Monday, 9 July 2018

Gzira, Malta (33 Triq Carlo Manche’)

Today is my last full day in Malta and thought I should visit some place new before I left. Valletta, the capital of Malta, is across the harbor from where I’m staying and easy to get their by ferry.

After a shower and something to eat I walked down to where the ferry over to Valletta is located. I found out that with my senior discount, a ride to and from Vallenta is only .90 Euro. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes and is a convenient way to get to Vallenta.

After the ferry docked in Vallenta I found that I needed to climb a hill to get up to the inside of the walled city. I should have left earlier when it wasn’t so hot, but I had my bottle of water so I was okay. I mapped out my route through the city so I’d hit the high points. My first stop was St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Vallenta.

Inside the Cathedral I found a large barrel-shaped sanctuary in the Baroque style. Very impressive. I was most interested to see “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist” by Carvaggio. It is considered to be one of the most important works in Western painting. It is something to see in person, though the subject matter (beheading) is not of any interest.

From there I walked up to the administrative end of the city where the parliament meets and official buildings. While there I took a picture of a bowl of food and a dish of water for the cats that roam the city. This is common to see food and drink available for the cats.

I saw a couple of churches and walked around the shopping area before taking the ferry back to Gzira. While waiting for the ferry I ate an ice cream bar and looked at the beautiful view of the harbor and of the towns of Gzira and Sliema.

Tonight for dinner was a slice of olive pizza, the leftover chicken salad, and a banana. By tomorrow I should have eaten all of the food I purchased, except for a few slices of bread that I didn’t need to eat.

Tomorrow is my flight to London. I leave at 11:15 a.m. so I’ve asked for a car to pick me up at 8:30 a.m. It shouldn’t be much to get ready and I’ll look forward to returning to London.

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