OT Malta trip Part one

OT Malta trip Part one

Post by Shirley Shon » Mon, 15 Nov 2004 22:58:52



I hope I can sit long enough.
We checked in the airport and after a few words with the check in clerk
about our "Golden" we were upgraded to executive class seats.
It was a new aircraft just put in service that week. We had a very
comfortable flight with Malta Airline.
It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. We passed quickly
through the airport to be whisked away by Mercedes car to the hotel.

When we checked in the clerk said you are going to like this room. We
had been given a suite. It had a large bedroom with an equally large
bed. A sitting room with settee and arm chair, TV. And a bar with fridge
and well stocked at that. Also there were two balconies one with a good
view of the Grand Harbour entrance.
The bathroom had a shower as well as a Jacuzzi.

After breakfast we walked down into Sliema were we wanted to buy a 5 day
bus ticket to save messing about with money each time. We  got to the
office were we were directed by an unhelpful Maltese man to a machine
which needed coins. Alas we had no coins yet, so back to the man for
coins. The machine kept rejecting the coins, so back to man who told us
to get one from the bus driver. However we saw a transport advisor and I
explained to him what had happened. He  took our money and stopped the
first bus and got  on and got us tickets and even put them in a wallet
for us. When he gave them to me I thanked him in Maltese remembered from
50 years ago. He smiled at me and put his hand on my shoulder and
stroked it. He was pleased I had made the effort to use his language.

So we hopped on a bus that went to Valletta the capitol. It looked the
same but a great deal scruffier looking. We made for the Upper Barraca
gardens which had been refurbished. From there we could see over the
Grand Harbour and also where we lived.  It was a moving moment for me.
I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon when he came of the
liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. The shops used to
close at lunch time for about 3 hours siesta time.

We thought we would cross Sliema creek by ferry but after walking down
hills and numerous steps we found it was not running due to rough sea.
The walk back up to the bus nearly exhausted me. I had my  heart spray
in my hand.
We bought some Maltese crusty bread, tomatoes,  Gozo goats cheese and a
bottle of local wine so we could have an alfresco lunch on our balcony.
We met up with the holiday rep who was selling trips. We only booked one
to an evening which included a visit to a Maltese bakery followed by
typical Maltese meal.

I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
were tired after our late night.

More later
Shirley
--
Shirley Shone

 
 
 

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Post by roxa » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 00:04:04


It sounds like you had a great trip so far.
Roxan

Quote:
> I hope I can sit long enough.
> We checked in the airport and after a few words with the check in clerk
> about our "Golden" we were upgraded to executive class seats.
> It was a new aircraft just put in service that week. We had a very
> comfortable flight with Malta Airline.
> It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. We passed quickly
> through the airport to be whisked away by Mercedes car to the hotel.

> When we checked in the clerk said you are going to like this room. We
> had been given a suite. It had a large bedroom with an equally large
> bed. A sitting room with settee and arm chair, TV. And a bar with fridge
> and well stocked at that. Also there were two balconies one with a good
> view of the Grand Harbour entrance.
> The bathroom had a shower as well as a Jacuzzi.

> After breakfast we walked down into Sliema were we wanted to buy a 5 day
> bus ticket to save messing about with money each time. We  got to the
> office were we were directed by an unhelpful Maltese man to a machine
> which needed coins. Alas we had no coins yet, so back to the man for
> coins. The machine kept rejecting the coins, so back to man who told us
> to get one from the bus driver. However we saw a transport advisor and I
> explained to him what had happened. He  took our money and stopped the
> first bus and got  on and got us tickets and even put them in a wallet
> for us. When he gave them to me I thanked him in Maltese remembered from
> 50 years ago. He smiled at me and put his hand on my shoulder and
> stroked it. He was pleased I had made the effort to use his language.

> So we hopped on a bus that went to Valletta the capitol. It looked the
> same but a great deal scruffier looking. We made for the Upper Barraca
> gardens which had been refurbished. From there we could see over the
> Grand Harbour and also where we lived.  It was a moving moment for me.
> I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon when he came of the
> liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. The shops used to
> close at lunch time for about 3 hours siesta time.

> We thought we would cross Sliema creek by ferry but after walking down
> hills and numerous steps we found it was not running due to rough sea.
> The walk back up to the bus nearly exhausted me. I had my  heart spray
> in my hand.
> We bought some Maltese crusty bread, tomatoes,  Gozo goats cheese and a
> bottle of local wine so we could have an alfresco lunch on our balcony.
> We met up with the holiday rep who was selling trips. We only booked one
> to an evening which included a visit to a Maltese bakery followed by
> typical Maltese meal.

> I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
> were tired after our late night.

> More later
> Shirley
> --
> Shirley Shone


 
 
 

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Post by Pegg » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 00:53:22


Oh, goodie!  A story in installments--my favorite.  Sounds like the "first
chapter" of your trip was a lot of fun.  I'll eagerly await additional info
whenever you are up to sharing it.  Hope you are starting to feel better!!
 
