We were very much looking forward to our weekend away in Malta. We booked it in the middle of a dark, cold and dreary London winter day imagining ourselves sunbathing over the May Bank Holiday. While it was warm in Malta it was definitely not sunbathing weather! The weekend was still a memorable one though. We flew in on the Friday night and Darin had very sneakily arrived at the airport early and picked up a bottle of bubbly at Duty Free (I wonder what that could be for?). The next morning it was raining and we were in no rush to leave our apartment we had for the weekend. Darin volunteered to go out and get some food for a nice breakfast spread. He bought back some cheese, bread, fruit and yoghurt and set it all up while Ellen was upstairs. When Darin told Ellen she could come now down for breakfast, she was very impressed. She was even more impressed when Darin said he had one more thing and got down on one knee and proposed. Luckily for Darin the answer was yes! It was then time for some bubbly and a few Skype calls to parents to let them know the good news. The weather had cleared up a bit by then so we headed to Mdina which is the old Maltese Capital. The town is a very old medieval walled town situated on a hill in the centre of the island. We walked around Mdina exploring the main streets and several of the little back streets. It is a very historical and beautiful city and a medieval festival on the same weekend made it even better. We then headed to Rabat - a nearby town where we visited some old catacombs. It was then back to Valetta (the new capital) where we were staying. We did a bit of a walking tour around Valetta. One of the favourite stops was a 350 year old wine bar where we felt obliged to stop in for some Maltese wine (reasonable but nothing amazing). Another favourite stop was a nice restaurant where we had some traditional Maltese food for dinner (which meant rabbit for Ellen). The next day we headed to Marsaxlokk which is a coastal town. We were heading there for the Sunday fish market. Once we arrived we walked around the harbour where there were lots of traditional brightly coloured Maltese boats. The market was really busy but we managed to get some glimpses of all the different seafood out on display. We stopped here for a huge platter seafood (with some very fresh seafood). We then headed to Hagar Qim and Mnajdara temples which were the Maltese version of Stonehenge and there was quite a bit more to explore than at Stonehenge. Next up was St Julian's where we got quite a shock as we walked down the 'party' street which was massively different to anywhere else in the island we had been. Down this street were hundreds of young, very well-dressed people sipping cocktails with the music pumping (at 6pm on a Sunday). We quickly decided this wasn't really our scene and instead opted for a can of beer on the beach as the sun was going down. The next morning we took the ferry to Sliema and back so we could get a good view of the Valetta skyline. We did our last bit of sight-seeing around Valetta which included St John's co-cathedral and the Saluting Battery before heading back to London.