Saturday, November 24, 2018

Valletta, Malta Postcards

I was in Malta last week for a short holiday.

The view from our hotel room at Phoenicia is the Valletta fortified city, the Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities. The view above is Valletta fortified city. It's just surreal to wake up to this view every day.

Malta's iconic architectural feature, its window balconies.

Just a quickie one to recharge me from the rigours of work and daily life. Sometimes its good to set aside these things once in a while to pursue the discovery of a new country, new culture and new food.

These are just a few of the almost 1,000 pictures I took of Malta. In particular, these pictures are of Valletta, the capital of Malta.

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Stories to follow in future posts, so these are just a few of the pictures of Valletta.

My friend and I stayed at the Phoenicia Hotel and this is their beautiful lounge and lobby.

The main thoroughfare of Valletta, Republica Street.

These ubiquitous and traditional Maltese window balconies typify Mata's architecture and history. 

The streets of Valletta are narrow and hilly. There are steps everywhere.

The outdoor cafe terrace scene is, of course, present in Valletta.

The impressive fountain just before entering the city gate of Valletta.

I was in Malta with an old (school) friend, let's call her Dell. The last time we saw each other was in Las Vegas, USA, some 8 long years ago, although we kept in touch between those years.

Your typical Maltese breakfast, pastizzi's. The locals eat them on the go from a bakery but we are tourists, so we have to sit down and have our plate, fork, and knife, and a cup of cappuccino.

St. John's Cathedral is a must visit!

St. John's Cathedral is a history, culture and art treasure of Malta. It's in my top 3 most beautiful and awe-inspiring churches. The art alone is phenomenal.

Malta has many interesting brass door knockers.

The view from the Barrakka Gardens across the Grand Harbour in Valletta is the Three Cities, an out of this world place. This is Senglea, one of the Three Cities.

A typical street scene in Valletta.

We had dinner at this restaurant that is part of Valletta's fortifications, their outdoor terrace used to be the bastion of the fort and the inner restaurant, the tunnel passages.

We visited the Grandmaster's Palace or The Palace, built in the 16th century.

We didn't have our breakfast at the hotel because we want to check out the local breakfast cafes. This is one of the good ones with a very nice interior.

My last evening's dinner is  Malta's famous dish, stewed rabbit. I am not a big fan of cooked meats but I just have to try the local speciality.

Valletta's steep and hilly streets.

The view from our room at Phoenicia one early morning just as the sun was rising. Our view is facing  Valletta fortified city, the Grand Harbour, and the Three Cities. It's difficult to see the water from here and where Valletta ends and when the Three Cities starts.

Loving the different doors.

Valletta is a fortified city and its ramparts and bastions are well preserved.

Window balconies in green colour are a very popular sight in Valletta and in many towns in Malta.

The left peninsula is Sliema, the more modern part of the city area of Malta. The ferry below leaves regularly to Sliema and back to Valletta.

Having an ice cream on our last day in Valletta.

More stories and pictures soon of Valletta and the rest of Malta.

Travel Period: November 2018
Destination: Valletta, Malta

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All pictures were taken by a point and shoot pocket camera or a smartphone.

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