On the 27th, the ship stops at Malta, and we head for a shore excursion. First, we visit the Grand Harbour.
|These "guards" are really just people in "fancy dress" soliciting donations|
|The view of our ship in port|
|A real Maltese Cross|
Next stop, the old city of Mdina. Where what do we find - but the Maltese Falcon gift shop.
|Gift shop even sells Maltese Falcons!|
|Narrow streets in Mdina, just wide enough for one small car|
|Ornamentation above a door|
|Mdina City Center|
|A real phone booth!|
|Tourists getting a carriage ride through Mdina|
|Mdina is famous for their fancy door knobs|
Last stop, the modern city of Valletta. We visit St. John's Co-Cathedral and then walk to the town square.
In the town square are a number of vendors, I find a man selling small water-color prints. I pick a Mdina scene and a Valetta scene.
|View of Malta from our stateroom balcony|
November 28th we were scheduled to stop at Naples, Italy, with a shore excursion to Sorrento and Pompeii. But guess what - that stop is cancelled - not due to any political unrest, but due to bad weather. The waves are too strong for the ship to land at the dock! Hopefully the weather will be better tomorrow, and the waves not as strong, so we are able to dock in Rome!
|The weather and waves on the 28th, which preclude our docking at Naples|