We’ve been in Valletta today doing the history thing. The war museum is very good actually, with a well-written narrative on the 20th century history of Malta and particular focus on the last war. It was very moving in fact, particularly a video of street scenes taken by a gunner, whose name was Stan Fraser I think (should have written it down)which showed the devastation caused by the bombing and the fortitude of the Maltese more eloquently than any words. The George Cross given to all the islanders in 1942 is on display there.
We walked round the Grand Harbour – the Sage has a painting of a storm scene in Valletta Harbour, painted by Beechey in 1865 or thereabouts and he wanted me to identify where it was painted. Not very easy, especially as I haven’t looked at the painting for several years. It’s too large to hang in any of our rooms, used to be on the stairs but when it was taken down for some reason we couldn’t hang it again without help. It’s been in the room I never go in ever since. I’d like to go in there, but the Sage has filled it. It’s unusable. It was last used more than five years ago.
Anyway, I found the most likely place and took photos, but it could be the harbour the other side of Valletta. I’ll have a look there on Saturday.
Tomorrow, we’re planning to head south and see if we can find the restaurant recommended by Sarah.