March 31, 2012 - Earth Hour and Malta's Day

Tonight, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., it's time to turn off our lights and celebrate Earth Hour.

Check out the official website and this earlier post

Today is Freedom Day in Malta

When British troops and the Royal Navy left Malta on this day in 1979, it was finally fully independent for the first time in thousands of years! This island nation is positioned in the Mediterranean Sea between Sicily and Italy and Africa. Of course, that location is the reason the island were taken over by empire after empire, from Phoenicians and Greeks to Romans and Arabs, from Normans and Hapsburg Spain to French and British navies.

Surrounded by the sea, with mild winters and warm summers, Malta is quite naturally a hot spot for tourists, and there are three times more tourists each year than there are residents. Film production in the nation is a growing part of the economy, and shipping and limestone are other pieces of the economic pie. As you can imagine, with so many empires struggling to control Malta, there are some amazing historic sites, including the Megalithic Temples, which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the entire world.

This slide show REALLY makes me want to go to Malta! How about you? 

If you do ever go to Malta, you might want to do some diving. Check out this video!

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