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Published: September 21st 2019
A quiet day we decided with an early walk round the streets in behind the waterfront. Lovely Maltese homes designed for the weather with their 'galleries' out front. Soft but bright pink, blue, red, green, yellow, stand out against the limestone. As in any Country beside the seaside the weather is harsh the homes & need constant attention. We sat in Ballutta Bay square at the waterfront in the shade & a nice sea breeze for half an hour...just heaven....& watched everyone swimming. A parasail has been on the go out on the point everyday since we have been here. Yacht's & launches in & out the bay...masses of swimmers. No thunderstorms this time. The bus system has improved imensely!!!...or we have.
And so it is Independence Day here...a public holiday. Although most places appear open for the morning. We deliberately chose to stay away from the celebrations in Valletta due to the crowds. We nearly opted for a ferry to Gozo Island in the opposite direction but thought they would be having their own celebrations!
Reading the Malta Times this week...the Maltese Search & Rescue have brought ashore 256 migrants from sea today & a total of 459 since we
arrived on Monday. There are arguements as to whose responsibility it is to rescue & process depending on what waters they were rescued from. The Consensus at the moment is these people will be rescued, processed & distributed onto other EU Countries so the islands do not get over burdened. It is possible they never intend to stop at the Islands anyway as they will be looking for work...& with the numbers still coming from Libya the islands alone cannot provide this. Most of these people we have seen here are keen to work...you name it they are doing it. Alot of construction here providing labour & new skills.
Another swim at our favourite beach & strolled the Promenade. Chillout day. Our apartment is on the inner side of the Court so very peaceful. We hear church bells, happy kiddies, a little songbird is put out everyday in the courtyard & echos throughout then all is quiet after 11pm in the streets. The Maltese law is quite strict about this....you can be fined for making a noise aftet 11pm....works just perfectly!
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