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/
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.
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.
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.
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