We got up early at around 8:30 which Ali and Zahra were not happy about as they like there lie ins. We had some breakfast and we were on our way. We went to Valletta the capital city where we went to a park and got ice lollies that dripped everywhere. It was cloudy but sunny. Bernard couldn’t come with us because he was working [Boohoo 😦 ]. We were waiting for some gunfire reenactment at 12 but it turns out we were waiting in the wrong place and missed the shot [Oops]. Oh well!
We then walked around Valletta for a bit and went to visit the palace at Valletta where we saw the state rooms and armoury which we did have to pay for but Ali got in as a student as no one asked for student I.D [That’s Malta for you]. You gotta love the laid back Maltese! The armoury was what you’d expect, a lot of guns, canons and full armoury sets. I liked the state rooms more especially the tapestries. They were so well preserved and so detailed. We then went to St. John’s cathedral for free. Zahra said the queue for the entrance was long so Cec being her patient self decided we would go in a different entrance which turned out to be the exit but it was amazing inside with all the lavish gold decorations and it was free. Zahra was getting hungry so we went to get some lunch at Mdina.
We had lunch at a pizza pasta place which apparently Bernard does not approve of. It was good though. I had pasta with salmon and the others had various pizzas. Cec was the nicest pizza as it had Maltese sausage and my favourite cheese gbejna! Zahra tried out the famous maltese drink that cec is always talking about, Kinnie. It’s made from bitter oranges. Zahra and I liked it but Ali didn’t seem so sure. I tried a local beer called Cisk. We then went for a quick swing in the playground because we are kids at heart. Then went to walk around Mdina by day and got a got value tour of the archbishop’s house/cathedral museum and cathedral. It was only 1.75 for students and again they didn’t check our cards. Ali decided to sit this one out and went for a walk. The rest of us wandered around the museum looking at gold and silver and lots of coins and some disturbing pictures and sculptures. We then headed over to the cathedral with Ali. As expected it was very ornate with lots of red curtains and marble tiles but definitely worth a look.
[Ross has forgotten this :P…or he tried to forget this cos he wants to think that the Cliffs of Moher are the best: We then went to Dingli Cliffs to see the Maltese cliffs and enjoy a bit of the country air and coastal air.]
We stopped off at a supermarket on the way back to the Fenech’s to get some food for Zahra as she wanted to cook some Iranian dishes for us the next day. Cec bumped into an old friend. Ali, Zahra and I were fascinated at the frozen octopus and octopus salad. The smell was not attractive but it’s the same smell you get in all continental supermarkets. We then headed back to the Fenech’s for a night on the town.
Bernard met up with us and we went to Paceville which is the party place in Malta for all the young people. It’s what I’d imagine Ibiza is like except to a smaller scale. On our way to dinner Cec bumped into her softball coach in a bowling alley of all places [Well, he is a bowling coach too]. We then made our way to a shopping centre that was pumping out music. We went to the top where there were a couple of restaurants. They all served similar foods so we went into one and got some food. The portions were huge compared to Irish restaurants but I was hungry so there was no problem. I had a double chicken burger which was delish. Zahra and Ali shared as they were not too hungry. We then headed to the clubbing district. The music was pumping hard out of every bar and the place was full of people handing out drink offers. We walked around for a bit and settled on a club. Zahra soon felt tired but that didn’t stop the rest of us. Bernard got the drinking going with his buy one get one free vouchers on drink. We ended up dancing in front of the DJs booth. Bernard and Cec met some of their friends in the club and they stayed with us for a bit. We danced the night away and walked back to the car around one. Ali kept saying the place was for me and that I should go off and find a girl but that ain’t my style! [So what is your style? Enlighten us please :)] We headed to bed straight away once we got home to the Fenech’s.
By Ross O’Dwyer