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Malta-The Incredible Black Bird

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An April 2000 trip to Malta by Barb B

Marsaxlokk Photo, Malta, Europe More Photos
Quote: Her strategic location and majestic harbor, establish Malta as an outrageously desirable treasure. Like the "Maltese Falcon" of Hollywood fame which bears her name, she has long been an Island of ever changing roles and politics. Yet her incredible beauty and historic fascination is a beacon to visitors the world over.

Malta-The Incredible Black Bird

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Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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Her strategic location and majestic harbor establish Malta as an outrageously desirable treasure. Like the "Maltese Falcon" of Hollywood fame, which bears her name, she has long been an Island of ever changing roles and politics. Yet her incredible beauty and historic fascination is a beacon to visitors the world over. It seemed fitting to begin our tour of this intriguing island at The City Gate of the capital, Valletta. It provided a perfect introduction to the history and fascination of this Aegean paradise. From incredible prehistoric sites (older than Stonehedge) to the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, Malta's history unraveled before us. We finished our tour with a stroll of t...Read More

Les Lapins

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Hotel | "Best Western - Les Lapins"

Les Lapins Photo, Malta, Europe
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A Change of priorities was needed! We (my husband and I) had an opportunity to visit Malta, but would only be able to visit for 2 days. Normally, we like to stay in a city for at least 3 to 5 days; generally arranging a quiet European-type hotel, meeting and talking with local residents, sampling a variety of restaurants and, enjoying some of the historic sights. Unfortunately, since we would only have 2 days (just one night) in Malta, our hotel selection for this trip was based on totally differnet criteria!Naturally, a comfortable, clean and dependable hotel was our first priority. With just two days, we wanted accommodations close to the major sightseeing attractions. Since we had no t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2000

Les Lapins

Valletta, Malta

Megalithic Temples of Malta

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Attraction | "The Tarxien Temples"

Megalithic Temples of Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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As we approached the prehistoric ruins of the Tarxien Temples, we felt compelled to speak in hushed tones. A sacred aura seemed to prevail as we entered these hallowed grounds and realized that this was once part of a once imposing temple complex built by prehistoric man as far back as 3000 BC Constructed during the 'Copper Age' historic phase, (4100 BC to 2500 BC) well before the great pyramids of Egypt, the temples inspire awe by the sheer grandeur of their size. Some of the remaining temple walls exhibit bas-relief artwork, friezes of animals and spiral patterns and I found my mind wandering as I tried to imagine the symbolic meaning of the decorative motifs. I laughed when I sp...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 17, 2000

Megalithic Temples of Malta
2km Southwest Of Qrendi
Valletta, Malta

Malta's Capital-Valletta

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Attraction | "Malta's Capital-Valletta"

Malta Photo, Malta, Europe
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Valletta, the capital of Malta, was conceived as an orderly Renaissance City inspired by Roman military models. We began our walking tour of this larger than life city at the massive City gate. As we proceeded up the long sloping hillsides and struggled up the endless stairs of St John Street, our knowledgeable tour guide pointed out remnants of a series of ancient battles and seiges. Founded in 1566, the impressions of Valletta's severe massiveness still remain. The Upper Barracca Gardens offer splendid views of the Grand Harbor below, once the historic hub of Malta and the theatre of epic events. Religious statues sculpted into the cornerstones of numerous buildings along the narrow...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2000

The Fishing Village of Marsaxlokk

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Attraction

Malta Fishing Village Photo, Malta, Europe
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After a morning filled with historic museums, cathedrals and significant sightseeing attractions, we chose a quiet visit to the fishing village of Marsaxlokk for our afternoon tour. Departing from Valletta, we started our journey down the twisting, narrow roads. Below we spied the crescent bay, filled with multi-colored boats bobbing in the calm blue water. Clusters of modest houses belonging to the fishermen perched along the hillsides surrounding the bay.We strolled along the quiet harbor and watched as fishermen repaired their nets and set them to dry over the quay. The miniature boats, called Luzza, are gaily decorated in bright, primary colors. Each boat has a pair of eyes painted on the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000