Random Malta

25 06 2017

It’s a wrap for my recent trip to the Republic of Malta with very random photos of little things I saw and did.

 

 





Breakfasting in Valletta, Malta

18 06 2017

This was my final day in Malta back in May when I set out to explore the capital city of Valletta for the last time earlier than on other days.  My main destination was St. John’s Co-Cathedral but before it opened, I had a couple of things to do in mind and one was going to “the market“.

My reading on the city told me that for some reason there was no “market” as you would normally find in other European cities but one guidebook told me that there was a covered market in Valletta.  I was running out of time but went to look for it hoping to catch some action and alas this is what I found…

Closed!

For apparent restoration…

It was some time before the cathedral opened so I decided to get somewhat more proper breakfast than I was planning to have and try some typical Maltese savories.  I knew just where to visit: Caffe Cordina.

Qassata with spinach and pastizz with ricotta cheese.





Chapel by the Sea in Dingli, Malta

16 06 2017

After enjoying my visit to Rabat and Mdina, I headed towards the west coast of Malta.  I couldn’t get there before the chapel closed so I am not sure how it looks inside but it was worth going to the tip of Dingli to see the charming St. Mary Magdalene Chapel by the sea.

The Dingli Aviation Radar that looks like a golf ball

Oh!  A horse carriage.

And then I walked to central Dingli to catch a bus back to Sliema.





Picking Up Maltese Sweets in Rabat

15 06 2017

In all the guide books/websites on Malta I saw, there was a reference to this lovely confectionery situated in the main square of the city of Rabat, highly recommended for homemade Maltese sweets.

He let me sample the (mostly almond I think) brittle he is holding which was really good. I got a bar for my cousin.

Also bought two loaves of fruit cake for my friend and myself as well as the small Maltese cannoli I had on the spot. He thanked me in Japanese and gave me two pieces of Maltese nougat as “omake” (something extra or free gift in Japanese).

The mini chocolate cannoli.

Across from the shop in the square is St. Paul’s Church.

A nice facade.

And then I went back inside the Mdina wall to visit this wine place before taking the bus to my next destination.  It would have been strategically better to do the wine first and the sweets later but the confectionery was closing at 5 pm so had to hurry there.





Inside the Mdina Walls of Malta

14 06 2017

Mdina is the former capital city of Malta and to this day kept walled and beautiful.

The main gate into the city

Inside the city’s cathedral

 

 

 

 





A Trip to Mdina and Walking in Rabat, Malta, Part 2

13 06 2017

Back from my trip to France and back to writing about Malta.

Malta being a very Catholic country and Rabat especially so due to its history, everywhere in Rabat you go, on the majority of houses in the city, you see plaques of Christian images by the door.  I saw the same in Valletta and other towns I was in but it was way more visible in Rabat.

So here is a collection.





Lunching in Mdina, Malta

1 06 2017

I was very much looking forward to my lunch while in the walled city of Mdina in Malta.  Very close to the main gate of the city is a Relais & Châteaux hotel with a lovely trattoria where I had made a reservation.

These pix do not quite do justice.  All the food was really really good, especially the local sea bream.








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