Water park

Alice blowing bubbles underwater

On our way to the Gozo ferry on Saturday, Alice noticed a waterpark, and asked if we could go. The weather on Sunday was quite warm, so we decided to go. The water was actually colder than the sea, but we managed to have a good time anyways. We had fun playing with the underwater camera.

Malta sunsets


I got some nice shots of the sunset from the terrace the other day, after we enjoyed some local Maltese red wine from the Antonin winery.

Waves crashing on the beach


One of my favorite songs, American Girl by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, has this line:

Yeah, she could hear the cars roll by

Out on 441 like waves crashin’ on the beach

Tom Petty, American Girl

This line came into my head as we were watching the waves crash on the beach on Friday. We had hoped to go swimming, but the sea was too rough. We enjoyed watching the waves crash on the beach.

Tuesday the beach at Ballutta bay was sandy and calm. Today, the rough waves were churning up the sand and bringing all sorts of drift wood up onto the beach, which was nearly gone.

Malta: main Island tour


Today we took a guided tour of the main island. Our stops included Mdina, Hagar Qim, and Valletta.

Mdina is a walled city, the ancient fortress capital with winding streets. They were on a high point to keep an eye out for invaders coming to steal people into slavery. They would light a bonfire on a high platform and the surrounding villagers would come inside the city walls. We enjoyed the car free streets, gas lamps, and charm.

Hagar Qim is an ancient temple from 5700 years ago that also functions as a calander by aligning with solar and stellar events, like solstices and constellations.

Valletta is the modern day capital built in the 16th century by the Knights of St. John. in contrast to Mdina, it is a port city on a grid. The wealth of Malta, collecting something from all the civilizations that have come and gone, are apparent here.

It was a good day. Thank you to our hostess, Joan from https://www.maltatourguide.com/

Malta: exploring Valetta together

This morning, we watched the sunrise. After breakfast, we took the ferry to Valletta. There was a morning downpour, so we ducked into some shops for a bit. After it cleared up, we took the ferry into Valletta. We had lunch and wandered around. We stepped into St. Paul’s cathedral, one of the characteristic spires in our view from our vacation apartment. The view back to Sliema does not suck either. Spencer entertains himself with his Rubik’s cube in any downtime.

Sun, Clouds, Birds

This morning we set our alarm to wake up before sunrise so we could watch it from our rooftop terrace. The view wasn’t quite as nice as I had hoped, but it was still very relaxing. I really enjoyed watching the clouds go by. There were also several flocks of birds, which were really mesmerizing to watch, as they circled round and round, switching from white to black as they turned around.

Mesmerizing birds

Swimming at Balluta bay

Fedibbletys at Balluta bay
Fedibbletys at Balluta bay
Fedibbletys at Balluta bay

Today was probably the best weather we will have on our Malta trip, so we decided to go to the beach. We had a lazy morning, and then had lunch at NAAR right on the water at Balluta bay. Then we enjoyed a little dip. The beach was fairly sandy, which is atypical for Malta we are told. The downside is that the water was not very clear, so my new underwater camera was not that interesting. Nevertheless, we had a great time, and a fellow sunbather even volunteered to take a picture of all four of us.

Good morning Malta

Although our original train to the airport was cancelled, we were able to get a different one, and arrived safely on time in Malta. Last night we simply relaxed in our vacation apartment. Today we are ready for the beach. Here is the view from the rooftop terrace