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Return to Malta

Posted on: April 7, 2017

To continue celebrating our 40th anniversary year and my recent birthday, we spent a week in the magical country of Malta. We had been there once before for a half day stop on a Mediterranean cruise and loved it. I wrote about it here. It was decided that we needed to see more of this unique island country.

The Republic of Malta consists of three islands, Malta, Gozo and Comino. The country boasts a rich and diverse history that dates back 7000 years. Over the years, it has been inhabited by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Moors, Normans, Sicilians, Spanish, Knights of St. John, French and British who have all left their mark. With over 300 churches, quaint fishing villages, fortified walls, watch towers, museums, megalithic temples, pristine beaches and delightful bays, there is so much to see. Here are a few pictures of what we saw.

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St. Julian´s Bay. A typical bay with a mix of the old and modern world.

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The colourful Maltese fishing boats are called luzzus. The Eye of Osiris is painted on each side to protect the boat from danger.

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You don´t have to look far to find a Maltese Cross.

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Ta´Pinu Sanctuary where every year many pilgrims come to be healed.

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St. Lucian Tower, one of many watchtowers dotting the coast

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The charming fishing village of Marsaxlokk

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On the way to Gozo Island

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Where the Azure Window used to be before it fell into the sea a week before we arrived.

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Many shrines can be found all over the island. This one is on the cliffs overlooking the Blue Lagoon on Comino Island.

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The Blue Lagoon, Comino Island

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In AD60, St.Paul was shipwrecked on this small island now called, St. Paul´s Island. During his stay on the Maltese Islands, he converted the inhabitants to the Christian faith

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Napoleon stayed in this house during his stay in Valetta.

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The famous balconies of Malta

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Mosta Rotunda, the third largest unsupported church dome in Europe.

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Having a relaxing coffee in Mosta, Malta.

There is so much more to share with you, like a visit to Popeye Village and the Museum of Archeology, and more about the Mosta Rotunda but I´ll leave it for future posts.

 

45 Responses to "Return to Malta"

Auguri! Best wishes to both of you 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful vacation.

It was fabulous! Thanks.

I love to see people celebrate their birthdays and important anniversaries throughout the year. Such an important time to celebrate your lives and your time together! You must have a great pair of walking shoes! Love your beautiful photos.

We need to do these things while we can. My husband´s back was bothering him so we didn´t do too much walking. The bus system in Malta was great and took us everywhere we wanted to go. Glad you enjoyed the pictures.

Congrats on your 40th, and belated Happy Birthday, Darlene!
Have never been to Malta, and is now on my list of countries to see!

I can’t believe I have been somewhere you haven’t. You would love it!! I’ll be doing a few more posts.

Fascinating place and gorgeous pictures. You sure get to see a lot of Europe, more than I ever did. Have to catch up one of these days!

I feel very fortunate to be able to see all of this. It is beyond my wildest dreams!!

We’ve been to Yalta in Crimea but never to Malta. You look so happy celebrating your anniversary.

It was a nice way to celebrate. Malta is a very unique place which is what drew us there.

Love hearing and seeing where you have been on your travels. I can’t wait for when we go. We will be in Austria in late August to early September. Also doing a Eastern Europe trip. Congrats on your 40th anniversary. We just celebrated our 39th this year. Doesn’t time fly. I agree best to do these trips while we can. 🙂

Time certainly does fly! I am sure you will have a wonderful time on your trip. What countries will you be visiting in Europe?

It certainly is charming, Darlene. What a shame about the Azure Window, but I love the Marina, the Eye of Osiris and the Blue Lagoon. Hope your Birthsay and 40 Wedding Anniversary were as wonderful as you deserve. 💗

Thank you so much. It was a shame about the Azure Window and the people of Malta were very upset about it. They felt they had lost one of their national treasures. It was a unique place to visit. How are your plans for moving back to Europe coming along?

I’ll send you a private message on FB.

Your photographs are beautiful. All that blue sky makes me want to jump out of my computer chair and go on an adventure!

There was a lot of blue sky in Malta. We only had one day of rain in the week we were there. Glad you liked the pictures and that they made you want to go on an adventure!

Beautiful photos. Thank you for a great post, Darlene!

Pleased you enjoyed it, Jennie.

Congratulations to you both 👏My dad was stationed in Malta in the war and would often talk about it .
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I have spoken to a number of people who had relatives stationed in Malta. The war was very hard on the people of Malta. It was the most bombed country on earth. But they are very hardy people.

It all looks absolutely magical Darlene, thank you for sharing the photos. Wishing you a very happy belated birthday, congratulations on your Anniversary.xx

It was a magical place. Thanks for your good wishes, Barbara.

I have never been to Malta, but my in laws have visited few times and loved it. It sounds like a fascinating melting pot of different cultures, I think I would enjoy visiting it 😄

The melding of all the cultures makes it a very interesting place. I think you would enjoy it.

What a lovely part of the world to celebrate both an anniversary and birthday. Many more happy days together.

Thanks, Karen. It is an amazing part of the world!

Great pictures…you do a great job, Darlene of depicting the rich history of the country!!

I always feel my pictures don’t do it justice. I just love the colourful history of these ancient places.

You and me both…I really appreciate the way you share them…

You and me both…I truly appreciate the way you share the history!!

I also have an anniversary and a big birthday coming up. I haven’t decided what to do . Right now I am on a solo trip to Germany. Thank you Darlene for this lovely post. Malta looks beautiful.

I am sure you will come up with something special to celebrate. Enjoy Germany!

A belated Happy Birthday and anniversary. I loved your photographs. I have visited Malta twice and would love to return. I love those fishing boats and the architecture is indeed awesome. There is such an abundance of wonderful things to see. I will put “visit Blue Lagoon” on my list.

It is an amazing place. Glad you loved the pictures. Hope you get back there soon. We definitely did not see everything, I would have liked more time on Gozo.

What a wonderful way to celebrate 40 years!

We are doing a few things to celebrate this year. This was a good one!! Thanks for stopping by.

What a celebration! Your photos are magnificent, and the history fascinating. You are so fortunate to explore these special places. XO

I am lucky aren’t I. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to be sure I’m not dreaming. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

I wish you all the best! Enjoy!

Thanks so much Cecilia!

That looks lovely, Darlene, what a great way to celebrate your birthday. I saw Malta on the news a few days ago when a TV reporter was speaking from a political conference being held there and I was reminded of your earlier visit. I think Malta’s a place that often gets forgotten about when people think about holidaying in Europe, but it looks beautiful, and those blue skies are very tempting. I imagine the churches would be particularly interesting, that dome is certainly impressive.

Malta has been on the news lately especially since the Azure Window fell into the sea. The churches were amazing. I will do a post on the Mosta Rotunda as it has a very interesting story. Malta is so fascinating and I wonder why many don´t think of going there. So glad you enjoyed the photos. More to come.

Thanks for contributing this lovely post to the Senior Salon.

You are so welcome. I hope it entices some readers to visit this awesome place.

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