A tip for anyone who wants to see all the interesting sights in Malta, without spending too much. Take the local busses, they are reliable,( the old busses are really an adventure to drive in but in July they will be replaced by new ones.) they go to all the tourist attractions places and is very cheap,a one way ticket cost from €0.54 to €1.16. Most of them go every 15 minutes. The first bus starts at 5.30 A.M. last bus is usually around 11.00 P.M. in the summer . You can also purchase a day ticket from the bus driver which cost €3.49, 5 and 7 days are also available. The Hop on Hop off busses are good only if you want to stay on it and go sightseeing and cost €15.00. When you hop off somewhere the next bus comes after an half hour or later and sometimes they are full and you have to wait for the next one which means you wait one hour or more and sometimes the top deck is full and you have to sit inside where you don't see very much. One tour goes to the north and one goes to the South. If you hop on and off you have very little time to see and do all things you want to do and see, like taking pictures, lunch etc.,which means you can only visit one attraction ( for €15.00) Taking a local bus you can go straight to the place you want to visit and have enough time to do things you want to do and see, you can combine two attractions in one day for less than € 5.00 You can obtain one of the timetable folders of the busses at some hotels and in many snack bars. Hope this is helpful.
Marsaxlokk derives its name from the Arabic word marsa, meaning Harbour, and Maltese for the south-easterly Mediterranean wind, the Xlokk (Sirocco in Italian). Marsaxlokk, with its sheltered habour, was an easy landing place for pirates and the Ottoman Turks. It was here that the Ottoman Turks landed for an attack which ended in the Great Siege of 1565. Napoleon's army landed here in 1798; and in recent times, the Harbour was the scene of the Bush-Gorbachev Summit,1989.
The Walled City of...
The walled city of Mdina was Malta's medieval capital and can trace its origins back for more than 4000 years, and it was here in 60 AD that the Apostle St Paul lived after being shipwrecked on his way to stand trial in Rome. Mdina, has had many invaders and many rulers so its name has changed several times throughout history. The Romans called it Melita and the Arabs called it Medina. Mdina's medieval name was ‘Citta Notabile’ meaning the noble city and is 200 metres above sea level, and enjoys a spectacular view of the Maltese Islands. The city earned its present name from the Saracens who came to Malta in about 870 AD. Mdina was home to Malta's noble families some of whom originally came from Scilly, France and Spain from the 12th century onwards. Their impressive houses and palaces line some of the narrow streets and walkways in this fine example of an ancient walled city. Today, cars are banned from most areas so the streets are calm and peaceful allowing a safe and relaxing stroll through some of the best Norman and Baroque architecture on Malta.
The City of Mosta
Yesterday I posted the photo of The Mosta Church, in my description I mentioned that it is one of the largest domes in the world. This photo which I took from the old city of Mdina which is perched on top of a plateau the center of the island,from here you have magnificient view of the island and of course the city of Mosta and the dome right in the middle. It gives you an idea of how large the dome is.
The Mosta Dome
The Church of the Assumption of Our Lady, commonly known as the Rotunda of Mosta or Rotunda of St Marija Assunta ( shortened to as The Mosta Dome) is a Roman Catholic church in Mosta, Malta. It is the third largest unsupported dome in the world. Built in the 19th century on the site of a previous church, it was designed by the Maltese architect Giorgio Grognet de Vassé. Its dome is among the largest in the world, with an internal diameter of 37.2 metres (122 ft). The rotunda walls are nearly 9.1 metres (30 ft) thick. The rotunda dome is the third-largest church dome in Europe and the ninth largest in the world. Too bad it was closed when I was there so I could not go in. Took many photos, with this one you see it from the side as well. It is so huge it was not easy getting it all, an they were doing road construction.
Spring is in the air
This picture was taken somewhere along the way in Lisse last spring. With this spring in the air picture, just want to say i will be going on holiday for a short week to Malta. Hope to make a lot of pictures. Till soon again.
The Binasuan Dance,..
Canada only had a small population of Filipinos until the late 20th century. To date, there are currently around 400,000 Filipino Canadians in Canada, most of them living in urbanized areas. Despite its apparent adaptation to western dances, still Filipinos pay tribute to their cultural roots. Every district in the islands has its own folk dance, interpreted attractively in festivals and local shows, which have added to the country’s reputed contribution to world’s illustration of traditional arts. This dance is called Binasuan - Originated in Pangasinan Province “meaning with the use of drinking glasses”, this vibrant dance basically shows off balancing skill of the performers. Glasses or jars filled with rice wine are placed on the head and on each hand carefully maneuvered with graceful movements. This dance is common in weddings, fiestas and special occasions.
An African Scene
Aquila Game Reserve in the Western Cape is a young private reserve It is the closest private game reserve to Cape Town, a mere 2 hour drive from the city centre. Aquila is situated on the national flower route in the Southern Karoo Highlands. It was proclaimed a Private Reserve in 1985. It has beautiful wide open spaces, mountains,rivers, valleys and Kloofs and the big 5 of course
Aruban Culture and...
