After spending Christmas day in England, in the cold, in the rain (even in the snow on one or two occasions), in 2014 we had a change from the norm and spent it in glorious sunshine on the quaint and beautiful island of Gozo.
“But what about spending time with your family? How selfish are you?” we hear you shout, we’ll stop you right there as we did in fact spend it with family. Anthony’s brother Jeremy moved to Gozo in 2013 with his girlfriend Ebuni to start a new life and family, and he invited us to spend Christmas with them, so how could we say no?
The rest of the family were also invited so we had Dad (Jeff), Stepmum (Nicky), Nan (Elsie) and Grandad (Derek) plus a surprise guest we weren’t expecting.
Gozo is a small island just off the north west coast of Malta, which itself is south of Sicily, nestled in the Mediterranean sea. To travel there, you have to fly to Malta then drive up through the island to reach the ferry crossing. We chose to use public transport taking the number X1 bus from directly outside the airport terminal. The journey took just over an hour and only cost 1.50 EUR. Alternatively you can get a taxi for about 30 Euros, which would certainly be quicker and more convenient, if that’s what you prefer.
Once we arrived at the Gozo Channel Ferry crossing, we had a painless and easy trip across to Gozo. You don’t have to pay for the ferry when you sail over but you do on the way back; it’s only 4.65 EUR for each passenger which is extremely reasonable.
We were greeted in Gozo by the family and Jez drove us back to his house to provide us with a much needed glass of wine. Anthony had only just sat down and taken his first sip when he received a gentle tap on his shoulder, he turned to find his sister Emily standing behind him. His sister had, at the time, been living in Koh Tao, Thailand but she decided to surprise us all and arrived at Jez’s house the day before; it was the best Christmas present we could have asked for.
We had a wonderful holiday spending time with the family but we were also lucky enough to be able to tour the island. We have already shared our photos on our Facebook page but we thought we would share a few of our favourites with you here.