ISLAND OF LEGENDS

Perched on a shallow shelf formed from the high points of a
land bridge between Sicily and North Africa the Maltese
Islands became isolated as sea levels rose after the last Ice
Age. During its 5,000-year history, the island boasts
stunning Neolithic temples, staved off Ottoman invasions
into Europe, and served as a strategic Allied port as Nazis
blitzed the continent.

Situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea some 93km
south of Sicily: its faint twinkling lights visible on the
horizon at night, and 288km north of Africa, the island of
Gozo has long been associated with Ogygia, the island home
of the nymph Calypso in Homer's Odyssey, a remarkable
piece of literature that occupied my brown school briefcase
and desk for many years as a young school kid. Since then, I
have always wanted to visit the Maltese Island’s and explore
its ancient secrets for myself.

My plan was to explore a series of prehistoric megalithic
monuments, on Gozo and Comino, built during three
distinct time periods approximately between 3600 BC and
700 BC, the world's oldest free-standing structures and are
also among the world's oldest religious structures. My
journey passed dramatic limestone encrusted lunar
landscapes, saltpans, geological caves and dry gorges cut by
extinct steams.

For some of my journey I employed a donkey not only to
serve as company but also to carry some provisions. The
idea of walking with a donkey for part of my journey was to
good to pass up.
Ripley Davenport | Explorer, Adventurer and Entrepreneur
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