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Trip Start May 02, 2012
40Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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The Legend anchors off the port of Mgarr, on the very small island of Gozo, Malta. We are only here for the morning, so there is a limited time to look around - not that there's much to see. We decide to take a taxi to almost the other side of the island to look at some coastal rock formations called the Azure Window. We negotiate a fair price with our female taxi driver for a return trip, and off we go. Well if Malta is looking to start up a Formula One team, this girl should be the number one driver. Luckily there is not too much traffic to contend with, so we make it to our destination ahead of schedule! The area is packed with tourists, obviously as there's not too many other places to visit on the island. We spend about an hour looking around, before fastening our seat belts and heading back to the ship.
We enjoyed a buffet lunch for me, and another hot dog for John (one of the best he's ever tasted), before setting sail for Valletta, the capital of the much larger island of Malta
Tonight we have a delicious buffet dinner, followed by dancing on the sky deck, before we collapse into bed and get a good nights rest to prepare us for our adventures tomorrow.
Sunday, 3rd June
It's an early start this morning as we are going on an organised tour which is taking us to Mdina, an ancient walled city that once was capital of the island. It's history is said to go back 4000 years, and we are impressed how all the buildings and streets are so well preserved - it almost looks like a movie set.
Following our tour of the walled city, we head back to Valletta, stopping along the way to take some scenic shots of the island. In Valletta we visit the Upper Barracca Gardens, which offer a tremendous view of the harbour. We then stop at St John's Co-Cathedral, and even though the exterior is quite drab, the baroque interior is stunning. Unfortunately we are unable to spend too much time in the church as mass is being held.
We leave our organised tour and walk past the Grand Master's Palace, where we observe the changing of the guard
It was now time to make our way back to the ship, so we walked following the perimeter of the harbour walls, and again we had lovely views along the way of this beautiful city.
Back on board we experienced another spectacular sail away, followed by an enjoyable dinner in the main restaurant. Another big day tomorrow as we celebrate John's birthday on the island of Lipari, Italy.