Malta - Gone Fishing in Marsaxlokk

On our trip to Malta, we saved the best for last...The Sunday Fish Market at Marsaxlokk.  We almost didn't make it there.  The bus from Valletta was teeming with people (again an unintended side effect of the incredibly cheap 1.50 EUR per day price).  I seriously considered skipping Marsaxlokk as I don't like elbowing my through a throng of people onto a crowded bus.  I'm glad we persevered though because in the end, it was an enchanting and memorable day trip.
It was a fair distance (10 minute walk) from the bus stop to the town but soon we were there steeping in the atmosphere.
At first, we skirted around the water's edge admiring the brightly colored boats that make Marsaxlokk so charming.
Colorful nets sat in bundles on a dock.
We admired the town square and cathedral.
As you can see, we walked a fair distance along the water (using the twin towers of the town's cathedral as a beacon).
I just couldn't get enough of this peaceful and colorful harbor.
Occasionally, we spotted a contrasting boat like this dingy dinghy.
We were just steps from the town's famous Sunday market which runs all along the waterfront.
We detoured away from the water to have a a look at what was on offer.  A huge pile of broad beans tempted passersby...
...as did delectable strawberries well priced at just 1.00 EUR per tub.
All kinds of fish were on display...
including jumbo prawns.
An impressive swordfish was being dissected and sold as we watched.  Wow...
In addition to things to eat, you could find anything from children's toys to electronics to underwear.
We arrived back in the town square just in time to take a seat for lunch at Ix Xlukkajr.  We got one of the last tables outside.
We decided to relax for a while and enjoy this gorgeous Sunday afternoon over a carafe of white Maltese wine.
We ordered the special of the day offered at a bargain price.
After lunch, we headed back toward the water and discovered a couple of statues hiding among the stalls.
We admired the colorful boats one last time as we made the trek back to the bus for our return to Valletta.
It was amazing to see this net untangled and sitting out to dry on the pier.
One thing that we wondered a bit about was how the fisherman actually got out to their boats as they were moored offshore...
The answer soon appeared.  Small rowboats were taken from shore and used to access the larger fishing boats.  The little boats were left moored where the big ones stood.
Mystery solved!  And with a final few snaps...(who can resist these gorgeous boats!), we hopped on the bus and were whisked back to Valletta.  Our weekend in Malta slowly coming to a close.
We had just one final stop to make, for ice cream, before we could officially call an end to our holiday.

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