It's been a while since I've personally talked about my travels in a Punchdrunk Panda (PdP) blog. I don't think I can use "being busy" as a reason as I am a firm believer that we always find a way to do what we love to do. That said, I don't like writing. I've attempted several times to have a blog about my travels, the food I eat, and more... but end up closing the blog after a couple months.
Regardless, I promised myself that I'd like to be more present to Punchdrunk Panda's followers... so in some way or another, you'll have an idea of the person behind the brand. :)
It was a spur of a moment decision to spend my long weekend in Malta. I always feel very blessed that traveling within Europe is very accessible to me (I live in UK). Winter has been a bit long in London and I just felt the need from some sun and beach. However, as a trip guide to anyone wanting to soak under the sun in Europe during our Spring season, Summer doesn't really start until June. That goes without saying that Malta was quite chilly than expected and there were no opportunities for me to strut my bikini.
In any case, my pictures probably don't do justice on how beautiful Malta is. I spend 4 days in different towns: Valetta, Gozo, and Mdina.
Valetta is a walled city that retains its 16th century elegance. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was established in the 1500s on a peninsula by the Knights of St. John, a Roman Catholic order. It’s known for its museums, palaces and grand churches.
I took a walking tour in the morning, spent the afternoon napping (since I've been awake since 3am) and in the evening, I was greeted by amazing fireworks. Again, really lucky to have witnessed the harmony between fireworks and music playing all over the city!
While in Valetta, I took a side trip to visit the Hypogeum, which is a subterranean cemetery that dates back from around 3600 to 3000 BC. To be honest, I think it's interesting (yes, it blows my mind that the structure is still standing after all these years) but given that I gave up boat day for this, I didn't think it was worth it.
The rest of the 2nd day was spent in the "Three (fortified) Cities", soaking up the sun with a glass of cerveza, and then a boat ride back to Valetta.
I had meant for the 3rd day to be boat day, to visit the Blue Lagoon and Gozo, Malta's sister island; however, weather didn't cooperate. Although it was sunny, it was too windy that any boat trips were cancelled that day. This didn't stop me from going to Gozo though - there's always a big ship option!
I wish Gozo was as tranquil as what all the reviews had said it to be but as I've mentioned, it probably wasn't the best day to visit this island. Despite the strong winds and occasional rain shower, I still managed to visit the Azure Window (Blue Window), Marsalform (fishing village), and Ramla Bay (known for its red beach).
Finally, after standing the cold for almost 16 hours, I headed to Mdina, where I planned to spend my last day. Mdina is another fortified city in the Northern Region of Malta, which served as the island's capital from antiquity to the medieval period. The only plan for the day was to spend it in Old Mdina - one of Europe's finest examples of an ancient walled city and extraordinary in its mix of medieval and baroque architecture. It really takes you back in time.
That's a 4-day weekend in Malta. And although I'm taking credit for all these planning, it was actually my other half that planned all these for me. I find myself really appreciating "escaping" the city nowadays, and I know most of PdP followers also reside within a metropolitan. I hope that one day, you'll be able to experience the grandness and tranquility of Malta.
Gail (feel free to follow my posts in @natiloublanco)