My Own Personal Knight of Malta

by Jane Scott
(Somerset, England)

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For those familiar with Maltese history they will be well aware of the legendary Knights of Malta.

However on my recent stay in Malta I had my own personal knight, not in shining armour, but my hero all the same! I shall explain ...

Journeying to Malta for two weeks was our perfect idea of a honeymoon, combining my love of architecture and heritage with an appreciation for the Mediterranean lifestyle and climate.

My brand new husband and I stayed in the heart of Valletta and I fell in love with the city, its history, its character, its wonderful people.

Armed with our map and guidebook, we explored the island from end to end taking in the beauty and drama of the place, from the awe-inspiring Mdina where we enjoyed the medieval fayre, to Tarxien where the Hypogeum took our breath away, from Marsaxlokk where we soaked up the atmosphere of a busy traditional Sunday market to the peaceful Gozo.

We experienced on an almost daily basis the fantastic local bus services and grew to love those old vehicles with their quirks and fascinating decorations, and more fascinating drivers!

We wined and dined and tried all the Maltese delicacies, the octopus, the rabbit, the bigilla, the gbejniet and of course the marvellous Maltese bread.

For my husband, a real ale drinker, it was an interesting experiment trying the local brews, the Cisk and the Blue Label going head to head in an attempt to find his favourite. Blue Label won, which amused local bartenders who sometimes had to search their back rooms to find the less popular beer!

And then of course Kinnie. Quite unusual but very palatable.

Anyway, I digress ... Back to my knight in shining armour.

We had walked for miles one day exploring Valletta and Floriana and ended up late one afternoon heading towards Argotti Gardens, the private garden of a knight dating from before 1805 which is now popular as a botanical garden, a place to wander and take in the beauty of the plantlife and flowers.

However, just before we got to Argotti Gardens we were distracted by St Philips Garden right next door. From the gate it looked like a quiet, secretive garden and as it was on the Floriana Heritage Trail we thought we would explore.

We found a small piece of paradise tucked away, the Wignacourt Fountain playing centre stage to a deserted garden on a fortification. Long paths with colourful flowers, prickly pears and rose bushes, all alone we wandered about enjoying the peace and quiet.

We had joked on the way in, that there was a padlock on the open gate and wouldn’t it be funny if we were locked in for the night. We eventually wandered to the exit and realised it wasn’t funny at all, we had been locked in!

10 foot high spiked gates prevented us getting out! No-one was walking past and our only observers were a couple of Maltese cats who looked rather amused at our predicament.

We waited and we waited but no-one went past who could help us escape!

It all looked rather hopeless until my knight in shining armour decided to rescue his damsel in distress.

He rather carefully scaled the gates with a great deal of effort and caution, the spikes on top were very sharp. Over he goes and manages to drop to the other side, although the spikes did manage to rip his trousers in several places but luckily there was no damage to him.

My hero goes to summon help and the guardian of Argotti Gardens arrives with a key and lots of laughter. So, ripped trousers and a daring rescue and we didn’t have to spend the night curled up with stray cats under a bush!

We have so many good memories of Malta and it certainly was a perfect honeymoon destination.

We hope to return one day, perhaps for a wedding anniversary but will be more careful in future not to get locked in anywhere!



This story was one of 5 finalist stories in our first I LOVE MALTA CONTEST.

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Jul 23, 2011
Beautifully Told Story
by: Anonymous

Thank you Jane for your wonderful memories of Malta.

My family lived there for 2 1/2 years when I was a teenager with other families from the States and Canada.

Us kids would explore everywhere and get into some really funny predicaments. Luckly we were never in danger of having to spend the night in a locked garden!

Malta is the most wonderful place on Earth! Thanks again for your story.

Jul 20, 2011
A real adventure
by: Anonymous

What a beautiful story :)

Jul 19, 2011
lol
by: Anonymous

lol, nice story :)

Jul 18, 2011
Lovely
by: Anonymous

Stunning story x

Jul 17, 2011
xXx
by: Rachel

I love Malta and this story reminded me of all the things I love about the island and with a romantic story behind it! xxxx

Jul 16, 2011
Fantastic story
by: Jo Dawson

What a fantastic story, I've been going to Malta for 30 years and am the 3rd generation of our family to have visited and loved the island.

