Valletta / St. Julian's Bay
The walls (and men) protecting Malta
From my restaurant terrace, I can look out over Grand Harbour towards the fortifications of Valletta, Malta's capital.
Take a boat ride through history
In Malta, to cross Valletta's Grand Harbour, I take one of the traditional Dghajsa boats, whose lines recall that of the Venetian gondola.
Malta's good Knights are still on call
The Knights of St. John, who defended Malta during the Great Siege of 1565, were eventually driven from Malta by Napoleon in 1798 – but the order stills exists.
This is where you'll find Caravaggio's masterpiece
Perhaps the most magnificent work of art on show in Malta is the painting of The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist by Caravaggio.
Respect your gear, and use it to its full capacity
Malta has been close to our family since my father was based there in the 1950s as a Royal Navy doctor. Walking the streets is a joy, with wonderful people always happy and willing to have a chat.
Meeting a 500-year-old Marquis
Marquis Nicholas de Piro and his wife Frances welcome me with the grace of the true aristocrat. They have opened many of the 50 rooms of their historic family palace to the public, but they make it feel as if it is a rare treat to have a visitor.