After St. Julian's Bay we arrive in Sleima. We pass by the first Sleima harbor and continue on another three stops until we arrive at the harbor used for the ferries and harbor tour boats. As we stroll along the harbor every 30 feet there is another outfit selling tickets for their sight-seeing cruises or one of the three Hop-On Hop-Off Bus operators. Everyone is polite when we nicely decline their service. In the middle of this group is the Valletta Ferry Service. We check the timings and learn that the ferry to Valletta runs every 30 minutes, so it will be easy for us to explore Sleima for a bit before going to Valletta.
We stop for coffee's and a snack at Tony's Bar across from the harbor. After all, it is almost noon! It's a nice mix of locals, expats and tourists in the small bar/restaurant. We sit next to a nicely dressed woman in her early 70's. Her shopping bags show that she's made two or three stops this morning. She sips a glass of white wine and watches the crowd in the bar, smiling occasionally to herself. Once she's finished the glass she hands the waiter €2 (which includes a 25¢ tip). He thanks her and says he'll see her next week. Apparently they have a ritual.😌
We explore further into Valletta, strolling through the side streets and the plazas. We stop by the Carmelite Church, whose massive dome looks majestic, but it not open. Across the street is St. Paul's Anglican Cathedral. It is open and welcoming visitors. It is interesting to see the memorial to the merchant marines and to compare the pews to those we have seen in the Catholic churches.