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292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Head to the Upper Barrakka Gardens for sweeping panoramic views of the Grand Harbour. From this vantage point you can also spot the old towns of Senglea and Vittoriosa, and the shipyards below. You'll encounter the Saluting Battery, where daily...
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Valletta, Malta
History buffs can meander down staircases and passageways and into the former Malta WWII operations base, the Lascaris War Rooms. Located below the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the restored chambers and tunnels of the then-secret complex now contain...
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292 Triq Sant' Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Connecting the Grand Harbour to the Upper Barrakka Gardens, the Upper Barrakka elevator provides a swift and convenient way to get to the city's attractions, shops and restaurants from Valletta's waterfront. Even better, if you ride the elevator...
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VLT, 1454, 22 Old Bakery Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Housed in an atmospheric 16th century building, Guzé Bistro has been winning over locals and visitors alike with its fresh Mediterranean menu focused on seasonal produce. Service is very personable and an extensive wine list accompanies main...
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Exchange Buildings, Triq Ir-Repubblika, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Who knew Malta was so pretty? Well, I suppose the people who live there knew. I didn't. There was, to be fair, a lot I didn't know about Malta, including that the national language is actually Maltese, which sounds like no Mediterranean language...
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Valletta, Malta
Valletta is one of the world's largest natural harbors. It may not be the largest but it's definitely the most dramatic. Whether you know a bit of the history of the Crusades or not, you can't help but feel impressed and even a little intimidated...
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Nordurljosavegur 9, 240 Grindavík, Iceland
Iceland’s largest and most famous geothermal spa lies around an hour outside Reykjavik, quite close to Keflavik Airport. With a dramatic setting amidst large black lava boulders, the steam-filled, creamy-blue pool area is a striking and...
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Taking a ferry boat to The Grand Harbor for dinner in the old part of the city gave us lots of opportunities to see these small traditional fishing boats that date back to Phoenician times. The boats are works of art in themselves. And the...
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74 Republic St, Valletta, Malta
Take a look inside one of the old Maltese houses and tour the Casa Rocca Piccola. In this 16th-century palace of a noble family, you are led through with a docent and learn how these houses operated and how the families lived. It’s an hour-long...
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Strait St, Valletta, Malta
This excellent restaurant is instilled with the distinctive personality of its owners, the Preca sisters. Located in an elegant 16th-century palazzo, the extensive menu offers a wide selection of fresh fish, filling set menus and more traditional...
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VLT, 1454, 22 Old Bakery Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta
Set inside a stunning 16th-century building at the heart of Valletta, Guze Bistro takes traditional Mediterranean fare and elevates it to fine dining with impeccable technique and seasonal ingredients. Reservations are essential for dinner, while...
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Valletta Waterfront, Floriana, Malta
A lounge bar ideally located between the city and port in the Valletta Waterfront development, Q Bar & Restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike and terrific for evening cocktails with a view. A wide selection of Mediterranean...
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Marina St, Marsalforn, Malta
After visiting the Ta Mena Winery and farms on Gozo I completed my farm-to-table experience in Marsalforn, a little fishing village along the sea. The Ta Mena Farm runs the restaurant Il-Kartell and supplies the fresh produce and wines they have...
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146 Merchants St, Valletta, Malta
Stalls at this busy morning street market sell traditional Maltese crafts alongside bargain clothing, jewelry and other gifts. The gift shops remain open even when the market is closed, so Merchants Street is worth a look on your way to St. John's...
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Triq Franġisk Portelli, Ta' Kerċem, Malta
The ancient settlement of Għarb plays host to a crafts village, where you can watch local artisans produce pottery, lace and glass and pick up a handmade souvenir from the outlet stores. More of the settlement’s impressive craftsmanship is on...
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Ljubljana, Slovenia
Probably the least Balkan-esque of the countries that make up the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia is renowned for its natural beauty. However, before you venture to the lakes, waterfalls, castles and caves make sure you spend a good amount of time in...
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Matavun 12, 6215 Divača, Slovenia
The caverns of Skocjan aren't the best known of Slovenia's caves, but they are certainly worth a visit. Less than two hours from the capital, we visited as part of a tour that also took in Predjama Castle, the seaside town of Piran and the...
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Lake Bled, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Bled (and the lake by the same moniker) is the most Fairytale-esque town I've ever experienced. The people are almost jarringly friendly by American standards, the island church is as beautiful as it is quaint, and the castle perched on the cliffs...
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Bled Island, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
Marital bliss. Too much to ask? That's the promise for the lucky groom to carry his bride-to-be up the 99 steps to ring the bell and wed in the church at the top of the stairs on Bled Island. I'll be honest, they're kind of steep, so you really...
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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
There is nothing like the power of water. What it's done along the one mile trail through the Radovna River gorge is an engineering masterpiece. Built on wood scaffolding, the trail winds its way down river, crisscrossing the current in the...
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Ukanc 20, 4265 Bohinjsko jezero, Slovenia
There is nothing like serendipity. It is particularly easy to appreciate in the vast, untouched beauty that is Slovenia. Come for the hiking, skiing, river running, spelunking, biking and stay for the food. And wine, and beer for that matter. We...
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Želeška cesta 9, 4260 Bled, Slovenia
This little lakeside bar in Bled has an organic look and feel which might imply the "dreams" could be a product of something you might find in Amsterdam. Wrong bar. The cozy interior opens out onto a wonderful patio with views of the castle and...
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While Ana Ros masterminds multicourse tasting menus that might include local beef tartare, pasta filled with sheep’s milk cottage cheese, and black cod fried in vege-table ashes, her husband, Valter Kramar, maintains a world-class wine cellar,...
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Miklošičeva cesta 19, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Chef Janez Bratovz applies modern techniques to farm-fresh ingredients and riffs on Slovenian culinary traditions. The formal setting is balanced by the warm hospitality of a family operation (Bratovz’s wife is the manager, his daughter the...
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Mošnje 1 a, 4240 Radovljica, Slovenia
Vila Podvin is an elegant restaurant on the grounds of a former castle on the outskirts of Lake Bled. Chef Uros Stefelin holds a weekly farmers’ market and is working to recover heirloom varieties such as the powerfully sweet and seedy tepka pear....
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Turistično društvo Gorje, Podhom 80, 4247 Zgornje Gorje, Slovenia
Our wonderful host, Luka at the Garni Hotel Berc, told us we shouldn't miss out on the beautiful bridge and boardwalk hike at the nearby Vintgar Gorge- he was right! What a gem. The water was so deep and the most surreal aquamarine I've ever seen....
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6330 Piran, Slovenia
This is a lovely coastal town which is very Italian in charm and food. A must destination while in Slovenia if for nothing more than the excellent seafood and vistas.
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5222 Kobarid, Slovenia
Kobarid is also known as Caporetto, because the town—on the border with Italy—was annexed by the Italians for part of World War I. The brutality of that war has been erased—and scenery like this has survived (you can revisit the war at the museum...