We often get tricked into seeing the world split up: continents, oceans, seas, countries, cities, cultures, nationalities, citizenship. We are often told that there are so many of us that the world is just not sufficient enough. So, the thing we do…is stick to our roots. We ground ourselves to home, because we are deceived into believing that it is not nice, nor decent to intrude on others. But maybe there’s a purpose to us all, a purpose wider than commonplaceness and adequacy. And maybe there’s more to transboundarism than destruction and obliteration. Maybe we’re all just looking for this one destination that confirms the fact that we are headed in the same direction. This restlessness that goes on in our minds…this idea of us at our happiest…almost always drives us into doing things that go beyond the boundaries set for us. And it is hard…it is damn hard to go against the system and take down the walls that keep us in…but there is a world out there that goes beyond our wildest imagination, and the only way to get to know it, is by working towards release. The “Great Perhaps”… Rabelais’ “Great Perhaps”, my “Great Perhaps”, your “Great Perhaps”…it may not be about the search of something else. It may just be about resolve: coming to terms with what we are, or going up and beyond to prove what we can become. They say people don’t change, but there’s this becoming that comes with the things you get to experience throughout your lifetime. A becoming that either condemns or saves you. There’s both beauty and knowledge in people and places different. There’s some salvation in every chance you get to go away. What Malta did for me? It unravelled the unique and peculiar beauty of an island far from everything else I have seen: this limestone paradise soaking in the embrace of the Mediterranean Sea. There is so much beauty in Malta that an itinerary of it seems unbefitting, but I would dare make an attempt at sharing the Maltese dream that I’ve so blissfully lived.
We stayed in Sliema Bay, which is this animated harbour where the clamour of both tourist and locals makes it hard for you to distinguish between the two. There’s pretty much everything you need here: beaches and restaurants, supermarkets and grocery stores, Italian cafes and icecream boots, docking stations and bus stops. Silema Bay is this lively hub from which all else on the island is made accessible, and this is what made it an even better place for us to stay in.
Time Flies B&B
We had a really hard time finding an accommodation in Malta. This is because we tend to look for something inspiring, that moulds in both traditionalism and modernity. However, when we came by the Time Flies B&B we instantly knew it was the perfect place for us to stay in. Located in Sliema, on a street with few traffic only 1 minute from the sea and the main Tower Road, Time Flies B&B Malta is special and unique in it’s ability to make one fell cosy and pampered at the same time. The thing I liked most about Time Flies B&B was the consideration for cleanliness, detail and design. There are these inspirational quotes all over, that make the passing of the hallways a far from customary experience. Our room was spacious and neatly decorated, hallmarks of “time” scattered around in the most enchanting way. Breakfast is served in the main room, an elegant setting of fresh fare always at your conveyance. All these and the reception of Roberto, Rosanna and Alessia to truly offer you this comforting feeling of informality, casualness and unbiased friendliness.
The Maltese Shores
In Malta, there is a bus for every Maltese shore. Having that driving is done on the left here, renting a car was out of the question for us. And in the end it turned out to be a pretty good decision, as riding the bus in Malta is like having this grand tour of the island without making any real effort at all. Aside from that, it is pretty cheap and decently comfortable (if you manage to get a seat in, that is). Bus 225 from Sliema takes you to Grand Tuffieha in the north. The bus follows a trail of the sea that is magnificent to stare at. This gorgeous trail passes the tight streets of different settlings on the way, to ultimately arrive at the beaches of Grand Tuffieha, Golden Bay and the secluded Gnejna Bay. As the name may suggest, these beaches are polished with golden sands and shallow waters that go into the distance, far from the shore. Bus 222 from Sliema makes a turn in Xemxija and it takes you to Mellieha Bay, which is the most perfect bay to soak in the sun and bathe in shallow waters. Bus 74 from Sliema takes a different route and leaves you in Zurrieq, a popular little town that organises tours to Malta’s renown Blue Grotto. The thing that is absolutely amazing about Wied iz-Zurrieq is that it stands above this magnificent cove that stretches out into the hills. If you decide to take a swim or dive here, you will have made one of your best decisions ever. One stop earlier from Zurrieq, though, you can get off at the Mnajdra Temples, which I would definitely recommend for the incredible views. There are no two shores that are identical in Malta. Some may be sandy, others rocky, some accessible, others completely impracticable, but the thing is…that’s the beauty of it. Because of this particular diversity, one rarely gets to witness so many colours of the Mediterranean Sea as in Malta.
Maltese cooking and eating oozes diversity. This is the place you can eat pretty much everything your heart desires from fresh fish and sea food, Italian pizza and scrumptious burgers to the more traditional rabbit based dishes. I personally recommend the pasta here and the “Fish al Sale”, the latter one especially for the unique experience of having it filleted at the table. The more traditional beverages you have to try here is Kinnie for non-alcoholic, Cisk for beer and this prickly pear liqueur (that I personally believed awfully pumpkin like).
I will expand on Valetta in an upcoming post, however, I just want to say that if you ever go to Malta you do not want to miss out on a visit in this awe – inspiring city. In great September scorches, Valetta both shades you from the sun and the heat, and comforts you with its exhilarating beauty.
We took the hop on – hop off tour of Gozo, which I personally believe was our best choice in terms of getting to visit all there is on this tiny little island. The bus comes every 45 minutes which gives you more than enough time to spend at some of your favourite stops. One stop that will blow your mind is the Azzure Window. This, I dare say, was the one place in Malta that left me absolutely breathless. To be able to see how little man is in all of nature’s establishment.
Maltese Coffee Culture
If ever in Malta…do have coffee at an Italian place. Our personal favourite was Dolci Pecatti in Sliema, but I am confident you will find one Italian place that serves delicious coffee, pretty much anywhere you choose to stay or spend your mornings at in Malta.
So much for my tale of Malta, but I do have some upcoming posts on Valetta and Gozo that I’m pretty sure you would like, if ever you plan for a Maltese adventure yourself. For more pictures on our trip to Malta please be sure to follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/casiopeea/
Cheers, loves! And bottoms up!