Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Templos de Tarxien

02/04/2008: Si vais a Malta, os recomiendo que veais algún yacimiento prehistórico de los 7 templos megalíticos que hay en este pais. El Templo de Tarxien, se incluye y esta identificado con el nº132 de la lista del Patrimonio de la Humanidad elaborada por la Unesco.

En este complejo hay 3 templos, uno de ellos lo datan con 6000 años de antigüedad, las ruinas que quedan representan patios centrales pavimentados, altares para ceremonias, restos de figuras, etc.


Tarxien no esta lejos de La Valletta, hay varios autobuses que van allí, el 11, 12, 13 y 27.


Bueno, la verdad es que nada esta lejos en Malta, teniendo en cuenta que es uno de los paises mas pequeños del mundo.


En el museo nacional de arqueologia de La Valletta se encuentran los restos originales de estos templos.




Estas piedras en forma de bola, eran el vehículo que utilizaban en esa época para trasladar las enormes piedras para la construcción de los templos:


Los Templos de Tarxien son el mayor de los yacimientos prehistóricos:

Restos de relieves grabados en la roca:

Restos en el interior de los Templos:

Panel informativo:
En el exterior del yacimiento:

Nice Lait!

News of this great invention comes courtesy of Jeff Steiner, an American living in La Roche sur Foron (near Geneva). Steiner works as an English teacher and real estate agent but he also publishes numerous blogs, newsletters and websites including one called Americans in France (www.americansinfrance.net), which he started in 2001. Check it out, there's lots of great info there: some 4000 pages

Malta y sus autobuses.



Me decido por visitar Malta en Abril porque es una buena epoca ya que hay menos turistas y menos calor que en pleno verano.

Para el que le guste la playa y sobre todo bucear, Malta es un destino fabuloso. Elegido por muchos buceadores, en sus mares puedes descubrir restos de barcos sumergidos y la visibilidad es muy buena por la falta de corrientes.

En Malta podras visitar templos megaliticos que datan de 3600 a. C. ¡con antiguedad superior a las piramides de Egipto!, ver museos, mazmorras y catacumbas, pueblos amurallados por los arabes, pasear por La Valletta, ir de discotecas, etc.


Como guia de viaje utilice la guiarama de Anaya , la web de la oficina de turismo de Malta y el video del progama planeta finito de la sexta.


Los autobuses son dignos de exposición, casi todos son como el de la foto, aunque hay algunos mas nuevos.

La mayoria son antiguos vehiculos abandonados por las tropas inglesas cuando se marcharon de la isla en 1979. Los conductores son sus dueños y los adornan por dentro como quieren, normalmente con simbolos cristianos, crucifijos, fotos de la virgen, etc.

La unica puerta del autobus ¡esta siempre abierta! es lo primero que me llamo la atención cuando subi al autobus, mientras le pagaba el billete mi maleta se quedo al lado de la puerta, y yo pensaba que cerraria, pero no.


Otra cosa es que el conductor tarda un monton de tiempo en devolverte el cambio, juega con su cajita llena de monedas como si fuera la primera vez que hace cuentas y te intenta engañar, supongo que es como una costumbre porque me paso en cada trayecto. Normalmente el billete cuesta 0,47€ aunque a veces hay otros trayectos que valen un poco mas.


En algunos autobuses el aviso de parada tiene botones, pero en la mayoria hay una cuerda colgada que recorre todo el techo del autobus, tu estiras de ella y hace sonar la campanilla cerca del conductor.



Pz. del Tritón.

Antes de la entrada de la ciudad de La Valletta, (la capital) está la plaza del triton, que es donde paran todas las lineas de autobus, es por asi decirlo, la estación de autobuses.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Presupuesto viaje a Malta


Aqui os pongo algunos de mis gastos:

Duración del viaje: 4 dias, del 01/04/2008 al 05/04/2008

Vuelo: con ryanair 2 horas de vuelo desde Valencia precio final ida y vuelta por persona = 67,59€

Hotel: Alfonso Hotel en St. Julian's 4 noches para 2 personas con desayuno = 180€

Billetes de autobus: 0,47€ /trayecto, da igual la distancia.

Barco de Malta a la isla de Gozo i/v por persona = 4,65€

Comer: Es barato, hay restaurantes de todo tipo, tipico los pescados, conejo, pastizzi, etc. Fui un dia al Hard Rock Cafe, es un sitio que me gusta para cenar.

Entradas: A los templos megaliticos, Palazzo Falson, Malta at War Museum, Catedral de Gozo, etc, entre 5 y 10€ la entrada.

Presentación.

Hola, me llamo Josevi y voy a escribir en este blog mis andanzas por los paises en los que he estado, espero que os sea util si elegis el mismo destino.

Empezaré hablando de Malta.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Arles Photo Workshops

The 40th annual Rencontres d’Arles (www.rencontres-arles.com, info@rencontres-arles.com), a major international photography expo, runs from July 7th to September 13th, 2009. And, as in years past, the Rencontres has organized a series of open-to-the-public photo workshops, led by top photographers, to be held in Arles in conjunction with the festival. The first group of workshops will take place

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Life in the Slow Lane


Hazel Young, the owner of two luxury French canal barges, is offering a substantial discount on a private Burgundy Canal charter for four people on Fandango. Normally she gets $19,980 for an all-inclusive six-night charter; she’s now asking $15,000 for the same package throughout the 2009 season. The price includes all meals, either on shore or on board. (Hazel shops en route and serves

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Calling All Foodies

To celebrate the 100th edition of their Red Guide to France, Michelin's “Mois Gourmand” runs until April 5th. More than 900 restaurants throughout France are featuring special offers including special menus, market visits, cellar tours, kitchen dinners, wine deals, cooking classes and more. To take advantage of these offers, simply show the pass that’s inserted into the Michelin Guide 2009 (that’

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Yongsan Landmark Building Korea Tallest Building

Yongsan, located in downtown Seoul, means Dragon Hill. Yongsan or Yongsan-gu is also the site of Yongsan Garrison, a large United States military base. In the futuer, Yongsan will has the tallest building in Korean, and second tallest in the world, while now will be developed into an international business district.

