Oh no, I thought Malta was the 50th!

Oh no, I thought Malta was the 50th!

I landed in Malta for holiday thinking that it was my 50th country. But it seems like it’s only the 49th country I’ve visited. Although, I’m not so sure now if I counted every country correctly…

But anyway, the point is, I was in Malta. Yes, finally I was in Malta. I was planning a trip to Malta many times before but somehow it never happened. But now it did and I can say Malta is very pretty!

The city of Valletta reminded me of cities I’ve been before – Marrakech, Athens, Dubrovnik, Lisbon, Livorno. Even the wooden balconies reminded me of Jaisalmer. And of course, the Red telephone boxes and the red fire hydrants are English reminders. So you can imagine how the coming together of all these pretty cities will bring – a very beautiful and interesting Valletta.

But of course, the trip will not be complete without visiting Gozo and to have a quick swim in Comino.

The Gozo Cathedral was constructed between 1697 and 1711 and is built entirely from limestone.

Gozo is an interesting place. We had a quick walk around the city centre but our main interest was really getting something to eat and drink, dessert and coffee. Comino is beautiful with its emerald waters. The swim was very refreshing as we went away from the crowd and enjoyed a secluded spot.

Another interest place to visit is the small fishing village of Marsaxlokk. It was such a sight to see boats of different sizes at the dock and to eat freshly made pasta. We also took a small boat to see the St. Paul Pool and its clear waters. We passed by the Salt Pans on the way there. Somehow, I felt so small on a tiny boat in the middle of the sea…

It was indeed a wonderful holiday experiencing new things and new places, swimming in the Mediterranean Sea, watching the sunrise and sunset and eating delicious food. And the most important thing is to be able to relax, gain new ideas for work and gather strength for the next projects.

All photos by Ari Vitikainen at https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com

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