We went on this adventure in honor of my husband’s 39th birthday. I really like it when we can coincide a getaway with his birthday, just to make his day that extra little bit more special for him. ♥
We wanted to go somewhere with nice weather, close to the sea, a bit of history and culture and we wanted to stay in a nice hotel. I’m not entirely sure why, but I had always fancied visiting Malta. The history and connections to the second world war, the beautiful churches and the decorations adorned around the streets- particularly in the Festa season. My husband’s granddad was also stationed in Malta for a time too- so we decided to go to Valletta.
Our hotel was called La Phoenicia. It was relatively small, (compared to the large American hotels we have stayed in) but perfectly formed. Very old-school with a beautiful piano and chandelier in the lobby, but with all modern creature comforts too.
The back of the hotel had a pretty Mediterranean garden that led down to a small pool area, over looking the sea. We booked to stay half board as we tend not to eat lunch whilst we are away- we’ll have a hearty breakfast, then maybe an ice cream during the day and then a nice meal in the evening. I really liked the fact that the hotel provided local cuisine, so we could taste traditional dishes.
The weather was glorious and Malta was beautiful- there were signs of it’s history and past everywhere you looked. We visited a few museums and churches, saw the George Cross the island was awarded, and went for long walks around the outskirts of the city. Down passage ways and down along the seafront.
One day we caught one of the tour buses that drives around the island- you hop on and off where you wish. It enabled us to cover quite a lot of ground in a relatively short space of time. It had an audio system built in, so we could pick up snippets of information we potentially otherwise would have missed out on. We both really enjoyed that day, venturing out and investigating.
On my husband’s birthday, quite by chance, a member of staff was doing the rounds in the dining room at breakfast- checking everyone was OK and enjoying their stay. She struck up conversation with us and I mentioned it was my husband’s birthday. She wished him a Happy Birthday and we chatted for a bit, then we headed out for the day.
When we returned to our room there was a beautiful, rich chocolate cake with ‘Happy Birthday’ written on top, linen napkins and silverware and a card from the hotel manager. What a lovely surprise! It was so unexpected and so thoughtful of them. Needless to say, we got stuck straight in!
Looking back at our Maltese adventure, we saw, experienced and enjoyed a wealth of things. Too many to write about. However, these are the first memories that spring to mind when I think of Malta and they never fail to make me smile whenever I think of them…
♥ Dining outside on the warm evenings. Sat on the hotel terrace, holding hands with the musician playing music while we ate. Looking out across Malta with Festa fireworks going off in the distance. So romantic and tranquil.
♥ Going on a boat ride around the entire island and spending the day at The Blue Lagoon. Soaking up the sunshine and dipping in the crystal clear waters. Laughing, messing about and having fun.
Simple memories, but ones I’ll treasure forever. ♥
With much love,
Miss Kimmy Cupcake xx