A day I will never forget in Malta

by Gregory
(Manchester, UK)

Photo of Mistra bay taken while on our country walk

Photo of Mistra bay taken while on our country walk

I've just returned from a fantastic holiday in Malta with my wife. My parents (both retired) traveled with us as well.

To tell you the truth I was a bit nervous about my father coming with us, because I never really got along with him. It turned out that my worries were unfounded because we had a great time.

We found a great bargain with a good hotel and really cheap flights and decided to go for it even though it was October. We were really lucky with the weather and we had sunny days throughout our holidays, except for one day when it was really cloudy.

We all loved Malta (My parents had already visited the island). The history of Malta is incredible and the neolithic temples are fascinating. But the day that I will never forget was when we all decided to take a country walk at Selmun (spelling?). It was a sunny day and it was lovely. This was at the beginning of our holiday. We passed by a run down building which we later learned was some sort of headquarters for the British forces during the war. It was very hot that day so after a while, we decided to sit down under the shade of a tree and admire the lovely scenery.

My father and I rarely saw eye to eye when I was young, but on that day something happened. We were both very relaxed and he suddenly surprised me by apologizing for not being the best dad he could have been. I could see that he was being totally honest. We stayed there talking for hours and when we were heading back to the hotel, I felt so relieved and at peace with myself for "really" talking and opening up to dad maybe for the first time in my life.

Anyway, I just thought I'd share my story with you. Not sure whether Malta had anything to do with my father apologizing like that but I am glad it happened :)

Reply from MALTABULB:

Wow Gregory, thank you so much for sharing your story with us and our readers. I really appreciate the fact that you decided to share a somewhat personal story from your holidays in Malta.

The area you mentioned, Sellmun is lovely for walking. Mistra bay has some beautiful walks also.

I believe that when on holiday people are in a totally different mindset and maybe that’s why you guys got along so much better. I really hope that your relationship with your father gets stronger after your Malta vacation.

I wish you all the best and thank you again for taking the trouble to write about your experience.



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Apr 09, 2010
You won't be disappointed
by: Katherine

Malta is my birthplace, so I am a bit biased about the country, but I know you will enjoy your visit. Then come back and tell us your Malta story.

Safe journey and have a good time in Malta. There is something there for all ages.

Katherine in Australia

Nov 20, 2009
Loved reading this!
by: Louise

I've had a similar experience on our trip to London. Couldn't believe how such a busy place like London could bring me and my mother closer, but it did.

I don't have any Malta stories to share yet because we're planning to visit sometime next year, probably in June. So just in the holiday planning stage at the moment, which is half the fun for me :)

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