Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Valletta, Malta: Breakfast at Caffe Cordina and Visit to the Grandmaster's Palace

Travel Period: November 2018
Destination:Valletta, Malta

On our third day in Malta, we had breakfast at the famous Caffe Cordina, an old institution in Malta going back to 1837. After breakfast, we visited the beautiful Grandmaster's Palace.

The Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta.

Caffe Cordina established in 1837 and still going strong.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Malta: Discovering "The Three Cities"

Travel Period: November 2018
Destination: The Three Cities, Valletta, Malta

The Three Cities of Malta gave me a melancholic short trip back to the Phoenician times. Apart from the impressive architecture, it was a gloomy and wet day, something better spent indoors actually but when you are travelling for pleasure, you have no time to be cooped up inside your hotel. 

We have no choice but to take it as it is and make the most of it. That also explains the somewhat downcast feel of the pictures here.

In the Three Cities, my friend Delphi and I had a delightful lunch and we spent the afternoon wandering the ancient streets of Birgu, Senglea, and Cospicua. It was a pleasant day even with the drizzle every now and then. It is an enchanting place that has managed to preserve the old world glory of Malta and gave us a glimpse of how life was back then.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Mini Break in Hilly Zuid Limburg, Netherlands

 I am not sure what to make out of this extended Covid-19 status quo. There are times when I am feeling very serene and thankful. Other times, totally stressed out. It is mostly about work stuff really, and all this uncertainty eating up the business and economy.

A mini-break was all that we needed to refresh our spirits but with the Covid-19 backlash, we didn't have choices of holiday destinations to pick on. We initially wanted to go to the Eifel (National Park) or the Ahr Valley (Red Wine Trail) in Germany, but unfortunately, Germany is requiring a negative Covid-19 test valid for 48 hours upon entry, that is if checked. Too much hassle, we can't be bothered.

I looked into the northern Wadden Islands but most of the accommodations were already booked for the fall holidays. I mean seriously, people are holidaying during Covid-times but within their own countries. It has resonated that we can't continue the hibernation or else we go cranky and kooky. So I looked further looked inland, and even farther down south of the country, and voila! This was when I discovered Zuid Limburg.

What took me so long to discover this piece of paradise? 

I have been living in the Netherlands for 18+ years now and it's my first time to be here. Well, it is the first time for the Dutchman, too! What could have been worse? Haha. Wow, this beautiful place was just right under our noses the whole time... 

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