In Mdina

A mini-break in Malta


Hi all,

I had some annual leave to take this month so we decided it might be a good idea to grab a final bit of sunshine somewhere before what is likely to be a long winter. Hence, I’ve just returned from a delightful four-day trip with hubby to beautiful Malta. It seems to be the place to go at the moment…my sister spent some time there this year and my presenter colleague Ali Keenan has been twice!

As we only had four days we decided to stay in Malta itself and try to see it properly, rather than trying to squeeze in any of the other islands as well, although Gozo was rather tempting! I was just astounded though by how stunning Malta was – the scenery was breath-taking, despite the fact that they had record temperatures and no rain whatsoever over the summer. And the architecture – oh my goodness.

We started our trip exploring the capital Valletta and the nearby seaside town of St Julian’s. I really didn’t expect Valletta to be so beautiful, and we whiled away a couple of days wandering around the Grand Master’s Palace, Upper Barracka Gardens, the St John Co-Cathedral and the waterfront, and lunching at harbour side restaurants.

Then we moved hotels to go inland to San Anton for the final two days, and visited the extraordinary “Silent City” of Mdina. I’ve never been anywhere quite like this fortified medieval city with a population of just 300 – it truly was like stepping back in time. We also strolled round the gardens of San Anton Palace, one of the official residences of Malta’s president, and although we are not really beach people, we did spend a few hours at Paradise Bay, where my hubby ventured in for a dip and pronounced the sea to be significantly warmer than our hotel pool!

All in all it was a wonderful break and I have returned revitalised and ready to embrace autumn. It’s always the busiest time of year for us at work as we race towards Christmas, but always so much fun too. I hope the new season will be a good one for all of us and that we can keep you warm with our antics and offers at QVC as the weather gets chillier!


Jackie xx


  1. Priscilla October 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,just back from Malta myself and have to agree it’s a beautiful country.Loved your pics ( found myself saying ‘snap’ )

    • Jackie Kabler October 17, 2017 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Priscilla,
      Yes what a beautiful place! Glad you enjoyed it too.

  2. theresa October 16, 2017 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    I agree Jackie Malta is a beautiful place to visit and has some lovely historical buildings to go and look round, plus the people are friendly. I”m lucky to be able to go any time as my daughter in law has family there. Next time you go try going to Gozo, you can even pop over to Sicily. Look forward to next blog till then take care x

    • Jackie Kabler October 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Theresa,
      Lucky you, nice to have family in such a lovely place! Yes I hear Gozo is beautiful so maybe another time. Sicily is also on my list for a holiday sometime!

  3. tina meftah October 17, 2017 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Jackie, oooh I feel so jealous (in a nice way) of you and Ali K holidaying in Malta and Gozo! Jackie, did you get to see the unexploded bomb in Mosta Dome? I am so glad you liked it there. There is so much to see and do, you need more than a few days. If you hire a car they drive on the same side as us which is good and it gives you the freedom to visit more places.

    I lived there for 10 and a 1/2 years. My Mum & Dad and us 5 kids moved there in 1978, we grew up there, went to school etc.. My Dad deserted us after about 9 months and he came back to England. Mum divorced him and she eventually married my stepdad (Joe).I never really felt like I belonged there, so when I was 19 I moved back to England, I do go back nearly every other year to see my family. Each time I go back its changed, when I lived there the pace of life was slower and calmer, unfortunately, its entered into our fast pace of life. However, I still live the Mediterranean way of life lol. OMG, I just had a thought, my mum and siblings will have lived there for 40 years next year!
    lots of love Tina x

  4. Jackie Kabler October 17, 2017 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina,
    What an interesting life story, and what a stunning place to have spent some of your life. Sadly we didn’t get to the Mosta Dome as our time there was just too short to fit everything in. I loved everything I did manage to see though! So nice that you still go back regularly. Thanks for getting in touch!

  5. Josephine Jennings October 18, 2017 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Welcome back Jackie, looking at your holiday blog , Malta certainly looks wonderful.

    • Jackie Kabler October 23, 2017 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine, it was!

  6. Joyce James November 1, 2017 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    So glad you enjoyed Malta because I am Maltese. They say you either love it or hate it. Of course, I love it but then I would. Although I have lived in the Uk for 57 years I still feel my roots are in Malta.

    • Jackie Kabler November 17, 2017 at 10:39 am -  Reply

      Hi Joyce
      What a beautiful place you come from! I adored it. Stunning.
      J x

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