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Travelogue: Valletta

Hello there friends! An end to my maternity leave and getting back into the swing of things at work and juggling daycare have left this mama little time to blog. Never fear, I’m back and ready to show you some more awesome images  :)

Valletta, the capital of Malta, was the destination of our second to last day of our trip. It is located in the central-eastern portion of the island with access to both the Marsamxett Harbour to the east and the Grand Harbor to its west.

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St. Paul Shipwreck Church- In AD 60, Saint Paul was being taken to face trial for political rebellion when the vessel he was on shipwrecked into Malta. Paul is responsible for bringing Christianity to the island. You’re not actually allowed to take pictures inside the church, as it is viewed as sacred (as all churches should be!) and contains some bone fragments of Saint Paul’s wrist bone and part of the column he was believed to be beheaded on.

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We were lucky enough to get a good view for the saluting battery in the city. For almost 500 years these guns protected the Grand Harbour from naval assault. Beginning in the 1820s, the guns are fired at midday to signal the exact hour of the day by which Ship Masters would calibrate their chronographs on their vessels. For those that don’t know, chronographs are used to find longitude while at sea!6.19.13-376.19.13-406.19.13-426.19.13-466.19.13-496.19.13-546.19.13-556.19.13-676.19.13-68

The National War Museum in Valletta displays artifacts that focus on the two World Wars. Photographic panels are mixed in with artillery pieces, aircraft wreckage, uniforms and other memorabilia to help recount the stories and events during those times. 6.19.13-1076.19.13-1086.19.13-726.19.13-766.19.13-866.19.13-916.19.13-1016.19.13-104

In the evening we did some leisurely Jeep riding to check out some of the local bays near our hotel. This beauty is the Paradise Bay. 6.19.13-111

The Red Tower in Mellieha Bay
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Up next: Our last day in Malta!!

Travelogue: Cruise Ship Day

The third day of our Malta adventure was spent on an all-day cruise around the islands. It was a nice, relaxing day with gorgeous views everywhere the eye could see! We started in the Grand Harbor, once a huge port of military significance, now a significant port for Malta’s commercial shipping.

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Saint Elmo Bridge6.18.13-176.18.13-25

The fish cages used by the fishermen of Marsaxlokk. If you look close, you can see one of the dolphins who stopped by to visit as we cruised by!6.18.13-436.18.13-506.18.13-566.18.13-666.18.13-696.18.13-746.18.13-806.18.13-91

Strangely, there are ladders along the cliffside. Strangely, I REALLY wanted to climb one…6.18.13-976.18.13-1056.18.13-1146.18.13-1226.18.13-133

One of the tiny caves dotting the island. Our boat captain was quite the pro and sailed us nice and snug into the cave. 6.18.13-1536.18.13-1596.18.13-1606.18.13-1686.18.13-1706.18.13-1726.18.13-178

The gap between the islands Gozo (right) and Comino (left).6.18.13-1816.18.13-195

We docked in Comino for a nice break to stretch our legs and have some fun. We were supplied gear for snorkeling and you could even take a speedboat ride around Comino. We did both activities, I just don’t have any of the speedboat ride as it was too dangerous to my camera to try and take any shots!6.18.13-196

See those people lined along the cliff on the right? Yeah, they’re JUMPING. Crazy people!!6.18.13-1976.18.13-2016.18.13-206

I was asked this a lot when we came home and showed some iPhone shots, but yes, the water really is all those beautiful colors. No enhancement on my end!6.18.13-214Can you spot the elephant?6.18.13-2166.18.13-2176.18.13-2246.18.13-227

Ahh, posting all these images makes me long for the sea…..Where do we visit next, you ask? Valletta, of course!!

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