The first part of this report has left me on the island of Malta after a nice flight with Emirates from Larnaca in Cyprus and two days on the beautiful island of Cyprus. Now being in Malta of course I wanted to try out the countries national carrier as well, Air Malta. Budget and schedule taken into consideration I basically had the choice of two flights with them, one to Paris Orly and one to Manchester. The one to MAN was a tad more expensive, but hey, I have never been to that airport and it is a much longer flight so I booked that. Nothing suitable from MAN back to Germany though, so I checked the possibilities from Dublin as well and found a reasonably priced flight on Aer Lingus back to Frankfurt. To connect the dots I simply booked a short Ryanair hop from Manchester over the Irish Sea to Dublin.
All settled then, the 'almost' direct way from Malta to Germany:
Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.
To keep things in chronological order and to keep the tradition of adding some destination pictures to my reports I will start with a few words and pics about my stay on Malta. Feel free to skip to the aviation part below if you are only interested in the flights.
After a cheap but rather long bus ride from the airport I arrived in the town of St. Julians, which is one of the main cities on the island and also the nightlife hotspot. First impressions of St. Julians bay:
The town itself doesn't have a lot to offer besides a lot of pubs and restaurants, but the location by the bay is quite nice and it shows that it used to by a fishing village:
And believe it or not, they have the best pizza in the whole world here:
The view towards the neighboring town of Sliema:
And apparently they have some strict and rather complicated rules concerning beverages, hmm, try to make sense of this, especially after a few pints:
Still a pleasant place to spent an evening at the beach at St. Georges bay:
I was quite tired after a long travel day so I had something to eat and a locally brewed Cisk pint and after that I headed back to my guesthouse and called it a night. Next morning I definitely wanted to visit the Capital of the island, Valletta. On the way there I spotted this interesting vehicle:
Not so long ago this used to by a regular public transport on the island, but nowadays they use a bit more modern buses. The main street in Valletta, quite touristy here:
But once you leave the main street it gets rather quiet, and interesting details can be seen everywhere:
Two of the many churches on the island, they say there are 365 churches on Malta, one for every day of the year:
At the end of the peninsula where Valletta is located there is a the Fort St. Elmo, which houses a museum today:
Hmm, now which direction do you want to go:
British heritage shows everywhere:
It also shows that most of the population here is pretty seriously catholic:
Also an interesting looking old building:
When in Malta, of course I had to try a Kinnie, and I must say, once you get used to it after the first sip, I actually liked it. It has a pleasant taste, not so sweet and quite refreshing:
Streets here in Valletta are in a rectangular grid, and since the town is also quite hilly this makes for some great views:
The Saluting Battery overlooking The Grand Harbour, these cannons are still in use today and got fired every day at noon:
And probably also to salute the big ships arriving, like this cruise ship, the Costa Favolosa:
You also have a good overview over the town from here:
Or the other direction, towards the town of Ta'xbiex (don't you just love the Maltese names?):
All in all I had a good time on the island, in hindsight I should have taken a bit more time there to explore the other parts of Malta as well, but well, that's for another trip.