11/07/2012 (Wednesday) -- Valletta, Malta
I love Malta! Sailing in to the port of Valletta was very interesting. There are old buildings on one part of the shoreline, and then there are new, tall buildings in a different part of the island. It was very impressive and different.
We walked off the ship to the left side of the port.
On the right there is the promenade with stores and restaurants. Before we even turn to the right, we passed a gate and was sold on a 10 euro HOHO bus tour for the day, which usually sells for 15 euro. We took the north/blue bus which took us to Mdina and some beach areas. Well worth the money and a good way to travel around.
On the top deck of the HOHO bus leaving port.
some of the views from the bus
a funeral was taking place
getting off our bus at Mdina Gate
inside the gate
it was nice walking along these quiet alleys
St. Paul's Square
I love doorknobs.
After the Mdina, we walked across to the Rabat area.
more beautiful doorknobs
The statue of Apostle Paul in front of St. Paul's Church.
St. Paul's Church
the cave where Apostle Paul hid for months after the ship wreck
a gentleman was in there providing information about the grotto for a small donation
stairs to the grotto
inside of the Cathedral
I think this is called the Parish Square.
trying to get wi-fi connection outside of the cathedral
I bought a coral ring at a store very near the catacomb and their prices were quite good.
last shot of Mdina area from the bus as we leave
Getting back on the HOHO bus was not easy because there is not a real bus stop. The buses tried to stop wherever they could find a space available in the area at that moment. People were running here and there trying to see where the buses would stop for people to get on.
Some shots taken from the bus as we traveled from Mdina back to the port. Malta is obviously a popular vacation spot and rightly so. It is a beautiful island.
the newer part of the island
almost back to the port with Splendida in sight
After getting off the bus, we did not want to go back to the ship. Instead, we wanted to go up to the city. I read about an easier way to go up to the city wall but couldn't find the way. I just remembered that it's through a parking garage. All we saw that looked like a parking garage was a cave-like tunnel but it was very dark and we dare not to go inside. Fortunately, a young man appeared and he kindly took us through the 'cave' and walked up to the parking area to the city. We didn't have to take the long hike up to the city wall.
This is the tunnel where we walked up.
This kind young man who showed us the short cut to the city so we didn't have to take the long hike up.
the city of Valletta
St. John's Cathedral
time for a late lunch where we can use free wi-fi
across from the cathedral
rabbit meat seems to be the specialty in many restaurants, this comes with a side salad and french fries
at St. George's Square
Taking the short cut:
I will try to explain how to take the short cut through the parking garage going from the city back to the port. If you are trying to get to the city from the port, just reverse these directions.
walking past this fountain near the bus station back to the parking garage
you will see this on the left hand side
this is on the right hand side
make a left turn here at this parking entrance
go the the building with the green awning
go to the elevators inside this building right here
here are the elevators, I think you need to push the -6 button
when coming out of the elevator, turn left and you will be here, turn left and walk toward the blue sign
the blue sign that says "Valletta Waterfront", walk along the wall where it says NO ENTRY
follow the footprints and just keep walking
it's going to be dark in there, just keep walking
light at the end of the tunnel
the ship was right outside
the end (or the beginning) of the tunnel
this is how the entrance to the parking garage looks from the outside
cross walk to/from the port
the cruise terminal and the promenade
Italian Night at the restaurant
shrimp, squid, and fish
a plate of delicate dessert to share