|I have been complaining that most places we have visited were homogenized--like they have all been dragged, kicking and screaming, into imitations of big, Western cities. But not Malta. We docked in the capitol city, Vitorio, at a pier surrounded by the fortifications built by the Knights Templar--big, massive stone forts and cathedrals. I felt like I had been transported to the time of the Crusades (Clothing not withstanding.) And everything--almost--is the same glowing yellowish cream color. Very Impressive.
We again hired a cab and drove around the country side. Not as lovely as Crete, but certainly interesting. Some greenery, but I will always have the memory of sun washed, male fortifications. Our driver managed to drag us to a 'craft' village and we were able to pick up some 'pretties'. (Georgia and Diane: expect a package from Malta in 3 to 6 weeks. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know when it comes!) The driver obviously got a 'kick-back, but it was an interesting place.
Drove through the main town. The streets were narrow, cobbled and thronging with people who looked happy.