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Sep 26, 2019 - Fat Butcher

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...

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Sep 25, 2019 - Kissing a cactus

Another even more relaxed start for our penultimate day in Malta. We were conned again regarding fruit quantities, so we have way too many grapes. And these are nice and tasty, but have large pips. Given J and C have had recent dental emergencies, these pips just have to go! So before breakfast J had to de- pip a plateful! just in case. After breakfast we went downstairs and had a coffee. We decided to have breakfast here tomorrow, just for a change. When we left, who should be outside the apartments but the owner, Patrick. So we had a...

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Sep 24, 2019 - Ferry interesting

Up very early but not as early as planned. J woke up to the sounds of church bells - he listened to try and figure out what time it was (assuming maybe 5am). Then he looked at his phone. Yikes - 6:45! And we had set the alarm for 6:03 - but J forgot the AM bit! Anyway, without too much panic we were out the door at about 7:30 with time to catch the 7:55 bus to Cirkewwa (ferry terminal). We walked the same way as normal, but he’s what, the bus left from a B bay which is much quicker to reach by the ramp from Castille - so we walked twice as...

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Sep 23, 2019 - Hot in the City ( can you detect the pattern?)

After yesterdays long walk and bus ride from hell, we decided on a quiet day today. Our first stop was the post office to get some stamps. When J presented at the window with the postcards, the postal employee gave him a double thumbs up. He was just a tad mystified, until the man pointed at his Bob Dylan tee shirt. Clearly it hit the mark! First stop was the cafe next door to our apartment- a nice cappuccino to set us up. Then we criss-crossed the town looking for some shops we had seen before. To some extent, many streets look the same...

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Sep 22, 2019 - Standing in the rain

We had a slow start as C had one of her wake up and stay awake nights, and J woke up with a leg cramp! Looking out we could see it was overcast and the streets were wet. It felt a little cooler too. The plan was to visit some temples located in an isolated position on a rugged stretch of the islands southern coast - Ħaġar Qim, a megalithic temple complex dating from the Ġgantija phase, and the nearby Mnajdra overlooks the isle of Fifla. But before that we needed to get there. The bus we wanted was No.74, so we walked in a light drizzle to...

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Sep 21, 2019 - Blowing in the wind

Today we visited one of the 3 Cities on the other side of Malta Harbour - Vittoriosa (or Birgu as the locals call it) As we awoke, we heard bells. Lots of bells. Then the sound of canons. What could it be we thought. Maltese Independence Day. We got ourselves ready, not knowing if the public holiday would quieter things down, or liven them up. Well, it wasn’t a hectic day by any means. We walked the few metres to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, and took the Barrakka Lift down to the Harbourside. It’s quick(25 seconds) and cheap - in fact zilch...

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Sep 20, 2019 - (Something) In the air tonight

Today seemed a bit overcast - but still hot and humid. We decided on another bus ride, this time to a fishing village called Marsaxlokk. It is an a bay in the SE called Pretty Bay. More later. We walked over to the bus station and looked for the 81 bus bay. There were already a few people there but we were close to the front. It was quite a wait. Gradually more people arrived. Then an bus arrived with no destination. The driver got out. Clearly a pit stop. After a little while a no. 81 bus arrived and stopped 2 bays away. That’s when the...

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Sep 19, 2019 - Wet pants on bus

Today we are trying out the public buses. The plan is to visit Mdina and Rabat. First stop was the HSBC bank to get some cash - surprisingly many places don’t take cards, so cash is king! We walked (at least J and C did) down the ramp to the bus terminus. We needed a number 50 or 51 bus to Mdina. And there was one there so we touched our transport cards and sat down for the trip. Luckily, the next stop is displayed on a screen, plus there were some English tourists heading the same way, so no worries. It was about a half hour trip - the...

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Sep 18, 2019 - Pigeon pacer and mighty melons

Another fine day - yawn! We decided to have a day where we didn’t walk all day. Not that J and C have lost any weight - so much for exercise. We asked around until we found where to buy bus passes, and got 2 x 7 day passes. We may god inland to Mdina and Rabat tomorrow. But today we planned a cruise of the harbour. We walked down Melina street which we hoped would take us to the Ferry terminal. When the street reached the water, we were too high. Down some steep steps. Still too high! Down a curved steep street, past the Cockney Bar, and...

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Sep 17, 2019 - Stop #&@$@$#! Shouting!

We arose 15 mins earlier today - logic being that we could get a few things done before it got too hot. We also did a load of washing in the machine - hopefully our towels will be dry for tomorrow. We walked one block up and then a few metres away we were in the Upper Barraka Gardens. We wandered about for a while, then went down the steps to the Lascaris War Rooms - but still 15 mins to opening time. No problem - we sat in the shade and watched kids chasing pigeons and the like. At 10 we went down the steps and were directed to go left. It...

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Sep 16, 2019 - You can(‘t!) leave your hat on.

A hot day today (again) with blue skies and some white fluffy clouds on the horizon. We had a leisurely start - we walked up from our flat with the aim of finding the tourist office. We arrived in the Auberge Castille Which is where the prime minister has his office. Plenty of police and military about, but we didn’t see him. In front is Castile place, a large paved area with a number of statues of former prime ministers ( eg Dom Mintoff). A bit further to the walls below which is the ditch is a monument called The flame which never dies....

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Sep 16, 2019 - Scissor hands

A small event I forgot to describe J and C found the Genius store - the place where you buy soap, detergent, shampoo, tissues, etc. they had made a selection with help from the sales lady. C was browsing near the doorway and suddenly the lady squawked loudly which made C jump. She looked at the lady who said “ he try to cut my hair!” C looked at J accusingly, made worse because he was laughing. The lady still laughed and C was now glaring at J! J could see a man with a pair of scissors in the corner sniggering. Then the lady said to C, “it...

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