Our cruise continues and our next stop is an island located at the center of the Mediterranean Sea – Malta. Malta can either refer to the country (an archipelago composed of three islands), or its largest island.
When we saw Malta on the list of stops on our Mediterranean cruise, we were initially unsure if we would go on a day of sightseeing or just spend the day on board. Upon the recommendation of the crew (predominantly Filipino), we decided to explore the island of Malta.
Here are a few photos from our day trip in Malta:
Fun fact: Parts of the first season of Game of Thrones were filmed in Malta, and we were able to visit one of the shooting locations (I was unaware during the trip).
We only had a short amount of time in Malta, but we tried to make the most out of it. It was definitely better than spending the day on board!
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Hello! It’s been a very long time since my last post, as I’ve been very busy concentrating on my academics. I’m going to start trying again, I have a lot of pending blog posts about my trips in the past two years!
So here’s the first! We traveled from Manila – Dubai – Madrid last May 2015. I was so excited for this trip as it was my first time to step on European land! This trip was sort of my delayed graduation trip (and also my brothers’) and 18th birthday present, but more importantly, it was my parents’ 25th wedding anniversary! This also seems to be our last family trip abroad wherein all 5 of us are present, since my brother’s not going to have any school breaks anymore. So of course, we made the most out of this trip – and first stop, Madrid!
Straight from our long flight (and carrying all our luggage), I couldn’t resist taking a picture in Puerta del Sol, one of the busiest and most famous squares in the city. We stayed near Puerta del Sol, which was very convenient as it was the center of Madrid. We had no problem walking around and finding what we needed – restaurants, bakeries, convenience stores, souvenir shops, and of course – picture perfect places!
Even though we were still tired from the long flight, we didn’t waste time exploring Madrid as we were only there for an overnight stay. We went to Real Jardín Botánico de Madrid and it was great that they were able to maintain a place where one can get in touch with nature amidst the hustle and bustle of the city.
We walked around the city and we were very amazed at the beautiful buildings that lined the streets of Madrid. I don’t know anything about architecture and all that, but it was breathtaking. Of course, we snapped more shots. We didn’t mind being tourists at all!
After a long afternoon of walking, we opted to have a taste of local cuisine. We had jamon serrano (dry-cured Spanish ham), chorizo, tortilla (Spanish omelette), calamares, along with freshly baked bread. We fell in love with the jamon serrano and ordered a second plate! I guess we found our favorite “museum” in Madrid.
A huge thank you to our hosts, who picked us up from the airport and toured us around Madrid.