My trip to Malta and Gozo 2012 – part 4
I woke up the next day very hungover after the Christmas 2 celebrations.
Today I was going to visit the Island of Malta by taking the Gozo ferry for a day trip.
I was very hungover after last night’s Xmas 2 party and I felt ill on this ferry crossing.
This clip is the Gozo Ferry crossing when it is bad!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lM1inxAz0_g
And this clip was exactly how my aching head felt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njt8Ae7Dqhc&feature=related
That was exactly how I felt!
My first stop in Malta was the Blue Grotto cave. It is a number of sea caverns on the south coast of Malta.
Apparently this is the most popular tourist attraction in Malta.
The caves combined with the sunlight lead to the water mirroring showing numerous shades of blue.
I first viewed the caves from above from a viewing platform.
I was eager to see the caves from the inside.
From the nearby fishing village of Wied iz-Żurrieq (pronounced weird-is-surriiieeeeuuuu – I think!) it is possible to go on a boat trip to the caves for the sum of eight Euros with no discount for cuddly toys.
It was a 200 metre walk down the road to the fishing harbour of Wied iz-Żurrieq.
This harbour was a tourists trap with loads of restaurants and tour boats.
The entrance to the harbour had a WW2 defensive position.
The boat trips coast eight Euros and last 20-25 minutes.
I saw all of the caves with some weird formations and phosphorescent colours of the underwater flora.
About 1km from the Blue Grotto is more of the Megalithic Temples of Malta.
Two temples are here, that is the Ħaġar Qim Temple and the Mnajdra Temple. Both were added to the UNESCO World Herritage Site list in 1980.
Unlike the temple in Gozo, these two temples were shielded from the weather by protective tent constructions.
The two temples were 500 metres apart.
The temples were well built and I believe that Balfour Betty were the contractors back then.
It was expensive to view these two temples at a price of nine Euros (no discount for cuddly toys). The temple complex in Gozo was five Euros.
These two temples are thought to be 5600 years old.
It is not exactly known what the temples were built for, but some research does indicate that cuddly toys were sacrificed here for the Gods.
After seeing the temples, I caught the bus to Valletta. The capital of Malta and another UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The name of the city comes from Jean Parisot de la Valette, who defended the island from the Ottoman invasion in 1565.
The Grand Harbour is heavily guarded with many forts from the centuries of history here. This photograph is Fort Saint Elmo, now the Maltese Police training academy.
During WW2, the Italians and the Germans lay siege and bombed the harbour. The siege was broken in August 1942 with Operation Pedestal which suceeded in getting supplies to Malta. In recognition of their fortitude during the siege and air attack, Malta was awarded the George Cross.
The harbour had many forts and defences around it.
Small fishing ports and ramps were around the harbour.
Leaving the harbour I went back inside the city walls to see the city itself. Valletta was built from the 16th century onwards, during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem (also known as Knights Hospitaller).
The city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980.
The city has signs of old British rule.
Many of the narrow lanes of the city remains untouched over the years.
I saw this fat cat sleeping on a washing line! How did it balanced itself?
I had now been sightseeing for over ten hours now and my wee cotton fur feet were aching.
I was starving so I went to a restaurant before grabbing the ferry back to Gozo.
The next few days, I was going to get my wee cotton fur wet with some scuba diving.
After two weeks in Gozo I flew back to the UK and ready for my next secret mission behind enemy lines.
For more information on sightseeing around Malta please visit: