Traveling has always been an important part of my life. I constantly strive to discover new places, new cultures, new lifestyles, and even myself in those new surroundings. That's why planning a new trip always adds more excitement to what I am going to experience, and this time it wasn't an exception...
To do list:
- Flight tickets
- Booking a hotel
- Making a plan of what to visit...or at least a sketch of the plan
- Ready to take off to the new adventure!
Once landed in Malta...oh yeah, almost forgot to mention! So let me put it on replay: aaaaand drumroooll...the destination we planned to visit was Malta! This small but very welcoming country (or I would better say very "Italian style welcoming country") from the very beginning made us realize that we are in a place where nobody is in a hurry. A kind of Hakuna Matata land, I would say. People are very chill, they never rush anywhere, they just live the moment. That was actually a good lesson for me, cause sometimes you really need to put your life on slow motion, and start noticing things around you. That's exactly what I did, and starting with this post you will see Malta through my eyes. So let's begin this thrilling experience!
Our first destination was the pearl of Malta, it's capital - Valetta. The first thing that stroke me most about it was, of course, the architecture of the city, or better to say its intact aspect. It seemed as if it had been there for thousands of years and it could stay like that for even more, and still not lose it's beauty. The whole city is of the sand color, and only the balconies stand out against the background.
Walking around Valetta, you can often stumble upon imposing buildings of churches, like the one in the image above. The Carmelite church stands out not only through its quite impressive level of craftsmanship, but also through the fact that it was actually rebuilt in the 1950s, as it was bombed during World War II.
If you're not fond of the Baroque style churches, then St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral is for you.This Neo-classical construction is in sharp contras with the backround of the rest of the churches of Valetta. It was erected by William Scamp - the architect of the British Admiralty in Malta, and it is one of the three cathedrals of the Anglican Diocese of Gibraltar in Europe.
A must-see place in Valetta is the Grandmaster's Palace. It was built in the 16th century as the palace of the Grand Master of the Order of St. John, who ruled Malta. Nowadays it houses the Office of the President of Malta. The palace is open to the public, so you can visit its State Apartments, and the Palace Armoury.
St. John's Co-Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals I have ever seen in my life. The amount of details, and work, which was put into the realization of this marvelous site, is simply unbelievable. Once you enter this cathedral, you feel dazzled by the gold you see inside. It's not by chance one of the finest examples of the high Baroque architecture in Europe, and one of the world's greatest cathedrals.
The next place to visit is Casa Rocca Piccola, where at the entrance you'll be met by this cheerful fellow who will welcome you into its property...just kiddin. In fact Casa Rocca Piccola is owned by the descendants of the noble de Piro family, who own the house since the 16th century. Nowadays you can not only get inside the house, but also inside the customs and traditions of the Maltese nobility. You will be taken on a tour through time...