Our Autumn Tour
Tuesday 18th to Tuesday 25th September 2018
Photos by John Wright
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Valletta - culture and history
- St John's Co-Cathedral
- steep and crowded streets
- saluting battery overlooking the Grand Harbour
- remembering World War II - Malta's George Cross and President Roosevelt's commendation
- The Knights Hospital
The hospital was built in the sixteenth century by the Knights of St John. From the outside it looks like a large warehouse but our Maltese lady guide clearly explained why this was a very special building way ahead of its time.
The large tall ward was divided into bays, each bay contained a four poster bed partly for privacy, it had woollen curtains in the winter and cotton curtains in the summer. The occupants had an en suite toilet with washing facilities, a fresh air vent and sunlight through the high windows.
The courtyard garden provided fresh fruit and vegetables also herbs and spices for medicinal purposes.
Surgical operations were to be avoided but if they became inevitable silver implements were used because they resisted bacteriological contamination.
On the whole a lot of wise healthy practices certainly ahead of its time.
San Anton Palace Gardens
- St Paul's Grotto
Glass-blowing at the Ta'Qali craft centre
- Ta'Pinu church
- Ggantija Temple
Back to the Dolmen Resort Hotel, St Paul's Bay, for dinner
Dolmen in the hotel garden (after which the hotel is named)
The Blue Grotto
Visiting Hagar Qim Temple
Marsaxlokk harbour and market
The Three Cities
- memorial to Maltese Independence
Boat tour of the Grand Harbour