Friday, May 16, 2014

St. Peter's Pool

On the back side of the quaint and touristy port city of Marsaxlokk, lies another hidden gem in Malta... St. Peter's Pool. Last weekend, for our day date, Chris and I drove out to visit the secluded rocky shores.
We drove around the area, a few wrong turns, a few dead ends and then after parking, walking and hiking, realized we could park across the bay for a better walk and view. Off we went, and upon moving, had great access to the water via some stone carved stairs. Here, as in many spots around the island, there are old salt pans used to harvest and trade the precious commodity. The sea here turns turquoise as it flushes into the narrow cove, all limestone surrounded with several railings and stairs to get down into the beautiful water. Still a tad chilly for us, but there were several swimmers nearby.
(the wheat here is like in the Gladiator and Roman movies, so different)
On the drive down and out, the capers were getting right ripe, and we passed little old men with baskets in hand. On my must do list before leaving, but honestly we've been gifted with capers from friends here, more than we'll probably eat in a lifetime! The thistles are also blooming and full of bees, wasps and snails (which surprised me, especially in the hot sun). 
Fossils also abound, but while they look like you could just pluck them out of the rubble, they are firmed planted in the the stone. It's fun to see how many different shapes and sizes of sand dollars dot the shores in Malta!
And I LOVE our day dates, but always seem to end up photographing in the noon blaring sun light! 

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