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Nov 16, 2015

Sailing into Valletta, Malta

A lot of people turn their noses up to cruising for various reasons. Too confining, short time in each destination, too much food (insert eye rolls, there's no such thing!)...so on and so forth. But there are experiences unique to cruising (or being on a boat, even) that most rarely consider. Even I was oblivious to these perks before our first sailing in 2013. Coming into each port (and in many cases leaving it, as well), can provide some of the most incredible views of your entire visit to a country. Case and point, our sail out of Venice at the beginning of our Adriatic cruise, our foggy float through the fjords of Montenegro, and our sunrise sail into Valletta, Malta pictured here today.

Surprise, surprise...another walled city! Seemed to be the theme of our Adriatic sailing...as were gorgeous vistas. We arrived to the port of Valletta just as the sun was starting to peek over the horizon, making for some beautiful sun-washed clouds and golden streaks across the city's walls. As with every sail into port, D and perched ourselves on our balcony with over-hard eggs and toast and watched as Malta began to wake up before us. These moments are what I truly cherish about the cruising way of travel. Had we not been on a ship with a 7am wake up call...we would have never witnessed this side of Malta. Seeing the country from the water...commanding walls surrounded as far as the eye can see by shimmering sea...just adds wonder to an already exciting day visiting a new country.

More from Valletta to come...


  1. This is so different from how I pictured Malta for some reason, but absolutely gorgeous! I cant wait to see the rest of your photos!

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    1. A sunrise sail into the city was totally worth an early wake up for those colors! :)

  3. It is so pretty!!! What beautiful photos! :)

  4. Wow what a bloody great lot of photos such a stunning place

  5. WOW! I love color in cities, but I have to say, Malta's lack of color is stunning! I checked out your Montenegro photographs/post as well- and that seems like it was just magical. Beautiful photography!

  6. I've heard such interesting things about Malta - it's definitely a destination I would like to visit, it seems like such an underrated country!

    1. I agree...very underrated! I basically knew nothing about Malta before traveling there myself. Definitely a destination that's up and coming with tourism...worth a visit!

  7. Love these photos!!! Malta is at the top of my travel list xo

  8. These photos are gorgeous!! I absolutely agree with you about seeing the city from a ship, it is lovely. Malta was my absolute favorite stop on our cruise. I really need to sit down and start getting posts together.


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