Yesterday i posted the wrong photo with the wrong text, anyway it is corrected,this is the photo and text that was meant to be posted. In the Fort Zoutman (Historical Museum the oldest building in Aruba) you can enjoy a beautiful evening of folklore song and dance with local snacks and drinks. The native Aruban population has ethnic roots in Arawak Indian, African, and European peoples. Culturally, Aruba has strong ties to Holland.
Davey Crockett Cap
A coonskin cap (also called the Davey Crockett cap) is a hat fashioned from the skin and fur of a raccoon. The original coonskin cap consisted of the entire skin of the raccoon including its head and tail. Beginning as traditional Native American headgear, coonskin caps became associated with American and Canadian frontiersmen of the 18th and 19th centuries. David Crockett (August 17, 1786 – March 6, 1836) was a celebrated 19th-century American folk hero, frontiersman, soldier and politician, because he always worn one of these caps where ever he went it got the name Davy Crockett Cap
Paseo Herencia (...H
An old village style plaza surrounded by great shopping, dining and a state of the art cinema featuring nightly beautiful fountain show (liquid fireworks) and musical performances against a backdrop of a unique blend of Aruban architectural designs and an expose of Aruban Heritage. Paseo Herencia is located in the area of Palm Beach, just walking distance from the high rise hotels.
2 Pretty Dancers
These 2 little girls were part of a Chinese children dance group called Xiao Hai Ou Dance Group in Edmonton. Part of the heritage days celebration in Edmonton which last for 3 days. They wore very pretty costumes, I don't know which part China they represent.
I made this picture some time ago, our shopping mall was opened with a festival, anyone can parade in original costumes. This lady is part of a 2-3 persons "Sofa" There were 2 of them one on each side and they were the "arms" of the sofa which of course was also decorated. I am posting this picture because the head dress is closer in view.
Cree Indian Head Dres
This month the theme is "Hoofd Deksels" Head dress, so I thought this is a nice picture to post. This picture was taken in Canada, at the Heritage Days,a 3 day celebrations of all nations living in Canada The Cree tribe is one of the largest American Indian groups in North America. There are 200,000 Cree people today living in communities throughout Canada and in parts of the northern United States (North Dakota and Montana).
Yesterday I posted a photo of Sulpher Mountain,to get there you have to take the Gondola (or take a hike) The adventure begins with an eight minute journey to the summit in a modern, fully-enclosed four passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb 698m (2,292 ft) to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft) at the Summit Upper Terminal – the departure point for a mountaintop of activities.
Nita92 this is for you. A must to do when in Banff, a trip up to the Sulpher Mountain (with the Gondola) When you arrive at the top you witness the breathtaking views in every direction There is a restaurant where you can have lunch,dinner or tea with a view. If you are lucky you might see some Big Horn Sheep. You also have a guided sky walk where you can go to the highest top of the mountain at the Cosmic Ray Center which stands at an elevation of 2283m (7490 ft).
Lake Louise the...Eme
Yesterday I posted a photo of Moraine Lake with it's turquoise blue waters. This is Lake Louise which is just about 14 KM away. I was there in August and it was -2 cloudy and misty but the lake's water was still a beautiful green color, and the reflection of the colored mountainside was spectacular. Lake Louise or "Lake of Little Fishes" (HO-RUN-NUM-NAY in Stoney Indian language) was the first name given to the lake by the natives who settled in the area. On August 21, 1882, Tom Wilson, a horse wrangler/packer for the Canadian Pacific Railway, christened the lake "Emerald Lake" due to its brilliant green coloring. "Lake Louise" was the third name given to these waters in 1884, to honour Princess Louise Caroline Alberta. She was the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, but more importantly, married to the Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada at the time.
This photo was taken at Lake Moraine, this is the left side of the lake. The crystal clear blue-green lake in a valley hemmed in by ten lofty mountain peaks,called "The Valley of the Ten Peaks", it was very cloudy that day so you could not see all the peaks. Still it was a beautiful sight, looks like the mountain just rises from the lake.
I remember when i took this picture my thoughts at that moment was that a child can have so much fun just blowing bubbles. What impressed me was, you can see all the reflections in the bubbles even the color of the plastic bottle.
Derinkuyu Underground City is an ancient multi-level underground city in the Derinkuyu district in Nev?ehir Province, Turkey. With its eleven floors extending to a depth of approximately 85 m, it was large enough to shelter tens of thousands of people together with their livestock and food stores. It is the largest excavated underground city in Turkey and is part of a network of several underground complexes found across Cappadocia. It was opened to visitors in 1969 and to date, only ten percent of the underground city is accessible to tourists.
Since we are still in the emotion theme, I thought this is a cute one . Last December I went to watch the St, Nicolas parade, it is so nice to see all the children so excited and dressed up as a "Little St. Nick". I asked this little girl's mom if I may take her picture, she looked so excited and full of expectation, but when I took the photo she turned shy, she showed different emotions in a short time.