St George’s Square
We then simply crossed over the side street and carried on to the square. There we were held up again as the road was now closed for a military procession including a band.
After a while we took the advice of a helpful local and walked around the block at the back of the hall and into the square behind the soldiers at the other side.
While we watched from our new vantage point the incoming president arrived, reviewed the troops and went inside.
Then we had a troop of horses pass by followed by the outgoing president in her motorcade.
After all this excitement we went into Valletta’s M&S store. Our plan was to pick up some wine and nibbles for the next part of the cruise.
Views from the Upper Barrakka Gardens
The rain was falling again and rather than catch the lift I went to the parapets of the gardens to look over the harbour.
The lift wasn’t crowded going down (and it was free.)