travel

Flashback Friday – Sliema, Malta

 

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Two years ago my friend and I went to Malta for five nights. We wanted somewhere warm, chilled and no club scenes.

We did a bit of research around Europe, my only condition was that it was to a country I hadn’t visited before.

We booked a few months before we went, we sat one evening and looked through lots of hotels. I have been using booking.com for a while now, and I love it.

We chose well with the hotel! It was called The Victoria Hotel.

We arrived, and liked it straightaway. Room was a decent size, (had lots of pug touches – which I loved!) clean and had a balcony.

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The hotel had three pools including an infinity one – my first infinity pool! It was amazing! I walked up to the roof and there it was!

There was also another rooftop pool and an inside pool. We did regret doing five nights, and wish we had done six once we was there.

Most days, we chilled out by the pool, there was a bar up there, so you could order food and drinks (cocktail o clock!) to your sun lounger. We had a massage in the spa one afternoon.

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One day we went to the island of Gozo, we didn’t know how far away the bus journey was (it was long!)We got the boat over, had a wonder and some lunch. I know quite a few people was going for the diving etc.

Most evenings we strolled down to the front and had dinner out. We could turn either left or right out of the hotel, and go to different groups of restaurants. All was along the beach and had outside seating.

Another evening we went to Valetta, which is the capital of Malta. It looked and felt so historic. I wish we had gone in the day so we could fully appreciate the sights.

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I really did enjoy Malta, it was a lovely holiday, hotel was great and was a great girls getaway.

Outings

Sky Garden, London

 

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Last weekend I visited the Sky Gardens with a good friend. We had been planning to go since last November but kept having to cancel for various reasons.

We went to St Paul’s Cathedral first, and had a wonder around, again this was a first visit for both of us.

Had a quick lunch, then walked to 20 Fenchurch Street – where the Sky Garden is located, on the 35th floor! It is in the very recognisable Walkie Talkie building. The amazing thing about this London attraction – the visit is free! Booking is highly recommended – tickets are released three weeks in advance, so make sure you have a date in mind! The ticket allows you one hour, but no one asked us to leave or check our timing, so I’m not sure how strict that is.

Sky Garden is actually London’s highest public garden! How cool is that.

There is a restaurant (again needs advanced booking), brassiere, and 2 bars. We chose to just have one drink up there, and selected a cocktail each from the menu. I had the Mayakick, which was rum based, and my friend had the Amore – prosecco based. We also managed to grab a 2 seated table right in front of The Shard!

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There is an outside observation deck, which has a tinted screen – so doesn’t make for the best photos! But it’s got great views – The Shard, River Thames and Tower of London are some of the closest.

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Once inside you can actually walk all the way round the top of the building, so its actually a 360 degree view of London. There is steps either side, where you walk next to the plants, flowers and foliage. They are occasionally watered too with a fine mist, so it feels very tropical!

It is chilly up there, as it’s naturally ventilated, so do take a jacket.

I would definitely recommend a visit here, the tickets are limited so its not crowded. There’s music playing, it has a chilled out vibe and feels like a cool London secret!

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