VALLETTA and the THREE CITIES – Senglea, Cospicua and Vittoriosa (Birgu)

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7th May 2015                                                                                         All photos by Hetty

Valletta was built on a rocky peninsula between two harbours in the 16th century, and became the capital city of Malta.

On the other side of the Grand Harbour are the Three Cities.

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The city walls are huge

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The Upper Barracca Gardens

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The Grand Harbour

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We’ll catch a ferry and walk around the Senglea peninsula

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The easiest way down to the harbour is the lift down the bastion

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Looking back to Valletta and the huge lift

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Senglea – all these cities are fortified

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Looking towards Valletta

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Gardens at the end of the Senglea peninsula  – a good place for a picnicS1057206 copy

Looking across to Vittoriosa

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Looking towards Senglea  from CospicuaS1057214 copy

Next we walked around the Vittoriosa peninsula. St Lawrence, the Parish Church, 17th century

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Maritime museum, in the former Naval Bakery

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The Kalkara Creek

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Ancient and modern

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Fort St Angelo, at the end of the Vittoriosa peninsula from the ferry

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Back in Valletta

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The statue of a fallen soldier at the Great Siege Memorial

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Lower Barracca Gardens, where there are chickens

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and a monument to Sir Alexander Ball, first British Governor of Malta, who came from Stroud

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The entrance to the Grand HarbourS1057274 copy

Marsamxett harbour

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Lots of Maltese balconies

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St George’s Square

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There are red phone and post boxes all over Malta, and cars drive on the left

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