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The Wignacourt Aqueduct

Often, we think that big infrastructure projects are very much something of the last couple of centuries. Just as London built the New River to bring fresh water to the city, Valletta built the seventeenth century Wignacourt Aqueduct to supply water.

Sadly, it is no longer used for water, but it stands there as a reminder of the skills that our ancestors possessed.

January 29, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Musical Buses In Malta

Malta has an efficient bus network and as everybody speaks English and seem to believe in Old World courtesy and common sense, using them is very easy.

It is an ideal place to play musical buses, where you get on a bus see where it goes, explore the destination and then get another.

You pay a flat daily charge of €1.50 and the driver gives you a ticket, which you show on all future journeys. This fare system could in the future be modified with the appropriate reader, to accept bank cards as tickets.

The bus company is the same as that that runs the 38, I regularly use in London; Arriva.

Some bus systems are impenetrable to visitors, but in Malta, buses are easier to use than those in say Manchester or Sheffield.

January 29, 2015 Posted by | Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Valletta – A Fortified City

Valletta is a city of fortifications.

I took these pictures as I walked in a loop from the bus station, past St. John’s Co Cathedral past Fort St. Elmo and then back along the road overlooking the Grand Harbour. I trhen took a lift to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for views of the Grand Harbour

Sadly the National War Museum in Fort St. Elmo is closed at the present time.

I will return to Valletta again.

January 28, 2015 Posted by | World | , | Leave a comment

Going Gluten-Free In Malta

I  know it’s a holiday area, but I had no problems being gluten-free in Malta.

Everybody seemed to be pretty clued-up and I even had very good gluten-free rolls for breakfast in the hotel.

January 28, 2015 Posted by | Food | , | Leave a comment

St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta

St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta is one of the world’s great cathedrals.

It takes your breath away.

January 28, 2015 Posted by | World | , | 1 Comment

Exploring Mdina

I stayed in Mdina, which is a medieval walled town in the middle of the island.

I took these pictures as I walked around the town over the three days I was there.

January 27, 2015 Posted by | World | | Leave a comment