Grand Master’s Palace Valletta Malta

Grand Master's Palace Valletta Malta

 

Valletta’s most magnificent building, the Grand Master’s Palace stands in the center of the town on Palace Square. The palace was commissioned in XVI century by Grand Master Fra Pietro del Monte as a residence for the Knights of Malta. Part of the building is now used as the House of Parliament and the office of the President of Malta.

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Malta Valletta

Valletta Malta panorama

We went to Malta on a short but very needed holiday. We spent 2 nights in Valletta – the old city and capital, and then moved on to Bugibba for the reminder of our stay.

We wanted to make our stay special as it was A. birthday. What does it mean in this case? Stay in a fancy Palazzo Consiglia among the medieval walls of Valletta. And it was wonderful. We wandered the narrow streets of Malta’s capital, swam in roof top swimming pool and even got a complimentary bottle of Prosecco (Italian white wine, can be spumante (“sparkling wine”), frizzante (“semi-sparkling wine”), or tranquillo (“still wine”) – our was… cold and free! Delicious!).

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San Gimignano medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy

 San Gimigiano Tuscany Italy
The foundation of San Gimignano (San Gimignano delle belle Torri) dates back to ancient times. According to legend, in 63 B.C. two brothers, Muzio and Silvio, two young patricians escaping from Rome after their implication in the conspiracy of Catiline, sheltered in Valdelsa and built two castles: the Castle of Mucchio and the Castle of Silvia, which would develop in the future San Gimignano.

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New Year Festival Dublin Ireland

New Year Festival Dublin 2015

The free family spectacle is set to light up Dublin’s iconic locations – Barnardos Square, Trinity College and Wolfe Tone Square – with cutting edge 3D displays from 5pm each evening  from 30th December 2014 to 1 January 2015.

Barnardos  Square (Dame Street) will become a magical canvas, animated each day by a myriad of fabulous fairy tale characters and vibrant landscapes.  This bespoke interactive installation is a super family experience where the audience will become the story teller, allowing children to create their very own Fairytale  from a pick ‘n’ mix menu of well known fairy tale scenarios. With all of your favorite characters and happy endings to choose from this is one magical journey not to be missed!

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Monteriggioni – Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Moteriggioni Siena Tuscany Italy

Monteriggioni is a medieval walled town, located on a natural hill. In the Middle Ages, the city was strategically placed as a defensive fortification. The roughly circular walls, totaling a length of about 570 meters incorporate 14 towers on square bases set at equidistance and two portals or gates. The main piazza, the Piazza Roma, is dominated by a church with a simple, plain facade.

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