Exploring Valletta, Part 4

13 05 2017

The day I visited Valletta, Malta the first time on my recent trip to the island country was on Monday, May 1 which was a public holiday.  I saw it was different from an ordinary weekday when I found out (as didn’t check in advance) that the main cathedral was closed.  While carrying on with my exploring of the city of foot, I came across a procession of sort near the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel which is the signature domed church you see in many photos of Valletta as below though it’s a fairly new church.

I first saw this bagpipe band but didn’t figure out how they were involved in the whole ceremony.

Inside the basilica.

I’ve done many searches but just cannot seem to find out what the ceremony was about…!





Exploring Valletta, Part 3

12 05 2017

While I was “exploring” Valletta, the capital city of Malta, the sun was shining strong and though it was in no way uncomfortably hot as the air was quite dry, I had to be careful about getting tanned and having my nose burned.  But there was just so much to see (with little shade along the way), I pressed on (and later regretted not wearing a hat or using an umbrella).

 

 





Exploring Valletta, Part 2

10 05 2017

More scenes from Valletta, Malta.  The ever-so-excited moi shooting away.  ^^

 





Exploring Valletta, Part 1

8 05 2017

As soon as I got off the ferry, I was so excited.  The streets of Valletta, Malta are incredibly lovely.

Steep!!

For cars as well!!

The Parliament building.

 





Movies! in the Month of April, 2017

7 05 2017

Have returned to Tokyo from my trip to Italy/Malta and recapping the films I saw in April.  Being away for almost three weekends, fewer than usual but quite an interesting line-up.

Difficult to choose one favorite but I guess this French film.





Breakfast with a View and the Ferry Ride to Valletta

6 05 2017

While in Malta, I was staying in an apartment on the edge of a neighborhood called Gżira and it was managed by a hotel around the corner in the Sliema district.  I initially did not plan to use the hotel at all including having breakfast but upon arrival I was told they had upgraded me to include breakfast so off I went the first morning I was in Malta to get breakfast at the hotel.

But first the view outside my apartment window.  Nothing to boast about but very bright and sunny.

And my breakfast view.

Fast forward.  My first trip across the shore from Silema to Valletta, the capital city of Malta and a UNESCO World Heritage site, on a 10-minute ferry ride.

More to come.





Arriving in Malta

3 05 2017

I am spending my 2017 “Golden Week” holiday in the Republic of Malta, one of the smallest member states of the European Union.

Getting in from Rome FCO with a flying time of just over an hour.  You can see the whole of the country from above as you fly into Malta International Airport.

And I’m checked in.

Excited to be out and about!

I am in a neighborhood called Sliema (or technically my apartment is on the border of neighboring Gżira) which is across the harbor from the World Heritage designated capital city of Valletta.

Walking in Sliema, the first thing you notice is the windows that stick out called gallariji.  And cute doors and door signs with Christian images and saints on street corner buildings.

A lot to take in.  Time to chill with a bottle of Italian white from Duty Free!








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