A Day Trip to Gozo: Getting There

24 05 2017

I had saved one day during my stay in Malta to do a day trip to the island of Gozo, north of the mainland of Malta.  I was planning to do a lot more but the island seemed bigger than it appeared mainly due to my lack of research but it was still nice.

So after taking a couple of bus routes, I got to the ferry station and boarded a ferry to cross over to Gozo which took about half an hour.

More on Gozo coming up.





Riding the Bus in Malta

23 05 2017

There is no train, over or under ground, in Malta but there is a significant network of buses managed by one company that runs throughout the small country.  There are different price plans but for me because my stay was not long and I was one, paying cash each time I took the bus (which was often) seemed the simplest and cheapest.  It’s 1.5 euros (the winter rate until mid-June) for each ticket you purchase on the bus when you board and it’s good for the next two hours regardless of how many times you transfer or how far you go as long as you board within the two-hour period.

I didn’t capture all the bus stops I was at but bus stops were my friends staying in one for up to 45 minutes waiting.

Inside of the very first bus I took between Valletta and near my apartment which was very busy with tourists.

The nearest stop to my apartment where they had a covered seating area with a window so that you could see the outside traffic.  Clever!

The bus terminal in Valletta

Tourist rush hour outside the Malta-Gozo ferry stop.

So note the loose change next to the driver. If you pay cash on the bus, the driver manually gives you change. I wonder how they keep their books straight.

I had the best view in a very crowded bus. It was so crowded or so the driver thought that we kept passing by stops where people were waiting.





Breakfast with a View and the Ferry Ride to Valletta

6 05 2017

While in Malta, I was staying in an apartment on the edge of a neighborhood called Gżira and it was managed by a hotel around the corner in the Sliema district.  I initially did not plan to use the hotel at all including having breakfast but upon arrival I was told they had upgraded me to include breakfast so off I went the first morning I was in Malta to get breakfast at the hotel.

But first the view outside my apartment window.  Nothing to boast about but very bright and sunny.

And my breakfast view.

Fast forward.  My first trip across the shore from Silema to Valletta, the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a 10-minute ferry ride.

More to come.





Arriving in Malta

3 05 2017

I am spending my 2017 “Golden Week” holiday in the Republic of Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Union.

Getting in from Rome FCO with a flying time of just over an hour.  You can see the whole of the country from above as you fly into Malta International Airport.

And I’m checked in.

Excited to be out and about!

I am in a neighborhood called Sliema (or technically my apartment is on the border of neighboring Gżira) which is across the harbor from the World Heritage designated capital city of Valletta.

Walking in Sliema, the first thing you notice is the windows that stick out called gallariji.  And cute doors and door signs with Christian images and saints on street corner buildings.

A lot to take in.  Time to chill with a bottle of Italian white from Duty Free!





A Walk Around the B&B and Onward to Malta from Rome FCO

1 05 2017

The morning after I arrived in Italy turned out to be beautiful.

View from the balcony of my B&B near Rome FCO.

And out for a walk.  The hotel exterior and its premises.

Stepping outside.

And back in the hotel, checked out, and waiting for my ride to the airport.

And zipped to the airport.

Goodbye Italy and off to the Republic of Malta!

 





Arriving in Rome FCO and Enjoying a Big Italian Dinner

30 04 2017

After a 12-hour flight from Seoul ICN, arrived in Rome FCO last night, was picked up at the airport, taken to my B&B near the airport, where I immediately had a big Italian dinner.  The popular restaurant attached to the B&B was packed with locals, mostly big family groups, its being a Saturday night before a long weekend.

My starter

Piazza Margherita as my main.

This girl kept chasing the house(?) dog.

Interestingly enough, the very nice B&B does not serve breakfast and the option is the above breakfast basket for 3 Euros!





Leaving on a Jet Plane

29 04 2017

Golden Week 2017 begins!!

Beautiful Mt. Fuji

In transit in Seoul at ICN.  Onward to Rome FCO for tonight.








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