! Does this happen in real life?!
We talked to the first backstage crew we could find; trying to keep a straight face, trying to ask sensible questions. We learnt they’d been setting ...
Today I took it easy, catching up on a lot of photos and blogging, Skyping my parents and talking to some friends back home.
Halfway through the day I stepped out with Ippy to get fresh fruit from a store up the road, and admired the view (and the sun) from our roof.
In the evening I was cooking eggs for a sandwich and burnt some oil in the pan. It smoked-out the entire floor! I was so embarrassed!
Later that night I also almost ...
... fish, clothes, souvenirs, fruit and the famous Maltese lace. The afternoon was spent exploring the salt pans that were once used to collect sea water and as the sea water evaporated out of these "pans", which could be described as big collection pools, it left behind natural sea salt that was then collected for sale locally and globally. There are a couple of different places where these salt pans exist on the island and those no longer used for salt collection have even ...