On the 1.46 million-square-meter site around Yongsan subway station, a 620 meter-high landmark building, a hotel, business & residential facilities and large parks will be built.

The site is available for financial, telecom and entertainment companies. Its metropolitan transportation infrastructure and sufficient green space will make for an outstanding business environment.

If the plan is accepted, the proposed building will have 130-140 stories and become a new landmark for the city. The building is expected to promote growth in the area with the proposed construction of additional shopping malls and entertainment establishments in the Yongsan area where the U.S. military’s main base is located.

``If the building does not obstruct views of Mount Namsan from the Han River, it should have no problem being approved,’’ a city official said. ``Korail also asked us to designate residential areas adjacent to the new building, but it could affect transportation in the region. We will review the matter carefully,’’ he said.

Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon has said that the city needs new skyscrapers to strengthen its international competitiveness and draw more foreign tourists.

Buildings over 600 meters are very rare _ currently, the 508 meter-high Taipei Financial Center in Taiwan is the tallest building in the world with 101 stories while Dubai is constructing the 830 meter-high Burj Dubai Tower with 160 stories for completion before the end of next year.

Currently, the 234 meter-high Tower Palace apartment building in Togok-dong, southern Seoul, is the tallest building in Korea. However, construction projects for the 580 meter-high international business center in Sangam-dong, northern Seoul, and the 610 meter-high Inchon Tower in Songdo in the Inchon Free Economic Zone are being pushed.

“In Seoul, the planned 151-story Yongsan Landmark Building, at 2,046 feet, will tower over all the city’s existing structures, and even some nearby mountain peaks. “Seoul is the capital, so it must have the tallest building,” said Han Bong-seok, an executive at Korea Railroad, the national railway company, who heads the project to build the tower on the site of an old train yard. “This is for the pride of Seoul.

Yongsan Electronic Market

Seoul has the biggest Electronic shopping place. Like Akihabara Electronics District in Tokyo and Den Den Town in Osaka, Yongsan Electronic Market is the place to find several Korea branded electronic, stereos, computers and peripherals, office equipment, telephones, lighting equipment, electronic games and software, videos and CDs.

Located near the Yongsan train station, the Electronics Market is made up of over 20 buildings housing 5,000 stores that sell appliances, stereos, computers and peripherals, office equipment, telephones, lighting equipment, electronic games and software, and videos and CDs. Korean-made products generally cost 20% less here than other retail outlets, while imported items can be as much as 50% cheaper. Transformers of varying sizes can be found at many shops.

Yongsan Urban Development

Biggest South Korean Urban Development in history... This is 30 billion dollars mega urban developmental project on the Yong-San district of Seoul. On the 1.46 million-square-meter site around Yongsan subway station, a 665 meter-high landmark building, a hotel, business & residential facilities and large parks will be built. The Landmark tower which is the tallest building in this project will be 665m supertall structure that will become new landmark of Seoul. The site is available for financial, telecom and entertainment companies. Its metropolitan transportation infrastructure and sufficient green space will make for an outstanding business environment.


Yongsan Landmark Building Design Photos:

Yongsan Landmark Tallest Building

Yongsan Landmark Tallest Building

Yongsan Landmark Tallest Building

Yongsan Landmark Tallest Building

Yongsan Landmark Tallest Building


Watch Yongsan Urban Development 용산국제업무지구(Yongsan dream hub) video

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The Bird Nerd’s Guide to Provence

Hugh Harrop is a professional naturalist, author and photographer who owns and runs Shetland Wildlife, an award-winning eco-tourism business based in the Shetland Islands. Just like the crimson-winged Wallcreeper, Hugh appears in Provence each winter… leading his popular February birding trips. We asked him to share some field notes from his most recent trip and this is what he sent.

With those

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Michelin Guide 2009

The 100th edition of Michelin's Guide Rouge France was released this week and, as usual, there were cheers and tears.

The Hotel Bristol in Paris and its chef, Eric Fréchon, earned three stars, the only new restaurant to join that elite rank this year, bringing the total number of three-stars to 26. Apparently the Bristol is one of President Sarkozy’s favorite haunts.

Down here in Provence,

Monday, March 2, 2009

Graffiti Grown Up

Antibes-born painter Olivier Clavel, born in 1972, began doing graffiti at age 14; today his work retains that same splashy and vibrant energy. Olivier just hung a new show at Le Passage in Aix and his vernissage is Wed. Mar. 4th from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The show runs until April 30th. Le Passage, a restaurant/gallery/performance space/cooking school, is at 10, rue Villars. For info on the artist:

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Happy Birthday Balthus

My friend Peter Gillespie tells me that the gallery of La Fondation Ecureuil (Marseille) has a unique retrospective for the 100th anniversary of the birth of the French modern painter Balthus, running until April 2nd. Peter says: “The artist’s fame is largely built around his star status as the son of Polish émigré intelligentsia, who were major players in the Surrealist social scene in Paris in