Malta, All-Day Cruise around Malta, Day 10, May 30th
We were picked up before 9 and got home at . What a day. We sailed all around Malta and Comino, with a two-hour stop at Comino’s Blue Lagoon, in a teak and mahogany Turkish Gullet. It was 32 m long and 9 m wide. We motored under diesel power with 78 other folks from all over the world. The Blue Lagoon was stunningly beautiful with its white sand bottom and stark landscape. The shear tall cliffs (the Dingli Cliffs) on the west side of Malta seemed endless and breathtakingly beautiful in their ruggedness. Due to the prevailing Mistral Wind, the last half-hour of our cruise was very rough with 2-3 meter swells which made us want to cheer as we passed the breakwall into the tranquil GrandHarbour for a relaxed slow cruise around its shore. As I have mentioned, this is where my father was stationed on a torpedo boat, one of eight graciously supplied by the U.S. to the Yugoslav Navy. We saw the hospital where he stayed when he broke his leg and FortRicasoli where his boat was docked. Yes, to see this part of my family’s history was one of the reasons for this fabulous trip to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary (June 30th). I know he will cry when he see the pictures. He is now 91.
We were exhausted as we walked back from the bus station and decided on an early night.