Streets in Valletta

photo by Anne Pflug
A typical street in Valletta

There are three qualities to the streets in Valletta.  They are narrow.  They are extremely hilly and they are surrounded by balconies. Notice that the balconies come in several styles. The closed ones are usually wood, painted in a variety of colors.  the open one are metal and they display a variety of designs. The two balconies seen on the left are excellent examples of this variety. One is curved with a very delicate and lacy design; the other is angular and somewhat geometric.  Traveling around Malta would give one many examples of these two styles. One thing they have in common; they are all beautiful!

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The Seven Story Street

photo by Anne Pflug
Amazing, this street goes down seven stories.

Malta, the country where I was born, tends to be very hilly in some places. Case in point.  The last time I was there, I spent time in a hotel  in Mellieha. The Preluna Hotel and Spa occupied seven stories and all of them went out to the street. The street itself is made up of steps, seven stories worth and all the  floors had an exit to the street. It had swimming pools on three levels, all street-side. At first it was very confusing and hard to imagine. Once we got used to it, it had advantages.  No matter what floor you were on, you can walk out to the street on that level.  This is not the only hilly street in Malta; the capital city, Valletta, a;so has its share.  Walking around town becomes an exhausting experience.

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Street in Valletta

Photo by Anne Pflug
A rare street in Valletta. Not so hilly.

Walking up and down Valletta, as well as other cities in Malta is quite a chore. Most streets are very hilly.  In fact, some of them are actually made up of stairs. (See The Seven Story street, a future blog) As a result, strolling along the side streets is very tiring.  Here is a main street that is not so hilly. You will note that as you go down this street, it does seem to slope a bit. Still, it seems the exception to the rule and it is still a bit narrow. In general,  prepare yourself, make a lot of stops and don’t rush.


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