Sunday, November 22, 2015

Malta Photo Diary

Oh Malta, how I miss thee. It's a place that's been on my bucketlist forever, so this year me and Rob finally decided to head there for our summer holiday. It's one of the most unique places I've been, where you can enjoy a wonderful mash-up of city break and relaxing summer holiday all in one. For being such a small place there's so much history, so much to do, and so much to see, but with how good the weather is (27 degrees in September, schwing) you could quite easily spend the whole time reading a book by the pool. We had a nice mix of the two, but to be honest I could have done with another week as we didn't get to explore even half of what I wanted to. I've already done a little sum' sum' on Valletta, so for today's post I've put together a photo diary so that you can get a good feel for the place. Fear not,  I've got a more practical 'where to eat' and 'where to stay' one coming your way very shortly too.

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The architecture is Malta's just beautiful; one of my favourite things to do was just wander round with my head up taking it all in (yeah, my conversation wasn't great that holiday). Also, if you're a bit of a door pervert then a) Don't worry, you're not alone and b) you'll be in your absolute element in Malta. 

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We spent a little afternoon in Mellieha which was just beautiful. It's quite small but is bursting with lovely restaurants, amazing street art, colourful fountains and, again, gorgeous buildings. One to check out if you're near by!

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Look. At. That. WATER. Beautiful, isn't it? The only place I've seen water come close to being this beautiful is Barbados (but more on that soon). It's a shade of blue I thought was reserved only to dreams, and so clear that you can actually see a shipwreck at the bottom if you're flying over. I'm a terrible swimmer - I watched Jaws at too young an age and have a very fruitful imagination is all I'll say on the matter - so it was one of the most pleasant and stress-free swims I've had, being able to see everything and anything going on below me. Now, let's no avoid the elephant in the room... it's frickin busy. So much so that I actually got a bit claustrophobic when we arrived (this paragraph has done nothing to dispel rumours of my being a wimp), so I'd recommend climbing up and right along the rocks where you'll find it's a bit quieter. Just remember to wear your sensible shoes, folks. Oh, and make sure to get a boat back that goes via the caves (second last photo), it's a really lovely way to finish off the afternoon. I don't throw the word breathtaking around easily - aside from when it comes to chocolate - but breathtaking indeed is what it is. One of the only sandy beaches on the island is up this way too, so it's worth keeping that in mind too if you're a beach bunny!

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Oh I should also mention that pretty all the swimwear I'm wearing here is from Simply Beach (including that Melissa Odabash white cover-up of dreams), who are my go-to's every time I go on a wee break. Check 'em out for some beautiful beachy goodness!