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Valletta

Valletta

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Maltese street

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Three Cities

St John's co-cathedral, Valletta

St John's co-cathedral, Valletta

Inside St Paul's

Inside St Paul's

Traditional Maltese fishing boat, Marsaxlokk

Traditional Maltese fishing boat, Marsaxlokk


I arrived into Malta at 3:00am yesterday morning after a 2.5 hour flight delay at London Heathrow. The temperature at this time was warmer than the highest temp in the UK during my 3 weeks there. Back to t-shirt, shorts & sandals. Yay, my clothes were starting to reek. My accommodation is right next to the main cathedral in Valletta, St Paul's Co-Cathedral. I just started to settle down when ding dong the bell rang to signal 3:30am. Great. The bell rang every quarter of an hour. My room for the next 3 nights is less than 100m from the bell tower. Surprisingly I felt quite good today despite the lack of sleep.

I spent the morning walking around Valletta, the world's smallest capital city covering only 198 acres. The streets are narrow and hilly with many overhanging balconies. There is little traffic in Valletta so for a capital city it is strangely quiet. I decided I better go inside St Paul's to view the church that will interrupt my sleep for the next 3 nights. Have I mentioned that yet! Whilst it looks very understated on the outside do not judge the book by the cover. The inside is incredibly ornate. Every inch of the church is covered in some sort of mural, mosaic, decoration etc, including the floor. It seems Malta has a church around every corner. I just googled Malta churches and it is claimed you could visit a different church on Malta every day of the year.

It was time for lunch and finally I could try a genuine Matese pastizzi. YUM YUM YUM. I had both the ricotta and pea varieties. I think it will be my lunch every day during my time on Malta.

After exploring a bit of Valletta I took the ferry across the harbour to Silema to see if I could locate the house my Dad;s chlldhood house. After much searching on Malta's poorly numbered streets I think I might have had success.

Next was a cruise of the 2 main harbours on Malta. The cruise was great but the open section of water between the harbours was incredibly rough. The crew of the boat moved everyone from the top level of the boat downstairs and indoors as the boat was buffeted by a large swell. I could not help but sing the Gilligan's Island theme in my head as the boat was tossed around. Happy to be back on sold ground I caught the local bus to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk for a seafood themed dinner and a walk along the marina to view the traditional fishing boats.

All up not a bad effort on 4 hours sleep. Night.

Posted by adtamo 13:04 Archived in Malta

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