Today I was on another guided tour to learn more about Malta and its history. The weather today was not the best. When we were picked up to go on the tour it was raining. The inhabitants of Malta were very happy about the rain because it barely rained this winter and they need the rain, so the plants survive the summer. When all group members were together we started and drove to the botanical gardens of San Anton. The garden is located at the San Anton Palace which is the palace where the Maltese president spends most of her time. The garden wasn't that big but the special detail about the garden was, that every time guests from other countries come to Malta they bring a tree from their home country. So, you can find plants from Australia, Mexico, Iceland, China and many more countries together in one garden.
The next stop on our tour were the catacombs in Rabat which were really cool because everything was still original and just cleaned up a little. After the catacombs we walked through Rabat towards Mdina. Mdina is a pretty stunning city. When you enter the city, you feel like you just jumped 1000 years back in time. The streets are very narrow, and you won't find one straight street. Whole Malta was influenced by a lot of countries. The arabs built their cities after the logic of shooting bows. So, a street was not allowed to be longer than an arrow could be shot. The style in Mdina is not only influenced by the Arabs but also from the Italians who came from Sicily to Malta. Some windows are built in the Sicilian style. The city is not even one square kilometer big still its famous for filming movies which play in the medieval times. One example would be some scenes of Game of Thrones.
Before Lunch we stopped at the Dingli cliffs, but I was very glad I had been here two days ago because in 10 minutes you can't really enjoy the feeling and the view.
After Lunch we went to the crafting village. Most of the things here are still hand made. Malta is really proud of its traditions and its culture, so they still make necklaces, soap or things out of clay by hand. Also, a big part of Maltas tradition is the crafting of glass products. We went into a factory where glass is produced and formed. The last stop was the Mosta cathedral. This cathedral known for a miracle here in Malta. In the war Malta was under attack and people were hiding in the cathedral. Then a bomb was dropped and crashed through the roof of the cathedral but never exploded. Over 300 people were hiding in the cathedral and not one of them was hurt. The Maltese believe it was a miracle and are very happy and very proud. It took them five years to fix the hole in the ceiling because they had to build a huge scaffolding to hold the ceiling.
I hope you enjoyed the little excursion to the Maltese history.