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WEB LOG of my visit to Malta
Don Ravey - February/March 2004

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Don and Jan  Eating Ftira  Gargoyle  Don at Auberge de Castille  Cats feeding  Thursday, 11 March - Sorry for the interruption--I suffered a strained ligament in my leg, probably from muscling the two large butane cannisters around my flat on Saturday. At first I thought it would just go away, but it became rather severe yesterday, on Jan's first day in Malta. So today he accompanied me to St. James' Hospital in Sliema, where they X-rayed my hips and concluded that it's just an inflamed ligament, so prescribed anti-inflammatory medication and I'm already feeling better.
  Meanwhile, yesterday Jan and I (me hobbling with my walking stick made in India!) toured Valletta where Jan took many photos, a few of them above (thanks, Jan!): Jan and me on the evening he arrived in Malta; me eating a ftira on the terrace of Cafe Deux Barronnes in Valletta, overlooking Cottonera; a gargoyle on the corner of the Grand Master's Palace (now the Malta Parliament building); a policeman/guard at the Auberge de Castille (now the offices of the Prime Minister of Malta) and me; and some semi-feral cats in Valletta dining on catfood set out for them by a resident--a common sight in Malta.
  Oh, you want to know what is a ftira? It's a Maltese sandwich of tuna, sun dried tomatoes, capers and whatever else, on a sort of pita bread--delicious! If you want to know how to pronounce it, you'll have to ask me in person.

Added later: Jan now has his photos up on his web site and invites you to take a look, as well:
Valletta and Sliema
St. Paul's Bay, etc.
Mdina, etc.
Gozo island
Sculpture in Sliema  T.G.I.Friday's, Sliema  Jan on the pier  Saturday, 13 March - Today Jan took the ferry to Gozo Island, but I did not accompany him, preferring to rest my leg, which feels fine except when I arise from sitting or reclining. Jan will also feel free to engage in his pastimes of hiking and geocaching. (If you don't know what geocaching is, you might want to read up on it at: Geocaching.com .)
  Here is a striking stone sculpture on the embarcadero at Sliema, with the Gozo Channel Ferry in the background; yes, a T.G.I.Friday's restaurant in an old fortress in Sliema (both photos taken by Jan yesterday); and here is a picture of Jan at the end of the pier, taking a picture of me on the balcony of this flat, taking a picture of him down on the pier... (have I been here too long??)

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