Chaos to Cosmos
The path from chaos to cosmos was discovered by telling one's life story

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Grand Harbour

View from a Malta sightseeing two harbours cruise boat to Xatt Lascaris with the Customs House and the SS Peter and Paul Bastion with the Upper Barrakka Gardens on top in Valletta, Malta

Leaving Sliema waterfront on the boat

Siege Bell Memorial from the Grand Harbour

Lascaris Battery

Old Customs House (Valletta)

Valletta Waterfront

Valletta Cruise Port

The Gardjola, Senglea

Church of Saint Lawrence, Vittoriosa

Fort St. AngeloBirgu

Ricasoli Breakwater

St Elmo Bridge

Wednesday, 18 September 2019

Tigné Point

Parts of The Point Shopping Mall include architectural elements from the former Tigné Barracks.

The circular keep of Fort Tigné (St. Andrew's Bastion) 

Fort Tigné in Tigné PointSliemaMalta. Built by the Order of Saint John between 1793 and 1795 to protect the entrance to Marsamxett Harbour, it is one of the oldest polygonal forts in the world.

Fort Tigné from the sea.

The steps down from Fort Tigné. That would be a NO!

Tigné Point

Very expensive tenement block at Tigné Point

The Point Shopping Mall

The Point Shopping Mall

Parts of The Point Shopping Mall include architectural elements from the former Tigné Barracks.

View across Marsamxett Harbour from Tigné Point

View towards Valletta from Tigné Point

Tigné Pedestrian Bridge

The excuse for visiting Malta was that my grandmother's eldest half-sister had lived at Tigné Barracks while her husband was stationed at Fort Tigné in 1911.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019


Auberge de Castille that now houses the Office of the Prime Minister of Malta.

Grandmaster Jean Parisot de Valette laid the foundation stone of Valletta in 1566.

Street in Valletta

Rather more vertiginous street in Valletta

Tritons' Fountain

Tritons' Fountain just outside the City Gate of Valletta.

Tritons' Fountain just outside the City Gate of Valletta.

City Gate (Valletta)

Parliament House (Malta)

All too British

That would explain the single malt opposite!

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Saluting Battery (Valletta)

Saluting Battery (Valletta)

View across the Grand Harbour towards The Three Cities

View across the Grand Harbour towards The Three Cities and Fort St. Angelo

Barrakka Lift

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Malta Water Taxis

Vittoriosa Waterfront across the Grand Harbour to Valletta Waterfront by water taxi. This was certainly the best value activity - at just 2 Euros - in Malta.

Vittoriosa Waterfront

Vittoriosa Waterfront

Grand Harbour Marina

Ship owner's office in The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film)

Sandwich was the only thing on the menu I could afford!

I'd wanted to visit Marseilles ever since I watched The Count of Monte Cristo (2002 film), but it was only a few days before I went to Malta, while researching things to see, I discovered that the "Marseilles" I wanted to see wasn't in France. 
"About 80% of the film was filmed on the island of Malta, where the capital of Valletta stood in for Marseilles. The fortified city of Vittoriosa, part of the Grand Harbour of Valletta, was chosen for its strong resemblance to the Port of Marseilles in the early 19th century."
So, I stopped off at the Vittoriosa Waterfront and had lunch - and went to the loo - in the building where the ship owner had his offices in the film. 

Malta by Bus

St. Publius Parish Church

The Granaries in Floriana
In Malta the square is known as ‘il-Fosos’ which roughly translates into the somewhat undignified
‘the pits’. The British gave it the more respectable name of The Granaries.

Valletta Waterfront

Grand Harbour Marina


St. Julian’s: All too British