Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Happy Birthday Valletta!

The foundation stone of Valletta was laid by Grand Master Jean de la Valette on March 28th, 1566, making Valletta 446 years old last week!

Referred to as il-belt (the city) by locals, Valletta has seen sieges and war, trade and tourism, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. Sure, parts of the city are a little tumble-down, but after 446 years Valletta isn't looking half bad. It still charms my socks off every time we visit il-belt, and the view of its skyline still makes my heart skip-a-beat.

A very happy birthday to you Valletta. Here's to 446 more.

See more photos of Valletta in previous posts here.

- Jess

view of valletta from sliema. my very favourite view on the whole island.

Commonwealth War Memorial in Floriana

always climbing things.

Valletta was built on a grid, but that doesn't make it any less hilly!

the carmelite church, valletta (it has the big dome that towers over valletta's skyline) 
if i'm going to drive in malta i have to learn to a) drive a manual car and b) parallel park on very steep hills.

maltese wooden balconies

maltese wooden balconies

maltese wooden balconies (see the funny towel?)

valletta lido
on top of one of valletta's bastions


  1. First of all, I can't imagine driving a manual on those hills (I've never even driven one in Saskatchewan where I grew up!) Secondly, parallel parking would be out of the question!

    1. Parallel parking wasn't part of my driver's test in Nova Scotia so I never did learn how!

  2. These photos are absolutely breathtaking! Happy Birthday to Valletta :)

    I also need to learn to drive manual - why can't the rest of the world just get on board with automatics!? ;)


    1. I agree, it's the one North American thing I put my foot down about. I just can't drive stick! Unfortunately automatics are really expensive outside of North America...

  3. I LOVE LOVE that first pic of the letter box!


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