I decided to spend my last Sunday in Malta at its famous fishing village, Marsaxlokk (pronounced: marsh-a-slock). Marsaxlokk is not only famous for its fish market on a Sunday, which has now evolved into a market selling everything from fish, fruit and veg to craft items and clothes, it is also famous for its harbour holding the famous Maltese fishing boats. These fishing boats are known for their colourful decoration and their characteristic ‘eyes’ at the front of the boat supposedly placed in order to ward off sea demons.
Traditional Maltese fishing boat. (Photo Credit: Shannon Ashleigh)
I am so pleased that I spent my last Sunday visiting such a traditionally Maltese area as it is places like Marsaxlokk that make me love Malta as much as I do. It was also wonderful to see how traditions such as fishing are still a huge part of the Maltese culture and life, and I really hope that it continues in to be the far future.
The following Monday, and again my last in Malta for a while, I spent walking along the famous Sliema promenade. Sliema is one of my favourite places in the whole of Malta, mainly because it is along the coast, from which you can see the stunning view of the Maltese capital Valletta and further along the more modern but also wonderful view of St Julians. On my walk along the promenade I stopped along one of the many rocky areas to rest, sun bathe and have a swim in sea (something that is an everyday occurrence for many Maltese residents).
The view of Valletta from Sliema (Photo Credit: Shannon Ashleigh).
I will very much miss days like these where I can explore and casually stop for a quick swim in the sea. Malta I have come to find, is a beautifully unique place in which you learn to live an entirely new and wonderful way of life, one that I will never forget and never relive. Malta I miss you already.