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Tal-Ħandaq Nostalgia

Memories of the Royal Naval School, Malta, 1947 - 1978.


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Old Royal Navy Canteen Gzira644 viewsDuring my service time serving in Malta it was the Britannia Bar. About three or four years ago it was renamed the Jubilee Café. Although on initial entry it looks dark and gloomy, well worth a visit. Bursting with bric-a-brac, it even has things hanging off the ceiling upside down such as a table and chairs fully laid out for service – the food is good too!
Mac
See it as it was.
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Barracca Lift Entrance552 viewsOpened to the public on 17th December 1903 at a cost of £5,000, the Barracca Lift connected Lascaris Wharf (Customs House) with Upper Barracca Gardens offering both a shorter and quicker route. This view show the entrance to the lower courtyard, the directions sign to Valletta City still today positioned to the left with the lifts departing from inside on the right . No doubt the lift is now sorely missed by the hordes of tourists arriving on cruise ships – try walking it, or more sensible, don’t!
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Still There! And ready for the new one.426 views36 years after the service ceased and 26 years after the lift was dismantled! The sign can still be found located on the wall of the entrance way to the lower courtyard. A return from Corradino canteen (Tombola) across Grand Harbour in a hand rowed dghajsa and up the lift was far quicker than taking the bus back to Valletta.
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Barracca Lift Top525 viewsThe upper point the lift arrived at. Two lifts were provided, each capable of carrying 12 passengers, rising through 75 tons of steelwork vertically 167 feet 7 inches, with the winding gear housed in a turret even higher at 197 feet, to a lateral bridge, extending some 23 feet out from the bastion gardens.
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Fort Manoel Entrance433 viewsThe 1723 original entrance to Fort Manoel (behind the Lido) on the foreshore of Marsamxett Harbour where restoration has just commenced, the continued presence of the Malta Royal Yacht Club having previously delayed it. The original would have included a moat and drawbridge (where the bike sits), features it is hoped to include in the restoration.
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La Passeggiata620 viewsDefinition: As evening falls and the harsh sun inches out of the your favorite piazza, an evening ritual is bound to begin, the Italian/Maltese tradition of passeggiata, a gentle stroll (slow! think slow!) through the main streets of the old town.
Locals tend to dress up for passeggiata, and tourists are usually easy to spot in their shorts and fanny packs. Older folks sit along the route, nursing a beer or a glass of wine in the bar, and watching for things to gossip about; la passeggiata is where new romances are on display as well as new shoes.
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The Opera House 1946525 viewsJohn Clark
The old opera house site will be converted into an open-air theatre that will incorporate the bombed ruins according to plans by Italian architect Renzo Piano to be unveiled this week. (22 June 2009)
The plans envisage a 1,200-seat roofless theatre, built around the ruins and other remains stored elsewhere over the years. It will all be enhanced with state-of-the-art technology that will give the place the scenographic and acoustic properties expected from a contemporary theatre. See Times of Malta Video
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Fort Manoel Restoration396 viewsAfter Bridge Entrance.
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Fort Manoel Restoration471 viewsThe Old Armoury once the Church of HMS Phoenicia.
See HERE
Mac
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In Your Dreams!498 viewsPhill Rose1 commentsPrefect
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Exiles Beach644 viewsPostcard. Aka Balluta Rocks c/w the Green Shed.2 commentsPrefect
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Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga651 viewsPostcard2 commentsPrefect
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Balluta Rocks 2009437 viewsAnd the Green Shed.
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Corradino Canteen547 viewsWhich was demolished in the 70s when No. 6 Dock was built.Prefect
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Mater Dei Hospital gardens 2009402 viewsjane banks
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Mater Dei492 viewsThe new state of the art hospital.
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Merchants Street 2009376 viewsPaved & pedestrianised.
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Ghar id-Dud 2009525 viewsDodging the waves where the Chalet used to be.
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Corner of Depiro Street475 viewsThe post box has been relocated.
Retro balconies on the new Egmont Close.
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Egmont Close Renewed444 viewsWell almost. April 2009.
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Tower Road, April 2009463 viewsThe refurbishment continues.
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St Anne's Square, Sliema451 viewsApril 2009. It seems its going back to the small kiosk, as before.
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Protecting the Trees393 viewsWith Chinese marble.
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Colourful Spinola419 viewsJohn ClarkPrefect
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Tigne Beach798 views6 commentsPrefect
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Guess Where508 views4 commentsPrefect
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St George's Bay early 1980s495 viewsJohn ClarkPrefect
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Future Barrakka Lift818 viewsThe lift that connected Lascaris Wharf and Upper Barrakka in Valletta more than four decades ago will be rebuilt and completed before March 2011. (Times of Malta)9 commentsPrefect
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The End of the Magic Kiosk687 views2009. The only Internet Cafe which catered for tobacco addicts like me!!5 commentsPrefect
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Harbour Hotel SPB483 viewsPostcard 1960s
Gillieru history.
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Dawn of the tourist trade 1960425 views6 Hours even in a Viscount?Prefect
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Tony's Bar651 viewsLarger version2 commentsPrefect
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