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Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 24th 2018

Another lazy start to the day - I'm starting to get used to this and will be in for a rude shock tomorrow when I need to be at the airport by 7:15 lol. Headed down to the Point in Sliema for a morning swim. It was occasionally overcast today but when the sun came out it really had a bite to it. I enjoyed my time swimming the length of the 'pool' and taking the occasional view of Valletta in. After swimming and sunning for the morning, I headed back to my apartment, stopping along the way to have an espresso macchiato. After showering I headed out again to meet up with friends of Clare & Pete's - Mary & Peter. They were delivering a lens that's Clare was lending me to replace the one ... read more
The three amigo's! Rosie, me and Lucas at dinner
Our dinner location

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 23rd 2018

It was a lazy Sunday morning for me today. I didn't have any plans so had decided to just take the day as it comes. I ended up venturing out around 11:30 and was wandering a bit aimlessly to start as I couldn't decide if I was hungry or not or what I felt like eating if I was! All I knew was I needed a coffee lol. I started walking toward's Giorgio's when I saw the Valletta ferry approaching so decided to jump on that and then work it out. When I got over to Valletta I went to get a macchiato from a cafe near the wharf and saw they also did toasted sandwiches so I asked for a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich. The service was terrible as they kept serving locals before ... read more
Walking along the wall surrounding the city
Streets of Valletta
This style of window is known as the Maltese window

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 22nd 2018

This morning I met up with my cousin Rosie and second cousin Lucas at Giorgio's for breakfast. It was also an exciting morning because the Eagles were playing the Demons in the prelim final and the match was well underway when I woke up! Daniel was in Amsterdam so we were 'chatting' throughout. i could safely leave the apartment to meet up with Rosie & Lucas by three quarter time lol. It was so lovely to see them! Lucas had only arrived at about 1:30 this morning (from London) as his flight had been delayed. We enjoyed a nice breakfast and especially enjoyed the coffee this cafe served! We chatted about what we all wanted to do while we are here and decided we would jump in a ferry and explore some of Valletta and then ... read more
The beautiful streets of Valletta
Good exercise walking up these streets every day!
At Elmo Fort

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 21st 2018

I set my alarm this morning as I wanted to make the most of my time before I had to check out at midday. There must have been a storm during the night as when I looked out the window, the water was stirred up and it didn't look as nice as the previous days. It was also a bit cooler, only 23 degrees. I still put my bathers on though and headed downstairs for a quick breakfast. After eating I walked along the bay but it was obvious the water was murky this morning and there was a fair bit of leaves and rubbish floating in it. Not at all appealingly. So I decided to go for a good walk along the coast and found myself heading towards the Xlendi tower. This tower was built ... read more
Pano of Xlendi Bay
Wave rock
Xlendi Tower and cliffs beyond

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema October 10th 2017

That week went really fast. The folks are flying out today & we move to new acommodation a 10-15min walk from here. All packed & our host kindly offered an extended check out time which helped immensely seeing as check in at the new place is 2pm. Sad saying goodbye to Mary & John as they 'Suntransfer'..ed off to the airport at 10am. We had a great week together! For us it turned out to be an easy shift & we were in our place by 1pm. Our place is a Studio type with a kitchenette, 3rd floor, modern, swimming pool on the same floor....perfect. We walked down to Sliema waterfront past all the street restaurants & the ferries. There appears to be a shift in tourist numbers compared to last week when we struggled to ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema October 7th 2017

Walk along the promenade to Sliema. A 3+km walk and ended up at 'The Point' plaza which came out the other side at the Sliema ferries. The promenade is a fabulous and easy walk along the seaside..the sea still recovering from the thunderstorms so quite rough on the rocky shorelline. Lots of people and families out enjoying the sunshine and the breeze.... read more
Rocky Sliema
Rocky Sliema looking to Paceville

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema October 5th 2017

Good sleep, always when it rains.. We made a go of it & went into Valletta...bus from Leyland just around the corner. It was light rain but manageable. We had a great stroll down Archbishop Street. Lovely shops & usually there would be many diners on the pavement. The city is beautiful with it's huge limestone blocks on the super grand sized buildings. Influences are many including Sicilian, Arab, French, Greek, Phoenicians, Turkish, Nth African., Carthaginians, Romans, Byzantines, Normans, Spanish, Knights of St John. We walked back up the hill via Merchant Street to the Battery Salute point. We could see quite clearly across the natural deep harbour to the 3 cities & all the shipping movement. It's really nice to share travel experiences with Mary & John who share the same passion...& really nice to ... read more
St George Cross awarded to all the people of Malta
The rain made it very colourful
Except here

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema October 4th 2017

....they say it will pass....of course it will! We have been so lucky with our weather so far but I think for Mary & John the weather back in Scotland was better. We made it out for a walk from our place through some lovely streets that have been able to retain the older style homes original to Malta with their boxed in verandas. Many have painted their doors & shutters & verandas bright blues, reds, yellows. It's really nice against the yellows hues of the limestone blocks. Not far from us in Balluta Bay, their are many high rise apartments replacing these older style homes. It is great to see some areas are being retained as they are unique to Malta, however the new apartments are good for their economy. Many British will reside here ... read more
Flooding malta today

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema January 12th 2017

Malta is positively heaving with tourists during the summer months, but still a surprisingly popular destination in winter. The islands of the archipelago are rich in the history and unique culture of the Maltese; what a thrill to be finally able to visit! From Barcelona bargain hunters can snap up a cheap fare to Malta with a stopover in Rome, my visit to the Basque region of Spain providing the catalyst for this exciting new travel destination. Due to it's strategic location Malta has long been attractive to foreign powers as a naval base, with the islands having lived under many different rulers down through the millennia. Featuring a temperate climate, Malta can be the perfect getaway from harsh northern hemisphere winters, and I'm glad to be able to base myself in the resort town of ... read more
Central Sliema
Historic Mdina
Gorgeous coast

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema July 12th 2015

16 June Soaring tens of thousands feet the mechanical bird flew high above the clouds, all that could be seen as I peered through my tiny window over my left hand shoulder was an amazing scene that can only be best described as a view over Antarctica or those with a sense of humour; an accident at a cotton wool factory. Flying with Thomas Cook the plane left Manchester at 6.00am and we landed in Malta at about 10.15am GMT before being taxi to our swish apartment with on site swimming pool. Our first task was to freshen up before we hit the streets of Sliema. The street was littered with familiar names such as Burger King, McDonalds, Burtons (men's clothing) and where we would eventually fill our empty stomachs; Marks and Spencer - the Chicken ... read more

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