I will have to update more when I get home and detail the places I visited. So here's a recap of a couple of the days. (eek!).
Thursday I took the ferry back over to Valletta and walked over to the other side and visited the Lower Barrakka Gardens.
The view from the Lower Barrakka Gardens
Lower Barrakka Gardens
I then walked along the road ringing the seaside until I found the ferry that would take me over to the Three Cities which consist of Vittoriosa ( previously known as Birgu and still called that by a lot of locals...), Cospicua and Senglea. I spent my time in Vittoriosa as it was so lovely. As the ferry pulled into the small harbour I gasped as it was just so beautiful. No photos as I was too busy enjoying the scenery.
Statue on the water front
I made my way to the Inquisitors Palace - home of the staff sent by Rome with their main duty to investigate any acts of heresy such as daring to belong to any religion but the Catholic church. Please don't even get me started...and please don't ask me why I went. I'm still asking myself that question but I wanted to see the building. Of course the inquisitors and their lackeys lived in luxury while the accused lived in prison cells below. As no one was around to take my picture I took selfies of myself making faces in one of the cells because that's where I would have been. And that's all I will say about that.
I then walked around the city which was absolutely beautiful - a smaller Valletta without the tourists.
All this walking had made me hungry so I decided not to be stupid like yesterday and have a good lunch....meet Bragjoli known as Beef olives. But no olives are actually in it...(I made sure of that!) - thin beef fillets stuffed with ground beef, onions, herbs and tomato sauce - with lovely veggies and roast potatoes on the side. Oh my!! But I am afraid it defeated me and almost half was left on the plate.
This is the wall I walked on! Where the boats are used to be docklands but is now a very prestigious marina...some of those yachts were unbelievable.
This was my breakfast the next morning...
Yes, carrots for breakfast! And why not?
Friday I headed to the ancient cities of Mdina and Rabat on a local bus. Mdina ("walled city") was known in Roman times as Melita and in the 9th century it was turned into a fortified citadel. It was the capital of Malta until the Knights of St John arrived in 1530 and made their headquarters on the Grand Harbour. (Valletta).
Old Seminary which dates from 1729...now a museum
My knees took one look at the first step and said "ouch"...needless to say this staircase is not in use!