Last Easter at the Guggenheim Museum in Venice, my daughter Deia, who was then 13 years old, announced that she had had enough culture for one morning, was fed up with my "selfishness" and was not prepared to do what she wanted one more minute.
"I want to go shopping," he insisted mutually. So we headed to a dirty area near the station in search of Sephora, the cosmetics store.
The trip to Venice was disastrous, so I planned another mother-daughter raid with fear. We finally went to Malta, not too far away, nice and warm, and we decided that, instead of stretching the budget for a week, I would go out to a luxury hotel for three nights.
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The hotel in which Charlotte and her daughter Deia stayed was the new Hotel Cugo Gran Macina, in the Great Port of Valletta, in the photo
Mother: The new Hotel Cugo Gran Macina, in the Grand Port opposite Valletta, did not disappoint me. It is carved and designed around the walls of the monumentally thick fortress of the sixteenth century, full of light and high vaulted limestone ceilings, with a swimming pool and a rooftop bar.
In our suite overlooking the harbor, Deia hummed while unpacking. She was delighted to be in such an "exuberant" establishment and happily changed her hoodie and sweatpants to a dress for dinner at the Macina de Hammett, the hotel's new and elegant restaurant.
Daughter: When I went with my mom to Venice, we stayed in a hotel in bad taste that barely had room to breathe. It really was not my ideal trip for a girls getaway, if I'm honest. But I was thrilled that we did not have a small, stuffy room in Malta. From that moment I got excited.
TIME TO VISIT …
Mother: Forget the antiquated notion of walking the streets, map in hand. That is so past century and will inexorably lead to a declaration of confrontational boredom.
Instead, we toured in Rolling Geeks, exclusive electric buggies in Malta, equipped with satellite navigation routes and a race commentary.
Later we visited the medieval walled city of Mdina, known as the Silent City. There is a museum where you can watch videos of all the movies and TV series, such as Game Of Thrones, that have been presented to Mdina.
I was surprised at the way Deia admired both the churches and the restored residences of the knights.
Historic: A brilliant performance in the walled city of Mdina. There is a museum where you can watch videos of all the movies and TV series, such as Game Of Thrones, which have been presented to Mdina
We continue to the highest point of Malta for a Segway tour through the countryside. Once I overcame my fear, I enjoyed doing something that I probably never would have done with someone my age.
Daughter: The Rolling Geeks were definitely a highlight. You could take selfies from the control panel. We saw almost all of Malta and it was certainly better than dragging us all day on foot like mom made me do in Venice.
Segway travel was by far my favorite activity. It was good at that and it was a fun way to see all the incredible views. Mom struggled a bit and had to be guided by the guide.
… AND BUYING
Fun vacations: Charlotte and her daughter Deia. One thing they agreed: Malta is not the place to go if you want to buy
Mother: Teenagers want to buy, so first I took Deia to a flea market, but it was a fiasco. So we headed to the Apple store in Valletta. It was closed, so we visited a depressing mall and both agreed that if you want to buy, Malta is not the place.
Daughter: Imagine my disappointment when we arrived at the flea market, in a dirty parking lot with old Barbies and car parts lying on the floor.
I was hoping to find some malty Maltese-style clothes, no packs of old lip gloss and spooky dolls. Mom was a little stressed, but we interacted with how horrible it was.
EATING TO AVOID THE ROWS
Mother: Malta is very good at food. Restaurants range from traditional family-run places to fashionable bars. In the fishing village of Marsaxlokk we had lunch in the sun at Las Tres Hermanas, served by the ladies themselves.
"My husband caught the octopus this morning," announced Lily, the youngest of the trio, taking a tray.
We also tried the sister restaurant of the hotel, the Hammett & # 39; s Gastro Bar in bustling Sliema, all industrial chic with cement floors and oil blue velvet sidewalks.
For lunch, the couple ate at a restaurant in the pretty fishing village of Marsaxlokk, pictured
On our last night we went to Tal-Petut, a small restaurant tucked away in an alley. Deia put down her cell phone and happily discussed taboo subjects, which culminated in her conference on dating.
Daughter: Usually, my mother is ruthless and dragged me through museums, churches and galleries endlessly, so I was relieved when we stopped at a chocolate place called Sunday In Scotland. It was literally melted chocolate in a cup. I really liked the visit to MUZA (the new art gallery) since the sculpture was fantastic. I did not even care about spending years at the San Juan concathedral. It was quite spectacular with all the gold.
Mother: Stay in an elegant place, eat snacks regularly and find creative ways to visit, and even the most monosyllabic teenager is able to leave his phone and become a lovely traveling companion.
Daughter: Mom tried hard to make the trip fun, so I did not care too much when we had to do all the sightseeing.
We ate some fantastic food, I loved learning to ride a Segway and got some great Instagram photos. In the end we got along really well. We hardly discuss at all.
Double rooms in the great port of Cugo Gran Macina (cugogranmalta.com) from £ 136 per night. Flights to Malta from Gatwick start from £ 59 with easyJet (easyjet.com). For more information about Malta, see maltauk.com.