Since Jessa was only staying in Gozo from Sunday evening until Monday afternoon, I delayed the start of my retreat until this evening so she and I could spend time together. We joined the rest of the community for breakfast and lunch in the refectory (breakfast: delicious bread and fresh fruit – lunch: pasta course then roast and potatoes and veggies for the main course plus pancetta and ice cream for dessert – sorry, I didn’t take photos).
Before I met with my Fr. Tony who is to serve as my spiritual director, Jessa and I walked into Victoria/Rabat, walked around and climbed to the top of the citadel. Fascinating structures with amazing views.
View from the Citadel in Victoria/Rabat, Gozo
After lunch, we gathered our sunscreen and water and set out for the cliffs at Sannat where we knew we’d find spectacular views, and hoped we’d find the trails that we could take along the cliffs to Xlendi.
Spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, Comino and Malta in the distance (photo does not do it justice)
Jessa staying a safe distance from the edge of the cliff
We did our best to find the trail that follows the cliffs, but no such luck. There was a wall that prevented us from going the way we had hoped, so we simply headed inland and back to Sannat, through Munxar and down the slope to Xlendi. Essentially, we walked the southwest part of the island. Lots of farming and agriculture, gardens and cows and poultry.
Garden plot and farmland between Munxar and Xlendi in southwest Gozo