I came home from happy hour, turned on the TV and saw that the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun” was on. So I watched the last half of it and immediately started to feel guilty for never finishing the posts about our trip.
But, it was a really good movie and they were at that part where she starts making out with the hot Italian guy and then he took off his shirt and I got distracted and suddenly, blogging about my trip kind of fell back a few spots on the priority list. After that, an episode of Will & Grace came on and I forgot how funny that show was. Karen and Jack are hilarious together.
Anyway, it’s over, I’m here now and I’d like to talk about our first port stop on the cruise – Malta.
But let me back up. The first day of our cruise was spent entirely on the ship at sea as we traveled on our way to Valletta, the capitol city of Malta. We spent a lot of time by the pool, sunning ourselves and generally wasting the day away being lazy on our big-ass boat. That night, we dressed up, went to a fancy-schmancy dinner and caught a show at the theater. If I remember correctly, it was the magic show, which was quite good and had my husband up on stage getting lap dances by the pretty magician assistants. He’s lucky he has a wife with a sense of humor. And half-naked magician’s assistant chick #3 is lucky she can out run me.
Anyway…after the show, the entertainment director came out to make a few announcements about the next day’s port stop. He said, “I’ve travelled around the world a couple of times and have visited more than 150 countries, so listen to me when I tell you that even if you don’t plan on getting off the ship, you must get up and watch us sail into port. Valletta is the most gorgeous port I’ve ever sailed into and with the sun rising over the city, you certainly don’t want to miss it.”
When a guy tells you this, you do as he says.
We were scheduled to dock at 8 a.m., so we got up at 7:15 a.m. to see the supposed spectacle. After I hung the phone up from our wake-up call, I pulled back the corner edge of the curtain and peeked outside. What I saw simply amazed me. Keep in mind that this was our first stop and I had never gone to sleep in the middle of the ocean only to wake up and find I was in a completely different foreign country. I wasn’t prepared to see what I saw.
That was the first photo of Malta that I took. And that wasn’t even my best shot!
I didn’t know much about Malta before this trip, and to be perfectly honest, I still don’t know much about Malta. But I do know that it’s absolutely gorgeous and if you ever find yourself arriving by sea to the city of Valletta, GET UP EARLY and watch the ship sail into the port. You won’t regret it.
Once we disembarked, we were immediately approached to join one of Malta’s sightseeing double-decker bus tours, and for only 15 Euros per person. The tour took us all around the island, and lasted about 2 hours with only one brief stop at Malta’s glass factory. I can’t recall why Maltese glass is so popular, but it is. I even bought myself a pair of blue glass earrings from the factory.
This was not the glass factory, but instead just something I saw on the way to the glass factory.
The tour dropped us back off in Valletta. This is the entrance into the heart of the city:
The city is rather fortress-like.
We walked along the streets, which mostly looked like this:
And had milkshakes at places like this:
(Or rather, we had a chocolate milk that was supposed to be a milk shake at that exact place on the left.)
And we walked around looking at clock towers, like this:
On our walk back to the ship, we stumbled on this scenic jewel.
(Do you like how I made the photos bigger this time? It’s my newest trick. I learned how to click the “large” button instead of the default “medium” button. I’m so tech-y.)
So there ya go. That was Malta, in pictures. Next stop, Naples!
But who the hell knows when I’ll get around to posting that… (and why can’t I make this text non-bold?)
Happy Weekend! Go to Malta!