Hoho

Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
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Trip End Nov 06, 2011


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Today we have tickets for the hoho bus, apparntly the new bus system is having problems so this seemed the best bet. We walk up to the top where the stop is and find the road all barricaded off. Not looking good for getting on a bus here, so there are men in suits all over the place and cops everywhere, so someone important is obviously popping in for tea. I ask the nearest police lady how long and she says that they are supposed to be here already, so I ask who and she says Hilary Clinton, wow I am suprised. Anyway we hang there for a minute and see her drive up and meet and greet and get a couple of photos. So then we head back to the bus station to try and get out hoho bus. All seems to be a bit unorganised and there are 3 cruise ships in as well adding to the mess. Finally get on the right bus and head off into the countryside. First stop is Mdina which is a beautiful village, I think it was once the capital. First thing we do are the Dungeons, Franchesca doesn't like these much as there are lots of gruesome bodies and torturing etc, hangs on to me the whole way through. Then we go and look through the cathedral museum, some lovely silver and lots of old coins very well presented. Then we check out the cathedral itself, it is very ornate, they take their religion seriously over here. We find a nice glass shop and have a look through there, I could have bought so many beautiful things but of course they would be in bits when we got home. Franchesca wants to do the horse and buggy thing but too pricey, we eventually find the famous cafe Fontanella and as it is famous for its cakes we have cake. It also famous for bad service but it was OK. Cake was OK too, had better, great view over the ramparts. So we wander back to the bus stop and get on the next bus. There was a craft village that I thought of going to but it looked kind of deserted so we didnt bother. Next stop was Mosta and we got off to see the famous church with what used to be one of the biggest domes in the world and a replica of a bomb that fell through their roof during the war. So walked all around the church and no door open where you can get in, great even the church takes part in siesta. (Lots of places are shut from 12 to 4!) Hopped on the next bus and went down along the coast, glad we decided to stay in Valletta, all a bit too overdeveloped for me. Hopped off in Sliema to take our free harbour cruise only to be told they had finished for the day! So back on round to Valletta and out later to the same cafe for dinner. It was warmer tonight didn't need to sit on top of the heaters.
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