We had arrived the afternoon before, but today was our first full day in Malta. You may have seen my instagram photo of the 6am sunrise that I jumped out of bed to capture. Jetlag does have its benefits.
Tossing and turning the rest of the morning and waiting for Mr. Z to wake we finally started our day with a hotel breakfast before claiming our sun beds by the pool. We broke in the spines of our books and toasted a glass of local rosé.
So far this relaxing holiday was starting out very well.
The details :
My book: The Little Prince (a super fun and short holiday read)
Z’s book: Persian Roulette (A Dubai based scandalous thriller)
A friend of ours from university happens to live in Malta, we told him to join us by the pool, which in short (after a few more glasses of rosé) turned into us renting a speed boat with a young local skipper to take in the coast line all the way down to Valletta.
We took the speed boat down along the coast from our hotel in St. Julians into the bay of Valletta.
Valletta is the capital of Malta, founded in 1565 as refuge for soldiers returning from the Crusades the entire city is in the Baroque fashion, making it ooze old history romance with grand yet stern cathedrals which still tower over the rest of the city. Valletta still holds so much of history that in 1980 the entire city was officially recognised as a world heritage site.
It isn’t hard to imagine the ancient city back in its golden days. The ports we cruised through are naturally deep making them perfect for extremely large trade ships to easily sail in for repairs and trade. The sharp cliffs and high city walls are so picturesque that Game of Thrones filmed many of Danaerys Targaryen’s journeys across the narrow sea (Game of Thrones) were filmed along the sun washed limestone city walls which lined almost all of the sharp cliffs we cruised past.
The culture in Malta is almost Italian (as is the language) but as we quickly learned Malta really is its own and we were loving it.
We spent the afternoon on the boat sight seeing, snorkelling and sun soaking with crisp bubbles and ales.
Departing the boat back at the docks of the hotel our salty skin and wind knotted hair was in need of a good cold shower and a nap before dinner. The first day in Malta had created a beautiful picture of clear warm seas, blue skies and ancient limestone towers ripe with history.
I could not wait to explore them more the following day.
Join Me !