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WEB LOG of my visit to Malta
Don Ravey - February/March 2004
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Monday, 16 February - On an overcast, but warm day, I returned to visit
Valletta. Here I am with Grand Harbour behind me, then some scenes in Valletta.
Does the terrain of the last photo remind you of the hills in San Francisco?
Valletta is easy to like, except that it's really crowded with tourists. Vehicle
traffic seems to be limited to certain streets, so some of these narrow streets
are left exclusively to pedestrians.
Tuesday, 17 February - Today was brisk, but clear. I walked through town to the
resort town of Bugibba. It's quite a busy place, with stunning views, the St. Paul
Shipwrecked church, and a bocci court (they call it a bocci pitch here, and it's played
a bit differently, but it is quite recognizable). There are more shops here than in St.
Paul's Bay, and some appear to be rather upscale, yet more touristy.
Thursday, 19 February - I could easily believe that today is the first day of
Spring in Malta! I took the northern route VisitMalta bus and spent some time in
Mdina (The Silent City), first seen here from the bus window, then the
Gate to Mdina, a medieval walled city. Next you will see that I got into some trouble in
this town! Later, I enjoyed the lively resort town of Sliema and its lovely
harbor with tourist cruise ships.
Saturday, 21 February - Yes, last night and this morning have been encouragingly
mild, although with a high fog, as we'd say in California. I'm looking forward to much
more comfortable weather. I'm also looking forward to seeing my friend Ute, who flies
in from Germany tomorrow evening.
I was pleased with how much detail I could tease out of the digital
image of the night scene from my balcony.
AH! but then when I took another trip to Valletta today,
without knowing that it was a big holiday, I was enchanted with their Carneval
celebration! The children are all dressed in costume, there are floats and clowns
and a band organ and a big celebration in an arena. I really lucked out! It will
take me a day or so to get many of the photos onto
my travel web page.
I also visited the WW II War Museum at Fort St. Elmo today.