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Old 30 Oct 21, 08:37 PM  
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Sights,Bites and Maltese Delights. Malta Oct 21. Day 6. Part 1. Itís even better in Valletta

Part 1 Caffe Cordina and St Johnís Cathedral

Today we went sightseeing in Valletta.
I took LOTS of photos
So Iím splitting this into three parts. Like any good story ..
The Beginning ( breakfast and a Cathedral)
The Middle ( The war rooms and drinkies)
The End (A very disappointing dinner)

But first ... I woke up and was excited for my birthday cards. Iím still such a child



and I was looking forward to sightseeing round Valletta today.

I had found a quick walking guide and it looked like the city was pretty compact



We were up and out by 9 and took a hotel car to the the City Gates - it cost 22 euros. Later in the trip we took a taxi which was 17 euros and even later we used the Bolt app and it was only 14 euros so a bit of research on travel options definitely worth it.

I tried in vain to take some snaps on the way - miserable fail



It didnt take too long to get there - we had timed it just right to beat the morning rush into the city - there were long queues going the other way though

This was meant to be a pic of the golden eagle statue - what a fail




The car dropped us by the city fountain




Over the walkway into the city





There was a protest taking place outside the civic building near the entrance .

I spotted what looked like a tour group veering to the right and decided to tailgate to see where they went - which was a good plan as i dont think we would have explored these streets other wise




It wasnt a long detour but some lovely buildings



and we were back on the Republic Street passing this dude



So many lovely side streets and ornate buildings




Andy was keen to get a coffee and asked about stopping at Maccies but I wanted to have breakfast at an old cafe a bit further ahead so he was a bit hangry by the time we got there and before I could say - ďits an amazing building , lets sit insideĒ he had plonked himself down and we had the most amazing view . You can see whatís coming ..



Not the best view



Yes, never let your hangry husband pick the seating

Ah , this wasnt a great start . But the menu looked good.



I thought the day was going to be all downhill with the rubbish view and the first thing I picked off the menu apparently wasnít available until after 11.

But determined not to get off to a bad start , I ordered a traditional Maltese cream cheese pastizzi



and some crepes ( banana, fig, pistachio and fruit purťe)



and Andy was v happy with his full English.



The van also pulled away and our view suddenly improved





Very apt - some very English objects with an English breakfast.

It was all very nice and a reasonable bill.



I popped inside to use the loo and check out the patisserie as well as look at the lovely interior. - the loos were down some steep steps though and quite low ceilings so a bit of a tricky challenge

Itís beautiful inside



I showed Andy the pics when I got back and we agreed we would come back later for lunch and have a drink inside

Being a seasoned Dibber - and adopting the approach of hit the big attraction first- we were aiming today to see the Cathedral, Lascaris war rooms, maybe a museum and the Gardens - in that order. I had read the Cathedral can get crowded and with needing to wear masks , I wasnt fancying it being hot and too busy.

The hotel concierge had helpfully given us a map



We set off for the Cathedral



The first two pics are the library and the last one is the courts which seemed to be very busy.

It was 15 euros each for the Cathedral and we opted to take the audio guide ( this was very good ) . You werenít allowed bare shoulders - did see a few people covered up with the shawls that they handed out. The hotel concierge had said Andy might not get in with wearing shorts but he was fine - and plenty of people were wearing shorts in there

It is a breathtaking building.



Almost overwhelming with the sparkling gilt work




paintings




and the incredible marble flagstones over the tombs



each one for one of the Knights of St John. I found the whole Knights history really interesting - the link to St John Ambulance and the history of association with the painter Caravaggio.

I had expected us to be in and out but we were both fascinated and stayed longer than we expected.

There were so many annexes to explore - each as intricate as the last but in different styles



Sensory overload actually...so much to take in



We saw the Caravaggioís



And then we split up... Andy went off to go down to the crypt.

I went up to the balcony - but as I stepped out I had a bit of vertigo and couldnít go any further ... the steps up had been super twisty and then you come out onto this narrow balcony and for a second I felt a bit dizzy so I thought I would be better off making my way back down.

You can see the balcony here across the back here



It was just magnificent. So much intricate sculpture




We thoroughly enjoyed looking round.

I had by now got a bit hot in my mask and sat down for a bit by the exit waiting for Andy . It had also got much and harder to see things so definitely a good call to go early.

Our next stop was the Lascaris War Rooms which Apple maps assured me was only a few minutes away ..



Hmmm, we shall see

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We loved Valletta! Fantastic photos. Looking forward to the next instalment.
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We loved Valletta! Fantastic photos. Looking forward to the next instalment.
Thank you I did like looking back on these yesterday . It was such a nice day and so sunny . Hoping to get the rest done today.

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Bringing back memories of many happy holidays there. It's a lovely city to explore - so much to see in a small area.
Ah thatís nice loved Valletta. We went back a couple of times. Still lots we didnít see - a few things closed because of COVID but we loved the feel of it.
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Such a beautiful cathedral. Valetta has some lovely winding streets and pretty buildings.
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Such a beautiful cathedral. Valetta has some lovely winding streets and pretty buildings.
It really is beautiful. So much to look at, we loved it .
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My god Andy and Jim are like two peas in a pod with their hangryness! Jim would have done EXACTLY the same. Men!

Valletta looks absolutely stunning though, that Cathedral 😍
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My god Andy and Jim are like two peas in a pod with their hangryness! Jim would have done EXACTLY the same. Men!

Valletta looks absolutely stunning though, that Cathedral 😍
I really couldnít believe it - and over breakfast he then said .. that building looks like itís really nice inside . At least we got in later and could have a laugh about it

Loved Valletta. Beautiful, so reminiscent of Italy.
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Some great sightseeing today - Valletta looks beautiful. Good plan with tailgating the tour group. I like to hang about near tour guides too if I can, with one ear listening carefully. 😂
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