We got back to Malta just before Easter, and have been busy getting ready
for the new season.
A number of small issues to fix on the boat, plus lots of cleaning after
the six month break.
We also rebuilt our passerelle, so this is edition no.3 and so far
the best. Last year we had
put marine ply on the ladder, and someone put their foot through it.
A new dinghy as well, this one has a fibreglass hull instead of an air
floor, and so much
better for running up on coral sand beaches.
Easter parade in the main street of Valetta.
A very trendy Maltese poodle
Plaque commemorating the award of the George Cross to the
people of Malta
Inside the lavishly decorated palace of the Grand Masters of
the Knights of St. John
A medieval festival in the old capital of Mdina
Vatican flags flew everywhere for the Pope's visit
Ferret taking a rest during it's afternoon walk
Continuing it's walk with owner in tow
The 100 ton cannon at Fort Rinella, the worlds largest muzzle loading
Demonstrating 300 years of British army muskets and rifles
Sandra on guard duty at the Fort's entrance
Sandstone mansions near the marina
The old town of Birgu, which predates the founding of Valetta
On the way to the supermarket
The dome belongs to the Anglican Cathedral of St. Pauls
Fireworks night on Grand Harbour
Fort St. Angelo with a full moon rising
We had a 2 day shakedown cruise to the islands of Comino and Gozo,
just a mile to the north of the main island
of Malta. We sent the first night in the Blue Lagoon
Trying out the new dinghy
The second night was spent on the west coast of Gozo at a unique anchorage
known as Fungus Rock.
First swim of the season in a chilly 17 degrees, hence the wet suit
Fungus Rock at sunset. It is called Fungus Rock as the
islanders used to collect a fungus which they used
for medicinal purposes
Near Fungus Rock is a popular tourist spot known as the Azure window...if
you were on the other side,
you would see the sea through the hole in the rock.