The Capital, The Restaurant & The English Bar
Trip Start Jun 11, 2008
349Trip End May 14, 2009
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Once in Valetta, and feet safely back on terra firma, we had a walk up to Bakkarra Gardens. This is a small garden area near the fort at the entrance to Valetta. The gardens are very beautiful and this is also where they do the firing of the cannon at 12 noon every day.
There are many jokes to be had here about shooting loads and lethal weapons, but for a change I will be more sophisticated than that.....for now anyway!
The cannon firing is extremely loud and deafening but I feel more sorry for the poor island area across the water that the cannon is aimed at every day!! They must be getting really annoyed at being fired at every day that's for sure. One day I can see something getting fired back.....and, to be honest, they are that slow at loading the cannon at this end, that they could probably have Valetta destroyed before the 2nd shot is fired!! What they ought to do is aim it at Gozo because that's usually full of Germans!!.....oooops, must stay politically correct....sorry.....honest!
After the smoking gun had quietened down, we went for a walk round the streets of Valetta. It was just as lovely as I remembered it. I must admit that, although it's not classed as the finest city in Europe, it still has something about it that gives you that feel good factor.
Eventually we took a break at the Primavera café down one of the side streets of Valetta. We went inside and enjoyed a small baguette snack for lunch and, would you believe.....a non-alcoholic beverage as well!!! Yes, that's right....alcohol free! This will need to be remedied later no doubt.
After lunch, we took a steady walk back up the main Republic Street to the bus station and caught the bus back to Birkirkarra.
In the late afternoon we were back on the suicide bus again, this time to the far end of Sliema. From here we walked around the bay to St Julians. This is a lovely walk to do at this time of day as we also walked through the marinas - well, not through them s we would have got a little damp, but you know what I mean.
This area has all been done up since I was last here and it's all a bit posh and trendy for me I think!! Mind you, Shirebrook's probably posh and trendy for me!!
After walking around the marina we stopped at a restaurant on the harbour side called 'Rafael's'. This was a grand setting overlooking the harbour and the food was fantastic - including my calzone pizza that gave me the big smiley face (see photo below). Also caught up for this afternoons alcohol free debacle by consuming a few pints of the local brew - Cisk. It has always made me laugh that the word Cisk is actually an anagram of Sick!! After a dozen or so pints of the stuff, I suppose it will be quite apt!
After a further walk along the harbour we stopped at the Portomasso Café for ice creams and beers. This was a place that many people will definitely overload their arteries at, but the desserts are just to lovely to decline - washed down with Cisk of course! Finally, we jumped on the bus back to Birkirkarra.
Me and Lorna decided to go for a few late ones at a local bar that we had sported yesterday. It's a great bar. Firstly, it's covered in football scarves and flags and has large LCD screens all over the place for showing the footy! Secondly, the place was pumping, music blaring and the place full to the rafters. Finally there was the food. Yes, more food. We hadn't intended on more food, but this was free stuff that kept coming out. We were sat at the bar and first we were brought some Maltese bread and dips. We said we hadn't ordered anything, but were told it's free. Then came mini pizza slices and chicken wings and more!!! Obviously, not to be rude, Lorna indulged in a few tastes. It was a really good night - maybe because it was a Saturday night - but the atmosphere just felt good as well.
We ended up leaving in the early hours and the party was still going strong.
I expect to be here again tomorrow afternoon to watch the footy and drink more Cisk!