Looking forward to this trip with work, I was eager to head to Malta to tick off country number 63! Quite a long day at work though as we go via Larnaca in Cyprus where we’re on ground for an hour and a half before complete the next sector to Malta. We departed Dubai at 7:50am and we finally made it to Malta just before 3pm local time. We went through the airport as quick as we could and drove over to the hotel. I changed and met three other crew downstairs and arranged for a taxi to take us to Valetta. I’d spoken with a few crew and also friends who recommended I visit Valetta as a must when in Malta. So I looked forward to seeing what all the fuss was about.
The driver dropped us off by the Triton Fountain and we slowly wandered through the Main Street towards the Upper Barakka Gardens which were recommended to us by one our passengers that day.
The gardens were lovely and the bright colours of the flowers made me miss the lack of flowers I get to see in Dubai. People were wandering around taking in the mild summer evening, eating and drinking and getting pictures of the lovely view.
After a few picture opportunities it was really trying its hardest to rain, despite not being forecast, and with all of us dressed in summer attire we thought it was time to grab a bite to eat.
Wandering back through the tiny narrow streets of Valetta, you could see there had been a lot of international influence here. There were British red phone boxes and post boxes, yet it had a real Italian feel with the architecture or somehow that you were wandering through the back streets of Lisbon. It was quite unusual, I’ve not experienced anywhere like this.
One of the girls was desperate to try a restaurant our passenger had recommended to us, and when we eventually found it after walking back and forth along the hilly streets, we took one look at the menu and realised it wasn’t for us. So we opted for a busy seafood restaurant along the Main Street.
I chose the seafood linguine washed down with an Aperol Spritz and we sat and chatted away over dinner as the sun went down.
It was pretty chilly now and we were all feeling tired and ready to call it a day so we took a taxi back to the hotel.
The next morning I woke surprisingly early which is so unlike me when we have a lunchtime wake up call. So after a cup of tea on the balcony, I went down for breakfast which was served at €7 for crew!
A lazy morning in bed with the balcony doors open before it was time to get ready to go back to work.
Malta didn’t blow me away as much as I had wanted. Everyone has raved about this country and it just didn’t live up to my expectations as I had hoped for. I think the best thing for me would be to head here on days off as I am desperate to go to the Blue Lagoon here.
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