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    • 4 days ago
    • Avril Bailey

    I wonder if the garden had Fisk and kinnie flowing?

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    • 5 days ago
    • P.L.

    I see that a garden Inspired by an abandoned Maltese quarry has won Best Show Garden at the Chelsea Flower show. The stone and plants came from Malta and you can read about it on; https://www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/rhs-chelsea-flower-show/Gardens/2017/the-m-g-garden-2017

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    • 1 week ago
    • Avril Bailey

    I was looking at the square last night and was nicely surprised that the items in the square were lit and looked like light boxes. They looked good.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Mex

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    • 1 week ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Aye Tony. I do hear from Maltese friends both here and in Malta that he not well thought of and they wonder how he is still there.

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    • 1 week ago
    • Tony Tidswell

    Yes Malta is liable for ALL expenses, which is one of the reasons why they take it in turns. But it's OK as the 'President' managed to do loads of creeping while he could.

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    • 1 week ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Avril. I second that, I wonder if Malta has to pay for all the extra policing and other expenses like accommodation and feeding them .

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    Derek James, bet the Maltese will be very glad when EU finally leave Malta, I know that I will be glad to see the square filled with families, and children playing in the water feature.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • DEREK JAMES BEVAN

    Avril. It looks like some art instalation. As for the cars these will be the EU low life plotting against the U K.

  • avatar
    • 2 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    Are those erections to make the square less bare, as the public seems to be banned from the square! Toffs only!

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Avril Bailey

    So that is more building work? We stayed in the Canifor back in September and had half our holiday ruined by the building work at the side of the Canifor. Work was still going on when we were back in Malta in March.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Gert

    Does anybody know what they are setting up for in the square?

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • Chris R

    I'd like to be pampered in Marsalforn too!
    Nice having them there with you.
    Great to have two lovely countries to visit. I hope your brother's move to Spain goes well.

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    • 2 weeks ago
    • viv

    Chris R, yes they have a beautiful little lady who they have missed terribly. Mind you, she's on holiday in Marsalforn, being spoilt rotten until they get back. We're meeting them tomorrow before they fly back at the weekend. I've loved them being here, but I'm not sure when we'll be back as my brother is moving to Spain in August. Time will have to be shared I think between both countries!

Valletta - St.George's Square, The Palace

It is one of the most beautiful cultural icons of Malta and a must-see for people visiting Valletta (Il-Belt Valletta), St. George's Square (Pjazza San Gorg o Misraħ San Ġorġ), also known as Palace Square (Misraħ il-Palazz) is the heart of the city, meeting place, crossing point, scenary of events of any kind flanked on one side by the Grandmaster's Palace (Il-Palazz tal-Gran Mastru), simply known as The Palace and the Main Guard Building on the other side.

The square was recently turned from a car park into a pedestrian area, an open space designed for enjoyment and relaxation surrounded by modern and historic buildings, The Palace is one of the most magnificent and purest examples of Maltese heritage; the centre of the square is enriched by a modern ground-level and rectangular-shaped fountain erupting and flowing in rhythm with the music at regular intervals, it is a pleasure for children of all ages who love running through it.

The Grandmaster's Palace overlooks the square, one of the most impressive in Malta, this building has hosted for a longtime the House of the Grandmaster of the Knights of the Order of St. John, then the British Government, today it is the seat of the President and home to the House of Representatives of Malta; The Palace was first commissioned by the Grandmaster del Monte, initially hardly showed any decoration, only after his death it was improved, enlarged and embellished under the Grandmaster Jean de la Cassiere and the architect Gerolamo Cassar (Gelormu Cassar), by the mid-eighteenth century The Palace reached its present structure, a Renaissance masterpiece of art and architecture, other decorative elements were added later such as the wonderful main doors and the wooden balconies. Two splendid gardens enrich its outdoor space, the Prince Alfred’s Courtyard and Neptune’s Courtyard where we can find a spiral staircase that leads to the entrance of the state rooms; the interior spaces are of extraordinary beauty, lavishly decorated marble corridors, beautiful frescoes, magnificent rooms, our tour should include: the Council Chamber, a splendid room adorned with tapestries, a personal gift of the Spanish Grandmaster Ramon Perellos y Rocaful, the State Dining Room, embellished by splendid paintings, the Supreme Council Hall (or Throne Room) boasting top quality frescoes that depict the Great Siege, the Ambassador’s Hall (or Red Room) where portraits of Grandmasters and other rulers hang, the Palace Armoury, one of the world's largest and richest collections of arms, three centuries of military history are here displayed through swords, guns, crossbows, shotguns and cannons, partly reduced by the depredations of the French; among the unique treasures the personal armour of Grandmaster La Valette, the founder of The City; all rooms are usually used for state functions, when possible, they are regularly open to the public.

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