Thursday, November 30, 2017

Epic Trip Part Two: Return to Star Flyer and a Stop in Cagliari

We boarded Star Flyer in Malta early in the afternoon of October 22, and spent the 23rd at sea.

This elephant was on our bed that first morning, and for several days after that, various animals showed up. I had fun photographing them and texting them to my granddaughter.

We had been on Star Flyer several times before, and it was fun to see many familiar faces among the crew members.

The day at sea was a great opportunity to meet some of our fellow passengers and to our surprise, there were two couples we'd sailed with previously! One pair was from Germany and Joe knew one of them from getting up early to see the sunrise. The other couple was one we'd seen but not become acquainted with before; the husband was immediately recognizable by his long ponytail.

Late on the 24th we docked at Cagliari, Italy. Although dinner (and many, many additional meals) are elegantly served on board, sometimes we like to go ashore for a meal and enjoy local fare. Since this was to be our only stop in Italy, we decided to try our luck in town.

We'd been to Cagliari briefly once before, and knew we weren't missing much in the way of sightseeing, and our decision to leave the main drag and go back into the alleyways was a good one.

We found a fine little restaurant that had an excellent pre fixe menu: Four courses and a glass of lovely red wine for not very much money at all. The weather wasn't as warm as it had been in Malta, but it was still nice enough to eat outside in the alley which is our usual preference.

Troubadour in Cagliari.

I'm always fascinated by the sailmaker; we've encountered this crew member
previously on Star Flyer.
The Captain introduces some of the crew.

Joe sets up a small painting studio in our cabin.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Epic Trip Part One: Valletta, Malta

It's been a busy and interesting nearly-six-weeks. Somebody posted a comment on one of my recent posts saying s/he believed I must be traveling. She was correct, but I had to delete her friendly observation because, really, who wants to let the whole world speculate on whether someone's house might be uninhabited for a time?

We left on October 20 and on the 21st found ourselves in Valletta, Malta. Such a pretty place with a strange and intriguing history! Our hotel was small and located close to things we wanted to see during our short stay. The view from our window, as you can see, was beautiful.

We hadn't done any restaurant research prior to leaving home,   and we were tired when we arrived, so it was nice to learn that the hotel had a dinner buffet at a very reasonable price. In the evening we wandered around the neighborhood for a little while, and turned in early.

We had about half a day available for sightseeing on our own, and we made the most of it.

We didn't have the opportunity to patronize this picturesque carriage ride.

Valletta is a city of steep hills and beautiful buildings.

Another lovely view.

It's true!

See what I mean?

Ever get the feeling you are being watched?

The Maltese language is truly the most unusual I've encountered.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Julie Says More

Thirty-six blocks done and laid out, but not yet sewn together. I'm liking this very, very much.

Each block is made out of scraps from my recent brights adventure. The light part is text fabric. The darks are various blurry blacks. The blocks finish at 9" and I foresee a nice black border. I think that you can enlarge the picture by clicking on it.

This has been a satisfying project.