home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad is a new series on Travel Words featuring a single photograph that reminds me of a country visited and showing something that uniquely identifies it as being ‘abroad’.

Marsaxlokk, Malta

A bus from Valetta took us out to the village. It was May. We walked down to the harbour to admire the many colourful luzzu with their ‘eye.’ We browsed the market stalls and watched a policeman in conversation with some of the fishermen. I vaguely remember an argument leading to us making our own way back to the bus stop. Sleepless nights due to the heat and uncomfortable mattresses was making us cranky…

Valletta – The Fortress City

Valletta
“a city built by gentlemen for gentlemen”

is Malta’s capital city: Valletta is named after its founder, the respected Grand Master of the Order of St. John, Jean Parisot de la Valette. Started in 1566, Valletta was completed, with its impressive bastions, forts and cathedral, in the astonishingly short time of 15 years. Today, it is one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world. (source)

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If you visit Malta take time to wander the streets of Valletta, you will find hidden gems around every corner. Look up to see statues, niches and interesting lanterns.  Doors, windows and covered walkways and interesting door handles.

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If you love history, you will love Valletta.

the same to all
the same to all