Posted by: Gary Guertin | April 11, 2017

36 World Cruise–Valletta, Malta–Apr. 9, 2017

Hi All, (Written Apr. 10, 2017)

As I begin to write this post, I am truly lost in how to provide you with a good review of Valletta. I took no less than 260 photos of this port, one of the most beautiful in the world.  It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1980.  It now has hit me, that we can visit hundreds of ports and there still will be one more beautiful port to see.  As you can tell, this again is a place Susy and I would love to return to a spend a week or two exploring Valletta and the entire Malta country/island.

Briefly, Malta lies in the middle of the Mediterranean about halfway between Sicily and the north coast of Africa.  Due to its location it has been a strategic island for centuries.  It was developed by the Hospitallers (Knights of St. John of Jerusalem) who were forced out by the French in 1798.  A Maltese revolt in 1800 led to a seizure by the British.  During WWII it was a strategic base for the British and was heavily bombed by the Germans.  It later became an independent country/island.

Now for the photos.  The city is built almost entirely from a golden stone which it seems is cut out of Mount Sceberras, the site of Valletta. Here’s the side of the rock up close:

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A few photos of the overall port of Valletta in it’s Grand Harbor:

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As you can see there is a promenade (those tents are one sidewalk café after another) along the harbor, with the city built up high, surrounded by a solid wall, making the whole port a well fortified fort.  We had to walk up the promenade and take a elevator up to the city level.  Let’s look at the city in segments:

First the entrance coming out of the elevator:

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To the right one of the canon installations defending the city:

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To the left the entrance gate to the city:

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Now a few streets:

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The churches, for it seemed as if there was one in every block:

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The main cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, was completely covered in scaffolds being renovated so I couldn’t get photos of Malta’s most beautiful church.

There were plazas everywhere.  Here’s a few, including first a plaza that has  outdoor tables for one of Valletta’s  oldest cafes famous for their pastries (which Susy and I had to taste):

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Some doors that were unbelievable:

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Susy and I had a great time enjoying this beautiful city.  Here’s a few of ourselves:

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Lastly, Susy with a local policeman, in front of one of the major government buildings:

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Well, that’s the best I can do to give you a look at Valletta, Malta (Malta’s capital).  Everyone we have talked to on the ship praised this port.  It has to be one of the most beautiful in the world. If you want to see more you know you all have an open invitation to view the other 200+ photos I have on this port, plus any other one once we get home (which is coming up soon).

Next it is on to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2017.  Until then,

Love You All,

Gary (alias Gagu)

P.S. Ships Port Sign:

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