|The harbor side promenade along the waterfront in Senglea, Malta|
So, off we went to Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Israel and Amsterdam before we returned to this island nation at the end of April. It was nice to give Malta a second chance - especially when the weather was a much improved sunny and 70°.
|Dr. X, as Michael calls him, showing the successful tooth implant.|
|Add a few cars from the 1950's and our street corner could be a stand-in for Cuba|
|Welcome to our home in Malta.|
As the crow flies, the location made sense, but as the bus crawled it didn't. We were able to take a short ferry ride to the lovely city of Valetta, but to get to several other destinations including the dentist it was at least an hour of multiple, core-building (as in trying to keep your balance while standing) hair-raising rides on infrequent buses.
My first reaction was to compare our neighborhood to what Cuba might be like today. It certainly had elegant but crumbling architecture and faded storefronts that hinted of more glamorous times.
There were few shops and most were closed in the afternoon and definitely shut tight on Sundays. The "grocery" stores were not much bigger than a cheap hotel room filled with quirky offerings (a lot of which was alcohol). This was not going to be an enjoyable cooking experience, that was clear. Nor were dining options beyond pizza, kebabs, burgers and fried fish readily available.
|The main street of Senglea - lots of eye candy. Just no candy.|
To top if off - we lost the second set of keys in the last ten minutes of our stay and had to pay to have the locks replaced! We found them two weeks later tangled up in a load of clothes at the "Green 'n' Clean" laundromat in Salzburg. Bother.
Now that I've had my vent, there were also plenty of good times to be had! First, even though the town was low on retail options it was rich in architecture and hidden viewpoints that looked out over the water at every turn. We had great walks and basked in the sun along the waterfront while watching the boat traffic and observing the locals.
|Water views seemed to be around every corner.|
|Cruise ships arrived in Valetta early in the morning in for a long day of tourist frenzy.|
|Your own personal cruise ship with a full crew is just a fat checkbook away.|
|It was mind-boggling to think that this is a privately owned pleasure craft!|
|The view from our balcony was the best feature of our apartment.|
|Front row seats for a long night of fireworks just outside our door!|
|The view back to our harbor from the ramparts in Valetta.|
|The ancient hill town of Mdina offered a glimpse of life in medieval times.|
|Lick your wounds on the Maltese beach of your choice.|
Debbie and Michael
The Senior Nomads