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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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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Pitigliano, Tuscany, Italy

Pitigliano Italy

What I was really looking forward to in Italy was food. I love pastas, coffee, wine, tiramisu, frutti di mare, Bruschettas, pizzas, oil of olive, olives, cheese, garlic, prosciutto, smoked and cured meats… I could go on and on.

We all know Italian food is not the same outside Italy. We also know Italian food in Italy where tourists are is mostly crap and we only got tricked once.

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Pitigliano, province of Grosseto, Tuscany, Italy 2014

Pitigliano, province of Grosseto, Italy 2014

Pitigliano, a small Italian town, located south of Florence and North of Rome is perched atop a tufa ridge. Etruscan tombs dot the cliff face and valley. The zone is known as the land of the Bianco di Pitigliano, one of the best white wines of Italy. The quaint old town is known as the little Jerusalem.

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Glimpse of Greece in Afytos

afytos greece sea of blue

When I was young and still attended primary school ancient Greece was one of my favourite topics of all. I used to imagine living in a Greek house, going to baths. I read myths and imagined the wonderful temples. When I grew a little bit older I imagined philosophers walking among olive trees and talking about life and universe, having raving disputes on corners of streets and agoras.

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Ireland – Greece – Italy September 2014

Here is the overview of my last trip. We flew from Dublin to London Stansted and after a night spent there flew to Thessaloniki in Greece. We were to attend a wedding in Afitos. After a couple of days we flew from Thessaloniki to Rome and rented a car. This time we decided not to spend each night in a different place but to stay put and do day trips if any. Our first night in Italy we spent in Pitigliano and the remaining three in San Gimignano.
Overview of the route

More details coming up in the next post!

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