 
 

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Post by Carol in S » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 02:55:38


Quote:
> From there we could see over the Grand Harbour and also where we lived.  It

was a moving moment for me. I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon
when he came of the liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. <

What sweet memories!  I anxiously await more - and I hope your pain is
improving, Shirley!

Carol in SLC
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Post by Christina Peterso » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 06:12:09


What fun!  I love hearing your travelogue.  Can you suggest a site I could
look at to get a visual with this?  What is the Maltese language similar to?

Tina


Quote:
> I hope I can sit long enough.
> We checked in the airport and after a few words with the check in clerk
> about our "Golden" we were upgraded to executive class seats.
> It was a new aircraft just put in service that week. We had a very
> comfortable flight with Malta Airline.
> It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. We passed quickly
> through the airport to be whisked away by Mercedes car to the hotel.

> When we checked in the clerk said you are going to like this room. We
> had been given a suite. It had a large bedroom with an equally large
> bed. A sitting room with settee and arm chair, TV. And a bar with fridge
> and well stocked at that. Also there were two balconies one with a good
> view of the Grand Harbour entrance.
> The bathroom had a shower as well as a Jacuzzi.

> After breakfast we walked down into Sliema were we wanted to buy a 5 day
> bus ticket to save messing about with money each time. We  got to the
> office were we were directed by an unhelpful Maltese man to a machine
> which needed coins. Alas we had no coins yet, so back to the man for
> coins. The machine kept rejecting the coins, so back to man who told us
> to get one from the bus driver. However we saw a transport advisor and I
> explained to him what had happened. He  took our money and stopped the
> first bus and got  on and got us tickets and even put them in a wallet
> for us. When he gave them to me I thanked him in Maltese remembered from
> 50 years ago. He smiled at me and put his hand on my shoulder and
> stroked it. He was pleased I had made the effort to use his language.

> So we hopped on a bus that went to Valletta the capitol. It looked the
> same but a great deal scruffier looking. We made for the Upper Barraca
> gardens which had been refurbished. From there we could see over the
> Grand Harbour and also where we lived.  It was a moving moment for me.
> I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon when he came of the
> liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. The shops used to
> close at lunch time for about 3 hours siesta time.

> We thought we would cross Sliema creek by ferry but after walking down
> hills and numerous steps we found it was not running due to rough sea.
> The walk back up to the bus nearly exhausted me. I had my  heart spray
> in my hand.
> We bought some Maltese crusty bread, tomatoes,  Gozo goats cheese and a
> bottle of local wine so we could have an alfresco lunch on our balcony.
> We met up with the holiday rep who was selling trips. We only booked one
> to an evening which included a visit to a Maltese bakery followed by
> typical Maltese meal.

> I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
> were tired after our late night.

> More later
> Shirley
> --
> Shirley Shone

 
 
 

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Post by Shirley Shon » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 07:03:29


I shall ask Vicki to put some pictures up as soon as I can get them
organised.
The Maltese  language is a cross between Arabic and Italian I believe.
Shirley



Quote:
>What fun!  I love hearing your travelogue.  Can you suggest a site I could
>look at to get a visual with this?  What is the Maltese language similar to?

>Tina



>> I hope I can sit long enough.
>> We checked in the airport and after a few words with the check in clerk
>> about our "Golden" we were upgraded to executive class seats.
>> It was a new aircraft just put in service that week. We had a very
>> comfortable flight with Malta Airline.
>> It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. We passed quickly
>> through the airport to be whisked away by Mercedes car to the hotel.

>> When we checked in the clerk said you are going to like this room. We
>> had been given a suite. It had a large bedroom with an equally large
>> bed. A sitting room with settee and arm chair, TV. And a bar with fridge
>> and well stocked at that. Also there were two balconies one with a good
>> view of the Grand Harbour entrance.
>> The bathroom had a shower as well as a Jacuzzi.

>> After breakfast we walked down into Sliema were we wanted to buy a 5 day
>> bus ticket to save messing about with money each time. We  got to the
>> office were we were directed by an unhelpful Maltese man to a machine
>> which needed coins. Alas we had no coins yet, so back to the man for
>> coins. The machine kept rejecting the coins, so back to man who told us
>> to get one from the bus driver. However we saw a transport advisor and I
>> explained to him what had happened. He  took our money and stopped the
>> first bus and got  on and got us tickets and even put them in a wallet
>> for us. When he gave them to me I thanked him in Maltese remembered from
>> 50 years ago. He smiled at me and put his hand on my shoulder and
>> stroked it. He was pleased I had made the effort to use his language.

