Gozo: First Impressions

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#MaltaisMore We arrived late in the day in Gozo and barely had the time to familiarize ourselves with the island, but after our first half day, one thing is already clear: it is not at all what I had imagined.

From what I had read, I had expected to find a throwback to the Mediterranean world of the 1950s, an island full of dirt roads with a agricultural delivery van passing by every ten minutes in a cloud of dust, villages with women in black veils who quickly rush back into their houses as soon as an unfamiliar face turns around the corner, church bells and mustachioed men with hard faces and suspicious eyes.

I smile as I write this, because Gozo is not like that at all, and a throwback – if any at all – only to the Mediterranean world

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Pomskizillious and Gromphiberous …

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… is how Edward Lear described the Maltese island of Gozo. But that’s not the whole story. #MaltaisMore!!! In our last post, we gave you a few tips for your autumn city break. Today’s post is all about our own, which will take us to Malta – and not to Malta at the same time.

Admittedly, this is not much of a riddle, considering I pretty much let the cat out of the bag in the headline. So here it goes: Malta is both an island and a country, and, conversely to what many people may think, the two are not the same, because the Republic of Malta comprises more than the island of the same name and actually is a proper archipelago of many rocks both great and small as well as three inhabited islands: Malta, Comino (which admittedly just barely scrapes over the “inhabited” line with

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Easy Hikes for an Autumn City Break

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Going to Barcelona, London, Paris or Rome? Here are some tips for an active autumn city break Now that summer is over, and the holiday season behind us, it’s time to plan your autumn city break. Here is a suggestion: why not include a hike in your travel arrangements?

This does not have to be something difficult. Ideally, such a “city break hike” would be not too taxing: short and easy even by Easy Hiking standards, something you can do in a comfortable pair of shoes rather than hiking boots (since you will not want to carry a pair of those in your flight luggage), something where you find a pretty village at the end of a road where you can have a cup of coffee or a light meal. Plus it must be easy to reach by public transport.

Fortunately, most popular destinations have several

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Who Invented Currywurst?

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The Easy Hikers atone for past falsehoods by revealing the truth about Germany’s national dish As a final note to our brief stay in Berlin, here is something that, admittedly, is only somewhat tenuously linked with hiking. Something in lieu of an official retraction, an apology or (what they called under communism) “criticism and self-criticism”. And, to use a modern term, something to achieve “closure”.

There must have been, over the years, many a post where I have made some very tall claims indeed, twisted the truth in the most abominable fashion or expressed some truly outrageous opinions, but overall, my dear friends, you have been letting me off fairly easy.

Only once did I really get heat from you. This was when I suggested – on the occasion of a restaurant recommendation connected with one of our hikes in the West

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One of a Kind

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Berlin’s Tempelhof airport has been turned into a paradise for cyclists, windsurfers, wild birds, crazy golfers, baseball fans – and walkers Hiking, in a certain way, is like listening to popular music – because, let’s face it, most hikes do not really offer anything strikingly original like something you have never seen before, but rather rearrange familiar motifs: trees, meadows, wooded hills, a river, a lake, views of farms and distant church steeples.

The same is true for urban walks, where interesting cityscapes mix houses where something important has happened with houses where somebody interesting once lived and houses that are merely pretty to look at.

Only a few walks offer something genuinely different and are truly “one of a kind”. This is one of them.

It is an odd thing that, while most of the truly legendary train stations

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