This month my Blog is not about France, much.
I do have to add a small complaint, The bakery truck that has stopped in front of our house for all the years we have lived here, has stopped! ZUT! It was so easy to get fresh bread daily just a few steps from the front door. Oh well, we will survive, I am sure of it!
ISLAND OF MALTA 122 square miles...
|Maltese boat- called a Luzza. Look carefully at the eye in the|
yellow at the front of the boat.
What to do in the middle of a very cold and wet winter. Go somewhere warm.
Keith went out and booked a trip to Malta for a week. Went through an agent so hotel and plane were all arranged and prepaid.
And then just before we leave, we both get the flu. After discussion and the problems of trying to cancel, we decided to go ahead with the trip, sun had to be better than the cold damp weather here.
Our plane left late afternoon from Orly airport in Paris. It is only about 2 1/2 hour flight, but we did not get into Malta until 10:30, then by pre-arranged transport were taken to out hotel at the north end of Malta.
The island of Malta is only 122 square miles, so not very big (Long Island is about 1,400 sq miles). The ride, winding through all the villages, took a while and it was 11:30 when we arrived at the hotel. Also since it was dark, we had no idea of the counntryside. We stayed in the village of Mellieħa. If you do not know anything about Malta, it had been occupied by the British for many years, and everyone there speaks english as a second language. Tourism is their trade.
The actual history of Malta is very very old. First known people to inhabit the island arrived about 5,000 BC, and stone temples were built around the islands 3500-3000 BC, 1,000 years before the pyramids of Egypt.
Although not in great shape health wise we did our best to see some of the important sites. The local bus runs to most of the villages on the island, you just have to have a good map and willingness to try to figure it all out. Very cheap method of transport. Yes a car would have been a whole lot easier, but as the english had occupied Malta for many years, they drive on the other side of the road, or in the middle or whatever! So neither of us wanted to try driving. Roads are not in the best of condition either ( I thought some fillings would be loosened by the rattle of the bus )! Our bus was crowded at times, standing room only, and yet this is not high season. I can not imagine what one does in high season! But it worked for us while we were there.
So on to other sites around Malta. We took a harbor tour on Wed, probably the coldest day we had. It was a bit chilly!!
|St Julian...harbor tour. The number of large yachts tucked into the|
harbors is unreal. Lots of money sitting there!
|How the villages rise up from the coast...lots of stairs!|
|The cat...Notice the dormers/balcony on the houses.|
|Not the best photo, a little hazy too, but look at the color of the|
|Ulysses et Calypso..standing at the cave site where|
Calypso held Ulysses captive. That is what they claim.
Again look at the color of the sea!
As you can see, we had some wonderful sunny weather. It was so good to be warm and bask in the sun.
|Photo from Mdina walls at the countryside|
|Again just a photo of the countryside...stark! But always the sea :)|
I took 399 photos. Do not want to boar you too much, so I will quit the travel log here.Just a few last photos of Mellieħa.
|The church at Mellieħa|
|View from the plaza of Mellieħa|
|Last evening looking up at Mellieħa from the beach|
- Carefully pull the leaves off the endive and set aside
- Crumble the bleu cheese
- Add honey and nuts to your taste (not too much-careful
- Place a spoon full on each endive leaf and "artfully" arrange on a platter