The Seven Story Street

photo by Anne Pflug
Amazing, this street goes down seven stories.

Malta, the country where I was born, tends to be very hilly in some places. Case in point.  The last time I was there, I spent time in a hotel  in Mellieha. The Preluna Hotel and Spa occupied seven stories and all of them went out to the street. The street itself is made up of steps, seven stories worth and all the  floors had an exit to the street. It had swimming pools on three levels, all street-side. At first it was very confusing and hard to imagine. Once we got used to it, it had advantages.  No matter what floor you were on, you can walk out to the street on that level.  This is not the only hilly street in Malta; the capital city, Valletta, a;so has its share.  Walking around town becomes an exhausting experience.

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A Rare Sandy Beach

photo by Anne Pflug
one of the few sandy beaches in Malta

Malta is a very rocky island and most of the beaches there are quite rocky.  However, in Mellieha, I found a beautiful sandy beach, easy to walk on.  It reminded me of the beaches back home.  It was more enjoyable to set a blanket on the sand and relax there.  Spending a day here is pure heaven.

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Another Parade, again…

photo by Anne Pflug
The parade has started
photo by Anne Pflug
It’s nice to see horses in parades

Malta is a country with many  churches and, of course, each church has a patron saint.  As a result, every week at least one church celebrates the feast of its patron saint.  Here we are in St. Julian’s, celebrating the feast of St. Julian.  This is a great opportunity for tourists to see  many colorful costumes, hear wonderful bands and learn something about the history and costumes of ancient Malta.  Most weeks, Malta  celebrates more than one patron saint so that tourists have many options to travel, not too far, to these “Festas”.  Restaurants and bars on the main streets  set up outside tables for watching the activities while enjoying their food and drink.

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Returning ….

photo by Anne Pflug
Returning, past St. Julian’s

After cruising past the eastern coast of Malta, seeing coves, cliffs and a variety of inlets, we again reach the populated area of St. Julian’s, Sliema and then Valletta and arrive back ‘home’. It was a beautiful cruise.  Well worth spending the day on the Mediterranean.

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The Blue Lagoon

photo by Anne Pflug
Entrance to the caves in the Blue Lagoon

Have you ever seen a more beautiful blue?  You should see it in person; it took my breath away!  The well named area is a popular tourist attraction although, it seems to me, that more divers seem to favor the Blue Grotto, on the other side of Malta for underwater beauty.   As I’m not a diver, I can’t compare.

All I can say is that moving through the caves with these fluorescent waters is an experience unlike no other.  There seems   to be another   source of light that we are not familiar with. Forgive me for being so excited but this is one of the places that I would visit again and again if I had the opportunity.  It impressed me that much!

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We arrive near Comino

photo by Anne Pflug
on the bay between Malta and Gozo

We’re halfway through our cruise and stop for a while between Malta and Gozo.  In the middle of the bay is the island of Comino, seen here in the background, the third in the Maltese Archipelago.  There at several schooners here and the tourists are enjoying swimming, diving and otherwise having fun. Later we will take a smaller boat to go into the Blue Lagoon. Our schooner is very similar to the one seen on the left.

In this bay,  we also see the ferry that travels back and forth between Malta and Gozo, a trip we will take later in the week. It’s not in this area but in a more commercial section of the bay.

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