Monday, 6 April 2009

Malta, Part 1


The flight out was delayed by an hour while the engineer check the plane. Hm.


Take off wasn't very nice...



But we made it!

This is in Mdina, The Silent City, once the capital of the island.





This is a fairly typical stretch of coastline - isn't that wonderful? I won't bore you with talk of limestone and blue clay...




Next we have a view across the Grand Harbour at Valletta - a bit of a gloomy day, unfortunately, but it was wonderfully atmospheric there. There was some sort of fextival going on with people in uniforms and grand brass bands playing!




A typical Maltese landscape - terraced fields (often abandoned these days), dry stone walls, stunted trees, the odd cactus...



Finally, I found an amazing confectioners just outside Mdina. This was the most amazing lunch EVER! Don't even think calories....



More soon. Need to sort the video clips, which have managed to save themselves into one huge file instead of lots of little ones!

9 comments:

miss minneapolis said...

Fun pictures - can't wait to see & hear more about the trip!!

Marie said...

Nice pictures. Really like the Grand Harbour one.

Michele said...

Awesome photos! And no worries on the calories! When on vacation, nothing has calories! LOL
Looked like an awesome lunch, BTW.

I'm jealous. I can just imagine the salty sea-air. Beautiful country.

Sitting In Silence said...

Oh those pictures are just beautiful. I love the ally one.
Your lunch looks great...yummo x

terri said...

What a beautiful place. Can't wait to see more!

mr zig said...

I want to be there!!!! :(

Chief Rock Chef said...

Miss Minneapolis - Hope you enjoy it.

Marie - Thanks. The Grand Harbour just oozes history.

Michele - Vacation? I was working!

Sitting in Silence - Mdina is a great little place, luckily too small to get lost in.

Terri - More photos soon, I promise.

Zig - A Canadian would probably get claustrophobia in Malta!

Teresa said...

Oh my...looks beautiful!! The picuture of the alley is awesome...kinda like it should have been on a postcard. :)

James said...

Great pictures John. I think the fortress at Valleta is where the big battle happened against the Turks. It was in one of the recent wargames magazines.