Grand Harbour - Valletta live camView over Grand Harbour and Fort Saint Angelo in Birgu from Valletta Waterfront

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    • 6 hours ago
    • Catherine Sunter

    Hi Sal I was trying to watch some of this today but my computer decided to go on a go slow. Really infuriated. I have been having problems with shockwave and tonight we have been updating this problem so hopefully it will work.

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    • 10 hours ago
    • pat

    Thanks for the advice Derek! I plan on taking the ferry too while I'm there! I just want to soak up as much of Malta as I possibly can. And actually, I don't mind the heat. :)

  • avatar
    • 14 hours ago
    • Sal

    A case of one in and one out today for "MSC Poesia" and "MSC Armonia"!!

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    • 17 hours ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Pat.don't leave it too long,and go early or later in the year unless you can stand the heat. Get a bus pass and go and see as much of the islands as you can.

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    • 1 day ago
    • pat

    Jon, I know what you mean. These cameras are my "go to" place when I feel down or need uplifted or need a friend, I come here and watch the ships and it really lifts my spirits. Even when there are no ships just watching the people of Malta going places makes my heart happy. One day I wish to go there.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Sal

    oops, I meant to put "Horizon"!!

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    • 2 days ago
    • Sal

    "Mein Schiff 3" is a big ship!!

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    • 2 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Dougie 2.I grew up with the story of Malta's heroic defence of the Islands of Malta,this being the reason for visiting .The reason for my comment was the wording tactical disaster in reference to the convoy,it just feels wrong to use after all enough of it got through to save Malta and to improve their chances of defending the islands.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Jon

    What must be one of the best views on any of Skyline's web-cams. Spend hours just admiring the harbour & watching the small boats / huge cruise liners.

    Just a comment on Malta during the 2nd WW. An old neighbor of ours was stationed in Malta during the siege & when relieve finally arrived. Apparently just prior to that boat with its priceless cargo on board docking one had arrived a while earlier. Sadly they didn't attempt to unload it for a few hours & before they got round to it the boat was bombed & sunk with its cargo on board. He told be how he watched the boat with its guardian vessels slowly approaching the harbor as bombs were landing nearby in the water. It of course did just manage to limp into Valetta harbor but it was certainly damaged. A truly heroic act by all on board for a very brave but desperate people. Needless to say they unloaded this vessel as soon as it docked. It was always interesting to talk to Ken about his experiences - something I pray as a 60's baby I will never have to personally experience.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Dougie2

    Derek and Shelley: We must never lose sight of the heroism of the Maltese people, under horrendous conditions, during WWII. But, some of the coomments, such as that in the Seige Bell review, need to be taken in context and I'm sure that the author of that item was not intentionally suggesting otherwise.
    For me, one of my reasons for loving these islands and their people stems from my knowledge, as it happened, of the events that led to the awarding by King George VI to that proud nation of the George Cross. O.K., I was only a schoolboy at the time, but I had relatives in both the R.A,F, and the Royal Navy -- and learned lots from them between 1942 and 1945.
    Unfortunately I can't underline "never" or "as it happened" in this comment.

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    • 2 days ago
    • Shelley

    Derek, the comments about 'Operation Pedestal' were not mine, they were part of the quote taken from the Seige Bell review as posted. I was simply wondering if the paintings refer to the ships mentioned.
    I fully understand Malta's perilous situation during the war and the unavoidable casualties of this operation, and have nothing but admiration for the people of Malta and what they endured.

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    • 3 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Shelley.I think to say that operation Pedestal was a tactical disaster is a bit strong , you have to remember that the axis forces had superiority in the air and at sea in the Mediterranean Sea at that time we had no option but to take the risk with that convoy , taking the losses to save Malta .

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    • 3 days ago
    • pat

    Looks a little rough and choppy on the water today.

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    • 4 days ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    raining nicely today.At least it will wash all the dust down and according to the long range forecast from next week it'll be up to 30dc by next weekend so have ordered some shorts!

Grand Harbour - 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.

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