Malta - Home for the winter
08 November 2009
After 3 weeks of strong winds and rain in Syracuse, it was ironic that we ended up motoring to Malta due to lack of wind! Lack of wind there might have been but there was certainly no lack of traffic during our night crossing. It felt as if everyone had been holed up waiting for an opportunity to make a move and we were all out together; cruise ships, fishing fleets, yachts and huge tankers. At one point, we had to keep an eye on 20 vessels within our area of travel.
Upon arrival in Malta, we were greeted by Chris, the marina manager, and our friends Angie & Wayne. It was nice to see their familiar faces as well as other cruisers that had wintered in Malta last year too who had also returned. We didn't have much time to relax though as friends, Terry & Sue were flying out two days later to join us for a week. During their stay we familiarised ourselves with Malta again as we showed them around Valletta, Mdina (the old capital), Grand Harbour, Manoel Island Fort and a visit to a Classic Car Museum, travelling around on the colourful old Leyland buses.
There is still a lot of Malta for us to explore and over the next few months, we'll be keeping the blog updated with our stories.