Temples and Grand Masters Palace
Trip Start Oct 11, 2012
39Trip End Nov 19, 2012
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My nights have been troubled here at times. There is a mosquito that buzzes around my head at night. I jettisoned the pillow because it is twice as high as I would want a pillow to be. I have played with and without the comforter, used it as a pillow one night. I do best with the comforter over me - I slept well for quite awhile and then the mosquito came to bother me. I was up around 6:30 am when I heard a horn blow & I took some photos of a tanker with several tugs passing by my window. It was quite exciting despite my slight sleep deprivation. I lost another whole paragraph. I hate this Wordpad.
Oh, I went on about my breakfast and how I saved a cheese sandwich for later along with some banana chips. Then I wrote about how I have a really efficient method for taking buses here: I go to the bus info, they tell me the number bus and the station (where it stops) and I go there
The timing was perfect. I waited a few minutes for the first bus, got off and almost right on to the second bus. I visited the temple sites. There was a museum at the beginning and then off to the temple ruins themselves. These temples are on the south shore of Malta and it is quite dry and rocky here. There was a little nature walk that described the landscape and fauna and flora. They call it garigue, a particularly Mediterranean landscape. I walked around and probably spent as much time taking photos of the plants as the temples. I found the little snails that were pictured in the nature trail guide - they were all over one patch of ground. I even saw a lizard later near the road but didn't get a photo. I chased some white butterflies all around, but they were big teases and I couldn't get a good photo.
The temples are protected by a canopy and held together in places with metal. There are paths created by poles and ropes
There was one board in the museum that talked about the figure statues and how you couldn't really tell if they were male or female (or gods). They even had a picture of a sumo wrestle next to a drawing of one of the figures...just as I speculated how one of these figures would look if it were a man. Are there any female sumo wrestlers?
I may have taken too much time to see the site and the surrounding landscape. I had planned to boogie so I could make it back for the Palace museums. I walked back up to the road and the bus stop - checked the sign and found out that the bus I was intending to take - to Rabat rather than back to Zarriejk - was due in a little more than 30 minutes. The bus back the way I came did not come for another 15 min. more
I wandered through the Palace State Rooms and took some photos. These kind of make up for the days I lost the photos. There was the usual over-the-top decoration with frescoes, coffered ceilings, portrait paintings, marble floors, etc. What I liked the most, I think, was seeing all the Maltese crosses - in the shields, on the floors, on the chests of the Grand Masters, on the walls
Now I was getting very hungry since I only had the little sandwich for lunch. This has been a recurring problem. By the time I am ready to eat, the opportunities have diminished since lunch is over and dinner hasn't begun yet. Plus, today being Sunday, I think there are even fewer opportunities. So I looked around and found that the Hotel Castille Cave opens at 6 - nothing else interested me, so I went back to the bus station and got two pastries to tide me over. I have uploaded my photos, put away another finished sd card, and worked on this blog. I bet it is almost 7 now. This is the latest I will have ever managed to wait for dinner here yet. Of course, now that I am in my room, I am sort of feeling less ambitious and not so much wanting to go out into the rain and thunder.
I did manage to go out
When I got back to the hotel, I got out my computer to come to the wi-fi area. I had a little adventure in the elevator because I thought I forgot my glasses and went to go back, pressed a bunch of buttons, then realized I had my glasses, but was stopping on every floor anyway. There was a lot of shouting and noise somewhere in the hotel. Probably frustration over the elevator. When I got to the wifi area, there were several young people running around the halls. They seemed to be playing hide and seek. I recognized two girls from the restaurant - I think there must be a school group of some kind on a trip. Good, someone closed the door - now it is not so windy and chilly here. I haven't prepared any photos for today's blog. Maybe I will work on them in my room and post them tomorrow.
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