then there is Malta

I would like to tell you about Valletta, but in fact we docked in Florrianna. Admittedly, it is just the next municipality inland but in terms of walking it added a few thousand steps. The steps are because, of course, I headed off away from the port to see what I could see rather than straight to the new elevator that goes up the cliff side and to the old town.

I’ve walked through Valletta before, but never gone through the fortifications. Add in the sparkle of water and sailing ships in the harbor for a regatta and I was all set standing along where the line of restored cannons saluted the sailors, tourists and TV broadcasters.  The race officials, smartly enough, had brought ear plugs.


For those not familiar, Malta has a long history of countries squabbling over it because of it’s prime location for sea control. As a result, it unsurprisingly has a lot of fortifications and has been used in the not so distant past by NATO as fleet headquarters.

There is the “underground” tunnel system used for defence –




(to be continued…..

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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