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The Grand Harbour and Valletta

The stunning Maltese capital of Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), gem of Mediterranean and one of the most beautiful Baroque jewels of the world, was considered one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in Malta for its extraordinary heritage conservation.

A visit to Valletta is a real trip to the past, exactly when the Knights of St. John (later Knights of Malta) started its construction in 1566 on the rocky Mount Sciberras under Grandmaster Jean Parisot de la Valette who founded this fortress city that bears his name; thanks to their fortifications and massive bastions the knights won the bloody siege of 1565, part of this architectural treasure had fortunately survived World War II and natural disasters, today it is the main tourist attraction of a city with a large concentration of historic areas and magnificent views. As a charming open-air museum, Valletta is rich in ancient masterpieces that can be experienced while enjoying simultaneously the rhythm of a modern life, among its chaotic attractions, one of the safest and largest natural harbours in Europe, Grand Harbour (Il-Port il-Kbir), a great economic development opportunity; thanks to its very favourable position in the heart of Mediterranean, it originally represented an ideal place of refuge with waters deep enough to anchor, firstly occupied by Phoenicians who landed here, and later unsuccessfully controlled by Napoleon, under the British Military was massively fortified and improved with dockyard facilities, a wider entrance, harbour amenities and a greater anchorage partially destroyed during the world wars; completely restored, the multi-purpose Grand Harbour is today the center of the maritime activity of the whole island, a prestigious landmark of Malta and the premier destination for yachts, superyachts and cruise ships coming from all over the world.

Grand Harbour offers spectacular panoramic views as surrounded by a quantity of stunning inlets and ancient treasures such as Fort Saint Elmo (Il-Forti Sant Iermu), Fort Ricasoli (Forti Rikazoli), the picturesque village of Kalkara (Il-Kalkara), the fortified Three Cities of Vittoriosa (Birgu), Cospicua (Bormla) and Senglea (L-Isla) and not so far the stunning Barakka Gardens (Il-Barrakka ta' Fuq); it welcomes million cruise passengers every year and give them at their arrival a first glimpse of a very versatile center known as Valletta Waterfront; as a multi-purpose area, it is a real landmark, one of the most frequented meeting points of Valletta, a high quality entertainment destination become increasingly popular for tourists and locals, a complete mix of retail, dining, leisure experiences and shopping along the water's edge where also festivities and outdoor themed events take place all year round. Originally a simple pier and a place where merchants used to unload their wares, this wonderful Baroque masterpiece was built by the Knights of St. John's Grand Master Manuel Pinto de Fonseca in the 18th century, over the years it was fortunately renovated and today is moreover a famous cruise and ferry terminal also providing efficient and affordable transport services within the Grand Harbour and neighbouring areas; Valletta Waterfront is certainly worth a visit, a simple stroll along the promenade either day or night with a view on its panoramic beauties we'll be a marvelous experience.

Cam on-line since: 09/17/2013

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    • 2 hours ago
    • alan slade

    Hi Dougie 2 have you tried to get in touch with the lady on Condor Ferry as i have two sites which are very good at putting people in touch, with people from Weymouth they are weymouth uk.expats Your over 30 and from Weymouth ,i am on the admin of the Expats just ask to join and i will put you onto it Alan

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    • 3 hours ago
    • Andrew Meikle

    Dougie, The name works something in my mind, I left in 1990 so he would have been must the same as me at that point Lieutenant or Lt commander. I amd 57 so just in the same era. If on Seakings the he may have been on dippers which we never really crossed paths. (Dippers are anti sub Helos)

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    8 minutes late, she's off! Farewell and safe sailing to all aboard.

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    09:00 BST Gangplank still deployed but mooring lines reeled in. Two tugs on station.

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • P.L.

    maltaspotting says ets10.00 dougie2

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    08:50: Engines start, black smoke from the stack.

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    I am watching too this morning, Dougie2 and good morning to you too. 9.47 MLT

  • avatar
    • 3 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    08:40 GMT: All of HMS Northumberland's radar antennae are rotating, suggesting systems are being worked up for sailing. I'll keep watching.

  • avatar
    • 18 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Hazel: I now know that "Northumberland" is due to sail 10:00 MLT [09:00 GMT] tomorrow morning. I'll be waching!

  • avatar
    • 18 hours ago
    • Dougie2

    Mary-Anne Kingscott: You're right about learning, I am too -- all the time! And, as I spent some 6 years in the teaching profession [an electronics engineering istructor in the Royal Air Force], I love to share what I've learnt with other people. If it interests me then. hopefully, others will find it interesting. Sometimes I get it right.

  • avatar
    • 21 hours ago
    • Mary-Anne Kingscott

    Dougie2, thanks for any information that you give, as it's always interesting information you give! As they said we are always learning!!

  • avatar
    • 23 hours ago
    • Hazel

    Thank you Dougie2 for the link....i will take a look.....it's bound to leave when i am at work....lol!!

  • avatar
    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Andrew Meikle: I thought David was Sea Kings but he also talked about Merlins. Quite high ranking, and he would now be knocking towards 60 years old.
    I remember he was 'recalled' from his civvy job for some sort of "not to be discussed" duty relating to the Gulf War. Instructor duties I think, anyway he was back in uniform. I was staying in his Weymouth guesthouse that year. Anyway not long after that he sold the guesthouse and moved to somewhere in or near Yeovil (Ilminster, Ilchester?). We kept in touch for a while, Christmas cards and so on, and I also communicated with his daughter, Victoria - a stewardess on the "Condor" high-speed catamaran ferry Weymouth - Jersey. But lost touch about 5 years ago. Annoyingly, I just can't remember his wife's name -- a wonderful cook and she more-or-less ran the business.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Hi Hazel All I know is due to sail [to be confirmed] 24/11. Time not stated. For info, go to this URL http://www.maltaspotting.com/ and scroll down to "Naval Vessels". Now all you guys know where I get my info from!!