Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Malta


The island where Paul was shipwrecked was fascinating! As Dan said, "This place is OLD!" Our Maltese guide gave us details of her proud rich heritage including that of the knights dating to the order of St. John from Jerusalem. Amazing sights and history!!Did you know the 8 points of the Maltese Cross represents the 8 countries (then) the knights were from that came to Malta?

Our tour explored three cities as well as giving us a boat ride around the Grand Harbor. There were just 6 of us at a time in a traditional Maltese Dahajas (boat). And not one life jacket!
We'll try to send a picture to post, but yesterdays pictures didn't go through. What a feeling to have the sea splash your face! Although we were only given 1/2 hour for shopping at an outdoor market in Marsaxlokk, a fishing village, we managed to part with some Euros. (The bargains must be in Mexico--they aren't in Europe, but we had to help the economy.)

We are enjoying our trip of a lifetime---Thanks again Randy!




1 comment:

Gina said...

I can't believe you guys are actually there! It almost brings tears to my eyes. It's so amazing over there in Europe and to think that so many people will never see it before they die. Half of my heart is still over there. The smirks on your face show you are having a great time! Oh, I can't wait to hear all about it!

And yes, Shirley, things are a bit more expensive in Europe than in Mexico, but they are SO COOL. You have to splurge a bit.... lol Happy shopping! What is your favorite food so far and how is the view from your room? Do you see dolphins in the ocean?