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Prince William concludes Malta visit with boat trip

Prince William concludes Malta visit with boat trip


Prince William concludes Malta visit with boat trip

Posted: 21 Sep 2014 11:01 AM PDT

HRH Prince William today concluded his visit to the island of Malta with a boat trip around the Grand Harbour. His day staretd with mass at St John's Co-Cathdral in Valletta. he then visited the Caravaggio painting and was driven to the old city of Birgu.

A dance company from Gozo played traditional music for the Prince. He then visited the parish church of St Lawrence and took a traditional luzzu (maltese boat) for a tour of the grand harbour.

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Flooded town

Posted: 20 Sep 2014 10:22 PM PDT

Loving, New Mexico. Not exactly hurricane, but brought by hurricane season.

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Prince William attends fireworks display in Malta

Posted: 20 Sep 2014 03:57 PM PDT

During his short visit to Malta, for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary from the island's independence, HRH Prince William attended a fire works display, over the waters of the Grand Harbour.

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Prince William visits Malta as island celebrates its 50th Anniversary from independence.

Posted: 20 Sep 2014 03:30 PM PDT

HRH Prince William visits Malta visits Malta as the island celebrates its 50th Anniversary from independence.

The guest of honour for Malta's golden jubilee celebration is Prince William, whose short trip to Malta started with a call on President of the Republic Marie Louise Coleiro Preca at San Anton Palace.

After a quick tree-planting activity at the Palace's gardens, the Royal Guest was rushed to Auberge de Castille in Valletta where he was greeted by Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, wife Michelle and twin daughters Etoile and Soleil. The twins presented the prince with a teddy bear and a bouquet of flowers.

In St George's Square, Prince William inspected the In Guardia and later visited the National Library and was shown historic documents, which included letters from King Henry VIII and George II and the original citation awarding the George Cross to the island.

The short walk from St George's Square to the National Library gave the general public an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Duke of Cambridge. A lucky few got the chance to shake his hand and speak to him and a little girl placed a loom band around William's wrist while another girl refused to shake the prince's hand.

At 8pm, the royal guest attended a reception at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta. A spectacle including a multi-visual show and a fireworks display was held over the waters of the Grand Harbour Spectacle.

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Fire Dance

Posted: 19 Sep 2014 05:54 PM PDT

One of the highlight of the trip is the fire dance performed by the Pa Then. We went to the district of Bac Quang to witness this strange and mysterious performance. It is one of the most unique among the many North Vietnamese customs. The festival coincides with the new rice planting season of the Pa Then. Fire dance fest starts in mid-October and lasts through February. To start the fire festival, a sorcerer performs liturgy. The rite includes incense, a chicken, 10 cups of wine, paper money. A big fire was burned and the sorcerer begins the rite. When sorcerer beats the guitar, each youth will sit facing the sorcerer. They will go into a trance, helped by taking a hallucinogenic drug. When they are high, this will be the time to jump into the fire. The dancer jumps into the fire without fear or sensation. Each dancer jumps into the fire for 3-4 minutes. Many dancers do this several times, thus showing their strength and agility. Fire dance is only for men and these dancers have the admiration and respect of the village.

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