Malta - Bus It All Day for 1.50 EUR - Ħaġar Qim

We continued our bargain bus journey around Malta.  Included in our 1.50 EUR day pass was the 'bus' ride between Rabat and the ancient ruins at Ħaġar Qim.  In this case, the 'bus' was more like the collectivo style vans you see in Mexico.  We wound our way through narrow town streets...

...and coastal roads lined with yellow wildflowers.
Spring was definitely in the air!
We bought our admission ticket to Ħaġar Qim and set out to explore the ruins.  There were two areas in particular protected by tents.  It's good to take precautions for a site that dates back to 3000 B.C.!
We went in for a closer look at the megalithic temple complex.
Precarious rocks sat above us.
Remains of various columns and statues dotted our path.
The second complex was constructed in a bit more orderly fashion.
Decorative indentations were pushed into the rock.
We caught a glimpse of the sea beyond and decided to take a small hike while there was a break in the rain.
We were even more impressed by the surrounding landscape.
I simply love wildflowers and this scene made me smile.
We could see the uninhabited island of Filfla in the distance.
We set our sights on a small watchtower a short distance away.
The grave of a British commander sat at water's edge.
A storm was definitely brewing and we could feel the wind picking up around us.
The watchtower slowly loomed closer as we struggled against the wind.
We looked down at a delicate stone arch with waves crashing violently through it.
We came face to face with the gravestone of Sir Walter Morris Concreve that we'd seen at a distance.
We finally arrived at the solid structure of the watchtower which offered some shelter from the wind.
We watched the waves crash through the arch below from the protected side of the tower.
We soon began our climb back toward the entrance of Ħaġar Qim
There was a convenient stone wall for us to follow.
We waited at the bus stop for the once hourly service to take us back to Valletta.  A riotous mass of wildflowers sat just beyond the shelter.
In some ways, the 1.50 EUR daily bus fare proved to be a bit of a problem. Way more than 15 people (max capacity of the bus) lined up in anticipation of its arrival.  We were actually worried about getting stuck there.  Fortunately, the open-topped double-decker bus came to our rescue.  For just another 1.50 EUR, they took us back to Valletta.  It's a special deal that they offer to support the public bus service at crowded times.  We paid a very slight premium on our bargain bus ticket but this actually saved us a good hour of transit time by taking us directly back to Valletta rather than on a circuitous route past the airport.  What an adventure!

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