The alarm started screeching at 3.30am on Saturday morning, and we reluctantly dragged our heavy eyelids open for our long awaited trip to Malta.
Of course, I barely slept a wink that night.
There's something about an impending early morning wake up call that makes you nervous and excited, and less likely to fall into a deep sleep.
We sped through the dark and dreary streets of London with a swerving and hiccuping taxi driver, only to arrive at an overcrowded and manic Luton airport. Where do all these crazy people come from? Are we all mad to take a flight at this godforsaken hour?
After much queuing, swearing and worrying, we finally boarded our full Ryanair flight, and we were off. If there was a God, I was praying to him for sunshine.
I was a pasty, desperate Londoner in need of a good dose of Vitamin D!
I wasn't disappointed. We stepped out into 27 degrees and gleaming sunshine. It was lovely to feel like we were in a completely different place. And this time, everything was organised. No scurrying around searching for local buses or hostels. We had booked a package deal, and yes I am slightly embarrassed about this, but the price and ease of it all was grand, there's no denying it.
So we were whisked into our little transfer shuttle, and off we went straight to the hotel.
Malta reminds me a lot of Greece, and also what I can imagine Tuscany to be like.
The landscape was dusty and dry, but spattered with rolling green hills.
Most of the buildings were a little bit rundown, and there didn't seem to be a lot going on.We had made it just before the tourist rush.
When talking to our driver, we realised that there would be no way to do everything that we wanted to do in a mere 3 days, so we decided to make this a relaxing trip that revolved around swimming, sleeping and sunbaking.
At first, I felt anxious that we would be missing out on things, but then I realised that I can't do everything. So we decided (me hesitantly of course), that day 1 would be lunch, poolside rest and then dinner. That's it.
Looking like a pair of lobsters, we thoroughly enjoyed day 1 of nothing. We had dinner (which included RABBIT - which actually wasn't too bad!), shared a bottle of wine and hit the pillow.
Travel Photography shared by Jess Hardy