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5 things to do in Malta

21 09 2014 / BY Brunette Blogging

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Fomm ir-Rih. Not the easiest beach to reach, but very much worth the trouble. At the only place left to park your car (the road stops) you already have a magnificent view on the bay – but from there you have a bit of a difficult path to go before you reach the pebbly beach. Just so you know: there are no stairs or amenities to be found on the small beach, so be prepared and make sure to pack your own food, drinks and umbrellas.

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Azure window. I’ve probably repeated this one too many times, but the Azure Window in Gozo is the place to be for Game of Thrones geeks (since they filmed some scenes here). There really isn’t that much to do here, except enjoy the view of this beautiful piece of nature. If you’re a diver – apparently there’s a lot the be seen here since a lot of diving activity goes on here. The sea is a bit more wild, but you can take a swim in the more calm and beautiful natural swimming pools as well.

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Valletta. A bit of an obvious one maybe, but make sure to put the capital on your list. A place that still breathes history, has beautiful buildings and different things to discover. From the old and steep city streets to the view from the Barrakka gardens or a stroll by the waterfront – Valletta offers a variety of activites. And while we’re at it – put Mdina (the old capital – located elsewhere) on your list too.

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Mgarr ix-Xini. Some locals told us that this supposedly would be the spot where Brad & Angelina are filming their new movie – but I’m not quite sure if that’s true. In any case, I can confirm that this is a beautiful, more quiet spot to snorkel. You’ll also find a rather large fish restaurant, comfy sun beds and lots of boats here.

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St. Peter’s pool.This was pretty much one of my favorites, despite the fact that it was very crowded. The water is so clear and beautiful, with gorgeous rock formations and a spot where you can climb on (albeit rather unelegant, since they put some sort of tiny self-made ladder there that is hardly high enough for small people to reach the top) and jump or dive off again. Hell yes, I did it and it was scary! The view from the top is worth it alone – but if you’re not up to it, you’ll be entertained with people watching alone.

You can read my full Malta travel guide here (map included).



Last days of Summer

18 09 2014 / BY Brunette Blogging

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Brandy Melville kimono – Zara top – Loavies shorts – Topshop loafers – Veritas bag – Michael Kors watch – Diamanti per Tutti bracelet

I love that September always manages to surprise us with some sneaky summer days when we least expect it. It’s like that last extra boost of sunshine you need just before the colder days start – and that’s how it came to be that I was running around in a breezy outfit yesterday, enjoying one of the last days of summer. I met up with Paulien and we shot these with her new photography material, which explains the different (but very cool) vibe to these pictures. After a year or two of extensively using my 50mm lens, I’m thinking it couldn’t hurt to start looking into something different – aka the expensive and dangerous path of new lenses. We’ll see! And if I’m being totally honest, I kind of know for a fact that these aren’t the last days of summer for me just yet – a very cool trip is just around the corner, but you’ll find out more about that soon!

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Pictures by Paulien