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!