St Bride’s Pitlochry visit to Malta

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Parishioners and friends from St Bride’s RC Church, Pitlochry, has newly returned from a parish trip to Malta and Gozo. The parishioners were accompanied by friends from Perth, Dundee and Glasgow. Thanks to their diode, Maria, they are confident that they learned all there is to know about the islands of Malta and Gozo. The weather was kind but blustery resulting in some wet feet on occasion. They visited ancient temple remains on both islands and were astonished to learn that they were more than 1000 years older than the pyramids and Stonehenge.

Through their visits to the three cities and Valetta, they learned of the various incarnations of Malta from its invasion by the Phoenicians, Romans, Ottomans and of course, the famous Knights of St John. The whole adventure took them all the way through the history of the islands up to the present day and we visited the famous Mosta Church and its dome which survived a direct hit by a bomb during the Second World War.

“It was a marvellous experience,” said one of the group, “and we hope to travel again soon, perhaps to Rome.”