Subject: Re: Malta
Hi Rosemary,

We visited Malta in late November - early December 2003 for a week and had a great time. Although it has been traditionally a seaside destination for the British, the beaches aren't great and that's not why we went. What appealed to me was the combination of warmish weather (light jackets and even shirt-sleeve weather some days), archaeological ruins, some of which predate Stonehenge and the Pyramids, and reasonable prices.

Other pluses are budget public transit, English language use (their second official language), Mediterranean island location, friendly people and interesting local ambiance.

The archaeology is worth the trip alone. We were overwhelmed by the underground "temple" - the hypogeum and the exquisite "sleeping lady" tiny statue in the museum in Valletta.

Here are some links to whet your appetite! http://www.art-and-archaeology.com/malta/malta.html http://tinyurl.com/yubxj http://www.heritagemalta.org/hypogeum.html

Frances Toronto, Canada