Here are the rest of the pictures that I promised to post. I’ve been having a problem posting them in order. Oh well, I will get better at this in the future.
We loved the fortified medieval town of Mdina, located on a large hill in the center of Malta. The town was the old capital of Malta, and is noteworthy because of its narrow streets, few inhabitants and beautiful views.
Mdina is referred to as the “Silent City” because the no cars are allowed here, (except those of a limited number of residents).
Also – we can’t forget all the wonderful door knockers!!
The majestic St. Paul’s Cathedral (17th Century) is located in the center of Mdina.
Across the square from the cathedral is the Cathedral Museum which was originally a seminary. The museum houses an outstanding collection of sacred art, paintings, coin collections, Roman antiquities and original documents from the time of the Inquisition and the early Università. There is also a wonderful series of wood carvings by Albrecht Durer, which I don’t remember seeing. Maybe they were in the room that I skipped. Oh well!!
On our last day of sight-seeing we took the bus to Sliema which is a coastal town located across the sound from Valletta and adjacent to St. Julians.
Below, you can see the view of Valletta from Sliema. We stood on the water front the previous day thinking we could catch a ferry to Sliema. No such luck – at least not in December!
This was the home of Malta’s aristocracy, so of course we wanted to see what is there. Now it has become a major commercial area, which Niko wouldn’t let us explore. From one side, the Sliema promontory offers spectacular views across to Valletta, and from the other side, there are breathtaking open sea views.
Sliema was the first tourist resort in Malta.
The promenade that stretches for a couple of miles is ideal for long walks or runs. (This is what Niko wanted to explore so we followed him on a lovely long walk.)
There are lots of benches strategically placed along the promenade that look like ideal places to sit and watch the world go by during warm summer evenings – not so much in the wind, when we were there.
Our walk ended at the port of St. Julians were we admired the harbor
and stopped for a coffee. The cafe where we stopped is in a building that was at least 300 years old.
Then we continued up the road to our bus stop.
Unfortunately bus 222 does not come very often so we waited and waited and waited. But the bus prices are unbeatable and were means of transportation all over the islands. The blue bus in the above picture was #12 – NOT our bus!
But the best part of taking the bus was the fountain at the Valletta bus terminal. This picture was taken at dusk.
My last picture is a night view of the Cathedral in Mellieha. Our taxi driver told us that there are at least 350 churches on Malta. I hope you enjoyed our adventure to Malta.