There’s no place like home.
But here I am! Back again in my beautiful home in Germany, sitting down in my office writing a new blog post (PS if you want to see what my office looks like, click here.) This time, I will be writing about mine and L’s visit to Valletta.
This post is the first part of my three part mini series about my trip back to Malta. Keep your eyes peeled for the next!
We left on the 9th of October and our flight was at 6:40AM. I hate morning flights. We only slept for one hour, got up at 1AM, left at 2AM and had a two-hour drive to the airport. We didn’t look cute at all. It was a cold morning that day in Germany. We got on the plane and two hours later, we were in sunny Malta.
As soon as we got off, the wave of heat hit us. We were both wearing jeans a jacket. Mistake. After picking up our luggage, my sister came to pick us up and dropped us off at my parent’s house. We stayed there for a couple of days and rented an Air BnB for the weekend.
After we rested a bit at my parent’s house, we headed to Valletta. We did have a car but decided to use public transport instead because parking in Valletta is a nightmare. And this is tip #1: never go to Valletta with a car. L has been to Valletta already before but he still wanted to walk around and see more of the capital. We stopped to have lunch because we were starving and then we went to the Upper Barraka Gardens to admire the view of the three cities. My favourite spot in Valletta. tip #2: The Upper Barraka Gardens is a must see in Valletta!
We sat down on a bench and admired the view for some time and then we walked around a little more. Valletta is known for its narrow streets. The way the city was built was in the shape of a grid. I don’t know exactly why, but it is what the Knights of St John decided on! As you can probably notice from the below picture, the buildings are rather old too. Modern looking buildings are quite rare in the capital (except for the new Parliament, the new food market & some offices). Other than that, the majority of the buildings look old.
If you’re ever in Valletta, there’s another place that you must visit. Behold tip #3: C. Camilleri & Son’s LTD. It is located in Merchant’s Street. I used to work in Valletta a couple of years ago and I use to visit that shop almost every day. My wallet and waistline protested but I was hooked.
This shop, located in one of Valletta’s busiest streets, is a piece of heaven for all you candy lovers out there. They have a selection of pick and mix sweets and they also sell locally made candy and pastries! You should definitely check it out!
If you keep walking down the same street, there’s is the food market. It was built not too long ago, hence why it’s so modern looking. Inside you’ll find a number of food stands ranging from ice-cream to Maltese food to pizza and pasta. I highly suggest you visit this place, especially if you’re into architecture! It can be a little pricey though, just a heads up
We didn’t get anything from there. L just wanted to see it because he’s never been before and I walked around and took some random pictures. Our next stop is also my fourth tip to you. tip #4: if you love ice-cream, you have to visit Amorino in Republic Street. There are always people queuing to buy their ice-cream which is a testament to how good it is!
We had to wait in line for a couple of minutes but let me tell you, it was worth it. Amorino opened shop not too long ago actually but it was hit from the start. Tourists love this place! I especially like the shop’s interior. It’s a mix between modern and old. Mind you, it’s very small and can get a little crazy .. but it’s ice-cream. Ice-cream is worth all of that. Especially if it’s good ice-cream right?
They have tons of flavours of ice-cream to choose from. I got Nutella and kinder and L got cheesecake and vanilla. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed!
We sat down on a bench enjoying our ice-cream and observing people walking by. L’s favourite thing to do is people watching. I started doing it too ever since meeting him and let me tell you, it’s fun. Don’t knock it until you try it
By the time we ate the ice-cream, it was close to 5PM and we were exhausted. We only slept an hour the night before, had a full day of travelling and exploring and we were ready to go back home, take a shower and relax. The Triton Fountain is the first thing you’ll see when walking into Valletta or leaving Valletta, depending on where you stopped to come to the city. It has recently been restored to its former glory.
It’s a very popular hang out spot. Locals love to sit there and chat with each other. There are a number of benches around it where you can sit and admire the view. Another cool initiative is these figures that are placed around the fountain. Each of them represents a Maltese saying and there’s a plaque next to them explaining what is the saying and what it means. You can see them all over.
And that ladies and gentleman, brings an end to this post. As I mentioned above, I will be writing a separate blog post on every place we visited while we were in Malta so keep your eyes peeled! I also have some other posts planned too. Exciting times! Until next time!
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