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Malta

Sunset over Valletta

Sunset over Valletta

Having been distracted by Mint, a coffee bar in Sliema, we did not arrive in Valletta till mid afternoon. Being November we knew that our daylight hours were limited but this was only a preliminary wander to recconoitre Malta’s capital. From the ferry we climbed up to Republic Street, the main thoroughfare through Valletta. We wandered from square to square exploring but could not find the definitive view of the Grand Harbour the subject of so many photographs. A quick look at the map and we realised that the walled city of Valletta was on a peninsula between two harbours. Having discovered this we headed down the other side towards Victoria Gate. As we did so we were greeted by the instantly recognisable vista of Malta’s Grand Harbour. The best place to view the Grand Harbour is from the battlements…

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Cafe Review: Mint in Malta

Cafe Review: Mint in Malta

When I was planning my trip to Malta I had not expected to be reviewing a Kiwi run coffee bar like those populating the streets of London, Mebourne and Auckland. I discovered Mint thanks to a recommendation on Twitter to try out a Maltese restaurant in Sliema; a fortuitous decision to take the ferry from Sliema to Valetta rather than brave the traffic on the approaches to Malta’s capital; and a mention in Time Out’s Malta and Gozo publication that Mint was a great place for a coffee. Sliema is an up market resort full of top end shops and a number of boutique hotels. It has just had a facelift with an improved promenade that curves round Marsamxett Harbour. The lime green and chocolate brown signature colours are not easy to miss. Outside there is a small but not…

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Malta: 8 Valletta Experiences

Malta: 8 Valletta Experiences

Back in the 1950s a young newly wed and her naval officer husband moved to the Island of Malta and immediately fell in love with the place. They settled in a quiet suburb of the capital Valletta and stayed for nearly three years. This year that same couple returned for a few days to the city they called home as a monarch and her consort. This time round it was not a navy wife following her officer husband to his posting but the naval officer husband (retired) following his wife as Queen and Head of the Commonwealth. In November 2015 I arrived in Malta and, like the Queen, immediately fell in love with the island. Two things are certain: I will not be returning as monarch and I will not wait as long to return. I will write about several aspects of…

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