Beautiful Streets of Birgu aka Vittoriosa

22 05 2017

The ancient fortified city of Birgu a.k.a. Vittoriosa on the south side of Valletta, the capital of Malta, turned out to be a gem partly because I went in the early evening when virtually no one else was around.  The streets and buildings are very well kept, it was very peaceful.

 





Exploring Valletta, Part 5

20 05 2017

More walking in Valletta, Malta, after lunch including a visit to the lovely Casa Rocca Piccola.  This happened on Monday, May 1, 2017.





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.  ^^

 





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!





A Visit to the Ancient Yamen in Cicheng

22 04 2017

“Yamen” as defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary:   the headquarters or residence of a Chinese government official or department

In the ancient town of Cicheng, outside of central Ningbo, is a yamen that has been turned into a museum.  Our group paid a visit on a warm Saturday morning a week ago today.

 

 

 








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