Mediterranean Odyssey 2019 travel blog


Times of Malta

Fruit stall in Merchants st

Today is our last day in Malta. Waaaahh!

J and C had cleaned up and done most of the packing last night so there wasn’t too much to do. Soon it was breakfast time, so we went downstairs to the cafe next door. J and C had poached eggs on toast which was served with salad and a bowl of mayonnaise. Very tasty. C had a rad of the local paper while she was there.

Final packing and it was time to check out. Suddenly J got a message that the flight details had changed - a 1 hr delay. So he sent a message to the next apartment, and then rang the transfer company in Lisbon. No problems they said - we will know when you arrive!). The owner came at 11:30 and walked through the apartment, not finding any issues and not finding any evidence that I had been staying there illegally ( it was only booked as a double !). Then we took our luggage to the foyer where we left it for the day.

We decided to walk down to the harbour near Fort St Elmo where the Malta Experience audio visual show was showing. We stoped in at the Lower Barrakka gardens which was cool and shady with lots of trees and a fountain. Great views as well! J spied an interesting residential street, so we walked that way. Thee were a good selection of different door knockers - dolphins, lions, rings, hands, and more. Then we arrived at our destination, and got tickets to the show. We had time for a cool drink and some Victoria Sponge! Then we walked through a long ( and very old) tunnel to the theatre.

The show was very well done - good sound, photos and film. Narration by Derek Jacobi. It pretty much summarised all that we had seen and heard since arriving here. A good way to end our visit. We wanted to see the Hospitallers , however it was unavailable due to a private function.

There was a free 20 min tour of the area, but we decided we had seen enough, and it was hot. We made our way slowly up Merchants street and back to the centre of town.

C was astounded to see a shop called Fat Butcher. Or so she thought. On closer inspection, it was a health food shop, and the sign was about a fat burner!

Up through town and then lunch at the Museum cafe before returning to the apartment. We spent some time waiting up on the roof terrace. We knew that the owner had been replacing a broken light fitting, and when she got up, C discovered she had been sitting on some glass. Now come on you lot, I said glass!

Nearing 3:30, we went down and into the cafe to farewell the cafe staff. We had a few great coffees there! The owner was there waiting, so he called his taxi which arrived in minutes. Handshakes, thank you’s and farewells, and we were off. The driver was the same as before, so we had some interesting discussions as we travelled. In 25 mins we were at the airport. Nearly 4 hrs to wait, but we were there!

Check was simple and quick. Security not so. C beeped and was b****b tested. J went through OK but then he had to remove his camera and iPad and put them through the X-ray again! That has never happened before!

And the wait is underway. J and C had tea at Costas ( great coffee and great sandwiches) and settled in to wait for the flight. The airport is small, and there is very limited seating......see you in Lisbon!

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