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Third Time Lucky...
Hey Travel Lover,
Can you remember anything you had to do three times and the third time was indeed a charm? Do you always try, try and try again? Is the number three your lucky number?
According to Sarah Dessen, “Sometimes, you get things right the first time. Others, the second. But the third time, they say, is the charm.” I’ve seen this come to play several times in my life. Have you?
In May 2023, I was opportune to visit Malta with mom. Asides researching on Google the places to visit, I also asked a friend who had previously visited Malta for tips. She happily reeled out a long list for me. One of the places that caught my attention was St. John’s Co-Cathedral. I wondered, why Co-Cathedral and not just Cathedral?
Remember one of my mother’s sons was in Malta during our visit (click here). When I presented him with my laundry list of places to visit, he was of the opinion that we start ticking as many as possible off the list. We hit the ground running of course. He also confirmed that the Co-Cathedral was a must visit.
The first time we went, the Co-Cathedral was closed, the second time it was also closed. But while reading about the murdered journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who has a monument of sorts at the side of the Co-Cathedral, we met two tourists eager to visit as well. The third time….was a charm. We happily joined the queue and you can see my glee.
Now, it is called a Co-Cathedral because there is already a Cathedral in Malta, located at Mdina. It has so much history, and as Cathedrals go, there was so much to see and absorb. One interesting fact about the day we eventually visited is that the tapestries which had been taken for restoration and hadn’t been seen in over thirty three years were on display for seven weeks from that day….woo-hoo, what a day to visit!!!
The tapestries which depict the Life of Christ and the Triumph of the Catholic Church were a gift from Grand Master Ramon Perellos y Rocafull in 1697. It was sent for restoration to Belgium in 2006 and this took sixteen years. When Pope John Paul II visited Malta in 1990 was the last time the tapestries had been on display.
I had an awesome time ticking this off my list. I know mom was glad we visited too.
So, Travel Lover, do you believe the third time’s a charm? Is Malta on your bucket list? Would you visit St. John’s Co-Cathedral when in Malta? Let’s see your responses in the comments section.
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