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Apr 28, 2019 - The Three Cities, Marsaxlokk & Harbor Tour

Our first stop today was across the Grand Harbor from Valletta to the Three Cities. In the 1500 – 1600's, the Knights built a defensive wall around the cities on this peninsula. The wall was very thick and well protected and Knights from the eight countries in the order (thus the 8-pointed Maltese Cross) each had a section of land they were responsible for. The three cites of Senglea, Cospicua & Birgu were completely enclosed and each of them had defensive wall around their city. There was only that one way in. We strolled through the...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Tour of Valletta

Our ½ day of sightseeing started with a drive from Sliema around the harbor to the square closest to the old town of Valletta because buses are not allowed in the city limits. Because there was no room for flower gardens when the town was built, the Knights created three flower gardens and we visited one of them called the Upper Barraka Gardens which overlooks the two harbors on either side of the city. We also visited St John's co-cathedral and the Grand Masters Palace Armoury spending time in the historic narrow streets of the city. At...

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Mar 24, 2019 - Back to Malta

I returned to Malta from Budapest with a terrible cold which ruined my last two days. I did venture out to explore the famous Fort St. Elmo so important during the 1564 siege by the Ottoman Turks. It included a ‘War Museum’ of all the wars, including WWI and WWII. Included fantastic views of the north and northeast part of Malta. It was a self guided tour with plenty of information in English. Afterwards I saw the “Malta Expereince”, a very well done movie in a regular theater with comfortable seats and headphones for many languages. I...

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Mar 8, 2019 - Supreme Harbour Tour of Valletta.

My last day to enjoy Jane’s company sightseeing. We took the Bugibba bus to Sliema for the Harbour cruise around Sliema, Valletta, and the three cities east of Valletta, Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, all fortresses built in the 1500-1600’s mostly to withstand the attack’s by the Turks of the Ottoman Empire that so threatened Europe and the use of the Mediterranean as a shipping lane. It was heavily bomed in WWII as it was a protector of the Suez Canel And in one photo you can see one of the hospitals that the Knights of St. John built,...

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Nov 11, 2018 - Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa, Malta

Today we start out bright and early. We head for the Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park. On the way we stop and take pictures of the Blue Groto. Wait till you see the beautiful pictures. The Archaeological Park was amazing and so interesting. The ruins date to way way before Christ was born; about 3600 BC! It must have been the first human beings. How did they build such structures? That's where the archaeologists come in and figure these things out. Hagar Qim is thought to be one of the most ancient religious sites on Earth. The...

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Nov 9, 2018 - Valletta, Malta

Malta is an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. An archipelago is a stretch of water having many islands. In the Republic of Malta, only the three largest islands are inhabited. It has been inhabited since approximately 5900 BC. Its location in the center of the Mediterranean has historically given it great strategic importance as a naval base. A succession of powers having contested and ruled the islands, including the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans,...

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Oct 3, 2018 - Valletta, Malta

Our last port of call was Malta, an island located between Sicily and the North African coast. As we had come to expect, we awoke to rain and thunder but shortly after we got off the ship the rain stopped and the weather improved as the day went on. Malta has a history that dates back beyond 5,000 BC and has been ruled by the Romans, Moors, French and British amongst others. I didn’t think it was the most picturesque island – it’s a dry, desert-looking place – but there were parts of it that weren’t bad. What I found most interesting was...

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Oct 2, 2018 - At sea enroute to Malta

Tuesday was another sea day and while the weather wasn’t great it was nice to take a break from the last 4 days and the back-to-back-to-back-to-back ports. Kathy finally got to do her glass blowing class and she split with the other girls and their Christmas ornaments and opted to do a flower. Apparently, you can now refer to Ken, Michele, Lisa and Kathy as accomplished artists. Dave and I? Not so much. Our dinner for Tuesday was the most unusual, and surprisingly interesting, meal of the trip and the food was some of the best we had the...

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May 19, 2018 - Look out Malta, here we come!

Malta! What a beautiful and interesting place. It's popped up on my screen-saver and I've liked it! Malta s a little-known European island, a country all it's own, but gaining popularity amongst the young crowd. With English as one of its two official languages (Maltese being the other, with some similarity to Italian), it has become trendy for students to come practice their English for a few months, away from the disapproving eyes of their parents. Remember what that was like? Sadly, we were quickly reminded as we got off the plane, kids...

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May 4, 2018 - YAY we're on our way

Monday 30 April After sorting out refunds on excess on our fobs we headed off for Pozzallo where we (eventually after 4 attempts) anchored off one of the breakwaters. Tuesday 1 – Wednesday 2 May Got up at day break and headed south for Malta. Got a really lovely gentle then brisk sail in and got to St Julian’s Bay just after 17:00. There was a couple of motor boats in the bay and one catamaran, which stayed overnight. The bay when we arrived was a little rolly but by the end of the night and all through the early hours the swell was just...

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Apr 24, 2018 - Valletta, Malta – Crossroads of the Mediterranean

Mel set the alarm for 6:30 AM to catch sailing into Valletta as coming into the harbor is supposed to be spectacular. Malta did not disappoint. Valletta, the capital of the country of Malta is an ancient walled city, built by the Knights of St John Hospitaller to provide care for the European pilgrims to the holy land. Actually the history of Malta goes way back. Megalithic temples to fertility Goddesses, built before the pyramids in Egypt are found here. Almost every ancient empire has marched across Malta as it lies in the middle of the...

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Apr 24, 2018 - Valletta Malta

History: The crossroads of Mediterranean trade and culture, the island of Malta has been shaped by countless civilizations. But it was the knights of St John who built Valletta. It was heavily bombed 3000 times in WWII and many of the historical buildings held strong. Great country beautiful city fun streets to shop and stroll, very clean with nice residents. Would definitely return

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