After our short ferry trip we went to the sales booth where we bought our tickets and waited for the 11 a.m. vintage tour bus, which was to take in the Three Cities. The bus was already there, and it was very quickly filled with other tourists and we drove off on time.
Note that this was fully air-conditioned - the windows were open!! Being vintage, the ride was a little bumpy, but great fun and were toured round the Three Cities. We stopped off at one point where there was a good view to take photos:
|From the viewpoint|
There were some fascinating little streets running from the square we stopped in:
|Long narrow streets|
|Football decorations everywhere|
|Lots of wonderful balconies|
From the harbour tour, we spotted a viewpoint in Valletta that we hadn't discovered so made up our minds to find it once the tour had finished.
After disembarking the boat when the tour ended, we caught the ferry back over to Valletta and headed to where we reckoned the viewpoint was that we had seen from both the vintage car tour and the harbour tour. It turned out that this was the Upper Barrakka Gardens and The Saluting Battery (unfortunately the Saluting Battery was closed for refurbishment). The gardens and the views from this area were simply stunning! There is also a cafe here which sells pastries, sandwiches, soft drinks and beer, so we made this a frequent refreshment stop during the rest of our time in Valletta!!
There are also lots of cats here - as I am a lover of cats, this was fantastic as far as I was concerned!! They seemed to be well cared for and I was gobsmacked to see a chap (one of the workers here presumably) jingling his keys, and all the cats were running after him. It was like something from the Pied Piper!! It was obviously feeding time!! I think I spent more time taking photos of the cats rather than the stunning views!! I'm intending to post a separate item regarding cats, so won't post photos of them here at the moment. There are also lots of pigeons here, and it was so strange to see them living alongside the cats, which probably shows that the cats are well looked after. The cats also hang about the cafe, but don't beg for food. They will however, accept any scraps or tit bits that you care to give them. They will also occasionally chase the pigeons, but it looks like they treat it as more of a game rather than a serious attempt to catch one. Here are some photos taken in this area:
|These canons look like they're lined up to bombard this cruise liner!|
After dinner and a walk back to the hotel it was cocktail time then a last drink on the balcony before bed.