This was another easy day with a couple of errands and a ferry ride. Our local Pastizzeria was closed so I had to search for another source of morning pastries. I found Caffee Cordina. What a find. The pastries were fresh and tasty. The interior was wonderful. The next task was laundry. It is so nice to have a washing machine in the apartment. We dried the clothes on a clothes rack we placed in the glassed porch. The clothes dried fast.
When we headed out, we went to the auto show. I was surprised the number of autos at the show. The autos were gorgeous and many were European models we won’t normally see in the USA. Almost, all the autos were driven away after the show, not hauled away.
- PEEL – Smallest auto in the world. We had seen it on Top Gear. It was driven, slowly, on the road and up an elevator, to an office.
- Mini – Yellow AA Mini was cute and functional.
- Lambretta with sidecar – This is the first scooter sidecar I’ve ever seen.
- VW camper – This was in pristine condition.
- Bertone (Fiat) X1/9 – I owned a gold X1/9 and was surprised to see it in the show. Bertone designed the auto. When Fiat discontinued its sale, Bertone produced it for a couple more years. It was fun to drive.
We wanted to take the classic photo of the Valletta skyline. This meant taking the passenger ferry to Sliema, across the water. The ferry runs every 30 minutes. Tickets our sold, cash only, after the ferry arrives. We paid €1.50, one way. We realized the Senior rate was only €.50 one way. We did a short walking tour in Sliema on a hot sunny day before returning to Valletta. After walking in the sun when it was 88+F, we were ready for something special and cool to drink. We returned to Caffee Cordina. Marty had a coffee milkshake and I had a Mango Granita. The air conditioning helped a lot. While there,the people watching was very entertaining and the interior ambiance was wonderful.
For dinner we went to Capistrano Restaurant. It was another highly rated, small restaurant, and we needed our reservations. It was a very nice way to end a long day.
The ‘ VALLETTA CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE ‘ is an international event where the finest local and international historic and concours level vintage and classic cars participate together in this Concours d’Elegance.
This event will be held in the baroque surroundings of Valletta’s main square, in front of the 16th century Grandmasters palace. The participating cars will be judged by an International Team of Expert Judges. The Judges will judge cars participating in the eleven Categories ( Historic, Elegance, Pre-war, Post- war, Restoration, Sports Car, Popular Classic, Modern Classic, Preservation, Original, Motor Cycle ) and a ‘Best in Show’ car will then be chosen from the winners of each category.