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Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta June 2nd 2019

As mentioned in the last blog entry we decided to leave Gozo and head over to the island of Malta. We had been told by friends of ours where there was a good place to anchor that was close to chandleries (boat supply stores), a grocery store that has everything and the bus stop so we headed to Marsamxett Harbour and then to the head of Msida Creek to the anchorage. We were surprised to see SV Grateful anchored there as we had been in touch with them and learned they were leaving today. Soon after we put our anchor down and got settled in a dinghy came by with Niki and Jamie from Grateful in it. They were just coming back from the customs/port office as they needed to check out first. They stopped by ... read more
The Old and the New Flank the Harbor
Friends on SV Grateful Leaving the Anchorage
Our Night Views from the Anchorage in Valletta

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 June 21st 2018

Valletta is the capital of Malta and built by the Knights of St John during the crusades. The Maltese cross represents the Knights of St. John which had 8 orders or regions. The crosses adorn the magnificent Cathedral of St. John. This is a pristine and picturesque spot to dream away the day.... read more
Changing of Maltese Palace Guard
British decree to Malta
Altar of Cathedral of St. John

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta March 22nd 2018

It has been quite a stressful year so far with a lot of family related worries so a break away was definitely needed 😪 I had wanted to go to Malta for as long as I could remember, all the history and the fact Valletta is a UNESCO heritage site, combined with the nice weather seemed to make it the ideal destination 🌇 . We generally like the idea of self catering because of the flexibility it offers and that combined with the lack of hotel choice in Valletta, meant Airbnb seemed to be the best choice. A house in the city centre that slept 6 with all the usual facilities ticked all the boxes. Flight wise there was a good selection but Andrew's determination that we weren't using Ryanair meant a trip to Gatwick for ... read more
Off we go...
Valletta
Change of Hotel!

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta March 16th 2018

Time flies. Last time I have been to Malta is now a stunning 8 years ago, during my last months of living and studying in the Netherlands. I remember coming here with an old friend from my hometown, partly because of a trip to the Faroer Islands gone wrong, partly to escape the merciless Dutch winter. This was shortly before I started writing this blog and moving to Asia - times which seem ages away these days. In those days Malta was as exotic to me as a backpacking trip to South Sudan would be now. Nonetheless, my memories of Malta were clear and I was more than happy to come back here for a week of work-related leisure - or leisure-related work. Valletta had remained in my heart as a small, fortified Mediterranean wonderland where ... read more
La Valletta
La Valletta
La Valletta

Europe » Malta » Malta » St Julians October 15th 2017

Wandered... Last day in Malta & sure to be a hot one. Trial packing for tomorrow & tying up a few loose ends. Afternoon spent walking over to Balluta and through the back streets to find our old friend still living in Il Karmnu. A quick chat & catchup. We headed off for a walk around the Marina in the shade. Seems a shame leaving... Observation that we did not see any beggars or Rommnies at all in Malta.... read more
Paceville Marina
Paceville looking back to Balluta
Paceville hotels

Europe » Malta » Malta » Vittoriosa October 14th 2017

Had a very relaxing morning with domestics & a swim around 11am. Expecting another hot day. We picked up another talinjia card (tar lini ya) for the bus & have a few rides left on it so we thought we'd go back to Birgu in Vittoriosa. They were setting up for an enormous gastronomical & lantern festival, where all the lights will be turned off & the city lit with candles. Food stalls being set up everywhere to try Snails, Rabbit, Horsemeat, Octopus & Swordfish. Huge bakery stalls. Once again we erred on caution & decided to stay away from the crowds & perhaps the food... Heading into the heart of Birgu city we came across 'The Norman House' the oldest house in Birgu built by the Normans in the 13th century ontop of what has ... read more
Setting up for the Birgu lantern & food festival
Birgu street
The Birgu Norman House




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