Malta - An Impromptu Ferry Ride to the Three Cities

After admiring the sweeping views from Upper Barrakka park in Valletta, we decided to make our way over to the Three Cities for a closer look.  A huge elevator leads from the park to sea level but we opted for the stairs instead.  Beware...it's a long way down!

Perfect timing!  We arrived at the dock just as a ferry was set to depart for the Three Cities.  For less than a fiver, we were whisked away on a 15 minutes ride across the bay.
The views were even more stunning up close.
The yacht that we'd seen from above, looked equally impressive eye-to-eye.
We also spotted about a half-dozen additional and equally impressive boats moored nearby.
The harbour where Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua now stand have been used since Phoenician times according to VisitMalta.com.
As we rode into the inlet, more and more parked boats dotted the landscape.
We even saw some of the classic, colorful Maltese fishing boats that we hoped to see more of when visiting Marsaxlokk the following Sunday.
We caught glimpses of regal looking buildings behind a wall of sailboats.
Our boat drove close to shore.
There are ferry stops on both sides of the inlet.
We alighted at the 2nd stop and took a short walk around the harbor.
Stately churches overlooked water teeming with schools of fish.
We skirted the water toward a town that was essentially deserted.
I was impressed by these zig-zagging walkways to help the locals get around.
We walked from where the ferry dropped us off around to the ferry stop on the other side of the harbour for our pick-up.
We soon saw the familiar red boat and flapping Captain Morgan's flag.
There is no real reason to spend more than 30 minutes or an hour poking around the Three Cities but it offers a nice contrast to Valletta and an excuse to get onto the water.  Before we knew it, we were making our way back across the bay to the capital where we'd witness an unexpected inauguration...

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