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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:26 AM   #1
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Valletta, and around Malta & Gozo

I went to Malta & Gozo last spring. Here are some photos of the capital Valletta, and elsewhere around both islands.

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Valletta from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:30 AM   #2
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At first it was quite cloudy, so although I immediately loved the architecture of the town, it was a bit disappointing for photography.

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(Nearly) symmetrical pigeons by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta alley by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Steep Valletta street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta alley by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:33 AM   #3
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But on subsequent days the sun came out and the city streets looked stunning

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Child on stairway-street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Triq Ir-Repubblika by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Vegetable stall by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Harbourside street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Triq Il-Merkanti by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Pigeons by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:37 AM   #4
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In Valletta there are many churches; as I explored the islands I realised a very high density of splendid churches is a feature of the whole country.

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Churches by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta Photo by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Triq San Bjagju by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta street by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Triq Zekka by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:41 AM   #5
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That last dome is the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which sits nearby to the Anglican St Paul's Pro-Cathedral.

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Spire / dome of St Paul's / Our Lady of Mount Carmel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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St Pauls Pro-Cathedral spire and Our Lady of Mount Carmel dome by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Bird above the dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:44 AM   #6
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel church interior

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Dome of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Old January 26th, 2014, 12:47 AM   #7
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Panorama of the Grand Harbour from hotel roof terrace

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Grand Harbour panorama from hotel roof terrace by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:01 AM   #8
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More views across the Grand Harbour.

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View across the Grand Harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Fort St Angelo from across the Grand Harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Fort St Angelo across the Grand Harbour, from Valletta by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Fort St Angelo from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Fort St Angelo from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:13 AM   #9
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The Grand Harbour is a busy port

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Navy ship entering Grand Harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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War ship, cruise ship by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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HMS Northumberland by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Fort and port from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Cruise ship by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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HMS Northumberland by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:17 AM   #10
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On the opposite side of the narrow peninsula upon which Valletta sits, is Marsamxett Harbour

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Sunset over Fort Manoel by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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St Pauls and Our Lady over Marsamxett Harbour by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:21 AM   #11
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One of the best public viewpoints over the Grand Harbour is Upper Barrakka Gardens, the highest point of the city walls.

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Overlooking Grand Harbour by night by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

Here is the view of and from the Gardens

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Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Saluting Battery and port from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Saluting Battery from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Valletta lighthouses from Upper Barrakka Gardens by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:25 AM   #12
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As a Brit, it was interesting seeing the British influence appear in such a Mediterranean context.

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New British Dispensary by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Victoria Gate by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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HMV, Malta style by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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St John's Co-Cathedral by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:27 AM   #13
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That red telephone box in the last pic sits beside St John's Co-Cathedral, which is a rather austere building from the outside.

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St John's courtyard by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:28 AM   #14
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But the complete opposite of austere on the inside

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St John's interior by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Old January 26th, 2014, 02:31 AM   #15
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Miscellaneous Valletta shots

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Palace of the Grand Masters (Parliament) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Auberge de Castille by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Chilling in a church doorway by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Vanguard Club by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Arches by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Arches by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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A Mediterranean Edinburgh? by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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what a gem of a country....and the baroque cathedral is awesome.
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Great, very nice photos from Malta; well done
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Old January 26th, 2014, 10:17 PM   #18
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Some aerial views of Malta

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Golden Bay area from the air (close up) by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Mgarr, Malta from the air by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Żebbuġ from the air by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Ta'Qali from the air by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Aerial Malta by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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Looking at that last photo, see the dark wooded area in the centre, with an adjoining village to the right? That's Mtarfa. I didn't go there, can't tell you anything about it.

The bigger town sprawl above that, though, is Mdina/Rabat. I did go there, so I can.

Mdina is separated from Rabat in that photo by a strip of trees, to the lower left. It's the old capital of Malta, a tiny fortified town, settled since 4000BC and possibly fortified by the Phoenecians as early as 700BC. The population is only 300 and cars are generally not allowed. It was used as a set in the first series of Game of Thrones.

The adjoining Rabat, taking its name from the arabic for 'suburb', is far larger.

Mdina citadel walls, from the outside:

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St Paul's Cathedral, Mdina

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Mdina streets/houses:

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Drying clothes on the rooftops of Mdina by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Alley, Mdina by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Orange walls of Mdina by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Wide angle street, Mdina by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr

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Father & daughter in Mdina by stevekeiretsu, on Flickr
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