…but in this case perhaps it’s more appropriate to replace Eagle with Falcon, as this is how the island came to be in the possession of the Knights Hospitaller for some 250 years, as after seven years of moving from place to place in Europe, the knights gained fixed quarters in 1530 when Charles I of Spain, as King of Sicily, gave them Malta, Gozo and the North African port of Tripoli in perpetual fiefdom in exchange for an annual fee of a single Maltese falcon (the Tribute of the Maltese Falcon), which they were to send on All Souls’ Day to the King’s representative, the Viceroy of Sicily.

Well there’s a bit of trivia for you. As for me, I am going to continue my latest pastime: delving into Biblical stories and places including Soddom and Gomorra and the real mission of St John.

oh yes, we are here!

Sebastian enjoying the evening with the girls

harbour view for first evening meal