More of Malta

Our first view of the impressive silhouette of Valetta.

After leaving Comino Island and Gozo we headed into the northern section of Valetta’s harbours, Sliema Bay, and attached to an enormous mooring buoy.

One of the many vintage items around Valetta.
Beautiful fountain.

Once settled, we took the ferry across to Valetta peninsula and walked through the charming streets, with gorgeous sights unfolding around every corner.

Our destination was the Mediterranean Conference Centre where we were hoping to be able to obtain tickets for a sold out performance of Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto – which we love!

Bocci players in action.

Meanwhile, we watched a match of Bocci – a kind of Boule, only more vicious! – being played down the water front.  The players were highly skilled.

Once back at the concert hall,  we were asked to wait in the foyer of the incredible St John’s Knights Hospital building and once all ticket holders had taken their seats we were ushered into the stalls and enjoyed the performance for FREE!

War memorial. The Peace Bell overlooking Grand Harbour. The people of Malta were jointly awarded the George Cross for their valour and bravery during the Second World War.

After that special treat we were on a high.

The next day we walked around to the Marina to check the position of our berth and had a bit of an explore.  We then met up with David Mather, a pal from MdR,  (who had kindly brought a parcel from Sicily for us) for a coffee in Marks and Spencer’s.

The view from Ta’x Biex across towards the Valetta Isthmus.

Later, we motored into Msida Marina and parked up with the able assistance of the delightful marineros. Lovely.

Next day, we hired a car and after refilling the dive tanks we set off to explore the island.  We drove south to Marsaxlokk and enjoyed a coffee on the sea front.  We popped into visit the brother in law of my friend Jane Blanshard at his restaurant in Birzebuggia.

The bridge and gate across to Mdina.

After consulting our Malta expert, Paul Brennan we headed up to Mdina.

The view from the roof terrace of the Xara Palace hotel.

What a beautiful town with outstanding views across Malta and far out to sea.

 

 

We found the Xara Palace Hotel, as instructed, and stayed for a bite to eat and a glass of wine.

Soon it was time to head back via Lidl to stock up for our crew.

The stalwart Crew.

They duly arrived and by noon we were in the Mamma Mia restaurant tucking into a fabulous pile of pasta.

On the Sunday after preparing meals for the crossing and completing other prep,  we explored the walls and turrets of Valetta and gazed out at the Grand Harbour and the cruise ships moored in there.

One of the many beautiful villas along the Slima harbour front. Most of them are embassies.

We had hoped to see a game of Bocci  but there was no game on, so we had to settle for a beer in the Bocci Club Bar instead!

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