Mdina is lovely!! And such nice crafts too
Mdina Travel Blog› entry 9 of 51 › view all entries
May 15th, 2009 – by: jenn79
I think it was because the driver Joseph, on today's tour was such a cool guy and the whole crowd of Brits and Scots were really sweet and wished me lots of luck when I told them about my stint with UNICEF and having to go back and find a job, etc. So it set the mood for a good tour, and Joseph pulled out all the stops along our very thorough tour of Malta, including Mdina and lots of other places that I can't spell! So this entry will be mostly about Mdina and the craft village that we saw.
Our first stop was at a glass store and then a craft village. I have to say, when it comes to like.. glass and pottery, Malta has some talent and some artistic vision. I was immediately drawn to all these "In honor of Gustav Klimt" and "In honor of Da Vinci" pieces.
Off we went to the crafts village and we stopped by a filigree store, a pottery place, both wonderful shops if I were living there but kind of .. impossible to get back home in one piece. The pottery especially was like nice, old-fashioned Mediterranean style. Everything was handcrafted. And damn filigree is some exhausting/daunting work! If you ever see filigree jewelry, don't bargain too much because it takes a lot of time and effort to do, much less WELL!
We stopped by St.
Then we went to Mdina, which is "the Silent city" because not a lot of cars are allowed within the walls, and I visited a Carmenite Museum from the Middle Ages - finally some history!!! It was very rich in culture and humbling to witness how they lived and what they cared about. The people there were also very friendly and helpful, and the space was very modern for Mdina. Mdina had lots of lovely nooks and crannies despite the fact that it was the same urine-colored limestone that is so pervasive in Malta.
Unfortunately this was the hour of bad luck. When I was walking into the Heritage museum, this man was lying on the floor and his tour group or maybe his family were kind of standing around him. I think he had sunstroke or heat exhaustion, he was conscious just needed some medical attention. Damn being way too out of practice with my EMT training!! My first thought was to ask him if he had a numb sensation in his left arm, whether or not he'd been drinking enough water/gatorade, etc.
After that we went to the Blue Grotto. Unfortunately today was another windy day, so the boats weren't going out. But wow, it's such a pretty view, so much nicer than the Azure Window in Gozo! The water is very very blue and some of the sandy bits on the bottom showed off how clear and unspoilt it was. I think this is primarily because there aren't lots of sandy beaches, so people aren't around to pollute everything.
And our last stop was to Marsaxlokk - yeah try pronouncing that one! Here all the fishermen's boats were hanging out and a large stretch of vendors were selling some crap. I bought some beeswax because my skin is super dry after leaving Africa. And some souvenirs for the LA TBers of course! And that about wraps up my time in Malta. Now I have the unfortunate duty of packing to go back to France and then off to Portugal the day after! Farewell for now!
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