Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This is Not a Day for the Temples (Malta)

On Monday, November 28th, Nicole and I flew to Malta. We didn't really know anything about it before going there, just that it was a small island in the Mediterranean. We later found out that it's actually an archipelago of three islands. 

The first day, we were so exhausted from packing and traveling that we only really went out for dinner. Most of the Maltese cuisine is a mix of local and Italian dishes. It was really amazing after being in Scotland for a semester because it was so fresh. 

The next morning, we woke up to horrible weather. Nevertheless, we attempted to see the Tarxien Temples. That required us to take a bus to Valletta, the capital of Malta. By the time we were in Valletta, it was a full-fledged storm. From Valletta, we took another bus to Tarxien. When we asked the bus driver when to get off for the temples, he told us, "This is not a day for the temples." We wandered around and found where the temples should be. We couldn't really find the entrance and we later figured out that everything in Malta closes when it rains because that happens so infrequently. 

A Maltese Church:

Profiteroles at the cafe we stopped in to avoid the rain:

Once we got back to our hotel, we put on dry clothes and went out to dinner. We wandered into a restaurant because we saw that it had a great view of the harbor. The restaurant, San Giuliano, was incredibly nice and we were very underdressed. It was one of the most amazing meals of my life. 

The restaurant is above Spinola harbor:

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