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Last stop for the day was Dingli cliffs. Unfortunately it was raining when we got there and the clouds were really low, so there wasn’t much of a view either.
Today we went to Marsaxlokk for the Sunday market. Here are some examples of things to buy:
Kalle is working today, so I took the Anderssons to Valletta by bus. The plan was to check out the christmas sale, but we didn’t buy anything.
Situated next to Verdala Palace in a valley just inland from Dingli Cliffs, Buskett Gardens was planted by the Knights as a hunting ground.
Heavily wooded with native, hardy species such as Mediterranean pines, Buskett Gardens was created by Grand Master Lascaris. The gardens also hold vineyards, orangeries, olive and lemon groves. There are pathways lined with ivy-clad stone walls and wilder woodland that allows for nature walks and exploration.
From autumn to spring the gardens are full of wild flowers, natural springs and woodland creatures. The wood leads up hill to the more formal gardens of Verdala Palace. A good picnic spot for tourists and locals, the garden is the venue for a lively summer tradition – the feast of L’Imnarja, a folk festival and harvest thanksgiving.
On our way to Black Pearl we found a “secret” garden. It’s not really a secret garden of course, but there were no sign at the entrance and I’ve never heard of it. It was really cool, with a lot of trees and flowers and the garden was in several levels. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to explore the whole garden, but we saw most of it anyway.
This is the information I’ve found about the garden at visitmalta.com:
The Sa Maison Garden is a small, pretty garden mostly known for its military heritage. The garden is also known as ‘il-Gnien tal-Milorda’ (Her Ladyship’s Garden) in memory of Lady Julia Lockwood, who resided there between 1842 and 1856. Her house was later demolished and the garden taken over by the military, which were responsible for its maintenance until 1903, when it was taken over by the civil government.
Apart from the several regimental crests, which are engraved in the bastion wall inside the garden, there’s also a small model of a castle carved in Maltese stone dedicated to the 2nd Battalion of the Essex Regiment.
The garden itself is on several levels and there is a Knight’s Gardjola (watch tower), which is easily accessible and provides spectacular views of the Ta’ Xbiex Yacht Marina and fortifications.
Dingli cliffs was the next viewpoint on our sightseeing tour with Aida and Frippe. Just on the side of Dingli cliffs is Il-Fawwara, a place a like a lot. It’s peace and quiet there and amazing views over cliffs and the sea. This is a good spot to watch the sunset from.
Today I noticed something I haven’t seen on my previous visits to Il-Fawwara: the word NAZAE written in stones in a short piece of stone wall. I’ve googled it, but can not find any explanations.