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Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Flag of Malta  , Island of Malta,
Sunday, June 3, 2012

Saturday, 2nd June
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. It's only a relatively short distance to Valletta, and we arrive there at about 6.30pm. It's quite a beautiful harbour to sail into, and the buildings look very majestic as we pull into port.
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. On the outside walls of the palace there are two dedications; one from George V, and the other President Roosevelt, thanking Malta for their substantial efforts during World War two. We then headed towards the fort area of the city to visit the National War Museum. Old Johnny history channel was in his element! Malta was an extremely strategic base for the allies during WW2, and the museum had many exhibits detailing life in Malta during this period of history. They even had on display the jeep that President Roosevelt and General Eisenhower used whilst visiting Malta during the war. Unfortunately we were not allowed to take any photos, so you will just have to take my word for how interesting the displays were.
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.
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Judi on

I always wanted to visit Malta, and after seeing those beautiful photos it's definitely on my 'to do' list! Valletta looks beautiful.

tandj25 on

Malta was one of the highlights of this cruise!

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