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Boating Through the Harbours of Malta

After a madcap weekend of non-stop hustle and bustle, I’m in dire need of a little visual escape.

So I’m taking you with me. 🙂

Today we’re boarding one of the gorgeous brightly colored boats of Malta to putter through a few of the many harbours of this beautiful and historic island.

The sun is blazing hot, but we’re tucked under the shade of a tarp, cooled by deliciously salty breezes billowing in off the sea.

We motor past limestone ruins and wonder what used to be here: shops? a wharf? a factory of some kind? And what happened to it?

Eager for closer looks at the magnificent old churches and shuttered homes towering on the cliffs above us, we head out to the railing, basking in sunshine and stunning views.

Seeing the ramparts and turrets of numerous fortresses makes me wish I had pored over a few Maltese history books before getting on board.

Somehow watching “The Maltese Falcon” was not adequate preparation for such an adventure.

Thoroughly roasted by the afternoon sun, we seek refuge under the tarp, willingly forking over 2 Euros for bottles of water from the swarthy boatman.

We settle back in our plastic seats, resting feet that are weary from trekking all over the oven-like streets of Maltese towns.

The cool breezes pick up as we motor past enormous cruise ships, tankers, and fishing boats lining the harbor and head out into open water.

Happy sigh. I feel better already. 🙂

“Why do we love the sea?
It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think.”
– Robert Henri –

Where would you like to escape to after a busy weekend?

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Krista - Oh, what a lovely memory, Julia! 🙂 I’m so glad these pictures took you back to such a happy time in your life. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, dear Margo. 🙂 I know I tend to waffle on a bit about this place, but I do so love it. 🙂

Krista - Hooray! Then we shall escape, dear Joanne, albeit vicariously. 🙂

Krista - It IS so true, Hila. 🙂 I always dream of writing by the sea, but when I actually sit down to do it, words are utterly inadequate. 🙂

Krista - I was so surprised by its charm too, Jen! Every home, building, street, and garden was an unexpected delight. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Ayngelina! I hope you get to go there very soon. 🙂

Krista - I feel exactly the same way, Andi! 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much for the book recommendation, Judith! I will definitely try to track that one down. 🙂

Krista - You’re so welcome, Neil! 🙂 You WILL get to visit there one day. 🙂

Krista - I’m so happy you enjoyed this escape too, Jenny! 🙂 Malta is a wondrous place. I never planned to visit there, but it worked out beautifully and I was thrilled! 🙂

Krista - Ouzo by the Aegean sounds absolutely fantastic, Val!! 🙂 Mind if I pull up a chair beside you? 🙂

Krista - How lovely to have your idyllic escape right in your own back yard, Susan! 🙂

Turkey's For Life - Ahhh, Malta was my first summer holiday outside of the UK with my partner, many moons ago. Would love to go back as we had such a great time – strong memories of Valetta and the pretty, brightly-coloured boats. Loved your photos. 🙂

Margo Millure - I’ve loved learning about Malta from you… and as always your pics are quite inspiring 🙂

Joanne - Haha yay! I need an escape too, especially to such a gorgeous expansive sea!

Hila - I love that quote by Robert Henri, because it’s so true. I find myself wanting to write about the sea, but always lacking the right words.

Thank you for taking us on this visual escape 🙂

Ayngelina - Ooh Malta is on my list as places I want to see. Great photos!

Jen Laceda - Happy sigh indeed! I didn’t realize that Malta is sooooooo charming! Time to add Malta to my list!!! Thanks for sharing your fab photos! I am feeling ready for summer and boating now!

Andi Perullo - I would like to escape there please!!!!

Judithworks83 - I love Malta. The golden color of the stones makes it magical. The tapestries of the New World in the Grand Masters Palace and the creepy grave stones in the Co-Cathedral. One of my all time favorite books is The Kapillan of Malta by Nicholas Monserrat about Malta in WWII

Neil1964 - I have always wanted to visit Malta – thanks for the visit

jenny_atasteoftravel - Just what I needed- a perfect escape thanks Krista!! Not sure why I’ve never been to Malta but everyone I know who has been there, loves it

bellini -  Pass me an ouzo and a view of the Agean Sea and I will be whisked away. I have never been to Malta so thanks for taking us on this journey Krista.

thefisherlady - your photos are wonderful… I especially love the colour contrasts of the boat one!
For me an escape would be right here where we live… it is all we need. God has given such peace and beauty and rest here 🙂

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