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Anyone care to share my Maltesers . . . . . part 1

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This blog doesn’t actually contain chocolate, but more the plants and flowers on the island of Malta, a place we last visited twenty years ago. We’ve just spent a lovely week staying on the North part of the island, and considering it’s December, we were very pleased to see so much in bloom. The temperature ranged from a beautiful 22 degrees down to a cooler 14 during the week. There’s a lot to see, so you may like to get refreshment before you begin, NOT the Christmas chocolates though! Let’s start with the sunrise on the first day of our stay, as seen from the balcony . . .

The gardens to the front and one side of the hotel are, literally, a stones throw from the water and slope downwards . . .

The irrigation pipes are a necessity and I wouldn’t mind gardening here in December . . .

We found a lovely area to sit and ‘saw three ships go sailing by’ . . . cue a Christmas carol!

OH decided the water was warm enough for his feet … and he was right … it was lovely . . .

I was more interested in the flowers though . . .

Lantana in many colours … a magnet for the Butterflies and Insects . . .

I loved seeing these Aeoniums in the garden . . .

and this Strelitzia (Bird of Paradise) . . .

We took the local bone-shaking bus to Valletta … a bit cooler today . . .

following that very bumpy trip we found a place for a coffee when the rain fell for just about five minutes . . .

We walked around the very beautiful city . . .

We both agreed that the silent city of Mdina … a medieval walled city on a hill … is the most fascinating place to visit … a highlight of the week for us . . .


Back on the bus to the hotel . . .

A leisurely stroll through the gardens before dinner . . .

Here’s the Christmas tree in the hotel … plain and simple in gold … very pretty . . .

That’s all for now … part two tomorrow … hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.

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I was there with my friends around May time and we just loved the island, also we took the buses to every corner, a very cheap way to travel. Lovely blog, I like that tree!

16 Dec, 2010

 

Wonderful blog... I love all the photos...
Well done on such stunning pics...
... gorgeous flowers ..

.. and excellent of OH doing his "James Bond" stance on the beach...

... and lovely pic of you... his "Ursula Andress"...;o)

16 Dec, 2010

 

Oooh, that was lovely, I really enjoyed that Shirley! Especially liked that weirdly shaped tree! And that happy lucky gardener!

16 Dec, 2010

 

Lovely blog and photo's Shirley and so glad you enjoyed your well deserved break..Malta looks really nice,the flowers ,gardens are lovely.I like the look of Valletta and mdina. that caffe latte looks good ,no wonder you are smiling Lol.

16 Dec, 2010

 

Grandmage, a very cheap way to travel, but the bumps were just awful on one of the really ancient ones!
Tt, James Bond? More like Basildon Bond methinks ... lol! Karen, that lucky gardener used a hoe in possibly the slowest mode I've ever seen ... I really wanted to get out there and 'grub around' the garden with him ... how sad is that? lol!

16 Dec, 2010

 

Wow I love all your pics, you are a good photographer! You obviuosly had a lovely time, all the best :o))

16 Dec, 2010

 

Great blog Shirley. We have been to Gozo a few times. Lovely architecture.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks Shirley, a place I haven't been, looks quite interesting.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Mmmm! Lovely! Just what we need at this time of year - a bit of warm sunshine!

17 Dec, 2010

 

It was the maltesers that drew me away from making mincepies and then no chocolate.......
well I wasn't disappointed for long ... what a lovely blog , made me feel all warm & summery ( until I looked out of the window) thanks Shirley for a few minutes 'time out'

17 Dec, 2010

 

Great blog. I was never there looks a smaching place, some day i hope to visit. Great photo I especilly love the photo Bird of Paradise.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Looking forward to more Maltesers in part 2 :o)))

17 Dec, 2010

 

I really enjoyed the busses when we went to Malta. They are old British Bedfords (although the Mercury that Shirley shows looks to be American) taken out there and given to the Maltese people after the war.
In the UK we drive on the left; in Italy they drive on the right; in Malta they drive in the shade! Its not a good place to hire a car.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Lol. Bulbaholic :o)))

17 Dec, 2010

 

Even though it's a tiny island, there's lots to see, isn't there, Shirley. We loved it there - and we went to Gozo on a ferry. That was fascinating, too.

Thanks for the lovely photos - you seem to have had a good holiday! :-)))

Looking forward to part 2 now.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Hi everyone ... thankyou so much for your comments ... I have just been putting the Christmas tree and decs. out ... not helped by a very playful cat insisting on chasing strings of beads and tinsel!!
Regarding those buses ... some are owned by the drivers and have little shrines on the dashboard ... really quaint. We came to the conclusion that once a driver has passed his/her test they are then told to forget everything they were taught and just drive with disregard to all other drivers ! Also, their cars seem to be made minus indicators ... lol ! Gozo will feature in part two . . . . : o )))

17 Dec, 2010

 

hi shirley so enjoyed reading this blog, i have been twice to malta years ago and love it, the silent city is lovely to, glad you enjoyed your trip, lovely pictures thankyou for a trip down memory lane :o))

17 Dec, 2010

 

lovely blog. hope to go there some day.

17 Dec, 2010

 

Pleased it brought back happy memories for you, Sandra. : o ))) Sbg ... try April/May if you do visit as not too hot or full of tourists!

17 Dec, 2010

 

I enjoyed your blog Shirley. I love those buses lol - none of your modern rushing about. And you look so relaxed in that photo. I'm glad you enjoyed :o)

18 Dec, 2010

 

Looks a nice place Shirley, Ive never been there myself. People say you either love Malta or hate it. My parents did'nt like it, but it does look nice.

18 Dec, 2010

 

Shirley so pleased you enjoyed your holiday loved reading this blog and looking at the photos, i also loved the buses.

18 Dec, 2010

 

Hywel, the buses are amazing, one we used had endless shoe laces tied together as the bell-pull near the roof .. lol ! ... Littlelegs, it's great for a relaxing holiday, not for the 'clubbers' methinks! ... Pleased you like this Carol, I needed a break to re-charge my batteries and it's worked, feel revived now! I set out the Christmas tree & decs last night, not helped by Megan climbing in every box & playing with the decorations! : o ))))

18 Dec, 2010

 

Thanks for the break Shirley, enjoyed the sunshine and peace:-)

3 Jan, 2011

 

It's been very dull, grey and colder as the day has gone on ... I yearn for sunshine and blue skies!

3 Jan, 2011

 

It would be nice...sigh...:-)

3 Jan, 2011

 

Enjoyed your blog Shirley, never been to Malta looks beautiful, yes spotted the aeonium:-) lovely, staying more upright than mine.

27 Feb, 2011

 

Glad you found it, Simbad, there were lots of Aeoniums growing wild on the roadside verges. I suppose the climate suits them well.

27 Feb, 2011

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