A visit to St. John's Co-Cathedral and a last walk around Valletta
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I press snooze a couple of times, interrupted sleep, again. I am up by 8:45, anyway. It's partly cloudy, a few of then even black and windy. Annie tells me to take a jacket. She insists. I have my breakfast quickly. I only have until 1pm. My flight is at 3pm.
My first stop is St. John's Co-Cathedral. This was the headquarters of the Knights of St. John after they were driven out of Rhodes. I'd heard so many superlatives concerning the interior that I was giddy with anticipation. The Pope at the time sent Michelangelo to design the whole interior. That should speak to it's importance and
My first sight of the interior, I knew everything I had heard was true. This space is extraordinarily detailed.......to the extreme. It is a work of art, though, not gaudy. So much design, so many reliefs and carvings that cover almost every surface.
I leave the St..Johns and head toward the harbor to the north. I stop at St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral and the Carmelite Monastary that are here. I enter and the caretaker requests a donation of 1 euro for entry.
I leave and walk the street market which has everything from socks to tourist t-shirts. I head back to the Cafe Sicilia, where I had lunch on the first day in Valletta. I can get a nutritious meal and a great view of the Grand Harbor, Vittoriosa, Senglea, and beyond. The perfect place for a last meal in Valletta. It's sunny, now. I think about the view infront of me. Beautiful really doesn't describe it. The geography and history combine to make this so special. Many things converged to make Valletta and Malta significant and magnificent.