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Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta September 3rd 2023

Enfin, je suis à Malte! La superbe, l’historique, la chaude, la peuplée!· Mais avant de commencer la publication de mes quelques chroniques maltaises, vous savez comme moi que tout voyage qui en est vraiment un comporte toujours son lot d’anecdotes! Voici donc le récit de mon arrivée à l’aéroport de Malte il y a 3 jours. Ceux qui connaissent mes habitudes de voyages savent très bien que je n’enregistre jamais ma valise. Je pars toujours avec celle qui se range dans le compartiment à bagages au-dessus de nos têtes. Je fais ça depuis des années. Or, au comptoir d’enregistrement d’Air Malta à Paris, on exige que je mette mon bagage en soute car le vol est complet et il semblerait que mes bonnes habitudes de voyager léger font maintenant le tour de la planète! Il n’y ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta August 3rd 2023

As it was our last morning in Malta, we decided that we would get up and go for an early morning swim in the sea before breakfast. There's a little marked-off section of the inlet for hotel guests to swim in. I think the markers is to stop the guests from swimming too far out, rather than to stop sharks or other sea monsters coming to get us. According to my wife, the sea was a lot cooler than it was when she had previously gone for a swim, but it was still warm enough for me to get in - I'm a bit of a lightweight when it comes to cold water. After the sea, we also went for a swim in the pool. It was reassuring to see that only a few people had ... read more
Hotel Room View
Local Produce
Piano

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta July 28th 2023

Following my walk around the rim of the fort yesterday (see ), I thought I would get up early again and head back out there to see whether it would make any good photographs. It didn't. I was very disappointed as all the floodlights that illuminate all the walls had been turned off. It was dark and bland. Not only that, but I needed the light on my phone in order to see where I was going. When I could, I climbed some steps back up to the streets and tried out some other locations. I did manage to get a good photograph of the Victoria Gate (stealing the composition from a postcard I had seen) and I also eventually ended up at a location that I had been to a couple of evenings ago (see ... read more
Victoria Gate
Bus Map
Fort St. Angelo

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta July 26th 2023

I did my usual and got up early for the sunrise. I had checked in advance and there doesn’t seem to be an iconic sunrise view in Valleta, so I walked along the east side of the city looking over towards the three cities on the other side of the bay. I couldn't find a good view, which wasn't helped as some of the locations I thought might work were not accessible. I couldn't get one view I had seen of the Siege Bell War Memorial from the Lower Barrakka Gardens as the gardens themselves were closed. I relaxed by the bell to wait for the sunrise, but that was also a disappointment as it was almost totally obscured by the hazy sky. The east side of Valletta seems to be mainly made up of huge ... read more
Cruise-ship
British Phonebox
Lower Barrakka Gardens

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta July 25th 2023

It's the first day of our holiday, but most of it is actually being spent at home as the flight was not until 4.35 in the afternoon. At least that means that we're not dragging ourselves out of bed at the crack of dawn for a mad dash to the airport with the prospect of rush hour on the M25. We could have a leisurely morning packing (we're very last minute with our packing to put it mildly) and then leave plenty of time to drive to Gatwick without worrying about the inevitable jams. We had booked the valet parking, as it was only marginally more expensive than the long-stay and meant that there was no need to hunt for spaces in a mammoth mass of cars and then wait to catch a bus to the ... read more
Airport Lounge
Lego Shop
Airport Taxis

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta April 6th 2023

World Cruise 9 Posted Thursday 6th April. Due in Malta tomorrow, Good Friday. Thursday 16th March Port Klang for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia is half on the Peninsula and part on the island of Borneo. Port Klang is the 7th largest container port in the world. The port is 8 miles from Klang town and 25 miles from Kuala Lumpur on the Malaysian peninsula. Klang is on the Klang River in the Klang valley with a small Palace, industrial and commercial. Kuala Lumpur is the political and commercial capital of Malaysia, Putrajaya is the administrative capital. On 31st August 1957 the British Flag came down and the Malaysian flag was flown in Independence Square to signal Independence. Sights in KL are the King’s Palace, the National Mosque, one of the minarets is 240feet tall, the Railway ... read more

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta August 11th 2022

We decide on yet another morning of relaxation, this time at the local “lido” which is only a couple of hundred metres along the waterfront from our apartment. I remember being taken to the Lido when I was growing up in Melbourne. I’m pretty sure that was a theatre, but if there are movies playing here they’re keeping them well hidden. This one’s a waterfront terrace with sunlounges, umbrellas, a bar and a restaurant, plus of course the old Maltese staple, a step ladder down into the water …. and very pleasant it is too, almost a bit too warm to be refreshing. There’s entertainment out of the water too. First up is a party of half a dozen or so seventy or eighty year old ”girls” stretched out on sunlounges next to some balloons tied ... read more
Memorial to the Orwell
Great Siege Memorial and memorial to murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Enough said

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta September 22nd 2019

Well over the do nothing day...so we caught a bus into Valletta today, Sunday here & seemed like everyone decided to do the same. Spent 5 hours out & about...the cloud helped no end! The iconic Maltese homes are in abundance... every street we turn. Some of the limestone is really worn, however this is over quite a significant time. The harsh salt air comes from all coast directions being an island of 27km x 14km. We even notice swimming is easily buoyant & many people with sun hat/glasses tread water for hours. Notice on windy days a little plastic coming ashore...but not much. The sea water appears very clean....& extremely good for the skin. So far at least one swim a day. Simply enjoy the 2min beach we are still dripping by the time we ... read more
Large galleries
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Cafe seating on the sloping pavement

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta September 18th 2019

What a fluke....after purchasing our week transport card we waited for the bus to Valletta along with a mounting number of people. Waved it down on approach & it stopped at our feet...so we boarded first....swiping our card...the driver shut the door on the others saying only 2 people...full up. He basically didn't let anyone else on at the next stops unless someone got off. So with that we felt lucky to get to Valletta today. Very busy with tourists & groups of people from the enormous cruise ship berthed in the terminal in the Grand Harbour. Valletta is a well used stop for ships & other large vessels due to it being one of the world's deepest natural harbours. Great to see the typical limestone Maltese houses in the Capital. Even though there is an ... read more
huge open space at bus stop
The Three Cities
Terminal in Grand Harbour

Europe » Malta » Malta » Valletta June 2nd 2019

As mentioned in the last blog entry we decided to leave Gozo and head over to the island of Malta. We had been told by friends of ours where there was a good place to anchor that was close to chandleries (boat supply stores), a grocery store that has everything and the bus stop so we headed to Marsamxett Harbour and then to the head of Msida Creek to the anchorage. We were surprised to see SV Grateful anchored there as we had been in touch with them and learned they were leaving today. Soon after we put our anchor down and got settled in a dinghy came by with Niki and Jamie from Grateful in it. They were just coming back from the customs/port office as they needed to check out first. They stopped by ... read more
The Old and the New Flank the Harbor
Friends on SV Grateful Leaving the Anchorage
Our Night Views from the Anchorage in Valletta




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