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Farewell dear cows, we are leaving for sunnier skies and warmer air in the South ... way south to the islands of Malta. We pack up, eat some breakfast and head out of Durgerdam to the Schiphol Airport to return our rental car and catch our mid-day flight. We find a little tea, cafe au lait and small lunch while waiting for the boarding time. We are …
Our first impression of Malta...Wow! There's so much to see here. Our first impression of the Hotel Castille...Wow! What a dump! Old, rickety, rundown and in serious need of repair. Never mind, it's a roof over our heads. Let's see what tomorrow brings.
... for the two hour journey. We stayed in an apartment in the old town part of Valletta, which is surrounded by large fortified walls. Most of the buildings were extensively damaged by bombs during WW11, so have been rebuilt, but kept to the original as much as possible. We wandered the streets, admired the buildings, had a look at some churches, the Saluting Battery, and The Siege Bell Memorial. This commemorates those who lost their lives 1940-43. We took buses ...
... between the light and dark was stunning. Caravaggio himself though was a bit of a naughty boy and had to flee both Rome and Malta after killing a few dudes. He ended up dying from the Plague – or so the legend goes. Anyway, great church and great pics.
We then walked through more of the old town, saw a canon being fired and then went back to the bus to drive to the ancient capital, the city of Mdina.
... br> The first part of the museum had 3 lines of panels in chronological order. The top was the history of the Ottoman Empire, the middle the history of the Knights and the bottom was 'world’ events. It did give a good picture of the history.
The next area had various snippets, including the fact that Florence Nightingale and 42 nurses arrived here on their way to the Crimea. The area was visited by a range of dignitaries including the British Royal family and President ...