I have seen most attractions that there are to see over the years but have never found your 'secret garden'.

I will have to go on the hunt for it next time I am there .... Absolutely fantastic story, love it xxxxxx

Jul 15, 2011
I love Malta
by: Susan

Hi guys love your story and your love to this beautiful island. I am a Maltese living in Australia, been away since 1988, went to Malta for my honeymoon with my Aussie husband and he loved it.

We found it very hard to leave. Hope you win guys so you can go back and enjoy another holiday. Good luck.

Jul 13, 2011
<3
by: Lucy

Aww fab story
xxxx

Jul 13, 2011
Aww
by: Alysha

What a lovely story, and a perfect couple. May they have many years of happiness xx

Jul 13, 2011
Beautiful
by: Lisa Whitworth

What a beautiful story, so romantic :)

Jul 13, 2011
Great writing!
by: Lyndsay

Beautifully written. Well done. x

Jul 12, 2011
=)
by: Kelly G

Lovely Looking Couple. Lovely Story x

Jul 12, 2011
Lovely
by: Sarah mostar

Lovely story xxx

Jul 12, 2011
=)
by: Stacie

Such a lovely story <3

Jul 12, 2011
:)
by: Emily

Wonderful story :) xx

Jul 12, 2011
:)
by: Chanelle

Lovely story :) :) x

Jul 12, 2011
:)
by: Anonymous

lovely story! x

Jul 12, 2011
story
by: andy

Very good, felt like I was there :-)

Jul 12, 2011
An amusing Knights Tale
by: Naomi

The wonders of history and mystery and secrets leading to a romantic garden and then a reality check and the discovery of a real every day, modern knight!

Jul 12, 2011
:D x
by: Anonymous

Like this story lovely :P xxxxxxxx

Jul 12, 2011
Great!
by: Kylee27

Fab story! Congratulations on your recent marriage. x

Jul 12, 2011
Lol
by: Kaz

Really enjoyed the story, good luck!

Jul 12, 2011
Wow!
by: Lucy May

Sounds like such a wonderful place :) I feel I may need to see it for myself x x x

Jul 12, 2011
story
by: Taarna

xD nice story

Jul 12, 2011
:)
by: hayleigh

Really enjoyed your story, sounds like a lovely place x

Jul 12, 2011
:D
by: Anonymous

Great story :)

Jul 12, 2011
:)
by: Rachael

Lovely story xx

Jul 12, 2011
Thanks
by: Vikki

What an excellent story and reminded me why I love Malta!

Thanks

xxx

Jul 12, 2011
<3
by: Hevvycakes

Wow looks really nice there. You make such a cute couple <3

Jul 12, 2011
Blissful Honeymoon
by: Anonymous

This sounds like an amazing destination for a honeymoon! Even with the lock in lol!!

Jul 12, 2011
x
by: Beth

Enjoyed reading, great story :)

Jul 12, 2011
Great story
by: lollilou

Loved this story, it really captured the spirit of Malta.

Jul 12, 2011
makes me want to go!
by: Kev's Angel

I loved reading this, it's lovely to read about people who truly explored the island and what it had to offer.

Thanks for sharing.

Jul 12, 2011
Wow
by: Anonymous

Sounds like an amazing place, I am glad you had a good honeymoon!!

Jul 12, 2011
Jane's story
by: Karen Barnes

Enjoyed the story. Want to go.

Jul 12, 2011
much loved.
by: Anonymous

Great story and photos to match! Very exciting plot.

Jul 12, 2011
great story
by: nikki

Love your story Jane, it made me laugh x

Jul 12, 2011
WOW !
by: Roger

Super story Jane - I really dig it!

Jul 12, 2011
Excellent
by: Ignition

This is such an excellent read, and a perfect story. A real knight in shining armour. xx

Jun 24, 2011
Good story
by: Emily

Enjoyed reading this. Good to hear you got rescued!

Jun 19, 2011
Good story
by: Mary Smith (Canada)

Kept me interested till the end. I am glad that you did not have to sleep with the cats.

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