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Posts Tagged "Valletta"

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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9 European cities for 2016

9 European cities for 2016

As a travel writer I am willing to travel to most cities of the world. However, I do have a wish list of places I would like to visit or revisit in 2016. The emphasis is on the word wish and not all wishes come true. That said however, here is my wish list of European cities for 2016. Ljubljana First is Slovenia’s boutique capital Ljubljana. I first visited this city in 1992 and immediately fell in love with it. Since that time I have visited a further three times and watched it metamorphose from a Soviet era regional city into a vibrant capital. Its cafe lined streets and riverbank, hilltop castle and the distinctive architecture of Slovene architect Pletničk are the draw. It’s the people, the events like the Ljubljana Jazz Festival and the cafe culture I want to experience…

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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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