The Akubra Saviour

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We’ve just arrived in Malta for a week of sun and exploring. It is 1°C when we leave Blois at 5.20 am and 15°C when we arrive in Valetta at 1 pm. After checking out our rental apartment, Marina View, with its stunning view of Vittoriosa across the other side of the Marina, we have an excellent meal at the Enchanté Restaurant on the waterside.

After lunch we walk down the other side of marina and over the footbridge to Vittoriosa. It’s quite windy and my trusty Australian Akubra Traveller* hat blows off my head and into the marina. Oh no!

We watch as it makes its way down the marina, hoping it won’t sink. I see a man with a little boat who ferries people across to the other side so I go down to see if he can save my hat.

He very nicely manoeuvres under the rope with his passengers on board until he is close enough to swoop down and retrieve the hat.  When he hands it up to me I tell him it’s an Australian hat. “From Sydney?”, he asks. “I’ve been to Sydney!”

The hat stands up surprisingly well to its dunking but I get sick of carrying a soppy hat after a while and strap it to the back of Jean Michel’s back pack. I won’t be wearing it near the marina again!

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11 Responses to The Akubra Saviour

  1. Phew! potential disaster averted, and a nice bit of interaction with a local.

  2. m mm says:

    marvellious insights……as always thank you

  3. Very lucky!
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  4. Chris says:

    Hi Rosemary, if you’re still in Valetta, you should try a restaurant called De Robertis, which is located under Castille Hotel in the old town. Great setting (it looks like a medieval wine cellar, at least that’s what my imagination told me), nice food, fantastic wines and reasonable prices. Enjoy!

  5. Helen says:

    Lucky save! You must be really enjoying the blue skies. We’re heavy grey, with 199 mm falling in 36 hours.
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  6. NataliaEseverri says:

    Rosemary Kneipp, thanks for the article post.Really thank you! Great.

  7. Eric Gamble says:

    That is an awesome place to stay. I would just sit by the window watching the view of Vittoriosa all day. Love all the boats in the Marina. Darcee really wants to go to Malta next year so I am researching cool things to do there.
    Going to have to make sure she wears a tight fitting hat though! haha
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