Malta

Malta Weekend

Grand Harbour.jpg

Last week I travelled to Malta. The main purpose of the trip was to learn scuba diving but it also offered an opportunity to do some sight seeing. Malta is located in the Mediterranean Sea south of Sicily and is a few degrees warmer than London at this time of year.

The scuba group consisted of 8 people. We stayed in the town of St. Julian’s on the coast. This town is a hub of restaurants, bars, hotels and nightclubs and is conveniently located within walking distance of the dive school.

Dinner in Malta

During our recovery day on Monday we visited the capita Valletta. Valletta is definitely worth a visit with it’s history and architecture from baroque period. It is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.

Valletta

Valletta

The streets were quiet which could be an advantage of visiting at this time of the year.

We also visited the Malta War Museum.

War Museum

Due to it’s location Malta played an important part in WWII for the allies. The resistance and bravery of the local population under the sustained attack earned widespread international admiration. In an unprecedented move, the entire Maltese population was awarded the George Cross in 1942– the civilian award for gallantry. The Maltese flag features the cross in the top left corner, and the George Cross can be found in War Museum.

Flag

The scuba group.

Scuba Group

I passed the diving certification, although I’m not sure anyone ever really fails! The conditions for our first two dives on Saturday were great for learning. The visibility was good and waters calm.

Day 2 was a different story. The rough seas proved challenging for a few students. However I will defer my stories as they are best told in person where I can dramatise with gasping sounds effects and waving arms!

We learnt diving in a location all but devoid of marine life, but the experience gave me a taste of things to come. I’m told the Malta has some great wrecks full of marine life. I’m looking forward to the warmer waters of the Caribbean later this year.

1 Comment »

  1. superyam said,

    February 5, 2007 @ 1:11 am

    I’ve always wondered…..
    Are the inhabitants called Maltesers?
    Are drunks there called Valletian blinds?
    Should all Maltese crosses be called George?
    These and many other questions continue to perplex mankind….

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