Malta is a great island for studying how man can adapt and grow within the environment. Starting as farmers and fisherman they develped the tools and technques to build amazing churches and cities out of limestone they quarried by hand. Incredible artwork, statues, paintings and craftsmanship is one display every few blocks at the many places of worship.
Of course my favorite part of the trip was the food. Seafood and pasta every meal for a week! Not to mention the dozen of pastry items I have never seen before and did I mention great local wine and wicked good chocolate?