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Around the World in 20 days - third stop Malta

Valletta adventures


We arrived in Malta late afternoon.
We checked in, freshened up and then headed out for a dinner cruise around the harbour. We boarded our vessel and enjoyed the sun setting over the beautiful old city of Valletta. Our sailing boat came to a halt and all of a sudden there was a huge bang as a cannon was fired followed by several more. It turns out Constellation Journeys had arranged this spectacle for us.

The next morning we were supposed to do a boat trip to the Blue Grotto but once again inclement weather meant this was cancelled, we had to make do with a photo stop from the cliff top.

We then headed to the UNESCO World Heritage Tarxien Temples which date back to 3000BC and are one of the oldest freestanding buildings in the world. Parts of the temple are elaborately decorated. The site was used for rituals, most likely animal sacrifices.

Lunch was in the picturesque fishing village Marsaxlokk. It is the island's main fishing harbour and full of traditional, brightly painted Maltese fishing boats.

Our next stop was Valletta, another World Heritage Site. Not long after we arrived at the impressive entrance to the city it began to rain. As we were seeing the sights with our guide it absolutely poured down and we got drenched! We were given the option to return to the hotel which I, along with most of the rest of the group, decided to do. Gerald stayed on and visited the Grand Masters Palace and armoury and then St John's Cathedral which he said was ridiculously opulent. I only got a few photos of Valletta before the rain arrived.

That night we had my favourite gala dinner of the entire trip. We were transported in restored vintage buses and taken to the beautiful 1530 building of the Knights Hospitaller. We arrived to people dressed in medieval costume, trumpet fanfare and flaming torches. A red carpeted staircase led us into a huge reception hall full of canapes and drinks. Then a velvet curtain the width of the hall was drawn back to reveal our beautifully dressed tables. We were treated to an amazing 3 course meal whilst a live band played for us. It was a magical night.

Our time had come to an end in Malta and the next morning we were back at the airport and more hilarious outfits from our Qantas crew.

Next stop, Barcelona!

Posted by bumblebum 23:09 Archived in Malta Comments (0)

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