We head to Sea.
06.06.2013 24 °C
After checking out of our lovely accommodation in Valetta we met up with A&G who came across for breakfast at a local cafe. We spent the rest of the day meandering around the back streets and just mingled with the locals.
Later that afternoon we picked up our luggage and made our way across to the other side of the harbour to where the boat was moored. It was our first chance to see the views of Valetta from the water.....and lovely they were!!
The boat was moored at the Grand Marina, which is located in the Bigu area of Malta. The area consists of three spits of land that jut out into the harbour. In ancient times they were each an individual settlement that have now integrated into the one region.
The spit where the marina was located was called Victoriosa.
After settling onto the boat we went and had a short walk around and had dinner in the the local town square.
Unfortunately the weather wasn't good enough to set sail so we spent the day just relaxing and wandering around mixing with the locals.
After checking the weather the skipper decided to venture off and see how conditions would be out of the Marina. We motored out from our berth and out of the entrance only to turn around half mile out to sea.
We were confronted with 20-25knt winds and three meter high seas on the nose........not that pleasant!!!
So to Glenda's relief we returned back to our berth and settled back into to our busy schedule...........Not!!
The conditions improved so we set sail again. This time conditions were far more pleasant so we motor sailed south east to a fishing town by the name of Marsaxlokk.
Once out to sea we were able to familiarize ourselves with the workings of the boat while sailing. Alan and I took turns of helming while Gloria read and Glenda thawed out from her frozen state!
Two and a half hours later we pulled into the harbour and found a mooring buoy.
We tied up, tidied up the boat and then jumped into the tender to make our way ashore to explore.
Once ashore we quickly found cafe's and a permanently set up market that we wandered around. Gloria found a lovely embroidered table cloth that she quickly scooped up and while paying she was told about the best restaurant in the town. We continued our walk around and eventually found the restaurant. After making a reservation we made our way back to the boat for a hard earned rest ?????
That night we dolled ourselves up and made our way back to the restaurant where we had a fantastic meal. ...........guess who else was there...........thats right, .....the table cloth man!!!!
The next morning we pulled up anchor and set sail in a westerly direction....destination Gozo.
We motor sailed back past Valetta ,Silema and St Julian's to the western end of the island where Gozo was located. We pulled into our Marina berth and then caught a cab into the heart of Gozo. A lovely old town again filled with friendly people.
We again explored, ate and returned back to the boat (can you see a pattern forming?) to prepare for our early morning crossing over to Sicily.