Originally this cruise was supposed to go to Tunisia in Africa but due to political unrest they re-routed us (weeks before, not during the trip) to Malta, a 122 sq mi island in the Mediterranean Sea. And we are so glad they did! You know how most European cities look the same? Not Malta. Malta was beautiful beyond words. Dan and I both loved it. The capital city, Valletta, contains buildings from the 16th century onwards, mostly baroque in style with vibrant painted window boxes. We also took a bus out to Mdina. Mdina is a medieval, walled town situated on a hill in the center of the island. Mdina is commonly called the "Silent City" by natives and visitors. The town is still confined within its walls, and has a population of just over three hundred. It's like nothing I've ever seen!
It was a really nice day (although our pictures, taken in the morning, dont reflect this) so we really wanted to swim but never found a beach. Most of the beaches are rocky. As the cruise ship set sail that evening we saw light houses and docks on a side of the island we never saw. There were beautiful cliffs, perfect for cliff jumping. So, now we are certain we need to go back!
|Cathedral of St. Paul|
|A view from a cafe in Mdina|
|Apartments and a gargoyle in the streets of Valletta|