|Blue Lagoon - swimming with fish|
On our second day there we were woken up at 8 in the morning with what sounded like canon fire. I was somewhat non-plussed by the regular bangs - and wondered whether there was some sort of military exercise going on. Actually there wasn't - it was just one of the smallest communities on Gozo from the village of San Lawrenz celebrating St Lawrence day. In fact they didn't just celebrate the 8th August - they celebrated for 5 days until the 12th with the fireworks morning and night - together with various processions and other gatherings. I've said it before - but I do think we in Frodsham should make far more of celebrating St Lawrence's day!
Then there was the Feast of the Assumption on the 15th August - with its bank holiday, more processions, horse racing in Victoria (Gozo's capital) and the mandatory fireworks for 4 days morning and night and other excuses I never did quite fathom out for other communities letting of fireworks.
Now I know FTC's 8 minute firework displays at New Year cost around £1,500 to put on. The amount of ordinance I saw and heard fired off suggested over £0.5m worth of fireworks were being fired off over the 14 days of our holiday! I'm sure they weren't spending that much - and in fact they had their own non-governmental organisation responsible for all the firework displays!
|this was a dress rehearsal on 14 August|
|Along the main road into Victoria - the crowd was on the shady side of the road!|
And then there were the flags. Not just any standard sized flags - they went in for enormous flags. Any excuse a flag was put up.
The small town we were staying in Xaghra - had 'Xaghra Rocks' on 11 August where the local council with the community put on a free music show in the town square supported by the local businesses. There must have been over 1,000 people watching and taking part - and this from a town of around 4,200 people.