As I write about our fourth day of our European adventure, I can’t help but find it hard to believe that we were actually in these beautiful places. The culture is just completely different. I’m in love with how their culture is to build up, not out. They care for their older buildings by taking care of them as you would anything you love. They have flaws but they don’t let that stop them from sprucing things up and adding some bright flowers to their balconies. One day we will go back, but it will be quite some time.
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that Valetta is the city that my dearest, David, has decided we are relocating to in the future. I won’t lie to you, it was absolutely gorgeous. Valetta is the capital city on the island of Malta. In order to get to the city, you have to either pay to use the city elevator or you can take the stairs. David and I created a stair pact on our first day on the cruise, so we stuck to it and climbed the 20-story-high staircase to the city gate. Once we got to the top, we were able to enjoy the beautiful view. The city is practically a fortress. The boys all joked that nobody was going to be taking the city anytime soon. Once inside the city gate, we began to roam. The city is set up like a grid, so navigating through the city was pretty easy.
There was an open air arts market down the first street. It was full of jewelry, paintings, and other artisanal goods. We watched one lady paint scarves with watercolor. It was the most mesmerizing to watch. We walked until we could see the edge of the island, which did not take as long as I thought it would. As one knows, after a while of roaming you begin to get hungry. We found a little hole-in-the-wall pizza place and ordered a carafe of wine, some bruschetta, and some pizza. The wine was delicious and because I didn’t see them pour it, I’m almost certain that it was on tap. After lunch, we enjoyed more shopping. Let me just say that I’ve never seen my husband my husband so relaxed while shopping. Maybe moving to Valetta isn’t the worst idea in the world.
Where do you feel most relaxed? Let me know in the comments below!