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Valletta and so much more...

August 23, 2008 (Day Four)

We had a final day of touring today, and I was lucky to have the one and only Narcy Calamatta as my tour guide. It is truly amazing how much history and information he knows about Malta. His love of his country is evident, and I truly appreciate the time he took to share his country with me. We went to the capital of Malta, Valletta. We started on the waterfront at Upper Barakka before making our way to St. John’s Co-Cathedral which houses two of the few Caravaggio pieces of art in the world. An experience to be sure and an absolute must see if you make your way to Malta. It is quite overwhelming with at least eight different influences from around the world. The irony is that from the outside, it is a rather simple design in structure and in no way prepares you for the cacophony that greets you. We left and journeyed to Hagar Qim, an ancient temple dating back to 5000 BC. To consider how far back civilization takes us and wonder about the methods of these people, their worship and rituals is tremendous. Afterwards, we stopped by the Blue Grotto for another beautiful view of cliffs and the sea before rounding up our trip at the Chinese Garden of Serenity in Santa Lucia. I have to note that as I was checking to make sure that I had the right name on the Web, the site I found quotes Paula’s Uncle Peter as this being a noteworthy modern garden. We made it home in time for lunch and an extended siesta, which Paula and I appreciated.

This evening, Chef Lauren introduced me to my first meal of rabbit which was a complete pleasure. Cooked as a stew in a fantastic combination of onions, carrots, tomatoes, red wine and more, I cleaned my plate! Marrows, a member of the squash family, have been a wonderful accompaniment to our dinners, simply cooked as a sauté with oil and light spices. Full, as always, we visited friends of Paula’s, Sarah and Tristan in their new house for a few hours. They treated us to a tour of their home and treated us to some tasty treats. Who am I to turn down the opportunity to continue trying new foods and tidbits? I was also able to see some nice fireworks from their rooftop although Tristan let me know they were just okay and there were much more beautiful fireworks to be seen there. Next time!

Posted by Kelsworth 20:53

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