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Malta

A few photos from my recent trip to Malta, a place I knew next-to-nothing about when I learned that I was being sent there on business.

It's a beautiful little country (and it was so wonderful to be back in Europe again!). February was a good time to visit Malta - mild temperatures and beautiful green landscapes. I was told that summers are brutally hot and humid, full of other tourists, and that all that lovely green turns brown.

I thought about Venice often while I was there, since Malta has an abundance of churches, a fair number of street shrines, and lots of well-cared-for stray cat colonies. I was staying in the capital city, Valletta, which is a great walking city with many car-free, pedestrian-only streets.

I took many many photos, and it's going to take a while to go through and edit them. So I'll probably post more later on. I've also started a set on Flickr if you'd like to see more.

It's such a small island that you can see the Mediterranean from every hill.

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The fortress in the background of the photo below is where a pivotal (and shocking) scene in season one of "Game of Thrones" was filmed.

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Images of saints all over the place, and many lovely mysterious doors~

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The Siege Bell, a WWII memorial. They ring this bell everyday at noon.

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Seeing street shrines again made me happy~

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And cats!

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Another Venice reminder (and yes, I drank several of these)~

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Sunset at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta~

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Comments (9)

Wonderful shots from Malta. I also love your snow scene in Venice in the post before this one. The bird you asked about in my post is a brown thrasher. I should have I.D.'d the birds in my post but I ended up babbling and never worked that in.

Anne:

Ahhhh, what a wonderful place to go on a business trip!! Thanks for the photos, look forward to seeing and hearing more about your impressions and experiences in Malta. It looks beautiful and such an interesting history. It's on my "someday" wishlist. :)

My mom and I are planning a trip to Italy in June to celebrate my ordination (May 31st). I won't start with my new congregation until July 1st, so have a month to play with and where better to play than Italy! Can't wait...for the trip and to be ordained, life is grand!

Have a great week!
PS - love the little flowery VW bug :)

Kathy (Trekcapri):

Hi Annie, wow these are wonderful photos. Malta is beautiful. The sunset is really stunning. And what a handsome/pretty cat. Love his view. I'm glad that you had a wonderful time and several spritz too.:)

I'm going to go check out your flickr album. Thanks so much for sharing. Hope the weather there warms up a bit.

Beautiful photos! And I know just that scene you mention from GoT :) What a lovely place to visit and I like the idea of pedestrian only streets to explore :)

Andrew:

My dad, while in the navy, was involved with the relief of Malta during the war. I intend to go one day. Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8Sf-9IzvBg -

Beautiful pictures Annie. I'd like to see more of them. I am glad you had a great time. Thanks for posting.

sandrac:

Wonderful photos, Annie! I loved the street shrine (and of course, the cat who looked as if he were very curious!)

Hi Annie, I took a peak in to read your blog about Malta. Seeing your photos of shrines, churches, and cats, I feel at home. Thanks for sharing and educating me to this tiny country.

Great shots. I remember when Sandi went to Malta a few years thinking that it would be an interesting place to visit.

It must have been challenging to have been that close to Venice and not to actually GO!

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