...but we ended up on this one. At least we were early enough
to get a front seat.
Setting sail .......
Sliemma ferry plying it's trade.
Front seat view.
Off we go!
Heading around Manoel
Former isolation hospital.
Navy minesweeper A963
- now used for charters.
Buildings on the island.
Squadron of the Armed Forces of Malta
Largest vessel in the squadron - the Emer
Protector Class offshore patrol vessels P51
Diciotti Class offshore patrol vessel P61
That yellow ball followed us round all day.....
Malta Yacht Club.
Austal Class inshore patrol boats - P21
Heading back past Floriana
Past the former hospital.
Sliema to port, approaching Valletta to starboard.....
Heading out of the harbour into rougher waters......
Rounding the headland of Fort St Elmo.....
Into the choppy waters of the Mediterranean.
Heading for St Elmo bridge.
Into the calmer waters of Grand
The bell tower and reclining Unknown Soldier monument.
Naval Hospital, Bighi
Closer view of the bell tower.
Eliana Marino Ro-Ro cargo ship leaving Grand Harbour.
Three types of cruise ship.
Upper Barrakka gardens.
Wednesday's Marella Discovery has been replaced by the Marella
The lift to the upper gardens seen from the water.
Luxury windjammer Sea
Giant floating hotel - the Riviera
Colourful doors denoting different warehouses.
Much more modest cruising - the MV
Arethusa and Riviera comparison.
The more industrial side of Grand Harbour - grain silos.
Giraffe crane at Dock No 6.
There's that yellow ball again!
Royal Navy survey vessel - HMS
Church of St Lawrence.
Follow the yellow ball.......
Looking across to Valletta from Vittoriosa
Riviera cruise ship - and that yellow ball!
Back into Grand Harbour - note the lift and Upper Barrakka
Exit from Dockyard Creek....
The ramparts at the entrance.
I wonder what Plan A was???
Rich man's marina.
Returning to Grand Harbour.
Heading back out to sea.
Are we going round the breakwater?........
... no... under the bridge!
Avoiding the sailing dinghies as we return to Sliema.
Valletta FC flag.
Riviera cruise ship departing.
Heading up towards Barrakka Gardens - past the lift.
Inside the gardens.
Down on the gun battery level......
Rich man's yacht looking for a parking space....
.... in the marina.....
Descending some steep steps in search of the Lascaris
The dome of the Church
of Our Lady of Liesse
Quick!! - there's a parking slot.....
Long underground passage to the War Rooms.
Inside the War Rooms - from where the aerial defence of Malta
Plotting table showing Sicily and tiny Malta.
The blue and red circles show the extent of the radar
What it says....
Huge wall map - and our guide James,
Time for a rest and a beer at our favourite watering hole
before catching the ferry back to our hotel.
The local brew......
I am smiling!