Saturday, 3 January 2009

Guns and armour

We'd noted yesterday that they fire a cannon from the Saluting Battery at noon so we returned to Valetta. When we arrived the Upper Barraka Gardens were already lined with people, but Simon found you could go down to the Battery for 5 Euros to see the firing close up. That was much more interesting. After the gun was fired, we were given an explanation of the cannon and the ammunition used for various purposes.

Next stop was the Grand Master's Palace. The State Rooms were closed, but the Armoury was our main goal anyway, as Simon wanted to show it to Alex. The collection of arms and armour is impressive and we enjoyed working our way round the rather eccentric numbering system for the audio tour.

After a brief stop for lunch, we visited the National Museum of Archaeology where they display items excavated from the various tombs and temples on the island, including the rather lovely fat ladies that are unique to Malta. Only the ground floor is open (refurbishment has been going on for at least two years) but that's all we need to see.

In the evening we walk into Paceville to find a place to eat. There are a lot of loud bars so we look for somewhere a little more traditional. Kandles seems to fit the bill - rustic interior, candlelight and an Italian/Maltese menu. The food was OK, but the service was perfunctory and the cockroaches scuttling round our feet put us off a bit!

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