Susan's sketchbook log: Sicily & Malta


Goin' to Gozo

P. San Gorg, GozoSomewhere I read that Gozo would be the next setting for something like the Provence of Peter Mayle or "Under the Tuscan Sun"; the place to buy a funky farmhouse, rehab it and write a novel. So, couldn't leave without visiting the second largest of the Maltese Islands.

Back to Homer again, Gozo is sometimes referred to as the Isle of Calypso. In "The Odyssey" Odysseus was kept prisoner here for seven years. I hope he could take an occasional ferry over to Comino and its Blue Lagoon, with the clearest turquoise water imaginable.

The capital city on a central plateau is Victoria - an excellent name - which dates back to prehistoric times (the world's oldest free-standing and religious structures are on the island). Couldn't go inside the cathedral, as Sunday mass was in session, but got to wander around the Cittadela, the ruined fortifications.

Stopped for a coffee in the piazza (or rather pjazza here in Malta) by the market. It had a couple of old Singer treadle sewing machine tables and little stools. I figured it would be the only time in the Mediterranean I'd see three men sitting at a sewing machine.

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