Exploring Victoria/Rabat, Gozo

28 05 2017

The capital city of the island of Gozo in Malta is Victoria, or Rabat, as referred to by the locals.  As with other old cities of Malta, the center is a walled fortress and it’s more a museum piece now than a working city but well preserved and interesting and small enough to see very quickly.  ^^

Scenes from outside the wall.

Going up to the walled city.

And inside.  The cathedral.

Inside the cathedral.

And back outside the wall.





Lunching in Xaghra, Gozo, Malta

27 05 2017

My first stop on the island of Gozo on my day trip from the mainland of Malta was Xaghra which was totally not planned but it turned out to be great with great food.

Arriving in the main square.

Time for lunch here.

The best calamari

Surprisingly good side dish

And there was the World Heritage site of the Ggantija Temple.

Great view from the temple premises.





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.  ^^

 








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