>> So we hopped on a bus that went to Valletta the capitol. It looked the
>> same but a great deal scruffier looking. We made for the Upper Barraca
>> gardens which had been refurbished. From there we could see over the
>> Grand Harbour and also where we lived.  It was a moving moment for me.
>> I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon when he came of the
>> liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. The shops used to
>> close at lunch time for about 3 hours siesta time.

>> We thought we would cross Sliema creek by ferry but after walking down
>> hills and numerous steps we found it was not running due to rough sea.
>> The walk back up to the bus nearly exhausted me. I had my  heart spray
>> in my hand.
>> We bought some Maltese crusty bread, tomatoes,  Gozo goats cheese and a
>> bottle of local wine so we could have an alfresco lunch on our balcony.
>> We met up with the holiday rep who was selling trips. We only booked one
>> to an evening which included a visit to a Maltese bakery followed by
>> typical Maltese meal.

>> I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
>> were tired after our late night.

>> More later
>> Shirley
>> --
>> Shirley Shone

--
Shirley Shone
 
 
 

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Post by Kandice Seebe » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 10:29:16


Wow - Shirley, it sounds like an interesting and fun trip - thanks for
sharing!  I'm going to go read part 2 now.  I hope your back is feeling
better!

--
Kandice Seeber
Air & Earth Designs
http://www.lampwork.net

Quote:
>I hope I can sit long enough.
> We checked in the airport and after a few words with the check in clerk
> about our "Golden" we were upgraded to executive class seats.
> It was a new aircraft just put in service that week. We had a very
> comfortable flight with Malta Airline.
> It was the early hours of the morning when we arrived. We passed quickly
> through the airport to be whisked away by Mercedes car to the hotel.

> When we checked in the clerk said you are going to like this room. We had
> been given a suite. It had a large bedroom with an equally large bed. A
> sitting room with settee and arm chair, TV. And a bar with fridge and well
> stocked at that. Also there were two balconies one with a good view of the
> Grand Harbour entrance.
> The bathroom had a shower as well as a Jacuzzi.

> After breakfast we walked down into Sliema were we wanted to buy a 5 day
> bus ticket to save messing about with money each time. We  got to the
> office were we were directed by an unhelpful Maltese man to a machine
> which needed coins. Alas we had no coins yet, so back to the man for
> coins. The machine kept rejecting the coins, so back to man who told us to
> get one from the bus driver. However we saw a transport advisor and I
> explained to him what had happened. He  took our money and stopped the
> first bus and got  on and got us tickets and even put them in a wallet for
> us. When he gave them to me I thanked him in Maltese remembered from 50
> years ago. He smiled at me and put his hand on my shoulder and stroked it.
> He was pleased I had made the effort to use his language.

> So we hopped on a bus that went to Valletta the capitol. It looked the
> same but a great deal scruffier looking. We made for the Upper Barraca
> gardens which had been refurbished. From there we could see over the Grand
> Harbour and also where we lived.  It was a moving moment for me.
> I used to meet my DH there in the late afternoon when he came of the
> liberty boat from his ship and we would go shopping. The shops used to
> close at lunch time for about 3 hours siesta time.

> We thought we would cross Sliema creek by ferry but after walking down
> hills and numerous steps we found it was not running due to rough sea.
> The walk back up to the bus nearly exhausted me. I had my  heart spray in
> my hand.
> We bought some Maltese crusty bread, tomatoes,  Gozo goats cheese and a
> bottle of local wine so we could have an alfresco lunch on our balcony.
> We met up with the holiday rep who was selling trips. We only booked one
> to an evening which included a visit to a Maltese bakery followed by
> typical Maltese meal.

> I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
> were tired after our late night.

> More later
> Shirley
> --
> Shirley Shone

 
 
 

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Post by Shirley Shon » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 15:46:32




Quote:
>On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 17:03:29 -0500, Shirley Shone wrote

>> I shall ask Vicki to put some pictures up as soon as I can get them
>> organised.
>> The Maltese  language is a cross between Arabic and Italian I believe.
>> Shirley

>I'm loving your story as well, Shirley, and hope you're feeling all
>better by now.

>Would someone who speaks Italian be able to get by in Malta?  Or are
>the languages too different?

>Kathy N-V

I would think that they would do fairly well with making them selves
understood. English appears to be Malta's second language. I believe it
comes from British forces being based out there. Also a great many
Maltese emigrated to OZ our ex landlord being one of them with his
family.
Shirley
--
Shirley Shone
 
 
 

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Post by E J Ralp » Tue, 16 Nov 2004 23:23:40


Ooh Shirley,

You are making me want to hop on a plane right now!

And cool about getting upgraded! We got upgraded to British Airways
Club Class, when going to Canada - what bliss. Trouble is, I dont
think I would want to travel any other way after that!

It sounds like you had a wonderful trip, can't wait for the next
installment.
Emma

On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 13:58:52 +0000, Shirley Shone

Quote:

>I rested in the afternoon and after dinner we retired early because we
>were tired after our late night.

>More later
>Shirley