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Malta -Mdina and more!

August 21, 2008 (Day Two)

It turns out that fireworks begin their ascent somewhere around 8 o’clock in the morning, even though they cannot be seen in daylight. However, they make a lovely alarm clock. Paula and I had breakfast before heading out to begin my Maltese experience. First, we visited Paula’s grandmother and were able to show her some of the photos from our cruise. After a nice visit, we drove over to Mdina, the former capital of Malta and believed to go back to over 4000 BC. I also did a little shopping and fell in love with Medina glass. I managed to ration myself, but I am really pleased with the pieces I purchased and they will be a wonderful reminder of this time and country. We then stopped for another traditional Maltese tidbit, pastizzis. They are pastries with two kinds of fillings, cheese and peas and holy smokes are they fantastic. They accompanied a delicious summer lunch. Since afternoons are so hot in Malta, many residents take siesta from 2-4 and we were no exception. Then it cools off relatively by that time and you resume your day. We then visited Paula’s grandfather, a fascinating man who treated me to an autographed copy of his recently published book. A true treasure to a librarian! We then visited the tailor and met with Aunt Maryanne to walk around and find a shop that offered some lovely Maltese filigree jewelry, one of the items on my shopping list. We had dinner later in the evening, another phenomenal meal (Basmati rice with star anise and coriander, roasted peppers, curry chicken and marrows). Then we headed over to the waterfront to meet up with Paula’s friend Marika for a drink and to enjoy the sea breeze and some late evening gelato. A perfect way to enjoy the evening and appreciate the sea.

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