The Maltese nobility assembles within  these walls!

And how I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they do!

Exclusivity Malta IL-Mdina Silent City

Exclusivity ©HelenBushe


This ancient Palazzo in the 16th century fortified city of  Mdina, also known as the Silent City, is now a 5-star hotel called XARA PALACE.

We nipped inside for a look under the guise of picking up a leaflet from reception with a view to staying there next year and therefore needing to check the place out. Dream on!


The Courtyard XARA Palace Hotel

The Courtyard ©HelenBushe


I’m sure these smokes are expensive.


Cigars ©HelenBushe


This chair was outside the Ladies’ Restroom.  (Yes, I had more than one reason for wanting/needing to go inside).

I thought the better of sitting on it though, in case I broke it.

chair XARA Hotel mina Malta

Rest-a-while ©HelenBushe


On leaving the hotel, I looked around the corner to see this:

Mdina Malta Silent city oddball horse carriage

Getting around in the Silent City ©HelenBushe


Our next stop in Mdina was a visit to the Carmelite Priory, where we managed to wangle a private visit.  But that’s for another post.

When I started this OddBall post I intended only to show the first picture about the Maltese nobility…..

……then I got carried away…….

…..of course the  city of Mdina isn’t OddBall, but is is quite unique and exceptionally beautiful.

For real OddBall posts head over to Cee’s Challenge.


Leah · 1 June 2017 at 12:28

Your story of pretending to be gathering information for a future visit makes me think of passing expensive shops, and saying, “I can’t even afford to window shop there.”!

Great pictures

    HMB · 1 June 2017 at 13:22

    Hi Leah. I never let lack of riches stop me doing anything. At least I try not to

Cee Neuner · 30 May 2017 at 18:44

Nice selection of odd balls for this week. Thanks Helen. 😀

paulfraser11 · 29 May 2017 at 18:27

A fabulous sneak peak Helen

    HMB · 29 May 2017 at 18:27

    Thanks Paul. It was a great toilet stop

Laurie Graves · 29 May 2017 at 14:28

Very interesting and great pictures, as always. Committee of privileges, huh? Some things never change.

    HMB · 29 May 2017 at 14:43

    Yes, and what a shame for the nobility that their Palazzo has had to open its doors to 5-star guests…..and to folk like me who need to use their toilet!

      Laurie Graves · 29 May 2017 at 15:09

      Very fitting, I would say 😉

        HMB · 29 May 2017 at 15:43

hbs1991 · 28 May 2017 at 23:25

So interesting, your photography is wonderful! Love your posts!

    HMB · 29 May 2017 at 10:26

    Thank you so much. I’m pleased you like.

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