Malta hop on Nov. 4 & 5/19

We took a hop on bus from our location at St. Julians Bay to Sliema to start a tour of the upper part of the island. This is a gorgeous harbour with magnificent yachts.

Valetta, is an absolutely stunning harbour that we checked out the next day. It is one of the few surviving inhabited walled cities in the world and is a UNESO world heritage site. It was started by the Knights of the Order of St. John in 1568.

We stopped at Mosta with its domed church, is the third largest unsupported dome in Europe. It survived a direct hit from a bomb (unexploded) during WW2 for which the pilot later apologized for.

Mdina (meaning walled city), was the capital before Valletta, has been inhabited since 700 BC by Phoenicians then in 218 BC by the Romans.

Mdina as seen from a distance

Ron talking to this horse… he really had the horse falling in love with him …. funny!!!

Me entering the gates of Mdina

I don’t recall ever seeing this kind of iron cages on the “windows”

Talk about a tight squeeze… horse drawn carriage and a car passing each other on a decidedly narrow street to begin with.

Beautiful bougainvillea…. and Ron.

Beautiful narrow lanes of Mdina

You could see the enemy coming for miles from this viewpoint in Mdina

60,000 people were killed in the region in a earthquake in 1692 ad. The vast majority of buildings had to be rebuilt

There have been prehistoric excavation of ruins in Mgarr from 3500bc and another from 5000bc.

St. Paul’s Bay…

Typical boat of Malta

Chapel to honour St. Paul who was shipwrecked here in 60AD

St. Paul’s Bay

Not sure why … all vacated abandon homes around Golden Bay

Prickly pear seen all over this island…. introduced from Mexico.

Salt flats at Bugibba.

More pictures to follow….

Malta-November 3-6/19

We got a taxi from the airport to our hotel …the Juliani Boutique Hotel on St. Julian’s Bay. Interesting thing….the taxi is not metered but you are charged a flat rate to the specific areas you are travelling to….and collected at the place of origin. Unfortunately the driver took us to the wrong hotel and we ended up walking and dragging our suitcases along the very narrow ( unlike Barcelona’s) to the correct one. The hotel was very lovely with a rooftop pool and deck that overlooks the bay…..nice! From the rooftop, Ron counted 30 hammerhead cranes…..amazing!

First day….November 3rd……

Final pictures of Barcelona 2019….. Malta to follow

Finally I think I am able to post the remainder of my trip. I ran out of space and had to upgrade. Sorry for the delay!

Everything is available at the market including some weird looking fish.

I have NEVER seen a cleaver like this one. It looks even scarier when it’s in the fishmonger’s hand!

Wine on the go… just pour into your bottle and away you go… for about 3€ each.

The side wall of the Paral-lel wall

Love this door in the rear of the city wall (Ciutat Velma)

A replica of a submarine built 23 September 1859

Maritime Museum Barcelona

This little pooch had already taken a dip in the pool in attempt to get the turtles that were basking on the rocks… at Maritime Museum

The largest cemetery of the city on the slope of Montjuic!

More November 1/19……La Rambla

Las Rambla is a huge pedestrian walk in the middle, vehicles one lane on either side, 1 lane of parking on either side and the metro running under it. You can feel the vibrations and hear it a wee bit!

One if many flower stalks along La Rambla

Motorcycle parking spaces marked and all lined up in orderly fashion

Seen on the exterior of one building

Entrance to the Guell residence.. Gaudi designed

Scroll work on a Gaudi building for Guell family… just off La Rambla

How do you like the name of this restaurant?!!

Beautiful door just around the corner from our hotel……the bottom right of it is the man door. We were looking for the street that our room faces… couldn’t find it even thought we walked the entire block.

Pictures from October 31/19

Graffiti in the neighbourhood ….at the skateboard park.

Now if this is a beautiful piece of graffiti art!

Central water source!

Giant lobster on the waterfront walkway

So many hams for sale but I think they are all just salted not smoked!

Inside the meat shop…so many different kinds of sausages.

Angus beef or not, would you pay $46.25/ kilo for a bone in strip loin???

Another water source/ fountain….someone have a drink from the fountain!

Amusing display character on the balcony….there where more different ones but only posting one

Cathedral of Santa Eulalia (Barcelona Cathedral)

Sculpture at the modern art museum

Alley leading to the cathedral….cool!

Protective framework around light standard bulbs

Love this enclosed balcony!

On the “Passion” portal of the Sagrada Familia is written Jesus Nazarenes……Rex. Judaeorum

The video that I have posted above, is an example of the Catalonia protests that seemed to pop up every so often.

More pictures… October 30/19

I believe was a hospital… near the Sagrada Familia

Chimney pots of the building above

Sant Gervasi Bonanova

Monastery at Pedralbes

Maria Cristina… interesting sculpture on this square

So many people use these as means of transportation

Travelling in high heels & dress flapping in the breeze!

Cool architecture!

Woman protesting something in her all-togethers… she’s got more guts than me !!!

The cathedral on the mount 500 + metres above sea level.

That bullring has been repurposed as a shopping mall.

Entrance to Montjuic Park

Palace Nationale (parliament?) at entrance to Montjuic Park

Symbol of Olympic Games 1992 used for telecommunications

Beautiful building near the huge traffic circle at foot of Paral-lel (Street)

Christopher Columbus Monument

More Hop-On-October 30/19

Cemetery de Poblenou with Bougainville.

Ugly “art” sculptures at Olympic Village of Poblenou

Catalonia Square

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

Passeig de Gràcia

Same area as above but this is a Gaudi building

Another Gaudi building

In Dreta de l’Eixample

In same area as above

In Vila de Gràcia

Beautiful buildings… atmosphere