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Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema 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 ... read more
Corner shop
Blue Gallery
The language

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 18th 2019

From all directions we converged on the island nation of Malta. Craig came from Berlin, Leanne and Nathan from Melbourne and I came from London. We descended upon the seaside borough of Sliema and got back to what we do best. Holidaying in the sun, that is. Malta itself is small. The buses from the capital, Valletta, will take you anywhere on the main island in less than an hour. So, we used it as a base for 5 days to see and learn about the culture, history and nature of this place. To start with it is a dry rock, sticking out of the water. Not much grows here and one of the most useful things they have on the island is sandstone. The yellow rocks are quarried and have been for centuries. They used ... read more
Valletta in the afternoon
Inside the Knights of St John Hospical

Europe » Malta » Malta » Sliema September 17th 2019

It's lovely being back in Malta...2min walk to the 3 swims. The water is warmer than home but refreshing all the same. It's like trying to crack the da vinci code to use the power here. First we need to find the 'power switch' to utilise the power point which also has to be turned on.....there are quite a few 'power switches'....power cuts are not uncommon here in Malta! Our apartment is nice in a new block & the owner has 8 units in it plus the penthouse ...he is also a Pilot. Spinola Bay was our first stop today...just around the corner. There was nice sea breeze so the heat was bearable. I think we saw only 2 of the original Maltese houses left on the waterfront! It has been totally transformed in this ... read more
Our street
Corner of our street

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

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