Friday, November 25, 2011

WRAP UP FRIDAY: Making memories

Hello world,

I promised a few friends that I'd post pictures of places we took our American friends to last Sunday. They only had a morning and half an afternoon because the Celebrity Equinox they came on was leaving for Rhodes at 5pm. Our friends had never been to Malta so we had to squeeze as many highlights as possible in a very short time. Here's where we went...

First, an obligatory stop in Valletta, the capital city (and my hometown):

Auberge de Castille - one of the auberges built by the Knights of St. John and used as the Prime Minister's office today:

The Upper Barrakka Gardens with a magnificent view of the harbor:

Republic Street, Valletta:

St. John's Co-Cathedral in St. John's Square:

Republic Square Valletta:

St. George's Square and the Grandmaster's Palace:

After a walking tour of Valletta we headed to the south side of the island...

Wied iz-Zurrieq with its quaint fishing boats, also known as home to the Blue Grotto:

Hagar Qim prehistoric temples, 5000 years old. We only had time for our friends to see them from the outside:

Marsascala, lively fishing village with lots of restaurants and bars:

The old city of Birgu:

All this cruising made us hungry so we headed on to The Avenue Restaurant in Paceville - where we had lovely pasta, fillet steak, Maltese pizza, cheesecake and Mama's cake (layers of thin cookies and chocolate cream - divine!). Yum!

On the way to the restaurant we passed by the picturesque promenade of Sliema/St. Julians:

After a hearty lunch, a quick drive along the Coast Road to the seaside towns of Qawra and Bugibba:

Then, we whizzed past the Mosta Dome...the third largest dome in Europe:

...and the entrance to the old city of Mdina, the "silent city". Sadly, we didn't have time to stop and walk in.

After which we headed back to Valletta, to my folks' house, for tea. We hope our friends returned to the ship happy and full of great memories! What a fantastic day it was - I'll never forget it.

And now, I'm heading on to my bestie Zee Monodee's blog, to check out how her week has been.

Last question before I leave you - If you had the opportunity to show your out-of-town friends around your town/country/state, where would you take them?

Big hugs and - live well and love deeply!

~ Angela ~
No Rules. No Formulas. Just Love.

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Zee Monodee said...

Beautiful! Malta strikes me a lot like Mediterranean towns on the Cote d'Azur, in France, like St Tropez.

Where would I take people if they came to Mauritius? Wow, too many places. Guess it depends what they're into - nature, sea, landmarks, and I'd go from there. :)

Happy weekend, sweetie! xoxo

Pat said...

Fantastic pictures oh Angela!!! You did the very best you could in a short short time. If you had time you d have walked through Mdina but you didnt have time. Not your fault. I wouldnt hv managed to cram so much myself so well done you little ambasadress to our country. Your friends are gonna have to come again for a good slice of malta after that large bite you gave them. For sure....

Dr. Natalie Guillaumier Owens N.P., LL.D said...

Zee, I've never been to the Cote d'Azur, but it's one of the places on my list for visiting!

I think that if I came to Mauritius I'd be interested in the beaches, but most of all in the cities and the landmarks...

Dr. Natalie Guillaumier Owens N.P., LL.D said...

Pat - glad you liked! Yes, I hope we gave them a day they'll never forget. We even rented a minivan for a day so we could fit everyone in :). Sandy, the husband, did tell John that Malta was the best stop they ever had!

And I see that I wrote these comments under my other account, my "legal" one. Lol. Sorry! But it's still me, Angela.