So much, so much, walking, walking!

Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
Trip End Nov 07, 2010

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Last night in Malta!  Sitting in the gorgeous bar, sipping Maltese local Pinot Grigio- first time all trip -HA! only the second time here since we arrived as we have been On The Move!!  So....catching up-
Day one in Malta: Into Valetta to begin the search for information on R's grandmother's and aunt's time here on Malta.  Following Concierge's instructions, up one hill, down the other - street under repair.. found a Toy museum!  [Chuckles - yes, many photo's and Santa will bring a surprise matchbox size]. The lady in the toy museum called her mother down the street who gave us another location to check - off to police station - yup, up hill and down through narrow cobbled stoned streets -found location and....closed for the day - heh. Did you know tho' that this little island had HUGE influence through all the turmoil in the Mediterranean through the ages long ago - right back to Apostle Paul in 60 A.D.??  have learned so much!! Local cuisine in St. Julian's at end of exploring Valetta day -amazing.
Day two: Back to Valetta nice and early however the sweet lady was only able to tell us that yes indeed they were born here and we could order other copies of their birth cert's online :) Ah well, has allowed us to create all sorts of stories - "did they walk Market street and shop in this market in their days?  Little did she know that her Great Great grandson would be named Zachary - spelled just like St. Zachary street in Valetta.!" So we hopped another of their crazy orange busses and headed south to a fishing village for lunch- Marszlokk - Sea Bream fish Tim and Brenda was Dad's lunch - mine - HUGE freshly caught prawns - caught that a.m. Grabbed a cab to Mdina - another fortified city - mini narrow streets - each only as long as an arrow could fly before turning.  Absolutely beautiful glasswork which is what Malta is known for.  Check Xmas stockings Maria and Bren! wandered and wandered then hopped the bus back to St. Julian's where we are staying ($60 per nite on R's ever lasting points - Westin).
AND THEN - I'd read the local newspaper front to back on the way here (storm in Rome kept us on the runway for 2 hours) and saw a tiny advert about a free concert in St. John's Cathedral - massive cathedral in centre of Valetta. So we scooooted in on one of the diesel spewing orange busses!!  an hour before it was scheduled and sure enuf there was a line up - we made it in!!  A charity concert - all the local aristocracy were there (invitations folk in first) such a site......and then the choir began.... and the soloists....and ohhhhhh what an enormously moving experience.  Debs and Tom - a Requiem Mass - Haydn first, Pie Jesu by 2 different composers, the second being Andrew Lloyd Webber!!  almost tears you guys, almost!!!  The program had English translation which enriched the experience even more.....Dinner in a 400 year old wine cellar...hilariously grumpy waiter....amazing penne for R and a die for pizza for B....home in quite the risky taxi - busses finished for the eve... but we made it - so so many ways.... in bed pooped!!! shortly....
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