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Il-Belt Valletta

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  • Day4

    Valletta City

    August 4 in Malta

    Today I explored the capital city. It was beautiful! All the buildings are like a yellowy colour. You get this really rustic and authentic feel when you walk around the neighbourhoods. I didn't pay for any attractions today because I was in the mood to be outdoors. It wasn't actually that hot (compared to previous days) and the sun didn't shine much. After Valletta, I went to a traditional restaurant called Gululu to try some Maltese food. I had "fażola bit- ewm u t-tursin" which is basically beans with garlic and herbs. I also tried the "spagetti biz-zalza tal-fenek" which is rabbit with spaghetti. This was my first time eating rabbit. It tasted okay...kind of like a mix between chicken and lamb. But I didn't finish the food because they just put TOO much rabbit in there. Erm...I don't think i'd eat rabbit again.Read more

  • Day8

    Valletta, Malta

    October 9, 2017 in Malta

    We sailed into the Grand Harbour of Valletta, Malta with enormous fortified walls of cream limestone surrounding the harbour. Very pretty from the water with the old cream buildings and fortifications highlighted against the blue sky and blue sea. Today we toured the Blue Grotto, limestone caves that capture the iridescent blue of the water. We had perfect weather with the sun shining for our small boat tour through the limestone caverns. The sun reflects the blue to give it the phosphorous blue colour. We travelled through various villages on our trip and noticed the land lots are terraced off into paddocks with the limestone rubble for the family plots for farming. The paddocks are terraced to stop the topsoil from washing away. One of their main crops, which is everywhere, is the Prickly Pear.
    From the Blue Grotto we went to the second port of Malta, Marsaxlokk, a small fishing village that has brightly coloured boats and a marketplace that sells fish and local produce and has a number of small restaurants. We then headed back to our ship docked in Valletta.
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  • Day382

    Today we went back to Surfside Bar & Grill for breakfast, where I had a huge omelette with chips and salad for only 4.50 euros. It's quite funny - their breakfast is half priced "early bird" before 11:30am!

    From there we got the ferry over to Valletta and wandered around for the next few hours, exploring and filming. It's an interesting spot; since it was only founded in the late 16th century it's got a real Renaissance town planning feel about it - lots of straight streets and 90 degree angled intersections. A few big walls and fortresses still hanging around since it was a key military fortification in the Med for many years, but lots of interesting baroque palaces and facades too.

    And funniest of all - red phone boxes and post boxes, same as in London! British influence sticking around longer than the statues of Queen Victoria!

    Had a drink at a nice little cafe where a local sitting nearby fed Schnitzel some of his rabbit dish! Rabbit is a local speciality here on Malta. Ended up wrapping our filming by mid afternoon around 3pm then heading back home. Just had pastizzis from a nearby cafe for a light dinner - I still wasn't super hungry after my giant breakfast!
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  • Day68

    Delightful treats

    April 29 in Malta

    Charming day out to Caffe Cordina Valletta with Grace and Kirsty who are like peas in a pod!
    Managed to succeed in my mission for a wedding gift, 🤗 just hope the colours compliment the outfits! 🤔
    Watched a peaceful protest in honour of a journalist killed by a car bomb which they don't believe has been investigated thoroughly.

  • Day4

    Day 4: Valletta

    February 24 in Malta

    Bus trip to Valletta only takes 40 minutes, and they run every half hour. Bus drivers operate their own schedule so best to arrive at the stop at least 10mins early and make sure you wave to get them to stop! Valletta is a vibrant old town with incredible historical churches, lots of shops, people and touristy things to do. Took in the Malta experience which is a cinema show of the history and includes a tour of the Knights of St John Hospital . Came across the worlds largest crochet blanket which when complete will be distributed to the homeless. Will definitely be coming back here at weekends and evenings.Read more

  • Day4

    Valetta

    October 18, 2017 in Malta

    Aujourd'hui nous nous attaquons à la capitale maltaise ! Pour ça on laisse gentiment la voiture de côté et on prend le ferry (durée de la traversée: 5 min).

    On commence par un véritable bain de foule dans la co-cathédrale Saint Jean, tous les croisiéristes ayant décidé de se ruer également dans le bâtiment. A leur décharge, la visite vaut le coup, tant l'édifice est richement décoré! L'ordre de St Jean (remplaçant des templiers) a pas lésiné sur les dorures !! Ici chaque chapelle rend hommage à une langue de l'ordre ( le français, l'italien, etc...). En sortant on enchaîne avec le Palais des grands Maîtres, l'Elysée local, qui abrite une jolie collection d'armes et armures moyenâgeuse. (Au fait pour quasi tous les musées de Malte et Gozo il existe un pass de 50€ valable 1 mois)

    En sortant, après être devenus incollables sur les hallebardes, on prend un café à Cordina, sur une jolie place ombragée.

    On enchaîne avec le fort St Elmo, à la pointe de la langue de terre où est construite la Valette. Il abrite maintenant le musée de la Guerre, et nous permet d'en apprendre plus sur la place stratégique qu'a occupé Malte, contre les Ottomans au moyen age et ensuite pendant la seconde guerre mondiale.

    On finit la journée en se baladant dans les ruelles et en visitant le musée archéologique (sympa mais pas vraiment incontournable)
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  • Day1

    Großmeisterpalast

    September 28, 2014 in Malta

    Frisch gestärkt machen wir uns auf, den Nachmittag zu nutzen und als erstes den Großmeisterpalast zu besichtigen. Eine Gedenktafel erinnert an die Verleihung des St. Georgs-Kreuz an die Malteser. Die Innenhöfe Prince Alfred Court und Neptunes Court sind eine grüne Oase inmitten der Stadt.

    Im Obergeschoß betritt man als erstes den Armoury Corridor. An den Wänden hängen die Portraits aller Großmeister, in den Boden sind die diversen Ordenswappen eingelassen. Ein besonderes Prunkstück ist der Gobelinsaal, in dem das Fotografieren leider verboten ist.

    Im Throne Room steht der Thron der Großmeister. Im Ambassador's Room, wegen der roten Wandverkleidung auch Red Room genannt, tagt heute noch das maltesische Parlament. Heute an einem Sonntag haben wir Glück und die prachtvollen Räume des Obergeschoßes sind alle frei zugänglich.

    Im Conference Room finden sich eine Reihe von Gegenständen aus dem ehemaligen Ordensspital, unter anderem zwei chinesische und vier persische Vasen. Persien war im Mittelalter die in der Medizin führende Nation.

    Den Abschluß des Rundgangs bildet die Waffenkammer im Untergeschoß. Bis zu 60000 Mann konnten einst hier bewaffnet werden. Einige Paraderüstungen sind noch erhalten, wie z. B. die von Großmeister Wignacourt
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