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Curiosity walks in Valletta – A guide with an interactive site
Publishing another tourist guide about Malta is normally accepted as routine but Malte, La Valette – Parcours-promenades dans la capitale by Monique Basley managed to hit on a novel idea – that of creating an attractively packed interactive internet site (visiterlavalette.com) that does not only complement the colourful illustrated 142-page book but comes alive with updates on current events on the island as a tourist attraction and loads of other tips for visitors, timesofmalta.com reported.
The book also carries a 70-page separate accompanying booklet, which guides visitors to walks in the capital city of Valletta.
Monique Basley, French documentalist and journalist, is no newcomer to the city-fortress, a Unesco world heritage site. Having travelled extensively to Canada, the US, Argentina, Thailand, China and several other European capitals she admits to be passionately in love with Valletta.
For her guide she researched documented information from several sources adding witty anecdotes, observations and succinct bits bringing her favourite city to life, especially for first time visitors. Using colour indicators both in her book as well as on the interactive site, a series of flash codes help would-be tourists to visualise sites, museums and attractions offering useful links for updates wherever possible.
Though the book focuses on the capital, Basley’s guide brings to the fore complementary information that leads one to visit other places in Malta and Gozo.
Also conversant in English Basley wrote this guide in French to offer practical insights on history, legends, architecture, culture and events to the 150,000 French-speakers who visit Malta every year.
The book cum internet site is not just a tourist guide. The author proposes several itineraries in Valletta through a number of interesting walks around the bastions accessing a myriad of narrow streets and steps.
An easy to carry separate booklet outlines some curiosities that one usually overlooks in the city, most of them written in stone hundreds of years ago. These promenades lead the visitor to various palaces and auberges.
With Valletta hosting various cultural and political European and international events, Malte, La Valette is bound to enchant and guide eager tourists.
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