Our third last port and we have a half day tour booked to see some of Malta's best sights. We deliberately chose an excursion that was mainly us sitting on the coach looking at the sights. The downside of this is limited photo opportunities except on the move shot that don't always work. We head down to the Palladium and get our stickers to wait for our bus to be ready. Heading down the gangway Christine realised she left her purse in the room. Not a good start to the day!
The first things that really strike you here is the beauty, they have a fantastic picturesque city with green landscapes and a stunning coastline, it is also very clean looking. We climb into the bus, both with a bit of a cough. Our tour guide told us about the culture in Malta, and pointed out buildings and areas of interest. She showed us one of their largest natural harbours, Marsaxlokk. This is a lovely fishing village with really colourful boats. We stopped at the top of a cliff and got out of the coach to take some photos of the Blue Grotto and a little rock island. We looked out across Mdina the ancient capital. It is a medieval walled town that is still inhabited. We stopped briefly at a church with lovely statues, we also stopped to look out at a little island where it is claimed St Paul was shipwrecked when heading back to Rome to face charges.
Back at the port we had a look around the shops, before finding our way back onto the ship. Kay stayed on board, had something to eat and went to watch 'Captain Phillips' in the Palladium Theatre. Christine grabbed her purse and went back ashore to make some purchases, then had a snack at the buffet before heading back to the cabin to write some blog, but instead ended up having a nap. Kay joined her in the cabin after she participated in the sail away party but wasn't paying attention to the time and both missed dinner in the dining room. Meals were still available in the buffet so no worries.
After dinner, we headed to the Palladium to see Gilbert Oliver, a ventriloquist and comedian. As we arrived at about 8.25 it was difficult to find two seats together that weren't behind a pole. As Kay isn't a big fan of ventriloquists and she wasn't feeling the best she decided to head back to the cabin instead. Gilbert was a semi finalist on "Britains got talent" the year Susan Boyle was a contestant and became a household name even in Australia! He asked us if we remembered Susan, we all said yes! He asked if we remembered him, we all said nothing. He referred to this a few times during the act for a laugh. His act was more comedy than ventriloquism tonight. He was hilarious! After the show, Christine spotted Mike and Janet and they her, Janet asked Christine to meet them at the door. Apparently, Adrian had asked them to relay a message if they saw me that we were going to participate in the Syndicate Quiz in the Crows Nest bar tonight at 10.30. We filled in time playing the pokies then popping up to the Belvedere for a coffee before climbing the steps to the Crows Nest. It was a lot of fun, we got a lot of answers wrong but did alright in the scoring. Some of the other teams took the game very seriously, the prize was a bottle of wine so we were pretty much in it for the fun! After the quiz, we went for a hot chocolate and sat out near the Aquarius pool where the smokers usually go. It was a really good night.