As is normal for us we went into Valletta without much of a plan except to follow the crowd and then take our own twists and turns to see what we can see.
At the entrance is a very obvious example of Roman style architecture, built in 1866 it was destroyed by fire but then rebuilt later on.
The Library of Malta, just before St. George’s Square, had some awesome art out in front. It’s not every day you see a bust of someone sticking their own finger in one ear and out the other:
We follow a bunch of people headed toward the bay, and see more of the classic Maltese windows/apartments, churches, and businesses all in the classic sandstone.
Another old storefont, It’s 101 years old, you’d think it’s been around forever:
We come out of the narrow street onto the edge of Fort St. Iermu, the rusted anchors and steep walls reminding us Malta has always been a stronghold against Mediterranean invaders.
We stopped at a cafe nearby and had to go to the toilet, we walked down the stairs, it got dark, and then we were treated to this sweet underground passageway taking us under and across the street to a museum and gift shop.
St. Elmo Bay looked like an entry point for ferries, but I imagine it’s been here for centuries, making it more difficult for enemy ships to get close to the city’s fortifications:
This bell rings at noon every day and commemorates the soldiers lost by Malta in World War II:
We walked further south to Lower Barrakka Gardens, a lush, raised garden on top of the wall:
We have an excellent view here at the gardens and realise how high up we are!
True to form there’s a dunny here, and we’ve recorded it for posterity. 🙂 Made of wood, they are second only to the dunny at Athen’s Botanic Gardens:
Another awesome storefront sign in Valletta:
The day is coming to a close and we decide to head back to the main bus stop in Valletta to head back to Sliema. This bus stop is very busy so be patient, you will be crammed into a bus like a sardine, so make sure to pack light and understand everyone’s in the same boat. 🙂
Not a bad sunset!