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Mdina, the not so silent city


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Unlike the past few days, today we decided to leave at a more decent hour, so after breakfast we walked towards the bus stop across the street and a little past 9 AM our bus towards the city of Mdina arrived.

I read somewhere that it is best to visit the city early in the morning or late in the afternoon, but since we were quite awake now, it was better to visit it in the morning. Carpe Diem it is!

The busride was quite fun and although at times it was completely packed with people, it was nice for a change to have a different scenery. I don’t know what it is, but I can’t but seem to love the outdoors and more particularly the country side. It reminds me of home I guess.

One minute you are looking at the ocean and about an hour later you are looking at lots of fields and huge cacti … quite amazing!

As soon as we arrived at Mdina, our friendly busdriver told us how to go to the entrance gate and I was amazed on how quite it was, the first few minutes that is.

We went through the gate and it really feld like walking inside a ghost town, but I guess it must have been just a few minutes later when we heard all kinds of noices and we soon realised that the peace and quite was over.

Lots of tour groups as well as school kids found their way towards this more than beautiful city. At some times the noice was unbearable, so it was quite fun to try and avoid them in one of the many, many small streets of this ancient city.

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But from all this hide and seek you get thirsty and thanks to the good advice from Allie (jeminigirl), the three of us looked for the Fontanella tea garden and were lucky enough to have found a nice spot on the terrace of the place where we indeed had a more than amazing view on the countryside. THANKS ALLIE!!!

Together with a more than delicious piece of cake, we were more than ready to go and see that other amazing city, Rabat.

Once outside Mdina, we suddenly spotted a tiny tourist train and although it sounds tacky, to us it seemed like a great way to have a different look at both cities.

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Although it lasted about half an hour, it was quite fun and in the mean time I learned a little bit more about this two cities as well. Quite handy coz now I didn’t need my guidebook anymore.

The small city of Rabat is mostly know for it’s catacombs, but unfortunately we didn’t visit any of them. I guess we really are lazy tourists, because we walked through different streets only to end up at the small square and enjoyed a late Maltese lunch. Life can be great if you let it be!

In the later hours of the afternoon we took a bus back home and got out at the boardwalk of Sliema again.
Me and my mum wanted to visit the new shopping Mall, The Point. Last time we past this place, only a handful of cafés were open, but now we were in luck coz the stores were open as well.

Windowshopping it is! :)

After looking at all those different stores, my dad was more than glad to be outside again and since it was already time for dinner anyway, we just walked back to the hotel and went upstairs to see what for delicious things the chef prepared for us.

Once again we didn’t want to have a night cap at the bar of the hotel and instead we went outside again and walked a bit till we found a nice enough place to have one last drink or two.

Back at our room a few hours later, I instantly fell asleep. I don’t know if it has something to do with being at the seaside or maybe I just have an excellent foldable bed, but damn, I have never slept this good since I arrived on the island.

Posted by Ils1976 05:40 Archived in Malta Tagged landscapes churches people food desert restaurant monument culture history hotel bus shopping walk city fun family sightseeing wine sights europe relaxing drinks

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Sometimes it's good to have a lazy holiday, and I think those tourist trains can be fun :)

by ToonSarah

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